The Legend of Billie Jean Trivia
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Rewind ArchiveWriter/Director Matthew Robbins is a longtime friend and collaborator of Stephen Spielberg, having helped write and had cameos in a number of his movies.
Rewind ArchiveThe 'look' adopted by the Filmakers for Helen Slater's character proved to be very influential throughout the rest of the 80's.
Rewind ArchiveThis 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".
Thanks to Janene_machineKeith Gordon (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).
Rewind ArchiveThe movie was originally rated R for language, but it was changed to PG-13 on appeal.
Thanks to Peter BaldingerHelen Slater is not related to Christian Slater (her real name is Helen Schlacter), just in case you wondered.
Thanks to NateKeith Gordon was also in John Carpenter's "Christine".
Thanks to Eric GarciaThe C-101 dj's name was Matt "The Cat"! he was a real dj in Corpus Christi.
Thanks to TawnyaKeith Gordon (Lloyd, who gets kidnapped) also played in "Back to School" (1986) as Rodney Dangerfield's son, Jason Melon.
Thanks to MikeKathryn Childers, who played the news anchor, really was a TV news reporter for several years in Corpus Christi.
Thanks to JonAt her concerts, Pat Benatar openly mocks "The Legend of Billie Jean" usually right before she goes into Invincible.
Thanks to Dan HockadayJohn 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.
Thanks to AprilIn 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.
Editor NickPeter Coyote, the sympathetic policeman who pursues Billie Jean also played the mysterious government character simply called "Keys" (bc that's all we see of him) who pursues E.T. at the beginning in the forest.
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There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "The Legend of Billie Jean".
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