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John Cusack
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Date of Birth: Jun 28, 1966

Country: USA

Biography: He is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out.

Total Titles at Criticker: 84 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (84) | Writer (4)
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Never Grow Old (2019)
An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises. (imdb)
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Distorted (2018)
A 32-year-old woman suffering from bipolar disorder comes to suspect the proprietor of the state-of-the-art ''smart apartment'' she and her husband just moved into is using the building's residents as unwitting guinea pigs for a ''synthetic telepathy'' brainwashing plot with dire global ramifications.
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River Runs Red (2018)
When the son of a successful judge (Taye Diggs) is killed by two police officers (Luke Hemsworth/Gianni Capaldi) and the system sets them free, a hardened veteran detective (John Cusack) finds some incriminating files on the officers and the judge teams up with another mourning father (George Lopez) to take the law into his own hands. (imdb)
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Singularity (2017)
In 2020, Elias van Dorne (John Cusack), CEO of VA Industries, the world's largest robotics company, introduces his most powerful invention--Kronos, a super computer designed to end all wars. When Kronos goes online, it quickly determines that mankind, itself, is the biggest threat to world peace and launches a worldwide robot attack to rid the world of the "infection" of man.
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Arsenal (2017)
Arsenal tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey and JP, who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime. When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King, JP turns to the brothers' old pal Sal, a detective, for help. (imdb)
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Blood Money (2017)
Three friends on a wilderness excursion must outrun a white collar criminal hellbent on retrieving his cash, but soon their greed turns them against each other. A modern re-telling of TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. (imdb)
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Boom Bust Boom (2016)
A documentary about mankind's history of speculative bubbles. It is presented by former Monty Python member Terry Jones. (wikipedia.org)
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Cell (2016)
When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England. (imdb)
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Dragon Blade (2015)
Lost Roman soldiers navigate their way through China. (imdb)
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Chi-Raq (2015)
After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
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Love & Mercy (2015)
The life of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. (imdb)
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Drive Hard (2014)
A former race car driver turned driver's training instructor (Jane) is abducted by a mysterious thief (Cusack) and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts both in the sights of the cops and the mob and leads them all on a chase across Australia's Gold Coast. (imdb)
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The Bag Man (2014)
A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag (imdb)
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Adult World (2014)
A recent college graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet instead winds up working for an adult book store. (imdb)
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Maps to the Stars (2014)
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
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Reclaim (2014)
A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter. (imdb)
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The Prince (2014)
A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival. (imdb)
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The Butler (2013)
An African-American's eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. (imdb)
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The Numbers Station (2013)
A former black ops agent and the young woman he's assigned to protect fight for survival after a surprise attack.
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Salinger (2013)
An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events. (imdb)
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Grand Piano (2013)
Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.
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No somos animales (2013)
A Hollywood actor grows tired of making the same corporate movies, so he moves to Argentina to find more experimental and meaningful work. (imdb)
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The Raven (2012)
A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories. (imdb)
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The Paperboy (2012)
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (imdb)
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Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
With unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide follows the film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate biography. Beginning with Allen's childhood the film chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen's career, from his work as a TV scribe, standup comedian and frequent TV talk show guest, to a writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. (PBS)
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The Factory (2011)
An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer (imdb)
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Shanghai (2010)
An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding. (imdb)
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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Four guy friends, all of them bored with their adult lives, travel back to their respective 80s heydays thanks to a time-bending hot tub.
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2012 (2009)
An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
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War, Inc. (2008)
A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Aykroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man (Cusack), to kill a Middle East oil minister... (imdb)
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Guyville Redux (2008)
Guyville Redux is a documentary about the Chicago Alternative music scene of the early 1990s (which produced bands including Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill and Material Issue), containing interviews with record label owners and producers. (imdb)
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Igor (2008)
"Igor" is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair.
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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before... (imdb)
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Grace Is Gone (2007)
Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip. (imdb)
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1408 (2007)
Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. Enslin's phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." (MGM)
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Martian Child (2007)
Crushed by the death of his fiancée, a writer (Cusack) adopts a 6-year-old boy in an effort to create a family. The boy, who desperately wants a father, is troubled by the idea that he's from Mars. (imdb)
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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006)
A documentary on the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson. (Imdb)
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The Contract (2006)
Ray Keene (Cusack), a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son, is trying to bring Cordell (Freeman), a world-class assassin to justice. All the while, he must protect his son and evade the assassin's team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness. (imdb)
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The Ice Harvest (2005)
A wickedly funny thriller about thick thieves and thin ice. (Focus Features)
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Must Love Dogs (2005)
As thirty-something divorced pre-school teacher Sarah Nolan (Lane) braves a series of hilariously disastrous mismatches and first dates, she begins to trust her own instincts again and learns that, no matter what, it's never a good idea to give up on love. (Warner Bros.)
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Runaway Jury (2003)
A suspense-thriller about a high-priced and ruthless jury "consultant" (Hackman) who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict on an explosive trial. (Fox)
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Breakfast with Hunter (2003)
A documentary on the infamous gonzo journalist, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (imdb)
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Identity (2003)
Caught in a savage rainstorm, ten travelers are forced to seek refuge at a strange desert motel. They soon realize they've found anything but shelter. There is a killer among them and, one by one, they are murdered. (Sony)
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Max (2002)
A tale that careens through art, politics, love, hope, intolerance, obsession and destructive malevolence to provide an original and intimate portrait of a major turning point in modern history. (Lions Gate Films)
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Adaptation. (2002)
