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  • "Batman" (1966)
  1. The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were

used in _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv), _"Time Tunnel" (1966)_ (qv),

_"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv), and

_"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)_ (qv).

  • "Betty Hutton Show, The" (1959)
  1. Originally titled ``Goldie.

  • "Boat, The" (1981) (mini)
  1. There was no ``Class VII C submarine left from World War II, so the crew

had to build the whole interior from scratch using original plans from

that time. It was mounted on a large pivot to simulate a moving submarine.

  • "Captain Scarlett" (1968)
  1. Features the Zero-X from _Thunderbirds are GO (1966)_ (qv), also written

by 'Gerry Anderson' (qv).

  • "Crossroads" (1964)
  1. For many years, each 25 minute episode was recorded in one take without

editing.If mistakes were made towards the end of a shoot, they would

be left in rather than redoing the entire scene.

  • "Edge of Darkness" (1986) (mini)
  1. An early draft of the script ended with Craven turned into a tree.

  • "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (1992)
  1. The first episode is filmed in the same set as _"Growing Pains" (1985)_ (qv).

In the beginning of the episode, 'Mark Curry' (qv) meets 'Alan Thicke' (qv)

in the set and they make some jokes about the _"Growing Pains" (1985)_ (qv).

  • "Kung Fu" (1972)
  1. 'David Carradine' (qv) got the lead role over martial arts legend

'Bruce Lee' (qv).

  • "Land of the Giants" (1968)
  1. The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were

used in _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv), _"Time Tunnel" (1966)_ (qv),

_"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)_ (qv), and _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv).

  • "Lonesome Dove" (1989) (mini)
  1. Originally written by 'Larry McMurtry' (qv) in 1971 as a movie script.He

intended 'John Wayne' (qv) (qv) to play Call, 'James Stewart' (qv) to play

Gus, and 'Henry Fonda' (qv) to play Jake Spoon, with

'Peter Bogdanovitch' (qv) directing.Wayne turned it down, and the project

was shelved.Ten years later McMurtry bought the script back and wrote the

book (on which the series was based).

  • "Lost in Space" (1965)
  1. The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were

used in _"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)_ (qv),

_"Time Tunnel" (1966)_ (qv), _"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv), and

_"Batman" (1966)_ (qv).

  • "Maverick" (1957)
  1. 'James Garner' (qv) claimed that during filming one day they had less than

an hour until overtime would have to be paid, but they still needed to

shoot a complicated fight scene.Spying a group of tall weeds, he suggested

toat he throw his opponent into the weeds and have the fight proceed with

much shaking of the weeds, and people being ejected from the weeds,

only to immediately run back in.The results were extremely funny, and

thus the cast and crew began to look for ``funny ways to cut corners,

turning the show into a semi-comedy.

  • "New Avengers, The" (1978)
  1. Purdey's character was originally called ``Charlie, but this was changed

when it was realized that there was a perfume with the same name.It is

rumoured that 'Joanna Lumley' (qv) suggested the name Purdey, after the most

expensive and revered shotgun in the world.

  • "Patty Duke Show, The" (1963)
  1. For most of the scenes featuring for both Patty and Kathy, an uncredited

actress played ``the back of either Patty's or Kathy's head, as


  • "Prime Suspect" (1990) (mini)
  1. 'Lynda La Plante' (qv) made this film after watching reality-TV crime shows.

After calling Scotland Yard and learning that there were only seven female

DCIs, she interviewed one of them ('Jackie Moulton' (qv)), who impressed

her so much that La Plante decided to base the miniseries on her.

  • "Prisoner" (1978)
  1. In the UK, the series was called "Prisoner # Cell Block H", to avoid

confusion from mixing it up with _"Prisoner, The" (1968)_ (qv).

  • "Schattenmann, Der" (1995) (mini)
  1. People on the street can be seen using bags from the ``Bellheim warehouse.

The owner of this fictious warehouse was the main character in director

'Dieter Wedel' (qv)'s previous project,

_"Grosse Bellheim, Der" (1992) (mini)_ (qv).

  • "Search" (1972)
  1. The pilot movie was originally titled "Probe".

  • "Sesame Street" (1969)
  1. Ernie and Bert are named after characters in

_It's a Wonderful Life (1946)_ (qv).

  • "Space" (1985) (mini)
  1. Norman Grant ('James Garner' (qv)) was a Republican senator in the book

upon which this was based, but the character's political affiliation, along

with other factors, were changed to suit Garner's personal (Democratic)


  • "Star Trek" (1966)
  1. There were two pilots made.The origional starred 'Majel-Barrett' (qv) as

Second in command and 'Jeffery Hunter' (qv) as the Captain.This pilot

was rejected and NBC ordered a second one.The only character that

was the same between the two pilots was Spock who was played by

'Leonard Nimoy' (qv) in both pilots.

  • "Strong Poison" (1987) (mini)
  1. During rehearsals for the scene where Wimsey ('Edward Ptherbridge' (qv)) and

Climpson ('Shirley Cain' (qv) have tea together, Wimsey's monocle fell

into his tea.Despite numerous attempts, they could not recreate this

hilarious incident for the camera.

  • "Svensson, Svensson" (1994)
  1. Each episode is taken twice before a studio audience. The two takes are

then cut together to one episode.

  • "T.J. Hooker" (1982)
  1. 'Bob Grogan' (qv), one of the detectives who worked on the Hillside Strangler

case in Los Angeles, was hired as a technical advisor for the show,

but was fired when he criticized rewrites of his ideas.

  • "Tales of the City" (1993) (mini)
  1. Over 15 years several companies (including Warner Brothers and HBO)bought

options to film this story, based on 'Armistead Maupin' (qv)'s novel.

Finally this 6 part miniseries was produced by Britain's Channel 4, San

Francisco's local PBS station KQED and PBS' ``American Playhouse.

  1. PBS bowed to the pressure of the right and dropped plans to film the second

volume of the series with Channel 4.Although Channel 4 was reportedly still

interested in the project, it chose not to proceed alone.

  • "Time Tunnel" (1966)
  1. The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were

used in _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv),

_"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)_ (qv),

_"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv), and _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv).

  • "Turn-On" (1969)
  1. Cancelled ten minutes into the first show, February 5th, 1969.

  • "Twin Peaks" (1990)
  1. DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Julee Cruise' (qv).

  • "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)
  1. The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were

used in _"Lost in Space" (1965)_ (qv), _"Time Tunnel" (1966)_ (qv),

_"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv), and _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv).

  • 'Crocodile' Dundee (1986)
  1. The wild and ferocious buffalo that Mick Dundee pacified was drugged.
  1. The ``quotes around ``Crocodile in the title were added for the American

release to ensure people didn't think that Dundee was a crocodile.

  • 'Til We Meet Again (1940)
  1. Illness caused director 'Edmund Goulding' (qv) to be replaced for much of the

film.'Anatole Litvak' (qv) shot approximately 26% of the film,

'William Keighley' (qv) 4%, and 'William K.Howard' (qv) shot a few retakes.

Goulding shot 70% of the picture around bouts of pneumonia.

  1. Pregnancy caused 'Geraldine Fitzgerald' (qv) to miss several shooting days.

A double was used where possible.

  • 1776 (1972)
  1. The 176 minute extended version of "1776" is available on laserdisc.

It contains 35 minutes cut from the original videotape release,

including the song, ``Cool, Considerate Men.

  • 1900 (1977)
  1. Original uncut version is 5.5 hours long, and features pornographic sequences

with Alfredo, Olmo, and [Stefania Casini].It also featured prepubescent

boys examining each other's erections which would probably qualify as child

pornography in the US.

  • 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1933)
  1. 'James Cagney' (qv) was originally set for the male lead.

  • 200 Motels (1971)
  1. Filmed in the same studio as _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).The black

monolith from that film is visible.

  1. The role of Jeff was originally intended for Mothers bassist

'Jeff Simmons' (qv) who quit the group just prior to filming.Needing a

replacement, 'Frank Zappa' (qv) hired 'Wilfred Brambell' (qv).Within a few

days, Brambell walked off the set in a rage and Zappa had to replace him.

During a crew meeting, Zappa announced that he would give the part to the

next person who walked into the room.'Martin Lickert' (qv), who was

'Ringo Starr' (qv)'s chauffuer, was thus cast in the role upon returning

from the limo with a pack of cigarettes for Starr.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  1. Director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) originally planned narration for the

prehistoric scenes.

  1. Kubrick planned to have 'Alex North' (qv) (who wrote the score for Kubrick's

_Spartacus (1960)_ (qv)) write a musical score especially for the film.

During filming, Kubrick played classical music on the set to create the

right mood. Delighted with the effect, he decided to use classical music in

the finished product.North's score has subsequently been released as

``Alex North's 2001 (Varese/Sarabande 5400).

  1. Generally panned by critics when first released.Kubrick subsequently cut

20 minutes for its public release, but still failed to win over the film

critics.Public reaction however, was completely different.

  1. Incrementing each letter of ``HAL gives you ``IBM.

'Arthur C Clarke' (qv) (co-screenwriter) claimed this was unintentional, and

if he had noticed it before it was too late, he would have changed it.

  1. HAL's voice was originally going to be performed by 'Martin Balsam' (qv),

but Kubrick decided that he sounded too emotional.'Douglas Rain' (qv)

got the role, and never visited the set.

  1. Kubrick had several tons of sand imported, washed, and painted for the moon

surface scenes.

  1. Multiple references to birthdays: Dr Floyd's daughter, Frank Poole, HAL.
  1. HAL sings ``Daisy as he is shut down; this was the first song ever played

by a non-mechanical computer.

  1. Clarke once said: ``If you understand 2001 completely, we failed.We

wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.

  1. The 1968 Oscar for best makeup went to _Planet of the Apes (1968)_ (qv).

It is rumoured that 2001 missed out because judges were convinced that real

apes were used, which was not the case.

  1. CAMEO(Vivienne Kubrick): (daughter of Stanley) Dr Floyd's daughter.
  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [zoom]: retrieving Frank Poole's body.
  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: man vs HAL vs aliens.
  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Dave Bowman going through the Star Gate.
  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [114]: The Jupiter explorer's serial number is


  • 2010 (1984)
  1. One of the characters is ``Kirbuck, which is an anagram of ``Kubrick.

'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) directed _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Arthur C. Clarke): sitting on a park bench in front of the White

House, feeding the pigeons.

  1. CAMEO(Arthur C. Clarke): on the cover of Time Magazine, as the

American President.

  1. CAMEO(Stanley Kubrick): on the cover of Time Magazine, as the Soviet


  • 3 Godfathers (1948)
  1. For the scene where Deputy Curly ('Hank Worden' (qv)) has trouble pulling

a mule about a train, director 'John Ford' (qv) rigged the reins to pull

backwards whenever Worden pulled forward.

  • 3 Men and a Baby (1987)
  1. When Jack's mother comes to visit Mary, you can see in the background what

appears to be a little boy standing in a doorway.There is a rumor that

this is the ghost of a little boy who died in the apartment in which the

film was shot.This rumor is false, as the interiors were all shot on a

sound stage in a movie studio.The ``ghost is actually a cardboard cut-out

of Jack wearing a tuxedo.This prop appears later in the film, when Mary's

mother comes to collect her.

  • 39 Steps, The (1935)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 7 minutes in, tossing some litter

as Richard and Annabella run from the music hall.

