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(1988)

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Debut theatrical feature film of actor-writer Matt Damon. Regular collaborator Ben Affleck also auditioned for the film.
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"Mystic Pizza" is a real pizza parlor, located at 55 West Main St. in Mystic, Connecticut. Writer Amy Holden Jones was vacationing in Mystic one summer, saw the pizza parlor and was inspired to write the story. After the movie came out, the real Mystic Pizza shop became so popular, lines would stretch to the sidewalk and patrons would regularly steal mementos from the restaurant.
With the exception of a few exterior shots of downtown Mystic, most of the film was shot in nearby Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Breakthrough film role of American actress Julia Roberts.
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The "Mystic Pizza" restaurant in Mystic was not where the movie was filmed. Only one scene of the movie was actually filmed in Mystic village, which was the scene where the fishing boat was going through the draw bridge. Mystic is a popular tourist destination that would have been too crowded for filming a movie so the filming was done in the sleepy neighboring town of Stonington, CT. They used a business on Water street for restaurant filming, and in the early part of the movie there is a scene where a pizza is being delivered via motor scooter, where they go past the town green where the two old cannons are on display.
Julia Roberts originally auditioned for the part of Jo-Jo, which was in the end cast with Lili Taylor, with Roberts getting cast as Daisy Arujo instead.
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According to the '80s Movie Rewind website: "In 1973, the Zelepo's opened Mystic Pizza with a secret recipe that led them to success. The walls of the real Mystic Pizza are covered in photographs which had been taken during production. Although it doesn't look anything like the one in the movie, it became so popular that it could barely keep up with the pizza demand. People lined up on the sidewalk to eat at this place. Menus and matches were disappearing all the time. Not too long ago, a line of frozen pizzas was developed that matches the Mystic Pizza recipe. They are only available in the States".
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Actress Conchata Ferrell would work with Julia Roberts again for a second time when the pair would reunite on a cinema movie set for Erin Brockovich (2000) around twelve years after Mystic Pizza (1988).
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The slogan of the "Mystic Pizza" pizza parlour was "A Slice of Heaven".
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Liam Neeson, who had co-starred with Julia Roberts whilst making Satisfaction (1988), visited the set of this picture. The pair had allegedly had a personal relationship on that earlier movie. Roberts then allegedly started seeing one of the grips whilst filming Mystic Pizza (1988).
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The picture was the third major feature film for all of the movie's three leading ladies - Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts and Lili Taylor - who had only previously appeared in only two features each - they being Desert Bloom (1986) & Hiding Out (1987); Firehouse (1987) & Satisfaction (1988); and Night of Courage (1987) & She's Having a Baby (1988) respectively.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "Discover a movie which hits home about love, friendship, dreams and life. A movie that you'll be talking about long afterwards. Experience something special, something romantic, something honest".
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A sequel called "Return to Mystic Pizza" was in development in the early 90s, with a script by Jenny Tripp and Albert Innaurato.
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At Jojo's first "wedding" Kat's hair is down and Daisy's hair is up. At the second wedding Kat's hair is up and Daisy's hair is down.
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The "Mystic" of the film's title, is a double entendre, and has two meanings, one evoking mystery, and one that it is a real life town in the American state of Connecticut.
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In the scene where all three girls are in the truck you can see an ear piece in Jo and Kat's left ears.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by director Donald Petrie.
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The meaning and relevance of the movie's name, as explained by show-business trade paper 'Variety', is that the film's "title refers to a pizza parlor in the heavily Portuguese fishing town of Mystic, Conn[ecticut]" in the USA.
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The movie's closing credits declare that the picture was "shot entirely on location in Connecticut and Rhode Island".
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First of four cinema movies [to date, October 2015] that actors Matt Damon and Julia Roberts have both worked on. The pair would appear in the same theatrical feature film for the first time again around thirteen years later in Ocean's Eleven (2001), then again in both Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).
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The American town of Mystic in the state of Connecticut, according to the Wikipedia website, "...is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in New London County, Connecticut, in the United States. The population was 4,205 at the 2010 census. Mystic has no independent government because it is not a legally recognized municipality in the state of Connecticut. Rather, Mystic is located within the towns of Groton (west of the Mystic River, and also known as West Mystic) and Stonington (east of the Mystic River)".
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First of three collaborations of actress Lili Taylor and actor Vincent D'Onofrio. The films, all made in consecutive decades, are Mystic Pizza (1988), Household Saints (1993), and Brooklyn's Finest (2009).
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This is not the only time actor John Cunningham played Matt Damon's father, he also played his father in School Ties. Both movies he played a wealthy father with very high standards for his son.
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The nick-name of Katherine Arujo (Annabeth Gish) was "Kat", whilst the nick-name of Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr. (Adam Storke) was "Charlie", and the nickname of television food critic Hector Freshette (Louis Turenne) was "The Fireside Gourmet".
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The name of the sailing boat was "Jo Jo" of the Port of Mystic, Connecticut. Jo Jo is also the first name of one of the three lead teenage girl characters who work at the "Mystic Pizza" pizza bar. She is played by actress Lili Taylor.
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Matt Damon: As Steamer, the younger brother of Charlie (Adam Storke), in one scene at a dining table when Charlie brings his girlfriend home for dinner.
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