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Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 April 1989 (USA)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

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Cameron Crowe

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Lloyd Dobler
Ione Skye ... Diane Court
John Mahoney ... James Court
Lili Taylor ... Corey Flood
Amy Brooks Amy Brooks ... D.C.
Pamela Adlon ... Rebecca (as Pamela Segall)
Jason Gould Jason Gould ... Mike Cameron
Loren Dean ... Joe
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Jason Dobler
Charles Walker ... Principal
Russel Lunday Russel Lunday ... Parent
Polly Platt Polly Platt ... Mrs. Flood
Gloria Cromwell Gloria Cromwell ... Ruth
Jeremy Piven ... Mark
Patrick O'Neill Patrick O'Neill ... Denny
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Storyline

High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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A Lloyd meets girl story See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Say Anything... See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,781,385
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cameron Crowe credits the enthusiastic review by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel as at least partially saving the movie at the box office. Ebert later put the movie in his Great Movies book. See more »

Goofs

Diane's hair during the break-up scene in the car: It's over her shoulder, then behind her shoulder, etc. See more »

Quotes

Denny: Man, all you gotta do is find a girl that looks just like her, nail her, and then dump her, man. Get her of your mind.
Mark: Your only mistake is that you didn't dump her first. Diane Court is a show pony. You need a stallion, my friend. Walk with us and you walk tall.
Luke: Bitches, man.
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Referenced in House M.D.: Known Unknowns (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

All For Love
Written by John Bettis and Martin Page
Produced by Richie Zito
Performed by Nancy Wilson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Teen Romantic Comedies Don't Get Much Better Than This
5 July 2007 | by BigMikeofNJSee all my reviews

A Seattle high-school graduate with no apparent future, tired and for most part abandoned Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) sets his sights on the lovely Diane Court (Ione Skye), the class valedictorian, whom he had a chance encounter with at the town mall. After numerous valiant attempts and apparent successes, the two fall in love; however, while Lloyd is head over heels, Diane seems hesitant to maintain their relationship considering her recent fellowship at an acclaimed university and her father's trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. The romance between Cusack's Lloyd and Skye's Diane, although seemingly coming from out of nowhere, is still palpable and, as far as teen romance is concerned, very believable, and writer-director Cameron Crowe's bizarre and motor-mouthed dialogue perfectly suits the character of Lloydl; however, most of the scenes are stolen by John Cusack in what likely is his best performance to date; he fumbles over his words to accentuate the attitude of his character, and there are other moments when Cusack suddenly becomes the ultimate hero, even more involving than Rocky Balboa or Luke Skywalker at times; through the climax of the film it seems impossible not to root for Cusack, particularly the iconic scene forever cemented in teen movie history in which Lloyd stands outside of Diane's house next to his car, holding a boom box over his head and blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" with a look of desperate heartache and lost pride on his face. An iconic date movie.


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