  • 55 Days at Peking (1963)
  1. Director 'Nicholas Ray' (qv) walked off the set and never worked again in

Hollywood.'Andrew Marton' (qv) and 'Guy Green' (qv) finished the film.

  • 8 Seconds (1994)
  1. 'Luke Perry' (qv) and 'Stephen Baldwin' (qv) learned to ride bulls, and

performed some of their own stunts.

  • About Last Night... (1986)
  1. The original title of this film was ``Sexual Perversity in Chicago (taken

from the play it is based on).The title was changed after many newspapers

and TV stations refused to run ads for a film with such a title.

  • Abyss, The (1989)
  1. Director 'James Cameron' (qv) contacted 'Orson Scott Card' (qv) before

filming began with the possibility of producing a book based on the film.

Scott initially told his agent that he doesn't do ``novelizations, but

when she told him that the director was Cameron, he agreed to consider it.

The script arrived, and Card signed on after receiving assurances from

Cameron that he would be free to develop his ``novel the way he wanted

to.After a meeting with Cameron, Card immediately wrote the first three

chapters, which dealt with events concerning Bud and Lindsay Brigman that

occured before the events in the film.Cameron gave these chapters to

'Ed Harris' (qv) and 'Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio' (qv), who used it to

develop their characters.

  1. The masks were specially designed to show the actors faces, and had

microphones fitted so that dialog could be recorded as the action happened.

  1. Most of the underwater filming took place in a half-completed nuclear

reactor cooling tank in Gaffney, South Carolina.The cast and crew

frequently spent enough time underwater to force them to undergo

decompression before surfacing.The tank was filled to a depth of 40 feet,

but there was still too much light from the surface, so billions of tiny

black plastic beads were floated on the surface to block the light.

  1. A ``special edition is available on videotape, and was released

theatrically in 1994.It features an extra 28 minutes of footage including:

# the Deep Core crew singing a country and western song as they ``truck the
rig to the abyss
# more details about Bud and Lindsay's breakup
# further development of the tension between the USA and the USSR, including
a naval collission
# a massive tidal wave caused by the NTIs
  1. Fluid breathing is a reality: the rat actually did breathe liquid, although

the suit that Bud wore was a mock-up.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nice cut]: at the beginning of the movie,

the blue ``Y from the opening credits extends and then fades to the

underwater scenery with the submarine.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: when the soldiers arrive at the

supply ship and jump out of the helicopters.See also _Aliens (1986)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
  1. The name ``Shady Acres Mental Hospital is a reference to the name of

the director: 'Tom Shadyac' (qv).

  • Across the Pacific (1942)
  1. Director 'John Huston' (qv) went off to join the war effort before the film

was finished, and 'Vincent Sherman' (qv) directed the final scenes.

  • Adrift (1971)
  1. Production was suspended in 1968 during the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

because a temporary military bridge had been erected accross the Danube at

the filming location.Production resumed in 1970, and the film was released

in 1971.

  • Adventurer, The (1917/I)
  1. The chauffeur was played by 'Kono' (qv), who was 'Charles Chaplin' (qv)'s

own butler, chauffeur, secretary, and bodyguard from 1916 to 1934.

  • Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The (1989)
  1. 'Robin Williams' (qv) played the King of the Moon.The credits list ``Ray

Ditutto. This is the English transliteration of the Italian phrase ``Rei di

Tutto, which means ``King of Everything, which was how the King of the

Moon introduces himself to the Baron.Williams performed the part as soon

as he arrived in England after a trans-Atlantic flight.

  • Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The (1984)
  1. 'Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv) played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this

scene was cut.

  1. Supposedly this movie was inspired a great deal from 'Thomas Pynchon' (qv)'s

book ``The Crying of Lot 49.

  • Adventures of Ford Fairlane, The (1990)
  1. The list of bands from Grendel's bogus ``Fred's Condom Factory company


# Ellen Aim and the Attackers
# Brain of the Scarecrow
# Alba Varden
# Heather, Corey, Heather Cory and Young
# Todd Times Two
# Black Plague
# 5000 Schizophrenics
# Hot Tub Johnny and his Feline Friends
# Hamma Waters Sings the Blues
# Nine Sisters
# Horses on Fire
# The Silver Belles
# Fred and Ethyl
# The Professor and Mary-Ann
# The Nakatomi Boys Choir
# The Doctor Bellows Funk Machine
# The Redheaded Gardner and his Flower
  1. Also listed are the songs for the three ``Black Plague albums:
  1. Tatoo (10/3/88)
# Your Wow...
# The Bio Nude
# My Nazi Wench
# Suck the Bunny
# Hon, I Screwed the Kids
# Bruce Poked Maud
# Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky
  1. Devil's Ghost (2/3/88)
# Auldbrass Antics
# Objectionable Bimbo
# Desecrated Diane
# Polanski Nursery
# Redheads on Fire
# Cum to Me, Baby
# Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky
  1. Requiem (1/1/88)
# I Love You
# Suck the Bunny
# Teenage Suicide
# Hot Juice
# Sexual Pudding
# Violation
# Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky

  • Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
  1. In the video store is a poster for _Frauds (1993)_ (qv), also directed by

'Stephan Elliot' (qv) and also starring 'Hugo Weaving' (qv).

  • Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
  1. 'Michael Curtiz' (qv) took over from director 'William Keighley' (qv) when

the producers felt that the action scenes lacked impact.

  • After Hours (1985)
  1. Julie ('Teri Garr' (qv)) plays Paul a Monkees record.Garr appeared in

_Head (1968)_ (qv) with the Monkees.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): shining a spotlight from a platform in the


  • Age of Innocence, The (1993)
  1. Originally to be relased in fall of 1992, but was held back by over a year to

allow directory Maritn Scorsese more time to edit.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): the photographer taking May's wedding


  • Akira (1988)
  1. Production cost $US10 million, a record for Anime.
  1. 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual.
  1. 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which

have been exclusively created for the film.

  1. The film is produced using a very rare method in japanese animation film:

All voices were recorded before working on animation, so that all mouths

of the characters are moving synchronized to the spoken word.

  • Aladdin (1992)
  1. Bears a similar plot and characters to

_The Thief of Bagdad, The (1940)_ (qv).

  1. The genie appears in the following guises:a nightclub entertainer, a

Scotsman, a Scots dog, 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv), 'Senor Wences' (qv),

'Ed Sullivan' (qv), a slot machine, 'Groucho Marx' (qv), a boxing trainer,

a fireworks rocket, a French maitre d', a roast turkey, a pink rabbit, a

dragon, a certificate, a pair of lips, 'Robert De Niro' (qv), a flight

attendant, 'Carol Channing' (qv), a sheep, a hammock, a muscle man,

Pinocchio, a magician, a frenchman in a beret and striped shirt, a chef,

Julius Caeser, 'Arsenio Hall' (qv), a tailor, a game-show host, a drum major,

'Walter Brennan' (qv), a little boy, a fat man, TV parade hosts, a tiger, a

goat, a harem girl, 'Ethel Merman' (qv), 'Rodney Dangerfield' (qv),

'Jack Nicholson' (qv), a teacher, a talking lampshade, a bee, a submarine,

a one-man band, a script prompter, a ventriloquist, a

_Fantasia (1940)_ (qv)-like devil, 'William F. Buckley' (qv), Jafar,

cheerleaders, a baseball pitcher, a tourist with a Goofy hat, and the moon.

For release in India, Disney replaced the game show host with a cricket


  1. In early drawing, Aladdin resembled 'Michael J. Fox' (qv).As the story

developed, 'Jeffrey Katzenberg' (qv) didn't think Aladdin had enough appeal

to weomen, so he asked Aladdin to be beefed up a bit to resemble

'Tom Cruise' (qv).

  1. Jasmine's appearance was influenced by 'Jennifer Connelly' (qv), as well

as the sister of her animator, 'Mark Henn' (qv).

  1. The stack of blocks that Jasmine's father plays with is sitting on a toy of

the Beast from _Beauty and the Beast (1991)_ (qv), another Disney animated

movie.Sebastian from _The Little Mermaid (1989)_ (qv) and

_Pinocchio (1940)_ (qv) can also be spotted.

  1. Aladdin's animator claimed she based his character on 'Tom Cruise' (qv).
  1. When the Genie changes Abu into a car, the license plate reads ``ABU 1.
  1. The lyrics of the opening song, ``Arabian Nights, were changed for the

video release due to pressure from groups who were offended by the original

lyrics.The original lyrics were: ``Where they cut off your ear if they

don't like your face.It's barbaric, but hey it's home. The new lyrics

are: ``Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense, it's barbaric,

but hey it's home.

  1. The two men in the crowd that Aladdin pushes through are caricatures of a

couple of the animators ('John Musker' (qv) and 'Ron Clements' (qv)); the

original plan was to use film critics 'Gene Siskel' (qv) and

'Roger Ebert' (qv), but they couldn't get permission.

  1. The rumor that after Aladdin climbs up the balcony and gets confronted

by the tiger he whispers ``Take off your clothes is false.He actually

says ``Take off and go.

  1. Early scripts included Aladdin's mother, who sang a song called ``Proud of

Your Boy, and another song for Jafar called ``Humiliate the Boy.Jafar's

song was cut, as it was considered too cruel for Disney.

  • Alamo, The (1960)
  1. 'Lagene Etheridge' (qv) was murdered during filming by her boyfriend.
  1. Lieutenant Finn's fall from his horse was unscripted and unintentional.
  1. The huge Alamo set took two years to construct.

  • Alex in Wonderland (1970)
  1. CAMEO(Frederico Fellini)

  • Alexis Zorbas (1964)
  1. 'Anthony Quinn' (qv) had a broken foot during filming, and thus couldn't

perform the dance on the beach as scripted, which called for much

leaping around.Instead, he did a slow shuffle.Director

'Michael Cacoyannis' (qv) asked Quinn what the dance was, and Quinn made

up a name and claimed it was traditional.

  • Alibi (1929)
  1. Alternative scenes were shot for a silent version of the film which was

released simultaneously.

  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  1. Color screen tests of 'Mary Pickford' (qv) as Alice were made for a proposed

live-action/animation version of the story.

  • Alien (1979)
  1. Originally to be directed by 'Water Hill' (qv), but he pulled out and gave

the job to 'Ridley Scott' (qv).

  1. The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach (which then burst out) is

similar to the life-cycle of the tsetse fly.

  1. The entire plot is identical to the science fiction story ``Voyage of the

Space Beagle, by 'A. E. Van Vogt' (qv).

  1. Much of the dialog was ad-libbed.
  1. An early draft of the script had a male Ripley.
  1. 'Veronica Cartwright' (qv) was originally to play Ripley, but producers

opted for 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv).

  1. In the scene where Dallas, Kane and Lambert are leaving the ship, the actual

actors walking past the Nostromo's landing struts are 3 children (two of

whom were Scott's dressed in scaled down spacesuits. This has the effect of

making the ship look bigger.

  1. A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley was in the script, however was not


  1. The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a real human


  1. The rumour that only 'John Hurt' (qv) and the crew knew exactly what

was going to happen during the stomach-bursting scene is false.

  1. ``Nostromo is the title of a 'Joseph Conrad' (qv) book.The shuttle that

Ripley escapes on is called the ``Narcissus, a reference to another

Conrad book.See also _Aliens (1986)_ (qv).

  1. Apparently, in the final scene with Ripley and the Alien, the sounds of

people having sex can be heard.

