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(1991)

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Extensive re-shoots on this film forced Kevin Kline to withdraw from Hook (1991). He was replaced by Robin Williams.
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Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role, because his then wife, Loni Anderson, told him that the whole of Hollywood would laugh at her, as Reynolds and Sally Field once had a very publicized love affair.
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The voice of Adam on the answering machine, the man who left Celeste, is Kevin Spacey.
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David Barnes (Robert Downey, Jr.) was originally written as a fifty year old man. But Director Michael Hoffman, who had worked with Downey before on an unfinished film called "Back East", had the part re-written to fit Downey's age.
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The movie starred several Oscar nominees and Academy Award winners. Sally Field had won two Best Actress Oscars for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984), Whoopi Goldberg had won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Ghost (1990), and Kevin Kline had won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Cathy Moriarty was a nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Raging Bull (1980); Elisabeth Shue and Robert Downey Jr. have also been nominated for Academy Awards.
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Michael Hoffman says in the Director's commentary of Game 6 (2005), "I remember when we made Soapdish, I wanted to shoot on 47th Street (in New York City), and they wouldn't even let us shoot on 47th Street, you know, off Times Square. They said they couldn't guarantee your safety."
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According to a Baltimore newspaper article, Patty Duke was announced for the lead, a role that was written with her in mind.
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Rose Schwartz (Whoopi Goldberg) reacts to Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) saying, "I too have an oath, a nurse's oath" with scorn, as though it's completely ridiculous, but nurses do frequently take an oath called the Nightingale Pledge. It's modeled after the Hippocratic Oath sometimes taken by doctors, although neither are required.
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Finola Hughes and Stephen Nichols were real-life stars of American television soap opera drama series.
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According to the Turner Classic Movies website, "During (the) fall of 1991, United International Pictures (UIP) and New World International launched a joint marketing campaign in Europe to cross-promote Soapdish (1991) with Santa Barbara (1984), "a prime-time soap opera". Stephen Nichols would appear as Dr. Skyler Gates in seven episodes of Santa Barbara (1984) in the year after this movie was released.
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During the writers' round table discussion, Edmund Edwards (Garry Marshall) compares his shows ratings to that of "Laguna Beach". This was thirteen years before MTV created a television series called Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004).
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The number of times that Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) had been nominated for a Daytime Television Award was twelve. In real-life, (as of June 2015), Field has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for television productions, and nine Primetime Emmy Awards. These total twelve television nominations, the same number of times as her character has been nominated for the fictional Daytime Television Awards in this movie. In real-life, Field has won two Academy Awards from three Oscar nominations, and won three Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Three actresses have played nuns. Sally Field on television in The Flying Nun (1967), and Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Nijamy in Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
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At the time the film was made and released, Sally Field and Producer Alan Greisman were married.
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"The Sun Also Sets" is a play on the 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway.
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Along with The Hard Way (1991), The Fisher King (1991), and Other People's Money (1991), Soapdish (1991) was one of the first feature films in which Kathy Najimy appeared.
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3 actors actually starred in real daytime soap operas: Kevin Kline in "Search for Tomorrow", Teri Hatcher in "Capitol" and Paul Johansson in "Santa Barbara".
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Final theatrical feature film as a full producer of Aaron Spelling, who did later though go on to act as an Executive Producer on the theatrical movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and The Mod Squad (1999).
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Aaron Spelling was usually a producer of television productions, making sense of his association with this picture.
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Michael Hoffman described the movie as "mumbo cha-cha soap opera".
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John Tesh, Leeza Gibbons, and Stephen Nichols all received "Special Appearance" credits.
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The name of the television awards show was the "Daytime Television Awards".
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There is a moment when Celeste and Rose are walking along the street, and they pass by a place where there is a movie poster for the Gene Wilder film Funny About Love (1990). That film was also released by Paramount, and probably was there, because at the time they shot the scene, that film was soon to be released in theaters, so it happened to be there.
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The name of the play that Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline) was starring in at a cheapo steak 'n' play house dinner theatre in Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County, Florida, was as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1949).
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Celeste is presented with the fictionalized version of a Daytime Emmy award. Leeza Gibbons, who plays herself as a reporter for Entertainment Tonight (1981), interviews her before the ceremony and later watches as Celeste's personal soap opera is revealed. In real life, Leeza is the winner of an Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle or Travel program for the PBS show, My Generation (2008).
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Garry Marshall also played the head of a network on 'Murphy Brown'.
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The name of the media conglomerate was World Entertainment Services (WES).
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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 

Ben Stein: As a nitwit executive, billed as "Benjamin Stein".
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Leeza Gibbons: Credited, as herself, an Entertainment Tonight (1981) reporter.
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Stephen Nichols: Credited, as himself.
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John Tesh: Credited, as himself, an Entertainment Tonight (1981) reporter.
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Spoilers 

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This is the only one of three movies where Teri Hatcher is one of the villains. One is Spy Kids (2001) the other is Coraline (2009).
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