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Trivia for I Can Only Imagine

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  • Dusty Johnson was an extra in this movie. This was his first extra role.
  • Dusty Johnson was an extra in this movie. It was his first extra role.
  • This is J. Michael Finley's first movie role.
  • This movie was filmed in Oklahoma.
  • A young Bart rides his bike past a movie theatre that is showing Jaws 3D which starred Dennis Quaid. Dennis Quaid also stars in this movie.
  • During the opening scene set in 1985, young Bart is riding his bike through town. He passes a movie theater showing the titles of Jaws 3-D (1983) and The Goonies (1985) on the marquee. Dennis Quaid, who plays Bart's father Arthur, played the lead role of Mike Brody in Jaws 3-D in 1983.
  • The first part of the movie takes place in 1985. A movie house in town is showing a screening of Jaws 3. Dennis Quaid who plays Bart's abusive father also starred in this installment of the Jaws series.
  • Dennis Quaid's character was a quarterback in high school. He also played a quarterback in Any Given Sunday (1999). If you notice the picture Bart has of his dad, it's a picture of Quaid in his #19 black jersey from Any Given Sunday.
  • Dennis Quaid's twins are extras in the diner scene. His daughter is the one that points towards Quaid's character during his health incident.
  • This movie was shot in Oklahoma City notably in Civic Center Music Hall.
  • The release date of I Can Only Imagine was 3/16. John 3:16 is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Bible, and has been called the most famous Bible verse.
  • The headphone set Bart is wearing at the beginning of the movie was made by Sony, but was not available in 1985. The model he is wearing became available in 1991 as the earpads became smaller.
  • The hospital scenes were filmed at Oklahoma City Community College in the nursing lab.
  • Before Bart (J. Michael Finley) begims writimg the title song, I Can Only Imagine, there is a guitar case in the background that says "I Can Only Imagine" on it.


  • At the end of the movie, the first radio DJ to open a CD case with the new single, is Wally from the Wally show on WayFM. He's an actual Radio DJ.
  • The version of "Hallelujah" the Glee club was singing is based on Jeff Buckley's rendition. The club was singing the song in 1991, but Buckley's version wasn't released until 1994.
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