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Blind Date is a 1987 romantic comedy film, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bruce Willis, in his first leading film role, and Kim Basinger. Blind Date earned mostly negative reviews from critics, but was a financial success and opened at number one at the box office.

Blind Date
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBlake Edwards
Produced byTony Adams
Written byDale Launer
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyHarry Stradling Jr.
Edited byRobert Pergament
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • March 27, 1987 (1987-03-27)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$39.3 million[1]



Walter Davis (Willis) allows his brother, Ted (Phil Hartman), to set him up on a blind date with his wife's cousin, Nadia (Basinger).

Nadia is shy and the two experience some awkwardness. However, as the evening goes on, Nadia begins to drink and behave in a wild manner. (A warning about her behavior under the influence of alcohol had been given by Ted's wife, but when Ted relayed the warning to Walter, he made it sound like a joke and strongly hinted that Walter might actually benefit from giving her alcohol.)

To make matters worse, Nadia's jealous ex-boyfriend, David (John Larroquette), shows up and exacerbates the situation by stalking the couple all night, assaulting and attempting to assault Walter several times, even ramming Walter's car with his own.

Walter ends up being driven insane by Nadia's mishaps and David's pursuit; she gets him fired at the dinner; his car is destroyed; after wreaking havoc at a party, Walter gets arrested for menacing David with a mugger's revolver. He even forces David to do a moonwalk before firing at the frightened man's feet.

Nadia posts $10,000 in bail and agrees to marry David if he will help Walter avoid prison time. Before the wedding, Walter gives Nadia chocolates filled with brandy. Walter attempts to stop the wedding. Chaos ensues.

In the end, Nadia humiliates David by rejecting him to the delight of their guests as she and Walter decide to give their relationship another shot. The final scene shows Nadia and Walter on their honeymoon on a beach, with a two liter bottle of Coca-Cola chilling instead of champagne.



The film was originally intended for the recently married Madonna and Sean Penn, but both backed out after the project failed to attract a director. The screenplay was re-written and this draft was given to Edwards. He agreed to direct contingent he be allowed re-write that draft. The studio agreed. At that point, Penn dropped out and Madonna met with Edwards and she dropped out as well. The movie was re-cast with Willis and Basinger.

Billy Vera & The Beaters appear in the bar scene, playing several songs.


Blind Date holds a 21% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews.[2] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[3]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four and wrote, "There are individual moments in this movie that are as funny as anything Edwards has ever done, but they're mostly sight gags and don't grow out of the characters. The characters, alas, are the problem. Willis plays a nerd so successfully that he fades into the shrubbery and never really makes us care about his fate. Basinger, so ravishing in most of her movies, looks dowdy this time. Her hair is always in her eyes, and her eyes are her best feature. [...] Most of the time I wasn't laughing. But when I was laughing, I was genuinely laughing - there are some absolutely inspired moments."[4]


The soundtrack to the motion picture was released by Rhino Records in 1987.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Simply Meant to Be" - Gary Morris & Jennifer Warnes
  2. "Let You Get Away" - Billy Vera & The Beaters
  3. "Oh, What a Nite" - Billy Vera & The Beaters
  4. "Anybody Seen Her?" - Billy Vera & The Beaters
  5. "Talked About Lover" - Keith L'Neire
  6. "Crash, Bang, Boom" - Hubert Tubbs
  7. "Something for Nash" - Henry Mancini
  8. "Treasures" - Stanley Jordan
  9. "Simply Meant to Be" (Instrumental) - Henry Mancini


  1. ^ "BLIND DATE". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  2. ^ "Blind Date (1987)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ "CinemaScore".
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (1987-03-27). "Blind Date Movie Review & Film Summary (1987)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-06-15.

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