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One of Francis Ford Coppola's top five favorite films of his own.
Some of this film was shot in and around Clarksburg and Weston, West Virginia. They spent several days in the areas.
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Shirley Knight, who plays the pregnant Natalie Ravenna was pregnant with her daughter Sophie C. Hopkins during the production of the film.
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The flashback to Gordon (Robert Duvall) failing to save his wife from a burning house was shot north of Brule, Nebraska, with the help of the local volunteer fire department. Duvall's wife was played by Director Francis Ford Coppola's wife, Eleanor Coppola (uncredited).
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The drive-in scene was filmed at the old Skyline Drive-In on U.S. Highway 19 south of Clarksburg, West Virginia.
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The brief flashback scene, in which James Caan rakes leaves at school, was shot on Hofstra University's campus, where Francis Ford Coppola had studied drama.
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The parade scene was filmed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Veterans' Day. The students in the band were not aware of what was happening. In fact, you can read the lips of a majorette asking "Who was that guy?" as James Caan was weaving through the parade.
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Much of this film was shot in and around Ogallala, Nebraska. Some landmarks visible in this film remain in the area, especially Front Street, a tourist attraction visible behind Shirley Knight as she stands in the phone booth (that booth was removed in the 1990s).
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Robert Duvall was a last-minute replacement for Rip Torn, who had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict. Duvall credits this film for starting his professional relationship with Francis Ford Coppola. They would later work together on THX 1138 (1971) (Coppola produced), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979).
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George Lucas visited the set while finishing film school, having heard that Francis Ford Coppola, a fellow film school graduate, was directing. The two struck up a fast friendship and became frequent collaborators during the 1970s, and again in the 1980s with Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).
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George Lucas directed two making-of projects on this film: the short Filmmaker (1968) and The Making of 'The Rain People' (1969).
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According to the official advertising, this movie was filmed in eighteen U.S. States, and completely photographed "on the road" using vans for transportation. Francis Ford Coppola used a similar production process to shoot Youth Without Youth (2007), with his own equipment at various locations, mostly in Romania.
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James Caan and Robert Duvall appeared in numerous television and movie productions, most notably Countdown (1967), this movie, The Godfather (1972), and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
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