Great turn out for what (at least I thought) was a kinda tricky Threes this week. I asked what film featured Winona Ryder (appearing this week in Black Swan, available on DVD and Blu-ray from redbox), Jeremy Piven, and Charlie Sheen (who I’m told used to be some sort of actor in movies and TV).
What really makes me happy is that we have (I think) some new names in the Winners’ Circle this week. Don’t get me wrong, regular Threes players, I loves you meeses to pieces–but it’s always nice to see new folks getting hooked on the Threes.
First with the correct answer was Tammera Widell, who I don’t think has played or won before. Tammera now has the right, the honor, the privilege of making herself a homemade construction-paper medal! (Old timers, feel free to help her out with handy tips and templates.) In second was Caitlin Gurrieri, who I also believe is new to the game. And in third was Nikki. (Nikki, I’m not sure if you’ve won or played before — we have a few Nikki’s around!)
The film was 1986′s beloved teen movie Lucas, starring the late Corey Haim in what was his break-out role as a geeky high schooler struggling with bullies, crushes, and home-life issues. Kerri Green of The Goonies played the cheerleading object of Lucas’ affection.
Lucas was also 15-year-old Winona Ryder’s first film, playing Rina, Lucas’ equally geeky girl pal who naturally has a crush on him. Two years later, Ryder would leap to the front of Hollywood’s Hot Young Stars list with her roles in Beetle Juice and Heathers.
It was Jeremy Piven’s movie debut as well–he was Spike, one of Lucas’ tormentors. Lucas was shot in John HughesLand, aka the Chicago suburbs, where 20-year-old Piven’s parents were big movers and shakers in the midwest theater scene.
And then there’s 21-year-old Charlie Sheen as Cappie, the football star who becomes Lucas’ protector and romantic rival. 1986 was a huge year for Sheen. Thanks to his acting family, he’d had supporting parts in films like Red Dawn and TV movies, but 1986 saw him break out with not only this All-American Boy role in Lucas, but also a scene-stealing cameo in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, the lead in the supernatural racing movie The Wraith, and finally at the end of the year, the starring role in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Platoon.
More from the cast of Lucas at redbox:
- Winona Ryder in Black Swan on DVD and Blu-ray and Star Trek
- Charlie Sheen’s cameos in Due Date and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps