The Sure Thing

The Sure Thing

Director: Rob Reiner Cast: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards
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The Sure Thing

Director Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing is essentially It Happened One Night for the 1980s, but its lack of surprise in no way impedes its entertainment value. John Cusack plays Walter "Gib" Gibson, a self-involved college freshman who makes plans to head to California, there to touch base (and a few other things) with a "sure thing" played by Nicollette Sheridan. Likewise planning a westward journey is coed Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga), a control freak who has a wealthy, stuffy fiancé over there. Gib and Alison despise one another on sight -- so naturally, they are compelled to travel to California together. The fact that everyone in the audience knows precisely how this one will end up is inconsequential; Cusack and Zuniga deliver such engaging performances that we're pulling for them to wise up and discover one another from the very first scene. One of the best bits: the mismatched couple being bombarded with an ear-piercing rendition of "The Age of Aquarius" by their dippy traveling companions.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2007
UPC: 0027616089731
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG13
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Walter "Gib" Gibson
Daphne Zuniga Alison Bradbury
Anthony Edwards Lance
Boyd Gaines Jason
Tim Robbins Gary Cooper
Lisa Jane Persky Mary Ann Webster
Viveca Lindfors Prof. Taub
Nicollette Sheridan The Sure Thing
Larry Hankin Truck Driver
John Putch Will,Martin
Marcie Reibel Girl at Party
Kristal Richards Girl in the Photo
Chris Rydell Charlie
Danielle von Zerneck Julie
Marcia Christie Julie
Robert Anthony Marcucci Bobby
Lorrie Lightle Lucy
Joshua Cadman Jimbo
Steve Pink Football Player
Tracy Reiner Alison's Friend
Marty Layton Frat Guy
Amy Resnick Marsha
Robert Bauer Moke
Frantz Turner Cop
Garry Goodrow Pick-Up Driver
Robert Snively Clerk
Carmen Filpi Bus Station Bum
Richard Hamilton Bartender
George Memmoli Man in Bar
Rosalind Moreland Barmaid
Sunshine Parker Cowboy Guy
Fran Ryan Lady in Car
Teresa Baxter Rose Lady
Jimmy Baron Guy at Frat Party
Julie Ow Girl in Sarong
Noelle Williams Katherine
Sarah Buxton Sharon

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Steven L. Bloom Screenwriter
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Lisa Fischer Set Decoration/Design
John Frazier Special Effects
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Patricia Messina Makeup
Steve Nicolaides Production Manager
Jonathan Roberts Screenwriter
Andrew Scheinman Co-producer
Tom Scott Score Composer
Irwin Winkler Executive Producer
Henry Winkler Executive Producer
Jeff Wischnack Special Effects
Dorinda Rice Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Sure Thing
1. Main Title [2:14]
2. A Cosmic Adam & Eve [1:13]
3. Too Complex For School [2:01]
4. Love, Life and Pizza [3:29]
5. Lived Enough? [2:18]
6. The Pity Approach [2:53]
7. The Sincerity Lie... [4:29]
8. ...And It's Obvious Flaws [4:45]
9. Solid Inches [1:21]
10. A Sure Thing Beckons [2:28]
11. Gary Cooper's Show Tunes [2:42]
12. Bedtime Bickering [1:21]
13. Repressed Spontaneity [2:46]
14. Suddenly Car-Less [4:45]
15. Adventures In Hitchhiking [4:05]
16. Last Bus to LA [3:29]
17. Shotgunning Something [2:44]
18. Three Good-Looking Guys [5:46]
19. 15 Months Pregnant [2:10]
20. The Bright Side Of Hell [3:28]
21. A Rose For the Lady [2:36]
22. "How's Your Lawyer?" [3:53]
23. Nothing Happened [2:26]
24. Never Had a Sure Thing [2:52]
25. Parting Ways [1:08]
26. Flannel Sheets and...Beer? [2:13]
27. Gin Rummy Central [2:42]
28. A No-Morals Issue [4:28]
29. Bad Bed Habits [2:17]
30. The Sure Nonstarter [2:31]
31. The Traitor's Essay [4:01]
32. End Credits [3:03]

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The Sure Thing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great movie. The acting was preety great too. It was just outstanding. John Cusack was great in that movie. Even though I'm only 13 years old, I enjoy many 80's movies. The Sure Thing is defenetly one of them. In my opinion, it is one of Rob Reiner's best films.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago