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Sure Thing (1985)

Director: Rob Reiner     Starring: John Cusack
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40223632
UPC: 027616865748
UPC 14: 00027616865748
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Romantic Comedy From Rob Reiner.
John Cusack (Grosse Point Blank), Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs) and Nicollette Sheridan ("Knots Landing") 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" going--a date with a very hot and very sex-craved blonde (Sheridan) across the country in LA. Crossed by fate--and the ride-share bulletin board--Gib 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 is that losing the real thing would be the worst thing of all!

"This film gets my unapologetic nomination for GREATEST FILM EVER MADE!  Michael Dare, LA Weekly

Editor's Note
When free-spirited but juvenile Walter "Gib" Gibson (John Cusack) meets studious, uptight Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga) at an unnamed Ivy League college, sparks fly; unfortunately, they are mostly of the disastrous variety as all of Gib's attempts at courtship fall painfully apart. Inevitably, the duo is tossed together when they both answer the same ad for a ride to California. While Alison is traveling to reunite with her tidy law school boyfriend, Gib is on the road to meet a beautiful girl his best friend promises him is "a sure thing." Before too long, Gib and Alison's bickering inflames the driver, who promptly deposits the two with their suitcases on the side of a lonely highway thousands of miles from their destination. As the misadventures pile up, the initially contentious pair begin to take a liking to one another--but do these two dare fall in love?

Rob Reiner's initial attempt at romantic comedy pays subtle homage, with gentle lyricism, to the classic screwballs of early Hollywood. The film is buoyed by the stellar performances of the two leads, Cusack (in one of his first significant roles) and Zuniga, who are reminiscent of the great studio pairings of the past.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1985
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1002363
Video UPC UPC: 00027616865748
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Nicolette Sheridan
Video Cast Info Daphne Zuniga
Video Cast Info John Cusack
Video Cast Info Viveca Lindfors
Video Cast Info Rob Reiner - Director
Video Cast Info Roger Birnbaum - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Bloom - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jonathan Roberts - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they grate on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures complement each other. Now they need to realize what they've already found before it's too late.

Memorable Quotes

"Don't even bother, Gib. I hear she only goes for the intelligent type."----Bobby (Robert Anthony Marcucci) to Walter "Gib" Gibson (John Cusack)|"I'm intelligent and stuff...."----Gib

"Live a little. Go to bed when you want to and not when you think you should. Eat foods that are bad for you. Talk to people whose clothes aren't color coordinated. Make love in a hammock. Life is the ultimate experience. You have to experience life in order to write about it."----Professor Taub (Viveca Linfors) to Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga)|"What was that part after 'hammock?'"----Alison

"Hi, I'm Gary Cooper...but not the one who's dead."----Gary Cooper (Tim Robbins)

"Would you like to have a sexual experience that will change your political orientation?"----Gib to a girl at a party

"Kid, I've never had a sure thing in my life."----Trucker (Larry Hankin)

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...Huge hearted, immaculately cast and jammed with rewindables..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars 06/01/2000 p.104

Entertainment Weekly
"...Cusack demonstrates his character's fundamental decency....[His] underlying steadiness anchors the film..." -- Rating: B 10/08/1999 pp.74-5

New York Times
"...The surest thing here is the inspiration guiding [the film makers]....Beguiling..." 03/01/1985 p.C12

Los Angeles Times
"...Cusack and Zuniga are real finds, as talented as they are intelligent....Lots of film have sweetness and humor, but THE SURE THING also has smarts..." 03/01/1985 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A refreshing, charming and quietly wonderful love story..." 08/21/1992 p.35

USA Today
"Rob Reiner directed THE SURE THING as the follow-up project to his untoppable THIS IS SPINAL TAP, and it's still one of his best..." 08/08/2003 p.12D

"[T]his is a near-not perfect comedy that demonstrates Reiner's sure hand in any genre." 09/01/2005 p.147

Entertainment Weekly
"[S]urprisingly deep for a flick that rests on the same shelf as HARDBODIES and MY TUTOR." -- Grade: B 03/04/2011

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cusack,John
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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