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(1984)

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In an early scene, Ed Harris, clad only in a towel wrapped around his waist, plops down on a chair. For a split second his genitals are fully exposed. This scene somehow evaded the censors (and in a PG rated film) and in the first video release, the scene is intact. The scene has now disappeared from later releases.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fell in love and moved in together after working on this project.
Director Jonathan Demme wore period clothes on the set to help set the mood for the actors.
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Kevin Costner was the first choice for the role of Lucky Lockhart but was unavailable when shooting began.
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Film reportedly went through a major bout of editing; some say this was due to the tensions between Hawn and director Demme; some industry insiders reported many of Lahti's scenes were re-shot or cut entirely due to Hawn's belief that she was stealing scenes, though Lahti and Hawn apparently got on well during filming.
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The scene taking place on the pier, as Goldie Hawn's character meets her husband returning from the war, was filmed with real sailors as extras from the USS Lang and the USS Gray, both fast frigates and built during the Vietnam War.
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Bruce Springsteen was considered for the role of Lucky Lockhart.
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The role of Ethel the landlady is played by Goldie Hawn's mother Laura.
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The scene taking place on the pier was filmed at Long Beach Navy Base. You can see the USS New Jersey, recently restored upgraded and home-ported there, over Goldy's shoulder. This gave the effect of the scene happening at the end of WWII as the New Jersey was a WWII battleship.
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The blouse Christine Lahti wears in the confrontation scene with Hawn, emblazoned with a musical staff and notes was originally worn by an extra in Mommie Dearest.
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Released straight to video in the UK.
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The original script was written by Nancy Dowd and then rewritten by others. When the film was released, the writing credit was assigned to the fictional "Rob Morton".
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During filming, media reports stated that Goldie Hawn and director Demme argued constantly.
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The USS Lang ff-1060 is the ship that sailors walk off of in the scene where Goldie Hawn's character meets her husband returning from the war.
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The film was originally written as a vehicle of Jane Fonda. When her agent turned it down and Goldie Hawn replaced her, the script was partially rewritten as a comedy.
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