One Crazy Summer

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One Crazy Summer
One crazy summer.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Savage Steve Holland
Produced by Gil Friesen (executive producer)
Michael Jaffe (producer)
Andrew Meyer (executive producer)
Claudia Sloan (animation producer)
William Strom (associate producer)
Written by Savage Steve Holland
Starring John Cusack
Demi Moore
Bobcat Goldthwait
Curtis Armstrong
Joel Murray
Music by Cory Lerios
Cinematography Isidore Mankofsky
Edited by Alan Balsam
Production
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Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates August 8, 1986
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $13,432,000

One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, and starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. The original film score was composed by Cory Lerios.

Plot summary[edit]

Hoops McCann (Cusack) is a recent high school graduate who failed to get a basketball scholarship, disappointing his parents. Hoops hopes to be admitted to the Rhode Island School of Design, and must write and illustrate a love story for his application. He joins his friend George Calamari (Murray), and George's sister Squid, to spend the summer on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. En route, they pick up a young rock singer named Cassandra Eldridge (Moore); who is being chased by a motorcycle gang at the time. Once on the island, Hoops and George, along with George's island friends the Stork twins and Ack-Ack Raymond, must help Cassandra save her grandfather's house from the greedy Beckersted Family. Along the way, Hoops must find a way to write his cartoon love story.

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Soundtrack[edit]

Song Title Artist
Don't Look Back Demi Moore
Take A Bow Jaime Segel
Easy Street David Lee Roth
Be Chrool To Your Scuel Twisted Sister
What Does It Take Honeymoon Suite
Dirty Dog ZZ Top
Do It Again The Beach Boys
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys
Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys
Fandango Herb Alpert
I Go To Rio Peter Allen
Outa-Space Billy Preston
Dancing In The Street Martha and The Vandellas
Would I Lie To You Eurythmics
Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
Down On The Corner Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wipe Out The Surfaris
Theme from Jaws John Williams
In My Room The Beach Boys

Production[edit]

Several locations on Cape Cod, Massachusetts were used for the film: Pope John Paul II High School (as Generic High School), Hyannis West Elementary School (as Generic Elementary), the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard And Nantucket Steamship Authority ferry dock in Woods Hole,[1] where the characters board the ferry, and the motorcycle gang leader jumps his motorcycle into the water. The internal scene of the gas station bathroom were shot on a stage built in the MBL Club in Woods Hole.

Hoops McCann is named after the protagonist in Steely Dan's song "Glamour Profession" from the Gaucho album, who is introduced as a basketball aficionado.

Savage Steve Holland was reportedly upset with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's criticism of his earlier film Better Off Dead, which led to the gag with the two bunnies that get blown up at the end of the movie who resemble the movie critics.[2]

Reception[edit]

Nina Darnton of the New York Times wrote, "In spite of the director's flair for zany humor, this film is just absurd."[3] Pat Graham of the Chicago Reader found it "Not a bad film, and certainly more polished than Holland's Better Off Dead debut, though it's marred by unevenness and the director's ineradicable penchant for infantile clowning."[4] The film maintains a 60% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

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