Say Anything Movie Trivia

Say Anything Trivia

To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to get to know Lloyd Dobler
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Film facts for the 1989 Teen Drama movie starring John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Amy Brooks, Pamela Adlon, Jason Gould, Loren Dean, Glenn Walker Harris Jr., Jonathan Chapin, Lois Chiles, Gloria Cromwell, Joan Cusack Update Cast

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Thanks to Jeanie
John Cusack and Lili Taylor, both good friends even before they co-starred in "Say Anything", teamed up again in "High Fidelity."
Thanks to Speedy
There is a punk band from New Jersey called The Bouncing Souls that have three songs that are related to Say Anything. The first one is called "Say Anything" --I think the title is the only common thing. The second song is a song called "Joe Lies (When he cries)" --It is not the same as in the movie. The last song is a song called "These are the quotes from our favorite 80s movies" in the middle of the song they play the part where John Cusack says "Ok I have a question. If you guys know so much about women how come yer sitting at a Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone with no women anywhere."
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The woman who does the voice of Bobby Hill in "King of the Hill" (Pamela Segall) plays Corey and DC's friend. She is in the scene in Corey's room where Corey asks "If you were Diane Court would you like Lloyd Dobbler?" She's also in the party scene and is the one to tell Corey that she saw Joe at the party. She does lots of other cartoon voices as well.
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Pamela Segall Adlon, Rebecca in the film, played in "The Facts of Life" as Kelly Affinado in five episodes of the show. Later she also had a very small part in one episode of "Star Trek The Next Generation" in 1989 as a character named Oji.
During the movie, Ione Skye was dating Anthony Kiedis (lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), which is why there is a Red Hot Chili Peppers song playing in the backround at one point in the movie.
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Pamela Segall also played the Pink Lady wannabe Delores Rebchuck in "Grease II."
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The "strange victory dance" that Lloyd is doing after his date is something that the boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard did after he won fights. He's blowing kisses to the crowd or something.
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John Cusack is known for wearing shirts related to ska in his movies. There are a few scenes where Lloyd is wearing a Fishbone shirt and a scene in High Fidelity where he is wearing a shirt for the New York City ska scene.
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John Cusack and John Mahoney also appeared in the 80's baseball movie "Eight Men Out" about eight members of the Chicago Black Sox baseball team who conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the World Series because they felt they were being underpaid by team owner, Charles Cominsky.
Thanks to Countess1970
When John Cusack is driving to the graduation ceremony he drives past a sign that says "Welcome to Seattle - For a Day or a Lifetime". No such sign existed in Seattle (in fact, he's already within the Seattle city limits where the sign was placed). I'm guessing it was a parody of the sign located on the Bothell, Washington city limits which reads "Welcome to Bothell - For a Day or a Lifetime". I'm not exactly sure when the sign was erected but I recall that it was sometime in the late 1970's or early 1980's.
Thanks to Brad Dore
Stone Gossard, original guitarist for the rock band Pearl Jam makes a cameo in the beginning of the movie.
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Jeremy Piven again plays a checkout clerk in High Fidelity who, this time, recognises John Cusack's character.
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David Lee Roth's sister has a cameo in the movie as one of the girls Diane talks to at the party.
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Pay attention to Cusack's kickboxing partner, who kicks him in the face when Skye enters. It's played by real-life kickboxing champion and B-movie star Don 'The Dragon' Wilson!
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John Cusack actually has a black belt in kickboxing in real life.
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Cameron Crowe and his wife cameo in this movie... they are the couple strolling by the mall as Lloyd crusies, making his tape for Corey.
Editor Nick
John Mahoney, who played Diane's father, was actually born in Blackpool, England, where his pregnant mother had been evacuated to escape Nazi bombing raids.

However he moved to the US in his late teens, serving in the US army for 3 years, which he credited for gaining his authentic US accent.

It was only in middle age that he became a professional actor, after actors John Malkovich and Gary Sinise invited him to join the new Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

