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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) Poster

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Laura Dern's mother, Diane Ladd, refused to give her permission to travel to shoot on location, as she felt Dern was too young. Dern sued for legal emancipation, won it, and did the movie anyway.
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Nancy Dowd was inspired to write the script after she saw the Ramones perform live in concert.
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Diane Lane refused to dye her hair for the several changes of hair color throughout the movie. They used a series of different wigs with different lengths to simulate hair growth/roots instead.
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The logo on the Metal Corpses bus is based upon the style of the logo for the band Iron Maiden.
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The film's writer, Nancy Dowd, was unsatisfied with the editing and final cut of the film so changed her name to Rob Morton on the credits. The reality was Dowd's involvement with the film ended early in the production process when she was groped onset by a camera operator.
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It took 26 years for the film to make its way to DVD.
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The final sequence of the film was shot and added on after initial reaction to the film was unsatisfactory. Laura Dern is noticeably taller in these shots.
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Jodie Foster was offered the role of Corinne.
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Debbie Rochon's feature film debut.
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Never granted a wide release in theaters. A test screening in Denver went badly so the film's release was suppressed though it started to gain some cult following through arthouses.
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Paramount offered director Lou Adler the choice of either directing this or a low-budget satirical comedy called Airplane! (1980).
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Set in the fictional town of Charlestown, Pennsylvania. Writer Nancy Dowd set one of her previous screenplays Slap Shot (1977) in the same location.
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Ray Winstone's first role in an American film.
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Marin Kanter's film debut.
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The title is a play on the Rolling Stones film, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1973). Original titles considered were "All Washed Up" and "The Professionals."
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According to writer/"Beat The Geeks" Movie Geek (and fan of the film) Marc Edward Heuck, writer Nancy Down disowned the film (opting for the Rob Morton alias) due in part to her dissatisfaction over the more upbeat "music video" ending.
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Courtney Love and Jon Bon Jovi are big fans of the film (in fact, Bon Jovi once dated the film's lead actress, Diane Lane).
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Jonathan Kaplan was originally supposed to direct, following the success of _Over the Edge_.
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In a May 2019 interview with Christine Smallwood in the New York Times Magazine, Laura Dern said that she was never interested in abusing drugs because Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols "pulled her aside" on the set of this movie and "scared her straight" when she was 13. She recalled to Smallwood, "I was saying to my mom, 'Who knew that the best thing to do would be to send your daughter to do a movie with the Sex Pistols for five months?'"
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The "music video" ending - of the film of the Stains performing together in an MTV-type montage - was actually shot some 2 years after primary photography wrapped (when Diane Lane was 17, which explains why she had matured so noticeably). At the time, MTV was only a few months old, and (as noted by she and Laura Dern in their commentary on the film) the actresses couldn't help but feel some excitement over seeing that their film had in some ways predicted the rise of the sort of female performers, such as the Go-Go's, Madonna, and Deborah Harry, that they'd been seeing on MTV.
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