While filming in Pontiac, Illinois, the night the demolition derby scene was shot was very cold. Since it was supposed to be summertime, the extras hired to sit in the grandstand were dressed in shorts and shirts. To stay warm they would bundle up in coats and hats and just before the camera would roll, they would throw off the coats and sit on them.
C. Thomas Howell
apparently did all his own stunt driving during the filming of this movie.
Contributed by: Butch Tiffany
During the burning of the race track, the track was supposed to collapse, it wouldn't fall so the local tow truck driver who furnished all of the cars for the derby, (and also owned the house the dozer knocked down) hooked his truck to it and pulled it down so filming could continue.
Contributed by: Donna Frailey
I was an extra in the derby scene and also in the scene where Patrick Swayze demolished his house. I got to go to every cast party and really enjoyed partying with everyone, including C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze.
We all met at the Fiesta Motel and partied and I can remember talking to Patrick on the balcony about our small town and about his and his wife's dancing career. He was so much in love with his wife.
Now Tommy was a different story-lol, secrets there. Troy Donahue talked to me and asked me about my life and I told him I was a single mother and he wondered how it was living in a small town and not being married with a child. It sorta reminded me of his movie Summer Place. As far as Jamie Lee Curtis, she was a wild one-lol and a lot of fun.
This movie will always be one of my greatest memories and so glad I got to experience a little of Hollywood. I always wanted to be an actress since I was five years old and told everyone I was going to live in California and make it big-lol, so much for dreams!
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.