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(1978)

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Susan Sarandon provided a g-string for Brooke Shields so she would not have to be totally nude.
The screenplay was based on the first-hand recollections of the operations of New Orleans' "Red Light" prostitution district published in the book "Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District" by Al Rose. The book contains many of photos of New Orleans prostitutes taken by E.J. Bellocq, the character played by Keith Carradine in the movie.
Tatum O'Neal was offered the role of Violet, but her father Ryan O'Neal made her turn it down.
Years after Brooke Shields starred in the film, she studied French Literature at Princeton University. Ironically, her 1987 senior thesis, written during her final year, was entitled "The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, Pretty Baby (1978) and Lacombe, Lucien (1974)", meaning she wrote about a film she herself had starred in.
Robert Redford was originally offered the role of Bellocq, but turned it down.
The title is inspired by the Tony Jackson song, which is used in the soundtrack.
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Future stars Diane Lane, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Tilly, and Ally Sheedy, auditioned for the role of Violet.
Jodie Foster was initially considered for the role of Violet, but declined due to her commitment with Walt Disney Pictures, because she was starring in Candleshoe (1977). When interviewed with Rolling Stone magazine in 1991, Jodie said that she disliked to play that role, because she didn't want to be typecast as the underage prostitute she played in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).
According to James Toback in the documentary The Outsider (2005), he wrote an early draft of the screenplay (how much was used in the film or why he was uncredited was not mentioned). He later remembered Brooke Shields when casting Black & White (1999).
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Christopher Reeve turned down the role of Bellocq, in order to prepare for his role in Superman (1978).
Jennifer Jason Leigh did an audition for the role of Violet.
Jack Nicholson was the second choice to play Bellocq.
The film was given the 18 rating in the UK and the R18 rating in New Zealand. The film was given the M rating in Australia.
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Melanie Griffith auditioned for the role of "Violet", but turned it down.
Anissa Jones was offered the role of Violet, but she died before auditions began.
Debra Winger auditioned for the role of Violet, but seemed too old for the part, because the character was 12 years old and she was 21 years old when she did an audition for the part.
Joe Pesci turned down the role of Bellocq.
Linda Blair auditioned for the role of "Violet", but turned it down.
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Farrah Fawcett auditioned for the role of Hattie, but turned it down.
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Sylvester Stallone was offered the role of Bellocq, but turned it down in order to prepare for his role in F.I.S.T. (1978).
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Rob Reiner auditioned for the role of Bellocq.
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Goldie Hawn turned down the role of Hattie in order to play a part in Foul Play (1978).
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John Travolta was offered the role of Bellocq, but was forced to turn down the role due to his commitment with Grease (1978).
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Dana Plato later claimed that she had been offered the lead role but her mother Kay had turned it down.
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Kristy McNichol reportedly turned down the role of Violet, due to conflicts with Family (1976) producer Aaron Spelling.
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Glenn Close auditioned for the role of Hattie, but turned it down.
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