Sunday, February 14, 2010

Night 14 of "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

As our giveaway comes to a close please take a moment to visit the main page if you have not already. Give the shops that donated some love and see all the extra entries you can get. Also, you can comment on any of the movies for more entries. If you missed any they are all listed on the giveaway's main page or on the sidebar. The giveaway will run through tomorrow and the winners will be picked later that night.

For our final movie I saved one of the best.

"The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

Night 14... "Say Anything"
Does it really get much better than this?
Taglines - To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler.
She's got every thing going for her. He's going for her with every thing he's got.
A Lloyd meets girl story
Music selections from the movie on the jukebox
1. In Your Eyes
Directed by Cameron Crow () on released on April 14, 1989 by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Lloyd (John Cusack) and Diane (Ione Skye), an case of opposites attract, fall in love the summer after graduation. When Diane gets a scholarship to study in England she has a choice to make. Listen to her father and dump Lloyd or listen to her heart and stay?
Not much really needs to be said. This movie came out the same year I graduated from High School and it was Seattle before it was trendy to set everything in Seattle. Lloyd is charming and sweet. Diane is beautiful and warm. The movie is funny, sweet and even a little heart breaking. It is love at it's most simple and "basic". 8)
A little trivia...
1. The Smithereens were commissioned by Cameron Crowe to write the theme song for the movie, and they came up with "A Girl Like You". Crowe thought that 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" went on to be included in The Smithereens' next album, "11", and in the movie Backdraft (1991) by Ron Howard.
2. 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. Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel responded by saying he would let them use the song, as he liked the film. He was, however, wary about the part where the lead character overdosed at the end. It was then that Crowe realized that Gabriel had been sent a copy of Wired (1989) instead.
3. 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.
4. Kirk Cameron was nearly cast as Lloyd instead of John Cusack.
5. John Cusack's kick boxing scenes in the ring, including the one where his nose is broken, are done with Don 'The Dragon' Wilson who is a real-life kick boxing champion.
6. Robert Downey Jr. turned down the lead played by John Cusack.
7. Christian Slater auditioned for the role of Lloyd Dobbler but director Cameron Crowe was adamant about getting John Cusack. Also, there was a tie between Ione Skye and actress Jennifer Connelly for the role of Diane Court.
8. Director Cameo: [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".
9. The dojo featured in this movie is the same one that was used in The Karate Kid (1984) as the Cobra Kai dojo.
10. When Lloyd holds up the radio, it is actually playing a song by the group Fishbone. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel was added post-production.
11. 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).
12. Producer James L. Brooks said what inspired this movie was an incident where Brooks saw a man walking with his daughter. He saw them and wondered what would happen if the father committed a crime. Those thoughts were used to create the story.
13. The original Australian VHS release through CBS Fox features an early Simpsons short.
14. John Cusack put a scar on his right eyebrow for Lloyd's character. He says that the story behind that is that someone threw a rock at Lloyd when he was a kid.
15. The movie's line "I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." was voted as the #73 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
16. Bebe Neuwirth's film debut.
17. Lloyd and Diane's school appears to be based on The Lakeside School, which is a very prestigious Seattle private school. In the movie, the school is called "Lakewood" (and has a rooster mascot, rather than a lion), but in Lloyd's first phone conversation with Diane, John Cusack mentions that at his annual party, Lloyd "dresses up as the Lakeside rooster."
18. 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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  1. I love this movie and could not imagine Lloyd Dobbler portrayed by anyone else. Thanks for the trivia!

  2. well John Cusack holding up that radio is iconic a teen love film as it can get! :)


    thanks for the fun 14 days!

  3. THought this movie was not my style when I heard about it but found myself enjoying it

  4. I remember hearing about how the song in the radio outside her window scene was swapped out after is was filmed. I'm not a Peter Gabriel fan but I cannot imagine any song other than "In Your Eyes" in that scene.

  5. Embarrassed, but I've never seen this one. Really need to put it in the queue.
    Thanks for 14 days of great movies!
    carykhepburn (at)