15 Interesting Facts About '80s Movies

September 2, 2014

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The unstoppable list makers at Buzzfeed.com put together a list of 68 facts from various ’80s movies.  Some you probably already knew.  But here are a few you probably didn’t.


The cake in the final scene of “Sixteen Candles” was made out of CARDBOARD.

John Cusack almost got the part of Bender in “The Breakfast Club” before it went to Judd Nelson.

Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Duckie in “Pretty in Pink”Jon Cryer ended up getting the part.

Harrison Ford had a cameo as Elliott’s principal in “E.T.”, but it was cut.

The reason Han Solo was frozen in carbonite at the end of “The Empire Strikes Back” was because Harrison Ford hadn’t signed on for the third movie yet.  They needed an excuse to kill him off if he ended up backing out.

Disney passed on “Back to the Future” because of the quasi-incestuous storyline involving the younger version of Marty McFly’s mother falling in love with him.

Both Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone passed on “Beverly Hills Cop” before it was offered to Eddie Murphy.

Burt Reynolds turned down the Jack Nicholson role in “Terms of Endearment”.

In the first draft of “When Harry Met Sally”, Harry and Sally didn’t end up together.

Charlie Sheen turned down the lead in “The Karate Kid”.

Actresses who tried out for Buttercup in “The Princess Bride” included Courteney Cox, Meg Ryan and Uma ThurmanRobin Wright got the part.

The cigarettes the boys smoked in “Stand By Me” were made of cabbage leaves.

Richard Gere got the lead in “American Gigolo” because Christopher Reeve turned it down and John Travolta backed out at the last minute.

Brad Pitt was turned down for Christian Slater’s part in “Heathers” because he looked TOO NICE.

Warner Brothers got 50,000 angry letters when Michael Keaton was cast as the lead in Tim Burton’s “Batman”.

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