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) Arianna Richards (Melissa) and Charlie Talbert (Angus) 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.