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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)

R | | Drama | 3 August 1984 (USA)
Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. ... See full summary »

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Michelle 'Mike' Cody
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Tim Pearson
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Ernie 'Slam' Webster
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Donny Vinton
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Candy Webster
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Bob Cody
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Betty Welles
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Mr. Clark
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Mr. Pearson
Elizabeth Gorcey ...
Bonnie Clark
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Cowboy
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Camilla Hawk ...
Mrs. Pearson
Melissa Domke ...
Susan Pearson
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Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to her. She runs the local Demolition Derby place. Ernie "Slam" Webster is on of the drivers in the derby who's wife is cheating on him and wants to later on be with Mike. Tim falls for Mike and a big love triangle is about to happen. Written by jeffman52001

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Where dreams have a funny way of coming true.

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3 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Speedway Trio  »

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$2,194,293 (USA) (5 August 1984)

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$4,743,119 (USA)
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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 »

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When Mike gives Tim the "big thermometer" outside of the bank, Tim's hairstyle changes several times. See more »

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Tim Pearson: Ain't sex great?
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Referenced in Bottle Up (2015) See more »

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Let's Talk It Over In The Morning
Written by Oscar Sullivan
Performed and Produced by Sammy Vaughn
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Observant touches and crazy-romantic characters more interesting than the plot
20 November 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Tender-but-tough divorcée, the struggling owner of an outdoor demolition derby arena in small town Illinois, is faced with a $10,000 upgrade from the county; one of the commissioners is trying to get her property cheap so he can build a country club on the spot, but is unaware his teenage son has a crush on the older woman, who is also being courted by her star-driver. Surprisingly complicated character-driven film from director Randal Kleiser, he of the hits "Grease" and "The Blue Lagoon". Working from Ken Hixon's mercurial script, Kleiser hands a wonderful role to top-billed Jamie Lee Curtis, who finally gets to show off an appealing range (it's one of her tightest performances). As her underage paramour, C. Thomas Howell is still doing his puppy dog bit (soulful eyes and trembling bottom lip), however Patrick Swayze is terrific as the macho star involved in an all-out war with his cheating wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh, convincing as an unrepentant tramp). Just as good as the younger players is Ramon Bieri as Howell's father; the under-appreciated actor stews in realistic exasperation with his kids, and Kleiser is careful not to mock him (the father's actions aren't fully considered, but we are able to perceive the man's character in Bieri's weary eyes and seasoned face). What doesn't work are the dream sequences/music videos which appear to be included to appeal to the teen market. This isn't another horny boy-meets-older woman hick-comedy, though it was advertised as such. The film has more on its mind than cheap thrills, and the actors seem to relish in their opportunities. **1/2 from ****


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