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Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Poster

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While "visiting" 1960, Peggy Sue warns her sister about eating red M&Ms. Red M&Ms were discontinued in 1976, when Red #2 dye was found to cause cancer. They were reintroduced in 1986, soon after the film was released, with a different red dye.
Nicolas Cage based his character's voice on Pokey of The Gumby Show (1956). Francis Ford Coppola and the producers hated the voice and Cage was nearly fired. But Cage managed to convince Coppola he was making a good choice.
In the original script, Rosalie, the woman in the wheelchair at Peggy Sue's high school reunion, was a gymnast who was crippled in an accident. In the original script, Peggy Sue tried to take advantage of her knowledge of the future. She invented pantyhose, encouraged people to invest in Xerox, and tried to prevent Rosalie from hurting herself.
Sofia Coppola (director Francis Ford Coppola's daughter) plays Peggy Sue's little sister. Sofia would later direct Kathleen Turner in The Virgin Suicides (1999).
Helen Hunt, who plays Peggy Sue and Charlie's daughter, is nine years younger than her mother (Kathleen Turner) and a year older than her father (Nicolas Cage).
Kathleen Turner usually feels the role she's playing intensely. In this movie she had terrible nightmares about her dead grandmother calling her on the phone, similar to what Peggy Sue feels in the phone scene.
The blue 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible that Nicolas Cage drives was later given away in a sweepstakes tied in with the opening of the film.
Debra Winger was offered the role of Peggy Sue and was actually cast but a back injury from a bicycle accident forced her to withdraw from the film.
Penny Marshall was hired to direct but was fired three weeks into pre-production by the producers, who felt that the film had gotten too big for a first-time director.
Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage are cousins in real life.
When Peggy Sue's friends take her home after she faints at the blood drive, the car radio plays "Tequila". The radio station is KFRC San Francisco, which altered its live programming for the movie.
Dennis Quaid turned down the role of Charlie Bodell in order to appear in The Big Easy (1986).
When Peggy Sue leaves the school's nurses office and is walking down the hallway with Maddie and Carol she sees a mylar balloon floating near the ceiling. The mylar balloon was one of the decorations at the 25th year class reunion that Peggy was attending when she suddenly fainted.
The opening shot of the film is an optical illusion. Because the camera and crew would have been seen in the reflection of the mirror had the scene been shot in a conventional manner, there is a body double for Turner (only she can be seen from behind in the shot) on the other side of the "mirror", doing the exact opposite of the star's movements, giving the illusion that Turner and Hunt are reflections, when in fact they are the real actors in tableau with a body double sitting in front of them with her back to the camera in front of an empty mirror frame, framing a hole in the wall of the set.
At the high school reunion, when Peggy Sue is named queen, Marshall Crenshaw sings Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue". Crenshaw went on to play Buddy Holly in La Bamba (1987).
Final film of Leon Ames.
Steve Guttenberg was considered for the role of Charlie.
In this movie, Don Murray plays Helen Hunt's grandfather. In Quarterback Princess (1983), he portrays her father.
In addition to the opening shot being a false mirror shot, there are several other scenes that use the same technique, including the closing shot.
Charlie (Nicolas Cage) begs Peggy to marry him, saying he doesn't know what the future might bring; he might lose his arm, even. In Cage's next film, Moonstruck (1987), he played a baker who has lost his hand.
The poem quoted by Michael Fitzsimmons on the hill is 'When You Are Old' by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Final film of John Carradine (scenes he shot for an unproduced film were later inserted into Evil Spawn (1987), made after this film was completed).
Throughout the film, the phrase "Why, I oughta..." always brings immediate laughter from everyone. The was originally one of Moe Howard;s catchphrases from the shorts he made with The Three Stooges.
The quote "The young man leaned back in his chair. No bulls would die today ..." is from "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway.

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