February 24th, 1988
At a concert in Phoenix, Alice Cooper claims he is running for governor of Arizona, representing the "Wild Party." (A special election was being held to replace Evan Mecham, who had been impeached.) Cooper's slogan: "A troubled man for troubled times."
Today we bring you a list of fun facts and trivial moments in your favorite 80's flicks. While you were enjoying these classics, someone else was picking apart every scene.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
• Bill and Ted pick up Genghis Khan in the year 1209, but in the report they said they picked him up in 1269. Ghenghis Khan died in 1227.
• When the music store owner in the mall turns on the automatic music on the keyboard, Beethoven laughs as if he heard. He couldnt have heard it or anything else because he was deaf.
• In the film, Joan of Arc is played byJane Wiedlin. You may know her better as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist from the Go-Go's.
In the final dance scene during "I've Had the Time of My Life", they show the band playing live in the background. This is only moments after they had put the record on the turntable.
When Baby and Johnny are driving back after dancing at the other hotel, you can see that the gear shifter on the steering column is set to the "park" position. Also in this scene, if you look behind Johnny as he's driving, you'll notice that the trees are moving in the wrong direction and they appear to be driving backwards.
Ferriss Bueller's Day Off
Nearly all of the license plates in Ferris Bueller's Day Off were named after other John Hughes movies. Ferris's mom's car says "VCATION", for "National Lampoon's Vacation." His dads reads "MMOM", for "Mr. Mom." And his sisters says "TBC", for "The Breakfast Club." To top it off, Mr. Rooney's car says "4FBDO," for Ferris Bueller's Day Off!
The dance sequences in Flashdance were extremely complex. For this reason Jennifer Beals had a little bit of help. Marine Jahan was her body double for the tough dancing scenes. You know Jahan from Streets of Fire, T.J. Hooker & The Wizard. Alex's leap through the air in auditions was done by gymnast Sharon Shapiro. That break dancing was none other than American b-boy Crazy Legs.
Irene Cara wrote the lyrics to the film's Oscar-winning theme song while riding in a car on her way to the recording studio, which she recorded the same day.
Debbie Gibson has starred in 36 films to-date. But she got her big shot on the screen during the filiming of Ghostbusters. A scene of the movie located in Tavern On The Green, look closely. For a second or two it shows a girl having a birthday party, none other than 80's teen queen Debbie Gibson!
Almost none of the scenes in Ghostbusters were filmed as scripted and, in fact, almost all of the scenes had at least one or two ad-libs. Most of Bill Murray's lines are ad-libs.
At the end of The Goonies movie, the gang is reunited with their families. Data exclaims bits of their adventure to his parents including some rambling about an octopus. Was he in shock, exaggerating, or lying? Nope, they just cut the scene octopus attack scene that happened just after they escaped the Fratellis.
Speaking of the family...Several of the people in the final scene are the actors actual family. Chunk's mom and sister is Jeff Cohen's real mom and sister. Mouth's grandma is Corey Feldman's real grandma.
When the boys are riding their bikes up the hill, Chunk asks his mates if anyone has a Baby Ruth. We'd assume that this means that he didn't have one. Later in the film he pulls the candy bar out as an offering to Sloth.
edit: there is a deleted scene in the movie that shows them go to a small store and chunk is eating a bunch of icecream and the clerk tells him to pick a candy bar out.
When Andy walks the plank her wrists are tied together, but when she jumps into the water her arms are crossed.
A personal favorite is when the gang is in the attic. Chunk drops the frame containing the map. When he picks it up the frame shows a creepy old man hand :O
The Karate Kid
In the famous scene of The Karate Kid when we find out Mr. Miyagi is a karate expert, he saves Daniel by beating up the Cobra Kai. He does so using knees to the stomach on two of them, a groin kick on another and he flips Johnny & Karate Chops him. Curious though, the next day at school the Cobra Kai are shown with their new injuries in places where they were never attacked. Johnny has a black eye and Tommy has a sling on his shoulder to name a few.
