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The Sure Thing (1985)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Taglines: He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writers: Steve Bloom, Jonathan Roberts

Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines, ...

College freshman Walter (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a "sure thing". Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat retentive) girl at Gib's college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each others company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib's "sure thing?"
The scene where Gib teaches Alison to shotgun a beer was added to the script after John Cusack told Rob Reiner it was something he knew how to do.
A poster for director Rob Reiner's previous film, This Is Spinal Tap (1984), hangs on the closet in Gib's dorm room.
When Gib (John Cusack) and Alison (Daphne Zuniga) are on the library roof, Alison says that when she was six she wanted to be a princess. Daphne Zuniga played a princess in Spaceballs (1987).
Because John Cusack was only 17 and hence a minor during production, he had to seek legal emancipation from his parents in order to shoot on location.
Many film critics have likened the film to being a modern update of It Happened One Night (1934).
When Gib (John Cusack) and Alison (Daphne Zuniga) are on the library rooftop, Gib points out the constellation Cassiopeia to Alison. In the movie Serendipity (2001), John Cusack's character also mentions Cassiopeia.
Actress Daphne Zuniga once said: "It's hard to admit, but I really was a lot like this character."
In the swimming pool scene there is a sign in the background which reads "Happy Birthday Coach Oppewall". This is a reference to production designer Jeannine Oppewall.
When Gib is teaching Alison how to shotgun a beer, he is wearing a t-shirt with two people on it: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Tina Turner. The shirt was known as the "Ike & Tina T-shirt".
When Gib and his roommate are in their dorm room the roommate asks Gib how to spell "zucchini" and Gib incorrectly spells it "zuchini".
Mare Winningham auditioned for the role of Alison Bradbury.
Movie debut of Nicollette Sheridan.
Anthony Edwards originally auditioned for the role of Gib Gibson before eventually playing the role of Lance.
Daphne Zuniga was cast but only after very many other actresses had already auditioned.
While walking through the campus with her friend, Alison mentions that she passed out in Elvis' bedroom on a tour of Graceland. The public is actually not allowed to tour Elvis' bedroom at Graceland.
Daphne Zuniga is almost 4 years older than John Cusack.
The nickname of Walter Gibson (John Cusack) was Gib.
Anthony Edwards was considered for the role of Gib. When the role went to John Cusack, Edwards got the role of Lance instead.
One of a number of 1980s teenpic comedies starring John Cusack, others being Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Tapeheads (1988), Hot Pursuit (1987), Say Anything... (1989), Better Off Dead... (1985), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) and One Crazy Summer (1986
Both John Putch (Mastin) and Boyd Gaines (Jason) were semi-regular characters on One Day at a Time (1975). Putch played Bob Morton who pined for Barbara Cooper (Valerie Bertinelli) in earlier episodes, and Gaines played Mark Royer who would later play Bar
The film 's "Sure Thing" title also formed part of two of the movie's taglines, they being "A sure thing comes once in a lifetime...but the real thing lasts forever" and "He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've e
Reiner was said to have shot at multiple colleges so that the movie would have a generic but obvious northeastern Ivy League feel to the location, without being specifically tied to one school. A scene of John Cusack running across a quad was definitely s
The film's "Sure Thing" title can be defined by one of the movie's taglines which states that a sure thing "comes once in a lifetime". A line of dialogue from the picture further elaborates on this by saying that a sure thing is "a no questions asked, no
Due to Moral Code, certain parts of the world showed different versions of the films. With this film, there is a version where the first scene of the film is the scene right before Lance's dialogue "Private Gibson" to Gibson (John Cusack) where Gibson is
One of a number of 1980s teenpic comedies starring John Cusack, others being Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Tapeheads (1988), Hot Pursuit (1987), Say Anything... (1989), Better Off Dead... (1985), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) and One Crazy Summer (1986).
Both John Putch (Mastin) and Boyd Gaines (Jason) were semi-regular characters on One Day at a Time (1975). Putch played Bob Morton who pined for Barbara Cooper (Valerie Bertinelli) in earlier episodes, and Gaines played Mark Royer who would later play Barbara's husband in later episodes.
Reiner was said to have shot at multiple colleges so that the movie would have a generic but obvious northeastern Ivy League feel to the location, without being specifically tied to one school. A scene of John Cusack running across a quad was definitely shot at Cornell University.
The film 's "Sure Thing" title also formed part of two of the movie's taglines, they being "A sure thing comes once in a lifetime...but the real thing lasts forever" and "He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen".
Gib is seen wearing the green and gold "Kangaroos" jersey of the Australian national Rugby League team of that era
John Cusack would make a cameo appearance the following year in director Rob Reiner's next feature film - Stand By Me.
Due to Moral Code, certain parts of the world showed different versions of the films. With this film, there is a version where the first scene of the film is the scene right before Lance's dialogue "Private Gibson" to Gibson (John Cusack) where Gibson is sitting alone. This version doesn't have scenes with Gibson's dialogue to two women. This version also doesn't have the scene where John Cusack kisses the girl in Lance's room close to the end of the film.