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Valley Girl (1983) Poster

(1983)

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The club scenes where Randy takes Julie were filmed a sunset strip club originally named Filthy McNasty's in the 1960s and '70s. In the '80s it was called 'The Central', which was later purchased by Johnny Depp and is now known as The Viper Room, where River Phoenix infamously died on Halloween, 1993.
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This is the first movie in which Nicolas Coppola is billed as Nicolas Cage.
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The script was written in 10 days.
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When Randy (Nicolas Cage) and Fred (Cameron Dye) are in the hills overlooking the Valley, Randy takes a Wowee Whistle from his shirt pocket. Wowee Whistles were novelty harmonicas made from orange chewing wax and were popular Halloween treats during the 1970's and early 1980's.
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In the "making of" documentary on the 20th anniversary DVD, Elizabeth Daily admitted that she had no idea how to talk like a Valley Girl. To cover this up, she decided that her character, Loryn, would not actually be from the Valley, but from nearby Malibu instead.
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The producers of this film approached Frank Zappa about making a film based on his hit single "Valley Girl" (released May 1982), but he refused, leading the producers to make the film without his involvement. Zappa later sued them but lost the case.
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Nicholas Cage had a real life crush on co-star, Deborah Foreman. He later commented during an interview, " I just adored Deborah, so there was very little acting on my part." Nicholas would write her poetry on set. One in particular was titled, "American Girl" which Deborah still has to this day.
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Julie's parents are played by Colleen Camp and Frederic Forrest. The two also appeared together in Apocalypse Now (1979) where Forrest was a soldier and Camp (who was friends with real life Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratten) was a Playmate sent to entertain the troops.
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When Randy and Julie first enter the music club, the upcoming gigs list advertises The Plimsouls (who appear in the same scene) and Katy Sagal.
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Michelle Pfeiffer was originally considered for the role of Julie.
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Director Martha Coolidge was required by the film's producers to show female breasts at least four times. They felt it would make the movie more appealing to younger males.
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One of Kevin Smith's favorite movies of all-time. In fact, when Kevin's wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, went into labor Valley Girl (1983) was taken with them to the hospital to watch while going through labor.
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In the opening shopping montage, the Master Card shown in closeup is actually the real card of the film's co-writer Wayne Crawford. In addition, the info on the card swiper reveals that it is not the Sherman Oaks Galleria, but the Wet Seal store in Torrance, California, substituting for the Galleria due to budget restrictions.
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Colleen Camp is only 9 years older than her on-screen daughter Deborah Foreman.
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The marquee of Chinese Theatre says An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which co-stars Tony Plana who plays the Low Rider who taunts a drunken Randy.
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The movie was produced before Nicolas Cage got his teeth fixed.
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During Randy and Julie's first cruise through Hollywood, they pass a burlesque theater advertising an appearance by Kitten Natividad.
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Deborah Foreman and Michelle Meyrink played friends in the movie. They were also both in Real Genius (1985).
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This was a comeback of sorts for Nicholas Cage who was fired from the lead role in Fast Times in Ridgemont High that same year.
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Despite being a movie about Punk rock there is no Punk rock on the movie's soundtrack just New Wave/Post punk music.
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Randy and Fred each share on-screen scenes and have verbal interaction with three of the Valley Girls; Julie, Stacey and Suzie. However, even though Randy and Fred attend the same 3 venues as Loryn does; the beach, the party and the prom, Fred has the only on-screen scene with her (waiting in the line at the concession stand at the beach)and even in that scene they do not have verbal interaction.
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Fredrick Forrest leaves the lens cap on, when he takes Julie's Prom picture. Dennis Hopper did the same thing in Apocalypse Now, which Forrest also co-starred in, four years prior.
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At the prom when the cups are being discussed, the 2nd male teacher is referred to as Mr. Cook. When the same teacher walks up to the punch bowl after it is spiked, the guys who spiked it call him Mr. Brooks.
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This movie begins with a radio broadcast. Fraternity Vacation (1985) also began with a radio broadcast and both movies featured Cameron Dye.
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While cruising down Hollywood Blvd there is an Empire Strikes Back advertisement. Released in 1980.
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Michelle Meyrink ( playing Suzie Brent) and Deborah Forman ( playing Julie Richma) both appeared in Real Genius released in 1985.
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As Randy ( Nicholas Cage) and Julie ( Deborah Foreman) make their escape from the Prom the leave in a Chrysler K Car limousine and when the limo driver asks "Valley Sheraton ....sir?" the limo magically transforms into a Lincoln Town Car limo.
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After Julie and Tommy are dropped off at the prom and Randy and Fred look at the car and chauffeur, the chauffeur is reading a copy of Variety with a full page ad on the back for Paul Bartel's Eating Raoul, which came out a year earlier.
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When Julie goes to kiss her parents goodbye before prom, she kisses her mom first then her dad (camera view is from behind her parents). When the view changes to facing her parents, it goes back to her kissing her mom again then her dad.
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The Dupar's restaurant where the girls frequent and where Julie Richman & Randy have their first date was filmed only ¼ mile from a scene from the scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) where Brad Hamilton is making a delivery in his pirate costume.
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This movie has two filming locations in common with Commando (1985):
  • Julie's parents' health food restaurant was filmed only ¼ mile (½Km) from Casa De Cadillac, where Cooke helps himself to a free Cadillac.
  • When Julie, Stacey, Randy and Fred are leaving the party (after Fred and Randy went back for Julie and Stacey) they go through the same intersection (Beverly Glen & Mulholland Drive) that John Matrix & Cindy go through while chasing Sully.
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Only five characters have last names mentioned at some point in the film. They are the title character, Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman), her parents, Sarah (Colleen Camp) and Steve (Frederic Forrest), Fred Bailey (Cameron Dye), Suzi Brent (Michelle Meyrink), and her stepmother, Beth (Lee Purcell).
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Cameo 

The Plimsouls: the band playing in the club where Randy takes Julie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The poster does not show Deborah Foreman to her dismay. The poster girl is actually "Samantha" shown in the film as Randy's ex girlfriend who only had a 3 minute part in the club when they are 'making up" in the bathroom scene.
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