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Losin' It (1983)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 22 April 1983 (USA)
Set in 1965, four rowdy teenage guys travel to Tijuana, Mexico for a night of partying when they are joined by a heartbroken housewife who is in town seeking a quick divorce.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Bill Norton (screenplay) (as B.W.L. Norton), Bill Norton (story) (as B.W.L. Norton) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Woody
Jackie Earle Haley ... Dave
John Stockwell ... Spider
John P. Navin Jr. ... Wendell
Shelley Long ... Kathy
Henry Darrow ... Sheriff
Hector Elias ... Chuey
Daniel Faraldo ... Taxi Driver #1
Mario Marcelino Mario Marcelino ... Pablo
Rick Rossovich ... Marine
James Victor ... Lawyer
Kale Browne ... Larry
Enrique Castillo ... Taxi Driver #2
Cornelio Hernandez Cornelio Hernandez ... Big Guy in Jail
Hector Morales Hector Morales ... Watch Seller
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Storyline

Teen sex comedy set in 1965 which follows four Los Angeles school friends, Woody, Dave, Spider, Wendell and the series of misadventures they get into when they travel south of the border to Tijuana, Mexico for a night of cruisin', causing trouble, and to settle a pact to lose their virginity before the night is over, while a young woman, named Kathy, accompanies them for different reasons: to arrange a quick divorce from her husband. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Taglines:

They were boozin' it, brusin' it and cruisin' it, but mostly they were . . . See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tijuana See more »

Filming Locations:

Calexico, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$437,257, 10 April 1983

Gross USA:

$1,246,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,246,141
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Film debut of Kale Browne. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Dave (Jackie Earle Haley) is flirting with the bar girl, her hand is wrapped around her cup. When Dave drops the Spanish Fly into her drink the cup is standing alone at the center of the table. In the next shot her hand is back around the cup again. See more »

Quotes

Dave: I heard about this guy who got some spanish flies for his girlfriend, because she wasn't putting out. He gave her one and stopped at a liquor store or something, and when he came out guess what he found?
Woody: She was dead on top of the gearshift.
Dave: You know the same guy!
Woody: No, the same story.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike Tyson Mysteries: Losin' It (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Losin' It
by Jeff Alan (as J. Alan) and T. Shenale
Performed by Jeff Alan Band
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Forget Tom Cruise. The whole movie is Jackie Earle Haley.
5 May 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Losin' It is a pretty funny roadtrip movie, thanks to the comedic antics of Jackie Earle Haley ('Breaking Away') who plays Dave, an oversexed kid desperate from some action during a weekend in Mexico. He and his buddies, Woody (Tom Cruise) clean cut shy kid, headlong Spider (the gorgeous John Stockwell) and Dave's clever brother Wendell (John P. Navin Jr.), embark on a wild roadtrip to lust after girls and underaged booze in 1965.

Each of the guys has their own experiences with love and mischief. Woody spends most of the time with Kathy (Shelly Long), a flamboyant older woman who hitched a ride with the boys to get a quickie divorce. Spider, the ego, abandons the group and frequently gets in trouble with a corrupt sheriff. Wendell, who came along for lots of black market goodies, spends the weekend trying to save his brother's ass, since Dave's misconception that the town is full of easy women gets him in heavy trouble with the locals.

It's a pretty funny movie that I'm surprised hasn't been given more notoriety among 80s fans. Tom Cruise and John Stockwell played their typical characters, but the stars of this movie, were really Jackie Earle Haley and John Navin. They were perfect.


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