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One Crazy Summer (1986)

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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

Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Savage Steve Holland did the animation for the film. He was upset Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert roasted his earlier John Cusack film, Better Off Dead... (1985). Two bunnies that get blown up at the end of the movie bear a strong (and not accidental) resemblance to the movie critics. See more »

Goofs

When the salvage boat is towed in, as fish and water pour out of the hole in the back, the top of a stagehand's head is visible in the boat. See more »

Quotes

George Calamari: Chilly dog?
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with the Warner Brothers logo, which then morphs into a cartoon version. The WB logo opens up like a pair of doors to reveal a cackling cartoon character. Zoom in on his huge mouth to reveal the words ONE CRAZY SUMMER. See more »

Connections

References Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

What Does It Take
Written by Derry Grehan
Performed by Honeymoon Suite
Courtesy of WEA Music of Canada Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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'One' of a kind!
8 May 2004 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

Upon seeing ONE CRAZY SUMMER for the first time many years ago, I wasn't very impressed with it. I thought it had some decent laughs, but I was overall disappointed. Then I saw this again movie last summer when it was on VH1 and my opinion instantly changed. I loved it.

If there is one movie genre that really stuck out in the 1986, it was goofy comedies. From ARMED AND DANGEROUS to POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING, 1986 was full of wacky comedies. Perhaps the wackiest of them all, ONE CRAZY SUMMER, like all of Savage Steve Holland's movies, is a classic. Hilariously insane and inventive and loaded with great lines, 'summer' is John Cusack's best movie to date. According to a recent interview I read with Savage Steve Holland, Cusack really hates this movie as well as BETTER OFF DEAD, his previous collaboration with Holland. What Cusack could possibly hate about both movies is beyond me. Both are comedic masterpieces. However, ONE CRAZY SUMMER is the better of the two, mainly because it has a better cast. The cast does a terrific job (Bob Goldthwait has never been funnier).

Simply a classic! ****


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