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(1986)

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C. Thomas Howell had to wear colored contacts when his skin was toned to look black. His eyes are normally a goldish color and really stood out once his skin was darkened.
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Co-stars C. Thomas Howell and Rae Dawn Chong met on the set of this film, later married, and later divorced.
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Tim Robbins was cast in the lead but dropped out when the filming of "Howard The Duck" went over schedule.
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C. Thomas Howell's father, Chris Howell, did the stunts for this movie.
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In the scene where Mark first approaches Gordon as a black man, Gordon was originally supposed to believe Mark was going to mug him. An entire scene was filmed in which Mark played along with it and made Gordon sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". It was taken out because it was thought, that although funny when filmed, it was inappropriate and racist.
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Four years after this film was released, Harvard Law School elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review - Barack Obama.
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The house where Mark has dinner with the Dunbars was a set that was later donated to the California Institute of the Arts and is used by students for filming.
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