Trivia / Angus

  • The Cameo: Director Irvin Kershner plays Ivan's chess partner.
  • Dawson Casting: Literally, in the case of James Van Der Beek playing Rick Sanford. As for the other main characters, only Chris Owen (Troy) and Arianna Richards (Melissa) could pass for high school freshmen.
  • Deleted Scenes: The TV print contains several added and extended scenes that greatly improve the film. It's a mystery as to why they were cut, seeing how the movie still runs under a comfortable 90 minutes with them included. They weren't included on the Warner Bros. DVD release, either.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A DVD of this film went unreleased until 2009, when it became one of the first titles in the Warner Archive Collection.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Angus favors the flannel-and-jeans "grunge" look that went out of fashion shortly after the movie debuted. The soundtrack is also full to bursting with 90's Alterna-Rock (and Peter Gabriel).
  • What Could Have Been...: Weezer were asked to write a song for the movie, and they had come up with two - "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly", which appeared in the film, and "Wanda (You’re My Only Love)", which didn't. "Wanda" was rejected due to following the plot a little too closely, and even ended up mentioning a plot point that was in the short story but eventually dropped from the film script ("My mom drives a big rig / and my dad is gay"). Rivers Cuomo's solo demo of the song appeared on his compilation "Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.