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(1970)

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Writer-director Val Guest was never paid, so he filed an injunction against the production company, which resulted in the film receiving a very brief theatrical run. Guest won the lawsuit but never received a dime.
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The basis for this film is "The Gang" (1967), an unreleased movie.
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The songs "You're My Baby Now" and "Goin' Back" were released in USA on Kirshner Records 45 number 63-5005 in 1970.
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Olivia Newton-John was told to strip to her underwear for a scene in the film, but she found the notion so humiliating that she burst into tears and refused to undress.
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The intention of the filmmakers was to launch the original pop band Toomorrow, as producer Don Kirshner had previously done with the TV series The Monkees (1966).
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The movie was in production for two years, with the band members kept on a hefty retainer.
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The experience of making the movie had Olivia Newton-John so disenchanted with filmmaking that it took a lot of coaxing to get her to agree to star in Grease (1978).
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Future AC/DC drummer Chris Slade was originally committed to appear in the film, but he dropped out at the last minute and was replaced by Benny Thomas.
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Producers Don Kirshner and Harry Saltzman butted heads, so Kirshner resigned before the film was completed and later remarked that if he had his way, the film would never be seen again during his lifetime. The movie made it's home video debut on DVD in the UK two months after Kirshner's death.
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Producer Harry Saltzman hired David Benedictus to write the screenplay, but Saltzman was unhappy with the way it was developing, so he instructed director Val Guest to pen his own script, assuring him that he'd deal with Benedictus. It wasn't until Guest's version was finished that Benedictus caught wind of the situation, at which point he sent Guest an angry letter.
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The Toomorrows were signed to a three picture deal, but the movie opened and closed in a matter of weeks so the band was released from their contract.
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The soundtrack was out of print for decades because the film became ensnared in legal entanglements, but it was finally officially issued on CD in 2014 by Real Gone Music.
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