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(1987)

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Mark Rydell was the first director attached to this film, with Barbra Streisand interested in playing Claudia. However, Rydell cast the younger Debra Winger instead. Then Streisand came back after Winger pulled out. Then Rydell left the project, and Streisand hired Martin Ritt. Streisand says she was genuinely frightened of Leslie Nielsen, who managed to convince her he was dangerous. She says she wishes she had "fought back" more in their dramatic sequence together, but that he really did scare her.
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This is the final film of both Robert Webber and Karl Malden.
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The original Broadway production of "Nuts" by Tom Topor opened on April 28, 1980 and ran for 96 performances. Anne Twomey was nominated for the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Play for "Nuts".
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For her role in this film, Barbra Streisand became the first actress to be paid $5 million.
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Final non-comedy role in a film of actor-comedian Leslie Nielsen.
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The start of the movie in theaters featured a 1987 Daffy Duck Warner Brothers animated short called The Duxorcist (1987) which was made exclusively for the film's release. The cartoon short was theatrically released in the USA with Nuts (1987) but is not included on the DVD for this movie.
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Barbra Streisand researched her lead role as Claudia Draper by interviewing prostitutes at bordello in Los Angelese and studying schizophrenia patients in a psychiatric ward.
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It was while filming this movie that Leslie Nielsen was visited by the Zuckers, to be invited to reprise his role as Det. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) motion picture - a call Nielsen admitted he had been hoping for since the end of the Police Squad! (1982) TV series.
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The movie was originally in development at the Universal Pictures studio which they started developing in 1982 after purchasing the film rights to Tom Topor's off-off-Broadway play in 1980. After this, the film studio actually financed the play's move to have a Broadway season. In January 1982, production announced that the low-budgeted picture would be produced and directed by Mark Rydell and star Debra Winger. However, Universal Studio executives became nervous about the film's controversial story elements and put the movie into turnaround and sold the property to the Warner Brothers studio.
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Three actresses portrayed the central Claudia Draper character at ages eleven, sixteen and as an adult. The actresses were respectively Hayley Taylor, Stacy Bergman and Barbra Streisand.
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Actress Barbra Streisand performs a number of roles on this picture. Streisand was producer, wrote music for the film and was the top-billed lead actor and star. Reportedly, Streisand had turned down an offer to direct the movie. Moreover, Streisand was also an uncredited screen-writer on the film, something that the Warner Brothers studio later acknowledged.
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One of three 1987 movies starring actor Richard Dreyfuss first released in that year. The other pictures were Stakeout (1987) and Tin Men (1987).
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First feature film in four years for Barbra Streisand whose last cinema movie at the time had been 1983's Yentl (1983).
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The soundtrack of the film was available briefly on a 3-inch (7.62-centimeter) compact disc released by Columbia Records.
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Both 'Halliwells' and 'Time Out' stated that the movie was a "star vehicle" for Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss.
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According to media reports, actors Al Pacino, Paul Newman and Marlon Brando were considered for the lead male role of Aaron Levinsky. Dustin Hoffman put himself forward for the part but the Warner Brothers studio rejected Hoffman due to high salary demands and creative differences. The role in the end went to Richard Dreyfuss who had been the original first choice but who had originally turned down the role.
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Penultimate film directed by Martin Ritt. Ritt's final film as director was about two years later with 1989's Stanley & Iris (1990).
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Star Billing: Barbra Streisand (1st, name above the title), Richard Dreyfuss (2nd, name above the title), Maureen Stapleton (3rd), Eli Wallach (4th), Robert Webber (5th), James Whitmore (6th) and Leslie Nielsen (7th), though the latter's name frequently did not appear on movie posters and promo materials which had credits.
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According to the book 'Barbra: An Actress Who Sings' by 'James Kimbrell', Streisand did not really promote the picture at all bar doing a three-part interview with film critic Gene Shalit on the Today (1952) show and participating in a press conference when the movie launched internationally in foreign (non-USA) territories.
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Actor Richard Dreyfuss sports a beard in this picture.
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The film was made and released about eight years after its source play of the same name by Tom Topor had been first performed in 1979.
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The start of principal photography on this picture was delayed so actor Richard Dreyfuss could finish work on Tin Men (1987).
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The movie was filmed during October, November and December 1986 and January and February 1987.
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Cameo 

Leslie Nielsen: As Allen Green.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film's closing epilogue states: "Claudia Draper was tried in the State Supreme Court, New York County, on a charge of manslaughter in the first degree. She was defended by Aaron Levinsky. She was acquitted. Dr. Herbert A. Morrison resigned from the staff of New York County Prison Hospital. He was then appointed Director of Health and Welfare Commission, County of New York".
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