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One Crazy Summer (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 8 August 1986 (USA)
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An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Hoops McCann
Linda Warren Linda Warren ... Mrs. McCann
Joel Murray ... George Calamari
Grenville Cuyler Grenville Cuyler ... Graduation Orator
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Egg Stork
Kristen Goelz Kristen Goelz ... Squid Calamari
Tom Villard ... Clay Stork
Curtis Armstrong ... Ack Ack Raymond
Sky Sky ... Boscoe
Laura Waterbury ... Crossing Guard
Jennifer Yahoodik Jennifer Yahoodik ... Andrea
Rachel C. Telegen Rachel C. Telegen ... Brunhelda
Demi Moore ... Cassandra Eldridge
John Matuszak ... Stain
Paul M. Lane ... Biker #1 (as Paul Lane)


With a name like Hoops McCann, he's bound to get that basketball scholarship after high school, right? Wrong! What Hoops really wants to do is write and illustrate a love story. To help him find his way, his friend George invites Hoops to come with him and his sister to spend the summer on Nantucket. The friends Crazy Summer begins when they pickup Cassandra on the way--she's being chased by a motorcycle gang. From here on in, it only gets crazier. Once on the island, Hoops and George, along with George's island friends the Stork twins and Ack-Ack (son of a marine), 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 - and maybe a real one of his own. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They're out of school, out on Nantucket, and out of their minds. With this crowd, anything can happen!


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


When Calamari picks up two women at the dance, the strawberry blonde on the right is director Savage Steve Holland's sister, whose childhood nickname was Squid and is the basis for the little girl in the film, also named Squid. See more »


Lobsters would not be able to survive for any length of time in a chlorinated pool so they would have been dead by the time Teddy went for a swim. Lobsters are also rubber-banded or pegged at the time of catch on the boat so they would not have been able to pinch him. See more »


George Calamari: Chilly dog?
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Crazy Credits

The film-makers wish to thank the Massachusetts Film Bureau and the people of Cape Cod and Nantucket who survived ONE CRAZY SUMMER. See more »


References Godzilla (1954) See more »


Written by Juan Carlos Calderón (as Juan Carlos Calderon)
Performed by Herb Alpert
Courtesy of A & M Records
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Hilarious and equally goofy
30 August 2002 | by Nick_DetsSee all my reviews

Savage Steve Holland's follow up to the cult classic "Better Off Dead" is another comedy about the struggles of the teen, but shown in a oddball, goofy setting with all kinds of strange and funny characters.

John Cusack returns to play an identical role to that in "BOD". He is Hoops, a hopeful cartoonist who needs to find love before he can make a cartoon about it for a school project.

His life in a town called Generic (a very clever touch) that is like a bland road to nowhere is about to get a lot more exciting when a friend offers to take him to Nantcket for the summer. In his trip he encounters all kinds of strange and wonderful people, and he is filled with inspiration and maybe even redemption after his experiences here.

It starts off with a few laughs with its hilarious opening cartoon that foreshadows things to come in the movie.

There is a lot of outrageous stuff here, but also a heartfelt story about love and growing up. This seems uneven at times, but its so darn entertaining that it isn't a problem at all.

Savage Steve Holland is brilliant in crafting the hardships of a teen into an outrageous world of his own. His style follows formula, but is low on cliches.

The cast is great. Watch for a screamingly funny performance by Bobcat Goldwait. He steals the show as a twin who looks nothing at all like his other. John Cusack gives another likable performance and Demi Moore is looking great as his free spirited love interest.

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Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greetings from Nantucket See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,433,952, 10 August 1986

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Company Credits

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1.85 : 1
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