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(1992)

Trivia

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Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave) saw a list of Citizen Dick song titles, all completely made up, which would appear briefly in the film and decided to pen songs to match each title. One of those songs, "Seasons", appears on the film soundtrack. Another, "Spoonman", was later recorded by Chris Cornell's band Soundgarden. It became a hit in 1994 and can be heard in a rough version (perhaps a demo) in the film when an unseen person is posting Citizen Dick flyers.
Paul Giamatti in one of his first films says one word: "What?"
The band playing in the bar is Alice in Chains.
In the scene where Steve (Campbell Scott) is buying pregnancy tests and comes across the grocery cashier (Jeremy Piven), the cashier mentions that he knows him from "Mr. Deegan's class". Mr. Deegan is a teacher mentioned in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), which Cameron Crowe wrote.
In an early scene at the coffee shop, Janet Livermore looks over a somewhat bizarre-looking customer's shoulder at a book that she is reading. Although the title is obscured, the book is "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," a collection of pieces by the rock journalist Lester Bangs. Bangs was an inspiration and mentor for Cameron Crowe, as depicted in Almost Famous (2000), in which Bangs is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and advises the fictionalized version of the young Crowe.
Contrary to popular belief, the film was already well underway when the celebrated "Seattle sound" became popular, rather than being designed as a vehicle to capitalize on its popularity. In fact, this film was supposed to begin production in 1984, right after The Wild Life (1984) but the project was delayed.
A proposed alternate title for this film was "Come As You Are", named after the song by Nirvana.
Campbell Scott's character is seen wearing a SubPop t-shirt, a well-known independent record company from Seattle which released many albums which became known as the "Seattle Sound", most notably Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney.
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Citizen Dick's album name "Touch Me, I'm Dick" is a direct reference to the Seattle band Mudhoney and their song "Touch Me, I'm Sick".
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In one scene Matt Dillon's character is wearing a Green River shirt which is a reference to Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament's band before they were in Mother Love Bone, or Pearl Jam.
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The rock band Nirvana was supposed to contribute to the soundtrack but backed out.
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Cliff is also wearing a shirt with Edie Sedgwick's face on it when he is delivering flowers.
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Based on a script that Cameron Crowe originally wrote in 1984, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. After Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Seattle bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, died of a drug overdose in January, 1990, Crowe noticed the music community in Seattle coming together to process the loss. He rewrote his script with the incident in mind, changing its setting to Seattle, which had been the location of his previous movie, Say Anything... (1989).
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In the "Expect the Best" scene, Debbie is offering some suggestions for her video look, one of which was what she called the "Edie Sedgwick". Edie Sedgwick is the second cousin of actress Kyra Sedgwick, who played Linda in this film.
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The pickup that hits the car with Steve and Linda says "Crowe Gardening".
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Steven drives an older red Saab fastback, the same car driven in Douglas Coupland's book Generation X. A book, like the movie, considered a touchstone for that generation.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh was originally cast as Linda but dropped out.
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Johnny Depp turned on the role of Steve because he was uncomfortable saying "I love you" onscreen.
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Tom Skerritt, who plays the mayor of Seattle, is a longtime resident of the city.
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Matt Dillon was originally offered the part of Steve Dunne but turned it down.
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Warner Brothers approached Cameron Crowe about turning the film into a TV series, but he turned them down.
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Jodie Foster and Mary Stuart Masterson were considered for the role of Linda Powell.
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Bill Pullman originally turned down the film.
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The Coryell Court Apartments, where the main characters live in the film, is located at 1820 Thomas Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The building's courtyard fountain was created for the movie out of Styrofoam.
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Eddie Veder pulled double duty. He was the drummer in Citizen Dick, and supplied the vocals for Matt Dillion's character 'Cliff', on the song " Touch Me I'm Dick".
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Jeremy Piven improved his role.
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Cameo 

Tim Burton: video director
Eric Stoltz: the talking mime
Eddie Vedder: Drummer
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Chris Cornell: man listening to car stereo when Cliff demos it for Janet.
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Tad Doyle: Played the guy who Bridget Fonda's character, Janet Livermore, accidentally calls in which he replies "I'll be right over". Tad Doyle is the lead singer of the Seattle grunge band TAD.
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Bruce Pavitt: Played Bruce, one of the Expect the Best matches. Bruce is the founder of Sub Pop records; the indie record label that singed Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, TAD, to name a few.
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Wayne Cody: The late Wayne Cody was an actual Seattle sports reporter interviewing Xavier McDaniels.
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Stone Gossard: Guitarist
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Jeff Ament: Bassist/van driver
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Xavier McDaniel: Former Seattle Sonics NBA basketball player being interviewed by a sports reporter.
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Director Cameo 

Cameron Crowe: reporter interviewing Matt Dillon.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Although the mayor rejects Steve's idea for a mass-transit system, on the grounds that everyone prefers to drive, Seattle would eventually get a light-rail train system in 2003.
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