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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 27 February 1987 (USA)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Keith Nelson
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Watts
Lea Thompson ... Amanda Jones
Craig Sheffer ... Hardy Jenns
John Ashton ... Cliff Nelson
Elias Koteas ... Skinhead
Molly Hagan ... Shayne
Maddie Corman ... Laura Nelson
Jane Elliot ... Carol Nelson
Candace Cameron Bure ... Cindy Nelson (as Candace Cameron)
Chynna Phillips ... Mia
Scott Coffey ... Ray
Carmine Caridi ... Museum Guard
Lee Garlington ... Gym Instructor
Laura Leigh Hughes ... Holly
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Storyline

A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.

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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Some Kinda Wonderful See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,486,701, 1 March 1987

Gross USA:

$18,553,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,553,948
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the links this has with Pretty in Pink is the third wheel character; Duckie in Pretty in Pink, and Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful; both have a gay vibe. Duckie and Watts both seem like they might be gay characters who are fixating on their best friend; as a way of sidestepping (in the homophobic 1980s) the horrors of their alternative sexuality. See more »

Goofs

After Keith checks the oil in Hardy's car, he closes the hood, walks around the car, takes the gas out and puts it back, stands by the side of the car and picks up the money Hardy drops. During this entire sequence, you can clearly see that he does not have the dip stick in his hands but after Hardy drives off, the dip stick appears in his hands and is thrown away. See more »

Quotes

Duncan: Alright man, let's just cut the bullshit, alright... please. I'm here to wipe the floor with your ass, and you know it, and everybody knows it, and you deserve it.
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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was cut (ca. 3 sec) to secure a 'PG' rating. Uncut version was released on video with a '15' rating. In 2002 the film was resubmitted to the BBFC and rated '12'. See more »

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Referenced in Fun Mom Dinner (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn To The Sky
Written by Laurence Elliott (as Loz Elliott), Tom Ashton & Cleo Murray
Performed by The March Violets
Produced by Andy Hill & Mark Dodson
Courtesy of London Records Ltd.
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Role models, social conscience, and a fab soundtrack
1 November 2000 | by wileykylieSee all my reviews

As a twelve year old girl, I had a hard time finding role models. I lived on the outskirts of what was basically a country club neighborhood, but was not that kind of gal. So I found it wonderfully refreshing to find a role model in the pre-"Girl-Power" girl power of Watts. I fell in love along side her (and to this day, harbor a special place in my heart for Eric Stoltz), begged my parents to let me learn the drums, and knew every line by heart. She was tough, witty, and (according to my older brother) incredibly sexy. Eric Stoltz is dreamy in a working class kind of way and puts in a performance of true depth and character. This movie has heart without being sickly sweet. It delves into family relationships, friendships, and romance. Most notably, it tackles something that the current teen fair seems to lack, social consciousness. It's not afraid to break stereotypes or point out social injustice. Not to mention, it has one of the best soundtracks of the '80s. I give it an A++!!!


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