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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 27 February 1987 (USA)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Keith Nelson
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Watts
Lea Thompson ... Amanda Jones
Craig Sheffer ... Hardy Jenns
John Ashton ... Cliff Nelson
Elias Koteas ... Skinhead
Molly Hagan ... Shayne
Maddie Corman ... Laura Nelson
Jane Elliot ... Carol Nelson
Candace Cameron Bure ... Cindy Nelson (as Candace Cameron)
Chynna Phillips ... Mia
Scott Coffey ... Ray
Carmine Caridi ... Museum Guard
Lee Garlington ... Gym Instructor
Laura Leigh Hughes ... Holly
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Storyline

A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Some Kinda Wonderful See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,486,701, 1 March 1987

Gross USA:

$18,553,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,553,948
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the links this has with Pretty in Pink is the third wheel character; Duckie in Pretty in Pink, and Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful; both have a gay vibe. Duckie and Watts both seem like they might be gay characters who are fixating on their best friend; as a way of sidestepping (in the homophobic 1980s) the horrors of their alternative sexuality. See more »

Goofs

Watts deliberately covers a star tattoo above her collar bone with makeup while getting ready to chauffeur Keith and Amanda, but when she's in the chauffeur outfit, the collar is high enough to hide the tattoo on its own. See more »

Quotes

Carparker: To win big you gotta do what?
Carparkers: Lose.
Carparker: Lose big. What are we doing now?
All: We're losing big.
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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was cut (ca. 3 sec) to secure a 'PG' rating. Uncut version was released on video with a '15' rating. In 2002 the film was resubmitted to the BBFC and rated '12'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.8 (2009) See more »

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Do Anything
Written & Performed by Pete Shelley
Produced by Stephen Hague
Courtesy of Phonogram Ltd.
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Stop calling me Clifford
6 June 2003 | by MichaelMovieLoftSee all my reviews

Some Kind Of Wonderful tanked at the box office when it came out, but the truth is this sleeper hit was actually good. And I will even go far saying that this reverse Pretty In Pink is better than Pretty In Pink itself. Why? Good, honest performaces. Hughes decides to leave his Brat Packers behind and went with great choices in Eric Stoltz (who could've gave John Cusack a run for his money in the Teen Angst movie department), Lea Thompson and Mary Stewart Masterson, who steals the show as Watts. Sure the story is run of the mill, but it is the acting that pulls it through. Another good thing is that Thompson's character of Amanda Jones doesn't come off as being a snooty brat (for use of a better word). She is from the same part of town like Keith and tries to fit in with the 'cool' clique. Another good supporting performance is Duncan, the headbanger who is a regular in detention. I love how they forge a friendship through their art. And who can forget how Duncan and the lifers help Keith make his date with Amanda a success? One other thing I like is the soundtrack. It doesn't sound commerical like in other Hughes films. The music really suits every scenes it shows up in (especially the end credits that feature Lick The Tins take on 'Can't Help Falling In Love'). Molly Ringwald reportedly turned down a role in this film, but it's good that she did because I couldn't picture her in this classic. Great film.


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