The film was shot partly in Calexico, California, and on one occasion the cast partied at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard. Tom Cruise was dancing with an Asian girl, when her boyfriend noticed and slipped on a pair of brass knuckles. This was noticed by one of the leads, and they hurried Cruise out of the club, jokingly later saying they saved his beautiful molars.
Because this movie was a low budget, non-union film, they used at least ten crew members as actors, and many others didn't want their names on the credits. They also hired a lot of local people from Calexico, California to be extras and a few were put in as principles with lines. The art department covered eighty percent of the store fronts on the main boulevard with period looking facades. The crew worked six nights a week for five to six weeks for most of the scenes. The only nights off were Sunday nights, so a lot of the crew would drive into Mexicali, Mexico to go dancing at their version of a "Studio 54" disco. The Model A car, that was owned by the local guys, was actually very troublesome for the duration of the movie. By the end, it was dragging on the ground because the suspension was bad.
The make, model, and color of the car in which the guys cruise to Tijuana, Mexico, was a light-red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. In 1965, the year in which this film was set, the car was a fairly common one to see, and could be bought for a fairly reasonable price. Nowadays, a restored car of that type could bring more than 100,000 dollars.
One of two early 1980s teenpics with a title representing the quest for the loss of virginity. The other was The Last American Virgin (1982). The two movies have been released as a double-feature on DVD.