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Better Off Dead Details


Most animation aficionados of the 1990s know "Savage [[Performer~P94678~Steve Holland~steveholland]]" as the cocreator (with [[Performer~P97880~Bill Kopp~billkopp]]) of the all-stops-out TV cartoon series Eek! The Cat. But [[Performer~P94676~Holland~savagesteveholland]] had been exercising his own peculiar brand of deviltry on live characters long before Eek! came into being. In [[Performer~P94676~Holland~savagesteveholland]]'s [[Feature~V132660~Better Off Dead~betteroffdead]], [[Performer~P16329~John Cusack~johncusack]] plays a lovestruck teenager, hopelessly enamored with [[Performer~P77765~Amanda Wyss~amandawyss]]. When she dumps him in favor of a more popular high-schooler, the boy's entire day quickly goes to Hell. In the words of Hamlet, all occasions do inform against [[Performer~P16329~Cusack~johncusack]]: he is bullied, tormented and torn apart by everyone from the paperboy (who seemingly turns up everywhere) to the disembodied voice of a radio deejay. [[Performer~P16329~Cusack~johncusack]] attempts suicide, but his efforts are just as unsuccessful-and amusing-as [[Performer~P85967~Bud Cort~budcort]]'s in [[Feature~V21605~Harold and Maude~haroldandmaude]]. Meanwhile, French exchange student [[Performer~P24786~Diane Franklin~dianefranklin]], held a virtual prisoner by her host family, develops a long-distance crush on [[Performer~P16329~Cusack~johncusack]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 11, 1985


John Cusack
as Lane Myer
David Ogden Stiers
as Al Myer
Kim Darby
as Jenny Myer
Demian Slade
as Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens
as Badger Myer
Diane Franklin
as Monique Junet
Laura Waterbury
as Mrs. Smith
Curtis Armstrong
as Charles De Mer
Amanda Wyss
as Beth Truss
Aaron Dozier
as Roy Stalin
Tina Littlewood
as Chris Cummins
Steven Williams
as Tree Trimmer
Edward Mehler
as Buster
Brian Imada
as Chen Ree
Thomas Rollerson
as Roller Skater
Toby Iland
as Nerd #1
Sam High
as Jock #2
Yano Anaya
as Paperboy
Elizabeth Daily
as Herself
Joey Tushnet
as Paperboy
Rich Little
Yuji Okumoto
as Yee Sook Ree
Taylor Negron
as Mailman
Rick Rosenthal
as Smitty
Vincent Schiavelli
as Mr. Kerber
Dan Schneider
as Ricky Smith


Savage Steve Holland
Michael Jaffe
Savage Steve Holland
Isidore Mankofsky
Isidore Mankofsky
Rupert Hine
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Balsam
Herman Zimmerman
Production Designer
Andrew Meyer
Executive Producer
Gil Friesen
Executive Producer
Brad Loman
Costume Designer
Roy Downey
Special Effects