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The "platypus" face that Julia Roberts makes was added after director Garry Marshall saw her making that face to entertain his grandchildren.
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Kathleen Marshall, and the uncredited Larry Miller (NYC barman) all appeared together in Pretty Woman (1990).
In the softball game scene, Joan Cusack wears a "Peaches" baseball cap, a reference to A League of Their Own (1992) which was directed by Penny Marshall (director Garry Marshall's sister) and which co-starred Ann Cusack (Joan's sister).
Garry Marshall used twins and triples as extras in numerous scenes after noticing the high number of twins in such a small town.
In development for 10 years. Actors attached at various times: Geena Davis, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Téa Leoni. Director Michael Hoffman was attached. Writers Elaine May and Leslie Dixon did unused rewrites.
Julia Roberts makes a reference to Camp Birchwood, before she makes the platypus face, She attended that camp, in northern Minnesota, as a child.
Richard Gere did not like the location the film was set in (Berlin, Maryland). Calling it "the sticks" he stayed roughly 15 miles away in the community of Ocean Pines during the production of the movie.
Early in the movie when Julia Roberts runs out to her front yard to get the paper, she quite obviously flashes her legs as she does so. Garry Marshall has been quoted as having given the advice, "When in doubt during the movie, cut to an animal . . . or Julia's legs."
During the scene where Julia Roberts drives through the town square and sees Richard Gere playing slide guitar with some "locals", Gere not only played the guitar for real but he wrote the part he was playing.
Director Garry Marshall plays the first baseman.
In the scene where Julia Roberts runs through the room filled with little children, the baby being held by the woman to her left is Garry Marshall's granddaughter. Marshall has a long history of putting his children and grandchildren in his movies. His daughter, Kathleen, plays "Cousin Cindy" in this movie.
Richard Gere's character Homer shares his first name with Gere's real-life father.
Among the numerous directors who were involved in the project at one point were Jonathan Kaplan and Mel Gibson.
Of the six films co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Touchstone Pictures in the 1990s, given the fact that it was rated PG in the US and given G or PG equivalents in many other countries, this was the most family-friendly of the six films. Usually, when Disney releases a G or PG-rated film, it is under the Walt Disney Pictures label, though some have also been released under the Touchstone, Hollywood, Miramax, and Dimension labels. This was the first PG-rated collaboration between Paramount and Disney since 1981's "Dragonslayer", one of the films that prompted Disney to create the Touchstone and later Hollywood labels, along with acquiring Miramax and Dimension.
The Sunday school scene included many of the cast- and crew-members' children and grandchildren.
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Johnny Unitas:  He can be seen as an extra on the bench outside the bakery.
Richard S. Wright:  appears behind Ike and Maggie in the stands at the ball game, holding a large cup of Pepsi.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

for The Graduate) Lying among the video boxes when Ike is looking for the wedding tape: The Graduate (1967), which has a famous aborted-wedding scene.

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