Rewind ArchiveHarry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean were given $10,000 to write a script, and made a 20-minute version of the film with the money to better demonstrate the improvisation they had in mind. Several scenes from this demo are in the final movie.
Rewind ArchiveMuch of the dialogue was ad-libbed.
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Rewind ArchiveIn the scene where Derek comes and gets Nigel and David to come hear a song from their past on the radio, the radio announcer's voice is being supplied by Harry Shearer, who played Derek.
There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.
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Rewind ArchiveEarly home video versions of the film, which included the mock music video "Hell Hole" and other extras, had a special disclaimer inserted at the very end stating that the band did not actually exist.
Rewind ArchiveThere were many deleted scenes for this movie. Most every home video has variants on this footage. Criterion Collection's laserdisc and DVD has an hour of deleted footage, including 15 minutes different from MGM's footage. MGM had different scenes on the VHS and the DVD as well.