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The Sure Thing (1985)

John Cusack , Daphne Zuniga , Rob Reiner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines, Tim Robbins
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Jonathan Roberts, Steve Bloom
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Henry Winkler, Jeffrey Stott, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009OWJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sure Thing" on IMDb

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John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity), Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs) and Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives") star in this charming tale of true love that's at once "intelligent, fun, a bit devilish [and] delightful, frisky and perceptively funny" (The Hollywood Reporter)! College freshman Walter "Gib" Gibson (Cusack) has a "sure thing" goinga date with a very hot and very sex-craved blonde (Sheridan) across the country in LA. Crossed by fateand the ride-share bulletin boardGib makes the trip with a studious and abrasive coed (Zuniga). But as they mount every obstacle from show tune-singing simpletons and bad weather to leering truck drivers and worse luck, their temperaments change and Gib realizes that the only sure thing isthat losing the real thing would be the worst thing of all!

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great DVD - lots-o-features! March 29, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is a cult-classic in my (wife's) family, so we've all seen it a dozen times or more. Sure, people will dismiss this movie as a teen, lightweight, romantic comedy. Maybe it is, but it's also hillarious and well acted and packed with lines that you'll find yourself quoting throughout life ("we speak each others unspoken language, - fluently"). Personally, I think this is John Cusak's best acting role ever. Even the smaller parts (such as Tim Robbins' are hillarious).
Additionally, this DVD has great features. For example you can watch in either widescreen or normal mode. You also have the option of turning on the director's (Rob Reiner) commentary so you can listen to him speak over the movie giving his comments on the actors, scenes, etc. There's also a trivia feature that will play the movie while popping up little triva-blurbs on each screen. There are also "featurettes" that discuss the casting, wardrobe, etc.
Some DVD's are simply the VHS movie put on a different media, but this one is packed with great features - plus it's a great movie!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I'm looking for my own copy of this movie because it is one of my all-time favorites...comfort food for my soul. I can be totally down in the dumps and all I need is to see this movie. It never fails to lift my spirits and make me laugh, no matter how many times I've seen it. I can recite every word of the script by now. I'm tired of renting it, though--now I want to own it! Cusack is brilliant. It was the first time I ever saw him, and I've been a devoted fan ever since. Rob Reiner and everyone in the cast did such a great job--I love all the scenes with Tim Robbins. I was in college when this came out and just to demonstrate its timeless appeal--I can show it to current college-aged people and they love it too! About the only thing that dates the movie besides a few 80s expressions like "excellent" is Anthony Edwards' exhilaration about using a cordless phone by the pool! The humor, heart and romance of this movie continue to be au courant, due to great writing, acting and direction.
My favorite (and oft-quoted line): "Spontaneity has its time and its place!"
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A sure thing comes once in a lifetime... April 17, 2005
Format:DVD
but the real thing lasts forever."

Rob Reiner's classic 1985 teen comedy, "The Sure Thing", features one of John Cusack's first starring roles as Gib Gibson, an early performance by the very young and beautiful Daphne Zuniga as Alison Bradbury, and a bizarre appearance by Tim Robbins in one of his first films as well. Though this is a movie of firsts for its soon-to-be-famous cast, the story is not particulary original nor inventive. In fact, it is downright predictable. Within the first five minutes, you will know exactly how things are going to end up. Yet the beauty of this film is the sweet, funny, romantic, and old-fashioned ride that it takes in order to bring you to that oh-so-predictable ending.

This is a film that has exquisitely stood the test of time. As a matter of fact, if you hold it up to the majority of romantic comedies churned out by Hollywood during the 90's and onwards, one will find that this is a truly charming film. Modern romantic comedy hits such as "She's All That", "Down to You", "10 Things I Hate About You", "Head Over Heels", and "Never Been Kissed" provide excellent juxtaposition to the near genre-perfection of this film.

Alison: What are you doing?

Gib: I'm going to bed.

Alison: Not with me you're not.

Gib: I'm not going to bed with you, I'm going to bed in a bed you happen to be in also.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite romantic comedies from the eighties October 29, 2002
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THE SURE THING was a great film when it came out, and unlike many romantic comedies of the eighties, this one has held up marvelously. The story is incredibly simple and one of the oldest in Hollywood: a road picture. Traditionally, road pictures use traveling as a metaphor for growth and development, whether growth for good or for ill. Luckily in this picture, it is for good. Both John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga's characters grow and develop during the course of the film, breaking through their own superficial beliefs about what they want in love and their perceptions about the other. It is important to realize that this really isn't a teenage sex comedy. A lot of teen films slap on some stuff about true love, but in fact attempt to titillate through the heart of the film. There are titillation scenes in THE SURE THING featuring Nicolette Sheridan, but these are almost parodies of themselves. In fact, the fantasies are more projections of Cusack's illusions about love.
This was the movie that introduced both John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga as leading performers. John has gone on to bigger and better things, while Daphne's career has been a bit of a disappointment to me. I adored her in this movie, and would have liked to see her in more comedies. But the two of them made a magnificent couple in this film, and they did a perfect job of embodying their characters. She is perfect as the overorganized, completely A.R. stuffed skirt, while he is the epitome of the mildly nerdy guy who isn't exactly a ladykiller. In fact, part of the key to Cusack's success is that he is sort of an Everyman: he isn't at all unattractive, but he isn't Tom Cruise. He doesn't make women swoon. But he possesses vulnerability, some charm, and intelligence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt & as described!
Prompt & as described!
Published 1 hour ago by The Minn Man
5.0 out of 5 stars watch the movie
This is the pinnacle of adolescent coming of age 80s movies right here. It may be dated, but this is the first place I ever saw anyone 'shotgun' a beer before. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Smarm E. Caterpillar
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
John Cusack at his best outside of High Fidelity and Say Anything, a classic film, one to be added to any collection
Published 2 months ago by Joshua W
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 80's move
Decent 80's move
Published 2 months ago by Furmom<3
2.0 out of 5 stars Sure Rubbish.
As a Cusack fan I am sorry that I don't like this movie. The second star is for Cusack alone.
Published 2 months ago by fermented42eh
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cusack is great as usual.
Great 80's movie and John Cusack is great in everything!
Published 3 months ago by Debra Vallone
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's, John Cusack is Mr. 80's.
Classic 80's ,John Cusack is Mr. 80's.
Published 3 months ago by Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delightful
Published 3 months ago by Gloria Beil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
What could be better an up and comming John Cusack, a road trip, a romance, and the ultimate American male myth-------------The Sure Thing
Published 4 months ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite
john cusak was just a kid in this movie as he was in many of them back then. he put so much into his work even as a young man that as an adult i think it's been hard to grow. Read more
Published 4 months ago by will crow
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