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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Greg White officially changed his name to Stylez G. White on December 15, 2008. The inspiration for the name change came from Jerry Levine's character, Stiles, in this movie.
  • Scott Howard's (Michael J. Fox's) house was located on the same block as 1955 George McFly's and 1955 Lorraine Baines' houses from Back to the Future (1985).
  • Stiles (Jerry Levine) wears numerous colorful shirts in this movie. They appear in the following order: 1) Yellow shirt that says "Life sucks then you die", 2) Blue "Obnoxious: the movie", 3) Black "What are you looking at Dicknose", 4) Gray "Drunken State Florida", 5) Pink - no text, 6) Gray - unreadable, 7) Black Teen Wolf shirt, 8) Hawaiian shirt, 9) White - "Wolf Buddy" and 10) a white Teen Wolf shirt. Of all the shirts he wears, only two appear to have no text on it.
  • "Teen Wolf", whose Italian title is "Voglia di Vincere" ("Desire to win"), was released in Italy shortly after Back to the Future (1985). Due to this, the main character's name Scott was changed to "Marty", the same name as Michael J. Fox's character in the Robert Zemeckis' film.
  • Since this movie was released after Back to the Future (1985) in Brazil, "Teen Wolf" received the title "Garoto do Futuro" ("Boy from the Future") there, even though the plot has nothing to do with time travel whatsoever.
  • If the "teen" actors seem too old to be high school students, it's no wonder. Scott is played by Michael J. Fox: age 23. Stiles is played by Jerry Levine: age 27. Chubby is played by Mark Holton: age 26. Mick is played by Mark Arnold: age 27.
  • James Hampton, who played Scott Howard's father Harold, said at a Teen Wolf Convention that he was originally cast as Coach Finstock, played by Jay Tarses.
  • The jersey worn by Michael J. Fox was sold to Dina Collection (Beverly Hills pawn shop) for $30,000.
  • The picture was released during an early-mid 1980s cycle of werewolf movies. These included Wolfen (1981), The Howling (1981), this movie, Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), Full Moon High (1981), Teen Wolf Too (1987), The Company of Wolves (1984), Howling III (1987), Silver Bullet (1985), and An American Werewolf in London (1981).
  • This was the third film that the late composer Miles Goodman would score for a film starring Michael J. Fox. The others were High School U.S.A. (1983) and Poison Ivy (1985).
  • Writers Jeph Loeb and Matthew Wiseman would go on to write the hit film Commando (1985), which would come out two months later and would set a record for the fastest filming and post-production schedule from start to finish, as filming started in April 1985 and ended in June, and all post-production would take place between July and early September (while this film was in theaters) with the film finally being released in October by 20th Century Fox.
  • The film was delayed from its original Spring 1985 release date because of Back to the Future (1985), which would go on to become the blockbuster at Universal, as Paramount and the production company, Atlantic Releasing Corporation wanted to capitalize on Michael J. Fox's new found stardom. The film would go on to be a surprise hit.
  • Rod Daniel was one of the co-writers, producers and directors of the hit television series WKRP in Cincinnati (1978), which ran from 1978 to 1982. The same year, Family Ties (1982) began to air in the fall of 82 and starred Michael J. Fox, whom he would direct in this film.
  • There is an MTV show called Teen Wolf (2011). Other than the title and the names of some characters, it has little to do with this film, more inspired by and giving little nods to it.
  • Jeph Loeb was hired to write it because the studio, after the surprising success of Valley Girl (1983), wanted to make a comedy that would cost almost nothing (the production costs amounted to about $1 million) and take very little time to film.
  • The project came together when Michael J. Fox accepted the lead role and his Family Ties (1982) co-star Meredith Baxter became pregnant, which created a delay in the show's filming that allowed Fox time to complete filming, and then return to his television show.
  • The beaver mascot logo used in the film was the Oregon State University Beavers' logo, in use by the university at that time.
  • Rod Daniel went to Nebraska, where the movie is set, to interview teens about partying. The interviews inspired many of the scenes.
  • The "wolf transition" shots were filmed last.
  • The entire production took only twenty-one days.
  • Co-screenwriters Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman interviewed several directors for the movie. They asked the directors what they thought the movie was about. Most said it was about a werewolf. Rod Daniel was the only one who said it was about a father and son. He got the job.
  • Scott Paulin (Mr. Lolley) based his character on his father-in-law, who was an acting teacher.
  • Rod Daniel admitted the glowing eyes were "cheesy", but said it was "part of the charm."
  • According to Rod Daniel, when test audiences first saw Scott's dad as a werewolf, "they went insane." He said the laughter was so loud "it obliterated the next minute of the film."
  • According to Rod Daniel: "I didn't say ten words to Michael J. Fox about his character or what we were doing. We were always making the same movie."
  • In the script, Scott appears on The Tonight Show (1962). It was the only scene that wasn't shot.
  • Rod Daniel voiced all the growls in the movie. He joked, "And I didn't get a nickel."
  • James Hampton (Mr. Howard) asked Rod Daniel for help defining his character. Daniel told him, "He's a guy who knows how to make a casserole."
  • It was really Jerry Levine on top of the van, not a stuntman. Levine was secured with a wire that ran through the van's roof, up his pants, and around his waist.
  • Jerry Levine said the scene with all the shaving cream on the floor made it feel like he was ice skating.
  • When Susan Ursitti slapped Michael J. Fox, she did it too hard at first. Rod Daniel had to explain what a softer "stage slap" was.
