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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Keith wrestles Hardy to the stairs, 2 of Hardy's friends pull Keith off of him. The guy in the left is wearing a button up shirt. The next scene, a different guy wearing a sweater is on the left helping to hold Keith. See more »

Goofs

When Keith's sister, Laura, is talking to her friends about her new "popular" status, she has a military-style vest on over a yellow blouse. When we see her jump down after being accused of being "false", the vest is gone, but immediately reappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[In the locker room]
Girl: I've just never seen a girl wearing boys underpants before.
Watts: Have you ever seen a girl with a drumstick shoved up her nose?
Girl: Oh, is that some kind of a threat?
Watts: It's some kind of a warning.
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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

Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Miss Amanda Jones
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music Inc.
Performed by The March Violets
Produced by Stephen Hague
Courtesy of London Records Ltd.
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Excellent teen love story
18 January 2005 | by da2357See all my reviews

It's refreshing to have a movie about teens in love that doesn't rely upon sex to gain the viewer's interest. I love this movie, have probably seen it a a few dozen times, especially in the original, unedited version (that wasn't shortened to fit into a two-hour TV time-slot). It's a classic story, but told from a timeless perspective---the movie first ran in 1987, yet there's extremely little in it that would make it seem "dated."

Mary Stuart Masterson is, as always, superb in her performance. While this is one of her early films, it shows her enormous ability and potential. She plays a playful, feisty, street-smart character that also has a sensitive, shy, and deeply loving side. Mary Stuart's kissing scene is one of the most wonderfully romantic and intense kissing scenes on film that I've seen, yet it has an innocent quality that makes it all the more special.

Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson give excellent performances as well, with good acting and both are able to highlight dialogue with subtle nuances. However, I feel that Mary Stuart's character is the most interesting and emotionally sensitive, enough that she'll bring tears to your eyes. This is an excellent film. It came out at a time when there were a lot of teen movies (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, etc.), but this is a story that never grows old and is a pleasure to watch again.


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