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The ship used in the movie used to be in a boneyard at the Disney Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida where it was an exhibit on the "Backlot Tour".
One of the prop hulls was refurbished, and is now the topper of a drink station in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Originally an independent film. The main production company, Producers Sales Organisation (PSO), put up two-thirds of the budget, while the rest came from Viking Film, a Norwegian company. Walt Disney Pictures picked up all rights for this film for North America, becoming the first distribution deal for the studio under new management led by Michael Eisner.
When MAX and David escape the NASA facility, they travel "precisely 20 miles from point of origin" in approximately 35 seconds, for a speed of about 2,057 miles per hour.
In his room in Nasa base, David asks when "Starsky and Hutch" is broadcast. Director Randal Kleiser also directed Starsky and Hutch (1975).
The second film released under the Disney banner to contain profanity. The word "shit" is said twice. Then Mr. Freeman calls Dr. Faraday a bastard when Carolyn tells them David took off in the ship.
MAX, the ship's computer, speaks Bulgarian. When David enters the ship and takes the pilot seat, MAX says "Attention! Crois-moi! Assieds-toi! Vnimanie! Oblegni se! Chui me!" which means "Attention! Believe me! Sit down!" in French then "Attention! Sit back! Listen to me!" in Bulgarian.
The girl in the restroom wears an EPCOT Center tee shirt . At the time, EPCOT was a brand-new theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida.
When David's parents pull up to their house in the beginning of the movie, the song playing on the car radio is "You're The One That I Want" from "Grease", also directed by Randal Kleiser.
When MAX and David stop behind the car to ask for directions, the song heard in the car is a fragment of "Trapped In My Mind", composed by David Kitay and Guy Moon, and performed by Kitay himself specifically for the movie, so a full version of this song does not exist.
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The voice of MAX is played by Paul Reubens, but is credited as Paul Mall.
The music video playing in the scene where David meets Carolyn McAdams is Blancmange's "Lose Your Love."
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When MAX, the ship's computer describes the animals on board, he says "That is a Feenastarus from the Pixar Elliptic". Five years later, Disney teamed up with Pixar, a fledgling special-effects computer company.
The film takes place on July 4, 1978 and in July 1986.
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The red, white, and blue star on the NASA facilities was the Bicentennial Star from 1976, designed by graphic designer Bruce Blackburn, who also co-designed the NASA "worm" emblem.
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Alan Silvestri's score kicks in the moment the first dog catches the frisbee in its mouth during the opening credits sequence.
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When MAX and David stop behind the car full of music listeners and asks for directions, MAX (played by Paul Reubens) asks if those were "geeks." "Geek" is exactly how Paul Reubens' most famous character, Pee Wee Herman, was described.
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Sets for Dr. Faraday's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters and David's bedroom were built at a soundstage at Miami's Limelite Studios. The Federal Aviation Administration Tracking Station for Southern California was the site of several scenes, while the interiors of assorted hangars located at Opalocka Airport stood in for NASA property. Al's Alligator Farm, a general store and dilapidated roadside attraction, was filmed at the BR Horse Ranch, owned by actor Burt Reynolds, in Jupiter, FL.
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Phaelon is located 560 light years from Earth.
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David Scott Freeman was born in 1964.
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Principal photography began 4 Dec 1985 for ten weeks in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The picture was budgeted for $17.5 million, and was a co-production with Viking Film of Norway, which financed one-third of the cost, while Producers Sales Organization covered the remaining two-thirds.
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Adverse weather conditions in Los Angeles, CA, and Dallas, TX, forced the production of this movie to move to Florida. The company made its headquarters on a Ft. Lauderdale, FL, houseboat. Other locations included Watson Island in Biscayne Bay near Miami, FL, where the film's opening Frisbee championships took place. The Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens doubled as the forest adjacent to David Freeman's house.
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The production relocated to Norway for an additional three weeks to shoot a section of a spacecraft that was transported in four sections to the outskirts of Oslo, and reassembled in an airplane hangar. Two identical spaceships were built and only differed in weight. The lighter 700-pound ship was used solely for flotation sequences. The heavier ship of 1450 pounds had a full interior made out of aluminum. Additional filming of glacier footage took place in a northern arctic area of Norway.
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Both Cliff De Young and Veronica Cartwright, who play David Freeman's parents, have appeared in the television series The X-Files (1993), a TV show which is also centered around extra-terrestrials and their technology.
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The robotic commander called MAX has a strong resemblance with the robotic autopilot AUTO from the Pixar film WALL·E (2008). At the time, in 1986, Pixar became an independent company, with Steve Jobs as chairman. Walt Disney Studios was then one of their principal partners.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

David's flight to Phaelon and back took "4.4 Solar Hours," while 8 years have passed on Earth, indicating that time was slowed down for David by a factor of about 16,000, which corresponds to a speed of about 99.9999998% the speed of light.

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