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Loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and extremely religious farming town of Elmore City, Oklahoma in 1978. Dancing had been banned for nearly 90 years until a group of high school teenagers challenged it.
The scenes where Chris Penn's character had to learn how to dance were added to the script because Penn really could not dance.
In a 2013 interview with Howard Stern, Kevin Bacon admitted that he has actually tipped DJs at weddings NOT to play Footloose. He stated that people expect him to dance the song as he did in the movie. In truth, while he did do some of the dancing there was also a dancing double for him as well.
Chris Penn could not dance, so they had to teach him in terms of what he already knew: wrestling.
The dancing feet in the opening credit sequence contained many of the cast and crew. Over 150 different pairs of feet were shot. The dancer with the gold shoes was actually Kenny Loggins.
With the Principal's knowledge, 24-year-old Kevin Bacon attended the Payson Utah High School as "Ren McCormack", a transfer student from Philadelphia to get into his role. With his narrow tie and new-wave haircut, he was treated pretty much like in the film. Bacon gratefully left with the location scouts on the afternoon of the first day.
Kevin Bacon was offered the leading role for the Stephen King movie Christine (1983), at the same time that he was asked to do a screen test for Footloose (1984). The producers had to convince Bacon that turning down a sure role in "Christine" for a part he might not even get in "Footloose" was the wiser choice. The producers told him that if he got the part for "Footloose", the role would make him a star. 30 seconds into the screen test, Bacon was offered the part.
Dianne Wiest, who plays Ariel's mother, Vi, is only 9 years older than Lori Singer (Ariel).
Daryl Hannah turned down the offer to play Ariel Moore in order to play Madison in Splash (1984). Elizabeth McGovern turned down the role of Ariel in order to play Deborah Gelly in Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Melanie Griffith, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rosanna Arquette, Meg Tilly, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Heather Locklear, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jodie Foster, Phoebe Cates, Tatum O'Neal, Bridget Fonda, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane and Brooke Shields were all offered the role of Ariel, but turned it down.
In the liner notes for the re-released "Footloose" soundtrack (1999), there's a brief introduction by Kenny Loggins which mentions that the script for the film was loosely based on actual events which transpired in the young life of his longtime friend, Footloose (1984) screenwriter Dean Pitchford.
John Travolta was offered the role of Ren McCormack, but turned it down.
Kevin Bacon based his hairstyle on rocker Sting's spiky hairdo as he was a big fan of The Police at the time.
Kevin Bacon broke out in hives around his midsection when he had to film the City Council scene where he makes the case for holding a prom dance. The actor says he is uncomfortable when speaking in public, but has never had a reoccurrence of hives.
Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were both slated to play the lead. The casting directors were impressed with Cruise because of the famous underwear dance sequence in Risky Business (1983), but he was unavailable for the part because he was filming All the Right Moves (1983). Lowe auditioned three times and had dancing ability and the "neutral teen" look that the director wanted, but he pulled his knee, and the injury prevented him from taking the part. After watching Diner (1982), the director had to convince the producers to go with Kevin Bacon.
In the DVD commentary, Kevin Bacon revealed that the co-ed extras in the locker room scene were paid $20 apiece to appear nude.
John Lithgow filmed scenes for Terms of Endearment (1983) while on a break from shooting this film.
The character of Willard Hewitt (not even called by that name in the original script) was specifically rewritten by author Dean Pitchford with Chris Penn in mind.
Michael Cimino was originally hired as director. He was fired when he asked for a $250,000 advance for re-writing the entire screenplay prior to shooting. (The movie's total budget was only $7.5 million.)
Lehi (named for a prophet described in the Book of Mormon) is the town where the Lehi Rollermills resides. The Lehi Rollermills is actually an old time grain house as depicted in the film and it's still (2012) operating in Utah. The film is often considered Lehi's claim to fame.
The movie was adapted to a Broadway musical and opened on October 22, 1998 at the Richard Rodgers Theater, ran for 709 performances. It was nominated for four Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Musical (Dee Hoty as Vi Moore), Best Choreography, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical.
Madonna and Haviland Morris auditioned for the role of Ariel Moore.
Frances Lee McCain, who plays Ren's mother, is only fourteen years older than Kevin Bacon.
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Christopher Atkins was originally signed to play Ren McCormack.
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Spoilers 

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In the scene where Reverend Shaw shows Ren a picture of his deceased son Bobby, John Lithgow actually showed a photograph of his real son.

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