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The Sure Thing Details


Director Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing is essentially Rob Reiner 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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


Rob Reiner
Jonathan Roberts
Steven L. Bloom
Robert Elswit
Tom Scott
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Leighton
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
Andrew Scheinman
Henry Winkler
Executive Producer
Irwin Winkler
Executive Producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Designer
Robert Eber
Sound/Sound Designer
John Frazier
Special Effects
Jeff Wischnack
Special Effects
Jane Jenkins
Steve Nicolaides
Production Manager
Janet Hirshenson
Patricia Messina