Foolin' Around

Foolin' Around is a 1980 American comedy romance sport film directed by Richard T. Heffron and starring Gary Busey and Annette O'Toole. The film was shot on location in Minneapolis and St. Paul.[1] The theme music was performed by Seals and Crofts.

Foolin' Around
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Directed byRichard T. Heffron
Produced byArnold Kopelson
Written byMichael Kane
David Swift
StarringGary Busey
Annette O'Toole
Music byCharles Bernstein
CinematographyPhilip H. Lathrop
Edited byPeter Zinner
GCC Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 17, 1980 (1980-10-17)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States


College student Wes (Gary Busey) who comes from Oklahoma to a university in Minnesota, signs up to participate in a psychological experiment where he meets Susan (Annette O'Toole). The two are instantly attracted to each other. Besides the problem of their differing socio-economic backgrounds, Susan is also engaged. However, Susan's grandfather recognizes her fiance's opportunism and when he sides with Wes, their relationship is given more of a chance, in spite of the concern Susan's mother has about social status.

Susan's fiancee is Whitley (John Calvin). As events unfold, her grandfather (Eddie Albert) places his millions on Wes' side of the table since Whitley's opportunistic streak is as apparent as the white stripe on a skunk. Maybe the lovers have a chance after all, even if Susan's mother (Cloris Leachman) is hung up on social status.

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Gary Busey Wes
Annette O'Toole Susan
Cloris Leachman Samantha
William H. Macy Bronski (as W. H. Macy)
Tony Randall Peddicord
Michael Talbott Clay
Eddie Albert Daggett
John Calvin Whitley

Critical receptionEdit

Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a mixed review:

Filming LocationsEdit

Susan's house, where Wes comes to play tennis and crashes her bridal shower, was the original Pillsbury family home called "Southways"--so named because one must go "south a ways" to reach this most singularly significant estate on Lake Minnetonka. The address is 1400 Bracketts Point Road, Orono, Minnesota. It is a large, 32,461 square foot home situated on 12.91 acres, built in 1918. 1,700 feet of lakeshore, cottage guest house, greenhouse, 13 garages, outdoor pool and tennis court, and attached tandem 4-car garage. It was listed for $54M, dropped to $24M, and dropped again to $7.9M, eventually selling for $11,327,239 in August 2018[3].


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  2. ^ Original New York Times review
  3. ^ "Zillow". Retrieved October 8, 2018.

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