License To Drive Movie Behind The Scenes

Making License To Drive

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"God giveth and the DMV taketh away..."


Go behind the scenes on the 1988 Comedy movie starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham More Cast

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The two Corey's production actually went through nine 1974 Cadillacs during filming. Neither Corey had a driving license at the start of filming! Corey Haim obtained his license during the production to enable him to shoot the driving scenes!
Thanks to Kelly
Ben Affleck allegedly tried out for the role of "Les".
Thanks to Hollis
During filming Heather Graham was concerned about kissing Corey Haim as doctors were concerned that he had Mono.
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License to Drive was filmed from October '87 to December of '87.
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Heather Graham attended Corey Haim's 16th birthday, which was celebrated during the shoot.
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Even though Corey Haim dates her in the movie, Heather Graham briefly dated Corey Feldman in real life.
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Corey Feldman originally auditioned for the part of 'Les'.
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In the scene when Corey Haim's Les Anderson is driving his mom to the hospital backwards, they actually built a replica of the car with the engine in the trunk and a steering wheel coming out of the backseat. They had a stunt driver (dressed as Les' mom) clothing backward, driving the car forward to appear backwards!

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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Did you know that there are actually two substantially different versions of the movie in existence? Both versions have completely different halves of the movie after Archie's Atomic Drive-In. At archie's, when the guys upset the older tough guys there was a whole section where they were chased by those guys, who end up trashing Grandpa's Caddy, so they had to steal another one from a used car dealer. After poor testing of the original ending, an entire new section was filmed starting with those guys crashing into a car at Archie's to prevent them chasing our trio. Fortunately, for all of us fans, we can now see the original parts of the movie for the first time since the 1987 test screening thanks to the new Anchor Bay Special Edition DVD.
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Like several 80's moves that suffered music copyright problems when re-released on video, there are actually two versions of License to drive on video. The first, which I believe to be the most common one, has music by Pebbles and other dance music in some of the scenes. On the other version in the exact same scenes there is music by INXS. For example, in the bedroom scene where Corey Haim is calling Mercedes his brother is dancing to music. The one tape has Mercedes Boy by Pebbles and the other has What You Need by INXS.
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We all know about the musical differences between the two versions of the movie but in watching my old VHS copy which has the 'INXS music' in it, I noticed something odd.

In this version the scene where Les has passed his road test and is pulling into the parking lot and almost hits the girl the girl says 'slow down..RETARD!' In the 'dance music version' she just says 'slow down!' Strange?

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