  1. Conceptual artist H. R. Geiger's designs were changed several times, becuase

of their blatant sexuality: the top of the eggs resembled a vagina too


  1. Extra scenes filmed but not included, due to pacing problems:
# Ripley finds Parker and Brett cocooned.Brett is covered in ``maggots,
and begs Ripley to kill him.She does so with a flame thrower.
# Ripley and Lambert discuss whether Ash has sex or not
# Alternative death scene for Brett: Ripley and Parker come across an alive
Brett being lifted from the ground
# Ripley finds cocoons (one of which is Dallas) and destroys them with a
flame thrower.

These extra scenes were not restored to the re-released version, probably

for this reason, but possibly because it would conflict with the

subsequently released _Aliens (1986)_ (qv)' view of the alien's life-cycle.

  1. Scott is reportedly quoted as saying that originally he wanted a much

darker ending. He planned on having the alien bite off Ripley's head in

the escape shuttle, sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her

voice in a message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox wasn't too

pleased with such a dark ending.

  • Alien 3 (1992)
  1. Multiple proposed scripts caused misleading advertising which inferred that

the movie would be set on Earth.'William Gibson' (qv) drafted a script in

which Ripley spent most of the film in a coma.

  • Alien Attack (1976) (TV)
  1. This TV movie was edited from scenes of two episodes (``Breakaway and

``War Games) of _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).

  • Aliens (1986)
  1. A draft of the script had Gorman being paralyzed by a stinger on the tail

of an alien, rather than being clobbered by falling equipment.

  1. The ``special edition includes extra scenes: Newt's parents discovering

abandoned alien ship on LV-426, scenes of Ripley discussing her daughter,

Hudson bragging about his weaponry, robot sentry guns repelling first alien

raid, Hicks and Ripley exchanging first names.Also included is a scene

on LV-426 where a child rides a low-slung tricycle similar to one ridden

in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), also directed by 'James Cameron' (qv).

  1. The mechanism used to make the facehuggers thrash about in the stasis tubes

in the science lab came from one of the ``flying piranahs in one of

Cameron's earlier movies _Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)_ (qv).It took

9 people to make the face hugger work; one person for each leg and one

for the tail.

  1. The APC was modeled after an airplane tug.
  1. ``Sulaco is the name of the town in 'Joseph Conrad' (qv)'s ``Nostromo.

See also _Alien (1979)_ (qv).

  1. Hicks was originally played by 'James Remar' (qv), but 'Michael Biehn' (qv)

replaced him a few days after principal photography began, due to ``artistic

differences between Remar and Cameron.

  1. ``She thought they said `illegal aliens' and signed up... said Hudson.

This line (directed towards Vasquez) was in inside joke amongst the actors.

'Jenette Goldstein' (qv) (Vasquez) had gone to the audition thinking the

film would be about illegal immigrants.She arrived with waist-long hair

and lots of makeup.Everyone else was wearing military fatigues.

  1. The ``special edition includes the sound of a face-hugger scurrying from

left to right as the final credits fade.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nice cut]: a few minutes into the movie, we see

Ripley lying in the cryo-tube, and then the scene fades to the picture of

the earth; the earth directly fits into the silhouette of Ripley's face.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When the soldiers arrive on LV426

and jump out of the armored vehicle.See also _The Abyss (1989)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When Ripley drives the APC, she

crushes an alien's head under one of the wheels.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: close-ups of the power-lifter's feet.
  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]

  • Alive (1993)
  1. Director 'Frank Marshall' (qv) was discussing the film on his car phone,

when he was cut off by a truck with a bumper sticker that read ``Rugby

Players Eat Their Dead.Marshall decided to make the film, saying ``You

have to go with those kinds of things.

  1. CAMEO(John Malkovich): The narrator.

  • All About Eve (1950)
  1. The working title was ``Best Performance.
  1. Although he received screen credit, 'Eddie Fisher' (qv)'s scene was cut before

the film's release.

  1. 'Daryl F. Zanuck' (qv) envisioned 'Marlene Deitrich' (qv) as Margo Channing,

'Jeanne Crain' (qv) as Eve Harrington, and 'Jose Ferrer' (qv) as Addison

DeWitt.Director 'Herman Mankiewicz' (qv)'s early choices for the Margo

Channing role were 'Claudette Colbert' (qv) and 'Gertrude Lawrence' (qv).

  • All Men Are Liars (1995)
  1. All secondary characters are played by locals, and some lines in the film

were ad-libbed, as they couldn't remember the script.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  1. A sequence with 'Zasu Pitts' (qv) was included in the silent version, but

cut and refilmed with 'Beryl Mercer' (qv) when sound was added.

  • All the Right Moves (1983)
  1. 'Tom Cruise' (qv) and 'Lea Thompson' (qv) had body doubles for the sex scene.

  • Alligator (1980)
  1. Graffiti on a wall in a sewer at the end of the film reads ``Harry Lime

Lives, a reference to the character from _The Third Man (1949)_ (qv) who

was killed in a sewer.

  • Allonsanfan (1973)
  1. Title derived from the first two words of the French national anthem.

  • Altered States (1980)
  1. Author 'Paddy Chayefsky' (qv) disowned this movie.
  1. The book was partially based on dolphin researcher John Lilly, who invented

the isolation tank, and first started taking drugs while ``tanking.

  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]: the dream sequence

  • Always (1989)
  1. When Dorinda returns home in the plane, she is dressed like Ripley from

_Aliens (1986)_ (qv), and similarly, she has a ginger tom cat.The cat,

however, is named ``'Linda Blair' (qv).

  1. This film is a remake of _A Guy Named Joe (1943)_ (qv), which was watched

on television in _Poltergeist (1982)_ (qv), which was co-written by

director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]

  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
  1. Subtle crossovers between sketches [...]
  1. The name ``Don 'No Soul' Simmons keeps popping up.
  1. The ``release date for the movie keeps changing: ``We now return to our

feature film, the 195?classic, Amazon Women on the Moon....

[Lots of cameos]

  • America's Deadliest Home Video (1993) (V)
  1. CAMEO(Eva Scott-Berry): [production assistant]: Newswoman
  1. CAMEO(Steven Diller): [Co-producer]: Debbie's lover
  1. CAMEO(Lou Wynhoff): [Producer's father]: Security Guard

  • American Gigolo (1980)
  1. 'John Travolta' (qv) was originally slated to play the role of Julian Kaye.

  • American Graffiti (1973)
  1. License plate on John Milner's car is ``THX-138._THX 1138 (1970)_ (qv)

is a film also directed by 'George Lucas' (qv).

  1. There is a rumor that while Lucas and a co-worker were editing the film, the

co-worker asked Lucas for ``Reel Two, Dialog Two, which abbreviated to

``R2D2, a name which surfaced in Lucas' later film _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).

  • American President, The (1995)
  1. The dialogue refers explicitly at one point to the films of

'Frank Capra' (qv).His [grandson???], 'Frank Capra III' (qv), was first

assistant director of this film.

  • American Werewolf in London, An (1981)
  1. All the songs in this film have ``moon in the title.
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: the porno film showing when David

meets Jack and his zombie friends.A poster for the film appears in the

London Underground when the man is killed.

  • Andre (1994)
  1. The ``seal is acually a sealion, as seals are notoriously difficult to


  • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
  1. CAMEO(Barbara Billingsley): hat check girl

  • Anna Christie (1930/II)
  1. German version, filmed directly after _Anna Christie (1930/I))_ (qv) using

the same sets.

  • Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  1. 'Judy Garland' (qv), originally cast as Annie, was taken ill during early

filming and production was halted until 'Betty Hutton' (qv) finished

_Let's Dance (1950)_ (qv) and was called in to replace her.Director

'Busby Berkeley' (qv) was also replaced, first by 'Charles Walters' (qv) and

finally by 'George Sidney' (qv).'Frank Morgan' (qv), in the role of

Buffalo Bill, died suddenly and his scenes had to be re-shot with his

replacement 'Louis Calhern' (qv).'Howard Keel' (qv) broke his leg during

filming when a horse fell on it.

  • Annie Hall (1977)
  1. The working title was ``Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure).

Screenwriter 'Marshall Brickman' (qv)'s suggestion was ``It Had To Be Jew.

  1. Alvy's ('Woody Allen' (qv)'s) sneezing into the cocaine was an unscripted

accident.When previewed, the audience laughed so loud that director Allen

decided to leave it in, and had to add footage to compensate for people

missing the next few jokes from laughing too much.

  • Anniversary, The (1968)
  1. Original director, 'Alvin Rakoff' (qv) was replaced by 'Roy Ward Baker' (qv)

when 'Bette Davis' (qv) demanded the change.

  • Another Country (1984)
  1. Loosely based on the life of 'Guy Burgess' (qv), a key figure in the

Cambridge Spy Ring of the 1940's who eventually defected to Russia in 1951.

The upper class establishment refused to believe he was a spy because he

had been to public school.

  • Another Dawn (1937)
  1. Before this movie was made, any Warner Brothers film which showed a movie

marquee would indicate that a movie named ``Another Dawn was playing at

the cinema.Unable to come up with a title for this film, they decided to

actually create a movie named ``Another Dawn.

  • Another Stakeout (1993)
  1. 'Richard Dreyfuss' (qv) won an Oscar for his role in

_The Goodbye Girl (1977)_ (qv).One of his lines in that movie was ``And

I don't like the panties hanging on the rod.In this movie, Chris repeats

this line, while standing in front of a line of drying panties.

  • Apartment, The (1960)
  1. To create the impression of a very large bureau in the scenes where Baxter is

behind his desk, director 'Billy Wilder' (qv) used dwarf actors and specially

designed furniture.

  1. Wilder directed 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) in _The Seven Year Itch (1955)_ (qv)

and _Some Like It Hot (1959)_ (qv).He grew to despise her demands for

star treatment and her poor work ethic, and thus included the party-girl

Monroe-esque character in this film.

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  1. Director 'Francis Coppola' (qv) proposed this film ten years before he

was given funds to do it.The studio didn't think he could handle such a

large production, so he went and made _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) and

_The Godfather: Part II (1974)_ (qv), becoming extremely famous, rich, and


  1. Originally scheduled to be shot over six weeks, ended up taking 16 months.
  1. 'Martin Sheen' (qv)'s scenes in his hotel room were intentionally performed

drunk, and were entirely ad-libbed.Sheen did not mean to smash the mirror

with his hand; this was a result of his drunken stupor.

  1. 'Harvey Keitel' (qv) originally cast as Captain Willard.Two weeks into

shooting, Coppola replaced him with Sheen, saying Keitel's Willard was too


  1. A typhoon destroyed sets, causing a delay of several months.
  1. Filmed in the Philippines, where Ferdinand Marcos agreed to supply the

helicopters and pilots.Marcos's government also needed them for fighting

the rebels, and sometimes withdrew them during filming, sending different

pilots not familiar with the filming.

  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) paid $1 million in advance.Threatened to quit and

keep the advance.Coppola told his agent that he didn't care, and if they

couldn't get Brando, they would try 'Jack Nicholson' (qv),

'Robert Redford' (qv), and then 'Al Pacino' (qv).Brando eventually turned

up late, drunk, 40kg overweight, and admitted he hadn't read the script or

even ``Heart of Darkness, the book it was based on.Read Coppola's

script, and refused to do it.Argued for days over single lines of

dialog.They eventually agreed on an ad-lib style script, and this was shot

according to Brando's stipulations that he appear in shadows.

  1. Sheen had a heart attack during the filming; some shots of Willard's back

are actually of someone else.

