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Feature film debut of Michael J. Fox, who was cast because the film was shot predominantly at night and they needed an actor who was over 18 but could pass for 15.
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David Naughton drinks from a very conspicuously placed Dr. Pepper bottle. He starred in Dr. Pepper's "I'm a Pepper, You're a Pepper" commercials.
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The stop motion animation program Robot Chicken (2001) (shown on Adult Swim) has featured brief homages to this movie, two in season one, episode ten, "Badunkadunk", and one in season two, episode six, "1987". In the first episode, two scenes from the film are reenacted, one where Leon reveals himself to the team leaders, another, where Blue Team member Barf assembles the letters of a clue into the nonsense word "Fagabeefe". In the second, the chant of "Meat Machine" is reenacted.
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Disney released this film, its second to be rated "PG" by the MPAA (the first being The Black Hole (1979)), without any mention of its involvement, in hopes that teenage audiences might be more likely to see it if they didn't know that it was a Disney picture. However, the cover art of the DVD release of the film in 2004 credits the film to Walt Disney Pictures.
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The movie inspired Joe Belfiore, a high school junior in Clearwater, Florida, to create a similar game. He took the game with him to Stanford University, then ultimately to Microsoft. The Game, as it came to be called, in turn, inspired the movie The Game (1997).
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Dirk Blocker's film debut.
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The Star Fire game in the video arcade that provides the clue to the final destination, was an actual arcade game of the period. The game play was real. However, a special open cabinet for a standing player had been created for the movie, since the real game cabinet was an enclosed cockpit, in which the player was seated.
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Alan Solomon was picked out of a crowd and given the role of "game master" Leon based solely upon his unusual looks. In real life, Solomon went on to supervise and produce a variety of game shows.
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A reference to Walt Disney Productions when the white team ends their search for a clue at the Mickey Mouse star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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For the film's wrap party, the producers orchestrated a real-life "Great All-Nighter" game for the cast and crew to play.
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The scene where Mrs. Grimhouse dials the phone with her nose proved to be problematic - it took 17 takes to get a shot that was usable.
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Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) has a small part as the "Pinball City Proprietor". Other cameos include John Fiedler as Wally Thorpe, one of the other tenants, and Marvin Kaplan as the Bonaventure Desk Clerk.
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Originally titled "The All Night Treasure Hunt", the title was changed to avoid confusion with Scavenger Hunt (1979)
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All teams in the movie, aside from the red team, has one of its players wearing a pair of All-Star Converse.
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All of the home video and DVD releases were open-matte full-screen transfers. The HD digital copies restore the film to its original widescreen aspect ratio.
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A novelization by Tom Wright was released by Ace Books as a tie-in with the film.
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In the scene in which Harold's team interrogates Scott in the van, Andy Tennant (Melio) was sick with the flu, and had a fever of over one hundred three degrees Fahrenheit (thirty-nine degrees Celsius).
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David Naughton and Stephen Furst were in two movies directed by John Landis. Naughton starred in An American Werewolf in London (1981). Stephen Furst appeared in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Landis had also directed Paul Reubens in The Blues Brothers (1980). Landis and Eddie Deezen were also in the Steven Spielberg film 1941 (1979).
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Harold's van includes several oft-missed details such as a framed picture of his father in the back, and a license plate that reads "WILL WIN".
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One of the lobby cards features a photo of Harold and Lucille from the big finale. Harold is sporting a pair of glasses, which he's never seen wearing in the film.
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Rap duo Heltah Skeltah sampled the film's theme for their song of the same name.
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Michael J. Fox and Eddie Deezen both worked with "the two Bobs": Writer and Director Robert Zemeckis, Writer and Producer Bob Gale, and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Deezen worked with them in I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) (which the two Bobs wrote, Spielberg produced, and Zemeckis directed) and 1941 (1979) (written by the two Bobs and directed by Spielberg). Michael J. Fox would work with Zemeckis, Gale, and Spielberg on Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), and Back to the Future Part III (1990).
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Both David Naughton and Michael J. Fox played as werewolves in An American Werewolf in London and Teen Wolf respectively.
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There are 20 total pinball machines visible in the Pinball City scene. On the main wall left to right is: Trident (1979) Stern Fireball (1972) Bally World Cup (1978) Williams Mata Hari (1978) Bally Eight Ball (1977) Bally Dragon (1978) Gottlieb Bobby Orr Power Play (1978) Bally Wizard (1975) Bally Flash (1978) Williams on the wall adjacent to the right there is back to front: Middle Earth (1978) Atari Black Jack (1978) Bally Space Riders (1978) Atari Bobby Orr Power Play (again) (1978) Bally Evel Knievel (1977) Bally Getaway (1977) Allied Leisure rounding the corner deep in the background there is: Thunder Bolt (1976) Allied Leisure Joker Poker (1978) Gottlieb The Atarians (1976) Atari elsewhere briefly seen is Royal Flush (1976) Gottlieb Supersonic (1979) Bally.
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In the opening credits, the shots of Occidental College are interspersed with shots of The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, which has a college campus feel.
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Brad Wilkin and Dirk Blocker guest starred separately on Little House on the Prairie.
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