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During the chase scene at the abandoned building, "Nic + Jenny" is seen spray painted on a wall. This is a nod to co-star Jenny Wright and her then-relationship with Nicolas Cage
In an interview with Scott Cain of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (8-8-1986), Jenny Wright noted that the most difficult scene for her was the one in which Jeff Kober broke through a window and grabbed her around the neck from behind. She noted that it required a lot of concentration to keep the audience from realizing she was about to be attacked, even though she knew it herself.
According to the Sacramento Bee (1-26-1986), then-Governor of California George Deukmejian made a tour of television and movie sets, including the set on which this movie was being filmed. After the Governor was photographed with one young male actor who was wearing leopard-skin-print pants and a fishnet shirt, the actor joked that Deukmejian's opponent in the next election should use the snap as a campaign ploy. Meanwhile, the film's leading lady, Jenny Wright, informed the governor that "we cleaned up the streets. There will be a lot less crime today," gesturing to the room full of bizarre characters filming the scene.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has said on the 1999 re-release of the "Girls, Girls, Girls" album that the instrumental track "Nona" was originally written for this picture but in the end was not included on the soundtrack.
Final cinema movie [to date April 2014] directed by Richard Tuggle. The picture was only the second theatrical feature film that Tuggle ever has directed.
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The picture was designed to alter the "geek" image of lead actor Anthony Michael Hall by playing a more "macho" type role. Hall had become typecast playing such "nerd" types in 1980s teenpics.
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Debut produced cinema movie screenplay of writer Tony Kayden.
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Filming began on 9th December 9, 1985 in Bakersfield, California. Production designer Norman Newberry felt this location created the perfect illusion of rural Iowa with its sprawling farms and cornfields. Newberry said: "We looked at several potential locations for farm scenes and the one that was really the best was Bakersfield. The terrain looks very much like Iowa and they even grow corn there, which especially added to the look of authenticity".
The director Richard Tuggle and production designer Norman Newberry wanted to keep the film's locations as close to the character of the story as possible. For instance, Tuggle and Newberry found an unusual house in the Hollywood Hills that was a perfect complement to Darlene aka Dizz (Jenny Wright)'s colorful personality.
Out Of Bounds has never been released on Dvd.
Both this movie and director Richard Tuggle's earlier film Tightrope (1984) starring Clint Eastwood had New Orleans settings. Out of Bounds (1986)'s opening title card even simply stated: "New Orleans".
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Two Los Angeles nightclubs were selected as locations as director Richard Tuggle felt that using the actual clubs instead of building the interiors on sets would convey a greater sense of L.A.'s nightspots. Tuggle explained: "Audiences these days are very sophisticated and can tell when the scenes don't ring true. I was striving for the most realistic look possible for the film".
Several pivotal scenes were shot in the two Los Angeles nightclubs, "The Dirtbox" and "The Stardust Ballroom". The clubs have been a blend of such hallmarks of 1960s pop culture as Go Go dancers and light shows, mixed with the hard-edged fads of the current L.A. street scene of various times.
"The Dirtbox" night-club shooting location, which closed prior to the movie being released, was a popular underground after-hours club in downtown Los Angeles. Like many other downtown clubs, it moved from warehouse to warehouse, with the new location known only to a small offbeat, new-wave clientèle.
"The Stardust Ballroom" night-spot filming location, which became famous as a popular dance hall in the 1940s, had ironically evolved into a contemporary hangout for teenagers and a showcase for new rock 'n' roll bands who needed exposure.
Since several pivotal scenes were shot at two Los Angeles nightclubs, "The Dirtbox" and "The Stardust Ballroom", music was a key element in Out of Bounds (1986). Convinced that using live bands would add to the film's character, director Richard Tuggle recruited such hot musical acts for the film as Tommy Keene and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tuggle said: "We listened to a lot of bands. Siouxsie and the Banshees were perfect for the Dirtbox [night-spot] and newcomer Tommy Keene and his band fit the bill for the Stardust Ballroom night-club]. Their music worked with what was happening in the story".
During the nightclub scenes, a lot of action takes place while the bands are playing, including a chase across the bandstand while Tommy Keene and his band are performing. Director Richard Tuggle said: "When bands play in most films, they are usually just used in the background. In this film, we put the bands right in the middle of the action so the music serves as a counterpoint to what is happening. I think audiences will find it more entertaining".
Another site used in the film was Olvera Street, one of the oldest landmarks in Los Angeles. Situated in the heart of downtown L.A., Olvera Street celebrates the city's original Mexican settlement. Both sides and the middle of the street were lined with a variety of Mexican arts and crafts shops and restaurants. The setting was an ideal choice for an exciting chase through the labyrinth of stalls and stores.
Melrose Avenue, a weekend mecca for hip teenagers from all over the Los Angeles area noted for its fashionable new-wave boutiques, was featured as a filming location in the movie.
The Bon Jovi track "Out of Bounds" was written as the title theme song for the film but it was not used according to the DVD documentary included in the box set of the American rock band's "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong" 4xCD & 1xDVD boxed set.
The track "Wild if I Wanna" performed by Y&T is heard during a brief part of the film but the song was not included on the movie's soundtrack. It was later released on the band's 2003 album "Unearthed, Vol. 1" and due to popular demand made the band's set-lists around that time.
The infamous Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, known for its star-lined streets and reflections of cinema's glamorous heyday, projected in Out of Bounds (1986) its of the time off-beat environment of tourists, bizarre shops, and street people.
The name of the movie that Dizz aka Darlene (Jenny Wright) claimed she had appeared in was "Psychosluts from Hell".
Actor Anthony Michael Hall played a character called Daryl Cage. At the time the movie was made and released, his co-star, actress Jenny Wright, was in a personal relationship with actor Nicolas Cage. As such, the last name of the character of Wright's co-star was the same as her real life partner at the time the movie was made and released.
The movie's MacGuffin was a bag with a stash of ten kilograms of heroin worth millions of dollars.
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The film crew spent two days shooting in Bakersfield in California, USA and the next ten weeks filming in various places around Los Angeles in the same American state. According to director Richard Tuggle, half the battle in using L.A. locations was finding places that hadn't been used in other earlier movies. Tuggle commented: "Since there are practically no places in the Los Angeles area that haven't been filmed before, you have to try and figure out new ways of shooting them so they look different".
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