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In & Out (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Matt Dillon's outing of his teacher in his acceptance speech is based upon Tom Hanks' real-life acceptance speech at The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) for his Oscar for Philadelphia (1993), in which he thanked a gay teacher.
The Oscar statuette used in the film is Kevin Kline's. He won it in 1989 for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
All of the high school scenes were shot at Pompton Lakes High School in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Unfortunately the school district's superintendent forgot to sign the waiver allowing the school's name to be mention in the credits. Other than paint, the building remains nearly identical to the way it was during filming, including the unique terraced floor in the poetry class scene.
Tom Selleck shaved off his mustache for this movie.
Joan Cusack plays Matt Dillon's former high school teacher in this movie, even though she is only two years older than he is and they played classmates and age contemporaries in My Bodyguard (1980). She states she was a student teacher when she helped him in school, which could explain how they could be close in age.
The disco group The Village People, originally would not sign off on the use of the song "Macho Man" for the film, which features the track heavily.

The disco tribute band The Boogie Knights was therefore hired to record a cover version to use instead. After the cover version was completed, The Village People ultimately decided to let the filmmakers use their original version and the Boogie Knights version was never used.
The "Roadhouse Bar" exterior featured in the film is The Homestead Restaurant in Sparta, NJ.
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The suit Matt Dillon wears to the Academy Awards is based on the suit Brad Pitt wore at The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996).
Joseph Maher as Father Tim, one of the town's priests from whom Howard seeks help also plays a priest in Sister Act (1992), as Monsignor O'Hara, also Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance at the awards show, next to Tom Selleck.
Elizabeth Hurley was considered for the role of Sonya.
Gregory Jbara (Kevin Kline's brother in In & Out) later stars with Tom Selleck again in the TV drama Blue Bloods (2010).
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Three of Brackett's (Kline) students appear in the same episode of Six Feet Under. Shawn Hatosy and Alexandra Holden (playing a couple again) and Lauren Ambrose.
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The interior bar shots were filmed at Slater's Mill, a bar in Riverdale, NJ that has been closed down for quite a number of years. However it is still standing with its name painted on the building's side.
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Tom Selleck and Alexandra Holden both had recurring roles on Friends as Dr. Richard Burke, Monica's boyfriend and Elizabeth Stevens, Ross' girlfriend.
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