Say Anything...

Say Anything...

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney

     
 

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Ione Skye plays Diane Court, high-school valedictorian on the verge of heading to England on a prestigious scholarship. This is especially thrilling to Diane's divorced father, James (John Mahoney), who has always shared a special relationship with the girl, less father/daughter than friend/friend. When Diane begins dating irresponsible army brat Lloyd Dobler (John… See more details below

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Ione Skye plays Diane Court, high-school valedictorian on the verge of heading to England on a prestigious scholarship. This is especially thrilling to Diane's divorced father, James (John Mahoney), who has always shared a special relationship with the girl, less father/daughter than friend/friend. When Diane begins dating irresponsible army brat Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), her father despairs at her choice of an "underachiever." Pressured by her dad to break off the relationship, Diane spends the rest of the summer being pursued by the lovestruck Lloyd, who does everything he can to win her back. Diane finally realizes there's more to life than perfection when her sainted father comes under the scrutiny of the IRS.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
During the 1980s, John Hughes gave the teen-movie genre new relevance; and in 1989 first-time filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) gave it depth and resonance with Say Anything, one of the decade’s most charming films. John Cusack -- the most cerebral, iconoclastic, and overtly ironic of the Reagan-era Brat Packers -- was tailor-made for the role of Lloyd Dobler, a quirky, intelligent underachiever with designs on the smartest girl in class. Diane (Ione Skye) is bright, ambitious, and more than a trifle reserved; she also plans to attend college in England, which could put a damper on Lloyd’s long-range plans. Character actor John Mahoney (Frasier) registers solidly as Diane’s dad, a loving parent whose business irregularities could land him in jail. Writer-director Crowe, even at this early stage, demonstrates a real knack for character development. The banter he writes for Lloyd and Diane is playful and witty, and he burrows beneath the skin to find and expose their secret insecurities. The result is characters that seem more human and endearing than most teen-movie protagonists. Although rooted very much in the late '80s, Say Anything has a timeless quality. More than a decade later, it’s still fresh and appealing. The DVD offers plenty of complementary bonus footage: 10 deleted scenes, 13 extended scenes, and 5 alternate scenes, all of them introduced by Crowe, who is joined by Cusack and Skye in a feature-length commentary.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Returning to the milieu that served his first screenplay, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), so well, Cameron Crowe's writer/director debut Say Anything is more than just another 1980s teen flick. Free of John Hughes-esque slickness and clichéd generational warfare, Crowe's trio of main characters, including (gasp) Diane's father, are complex people with problems and emotions that are not easily resolved. As in Fast Times, all of the teen characters are quirky and natural, especially Lloyd's female best friends D.C. and Corey (played by an acerbically lovelorn Lili Taylor). John Cusack makes eccentric kickboxer Lloyd utterly charming in his earnest verbosity and unabashed adoration of Ione Skye's smart, ambitious Diane; no teen-film romantic gesture can match Lloyd's boom-box blasting of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." In addition to hilariously and sensitively illuminating the mixed feelings of outsider-dom and first love, Say Anything is also that rare film (teen or otherwise) that honestly celebrates female strength and male sensitivity without resorting to offensive pap, confirming Crowe's arrival as one of the potentially more astute filmmakers in Hollywood.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

...a film that is really about something, that cares deeply about the issues it contains - and yet it also works wonderfully as a funny, warmhearted romantic comedy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0024543563631
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
41,782

Special Features

Commentary by Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye; An iconic film revisited: Say Anything...20 years later; A conversation with Cameron Crowe; I Love Say Anything...! featurette; To know Say Anything... Is to Love it! trivia track; 5 alternate scenes; 10 deleted scenes; 13 extended scenes ; Vintage featurette; Theatrical trailers & TV spots; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Lloyd Dobler
Ione Skye Diane Court
John Mahoney James Court
Lili Taylor Corey Flood
Amy Brooks D.C.
Pamela Segall Rebecca
Jason Gould Mike Cameron
Loren Dean Joe
Joan Cusack Lloyd's Sister (uncredited)
Lois Chiles Diane's Mother (uncredited)
Eric Stoltz Vahlere
John Green Luke
Glenn Walker Harris Jason
Charles Walker Principal
Russel Lunday Parent
Polly Platt Mrs. Flood
Gloria Cromwell Ruth
Jeremy Piven Mark
Patrick O'Neill Denny
Bebe Neuwirth Mrs. Evans
Kim Walker Sheila
Chynna Phillips Mimi
Allison Roth Tammy
Lisanne Falk Sandra
Jonathan Chapin Guy #1
Donald Willis Guy #2
Christopher Ziesmer Guy #4
John Bruner Guy
Bill Stevenson Partier
Jaime Gomez Partier
Jim Ladd D.J.
Montrose Hagins Bess
Kathryn Fuller Eva
Lenore Woodward Sabina
Edward A. Wright Mr. Taylor
Joanna Frank Mrs. Kerwin
Jay R. Goldenberg Al Kerwin
Richard Portnow Agent Stewart
Stephen Shortridge Ray
Kathleen Layman Saleswoman
Tom Lawrence Shop Customer
Annie Waterman IRS Secretary
Philip Baker Hall IRS Boss
Jerry Ziesmer U.S. Attorney
John Hillner Court's Attorney
Nicholas Kallsen Nose-Setter
Thomas Payne Man in Kickboxing Doorway
Arlan Feiles Guy #3
Gregory Sporleder Howard
Don "The Dragon" Wilson Sparring Partner

Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director,Screenwriter
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
James L. Brooks Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Michael Gershman Camera Operator
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Mark Mansbridge Production Designer
Richard Marks Co-producer,Editor
Cheri Minns Makeup
Joe Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Polly Platt Producer
Jack Roe Production Manager
Jane Ruhm Costumes/Costume Designer
Karen I. Stern Editor
Randy Stone Casting
Nancy Wilson Score Composer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

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