Trivia / Heathers

  • Dawson Casting: The majority of the students were played by actors in their early twenties. This is averted by Veronica and Heather Duke—Winona Ryder had her sixteenth birthday on set, complete with cake, and Shannen Doherty was 17 when the film was released. Christian Slater just about gets by, being nineteen at the time. Most of the extras are in their late 30s (look close). According to Word of God on the DVD commentary, having high school extras in their late 30s was a Running Gag for New Line Cinemas.
  • Executive Veto:
    • The original ending had Veronica take J.D.'s bomb and blow up herself and everyone in school, followed by a surreal sequence where everyone who died is shown in the afterlife at a prom, where everyone — regardless of what clique they were in when they were living, if they were in a clique at all — gets along. This was regarded as "too dark" by executives and it was changed to one where Veronica rejects J.D.'s ideals and J.D. kills himself with the bomb..
    • Executives also changed Heather's posthumous underlined copy of Catcher In The Rye to Moby-Dick, due to the notorious real-life killers associated with Catcher. (And due to Salinger's refusal to relinquish the rights). The word "Eskimo" does not appear in Moby Dick for Heather to have underlined (though "Esqimaux" appearsnote ), whereas Catcher has the following section about the Natural History Museum:
    The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.
    • The "Snappy Snack Shack" was supposed to be a 7-11 but the execs at the chain didn't want to be associated with the film.
  • Life Imitates Art: As in the movie, in 2006-2008, a lot of teenagers in Bridgend, Wales decided to commit suicide on Bebo for no reason other than the fact that everyone else was doing it.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor : On the DVD commentary, people comment that Kim Walker is nothing like her on-screen character.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mr. Moseby is in this movie. Yes, really. (He's the editor of the yearbook Veronica talks to about the "Heather Chandler memorial spread.")
  • Romance on the Set: Christian Slater and Kim Walker were dating at the time. He also briefly went out with Winona Ryder, which she said lasted only a week.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The leads were almost played by Jennifer Connelly and Brad Pitt. Connelly turned down the role to audition for Say Anything... (which she lost out to Ione Skye) and Pitt lost out after Slater had a better audition. Heather Graham was also considered for Heather Chandler, until her mother vetoed the script due to the swearing.
    • According to Word of God on the DVD commentary, New Line Cinemas also wanted Justine Bateman for Veronica.
    • A script for a TV version was pitched to the then-fledgling Fox Network. They had to decide between a TV adaptation of Heathers and some teen show called "Beverly Hills High" (though you might recognize it by its more popular name: Beverly Hills 90210).