Making Of...
Making Of...

Can't Buy Me Love Behind The Scenes

AKA:
Can't Buy Me Love Picture
1987
Last official date
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1987 Romantic Comedy movie starring Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Seth Green et al.
Contributed by: Anonymous
I went to high school with scriptwriter Michael Swerdlick in Scotch Plains, N.J. from 1971 to 1974. At least some of the characters in CBML seem to have been based on real people from our school. Cindy's character may even be based on an actual person of the same name.

Can't Buy Me Love was his first screenplay. Previously Michael had worked as an attorney for the William Morris Agency and later as an independent agent.
"Can't Buy Me Love" was made under the working title of "Boy Rents Girl".

Director Steve Rash is quoted as saying that "we found that a lot of people had an immediate resentment factor because of the implications of those words ('Boy Rents Girl'). As it turns out, I don't think there's a sexist moment in the film, but the title 'Boy Rents Girl' sounds sexist."

The title was eventually changed to "Can't Buy Me Love" at the suggestion of Disney chief Michael Eisner, according to Rash.
The movie producers donated the Tucson High School a $5,000 dance floor for the performing arts program and built a new athletic field for the school as payment for using it as a movie set.
Contributed by: Kara Victoria
The location manager for this movie, Anne McCaffrey, is the niece and namesake of author Anne McCaffrey, who wrote the "Dragons of Pern" series of books.
Contributed by: Ron Ford
I was Patrick Dempsey's personal driver on the movie, it was my first job in movies. One thing I remember clearly was when we were shooting at Tucson High, it started to snow! It hadn't snowed in Tucson in about a decade, but there it was. Director Steve Rash, without losing a beat, said "let's shoot the Christmas scene." And that's what they did...
Patrick Dempsey obviously really enjoyed making the movie and has a great fondness for it. He has said, in interviews, that "when we were shooting it, no one expected it to do well. It turned out to be this hit cult classic. The first thing that people want me to do when they meet me is to break out into the "Ant Eater Ritual." But I never do. :)" He has also said many times over the years that the character he has identified most with in his career, was Ronald Miller. "The lesson that I learned and one that I think comes across in 'Cant Buy Me Love' is that what makes a person 'cool' is his inner strength, not the clothes he wears". CBML is also the movie he'd most like to make a sequel to... Interestingly, when asked whether he ever became romantically linked to anyone on the set of “Can't Buy Me Love”, he has replied "Ha... I have no comment on that one...."
Paula Abdul choreographed the movie's dance sequences. As she did on many other 80's classics including "Coming to America", "The Karate Kid part III" and "Big". She recently choreographed "American Beauty".
Contributed by: Nick
The original screenplay was set in Scotch Plains, which was where scriptwriter Michael Swerdlick hails from, but expenses and weather moved the location to Tucson, Ariz., which allowed Rash, a pilot, the chance to film a scene at Pima Air Museum and an adjacent military aircraft graveyard.
Contributed by: Nick
The same as "Karate Kid", Can't Buy Me Love was shot in 28 days, considered a tight shooting schedule.
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