  1. 'Sam Bottoms' (qv) was on speed, LSD, and marijuana during the shooting

of parts of the movie.

  1. 'Dennis Hopper' (qv) was originally going to play Willard's predecessor, but

he was too affected by drugs to play a military type, so Coppola wrote him a

part as a crazy photo-journalist.Hopper and Coppola argued over whether it

was possible to forget your lines when you didn't learn them in the first


  1. The photo journalist quotes two 'T. S. Eliot' (qv) poems.In a late scene

in the film, a slow pan over a table in Kurtz's room shows a copy of ``From

Ritual to Romance, a book by 'Jessie Weston' that inspired Eliot's poem

``The Wasteland.

  1. Kurtz's Montagnards were played by Ifugao people.Coppola's wife Eleanor

saw them performing animal sacrifice, and convinced her husband to use this

in the film.

  1. Coppola invested several million dollars of his personal wealth after the

film went severely over budget.

  1. Coppola threatened suicide several times during the making of the film.
  1. There are three different treatments of the ending and credits.In the 35mm

version, the credits roll over surrealistic explosions and burning jungle

as the air strike occurs.The 70mm version has none of this, no credits,

nothing but a one-line copyright notice at the end.Both versions are

available on video.The 70mm version has been letterboxed.A third version

has the credits rolling over a black background.

  1. There are no opening credits or titles.The title of the movie appears as

graffiti late in the film.

  1. Entire set of scenes cut, where Willard and company find a river-side French

colony.Made the ``journey back through time symbolism more apparent:

Vietnam War to French Colony to Jungle Culture.

  1. 'Carmine Coppola' (qv) (director's father) wrote the score for this film.
  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv)'s character wears a name badge which reads

``G. Lucas.'George Lucas' (qv) directed Ford in

_American Graffiti (1973)_ (qv) and _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), two films which

made Ford famous.'G.D. Spradlin' (qv)'s character is named ``R.Corman,

after producer 'Roger Corman' (qv).

  1. DIRCAMEO(Francis Coppola): filming a war documentary.
  1. Coppola's wife Eleanore filmed and recorded the making of this film, and has

been released as a feature film called

_Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)_ (qv).It includes

clips from the movie, as well as later interviews.

  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  1. The cast and crew flew 628 parabolic flights in NASA's KC-135 airplane to

achieve real weightlessness.Each of the flights got them 23 seconds of zero

gravity, making a total of 4 hours and 44 seconds.

  1. CAMEO(Marilyn Lovell): an extra in the grandstands at the launch.
  1. CAMEO(Jim Lovell): captian of the USS Iwo Jima.

  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  1. ``Canaima (the town attacked by the spiders) is the name of the avenging

spirit of the Guyana Indians.

  • Army of Darkness (1993)
  1. The magic words Ash must use to claim the Book of the Dead are ``Klaatu,

Barada, Nikto, the same words used to command the robot Gort in

_The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)_ (qv).

  1. Director 'Sam Raimi' (qv) shot two different endings.One ending has Ash

battling a she-demon in a department store in the present.The alternative

ending has Ash imbibing a secret potion that would make him sleep one

century for each drop of the potion he drinks.He then goes to a cave to

sleep.However, he drank one drop too many and wakes up to find a barren

post-apocalyptic landscape.The final shot is Ash screaming in rage at a

red sky.The Great Britain video version shows the `` potion ending, and

the version shown in US theatres showed the ``she-demon ending.

  1. CAMEO(Bridget Fonda): Linda
  1. DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [shemp]:
  1. DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]: The skeletons do a classic routine.

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  1. Origin of the term ``cameo, meaning in this case a small part by a famous


  1. The following famous people appear in small parts in the film, and are

credited: 'Red Buttons' (qv), 'A.E. Matthews' (qv), 'Alan Mowbray' (qv),

'Andy Devine' (qv), 'Basil Sydney' (qv), 'Beatrice Lillie' (qv),

'Buster Keaton' (qv), 'Cesar Romero' (qv), 'Charles Boyer' (qv),

'Charles Coburn' (qv), 'Col Tim McCoy' (qv), 'Edmund Lowe' (qv),

'Edward R. Murrow' (qv), 'Evelyn Keyes' (qv), 'Fernandel' (qv),

'Finlay Currie' (qv), 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'George Raft' (qv),

'Gilbert Roland' (qv), 'Glynis Johns' (qv), 'Harcourt Williams' (qv),

'Hermione Gingold' (qv), 'Jack Oakie' (qv), 'Joe E. Brown' (qv),

'John Carradine' (qv), 'John Mills' (qv), 'Jose Greco' (qv),

'Luis Miguel Dominguin' (qv), 'Marine Carol' (qv), 'Marlene Dietrich' (qv),

'Melville Cooper' (qv), 'Mike Mazurki' (qv), 'Noel Coward' (qv),

'Peter Lorre' (qv), 'Red Skelton' (qv), 'Reginald Denny' (qv),

'Richard Wattis' (qv), 'Robert Morley' (qv), 'Ronald Colman' (qv),

'Ronald Squire' (qv), 'Cedric Hardwicke' (qv), 'John Gielgud' (qv),

'Trevor Howard' (qv), 'Victor McLaglen' (qv).

  1. The barge used in Bangkok was belonged to the King of Thailand, who loaned

it to producer 'Michael Todd' (qv).

  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  1. In the scene where Mortimer Brewster is sitting on a tombstone in the

graveyard outside his Aunt's home, one of the headstones behind him reads

``Archie Leach.'Cary Grant' (qv)'s real name is Archie Leach.See also

_His Girl Friday (1940)_ (qv).

  1. The movie went unreleased for 3 years after it was finished, waiting for the

Broadway play to finish its run.On stage, 'Boris Karloff' (qv) played

'Raymond Massey' (qv)'s character who ``looks like Karloff (qv).

  • Aryan, The (1916)
  1. Sources differ as to the director of this film.

  • Arzt von St. Pauli, Der (1968)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Rolf Olsen): man in mortuary

  • Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  1. The editor is credited as ``James T. Chance, which was the name of

'John Wayne' (qv)'s character in _Rio Bravo (1959)_ (qv), on which this

film was based, but the actual editor was director 'John Carpenter' (qv).

  • Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) (TV)
  1. The film showing at the drive-in when Nancy goes on her rampage is

_Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)_ (qv).

  • Autrichienne, L' (1989)
  1. 'Robert Hossein' (qv) was choosen as the director of the movie until he

asked for another year and a half before starting to shoot.Producer

'Raymond Danon' (qv) then turned to 'Pierre Granier-Deferre' (qv) because

the film was scheduledfor the 300th anniversary of the French revolution

and 'Ute Lemper' (qv) was only free for the period set.

  1. The movie script is based entirely on the proceedings' minutes of the trial

of Marie-Antoinette.

  • Avaleuses, Les (1973)
  1. This film exists in many different versions, with different titles, with

additional and/or deleted footage, and even with different credits, although

the latter is largely due to variations of 'Jess Franco' (qv)'s pseudonyms.

The versions range between hardcore porn with little horror on the one

extreme to plain horror with little sex on the other.

  • Awakenings (1990)
  1. 'Robin Williams' (qv) accidentally broke 'Robert De Niro' (qv)'s nose during

a rehearsal of the scene where Dr Sayer tries to get Leonard to go back on

the drug.

  • Babe (1995)
  1. The talking pig is a combination of 48 real Yorkshire pigs plus an

animatronic double.A makeup artist added toupee and eyelashes to each, and

computer digitization manipulated pictures of the snout to make the pig

appear to talk.

  1. When 'James Cromwell' (qv) was handed the screenplay for Babe, he thumbed

through it to see how many lines he had.He saw that he didn't have

that many, he decided that he would do it as a nice easy film.What he

didn't realize was that he would have more screen time in this film than

any of his previous films.

  1. The man who buys three of Fly's puppies is head animal trainer

'Karl Lewis Miller' (qv).

  • Babysitter, The (1995)
  1. 'Alicia Silverstone' (qv) is rumoured to have turned down the
part in this film on numerous occasions. She finally agreed after
her nude scenes were removed.

  • Bachelor Mother (1939)
  1. Working titles were ``My Fifth Avenue Girl and ``She Said I Do

  • Back to the Future (1985)
  1. 'Eric Stoltz' (qv) originally cast as Marty McFly, but changed because he

didn't act enough like a teenager.When 'Michael J. Fox' (qv) was cast, his

costume was completely revamped.

  1. The ``main street is the same one used in _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv).
  1. The theatre in 1955 is showing a double bill: ``A Boy's Life (the working

title for 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s

_E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv)), and ``Watch the Skies (the

working title for Spielberg's

_Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv)).See also

_Gremlins (1984)_ (qv).

  1. The device in Doc Brown's lab that Marty plugs his guitar into is labeled

``CRM-114, which was the name of the message decoder on the B-52 in

_Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)_ (qv),

and the serial number of the Jupiter explorer in

_2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv), both directed by 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv).

  1. Doc Brown's dog is named Einstein.This may be a vague reference to

_Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)_ (qv), where the inventor of a miracle car

owned a dog named Edison.

  1. The mall where Marty McFly meets Dr. Brown for their time travel experiment

is called ``Twin Pines Mall.Dr. Brown comments that old farmer Peabody

used to own all of the land, and he grew pines there.When Marty goes back

in time, he runs over and knocks down a pine tree on the Peabody's property.

When he comes back to the mall at the end of the film, the sign at the mall

identifies the mall as ``Lone Pine Mall.

  1. Farmer Peabody's son is named Sherman. Sherman was the name of the little boy

time traveler in one segment of Jay Ward's cartoon show, ``The Rocky &

Bullwinkle Show.The dog who owned his time machine was named Mr. Peabody.

  1. One scene only shown in a 1990 TV was the 1955 Doc investigating his 1985

counterpart's suitcase, discovering a hairdryer and a copy of Playboy.

  1. The dialogue where Lorraine says that when she grows up she'll let her kids

do anything they want was cut.

  1. Another deleted scene shows Marty peeking in on a class in 1955 and seeing

his mother cheating on a test.

  1. The scene where Marty asks if he and Jennifer become ``assholes in the

future was reshot for television.

  1. The newscaster on TV in the opening sequence is 'Deborah Harmon' (qv), who

appeared in director 'Robert Zemeckis' (qv)' _Used Cars (1980)_ (qv).

  1. When Marty gets back to 1985, he spots a bum on the bench.He calls him

``Red: ``Red Thomas was mayor in 1955.

  1. The radio in Marty's room plays ``Back in Time, by Huey Lewis and the News,

who wrote and performed some songs for the film.

  1. The ``Mr Fusion Home Energy Converter, which is sitting on the DeLorean

when Doc returns from the future, is made from (among other things) a Krups

coffee grinder.

  1. CAMEO(Huey Lewis): the high-school band judge.
  1. CAMEO(Steven Spielberg): The driver of the pickup truck that gives

Marty a lift to school.

  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  1. Filmed at the same time as _Back to the Future Part III (1990)_ (qv).In

the five years since the original was made, 'Michael J. Fox' (qv) had

forgotten how to ride a skateboard.

  1. A movie theatre advertises ``Jaws 19, directed by ``Max Spielberg.

Executive producer 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), who directed _Jaws (1975)_ (qv),

has a son Max.

  1. 'Crispin Glover' (qv) played George McFly in the original, but was replaced

by 'Jeffrey Weissman' (qv) in Part II and Part III.There is a rumour that

Glover had some emotional/mental problems which caused this.

