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Was the first movie to be released on DVD before VHS.
KISS re-enacted a '70s-era concert with approx 3,000 fans for the filming of the movie.
Much of the memorabilia used in the film is from Gene Simmons personal collection.
Natasha Lyonne was hand picked by Gene Simmons to play the role of Christine.
On the highway, Christine makes a remark about the possibilty of KISS producing a disco song. The boys laugh it off, but in fact, the year after which the movie takes place (1978) , KISS did indeed come out with a hit disco song - "I Was Made For Lovin' You". Christine's remark is a joke pertaining to the song.
The original cut of the film was over 3 hours long.
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The first protesting mother seen outside the KISS concert (with brown curly hair and glasses) is Pamela Bowen, credited as the MATMOK Lieutenant. Pamela Bowen was the real-life spouse of Paul Stanley, lead singer and guitar player for KISS. They divorced in 2001.
The two girls in the movie are named Beth and Christine, a reference to the KISS songs "Beth" and "Christine Sixteen".
The words "fuck", "fucking" or "fucker" are said 83 times.
The church that the production crew had chosen, had puled their location permit and wouldn't let them shoot inside the church even though the production crew had the church for weeks on hold because they read the script and didn't like it that Jam and Beth have sex in the confessional booth, so they had to find a different church.
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Each of the members of the band Mystery (Hawk, Trip, Jam, and Lex) mirror the members of the band KISS and even get together with girls appropriate to their counterparts: Hawk is like Paul Stanley, and gets the supermodel; Jam is like Peter Criss, and gets Beth (named after his solo song); Trip is like Ace Frehley, and gets the spacey girl; and Lex is like Gene Simmons, and gets Christine (named after one of his trademark songs).
In the original script, there was a scene where Hawk confessed to Amanda that he never knew his mother, because she died while giving birth to him. This could possibly be why he yells at Trip and Lex for making fun of each other's mothers in the beginning of the movie.
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When Trip gets punched by Chongo, he is attached to a harness with a wire that is pulling him off his feet by a pulley that was digitally edited out, and the brick wall is actually made of rubber.
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The Bassett Hound which brings Lex the Frisbee is the same dog that appears in a number of television commercials for Maytag appliances.
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Amanda Finch, the woman who picks up Hawk at the nightclub, is played by Shannon Tweed, partner of Gene Simmons, the bass player with KISS.
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The film crew had considered editing the film down from an R rating down to a PG-13 but they then thought that it would have been disastrous.
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On the exterior wall of the women's nightclub "It's Raining Men", above the red entrance awning, there is a larger-than-life picture of a well-built naked man with a glowing, glittering star covering "the goods". The head on this cutout is that of director Adam Rifkin. This is his cameo in the film, as actually acting in front of the camera would have violated the terms of his work visa (the film was shot in Canada).
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Edward Furlong auditioned for the role of Trip.
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Although he only had a cameo, James De Bello also appeared with Natasha Lyonne in American Pie the same year.
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The KISS pinball machine you see in the 'Smiley Mart' grocery store was provided by a local KISS fan as stated by director Adam Rifkin on the Detroit Rock City audio commentary track.
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Edward Furlong is not actually vomiting into the pitcher after the stripping scene. He has a hose that went up his jacket and on the side of his face and someone is off-camera with a spigot turning on and off the vomit, and the interesting thing is, is that they had to keep shooting it over and over and it was making the crowd nauseous.
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Edward Furlong's strip scene at the 'It's Raining Men' club was done in about four takes.
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The song that Jam's mom is humming to herself before she hears KISS's music on the record player in the beginning of the film is "We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters.
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The Detroit Rock City poster was designed and drawn by artist Phil Roberts.
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The interior scenes of the confessional booth was shot in three days.
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At 14:58 seconds you can see Jason Biggs who is uncredited. He is wearing a red track suit and brown mullet.
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas was considered for the role of Hawk. He was also considered for the role of Jam.
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Beth's religion in the movie is Judaism.
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The woman's face which is part of the Blump's Burger's logo and signage is director Adam Rifkin's grandmother.
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A large portion of this movie, including scenes at the church and Blump's Burgers, were filmed at King and Church Streets in Toronto, Canada. In fact, the "Blump's Burgers" sign was still there even after the movie was released in theaters.
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The four youthful leads themselves are in a garage band called "Mystery". The "S" in the "Mystery" logo is a lightning bolt from the KISS logo.
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The same dolls KISS dolls shown in the opening credits are shown in Lex's basement.
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Jam's light shade cover is from the cover of KISS's album Destroyer which was released March 15, 1976.
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When the four boys are playing Rock and Roll All Nite, various real-life adult magazines including Penthouse and Hustler can be seen.
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Jam and his mother's religion in the movie is Catholicism.
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At 14:43 seconds in the film, on the wall you can see a Jimmy Carter portrait.
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The confessional booth was about as big as a airplane bathroom.
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The grocery store that the robber tries to steal the money from is called 'Smiley Mart'.
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Jam's mom smokes Newport cigarettes.
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Director Trademark 

Adam Rifkin: [Blump's] Rifkin uses products and services using the Blump's name in each film. This first appeared in The Dark Backward so as to not have any current-day products in the film (to impart a sense of timelessness). Numerous items in The Dark Backward were products of "Blump's Industries", which was invented for the film.
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