Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Poster


Joe Johnston was originally slated to direct but was replaced by Burr Steers.
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Zac Efron underwent three weeks of intensive training in how to sail a boat. He proved to be so adept at it that no stunt double was required for him in most of the longshots of Charlie St. Cloud sailing.
The chief reason why Ray Liotta took on the film was his 10-year-old daughter, who was desperate to meet Zac Efron. A similar reason impelled Kim Basinger to take on the role of the mother, i.e., her daughter Ireland.
Amanda Crew actually learned how to sail a boat for the film. In some scenes, you can make out bruises on her legs which was the price she paid for her lessons.
The town where the St. Clouds live is actually a composite of four different towns in the Vancouver area.
Lindsay Lohan was considered for the role of Tess, and even screen tested for the role. The producers decided to cast Amanda Crew instead when they realized Lohan was impossible to insure due to her ongoing legal issues and notorious reputation at the time of production.
In the scene where Charlie remote controls a toy plane into a flock of geese, the plane is real but the geese are not.
Chris Massoglia was originally chosen to play an 18 year old version of Sam to be more faithful to the final scene of the book, but for reasons unknown, he was replaced by Charlie Tahan in the final film.
An open online casting call was held for the part of Sam St. Cloud.
Zac Efron dropped out of his role in Footloose (2011) and signed on to play Charlie St. Cloud shortly thereafter. He confirmed his involvement while attending the 2009 Kid's Choice Awards.
The part played by Augustus Prew was originally written as a slightly older Russian immigrant; however, Burr Steers had the part rewritten when he saw the audition tape that Prew sent him from London.
Zac Efron and Dave Franco played best friends again in the hit 2014 comedy film Neighbors.
A bidding war for Ben Sherwood's novel broke out before it was published. Three studios were in competition for the rights with the ultimate winner being Universal who paid a figure rumored to be between $500,000 and $1 million.
Originally, the film was to be shot in Marblehead, Massachusetts; however, cost prevented the shoot from actually taking place there and the production settled on Vancouver, British Columbia.
The green restaurant by the wharf named "Flynn's Reach" is actually the legendary "Molly's Reach" from The Beachcombers TV series in Gibsons, BC. It was temporarily renamed and painted green for the filming.
Despite the fact that this was filmed with Hawk anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
If the film had been shot in the United States, Charlie St. Cloud could have dealt with Canadian geese at the cemetery, but because it was shot outside Vancouver, Canadian geese could not be used since they are a protected species. Real geese were used instead.
The novel explains that the initials "C.S" on Tess' boat stand for "Carroll Sails." They also happen to be the same initials for Charlie.
Screeners of the film were given tickets that read 'Radio Prom' before viewing the film.
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Drafts for the script were written by Craig Pearce, James Schamus and Lewis Colick, but the final script was written by Craig Pearce and Lewis Colick.
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Zac Efron's eyes look more blue in this movie than his previous movies before Charlie St. Cloud. You can see more dark blue in his eyes.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to the novel, Tess' coat was designed to keep her from dying from hypothermia for up to one one week, which is why she could have survived until being rescued by Charlie.
In The Door in the Floor (2004), Kim Basinger also played a mother who lost a child in a traffic accident.
Donal Logue starred in Just Like Heaven (2005) which also has a spirit of a woman seek the help of a living man to help save her life.
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Although it is not mentioned out right in the film, you can hear a police man say at the scene of the crash that one of them (Charlie) was unconscious, and the other (Sam) was DOA, meaning Dead On Arrival.
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