  1. 'Elisabeth Shue' (qv) was cast as Jennifer, and all the closing shots of

_Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv) were reshot for the beginning of this film.

Persistent rumours are that 'Claudia Wells' (qv) (Jennifer in

_Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv)) was in no condition to act any more.

  1. When Marty arrives in 2015, he looks in the window of an antique store, where

there is a Roger Rabbit doll and a _Jaws (1975)_ (qv) Nintendo game.

_Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)_ (qv) was also directed by

'Robert Zemeckis' (qv).

The old man who wishes he had bet on the Cubbies is played by

'Charles Fleischer' (qv), who did Roger Rabbit's voice.

  1. A 1990 TV special showed some sequences cut from the film:
# Biff fades out of 2015 after stumblind out of the DeLorean and behind some
trash cans
# Marty discovers the destroyed Hill Valley High School
  1. The two police officers are named Reese and Foley, which are the names that

Zemeckis and screenwriter 'Bob Gale' (qv) use for any police or government

agents in the films they have written.

  • Back to the Future Part III (1990)
  1. Filmed at the same time as _Back to the Future Part II (1989)_ (qv).In the

five years since the original was made, 'Michael J. Fox' (qv) had forgotten

how to ride a skateboard.

  1. 'Crispin Glover' (qv) played George McFly in the original, but was replaced

by 'Jeffrey Weissman' (qv) in Part II and Part III.There is a rumour that

Glover had some emotional/mental problems which caused this.

  1. The Editor of Hill Valley's newspaper in 1885 is ``M. R. Gale, a tribute

to trilogy screenwriter 'Bob Gale' (qv).

  1. In _Back to the Future Part II (1989)_ (qv), Biff watches

_The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)_ (qv) in the alternative 1985, in

which 'Clint Eastwood' (qv)'s character uses steel plating underneath his

poncho.Marty (calling himself ``Clint Eastwood) uses the hatch from a

stove under his poncho in 1885.The sign at the train crossing in 1985

identifies the location as ``Eastwood Ravine.

  1. References to _Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)_ (qv): the train sprouts fins

similar to the Professor's car.

  1. Director of Photography 'Dean Cundey' (qv) plays the photographer who takes

Marty and Doc's picture in 1885.

  1. DIRTRADE(Robert Zemeckis): [citation]: When Marty walks along the

railroad tracks and finally reaches the town, he comes to the railway

station.Then he walks into the town, while the camera slowly rises up

above the station and finally shows Marty at a large distance walking into

the town.This scene is shot exactly the same way as the scene in

_Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)_ (qv), when Jill arrives at the


  1. CAMEO(ZZTop): the band in 1885.ZZTop wrote some of the music for the


  • Backtrack! (1969)
  1. This movie is composed of the first episode of

_"Virginian, The" (1962)_ (qv) and a snippet of the _"Laredo" (1965)_ (qv)

episode ``Three's Company.

  • Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952)
  1. 'Lana Turner' (qv) plays an actor whose career started as a movie extra.

Turner started her own career as an extra in _A Star Is Born (1937)_ (qv).

  1. Director 'Vincente Minelli' (qv) and star 'Kirk Douglas' (qv) also teamed

up in another movie about Hollywood, _Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)_ (qv).

  1. James Lee ('Dick Powell' (qv)) won the Pulitzer Prize for his book ``A Woman

of Taste, about his late wife Rosemary ('Gloria Grahame' (qv)).

  • Bad Girls (1994)
  1. 'Tamra Davis' (qv) started as director of this film, with a script written

by 'Yolande Turner' (qv) and 'Becky Johnston' (qv).A few weeks into

filming, the production company became unhappy with the direction the film

was taking.They shut down production, replaced Davis with

'Jonathan Kaplan' (qv), had the script rewritten, and sent the four main

actresses off to ``cowboy camp to learn how to shoot, rope and ride.

  • Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) rejected a role in this film, with the words ``Areyou


  • Balboa (1986)
  1. Originally filmed as a mini-series.

  • Bambi (1942)
  1. Some scenes of woodland creatures and the forest fire are unused footage from

_Pinocchio (1940)_ (qv).

  1. The world premiere of this film was in the tiny Lincoln Theater in

Damariscotta, Maine, USA.'Maurice Day' (qv), an animator with Disney,

brought 'Felix Salten' (qv)'s book to the attention of 'Walt Disney' (qv),

and when Walt decided to make the movie he thanked Maurice by

holding the premier in Maurice's home town.

  • Band Wagon, The (1953)
  1. 'Cyd Charisse' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'India Adams' (qv).

  • Bandera, La (1935)
  1. The movie was initially dedicated to Colonel Franco and his troops. The

dedication was removed after the Spanish civil war.

  • Barbarella (1968)
  1. When 'Virna Lisi' (qv) was told to play the part of Barbarella, she

terminated her contract with United Artists and returned to Italy.

  • Barfly (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Charles Bukowski): in the bar where Henry and Wanda meet for

the first time.

  • Barkleys of Broadway, The (1949)
  1. Originally planned to star 'Fred Astaire' (qv) and 'Judy Garland' (qv), but

when Garland became ill, 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) took over.

  1. Astaire has sung ``They Can't Take That Away from Me to Rogers previously

in _Shall We Dance? (1937)_ (qv), but they had never danced to it.Rogers

suggested that they use the song again (this time dancing), and so it

was included.

  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  1. Director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) did not use any artificial lighting when he

shot this film.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Captain Quinn's face during his duel

with Barry when he goes to raise his pistol.

  • Barton Fink (1991)
  1. 'John Turturro' (qv) plays the title role.In

_Miller's Crossing (1990)_ (qv) (also directed by 'Joel Coen' (qv)),

Turturro played a character who met a man at an apartment building called

``The Barton Arms.

  • Bas-fonds, Les (1936)
  1. CAMEO(Jacques Becker): a silhouette.

  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  1. 'Kim Basinger' (qv) was originally cast as Catherine Tramell.
  1. 'Michael Douglas' (qv)' character watches [_Hellraiser (1987)_ (qv) or

_Brain (1962)_ (qv) or _Brain (1969)_ (qv)?].

  • Basketball Diaries, The (1995)
  1. CAMEO(Jim Carrol)

  • Batman (1989)
  1. 'Adam West' (qv) (the star of the TV series) wanted to play Batman, but

'Michael Keaton' (qv) was given the role after getting the nod from

Bob Kane, the creator of the original Batman comic strip.

  1. Heavy security surrounded The Joker's makeup.
  1. 'Sean Young' (qv) originally cast as Vicki Vale, but broke her collar bone

while filming a horse-riding scene with 'Michael Keaton' (qv).The scene

was subsequently rewritten out of the script.

  1. Most shots of Batman in costume are a stunt double.
  1. Spanish subtitles convert ``6 foot and ``108 (lbs) to metric.
  1. Kane was scheduled to make a cameo appearance, but he couldn't make the

shoot.The drawing that the newspaper report holds up of the ``Bat-Man was

drawn by Kane.

  1. CAMEO(Prince): rumor unconfirmed as of yet.

  • Batman Returns (1992)
  1. 'Danny DeVito' (qv) forbidden to describe The Penguin's makeup to anyone,

including his family.

  1. The bad guy's name is Max Schreck.'Max Schreck' (qv) played the vampire in

_Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)_ (qv).

  1. The film was been branded `anti-Semitic' in an opinion piece in the New York

Times because of the Jewish references in The Penguin's character:

# He has a big nose
# He likes to eat herrings
# He is 33 years old: the same age as Christ
# He is discovered floating down the underground river in a basket, much
like Moses
# He plans to kill the first born of all the elite citizens of Gotham,
reminiscent of the Passover story
# carries his umbrella into the graveyard the same way Christ carried the
  1. 'Sean Young' (qv) very much wanted the role of The Catwoman.During

preproduction she arrived at the studio in a Catwoman costume to confront

the makers of the movie.She used other people scouting the studio grounds,

using walkie# talkies to communicate, to track down the producers.See also

_Batman (1989)_ (qv).

  • Battle of the River Plate, The (1956)
  1. Ships used in the film: HMS Sheffield as HMS Ajax, INS Delhi (formerly HMNZS

Achilles) as HMNZS Achilles, HMS Cumberland as HMS Cumberland, Heavy Cruiser

USS Salem as the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

  • Beaches (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Hector Elizondo): Justice of the Peace

  • Beau Hunks (1931)
  1. CAMEO(Jean Harlow): ``Jeanie-Weenie, in photo.
  1. CAMEO(Marvin Hatley): a Riffian.

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  1. ``Be Our Guest was originally animated with Maurice (not Belle) as the

guest, but they decided not to waste such a wonderful song on a secondary


  1. ``Chip originally had only one line, but the producers liked the voice so

much that they had extra lines written.

  1. Tiny Toon Adventure script writer Sheri Stoner was used as the model for

Belle.See also _The Little Mermaid (1989)_ (qv).

  • Becky Sharp (1935)
  1. After only a few weeks filming, director 'Lowell Sherman' (qv) developed

pneumonia and died.His replacement, 'Rouben Mamoulian' (qv), scrapped

his footage and began again from scratch.

  • Beethoven (1992)
  1. The credits list ``Edmond Dantes as the screenwriter, but it was

actually 'John Carpenter' (qv).The pseudonym is a homage to a character

in ``The Count of Monte Cristo.

  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  1. Title role originally written for 'Sammy Davis Jr.' (qv).
  1. When Barbara and Adam are in their case worker's office, through the blinds

you can see Elwood and Jake from _The Blues Brothers (1980)_ (qv).

  • Being There (1979)
  1. Every contract that 'Peter Sellers' (qv) signs includes a clause which

stipulates that his accomodation must have the bed facing East-West.

Chance says: ``I like to sleep with my head facing North.The attorney

he's with says ``But this bed is facing west!

  1. In different versions, the credits are either shown over retakes of

Chance saying a line that was not in the movie, or (for TV and video)

shown over TV white noise.

  • Belle of New York, The (1952)
  1. The vocals for 'Vera-Ellen' (qv) were dubbed by 'Anita Ellis' (qv).
  1. 'Mae West' (qv) was considered for the part of Mrs. Hill, but was too


  1. The song ``I Love to Beat the Big Bass Drum was written for the film but

not used.

  1. A scene with a dance to ``When I'm Out With the Belle of New York, by Vera-

Ellen and chorus, was cut from the film.

  • Belle of the Nineties (1934)
  1. Originally titled ``It Ain't No Sin, but after the newly formed Hayes

Office objected, the title was quickly changed, even though advertising had

already been printed.

  • Ben-Hur (1959)
  1. The rumor that the 'Stephen Boyd' (qv)'s double was killed during the

chariot race is false.

  1. The chariot race segment was directed by legendary stunt-man,

'Yakima Canutt' (qv).One of Canutt's sons doubled for

'Charlton Heston' (qv).During one of the crashes, in which Judah Ben-Hur's

horses jump over a crashed chariot, the younger Canutt was thrown from his

chariot onto the tongue of his chariot.He managed to climb back into his

chariot and bring it back under control (his only injury was a cut on the

chin).The sequence looked so good that it was included in the film, with a

close-up of Heston climbing back into the chariot.The cut on Canutt Jr's

chin was the only injury in the incredibly dangerous sequence.It is

rumored that the stuntmen were told that the winner of the race would

receive a $150 bonus.

  • Best Defense (1984)
  1. When Laura ('Kate Capshaw' (qv)) is waiting in a pick-up truck, she is

humming the theme song from

_Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv), a movie (also released

in 1984) that she appeared in.

