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The 1963 film:

  • The Danza: Roger was played by Roger Elwin.
  • Executive Meddling: The US distributor insisted that the film be cut to 90 minutes, so extra scenes involving Ralph's backstory and another around the campfire were cut.
  • Name's the Same: Jack was played by Tom Chapin, not to be confused with the singer/songwriter who is Harry Chapin's brother.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The script was largely thrown out and the young actors were encouraged to improvise as much as possible. As a result, there's no screenplay credit.
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    • Filmmakers spent hours trying to find a suitable sound effect for the dead pilot's parachute blowing in the wind. The editor eventually found it by slowing down a recording of his cat purring.

The 1990 film:

  • Box Office Bomb: Had a $9 million budget and only grossed $14 million at the box office.
  • Executive Meddling: The studio insisted that most of the profanity be cut from the script, feeling it would be cruel to make twelve-year-olds swear against their parents' wishes.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Balthazar Getty broke his wrists during filming. The director wrote it into the film, which is why Ralph has his arm in a sling.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Filmed in 1988 but not released until 1990.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Tying in with the above entry, the film does have its moments that are rather defining of the The '80s. Some examples being two cadets conversing about ALF airing on television back home (the show was canceled just a week after the movie was released) and Piggy worrying about him and Ralph getting taken prisoner by the Russian Navy when the latter suggests they use a raft to escape the island before further conversing about what the Russians could do if they invaded the U.S.


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