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"I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." was voted #73 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
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Director Cameron Crowe couldn't find the love song he wanted until he heard Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". Gabriel asked to see part of the movie, and Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel gave permission to use the song, saying he liked the film, but not the lead character overdosing at the end. Crowe realized that Gabriel had actually been sent a copy of Wired (1989).
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John Cusack put a scar on his right eyebrow for his character, Lloyd. He says that the backstory is that someone threw a rock at Lloyd when he was a kid.
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The dojo featured in this movie was also used in The Karate Kid (1984).
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Producer James L. Brooks said the movie was inspired when Brooks saw a man walking with his daughter, and wondered what would happen if the father committed a crime.
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When Lloyd holds up the radio, it's actually playing a song by Fishbone. "In Your Eyes" was added in post-production.
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John Cusack's kick boxing scenes in the ring, including the one where his nose is broken, are done with Don Wilson who is a real-life kick boxing champion.
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The exchange between Lloyd and Jason about an album titled "Hey Soul Classics" is a reference to a TV commercial that aired frequently in the 1980s. "Hey Love" was a compilation of 1970s R&B songs that was sold on TV. A line from the commercial, "No, my brother. You've got to buy your own," became a catchphrase at the time.
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Ione Skye has admitted on the film's audio commentary that there was definitely off-screen chemistry between her and John Cusack during filming, and that had they not been involved with other people at that time, they probably would have gone home together the day they shot the scene where Lloyd teaches Diane to drive a stick shift.
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Directorial debut of Cameron Crowe.
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When Lloyd (John Cusack) drives along 45th street in Seattle, he passes the Guild 45th Theatre, which is showing Tapeheads (1988), in which Cusack also appeared.
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Bebe Neuwirth's film debut.
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Ione Skye once dated Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose song "Taste the Pain" opens the movie.
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Cameron Crowe commissioned The Smithereens to write the movie's theme song. They came up with "A Girl Like You." Crowe thought the lyrics were too leading (they outline the entire plot), so he rejected it in favor of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". "A Girl Like You" was included in their next album, "11", and in the movie Backdraft (1991).
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Cameron Crowe said in an interview, "Few people know this, but Stone Gossard is actually in Say Anything... (1989) He plays a cab driver, and Ione Skye looks at him and kind of flirts with him a little bit as they're stuck in traffic on her way to graduation."
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Lloyd and Diane's school appears to be based on The Lakeside School, a very prestigious private school in Seattle. In the movie, the school is called Lakewood, and its mascot is a rooster, not a lion. In Lloyd's first phone conversation with Diane, John Cusack mentions that at his annual party, Lloyd "dresses up as the Lakeside rooster."
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The original Australian VHS release through CBS Fox features an early Simpsons short.
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Lloyd makes several references in the movie to "Bell Square" mall, short for Bellevue Square (located in Bellevue, Washington). When Lloyd is driving in the rain and sees the mall, he is actually driving by Westlake Center (located in downtown Seattle).
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American rock band Say Anything is named in reference to this film, with frontman Max Bemis stating it was a favorite of his growing up.
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Cameron Crowe credits the enthusiastic review by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel as at least partially saving the movie at the box office. Ebert later put the movie in his Great Movies book.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Lawrence Kasdan was originally set to direct, but dropped out.
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Stone Gossard, the cabby at the beginning of the film that Dianne flirts with, appeared in another Cameron Crowe movie, Singles, as a member of a band called Citizen Dick.
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Takes place in Seattle which is later the backdrop for Frasier (1993) with two cast members John Mahoney and Bebe Neuwirth
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Cameron Crowe originally scripted the iconic boom box song to as "To Be A Lover" by Billy Idol.
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An unusual number of the actors in this movie are themselves the children of well-known entertainment industry professionals. Ione Skye (Diane Court) is the daughter of the Scottish pop singer Donovan; Pamela Adlon (Rebecca) is the daughter of TV writer Don Segall; Jason Gould (Mike Cameron) is the son of singer Barbra Streisand and actor Elliott Gould; Chynna Phillips (Mimi) is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the 1960s group The Mamas and the Papas; Amy Brooks (D.C. ) is a daughter of director, writer, and Say Anything producer James L. Brooks.
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The second year in a row that Ione Skye appeared in a teen high school movie. In 1988 she appeared in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" starring River Phoenix.
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Christian Slater, Loren Dean (who played Joe), Peter Berg and Todd Field auditioned for the role of Lloyd Dobler. Robert Downey Jr. turned it down. Kirk Cameron was also considered.

Ione Skye and Jennifer Connelly tied for the role of Diane Court. Elisabeth Shue was also considered.

Pamela Adlon auditioned for the role of D.C. before being cast as Rebecca. Julia Roberts was also considered for the role of D.C.
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The model of boombox Lloyd Dobler holds over his head is the Toshiba RT-SX1.
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On the way to her high school graduation, Diane Court and her father drive past the "Waiting For the Interurban" sculpture, which stands on North 34th Street in Seattle's Fremont district. Created in 1979 by artist Richard Beyer, the "Interurban" sculpture features six cast-aluminum people waiting at a transit stop for the Interurban railway, a Seattle streetcar service that ceased operations in 1940. As Diane and her father drive past, the statues are all wearing graduation caps, in honor of Graduation Day. On special days, the residents of Fremont dress up the "Interurban" statues in appropriate costumes, i.e. at Christmas, the aluminum people are dressed in Santa Claus hats, white beards, and red coats.
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After breaking up with Diane, Lloyd Dobler drives past Bob's Java Jive, a coffee pot-shaped building in Tacoma. Opened in 1927 as the Coffee Pot Restaurant, it was bought by Bob Radonich in 1955 and converted into a music club and dive bar. Many rock bands have played at Java Jive over the years, including the Tacoma-based band, The Ventures, which served as the house band in the early 1960s. The Ventures went on to become the top-selling instrumental guitar band in rock & roll history, with hits like "Walk Don't Run" and "The Theme from Hawaii 5-0."
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Joan Cusack: Lloyd's sister. She and John Cusack are real-life siblings.
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Lois Chiles: Diane's mother.
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Cameron Crowe: and wife Nancy Wilson as pedestrians in front of the mall as Lloyd passes by while recalling the site of their first "date".
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