  • Best Little Girl in the World, The (1981) (TV)
  1. Under medical supervision, 'Jennifer Jason Leigh' (qv) wasted down to 90

pounds for her role.

  • Beverly Hillbillies, The (1993)
  1. CAMEO(Buddy Ebsen): a private detective.Ebsen played Jed Clampett in

_"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)_ (qv).

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  1. Axel Foley originally going to be played by 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv) or

'Mickey Rourke' (qv).

  • Bewegte Mann, Der (1994)
  1. Based on the books ``Der Bewegte Mann and ``Pretty Baby, written by

cartoonist 'Ralf Koenig' (qv), who appears as a drag-queen.

  • Beyond the Forest (1949)
  1. In some parts of the US the scene in which Rosa induces a miscarriage by

jumping from an embankment were cut.

  • Beyond the Rainbow (1922)
  1. After submitting her photo in a magazine contest, 'Clara Bow' (qv) was

declared national winner and won a part in this motion picture.Her acting

was deemed so amateurish however, her scenes were cut before the picture's

release.When she later became a star, her scenes were reinstated and the

film was re-issued.

  • Bharat Mata (1956)
  1. During filming one of the sets caught on fire.'Sunil Dutt' (qv) saved

``Nargis [?].

  • Big Brawl, The (1980)
  1. Despite training in martial arts since the age of six, and having

choreographed his own fight scenes in many previous films, 'Jackie Chan' (qv)

was assigned a fight choreographer with only six years experience.

  • Big Broadcast of 1936, The (1935)
  1. The number ``It's the Animal in Me was originally intended for the movie

_We're Not Dressing (1934)_ (qv), but was cut from that film before release.

  • Big Chill, The (1983)
  1. Flashback scenes with 'Kevin Costner' (qv) as Alex filmed, but cut.He

is still visible as the body being dressed at the beginning of the film.

  1. As he fights off the bat, Harold hums the theme from

_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv), also written by

'Lawrence Kasdan' (qv).

  • Big Easy, The (1987)
  1. The orchestral music playing on the stereo while Anne is on the phone is

from the fourth act of [?] Puccini's Manon Lescaut, which takes place on an

arid plain just outside New Orleans.

  • Big House, The (1930)
  1. Director 'George W. Hill' (qv) threatened to fire anyone who ``acted, and

forbade makeup.

  • Big Picture, The (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Martin Short): agent.
  1. CAMEO(Eliot Gould): lawyer in the first student film.

  • Big Sleep, The (1946)
  1. Director 'Howard Hawks' (qv) and star 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) got into an

argument as to whether one of the characters was murdered or committed

suicide.The sent a wire to author 'Raymond Chandler' (qv) asking him to

settle the issue, but he replied that he didn't know either.

  1. The scene where Bogart and 'Lauren Bacall' (qv) make suggestive talk

about horses was added almost a year after filming was otherwise

complete, and the two performers had married in the meantime.

  • Big Steal, The (1990)
  1. A TV can be heard to be showing _Malcolm (1986)_ (qv), which has the same


  1. The car yard (set up in for the film in Victoria St Richmond an inner suburb

of Melbourne) was so real that the crew kept receiving genuine offers

from the public wishing to purchase the vehicles.

  • Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  1. Some of the lightning forms a Chinese symbol as it disappears.The symbol

translates as ``carpenter.This film was directed by

'John Carpenter' (qv).

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
  1. The original title of this film was ``Bill and Ted go to Hell but was

changed for obvious reasons.

  1. Bill's grandmother, ``Gramma S. Preston, Esquire is played by

'Alex Winter' (qv).

  1. The evil character from the future is called ``De Nomolos, which is

writer and producer 'Ed Solomon' (qv)'s name spelt backwards.

  1. 'William Sadler' (qv) (``Death), also plays a bit role as an Englishman

when we see various spots around the world when the Battle of the Bands is


  1. Sadler wrote the ``Reaper Rap, which is played over the closing credits.
  1. There are statues of 'David Niven' (qv)and 'Michael Powell' (qv) in heaven.
  1. References to _A Matter of Life and Death (1981) (TV)_ (qv),

_The Seventh Seal (1957)_ (qv).

  • Bill and Coo (1947)
  1. The players are real birds dressed like humans.

  • Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
  1. 'Michael Caine' (qv) performed most of his own stunts.During the final ice

flow scene, he almost slipped and fell into freezing water.

  1. Caine had originally signed a five picture deal, but when he was

reluctant to return to the role, producer 'Harry Saltzman' (qv) let him out

of the contract.

  • Birds, The (1963)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): at the start of the film walking two dogs

past the pet shop (the dogs were actually his own).

  1. Hitchcock tried to hire 'Joseph Stefano' (qv) (writer of

_Psycho (1960)_ (qv)) to write the script, but he wasn't interested in the

story.The final screenplay (from a 'Daphne Du Maurier' (qv) story) was

written by 'Evan Hunter' (qv), best known to detective story fans under his

pen name 'Ed McBain' (qv).

  1. Hitchcock spotted 'Tippi Hedren' (qv) in a diet drink commercial.
  1. The scene where Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie

took a week to shoot. The birds were attached to her clothes by long

nylon threads so they could not get away.

  1. The film does not finish with the usual ``THE END title because Hitchcock

wanted to give the impression of unending terror.

  1. An intended final shot with the Golden Gate bridge covered in birds was

not filmed because of cost.

  1. The poster for the movie said:``THE BIRDS IS COMING! irritating English

teachers nationwide.

  1. Hedren's daughter 'Melanie Griffith' (qv) claims she was given a present

by Hitchcock during the filming.It was a doll of her mother in a coffin,

which Hitchcock intended as a joke.

  1. Originally filmed in 3d, a fad of the time.By the time the picture was

ready for release, the fad had passed and the film was released in 2d.

Portions of the 3d footage are availabel ar the Alfred Hitchcock exhibit

at Universal Studios Florida.

  • Birth of a Nation, The (1915)
  1. Premiered in Los Angeles with the title ``The Clansman, after the

novel on which it was based.

  1. The black characters are played by white actors with make-up.

  • Birth of the Blues (1941)
  1. 'Bing Crosby' (qv)'s clarinet was dubbed by 'Danny Polo' (qv),

'Brian Donlevy' (qv)'s cornet by 'Poky Carriere' (qv).

  • Bishop's Wife, The (1947)
  1. This first filming was directed by 'William A. Seiter' (qv), but

'Samuel Goldwyn Jr.' (qv) didn't like it and so he asked 'Henry Koster' (qv)

for a completely new film.The preview-audience didn't like the new

version, so 'Billy Wilder' (qv) and 'Charles Brackett' (qv) had to rewrite

a couple of scenes without appearence in the credits.

  • Black Cat, The (1934)
  1. 'Boris Karloff' (qv)'s character is named after Austrian architect and

set designer 'Hjalmar Poelzig' (qv).

  • Black Hole, The (1979)
  1. Dr Reinhardt's ship is called the ``U.S.S. Cygnus.The first black hole

was discovered in the constellation Cygnus.

  • Black Rain (1989/I)
  1. 'Jackie Chan' (qv) turned down a role, as he didn't want to play a ``bad


  • Black to the Promised Land (1992)
  1. A scene where the students visit an Arab village and were stoned by the

residents was filmed but not included.

  • Black Widow (1986)
  1. CAMEO(David Mamet): playing poker with Debra Winger

  • Blackmail (1929)
  1. 'Anny Ondra' (qv)'s voice was dubbed by 'Joan Barry' (qv) because Ondra had a

thick German accent.Barry had to stand just off the set and read the

lines into a microphone as the film was shot.

  1. Much of the film was originally shot silent; when sound became available

during the course of shooting, director 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) re-shot

certain scenes with sound.

  1. A German-language version was produced at the same time, also directed

by Hitchcock.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): being bothered by a small boy on the


  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  1. Scriptwriter 'Andrew Bergman' (qv) originally named the lead character

``Tex X.

  1. Director 'Mel Brooks' (qv) plays a character called ``Le Petomane, which

was the stage name of a popular French performer (Joseph Pujol) from the

beginning of the 20th century.His specialty was telling stories punctuated

with flatulence.

  1. In the shot where the showbill for ``Lili von Schtupp, The Teutonic

Titwillow appears, the tune played on the honky-tonk piano in the

background is ``Springtime for Hitler from _The Producers (1968)_ (qv),

also directed by Brooks.

  1. The ``stinkin' badges line is from

_The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)_ (qv).

  1. The TV release has several extra scenes that weren't in the theatrical


# When Sheriff Bart is trying to capture Mongo, after he delivers the

``CandyGram for Mongo, it then shows a ``draw on the dummy sheriff game

that fires a cannon at Mongo.

# A scene where Bart convinces Mongo to go diving down a well for Spanish
Doubloons and Bart stops pumping air to the diving suit because it's time
for his lunch break.
# Escaping from the ``Bad guy queue, Jim and Bart encounter a Baptism
# Governor Le Petomane rides into the fake Rock Ridge in a stagecoach and
tries to talk to the fake people.
  1. Everyone in the town of Rockridge's last name is ``Johnson.
  1. CAMEO(Count Bassie): leader of the jazz band in the desert.
  1. DIRCAMEO(Mel Brooks): the aviator in the bad-guy queue.

  • Blind Date (1987)
  1. 'Madonna' (qv) and 'Sean Penn' (qv) were approached to star together in this

movie, but producers wanted to cast 'Bruce Willis' (qv) in the male lead, so

Madonna backed out.

  • Blink (1994)
  1. 'Dana Stevens' (qv)'s research into the screenplay revealed that delayed

vision is not ficticious.

  1. 'Madeleine Stowe' (qv) visited doctors at UCLA to study blindness.

'Aidan Quinn' (qv) and 'James Remar' (qv) spent time with the Chicago Police

department, and the line ``We will solve no crime before there's overtime

was provided by police force members.

  • Blood Alley (1955)
  1. 'Robert Mitchum' (qv) was fired from the film after an altercation in which

he shoved director 'William Wellman' (qv) into San Francisco Bay.

  • Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)
  1. References to: _An American Werewolf in London (1981)_ (qv) [more!]

  • Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1991)
  1. The prison inmates are watching _T.N.T. Jackson (1974)_ (qv).

  • Bloodsport (1987)
  1. 'Jean Claude Van Damme' (qv) was well-known in Europe as a kickboxer, but an

unknown in Hollywood.He spotted producer 'Menahem Golan' (qv) coming out

of a restuarant and getting into his car.He introduced himself, and then

did a 360 degree spinning kick, narrowly missing Golan's head.Golan signed

him the next day to star in this film.

  • Blown Away (1992)
  1. When Richie gets arrested, a police radio can be heard announcing the

capture of Dr. Richard Kimble from _"The Fugitive (TV)"_ (qv).

  • Blue Iguana, The (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Dean Stockwell):

  • Blue in the Face (1995)
  1. Filmed in just five days, using the same set and much of the same cast as

_Smoke (1995)_ (qv).The premise of the film came to directors

'Wayne Wang' (qv) and 'Paul Auster' (qv) while watching an improvisation

session between 'Harvey Keitel' (qv) et. al. to help them get into character

for filming _Smoke (1995)_ (qv).They decided that the improvisations were

so funny that they would spend a few days after shooting Smoke just filming

film is almost entirely improvised.Auster and Wang claim to have

``borrowed the idea of shooting another movie on the back of an existing

one from 'Roger Corman' (qv) who often used to shoot movies very quickly on

leftover sets from other productions.

