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One Crazy Summer (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 8 August 1986 (USA)
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An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Hoops McCann
Linda Warren Linda Warren ... Mrs. McCann
Joel Murray ... George Calamari
Grenville Cuyler Grenville Cuyler ... Graduation Orator
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Egg Stork
Kristen Goelz Kristen Goelz ... Squid Calamari
Tom Villard ... Clay Stork
Curtis Armstrong ... Ack Ack Raymond
Sky Sky ... Boscoe
Laura Waterbury ... Crossing Guard
Jennifer Yahoodik Jennifer Yahoodik ... Andrea
Rachel C. Telegen Rachel C. Telegen ... Brunhelda
Demi Moore ... Cassandra Eldridge
John Matuszak ... Stain
Paul M. Lane Paul M. Lane ... Biker #1 (as Paul Lane)
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Storyline

With a name like Hoops McCann, he's bound to get that basketball scholarship after high school, right? Wrong! What Hoops really wants to do is write and illustrate a love story. To help him find his way, his friend George invites Hoops to come with him and his sister to spend the summer on Nantucket. The friends Crazy Summer begins when they pickup Cassandra on the way--she's being chased by a motorcycle gang. From here on in, it only gets crazier. Once on the island, Hoops and George, along with George's island friends the Stork twins and Ack-Ack (son of a marine), must help Cassandra save her grandfather's house from the greedy Beckersted Family. Along the way, Hoops must find a way to write his cartoon love story - and maybe a real one of his own. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They're out of school, out on Nantucket, and out of their minds. With this crowd, anything can happen!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greetings from Nantucket See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,431,806
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A&M Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Savage Steve Holland, he and John Cusack did not get along during filming. Cusack was disappointed with their previous collaboration, Better Off Dead... (1985) and was angry with Holland. According to Holland, Cusack lightened up after that film got good reviews. But Cusack never spoke to Holland again. See more »

Goofs

Ack Ack was at the beach "Collecting shells", he was collecting them where the round was hitting. To collect shells he would need to be next to the cannon or gun shooting them. See more »

Quotes

Teddy Beckersted: That girl, the one with the braids in her hair? What do they call them? Corn husks?
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Crazy Credits

The film-makers wish to thank the Massachusetts Film Bureau and the people of Cape Cod and Nantucket who survived ONE CRAZY SUMMER. See more »

Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Down On The Corner
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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When the DVD commentary is funnier than the actual film...
15 July 2004 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

...you know something's up.

The movie isn't all that bad. It's got a number of humorous moments in it. When it aired on HBO all those years ago I'd watch it to kill time, but I can't recall ever really laughing at the jokes and other gags (save the "Godzilla" scene).

The film making style is professional enough, but also some what spartan, and the gags (like in "Better Off Dead") are mostly telegraphed or trumped by the characters stating the obvious. There's a distinct lack of coverage with a heavy reliance on master shots and the actors' performances to carry the scenes (again much like Holland's previous film "Better Off Dead").

Historical footnote; one could call this the origins of crude humor in film, but that might be giving it too much credit.

I didn't find the movie all that funny way back then, and after seeing the DVD I still don't find it all that funny. Still, it has a certain appeal to it. It's worth a night's rental to see Bobcat Goldwaith if nothing else. Not great, but a decent film all around.


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