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(1983)

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Tammy Lynn Leppert, who played the female boxer in the movie, disappeared on 6th July 1983 under suspicious circumstances and has never been heard from again.
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Reportedly, the legs, hips and torso used for the films' main movie poster, were allegedly those of model, actress, and beauty queen Tammy Lynn Leppert.
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Producer-director Sean S. Cunningham's conception of Spring Break (1983) dates back to his own student days at Stanford University when he vacationed on the Strip in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA. Remembering his own experiences, Cunningham wanted to capture that "once-in-a-student's-life time" fun with a movie about the day's coeds and collegians in an authentic setting.
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The song track "Caught Up in You" by 38 Special is heard in the film but it was not included on the movie's soundtrack.
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"Spring Break", at the time the film was made, brought students from hundreds of colleges across the country. Each year, an estimated 250,000 students would descend upon the resort region of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA, turning it into a collegiate carnival that has become both a tradition and a phenomenon. It is believed to have begun in 1938 as a local swimming meet. Someone had the idea to invite other colleges outside the area. A tradition was born and continued long after the competitive events gave way to the more free-wheeling activities. In the post-World War II euphoria, "Spring Break" grew and grew, receiving another big push in the 1960s with a novel and its movie adaptation, Where the Boys Are (1960). This picture was remade about a year after Spring Break (1983) with its title being "Where the Boys Are (1984) '84". As travel became easier and cheaper, the numbers of youth going to "Spring Break" kept going up. Students kept flying, driving, biking, boating, and thumbing their way to Fort Lauderdale. Then to Daytona and other Florida resorts, to Bermuda, Balboa Island, and Palm Springs, to the Rockies and the Laurentiens for the Snow Belt, anywhere that could give students an uninhibited release from text books and an unequaled opportunity for looking for fun and sex.
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The film's title track and theme song "Spring Break" was sung by Cheap Trick but failed to perform on the top-of-the-pops hit charts. It was released as a vinyl single '45 with the B-side being a song track called "Get Ready" which was not part of the movie's soundtrack though.
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The movie was filmed entirely on location in Fort Lauderdale and its environs in Florida, USA.
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The logistics of filming and the need for accommodating the cast and crew made it impossible to shoot the movie during the actual Spring Break of 1982 but producer-director Sean S. Cunningham and his production team were able to shoot the film during the summer.
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The picture featured the 1982 Penthouse Pet of the Year Corinne Alphen (now known as Corinne Wahl) who played Joan.
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The picture's release in the USA was scheduled for 25th March 1983 which would mean its launch would coincide with the peak of the "Spring Break" season.
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On some days, the location filming put as many bikinis and cut-offs on parts of the white sandy beaches as the actual "Spring Break" itself.
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The "Spring Break" phenomenon, while epitomized by Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA, is actually a national phenomenon, and one that pours millions of dollars into the economy. And it's also why the permanent residents of Fort Lauderdale (who had at around the time the movie was made a population of 140,000) have held out that welcome beach mat to "Spring Break", and this, at the time the film was produced, had been for more than forty years.
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Off-the-beach shooting locations featured in the film included the Marlin Beach Hotel, which became the movie's Breeze 'n Seas Motel; The Candy Store and the Button-on-the-Beach - two of the most popular student attractions; the Sheraton Hotel; John U. Lloyd State Park; the lobby of a Holiday Inn; and a 98-foot yacht moored at the marina of the Bahia Mar Hotel.
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At the time the movie was made and produced, the Columbia Pictures studio was a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola company. Janet Maslin of 'The New York Times' noted in her review published on 27th March 1983 that "the movie happens to have worked Coke at least momentarily into its plot. There's a moment when one of the boys is brought by a girl to her hotel room, and before there's so much as a clinch the boy announces he's thirsty. A Coke would be nice, says his date. So the boy runs down to a very prominently featured Coke machine and buys about six cans' worth".
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"Spring Break" contests and competitions featured in the movie included the Wet T-Shirt, the Wet He-Shirt, the Teenie-Weenie Bikini, the Belly Flop, and one involving Erotic Banana Eating.
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Part of a boom cycle of teen-pic and/or youth orientated pictures made during the 1980s.
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Debut produced screenplay of writer David Smilow. Spring Break (1983) remains the only cinema movie written by Smilow.
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Since this picture, other "Spring Break" style movies have been made, such as The Real Cancun (2003), Spring Breakers (2012), and Where the Boys Are (1984). The first ever "Spring Break" movie was apparently Where the Boys Are (1960).
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First of two consecutive movies, both youth orientated, directed by director Sean S. Cunningham, that were made for the Columbia Pictures Studio, with the second being The New Kids (1985).
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The film's closing credits state: "The Producers would like to thank the State of Florida and the City of Fort Lauderdale for their valuable assistance in the making of this film."
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Some American movie posters for the film featured a coming soon tagline which prominently stated at the bottom "Coming March 25".
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Producer Barbara De Fina worked on this and The New Kids with Sean S. Cunningham before collaborating on many projects with Martin Scorsese, including Goodfellas.
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