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Trivia / Club Paradise

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $15 million. Box office, $12,308,521.
  • Creator Backlash: Screenwriter Harry Shearer hated the final product of the film, claiming that literally nothing he wrote except the title ended up being used. He ended up demanding a pseudonym ('Ed Roboto') in place of his name on the credits.
  • Creator Killer: Harold Ramis didn't direct another film until Groundhog Day.
  • Old Shame: Harry Shearer would rather people not know that he was a 'writer' for the movie (of which he claims the title was the only thing he wrote that got used in the final product). The pseudonym "Ed Roboto" is used instead of his name in the credits.
  • Production Posse:
    • The director and many of the main cast were alumni from SCTV. These included actors Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Joe Flaherty, Robin Duke, director Harold Ramis and writer Brian Doyle-Murray.
    • Ramis and co-story writer Chris Miller had previously collaborated as scriptwriters with Douglas Kenney on Animal House. Actor Bruce McGill appeared in both pictures.
  • Real-Life Relative: Harold Ramis' wife Anne appears as the travel agent.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Warner Bros. originally intended to launch the movie in early 1985 but its release got held back until mid-year.
  • Vacation, Dear Boy: The reason everyone said yes to the film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bill Murray was offered to star in this but he turned it down.
    • John Cleese was signed on to play Hayes, but had to drop out before filming due to an emergency.
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    • John Landis was originally going to direct.
  • Working Title: The picture's working, pre-release, and original script titles were Island Jack, Paradise Island, and Club Sandwich respectively.
  • Write What You Know: The movie was inspired by a disastrous Club Med vacation that two of the film's four story writers, friends Chris Miller and David Standish, had experienced together.


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