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(1983)

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Although she'd starred in three theatrical movies and had made countless TV appearances in the 15 year prior to this movie, Olivia Newton-John was insecure about her acting abilities and decided to enroll in acting training in preparation for the film.
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After striking box office gold in Grease (1978), the 20th Century Fox studio re-teamed John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John five years later for this romantic comedy. To date, this is the second and final star teaming.
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The movie's soundtrack was so successful that it went platinum.
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Bill Conti was the original composer for this film, but he left the project as his original score was rejected by writer/director John Herzfeld. He was then subsequently replaced by composer Patrick Williams. Williams had been asked by Herzfeld and producers Joe Wizan and Roger M. Rothstein to create a melody based off Olivia Newton-John's hit single "Twist of Fate" which was released just before the film. However this was done so late that 20th Century Fox was unable offer to preview screenings to the news media, and final prints were unavailable until a few days prior to the December 16, 1983 release. Meanwhile, Conti was allegedly unaware that he had been replaced. Lionel Newman, the senior vice president of music for 20th Century Fox said that Conti's dismissal was "amicable". Oddly enough, Conti's credit is retained on the back cover of a 1995 VHS Reissue and on the back cover of the film's DVD release.
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At the conclusion of the chaos at the Plaza, Oliver Reed's character begins singing lines from The Beatles' song "Rain". The song is not acknowledged in the credits.
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While shooting on-location in New York City, Olivia Newton-John was bitten by a dog named Pascha. The Collie/German shepherd mix lived in the neighborhood and was hired along with his owner as an extra. Olivia approached them and asked to pet the dog.The owner warned her that Pascha was afraid of crowds. She leaned in to pet it and was bitten on the hand. It ended Pascha's movie career, and they filmed the scene without him. Olivia braved the injury and kept on working.
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A poster in Debbie's apartment advertises "The Australian Film Festival in New York", a real life film festival in the early 1980s. Olivia Newton-John is Australian.
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The movie was nominated for 5 Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (John Travolta and Staying Alive (1983)), Worst Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Worst Director (John Herzfeld), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture.
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The movie was part of a 1980s cycle of Hollywood angelic comedies which had started with Heaven Can Wait (1978). The films included that movie and Two of a Kind (1983), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), Defending Your Life (1991), Oh Heavenly Dog (1980), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), The Heavenly Kid (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), Almost an Angel (1990) and Oh, God! (1977) and its two sequels. The phrase "Heaven Can Wait" forms part of the lyrics in Two of a Kind (1983)'s theme song "Twist of Fate" sung by Olivia Newton-John.
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Travolta played an angel himself later on in Michael (1996).
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Debut theatrical feature film as a director for John Herzfeld.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 6th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1983.
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When Debbie refuses to make love with Zack, he talks about "how men are the scourge of the earth" and how he would never let a man near his daughter if he had one. He then goes on to say that if a man showed up to take his daughter out that he would get a gun. Ironically 14 years later, John Travolta's character in Face/Off (1997) would find himself in a similar situation.
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The same year this movie came out, Charles Durning also appeared in the Mel Brooks remake of To Be or Not to Be (1983). That film was also released by 20th Century Fox on the same day as this film, December 16, 1983.
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"Twist of Fate" and "Take a Chance", both song titles from the soundtrack, were considered as possible film titles.
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Olivia Newton-John's hit song "Twist of Fate" was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. The song was the last of her 15 Top 10 chart-toppers. The song went to No. #4 in Canada and Australia, and to No. #5 in the USA. Billboard ranked the song at No. #42 on its Top 100 Singles of 1984 list.
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Following the success of Grease (1978), John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John spent several years trying to find another vehicle to star together in before settling on this film. Among the projects they considered but ultimately passed on were a remake of A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and a film adaptation of the Neil Simon play "They're Playing Our Song."
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Robert Stigwood was originally involved with this project as a producer because of his then-ongoing picture deal with John Travolta . But he subsequently left the project because of creative differences between him, co-producer Joe Wizan and writer/director John Herzfeld. Stigwood wanted to have more in a say in casting as well as the film's soundtrack as he also wanted to have The Bee Gees write and record some songs for the film in addition to the songs Olivia Newton-John had written. After Stigwood left the project, he then brought on his friend Roger M. Rothstein to take over his duties as the two had worked together on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978).
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Principal photography initially began on location in New York City. But inclement weather forced the production to move to 20th Century Fox Studios in Hollywood. The Heaven sequences were filmed on Stage 27 at MGM Studios in Culver City. The ending was filmed at Warner Bros Studios (at the time known as The Burbank Studios due to Warner Bros sharing space with Columbia Pictures), using the New York set built for Annie (1982) and would later be used for Friends (1994).
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When Robert Stigwood was originally involved with the project, he wanted Donald Pleasence for the role of Beasley, Bill Murray for the role of Charlie, George Burns for the role of Earl and Lily Tomlin for the role of Ruthie.
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One of a string of box-office flops for John Travolta, alongside Moment by Moment (1978), Blow Out (1981), Perfect (1985) and The Experts (1989). Travolta would not score another hit until Look Who's Talking (1989).
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One of Zack's inventions was edible sunglasses.
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