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In an effort for Tom Cruise to look more "teenage" in appearance, the producers put him though an unusual bit of physical training. Cruise worked out seven days a week, in order to lose ten pounds. Once that had been accomplished, he immediately ceased working out and ate extremely fatty foods in order to add a layer of baby fat. This is how he achieved that "fresh-faced" teenage look.
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The dance scene where Joel dances to "Old Time Rock N' Roll" was completely improvised. In the script Tom Cruise was simply instructed to "dance to rock music".
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In the DVD commentary, Diane Lane says that Tom Cruise got the script for the film while shooting The Outsiders (1983) and had asked Lane to audition for the role of Lana. Her father later told the producers there was "no way his daughter was playing a twenty-something hooker".
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The sunglasses Joel wears are the Ray-Ban Wayfarer model. Annual sales of Wayfarers were languishing as of 1983 but skyrocketed 2,000 percent after the movie's release. This film and The Blues Brothers (1980) have contributed to the popularity of the Wayfarers since.
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John Cusack, Nicolas Cage, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks and Sean Penn auditioned for Joel Goodson.
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Curtis Armstrong, who played a teenager, was twenty-eight during filming (the summer of 1982).
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In a 2009 interview with the A.V. Club, Bronson Pinchot said his strongest memory of working with 20-year-old Tom Cruise on this film was that (in Pinchot's words), "he was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, 'You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?' I mean, his lingo was larded with the most . . . there was no basis for it. It was like, 'It's a nice day, I'm glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange." In the same interview, Pinchot said working with Cruise was "weird" and called Cruise "the biggest bore on the face of the Earth."
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Sharon Stone auditioned for the role of Lana.
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According to Tom Cruise, Paul Brickman was initially unsure of casting him: "Originally, Paul had seen Taps (1981) and said, 'This guy for Joel? This guy is a killer! Let him do Amityville III!' Somehow, my agent, without me knowing, arranged to have me just drop by the office to say hello. So I went in wearing a jean jacket, my tooth was chipped, my hair was greasy. I was pumped up and talking in an Oklahoma accent, 'Hey, how y'all doing?' Paul just sat there, looking at me." Cruise returned to Tulsa but flew back to L.A. and auditioned again. "I walk in and see this stunningly gorgeous woman sitting there looking at me and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God,'" Cruise said. "Rebecca [De Mornay] had already been cast. They wanted to see the two of us together. I tested, and to make a short story long, we didn't test that well. Paul just believed in me."
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When the film came out, Rebecca De Mornay (born in 1959) claimed a 1962 birthdate---ostensibly so she would seem the same age as Tom Cruise.
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The opening dream sequence was shot in eighteen hours.
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Four 1978 Porsche 928 models were used in the movie (and a 1981 model), including one that was gutted for the lake scene, and another that was painted gold. A collector tried to track down all of the Porsches but only found one of them, which he bought for $49,200 at a 2012 Hollywood memorabilia auction.
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Frank Sinatra was considered for the role of Guido, but was deemed "too serious" for the role.
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Childhood photographs of Tom Cruise can be seen in the living room.
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At Joel's brothel party the song "Swamp" by the Talking Heads plays in the background. The song contains the phrase "Risky Business".
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In his autobiography, Revenge of the Nerd, Curtis Armstrong recalls working with Tom Cruise: "[Tom] self-identified as a born-again Christian and the rumor was he had actually considered shepherding souls for a living. I could believe it. Away from the set, initially, Tom made straight arrows look like corkscrews. I would ask him at the end of the day if he would like to join us at the bar for a drink. "No," I recall him saying, "Got an early call tomorrow. Got to work out still, study my lines. And then I like to read the Bible a little before bed." I laughed. He didn't. But then, returning late one night, I found three or four young girls - late teens, I suspect - lined up in the hall outside of Tom's room. I remember thinking, "Tom's going to be really upset if these hot girls interfere with his Bible reading." So I asked them, with all the stern gravitas of my 28 years, if there was something I could do to help them. They just stared at me, and at that moment, Tom's door opened and another girl came out, adjusting her hair and taking off down the hall, while the first girl in line slipped into Tom's room. This was a young man who knew something about time management and understood how to successfully juggle Bible study and blow jobs. I went to bed alone that night thinking it served me right for not being religious."
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay began dating during the production. According to Curtis Armstrong, things were complicated as De Mornay had Harry Dean Stanton onset with her, whom she had become romantically involved during the filming of One from the Heart (1981).
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The face Joel makes after saying "Looks like University of Illinois!" was improvised by Tom Cruise. Paul Brickman loved the facial expression that he kept it in the film.
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Tangerine Dream based parts of the film's score on material from their previous albums, particularly the album "Force Majeure": The title track is the basis for Lana's theme, and the intro to "Cloudburst Flight" was reused for "Guido the Killer Pimp". "No Future (Get off the Babysitter)" is based on the title track to the album "Exit".
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Paul Brickman cited Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970) as a huge influence on the film: "I thought, 'Why can't you present that as a film for youth and aspire to that kind of style and still have humor in it?' That was the test: to meld a darker form of filmmaking with humor. Tone is what I wanted to play with."
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The exhaust and engine sounds were dubbed from another Porsche 928 that had a hole in its rear muffler, therefore created much louder sound that a stock 928.
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Timothy Hutton was the first choice for the role of Joel, but turned it down in favor of working with Sidney Lumet on Daniel (1983) in New York City. Tom Cruise and Hutton had both starred in Taps (1981).
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Kim Basinger turned down the role of Lana, because she didn't like the script.
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Brian Backer was cast as Joel Goodsen but was replaced by Tom Cruise after Cruise auditioned and impressed the filmmakers.
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As Joel is counting his hard earn gains, he is whistling the Phil Collins song "In The Air Tonight" which is also used during the movie.
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Richard Dreyfuss was considered for the role of Guido.
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Some of the album covers in the record store window he exits with Miles include:

