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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 movies narration was originally performed by director (William Richert). 20th Century Fox decided the movie would be better geared towards a teen audience and Richert's narration sounded 'too grandfather like'. After much debating with Richert, (River Phoenix) was brought back over a year after the film wrapped to record the narration that would replace that of Richert in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy and Fred eat at the diner, "Just One Look" is playing. The film is set in 1962; "Just One Look" was released in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Reardon: Al? Al Reardon? My father. My moral, upright, coffee sluping, status seeking, putting in overtime, hard day at the office, early rising, early bedding, make your own way in life father, had been screwing Joyce Fickett! that balding man with responsibilities was an extramarital joy-boy! no wonder i was having so much trouble! It was hereditary!
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Featured in Too Young to Die: River Phoenix, der scheue Star (2014) See more »

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Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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One of the worst ever
18 November 1998 | by eddie736See all my reviews

Something truly rare in film: a disaster on every level. River Phoenix takes himself way too seriously in the title role of a hipster-doofus poet on the night everyone supposedly discovers what a genius he is. It's a film chock full of bad acting, bad writing, bad staging, and the most asinine, sanctimonious poetry ever heard. It makes Mike Myers' parody in So I Married an Axe Murderer sound like William Shakespeare. Of course, since River and Ione Skye are so good-looking, we're supposed to take them seriously. To paraphrase Heathers, it's teen-angst you-know-what. Don't fall for it. I admonish you all to leave in the 59-cent bin of your local video store where it belongs.


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