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"I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." was voted #73 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
Director Cameron Crowe couldn't find the love song he wanted until he heard Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". Gabriel asked to see part of the movie, and Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel gave permission to use the song, saying he liked the film, but not the lead character overdosing at the end. Crowe realized that Gabriel had actually been sent a copy of Wired (1989).
The dojo featured in this movie was also used in The Karate Kid (1984).
John Cusack put a scar on his right eyebrow for Lloyd's character. He says that the story behind that is that someone threw a rock at Lloyd when he was a kid.
Producer James L. Brooks said the movie was inspired when Brooks saw a man walking with his daughter, and wondered what would happen if the father committed a crime.
When Lloyd holds up the radio, it's actually playing a song by Fishbone. "In Your Eyes" was added in post-production.
Christian Slater auditioned for the role of Lloyd Dobbler, but Cameron Crowe was adamant about getting John Cusack. Ione Skye and Jennifer Connelly tied for the role of Diane Court.
When Lloyd (John Cusack) drives along 45th street in Seattle, he passes the Guild 45th Theatre, which is showing Tapeheads (1988), in which Cusack also appeared.
John Cusack's kick boxing scenes in the ring, including the one where his nose is broken, are done with Don Wilson who is a real-life kick boxing champion.
The exchange between Lloyd and Jason about an album titled "Hey Soul Classics" is a reference to a TV commercial that aired frequently in the 1980s. "Hey Love" was a compilation of 1970s R&B songs that was sold on TV. A line from the commercial, "No, my brother. You've got to buy your own," became a catchphrase at the time.
Ione Skye once dated Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose song "Taste the Pain" opens the movie.
Cameron Crowe said in an interview, "Few people know this, but Stone Gossard is actually in Say Anything... (1989) He plays a cab driver, and Ione Skye looks at him and kind of flirts with him a little bit as they're stuck in traffic on her way to graduation."
Robert Downey Jr. turned down the lead role.
Cameron Crowe commissioned The Smithereens to write the movie's theme song. They came up with "A Girl Like You." Crowe thought the lyrics were too leading (they outline the entire plot), so he rejected it in favor of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". "A Girl Like You" was included in their next album, "11", and in the movie Backdraft (1991).
Directorial debut of Cameron Crowe.
Bebe Neuwirth's film debut.
Ione Skye has admitted on the film's audio commentary that there was definitely off-screen chemistry between her and John Cusack during filming, and that had they not been involved with other people at that time, they probably would have gone home together the day they shot the scene where Lloyd teaches Diane to drive a stick shift.
Lloyd and Diane's school appears to be based on The Lakeside School, a very prestigious private school in Seattle. In the movie, the school is called Lakewood, and its mascot is a rooster, not a lion. In Lloyd's first phone conversation with Diane, John Cusack mentions that at his annual party, Lloyd "dresses up as the Lakeside rooster."
The original Australian VHS release through CBS Fox features an early Simpsons short.
Elisabeth Shue was considered for the role of Diane Court.
Julia Roberts was considered for the role of D.C.
Loren Dean, Peter Berg and Todd Field auditioned for the role of Lloyd Dobler. Dean eventually ended up playing the role of Joe.
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Pamela Adlon originally auditioned for the role of D.C. before being cast as Rebecca.
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Lloyd makes several references in the movie to "Bell Square" mall, short for Bellevue Square (located in Bellevue, Washington). When Lloyd is driving in the rain and sees the mall, he is actually driving by Westlake Center (located in downtown Seattle).
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American rock band Say Anything is named in reference to this film, with frontman Max Bemis stating it was a favorite of his growing up.
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Stone Gossard, the cabby at the beginning of the film that Dianne flirts with, appeared in another Cameron Crowe movie, Singles, as a member of a band called Citizen Dick.
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The second year in a row that Ione Skye appeared in a teen high school movie. In 1988 she appeared in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" starring River Phoenix.
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Lawrence Kasdan was originally set to direct, but dropped out.
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Kirk Cameron was nearly cast as Lloyd instead of John Cusack.
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Takes place in Seattle which is later the backdrop for Frasier (1993) with two cast members John Mahoney and Bebe Neuwirth
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Joan Cusack: Lloyd's sister. She and John Cusack are real-life siblings.
Lois Chiles: Diane's mother.
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Director Cameo 

Cameron Crowe: and wife Nancy Wilson as pedestrians in front of the mall as Lloyd passes by while recalling the site of their first "date".

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