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(1983)

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The movie featured three members of the Cusack family in acting roles: father Dick Cusack, daughter Joan Cusack and son John Cusack.
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According to the '80s Rewind' website, apparently, "at one point during filming, [actor] Rob Lowe allegedly threatened to quit the movie unless he was allowed to appear in a scene totally naked in a bathtub full of baked beans. The director [Lewis John Carlino] refused, but did manage to finally lure Lowe back to the set".
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The September Farm, home of the Burroughs, is in real life the Duchossois Estate, in Barrington Hills, IL.
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After the film's release, actress Jacqueline Bisset publicly expressed her dissatisfaction with its editing as being deleterious to her character's "subtext".
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The actual full real name of "Skip" (Rob Lowe) was Squire Franklin Burroughs IV. Lowe's character is billed in the credits though by the "Skip" nickname.
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Part of an earlier to mini early to mid 1980s cycle of movies where a young guy has an affair with an older woman. The films include Class (1983), My Tutor (1983), Private Lessons (1981) and They're Playing with Fire (1984).
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The picture has often been compared with and likened to The Graduate (1967). Of Class (1983), the following commented in relation to The Graduate (1967): 'Rating the Movies' said that the movie was a "take-off of The Graduate (1967); 'Halliwells' said the film was a "travesty of The Graduate (1967)"; film critic 'Roger Ebert said that the picture was a "prep-school retread of The Graduate (1967)"; whilst trade paper 'Variety' said the film "throw[s] in aspects of The Graduate (1967)"; and 'Movie '83' magazine (Australia) said that the movie was an "80s version of The Graduate (1967)".
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Debut in a filmed production for actors Andrew McCarthy, John Cusack, and Virginia Madsen. For actors Alan Ruck and Rob Lowe, this 1983 movie was the second feature film audiences saw them in, both their first films having also being released earlier in the same 1983 year. And the picture was the debut cinema movie of actress Lolita Davidovich who had previously appeared on television. The DVD sleeve notes incorrectly state that the film was Rob Lowe's debut, Lowe having previously been seen in Francis Coppola's The Outsiders (1983).
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Showbusiness trade paper 'Variety' said that the movie "...seems something like an unofficial remake of one of [actress Jacqueline] Bisset's first Hollywood efforts, the 1969 The First Time (1969)".
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Second consecutive back-to-back movie where actress Jacqueline Bisset has romantic liaisons with a younger man. The earlier movie was George Cukor's Rich and Famous (1981), where Bisset actually had passionate encounters with two younger men.
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Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe auditioned for the role of Jonathan Ogner. Lowe was eventually cast in the role of Skip Burroughs instead.
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The birth date of Jonathan (Andrew McCarthy) on his student card states 29th November 1964. The day and month, November 29, is McCarthy's actual birthday in real life. Only the years are different, Jonathan is born in 1964 whereas McCarthy was born in 1962.
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The place where the famous elevator love scene took place was at Water Tower Place in Chicago, Illinois.
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In the scene where Skip Burroughs (Rob Lowe) is being questioned by Balaban, Balaban asks him if he's related to the same Burroughs that's on the board of AT&T. Skip confirms that his father (played by veteran actor Cliff Robertson) is indeed on AT&T's board...which coincidentally has a real-life connection...Cliff Robertson was an AT&T pitch-man for several years in their 1980s television commercials and was known as "Mr. AT&T" at the time.
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Male actors Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy are seen wearing women's underwear in this movie.
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Rob Lowe was top first billed, Jacqueline Bisset received second billing, Andrew McCarthy was third billed and Cliff Robertson was fourth billed.
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The name of the prep school the boys went to was the "Vernon Academy". The name of the prep school the girls went to was the "Foxfield School for Girls".
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Third and final film directed by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Lewis John Carlino, who subsequently returned to screenwriting.
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The picture was markedly different to director Lewis John Carlino two previous films which were both dramas, The Great Santini (1979) and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976).
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The picture was first released in the USA only about eight months after the similarly titled Class Reunion (1982).
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Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy and Anna Maria Horsford also starred together in St. Elmo's Fire 2 years later (1985).
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The movie's very prominent tagline mentioned the name of Jonathan, Andrew McCarthy's character, by stating, "The good news is, Jonathan's having his first affair. The bad news is, she's his roommate's mother." McCarthy would again play a character called Jonathan in 1987's Mannequin (1987) and in the 1995 tele-movie The Courtyard (1995).
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