He passed away from cancer aged 77 in February 2018.
Thanks to Sarah
John and Joan Cusack have teamed up together for various rolls in the same movies throughout their career. Among them are: Class, 1983; Sixteen Candles, 1984; Say Anything, 1989; Grosse Pointe Blank, 1997; Cradle Will Rock, 1999; High Fidelity, 2000; and most recently, Martian Child, 2007. They're definitely a brother and sister that can get along!
Thanks to Jeanie
After Lloyd and Diane broke up in his car, you see him driving around and he passes the Guild 45th Theatre which is showing "Tapeheads," a movie in which Cusack appeared with Tim Robbins.
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Eric Stoltz from "Mask" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" played the Rooster in the graduation party scene. He also worked as a production assistant (see the end credits for p.a.) and this was years after he already established himself as an actor, but he was interested in learning about what it's like behind the camera and the entire film-making process so he did this on a regular basis.
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The principal in Say Anything, Charles Walker, also makes an appearance also as a principal in the Cameron Crowe directed film "Almost Famous".
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This is actually the third collaboration of five that Cameron Crowe and Eric Stoltz participated in. The first being Eric played the part of Jeff Spicoli's stoner bud in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" written by Cameron. Next came Eric's portrayal of Bill Conrad in another film written vy Cameron "The Wild Life" featuring Lea Thompson, Ilan Mitchell Smith (of Weird Science fame) and another Penn, Sean's younger brother Chris. "Say Anything" was third. Fourth was "Singles" (He played the annoying mime that Steve and Bailey pick up on their way to "DeSoto" in the Seattle themed film "Singles." [Thanks to G. Corbitt]). Fifth was Eric's bit part of the organizer of Tom Cruise's bachelor party in "Jerry McGuire". Eric was to be written a cameo for all Cameron films to come, but alas, in "Almost famous", he had prior obligations and couldn't make a part. Stoltz was supposed to play David Bowie in "Almost Famous" but that didn't work out. Crowe admitted they broke the streak and promised that Stoltz would do a double cameo in his next film, which would be "Vanilla Sky". Although, while the theatrical version doesn't feature Stoltz, Crowe stated in the "Untitled" DVD commentary that the Untitled version does include a reference of some sort to Stoltz, thus keeping the streak alive. Crowe encourages fans to try and find the reference in the film.
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Lois Chiles had a small role as Diane Court's mother (you see her when Diane meets her at a cafe and is introduced to her mother's boyfriend). However, Lois was previously a Bond girl known as Holly Goodhead in 1979's "Moonraker" with Roger Moore and played a snobby socialite in "The Way We Were" starring Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand (Barbara's son is also in "Say Anything..")
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Cameron Crowe used an experience hanging around with John Cusack (shortly after "Say Anything" was out in theatres) to write a line in the screenplay for "Almost Famous." A girl recognized Cusack and excitedly asked "Hey are you Lloyd Dobler??" To which he replied, "Yes, on my good days, I am Lloyd Dobler." Crowe remembered this and reworked it as the guitarist Russell Hammond's line in "Almost Famous." ("Yes on my good days, I am Russell Hammond.")
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Jeremy Piven (Cusack's childhood pal) played the drunk guy who "must chill" at the party and who raps at the Gas n' Sip. You see a glimpse of him in "The Grifters" (as a sailor who is fooled by John's money schemes), but he is known to play his best friend in John's other films such as "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "Serendipity." Piven's parents founded the Piven Theatre Company where John Cusack got his start in acting at a young age. Jeremy and John recently co-founded a Chicago-based experimental theatre company.
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It should also be mentioned that Piven plays the check-out clerk who recognizes Campbell Scott's character in another of Crowe's movies, Singles.
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Lloyd has just walked Diane home from the all night party. She and her dad watch him from the window as he stands in the middle of the road performing a strange dance-like celebration/victory routine. In the film High Fidelity, John Cusack's character, Rob, does the exact same routine when he leaves his flat after finding out his ex-girlfriend has not slept with another man.
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John Cusack seems to have an obsession with The Clash - he can be seen sporting t-shirts with 'The Clash' on in lots of his films, most notably Say Anything and Grosse Point Blank.
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Lisanne Falk (Sandra) and Kim Walker (Sheila) both played Heathers in the Wynona Ryder/ Christian Slater film "Heathers" Lisanne Falk was Heather McNamara (The cheerleader) and Kim Walker was Heather Chandler (Heather # 1)
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Outside the party when Bebe Neuworth (Mrs. Evans) is talking to Lloyd about college, she suggests making an appointment at Seattle Junior College. There is infact no such school in Seattle.
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Chynna Phillips of Wilson-Phillips makes a cameo as Joe's girlfriend 'Mimi' at the party.
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There is a girl that has the tiniest part in this movie. She is the girl at the graduation that screams "Wowwwww"! She is also seen very briefly at the grad party scene. For the real "old school" fans of the 70's version of the Mickey Mouse club, there was a Mouseketeer by the name of Mindy Feldman. This is her. She also happens to be Corey Feldman's older sister.

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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 "Say Anything".
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