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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

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A charming womanizer has to find a way to get $80 to elope to Hawaii with his one true love, or else go to his father's chosen business school.

Director:

William Richert

Writer:

William Richert (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
River Phoenix ... Jimmy Reardon
Ann Magnuson ... Joyce Fickett
Meredith Salenger ... Lisa Bentwright
Ione Skye ... Denise Hunter
Louanne ... Suzie Middleberg
Matthew Perry ... Fred Roberts (as Matthew L. Perry)
Paul Koslo ... Al Reardon
Jane Hallaren ... Faye Reardon
Jason Court Jason Court ... Mathew Hollander
James Deuter ... Mr. Spaulding
Marji Banks Marji Banks ... Emma Spaulding
Margaret Moore Margaret Moore ... Mrs. Bentwright
Anastasia Fielding Anastasia Fielding ... Elaine
Kamie Harper Kamie Harper ... Rosie Reardon
Johnny Galecki ... Toby Reardon
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Storyline

A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he comes to understand his parents and eventually bonds with his father. Written by Mark Andrew Radford <s2194044@cse.unsw.edu.au>

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River Pheonix is Jimmy Reardon. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye? See more »

Filming Locations:

Evanston, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,264,058
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The parents of lead actor (River Phoenix) asked director (William Richert) to remove a line by character Joyce Fickett in which she states to Jimmy Reardon; "Jimmy, I want to fuck you", fearing that it would affect their 16 year old sons relationship with his tween fan base. Richert refused to remove it completely but muted the line instead. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy talks to Rosie at the bowling alley, "He's So Fine" is playing. The film is set in 1962; "He's So Fine" was released in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Reardon: I just don't feel like Jack the Ripper today!
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Alternate Versions

This movie was heavily cut by the studio, resulting in two different versions, both of which have been effectively disowned by director William Richert. The non-US print resembles his original vision most clearly, with an Elmer Bernstein score and five extra songs on the soundtrack. Richert has recently revealed that he has recently acquired four and a half minutes of extra footage which makes the lead character deeper and easier to sympathise with. He is planning to release a new cut of the film under its source material's original title: 'Aren't You Even Going To Kiss Me Goodbye?'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Too Young to Die: River Phoenix, der scheue Star (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

SHOP AROUND
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Berry Gordy
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (as Smokey Robinson and The Miracles)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Pointless
12 May 2014 | by mandyhawleySee all my reviews

I watched this movie when I was younger and enjoyed it, now....it just seems boring. There are no likable characters, the script does a poor job of even letting you get to know anyone but jimmy. It isn't funny, not at all so I'm not sure why it is classified as a comedy. Honestly jimmy just doesn't have that much happen to him, other than lots of sex. Watching this now it just falls flat. There is no lesson learned, no great friendships explored, no amazing love story here. Jimmy doesn't seem to really care about anyone but himself. You get the idea ( due to the narration), that jimmy does indeed become a writer...but that's not explored either. His writing is actually just a side note in the story . It's almost as if somewhere in there a good story existed, but they don't finish telling it or something. It's really just a movie about a selfish person, surrounded by selfish people...who is really nave about life and has no clue what he wants to do, other than girls of course. This movie s devoid of purpose and fairly vapid.


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