The Night Before (1988 film)

The Night Before is a 1988 American comedy film starring Keanu Reeves and Lori Loughlin. Reeves plays Winston Connelly, the so-called high school nerd and vice president of the astronomy club. Loughlin plays Tara Mitchell, the pretty and popular head cheerleader who also happens to be the local police chief's daughter. The Tagline was: "You lost your father's car, sold your prom date and a guy called 'Tito' wants you dead. It's a date that's the time of your life."

The Night Before
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Directed byThom Eberhardt
Produced byMarty Hornstein
Written byThom Eberhardt
Gregory Scherick
Story byGregory Scherick
StarringKeanu Reeves
Lori Loughlin
Music byMark Davis
CinematographyRonald Víctor García
Distributed byKings Road Entertainment
Release date
  • April 15, 1988 (1988-04-15)
Running time
90 minutes

Plot summaryEdit

The storyline is told through a series of flashbacks. The movie opens with Winston regaining consciousness in an alley in the middle of the night with no idea of how he got there.

Through a series of flashbacks, he remembers that he was waylaid on his way to the prom the night before. In the meantime, he has to figure out what happened to his wallet, his car keys, his prom date, and why a pimp named "Tito" wants him dead.

After losing a bet on a football game, Tara has to go to prom with the flattered but clueless nerd Winston. In the hijinks that follow, Winston manages to get them lost in the ghetto, befriend a hooker named Rhonda (Theresa Saldana), and accidentally sell Tara to a diminutive pimp named Tito (Trinidad Silva). Winston spends the remainder of the evening searching for Tara in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles whilst seeking to avoid Tito's wrath after Tito discovers the identity of Tara's father. In the end, Winston gets the girl, escapes from the pimp and even recovers his dad's car from a car thief named "Danny Boy".



It was filmed and set entirely in Los Angeles, California. Members of the group Parliament-Funkadelic appear in the film under the name the Rat's Nest Band.

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