  • The werewolf make-up took nearly four hours to apply, but it only took James Hampton thirty seconds to rip it off. It made him feel claustrophobic.
  • The high school was so close to the airport, they had to stop shooting when planes flew overhead.
  • Michael J. Fox and Jeff Glosser couldn't eat solid food while in make-up. They had milkshakes and soup.
  • The dancing was choreographed by Janet Roston, who later directed the Los Angeles Rock Opera Co. Michael J. Fox had a dance double for some of these scenes. Rod Daniel joked that Fox was a terrible dancer.
  • All the basketball moves were planned. Michael J. Fox asked if they could try playing unscripted. Rod Daniel briefly let them come up with their own moves, but it didn't go very well.
  • The extras were so excited to be a part of the movie, that Rod Daniel said he didn't even have to direct them. They showed up for all six days it took to film the basketball scenes.
  • The studio wanted Scott to dress more like Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). A studio executive even visited the set one day with clothing for Michael J. Fox. He told the executive he was happy with the wardrobe he already had, and that put an end to it.
  • Lisa "Boof" Marconi was based on one of the writer's high school girlfriends. That was really her name.
  • According to Rod Daniel, "Somewhere in a vault is about an hour of the most embarrassing sports footage ever taken."
  • Jerry Levine said that decades later, he's still known all over the world for playing Stiles. One time, a fan of the film recognized him at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
  • Lynda Wiesmeier (Rhonda) was Playboy's "Playmate of the Month" in July 1982.
  • After he filmed the movie, Mark Arnold (Mick) spent several months on the soap opera Santa Barbara (1984). Arnold asked to be killed off the soap by the time the film came out, so he could be free to promote it.
  • James Hampton (Mr. Howard) and James MacKrell (Mr. Thorne) are good friends in real life.
  • Michael J. Fox's fame rose steadily while filming, due to the increasing success of Family Ties (1982). By the end of production, Fox needed more security than he did at the beginning.
  • Michael J. Fox disliked this film so much that he refused to return for the sequel. In an interview at the time, while Back to the Future (1985) was in production, he lamented, "Steven Spielberg's down the street making great movies and I'm playing a werewolf."
  • James MacKrell (Mr. Thorne) was in another 1980s werewolf movie, The Howling (1981). He was reporter Lew Landers, a role he played again in Gremlins (1984).
  • Jay Tarses (Beavers' coach) was a writer, but he'd done some television acting, including Family Ties (1982) with Michael J. Fox.
  • Susan Ursitti (Lisa "Boof" Marconi) had only made one movie before this, Zapped! (1982). Co-screenwriters Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman saw her in that film and knew they wanted her for this role.
  • Michael J. Fox's double was Jeff Glosser, who was a college basketball player at the time.
  • The film has a very similar premise to I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957).
  • In Spain it was titled "De pelo en pecho" which is an expression used to say that someone is a "hairy chest male".
  • Bill Simmons (the famed Sports Guy on ESPN who went on to run Grantland and The Ringer, as well as do multiple projects for ESPN and later HBO) loved the movie, and often used it as a comparison point for NBA players, in calling it a "thinking man's basketball film". In his best-selling non-fiction tome "The Book of Basketball", Simmons compared Kobe Bryant's career with that of Michael J. Fox's title character, noting at length that Kobe had alternated between being a team player and a selfish me-first scorer, not unlike Teen Wolf after he became "the big wolf on campus". Simmons did note in "The Book of Basketball" that the editing of the basketball scenes in the film was the worst he'd ever seen for a sports film.
  • Harold Howard tells Scott, "With great power comes an even greater responsibility," which is an expression usually associated with Spider-Man. Screenwriter Jeph Loeb was also a comic book writer, who wrote Spider-Man comics.
  • Pamela, Mick, and Mr. Thorne are the film's main antagonists.
  • In the film, it is rumored that Mick (Mark Arnold) had done time in prison, but the crime he supposedly committed that landed in prison was not revealed. In the bowling alley scene, Mick says to Scott (Michael J. Fox) "I've handled your kind before. Your mama use to steal chickens out of the backyard until I blew her head off with a shotgun." It's likely Mick said that to provoke and insult Scott, implying that his mother was an animal.
  • The second time Michael J. Fox plays a character named Scott. His character in Midnight Madness (1980) also has the first name Scott.
  • The show biz careers of both ingenues, Susan Ursitti (Boof) and Lorie Griffin (Pamela), ended in 1997.
  • Although she is rehearsing a stage play, the script Pamela holds is formatted for a film.
  • In retrospect, Michael J. Fox is the only cast member who proceeded to have a successful, mainstream acting career.
  • James MacKrell, who plays the principal, also appeared in the werewolf movie (which is a dark comedy at times) The Howling.
  • According to Jerry Levine, the full name of Stiles was Rupert Stilinski.

Spoilers

  • When Scott sinks the final shot and wins the game at the end of the movie, he goes into the stands and hugs his father. Immediately behind Michael J. Fox and James Hampton, an extra (in a red sweater) can be seen with an unzipped fly. This incident later resulted in an Internet rumor that the extra is a man exposing himself. However, the unmatted full frame version of the film reveals that the extra is actually a young woman. Apparently her pants were too tight, so she unbuttoned and unzipped them so she could sit down on the bleachers. Filming commenced, when she stood up later (while the final scene was being filmed) she buttoned and zipped up her pants.
  • Originally, Scott was going to start the final basketball game as the werewolf, but Rod Daniel decided to have Scott play the whole game as himself.
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