A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon VideoCover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by William Richert
Produced by Mel Klein
Noel Marshall
Russell Schwartz
Written by William Richert (novel & screenplay)
Starring River Phoenix
Ann Magnuson
Meredith Salenger
Ione Skye
Matthew L. Perry
Paul Koslo
Music by Bill Conti (US version)
Elmer Bernstein (non US version)
Cinematography John J. Connor
Edited by Suzanne Fenn
Island Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates February 26, 1988
Running time 90 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $6,264,058

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is a 1988 film about a high school graduate who must find out if he wants to go to business school at the request of his father or go his own way and get a full-time job. He shows he's rebellious throughout the film but eventually comes to understand what his parents want from him. The film stars River Phoenix, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Matthew Perry and Ione Skye. It is based upon the novel Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye? by William Richert, who also directed the film.

This film deviated considerably from the original director's cut, which is now available under the title Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

It was filmed in 1986 and released in 1988.


Set in a wealthy Chicago suburb during the 1960s, middle-class Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix) hangs out with his upper-class best friend, Fred Roberts (Matthew Perry), and sleeps with Fred's snobby girlfriend, Denise Hunter (Ione Skye). He spends his time writing poetry and drinking coffee while he decides what to do after high school. His parents won't help him pay for tuition unless he attends the same business college as his father did, but Jimmy doesn't want to follow that path. Instead, he focuses on coming up with enough money for a plane ticket to go to Hawaii with his wealthy yet chaste girlfriend, Lisa Bentwright (Meredith Salenger). On the night of a big party, Jimmy is given the task of driving home his mother's divorced friend, Joyce Fickett (Ann Magnuson), who conveniently seduces him. Since he is late picking up Lisa, she goes to the dance with the rich Matthew Hollander (Jason Court) instead. Jimmy then crashes the family car and shares an intimate rapprochement with his father (Paul Koslo) while becoming a hero.


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