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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)

R | | Drama | 3 August 1984 (USA)
With only a week left before graduation, a young dreamer itches to renounce an uninspiring scholarship, stand up to his despotic father and pursue a career in oceanography. But, has anyone ever spread his wings away from Grandview, U.S.A.?

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writer:

Ken Hixon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Michelle 'Mike' Cody
C. Thomas Howell ... Tim Pearson
Patrick Swayze ... Ernie 'Slam' Webster
Troy Donahue ... Donny Vinton
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Candy Webster
William Windom ... Bob Cody
Carole Cook ... Betty Welles
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Clark
Ramon Bieri ... Mr. Pearson
Elizabeth Gorcey Elizabeth Gorcey ... Bonnie Clark
John Philbin ... Cowboy
John Cusack ... Johnny Maine
Joan Cusack ... Mary
Camilla Hawk Camilla Hawk ... Mrs. Pearson
Melissa Domke Melissa Domke ... Susan Pearson
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Storyline

With only a week left before he graduates high school in the small Middle Western community of Grandview, the eighteen-year-old dreamer, Tim Pearson, is itching to renounce an uninspiring scholarship, stand up to his despotic father and pursue a career in oceanography, away from home. However, before long, an unexpected meeting with the struggling 27-year-old owner of the town's demolition derby track on the other side of the tracks, Michelle "Mike" Cody, and the Speedrome's king, Ernie "Slam" Webster, will bring Tim one step closer not only to his aspirations but also love. But, has anyone ever spread his wings away from Grandview, U.S.A.? Written by Nick Riganas

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Lives meet. Hearts crush. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

While filming in Pontiac, Illinois, the night the demolition derby scene was shot was very cold. Since it was supposed to be summertime, the extras hired to sit in the grandstand were dressed in shorts and shirts. To stay warm, they would bundle up in coats and hats and just before the camera would roll, they would throw off the coats and sit on them. See more »

Goofs

During the dream scene, while walking with his parents, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the ground toward the left side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Ernie 'Slam' Webster: [Bob and Mike are carrying a very drunk Slam to the truck]
[Slam talking drunk]
Ernie 'Slam' Webster: I'm sorry everyone.
Bob Cody: There are 2 kinds of drunks, those that are sorry and those that soon will be.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Maybe We Won't Have To Say Goodbye
Written by Rosalie Winkler Karalekas
Performed by Jerry Whitman
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Delivers The Goods!
13 September 2002 | by orangecakemixSee all my reviews

There have been more bad critical reviews and comments about THIS movie than good. I don't see how it's THAT bad to most viewers. It is one of my top favorites. It contains an excellent blend of comedy and drama about life in a rural American location (no mention of state or town but Texas is a good possibility). Great character acting. They just don't make them like this anymore.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandview, U.S.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairbury, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,194,293, 5 August 1984

Gross USA:

$4,743,119

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,743,119
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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