Writer/Director Matthew Robbins is a longtime friend and collaborator of Stephen Spielberg, having helped write and had cameos in a number of his movies.
The 'look' adopted by the Filmakers for Helen Slater's character proved to be very influential throughout the rest of the 80's.
This was Christian Slater
's first feature film. It grossed $3.1 million at the box-office, unbelievably making more money than his star-making film "Heathers
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(who plays the kid they "kidnap") started as an actor in movies like the Stephen King classic "Christine
", but is largely recognized now as a director. Some of his films include the fantastic 1988 political drama "The Chocolate War" (with Wierd Science's Illan-Mitchell Smith) and 1991 military drama called "A Midnight Clear" (with Ethan Hawke).
The movie was originally rated R for language, but it was changed to PG-13 on appeal.
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is not related to Christian Slater (her real name is Helen Schlacter), just in case you wondered.
Keith Gordon was also in John Carpenter's "Christine".
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The C-101 dj's name was Matt "The Cat"! he was a real dj in Corpus Christi.
Keith Gordon (Lloyd, who gets kidnapped) also played in "Back to School" (1986) as Rodney Dangerfield's son, Jason Melon.
Kathryn Childers, who played the news anchor, really was a TV news reporter for several years in Corpus Christi.
At her concerts, Pat Benatar
openly mocks "The Legend of Billie Jean" usually right before she goes into Invincible.
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John Murice Jackson, best known for playing Rear Admiral A. J. Chegwidden on the CBS series JAG.
He also played an abusive male father figure. While Billie Jean is sitting in their car some young boys come up and ask if she is Billie Jean and can she help save their friend. One of the last adult males she had to deal with before the wrap up of the movie.
In the movie they have several scenes where the radio is on C-101. That is a real radio station there, one of the oldest to Corpus, we still have it and the dj in the movie, was I believe, one of the real djs on that station at the time.