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(1987)

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As of 2014, this is the third and last of three movies that real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell appeared in together as co-stars. Their earlier collaborations were Swing Shift (1984) and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968).
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Kurt Russell's father Bing plays the Sheriff.
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Kurt Russell says that this and Captain Ron (1992) are the two movies everyone seems to have on their boats.
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The rocking motion of the yacht kept causing members of the crew to fall asleep while shooting.
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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's own young kids were always with them while making the film. Their youngest, Wyatt, took his first steps on the set.
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Looking back on the film, Garry Marshall thinks that it's "still one of the funniest pictures I ever made."
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The filmmakers didn't "dress up" the bowling alley. Even the sign on the television is the real thing.
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Garry Marshall liked letting his actors improvise. Kurt Russell was good at it.
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Dean Profit's old Dodge pickup was later used as the pickup that tailgated Chevy Chase and his family in the opening scenes of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). Goldie Hawn had also co-starred with Chevy Chase in Foul Play (1978).
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Roddy McDowall, who appears as Andrew the Butler, is one of the Executive Producers of the film.
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The Coast Guard spotter is played by Garry Marshall's son, Scott.
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The scenes of the character of Joey Proffitt talking in Pee-Wee Herman's voice were improvised as the Pee-Wee voice was not part of the original script.
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During filming, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell hosted a BBQ for the whole cast and crew.
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Dean's two dogs are a bluetick coonhound and a golden retriever mutt.
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John Candy was considered for the role of Billy. But, he turned it down as he was working on Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) at the time.
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The plot was influenced by the Italian movie Swept Away (1974)..
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The name of Joanna (Goldie Hawn)'s luxury yacht in the movie was the "S.S. Immaculata". The boat was portrayed by the vessel "Attessa", and was also used for the film Indecent Proposal (1993). DVD sleeve notes have said "the 130th Stayton yacht, bedecked in crystal chandeliers and velvet cheetah upholstery, was docked in Fort Bragg's Noyo Harbor". The vessel had a Kong & Halvorsen hull from 1984, was called "Yecats" at the time Overboard (1987) was filmed, was renamed "Huntress" at some point, had a small helipad on the aft deck, and was later lengthened to 142 feet. The Kong & Halvorsen '130' 'Yecats' yacht was later destroyed in a fire, but the crew and passengers all survived.
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When Annie is using the chainsaw, she accidentally cuts off the scarecrow's head. Behind the right "eye" of the scarecrow is a hexagonal patch that is a slight nod to A Clockwork Orange (1971), and its main character's famous eye lashes.
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Jeffrey Wiseman (Joe) was so rowdy on set, that Garry Marshall would often shout, "Jeffrey, stop it!"
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When Grant is singing into his seashell there are a bunch of video boxes stacked near him. One of which is the porn film The Pink Clam (1986).
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Overboard (1987) was released in 1987. In The Best of Times (1986) starring Kurt Russell, released just the year before, there are references to "Gigi", who is Kurt Russell's character's wife and also one of the opposing football players was known as "Dr. Death". In Overboard the letters "G.G." are spray painted on the boys' club house and they also refer to "Dr. Death" coming to rescue their "mother". Both movies star Kurt Russell.
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One character says about himself "I'm one bad Billy Pratt". That was Boris Karloff's real name, and he was known for playing evil characters and later being bad in real life.
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Edward Herrmann and Roddy McDowall were in three vampire movies. Hermann was in The Lost Boys (1987). McDowall was in Fright Night (1985), and Fright Night Part 2 (1988).
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Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall are brother and sister. Penny also has a distinguished career as a director.
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As confirmed in March 2017, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez will star in a re-imagining of the movie with Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher co-directing.
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The character Billy Pratt wears a baseball cap with Russell's surname .
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Cameo 

Hector Elizondo: The Garbage Scow Skipper.
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Sven-Ole Thorsen: Olaf, Stayton's henchman.
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Director Cameo 

Garry Marshall: Drummer.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Film debut of Jeffrey Wiseman and Ray Combs.
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