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After many letters of protest from classic-car enthusiasts, the film's production company said that an actual '57 Ford Fairlane was not blown up in the explosion; it was a fiberglass replica body placed on a newer Ford chassis.
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Maddie Corman's character is named "Zuzu Petals", a reference to It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In that movie, George Bailey's daughter, Zuzu, had brought home a flower she had got at school. She show's it to her father and complains that some of the petals are falling off. He puts these in his pocket. Later, when he "has never been born", he reaches into his pocket and Clarence the Angel, says, "They're not there." "What?" asks George. "Zuzu's petals."
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As with most films featuring stand up comics in the lead role, there are bits of Andrew Dice Clay's routine in the film. This includes moments like asking the two guys in the club "What're names? Neil and Bob? Or is that like what you do?" The blabbering noise he makes after he leaves Johnny Crunch's radio station the first time. And referring to his genitals as "Stanley The Power Drill".
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The list of bands from Grendel's bogus "Fred's Condom Factory" company is:
  • Ellen Aim and the Attackers


  • Brain of the Scarecrow


  • Alba Varden


  • Heather, Corey, Heather Cory and Young


  • Todd Times Two


  • Black Plague


  • 5000 Schizophrenics


  • Hot Tub Johnny and his Feline Friends


  • Hamma Waters Sings the Blues


  • Nine Sisters


  • Horses on Fire


  • The Silver Belles


  • Fred and Ethyl


  • The Professor and Mary-Ann


  • The Nakatomi Boys Choir


  • The Doctor Bellows Funk Machine


  • The Redheaded Gardner and his Flower


Also listed are the songs for the three "Black Plague" albums:
  • Tatoo (10/3/88)


  • Your Wow...


  • The Bio Nude


  • My Nazi Wench


  • Suck the Bunny


  • Hon, I Screwed the Kids


  • Bruce Poked Maud


  • Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky


  • Devil's Ghost (2/3/88)


  • Auldbrass Antics


  • Objectionable Bimbo


  • Desecrated Diane


  • Polanski Nursery


  • Redheads on Fire


  • Cum to Me, Baby


  • Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky


  • Requiem (1/1/88)


  • I Love You


  • Suck the Bunny


  • Teenage Suicide


  • Hot Juice


  • Sexual Pudding


  • Violation


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At least three of the band names listed above feature references to earlier movies produced by Joel Silver: "Ellen Aim and the Attackers" is the band fronted by Diane Lane in Streets of Fire (1984), "Nakatomi Boys Choir" is a reference to Die Hard (1988), as the main location of that story was Nakatomi Plaza, and "Alba Varden" is the name of the South Africans' vessel in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).
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While reviewing dailies, Fox was so impressed they offered director Renny Harlin Die Hard 2 (1990) immediately. He began shooting that film while this one was in post-production.
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Renny Harlin used his own Ferrari in the beginning of the film as the car in which the blonde twins are picked up.
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Fairlane comments about being banned by MTV. Andrew Dice Clay really was banned for life from MTV in 1988 (the "lifetime" ban was lifted several years later).
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Howard Stern auditioned for the role of Johnny Cruch at Clay's insistence.
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In the original theatrical release, (and can be heard on the soundtrack; Track #9 "Unbelievable" (which is sound clips from the movie set to music by Yello,)) Ford's toll free number was originally "1-800-PERFECT," not "1-800-UNBELIEVABLE". 1-800-UNBELIEVABLE was dubbed over for the video release, probably due to 1-800-PERFECT containing 7 letters, which would translate to an actual phone number. If you listen to the video release, you can even hear an obvious difference between "1-800" and "UNBELIEVABLE" where it was dubbed over.
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Robert Englund replaced singer Billy Idol who had been cast as Smiley but had to pull out of the role after a near fatal motorcycle accident. Englund, who had previously worked with Renny Harlin on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), was personally asked by the director to take over the role after Idol's accident.
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In an interview in Movieline magazine, screenwriter Daniel Waters said that working with Andrew Dice Clay was "traumatic". Waters was happy, however, that Clay later said that "Bobby Rivers" wrote the movie, and hoped Clay would forever tout this non-existent scribe as the film's writer.
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Ford's 'girl Friday' is named Jazz. In the recording studio scene is an 80's flat-topped comedian whose actual name is Jaz Kaner.
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The movie's main character was created by writer Rex Weiner in a series of stories that were published as weekly serials 1979-80 by the New York Rocker and the LA Weekly. The stories have since been published as an e-Book that is available on Amazon.
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Stephen Pearcy, lead singer of the rock group Ratt, was considered for Bobby Black.
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Renny Harlin:  [Finland]  Finlandia Vodka
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