46 Pieces of Movie Trivia: I ❤️ The '80s Edition

The previous trivia lists I've done can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far
  1. It only took John Hughes six days to write the script for Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  2. Each time Ferris and Mr. Rooney have a conversation, it's always one-sided.
    Either Ferris talks or Mr. Rooney does, but never both.
  3. Ferris' line in the French restaurant's bathroom about Cameron's house being very pretty and very cold was originally meant to be said by The Breakfast Club's Allison in regards to her home life.
  4. The scene in The Breakfast Club where Brian, Claire, Andrew, Allison, and Bender each explain why they're in detention was ad-libbed by the cast.
  5. Laura Dern auditioned for the roles of Claire Standich in The Breakfast Club and Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles.
    Both roles ended up being played by Molly Ringwald.
  6. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy played high school students in The Breakfast Club and college graduates in St. Elmo's Fire all within the same year.
  7. Because they were too young to get into the local bars and nightclubs, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall entertained themselves by crashing the Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions that were held at the hotel they stayed at during production of Sixteen Candles.
  8. Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald didn't get along when they first met.
    Because of this, John Hughes took them both to a record store where they bonded over their shared love of music.
  9. The CONFIDENTIAL at the top of the questionnaire that Samantha Baker fills out during Sixteen Candles is misspelled.
    The I and A are switched.
  10. "The Duckie Dance" was part of Jon Cryer's audition for Pretty in Pink.
  11. Andie's prom dress in Pretty in Pink was assembled from two different dresses.
    Costume designer Marilyn Vance bought the dresses from two different stores in L.A., cut them apart, and then reassembled them into the one pink dress.
  12. Anjelica Huston and Tracey Ullman were both considered for the part of Iona in Pretty in Pink.
    Ullman failed to get the part because she hadn't quite perfected her American accent at the time.
  13. After writing the theme song "Holiday Road" for 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, Lindsey Buckingham was approached to write the theme for Ghostbusters.
    He turned the offer down because he didn't want to become known for writing movie theme songs.
  14. The original title for Ghostbusters was "Ghost Smashers".
  15. Columbia Pictures had to shut down its other stages while the final confrontation between Gozer and the Ghostbusters was being filmed because the scene required 50,000 amps of electricity in order to be properly lit.
    The rooftop set used during the scene also took up an entire soundstage.
  16. Slimer is credited as playing himself in the end credits of Ghostbusters II.
  17. The term "proton pack" isn't used until halfway through Ghostbusters II.
  18. The twins who played Oscar in Ghostbusters II are the nephews of late singer John Denver.
    Their names are William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf II while John Denver's real name was Henry J. Deutschendorf, Jr.
  19. Almost 10% of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial's $10.5 million budget went towards the E.T. puppets and animatronics.
  20. Steven Spielberg shot most of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial from a child's eye-level in order to help the audience further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  21. Top Gun was the highest grossing film of 1986.
    Crocodile Dundee came in second while Platoon was third.
  22. The cigarettes that the boys smoke in Stand By Me were made from cabbage leaves.
  23. In exchange for allowing her time off to film The Princess Bride, Robin Wright had to extend her contract for the soap opera Santa Barbara by a year.
  24. Rob Reiner had to leave the set while Billy Crystal was filming his scenes for The Princess Bride because he became nauseous from laughing so hard at Crystal.
  25. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes were so reluctant to end their time together on The Princess Bride that one or the other of them would request another take during the final scene they shared.
  26. The scenes where Ren teaches Willard to dance in Footloose were inserted into the film because Chris Penn really didn't know how to dance.
  27. After clashing on the set of 1984's Red Dawn, Patrick Swayze had to personally call Jennifer Grey and ask her to audition for Dirty Dancing.
  28. The famous scene in Dirty Dancing where Johnny and Baby crawl towards one another wasn't in the script.
    Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were messing around while warming up to shoot the real scene, but the director liked the footage of them goofing around so much that he ended up putting it in the finished film.
  29. One of Dirty Dancing's scenes that didn't go quite according to script was the scene where Jennifer Grey stands with her back to Patrick Swayze and puts her arm behind his head while he trails his fingers down her arm.
    It was scripted to be a serious moment, but Jennifer Grey was so exhausted that she kept giggling every time Swayze tried the move, which left him annoyed. In the end, the scene was edited into the film as it was- complete with Grey's giggling and Swayze's annoyed look- because the producers thought it worked better.
  30. The last spin kick that Daniel LaRusso is hit with before Mr. Miyagi rescues him in The Karate Kid did actually hit and injure Ralph Macchio.
  31. Elizabeth Shue put her studies at Harvard on hold in order to appear in The Karate Kid.
  32. The now iconic sweatshirt from Flashdance wasn't brilliance on the part of the costume designer, but the result of a laundry accident.
    It was a personal sweatshirt of Jennifer Beals that she had cut the collar out of after it had shrunk in the wash.
  33. Some of the women who auditioned for the role of Alex Owens in Flashdance include Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Bridget Fonda, Melanie Griffith, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt, Jennifer Jason Lee, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kathy Najimy.
  34. The fictitious Zamundun Film Commission is thanked in the closing credits of Coming to America.
  35. Tom Cruise asked his The Outsiders co-star Diane Lane to audition for the part of Lana in Risky Business.
    However, Lane's father quickly nixed the idea, telling the film's producers there was no way his daughter was going to play a twenty-something year old prostitute.
  36. In order to achieve the fresh-faced look of a teenage, the producers of Risky Business had Tom Cruise work out seven days a week in order to lose ten pounds. Once he'd done that, they had him stop working out and switched him over to a diet filled with extremely fatty food so that he would add a layer of baby fat to his frame.
  37. Director Penny Marshall filmed each"grown-up" scene in Big with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part in order to give Hanks a better idea of how a twelve year old would behave in the various situations.
  38. With Big, Penny Marshall became the first female to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the box office.
  39. At 19, Rob Lowe was the youngest cast member of St. Elmo's Fire. Meanwhile, Mare Winningham was the eldest and had already had two children- and was pregnant with her third- by the time filming began.
  40. Much like her character in St. Elmo's Fire, Demi Moore had a drug problem that ended up sending her to rehab during filming.
  41. Just before shooting the scene in Adventures in Babysitting where the group runs through the dirty, trash-filled alley, the Toronto Sanitation Department came by and cleaned the alley up which forced the crew to have to dig through nearby dumpsters in order to find more trash for the scene.
  42. The nurse that Dally threatens with Two-Bit's knife in The Outsiders was played by the book's author, S.E. Hinton.
  43. In order to build the bond shared between the three Curtis Brothers in The Outsiders, Francis Ford Coppola had Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and C. Thomas Howell cook a meal and spend a night together in the "Curtis" home.
  44. Kirk Cameron was nearly cast as Say Anything...'s Lloyd Dobbler instead of John Cusack.
  45. The song originally used in the scene where Lloyd Dobbler holds the boombox above his head wasn't Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" but rather one by the band Fishbone.
    "In Your Eyes" was edited in during post-production.
  46. Jonathan Ke Quan's Data shouts "Holy S-H-I-T" in The Goonies because he had promised his mother that he wouldn't curse in the movie.