-Glenn Frey - No Fun Aloud.

-Robert Plant - Pictures at Eleven.

-The Rolling Stones - Still Life.

-Fleetwood Mac - Mirage.

-Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch.

-Queen - Hot Space.

-Crosby Stills & Nash - Daylight Again.

-Kenny Rogers - Love Will Turn You Around.

-Survivor - Eye of the Tiger.

-Rocky III (1982): Original Motion Picture Score.
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The film was originally called "White Boys off the Lake". According to Paul Brickman, the studio disliked this title, as they felt it sounded like an off-Broadway play.
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During filming, Sean Penn was also in Chicago making Bad Boys (1983). He and Tom Cruise who had bonded during the filming of Taps (1981), would socialise regularly together.
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The crystal egg was made by a century-old Corning, New York manufacturer named Steuben Glass Works, who made all kinds of prized pieces until they shuttered operations in 2011, mainly because the demand for crystal declined post-recession.
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According to Bronson Pinchot, Tom Cruise would address his fellow actors by their character's names.
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Curtis Armstrong, making his film debut, kept a journal during filming. On his early impression of Tom Cruise he wrote: "Tom's an interesting character. Can't really make him out. He would appear to be on the brink of a great career. But when it comes to doing things with him - socially or professionally - he's not terribly reliable. Always late, very casual with other people's time. But in spite of it all, it's difficult not to like him. Though it's early days, the rehearsing I've done with him has gone smoothly. No arrogance or selfishness there. Yet. We'll see."
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Ten years prior to casting Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996), Cameron Crowe spoke with him for Interview and asked him what he thought this movie was about. "It's about today's capitalistic society," Cruise said, in 1986. "Do the means justify the ends? Do you want to help people, or do you just want to make money? Joel is questioning all of that. So am I ... I'm not saying I'm some erudite political figure-but it bothers me. At least I'm asking the question. The movie is Joel's exploration of society, how he gets sucked into this wild capitalistic ride."
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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Film debut of Megan Mullally and Bronson Pinchot.
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay were directed by Curtis Hanson in Losin' It (1983), and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), respectively.
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay appeared in films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. De Mornay in One from the Heart (1981) and Cruise in The Outsiders (1983).
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The Porsche dealership where the car was repaired, then known as Lee Klinger Porsche-Audi, is now called The Audi Exchange, located in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Bronson Pinchot, who played one of Joel AKA Tom Cruise's friends in the movie; slammed Tom Cruise in a recent Huffington Post interview. He said Tom Cruise was very homophobic and not well liked by the other people in the cast:" We thought Tom [Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth... He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, "You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?" I mean, his lingo was larded with the most... There was no basis for it. It was like, "It's a nice day, I'm glad there are no gay people standing here." Very, very strange. Years and years later when people started to torment him with that, I used to think "God, that's really fitting, because he tormented a lot of people as a 20-year-old."
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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Cameo 

Sean Penn: as the man sitting in the passenger seat as Joel first takes the Porsche for a spin. The cameo was a favor for director Paul Brickman. Penn and Tom Cruise had starred together in Taps (1981).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Paul Brickman had a completely different ending for the film with a rather pessimistic tone, with Joel still being accepted to Princeton, he and Lana sit on the roof of a building overlooking the city pondering his future and hers, and for once Lana lets her guard down. Lana says she didn't set him up, but he doesn't believe her. And while Joel asks for her embrace, reluctantly does so. The studio however, wanted a "feel good" ending, because this was the popular theme of teen movies at the time, so both versions were shot and shown to a test audience and it was agreed that their preference would be the ending for the film.
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