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.


William Richert


William Richert (novel)
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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 Bank Marji Bank ... Emma Spaulding (as Marji Banks)
Margaret Moore Margaret Moore ... Mrs. Bentwright
Anastasia Fielding Anastasia Fielding ... Elaine
Kamie Harper Kamie Harper ... Rosie Reardon
Johnny Galecki ... Toby Reardon


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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He's got 24 hours to convince the one girl he really loves that he's honest, faithful, and fully committed. It's going to be a long night. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

The movies working title "A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon", is as it suggests, however, when the opening credit introduces us to the title of the movie, it's just called "Jimmy Reardon" See more »

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 »


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Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of CBS Records
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Produced by Denny Diantz
Arranged by Jeremy Lubbock
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The anti-comedy
12 November 2003 | by me43See all my reviews

"A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon" is a grinless Coming Of Age film which has been mis-packaged as a comedy. It almost seems as if half the film was in the can before someone on high decided to change the genre... either that or Richert forgot to film a lot of scenes.

River Phoenix is said to have been ashamed of his part in the film, but he is actually not bad, considering the material he had to rise above. Reardon gives us a Phoenix who has not yet become hard-eyed, 'though the character he played was nearly graceless. River still had fuzz on his chin and boyish charm. This was a young man on the cusp of greatness.

The adult actors in this film were dreadful and the other young actors were uneven. I hardly recognized Mathew Perry. Talk about a baby face!

Watching Reardon is like watching kids try to play grownup. The script was originally written for older actors and would have been better if older actors were used. Those used seemed hardly past puberty, and had no idea how to play "sexually jaded" at all.

Overall, I prefer Reardon to "Dogfight" as a River Phoenix vehicle and a comparison of the box-office take shows many others did too.

See it if only to see a still innocent River Phoenix playing a young man far removed from himself.

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,737,106, 28 February 1988

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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