The lives of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, author Susan Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others' in this adaptation of the best-selling "The Orchid Thief."
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America
For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful mega-star like Gwen isn't easy. But when she dutifully accepts the task of helping Gwen and her estranged mega-star husband Eddie make it through one last public appearance masterminded by legendary press agent Lee Phillips, forever devoted Kiki finds that her job is about to get even harder.
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Serendipity (2001)
They met by chance and spent the perfect night together. Now, before it's too late, they have one last chance to find out if what might have been could still be. (Miramax Films)
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High Fidelity (2000)
In this biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon (Cusack) is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl. His needle, however, skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and screaming, into adulthood. (Touchstone Pictures)
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Pushing Tin (1999)
A feud develops between two air traffic controllers: one cocky and determined while the other is restrained and laidback, which inevitably affects their lives. (imdb)
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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
In 1930s New York Orson Welles tries to stage a musical on a steel strike under the Federal Theater Program despite pressure from an establishment fearful of industrial unrest and red activity. Meanwhile Nelson Rockefeller gets the foyer of his company headquarters decorated and an Italian countess sells paintings for Mussolini. (imdb)
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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Craig, a puppeteer, takes a filing job in a low-ceilinged office in Manhattan. Although married to the slightly askew Lotte, he hits on a colleague, the sexually frank Maxine. She's bored but snaps awake when he finds a portal leading inside John Malkovich: for 15 minutes you see, hear, and feel whatever JM is doing, then you fall out by the New Jersey Turnpike... (imdb)
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The Jack Bull (1999)
The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he wages to force Ballard to nurse the emaciated animals back to health escalates into a vigilante manhunt, murder and the possible defeat of Wyoming's bid for statehood. (imdb)
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Hellcab (1998)
There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character develops as the different people of Chicago come & go... (imdb)
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
"The Thin Red Line" tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who took part in the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal, but the way in which this story is told transcends the boundaries of the war film genre.
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This Is My Father (1998)
A middle-aged teacher discovers photos from his mother's past that convinces him that she has not told the truth about his real father. Venturing into Ireland where he believes his real father to be, a past romance slowly unfolds. (imdb)
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Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time. (imdb)
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Anastasia (1997)
Anya is an 18 year old orphan with very little memory of her past. Fate finds her in St. Petersburg where two con artists are looking for a young woman to pass off as Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Nicholas II, the last Czar to scam the Grand Duchess's grandmother in Paris. Anya is not just close to the real thing, she is the real thing, that the evil monk Rasputin who cursed the royal family wants revenge. (20th Century Fox)
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Con Air (1997)
A prison parolee (Cage) on his way to freedom faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he's on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals in the country. (Buena Vista Entertainment)
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
When magazine writer John Kelso (John Cusack) travels to Savannah, Ga., to cover a chichi party thrown by urbane antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), he is pulled into his subject's intriguing murder trial and introduced to a throng of colorful locals. Set against the beguiling backdrop of Southern high society, this retelling of John Berendt's novel by director Clint Eastwood also stars Jude Law as Williams's lover, Billy Hanson.
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Eastwood on Eastwood (1997)
Autobiography of Clint Eastwood up to his movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
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City Hall (1996)
The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences. (imdb)
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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Set in 1920's New York City, this movie tells the story of idealistic young playwright David Shayne... (imdb)
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Floundering (1994)
In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is trying to figure out what to do with his life... (imdb)
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The Road to Wellville (1994)
A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early 20th century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg. (imdb)
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Money for Nothing (1993)
When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run.
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Map of the Human Heart (1993)
In 1931, a chartist lands a plane in the Arctic to map unrecorded regions. He takes an Eskimo boy with tuberculosis back to civilisation where he is healed and indoctrinated in a Catholic foster home. The Eskimo meets a "half-breed" girl (father was French, mother was Indian) and they fall in love. They are separated and the Eskimo returns to the Arctic. Years later he encounters the chartist again and sends a message to his love via the chartist. (imdb)
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Roadside Prophets (1992)
Bizarre and surreal road movie about a biker and his unlikely sidekick. On a quest to fulfill a friend's last wish, Joe takes to the desert road on his 1957 Harley-Davidson and meets a succession of odd characters, including Sam... (imdb)
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True Colors (1991)
Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal. (imdb)
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Shadows and Fog (1991)
A small and insignificant bookkeeper, Kleinman, is awoken one night by his neighbours who wants him... (imdb)
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The Grifters (1990)
When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (Cusack) winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Huston) and sexy girlfriend Myra (Bening). Both Lilly and Myra are ruthless confidence artists playing the con game in a league far above Roy ... and always looking for their next victim. The question soon becomes who's conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust. (Miramax)
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Elvis Stories (1989)
Starting with the music video "Elvis is Everywhere" by Mojo Nixon, the film then goes into a series of spoofs of tabloid Elvis stories: "Elvis is John Lennon", "Hairdresser Possessed by Elvis" and others.
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Say Anything... (1989)
John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler--an average guy with a penchant for kickboxing. There is only one thing that all-around nice guy Lloyd wants for his high school graduation: a date with beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (Skye). Lloyd's dream comes true when Diane accepts his invitation to a graduation party. Diane falls for Lloyd, whose goal is to spend as much time with her as possible... (20th Century Fox)
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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. (imdb)
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Tapeheads (1988)
A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry (imdb)
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Eight Men Out (1988)
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series (imdb)
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Hot Pursuit (1987)
Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must make a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure where they are, and meets smugglers, crazy captains and murderers. (imdb)
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One Crazy Summer (1986)
An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers. (imdb)
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Stand by Me (1986)
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find a body of a missing boy (imdb)
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Better Off Dead... (1985)
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (imdb)
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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there. (imdb)
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The Sure Thing (1985)
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally... (imdb)
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Sixteen Candles (1984)
A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (imdb)
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Class (1983)
Jonathan, a naive country boy, gets a scholarship to a classy prep school, where he rooms with suave, rich and handsome Skip (imdb)
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