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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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She's got every thing going for her. He's going for her with every thing he's got. 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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Dolby

Color:

Color

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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

Corey Flood: Brains stick with brains. The bomb could go off and their mutant genes would form the same cliques.
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Skankin' to the Beat
Written by Kendall Jones (as K.R. Jones) and Walter A. Kibby II (as W.A. Kibby II)
Produced by David Kahne
Performed by Fishbone
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Hard to Place this Movie in any Genre Besides "Good Movie"
26 September 2006 | by MRavenwoodSee all my reviews

I've never cared for "teen movies" and this *isn't* one, so don't worry. On the surface, this movie would appear to be about high school, or growing up, or the 'loser' guy dares to get the 'winner' girl. This movie is about truthfulness and it's liberating qualities and also about the price one pays for success or greatness.

Diane Court is the valedictorian and the "most likely to succeed" in her high school. Lloyd Dobler is the well-liked underachiever with good character. Lloyd's low-pressure friends accept Diane at a party and she, at last, gets to let her hair down. This launches a romance that Diane's father disdains.

Always quick to shower her with praise, encouragements, and gifts Diane's father has visions of her earth-shattering success. On her part, Diane is getting a little self-conscious over her father's incessant chatter about what HE wants her to be.

Lloyd's attentions to Diane grow inconvenient to her father perhaps less for his romantic interest, but worse: he's diverting her from her greatness. Simultaneously, Lloyd has no outward indicators of achievement. He lacks direction and can't really say what his next moves are. Diane's father's agitation grows when investigators from the IRS launch a criminal investigation of him.

The acting in this film is so believable you feel like you are in the movie yourself. John Mahoney (the father)makes this role look so easy and his face conveys every emotion so clearly. John Cusack nails this role as the anxious-to-please, smitten teen with a sincere heart. His dialog sounds very natural. Ione Skye is lucky. Not many female rolls for teenage girls are as juicy as this one: no nudity, no ax murderers, and no entering into talent competitions. Additional endorsement: I danced with a naval officer from a nuclear sub to the main theme of this film and he immediately asked me if I had seen this film. We proceeded to have a conversation about how great this film is!


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