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According to an interview with bit-part actor Jeff Pang (who plays himself), many of the party scenes in the film were completely unscripted. The cameras would roll and the "kids" would just get drunk, get high, and play around. There is debate however, as to whether the 'blunt-rolling tutorial' scene in Washington Square Park used real marijuana or not.
The scene where Casper, Telly and the other kids beat up the hoodlum in the park was inspired by an incident Harmony Korine witnessed less then 20 yards from where it was filmed.
Rosario Dawson, who plays Ruby, was spotted by Harmony Korine and Larry Clark sitting on the stoop of an East Village tenement.
Harmony Korine wrote the movie in 1993 at the age of 18.
The film follows Harmony Korine's script quite closely. There is really only one notable difference: the removal of a scene that visually represents an apocryphal story told by Telly in which Casper, as a young child, mistakes his parents' S & M lovemaking for a real attack and stabs his leather-masked father to death with the family's turkey-carving knife.
Oliver Stone, after reading the script for Kids, actually tried to court Harmony Korine into writing him a similar screenplay.
The film received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA (no one 17 and under admitted). Clark unsuccessfully appealed the rating but the MPAA recommend that Clark not cut the film because they felt it would lose some of its impact.
Justin Pierce (Casper) broke his wrist in a fight with a club bouncer during production. During the night pool scene he is seen holding his broken, wrist above his head to limit the pain as he could not get a cast put on it until after filming.
Larry Clark originally decided he wanted to cast Leo Fitzpatrick in a movie after watching him skateboard in New York, and cursing himself when he couldn't land certain tricks.
The British Board of Film Classification insisted on 40 seconds being cut from the scene when a small boy wakes up on a sofa to find a girl being raped several feet away. This is due to British law that does not allow for a child to be in the same scene as simulated sex.
Despite the improvised feel, the film follows Harmony Korine's script closely.
The film was given an NC-17 rating in the United States, which caused controversy at Miramax Films, whose parent company is The Walt Disney Company. Disney forbids the release of films rated NC-17. Alarmed by this, Miramax heads Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein came up with a simple solution: they made a one-off independent distribution company, Shining Excalibur Pictures, which handled the films distribution. (The film was later released in the United States without a rating.) A similar situation happened with the Weinsteins for the release of the film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004).
After this movie, Leo Fitzpatrick decided he didn't like acting and quit. He took US$300, his skateboard, and some clothes and moved to Britain. After a three-year hiatus, Leo was convinced to come and make a follow-up to the film.
Screenings were often picketed by protesters, especially in Britain, where parliament quickly denounced the film.
Chloë Sevigny was dating writer Harmony Korine at the time of filming.
The movie was actually cast long before financing was pulled together. Many were selected from Harmony Korine's own group of friends, who were, incidentally, the basis for some of the script's characters. In the year or so it took to secure investors the initial cast crop had either aged considerably or, after more thought, been replaced.
Larry Clark commissioned Harmony Korine to write the screenplay "so the story could come from the inside, from the point of view of the kids."
Peter Bici, Jeff Pang, Harold Hunter, and many others from the movie are professional skateboarders on the Zoo York team.
Film debuts of both Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny.
The film was shot in a six-week period in the summer of 1994.
The club in the movie was an actual Club (Tunnel) in New York City on 27th St between 11th and 12th Ave (main entrance) in Manhattan.
The movie had a budget of US$1.5 million and was picked up at the Sundance Film Festival by Miramax for US$3.5 million.
Mia Kirshner was originally cast as Jennie. Chloë Sevigny, at that stage, had a minor role as one of the girls in the swimming pool, even though Harmony Korine said the character was inspired by her. And only a couple of days before production began, Sevigny was asked to take on the role of Jennie. Mia Kirshner, too, actually went on to achieve some level of success, however did not end up starring in the film.
The skateboarding film that the guys are watching at Javier's apartment is an old video featuring Mark Gonzales riding through the streets, which is Video Days (1991).
The end credits state that "a portion of the proceeds from this film will be donated to teen crisis organizations."
Larry Clark learned to skateboard over the course of the shoot.
The money that Chloë Sevigny made from her role was spent on a trip to Paris and London.
For his role as Casper, Justin Pierce won an Independent Spirit Award for best debut performance. Korine was nominated for best first screenplay, but he lost out to Paul Auster for Smoke (1995).
It was Harmony Korine who found his way to Cary Woods, who, having recently produced another youth-marketed film, Rudy, was able to hook initial investors.
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The original Pioneer release of the DVD lists the running time as 102 minutes. This is a typo and the version of the movie on the DVD is the same 91 minute version as Trimark DVD.
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This is Jon Abrahams first movie.
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'Leo Fitzpatrick' was one of the first to be cast.
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The treatment is credited to 'Leo Fitzpatrick', Larry Clark and Jim Lewis.
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Larry Clark initially cast a younger professional actress in the role of Jennie.
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The film featured new music from Lou Barlow and John Davis.
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Filmed 39 days.
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Harmony Korine: writer of the film appears with Jenny in the club scene.

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