When the girls at school ask Daniel what kind of bike he has, he replies "A Miagi Turbo". This is apparently referring to the fix up job Mr. Miagi did on the bike that Daniel wrecked and threw in a dumpster. However, it's not until a later scene that Mr. Miagi presents Daniel with the salvaged bike.
After over a year of prop building and five months of shooting, Labyrinth was a commercial disaster during its initial theatrical run. However, as the years have progressed, the film has gained a steady and devoted cult-following.
A better known, but still mention-able. Jareth's face can be seen over and over again throughout the movie. When Sarah is climbing the ladder with Hoggle, you see his face in the blackness, and when Jareth is talking to Hoggle by the rocks, his face is in the rocks he is sitting on. Keep an eye out next time you watch!
All of the creatures that Sarah encounters on her journey can be seen in the bedroom at the beginning of the film. Stuffed animals, book-ends, toys.
Michael Jackson, Prince, Mick Jagger and Sting were all in the running for Jareth. However Hensen took the advice of his children who said that David Bowie "would have more lasting appeal." <3
A new generation of young people placed a heavy emphasis on individuality, materialism and consumerism, all of which was reflected in the popular fashions and hairstyles of the time. Looks became more exaggerated and more extreme. Voluminous locks on men and women, often in the form of long, curly hair. Inspired by heavy metal and appropriately named "Hair Bands," huge hair was everywhere.
David Bowie sported a mullet in the early 1970's, but the "business in the front, party in the back" catastrophe didn't take off really until the mid-Eighties.
Say goodbye to the straight hair of the 70's. Those with naturally straight hair replaced it with curls & perms. One with naturally curly hair was able to tease their hair to incredible heights. This look became popular with both youths and adults.
Punk culture, new genres of music and a new wave of teens opted for leather, ripped & studded clothes and wild hair styles. Wild colors and bleached hair became popular, along with spikes, mohawks and innovative uses of things that keep hair "up".
Headed to the mall? Don't forget the Aqua-Net!
The hi-top fade.
Made popular by artists like Salt-N-Pepa, Doug E. Fresh and Kid N' Play. Short hair on the sides, while the top is kept very long. As the decade progressed, the style made its way to a more structured shape and greater length, and soon became a symbol of the Golden Era of Hip Hop.
No matter which style you like the best, one thing is for sure...You're probably gonna wanna make it big. See you on the dance floor! Tickets available at www.CainsBallroom.com
Made famous by Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 was certainly one of the most unique vehicles ever made. Production began on the car in 1981 under the designs of former GM executive John DeLorean. DeLorean Motor Company was struggling financially during these years, so DeLorean resorted to selling cocaine as a way to save his company. In a move that couldn’t possibly be more '80s, the FBI busted DeLorean for agreeing to a $25 million cocaine deal on video. He was arrested in 1982, and though he was acquitted in 1984, his company closed down in 1983.
A few neat facts
• The body is made from food-grade stainless steel. The owners manual says the best way to clean up those fingerprint smudges, a scotch-brite pad and gasoline!
• The “12” in DMC-12 was actually its intended price, $12,000. After all was said and done the actual MSRP was closer to $25,000.
• You can still buy a brand-new DMC-12 made in Texas from original factory parts. This will cost you around $65,000
• DeLorean’s personal finances took a toll in the wake of DMC’s collapse, and by 2000, he had no choice but to sell his 400+ acre estate in New Jersey. It was purchased by Donald Trump, who then turned it into Trump National Golf Club :/
Pee-wee's Playhouse was an American children's television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS, and airing in reruns until July 1991, at which time the network removed it, due to the fact that Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida.
You probably remember the theme song, but do you know who was singing it? If you said Ellen Shaw, you're correct. If you said Cyndi Lauper, you're correct. Cyndi Lauper wrote it under the moniker Ellen Shaw, because she was worried that it would hurt her album sales. Little did she know what Reubens was going to be up to just a few years later. :O