  • Blue Skies (1946)
  1. Filming began with 'Paul Draper' (qv) as Jed Potter.Draper was fired over

either his impatience with 'Joan Caulfield' (qv), who was not a professional

dancer, or his stutter.He was replaced by 'Fred Astaire' (qv).

  • Blue Sky (1994)
  1. Completed in 1991, but not released until 1994 due to Orion Pictures'


  • Blue Tiger (1994)
  1. CAMEO(Michael Madsen): a gun salesman.Madsen is the brother of star

'Virginia Madsen' (qv).

  • Blues Brothers, The (1980)
  1. The ``Blues Brothers Band consists of already well-respected musicians, who

have recorded and written with the likes of Eric Clapton and Otis Redding.

  1. Every time we see the window in Elwood's apartment a train goes past.
  1. When the police car flips over in the mall, the police officer says ``Hey,

they broke my watch!This line is repeated after every major car crash.

  1. ``Murph and the Magictones have a pink Cadillac with the name of the band

painted on the side.After they re-join the Blues Brothers, the car has

``The Blues Brothers crudely spray-painted on it.

  1. Elwood never takes off his sunglasses, and Jake never takes off his hat.
  1. This film holds the world record for the number of cars crashed.
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [ipanema]: the music in the elevator.
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: the message on the billboard that the

cops were hiding behind.

  • Bob Roberts (1992)
  1. Writer/Director/Actor 'Tim Robbins' (qv) wrote a song called ``Revape

Amerika for _Tapeheads (1988)_ (qv).It was performed by ``Bob Roberts.

Robbins reworked the song into ``Retake America.

  1. A soundtrack album was not made becuase Robbins didn't want the songs played

outside of the movie's context.

  • Body Double (1984)
  1. Porn star 'Annette Haven' (qv) was originally cast for the role of

``Holly, but Columbia Pictures decided to turn her down when their

executives saw what kind of movies she had been making.Haven

later stated that she was happy because of that, because she hadn't

liked the script and hadn't liked to be in a film with gory violence.

  • Bodyguard, The (1992)
  1. This film was originally proposed in the mid-70's, starring 'Diana Ross' (qv)

and 'Steve McQueen' (qv), but was rejected as ``too controversial.

  1. Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the ``horse's head in the bed

mansion in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).

  1. Rachel and Frank go and see _Yojimbo (1961)_ (qv), which was released in

the United States as ``The Bodyguard.

  • Bohemian Girl, The (1936)
  1. This was 'Thelma Todd' (qv)'s last screen appearance before her controversial

death. In an attempt to avoid associating the film with the notoriety

surrounding the event, the plot was altered and many of her already-filmed

scenes were re-shot.

  • Bonfire of the Vanities, The (1990)
  1. 'Alan Arkin' (qv) (Judge Myron Kovitzky) was replaced late in preproduction

by 'Morgan Freeman' (qv) and the character renamed; mostly because of

scheduling problems.This decision cost over $2 million.

  1. 'F. Murray Abraham' (qv)'s contract for this movie stipulated that his name

appear above the title in the advertising, or not at all.Since the

producers already had 'Tom Hanks' (qv), 'Melanie Griffiths' (qv),

'Bruce Willis' (qv) and Freeman above the title, Abraham chose not to be


  1. The production is extensively documented in ``The Devil's Candy by Julie

Salamon (ISBN 0-385-30824-8)

  • Border Patrol (1943)
  1. CAMEO(Robert Mitchum):

  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Abbie Hoffman): a war/draft protester.
  1. CAMEO(Ron Kovic): WWII veteran in the parade at the beginning.
  1. DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): a TV reporter.

  • Born To Be Bad (1950)
  1. The film had two endings.Director 'Nicholas Ray' (qv) raised the

issue of a director's right to final cut, and at this time the collective

contract with directors did not stipulate this right.

  • Born to Dance (1936)
  1. 'Judy Garland' (qv) was originally cast as one of the three girls at the

club, with 'Frances Langford' (qv) as Lucy James.Garland was replaced

by Langford, and 'Virginia Bruce' (qv) replaced Langford as Lucy.

  1. 'Allan Jones' (qv) was intended fo Ted Barker, but the role went to

'James Stewart' (qv).

  • Botany Bay (1953)
  1. The figurehead on the prow of the ship is a full body and face cast of

'Jan Sterling' (qv).

  • Boxcar Bertha (1972)
  1. According to both 'David Carradine' (qv) and 'Barbara Hershey' (qv), their

sex scene was not faked.

  • Boxing Helena (1993)
  1. 'Kim Bassinger' (qv) pulled out of the title role, and was sucessfully sued

for $9 million for violation of a verbal contract.

  • Boy and His Dog, A (1975)
  1. Screenplay started by 'Harlan Ellison' (qv), who wrote the novella on which

it is based.Ellison encountered writer's block, and so producer

'Alvy Moore' (qv) and 'L.Q. Jones' (qv) took over and wrote the script.

Ellison saw nothing of the film until the premier, at which he was sitting

next to Moore.Ellison praised the film, to the relief of Moore, but there

are rumors that Ellison later condemned the film.

  • Boy Friend, The (1971)
  1. CAMEO(Glenda Jackson):

  • Boys in Company C, The (1978)
  1. Drill Instructor played by 'R Lee Ermey' (qv), a former US Marines Drill


  • Boyz N the Hood (1991)
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Singleton): the mailman.

  • Brain Damage (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Kevin VanHentenryck): on a subway, carrying a wicker basket.

VanHentenryck appeared in _Basket Case (1982)_ (qv),

_Basket Case 2 (1990)_ (qv), and _Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1992)_ (qv),

all also directed by 'Frank Henenlotter' (qv).In these three films,

VanHentenryck's character carries his deformed twin brother around in a

wicker basket.

  • Brain Dead (1990)
  1. [Bill Pullman] mentions that he went to ``Miskatonic University, the

college where _Re-Animator (1985)_ (qv) took place.Miskatonic University

is supposedly located in Arkham, MA, a fictional town created by

'H.P. Lovecraft' (qv).

  • Brain Eaters, The (1958)
  1. The producers of this movie were sued by 'Robert Heinlein' (qv), who

claimed the plot stole several elements of his novel, ``The Puppet Masters.

  1. CAMEO(Leonard Nimoy):

  • Braindead (1992)
  1. During the lawnmower scene, blood was pumped at five gallons per second.

  • Brainstorm (1983)
  1. 'Natalie Wood' (qv) died before filming was complete, thus the ending had to

be constructed from scenes shot earlier.

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
  1. 'Winona Ryder' (qv) saw the script when it was originally going to be made

as a TV movie, directed by 'Michael Apted' (qv).She took the script to

'Francis Coppola' (qv), whom she had not spoken to since withdrawing

from _The Godfather: Part III_ (qv) due to exhaustion six months earlier.

Coppola agreed to make the film, and Apted stayed on as executive producer.

  1. In an attempt to elicit more emotion, Coppola shouted ``whore and ``slut

while filming the scene when Van Helsing catches Mina with Dracula.

  1. 'Anthony Hopkins' (qv) also plays Chesare, the priest who tells Dracula that

Elisabeta's soul is damned.

  • Brats (1930)
  1. The framed photograph next to the clock on the mantlepiece is of

'Jean Harlow' (qv).

  • Brave (1994)
  1. In some shots, the girl's lover is suddenly replace by 'Steve Hogarth' (qv).
  1. Song changes from the album:
# paper lies:not included
# the great escape:alternative ending,

  • Brave Bulls, The (1951)
  1. Filmed in the spring of 1950, but not released until the following year
because producer-director 'Robert Rossen' (qv) was under investigation by the
House Un-American Activities Committee.

  • Braveheart (1995)
  1. Several of the major battle scenes had to be reshot, as extras were seen

wearing sunglasses and wristwatches.

  1. Director/producer 'Mel Gibson' (qv) was investigated by the RSPCA, who were

convinced that the fake horses used were real.

  • Brazil (1985)
  1. Lots of significant names:
# Mr Kurtzman (German for ``short man): small in stature and success.Named
after the editor of ``Help (Harvey Kurtzman), a magazine that Gilliam
worked for in the mid-60s.It was at a photo shoot for this magazine that
Gilliam met 'John Cleese' (qv), who would later invite him to join the Monty
Python team.
# Mr Helpman: ``helped Sam
# Mr Warrenn: works in a rabbit-warren style place: a maze of corridors
# Harvey Lime, possibly a reference to Harry Lime in

_The Third Man (1949)_ (qv).

  1. Gilliam had trouble with studio producers over the black ending he wanted on

the film.The producers wanted a ``happy Hollywood film which eliminated

(among other things) the final transition and a critical line of dialog which

reveals the fate of Jill.These changes were made, and this ``butchered

version was shown on US television at least once.Gilliam threatened to

disown the film, and consequently the cinematic release and all videotape

versions show the film essentially as he intended it to be seen (although

the US cinematic release still omitted the line about Jill).

  1. The ``young Mrs Lowry was played by both 'Kim Greist' (qv) and

'Katherine Helmond' (qv).

  1. Gilliam tested more than a half-dozen actors to play the part of Jill,

interviewing or testing 'Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv), 'Rebecca De Mornay' (qv),

'Rae Dawn Chong' (qv), 'Joanna Pakula' (qv), 'Rosanna Arquette' (qv),

'Kelly McGillis' (qv), 'Ellen Barkin' (qv), and he even considered

'Madonna' (qv).Gilliam's personal favorite was Barkin.

  1. The book ``The Battle of Brazil details the production of this movie.
  1. References to _Potemkin (1925)_ (qv).
  1. The theme song (which Sam listens to in his car) was also featured in

_Brazil (1944)_ (qv).

  1. DIRCAMEO(Terry Gilliam): the smoker in the Shangri-La tower who bumps

into Sam.

  • Breakfast Club, The (1985)
  1. The guidance counselor's desk has a name plaque which says ``R. Hashimoto.

'Richard Hashimoto' (qv) was the production supervisor.

  1. A prom queen election poster contains the name of 'Michelle Manning' (qv),

who co-produced the film.

  1. Director 'John Hughes' (qv) insisted that the entire cast and crew eat their

meals on location in the Maine East High School cafeteria.

  • Brewster McCloud (1970)
  1. Daphne Heap ('Margaret Hamilton' (qv)) is shown wearing ruby slippers,

a reference to Hamilton's role in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).

  1. Suzanne's apartment features a poster for _MASH (1970)_ (qv), also directed

by 'Robert Altman' (qv).

  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  1. When the castle is self-destructing, the Doctor can be seen against the far

wall. Yet he is next seen outside in the arms of his beloved, watching the

explosions.There were two endings originally: the first had Doctor

Frankenstein dying within the castle and this was filmed.But the producers

judged this a bit harsh and wanted a happy ending, so they shot the extra

footage (too expensive to re-film the explosions).

  • Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
  1. The bridge set took eight months to construct, and thirty seconds to


  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  1. Susan pretends that she and David ('Cary Grant' (qv)) are gangsters.The

underworld nickname she gives police for David is ``Jerry the Nipper, a

nickname that Jerry (Grant) had in _The Awful Truth (1937)_ (qv).

  • Broadcast News (1987)
  1. 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) was niether credited nor paid for his role, at his

own request.He didn't want to distract from the leads.

  • Broadminded (1931)
  1. CAMEO(Bela Lugosi): man whose hot dog was stolen.

  • Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
  1. Rumors say that 'Eleanor Powell'(qv) didn't want at first to play in the

movie but was to polite to tell MGM officials directly.She asked for the

leading role and an exorbitant salary, and MGM accepted her demands.

  • Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
  1. For the number ``Your Broadway and Mine, the set is decorated with the

names of Broadway stars from the 1910s and 1920s.When Alice (played

by 'Sophie Tucker' (qv)) starts talking about former times, Tucker's

name can be seen at least twice in the background.

  1. The song ``Dear Mr. Gable was a birthday present for 'Clark Gable' (qv)'s

36th birthday.Composer and arranger 'Roger Edens' (qv) adapted the

old song ``You Made Me Love You by 'James Monaco' (qv).

It was sung at Gable's birthday party by a young 'Judy Garland' (qv).

Producer 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv) was so impressed by it, that he gave order to

let Garland sing it again in the next great musical MGM was going to produce.

  • Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
  1. Planned to be shot in TechniColor, but made in black and white.
  1. The fur coat running gag was based on the real-life ploy of talent agent

'Doc Shurr' (qv).

  1. The vocals for 'Carmen D'Antonio' (qv) were dubbed by 'Lois Hodnett' (qv).

  • Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
  1. Some of the musical numbers were originally filmed for

_The Long March of Time (1930)_ (qv).

  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1978) (TV)
  1. Some footage was taken from _"Battlestar Galactica" (1978)_ (qv),

along with many props.

  • Bugsy Malone (1976)
  1. 'Jodie Foster' (qv)'s singing was dubbed.Director 'Alan Parker' (qv)

regrets this later, when Foster goes on to be a major star.

  • Bullitt (1968)
  1. 'Steve McQueen' (qv) drove both cars in the chase scene.The director

called for speeds of about 75-80 mph, but the cars (including the ones

containing the cameras) reached speeds of over 110 mph.

  • Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [theme]: The Blonde, Sentenza, and Tusco
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]

  • Bus Stop (1956)
  1. 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) objected to the color of 'Hope Lange' (qv)'s hair,

claiming that it was too fair and detracted from her own.As a result,

Lange's hair was darkened.

  1. 'Don Murray' (qv) suffered painful facial cuts when Monroe over-did a scene

in which she had to slap him with the sequined tail of her costume.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  1. 'Warren Beatty' (qv) turned down the role of Sundance to in favour of

a role in _Only Game in Town, The (1970)_ (qv).

  • C'era una volta il west (1969)
  1. The credits run over the first 14 minutes of the film.
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [theme]: Harmonica, Frank, and Cheyenne.
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): Music is by 'Ennio Morricone' (qv).
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]: in most gun-fight scenes.

  • Cadillac Man (1990)
  1. 'Robin Williams' (qv) quotes 'James Dean' (qv) from

_Rebel Without a Cause (1955)_ (qv): ``I've got the bullets goddamned!

  1. CAMEO(Elaine Stritch): widow.

  • Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom (1994)
  1. Billed as a sequel to _Caged Heat (1974)_ (qv), but features different


  • Cagey Canary, The (1941)
  1. 'Robert Clampett' (qv) completed the film after director 'Tex Avery' (qv)

left Warner Brothers.

  • Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
  1. 'Richard Widmark' (qv) was chosen for the lead role, but producer

'Stanley Kramer' (qv) wanted 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv).

  1. Preparations for filming took 15 month: US Navy refused

supporting the movie, because the story aims at a Navy mutiny.

  • California Suite (1978)
  1. CAMEO(James Coburn): piloting a light plane in the movie-in-the-movie.

  • Caligula (1980)
  1. Disappointed at the lack of nudity in the final cut, producer

'Bob Guccione' (qv) included extra footage of models taking off their


  • Call Me Madam (1953)
  1. 'Carole Richards' (qv) dubbed 'Vera-Ellen' (qv)'s singing.

  • Campana del Infierno, La (1973)
  1. Director 'Claudio Hill' (qv) fell from the tower housing the title bell on

the last day of shooting and was killed. The film was completed by

'Juan Antonio Bardem' (qv).

  • Can-Can (1960)
  1. During filming, 'Nikita Khurshchev' (qv) visited the set with his wife.He

reportedly was shocked by the open sexuality on display, and remarked:

``The face of mankind is prettier than its backside.

  • Canary Murder Case, The (1929)
  1. Originally shot as a silent in 1928.'Louise Brooks' (qv) refused to return

from Germany for the dubbing.

  • Cape Fear (1991)
  1. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) paid a dentist $5,000 to make his teeth look suitably

bad for the role of Max Cady.After filming, he paid $20,000 to have them


  1. De Niro was tattooed with vegetable dyes, which fade after a few months.
  1. 'Gregory Peck' (qv), who starred in _Cape Fear (1962)_ (qv), appears

as Cady's lawyer.

  1. 'Robert Mitchum' (qv), played Max Cady in the 1962 version, and appears as

Lieutenant Elgart.

  1. 'Martin Balsam' (qv) played Mark Dutton in the 1962 version and the judge in

this version.

  1. Scene in high school auditorium totally ad-libbed by De Niro and

'Juliette Lewis' (qv), and done on the first take.

  1. DIRTRADE(Martin Scorsese): [mother]: fruit stand customer.

  • Caprice (1967)
  1. Patricia ('Doris Day' (qv)) goes to see a Doris Day film.

  • Capricorn One (1978)
  1. One of the stunt helicopter pilots claimed this film was the most dangerous

film he'd ever flown for.He was killed in a crash soon after filming


  • Career Opportunities (1991)
  1. CAMEO(John Candy):

  • Carefree (1938)
  1. Originally intended to be shot in color, but the extra cost of 1.5 cents per

foot was too much.

  1. 'Irving Berlin' (qv)'s song ``The Night Is Filled With Music was cut from

the final version of the film.

  • Carlito's Way (1993)
  1. Director 'Brian DePalma' (qv) wanted to shoot the climax of the film at

the World Trade Center in New York but unfortunately it was bombed, and

he had to shoot it in ``another railway station again.See

_The Untouchables (1987)_ (qv).

  • Carnival Boat (1932)
  1. Working titles were ``Timber Beast and then ``Bad Timber.

  • Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
  1. CAMEO(Leonide Massine): the film's coreographer is the unnamed ``famous

dancer with Vera-Ellen in the first production scene

  • Carrie (1976)
  1. 'Carrie Fisher' (qv) originally cast as Carrie, but refused to do the

nude scenes.She eventually swapped roles with 'Sissy Spacek' (qv), who

was cast in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).

  • Carry On Doctor (1967)
  1. 'Sid James' (qv) spent most of his screen time in bed, as he had recently

suffered a heart attack.

  • Carry On Emmanuelle (1978)
  1. 'Barbara Windsor' (qv) was going to appear in this film, but once she had

read the script and had seen a few scenes already filmed, she declined to

take part, as she described the film as a ``porn movie.

'Kenneth Williams' (qv) said that he saw nothing in it which he would

describe as ``porn.

  • Casablanca (1942)
  1. ``Rick Blaine's was modelled after Hotel El Minzah in Tanger.
  1. Rick never says ``Play it again, Sam.He says: ``You played

it for her, you can play it for me.Play it!.Ilsa says ``Play it, Sam.

Play `As Time Goes By.

  1. 'Dooley Wilson' (qv) (Sam) was a professional drummer who faked playing the

piano. As the music was recorded at the same time as the film, the piano

playing was actually a recording of a performance by 'Elliot Carpenter' (qv),

being played behind a curtain.

  1. Producer 'Hal B. Wallis' (qv) nearly made the character Sam a female.

'Hazel Scott' (qv), 'Lena Horne' (qv), and 'Ella Fitzgerald' (qv) were

tested for the role.

  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv)'s wife continually accused him of having an affair

with 'Ingrid Bergman' (qv), often confronting him in his dressing room

before a shot.Bogart would come onto the set in a rage.

  1. Wallis originally had 'Ronald Reagan' (qv) and 'Ann Sheridan' (qv) in mind

for the lead roles.'Pan Brennan' (qv), another producer, then said he

thought Bogart was the most appealing of all Warners' stars to women.

Meanwhile 'George Raft' (qv) was angling for the part with

'Jack Warner' (qv), but Wallis eventually chose Bogart.

  1. 'Paul Heinreid' (qv) was loaned to Warner's for the role of Victor Lazlo by

Selznick International pictures against his will.He was concerned that

playing a secondar y character would ruin his career as a leading romantic


  1. Bergman complained that she didn't know who her character was supposed to be

in love with.

  1. Two contradicting endings were scheduled to be filmed, but the first one

worked so well that they used it.

  1. The budget was so small they couldn't use a real plane in the back ground at

the airport. Instead, it is a small cardboard cutout. To give the illusion

that the plane was full-sized, they used midgets to portray the crew

preparing the plane for take-off.

  1. This film was rewritten daily during filming, made on a shoestring budget,

hastily released, and expected to bomb.

  1. Many of the actors who played the Nazis were Jewish.
  1. The timely real-life invasion of Casablanca was used to promote this film,

and undoubtedly contributed to its success.

  1. Many of the shadows were painted onto the set. [rumor]
  1. Based on the play ``Everybody Comes to Rick's by 'Murray [???]' (qv), it

was renamed to ``Casablanca, hoping to emulate the success of the recently

released _Algiers (1938)_ (qv).

  1. Wallis thought of the film's last line 3 weeks after shooting ended, and

Bogart was called back to dub it.

  • Casino Royale (1967)
  1. 'Peter Sellers' (qv) and 'Orson Welles' (qv) hated each so much that the

filming of the scene where both of them face each other across a gaming

table actually took place on different days with a double standing in for

one the actors.

  1. Sellers often caused interruptions by leaving the set for days at a time.
  1. A brief snippet of the title tune to _What's New, Pussycat (1965)_ (qv)

(which had many cast members in common) can be heard.

  1. At least one-half hour of the film ended on the cutting room floor and is now


  1. Numerous screenwriters and directors contributed bits to the film and were

uncredited: 'Billy Wilder' (qv) (the ``Nobody's Perfect tag line) and

'Terry Southern' (qv) (the war room in Berlin) among them.

  1. An enormous Taj Mahal-type set was designed for the film but never built.

  • CB4 (1993)
  1. References to: _Wayne's World (1992)_ (qv),

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), _Boyz N the Hood (1991)_ (qv),

_Colors (1988)_ (qv) [more?]

  • Chambara Fufu (1930)
  1. Casting was done the very day director 'Mikio Naruse' (qv)

got the script from the studio head. The next day he found the locations,

then shot for 36 hours running.

  • Chance at Heaven (1933)
  1. 'Marian Nixon' (qv) replaced 'Dorothy Wilson' (qv) in the role of Glory


  • Chariots of Fire (1981)
  1. The ``male military band featured several women disguised with false


  • Charley Varrick (1973)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): a table tennis player.

  • Charlie Chan's Chance (1932)
  1. Currently believed to be lost.
  1. The only film in the series that boasts the involvement of the creator of

Charlie Chan, 'Earl Derr Biggers' (qv), who is credited with ``added

suggestions to the screenplay.

  • Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)
  1. believed to be lost.

  • Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)
  1. Believed to be lost.

  • Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen (1916)
  1. 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) released this two reel comedy in 1915, shortly before

leaving Essanay.That studio then padded the film with two more reels of

non-Chaplin material and re-released it as a four-reel film in 1916.

  • Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams (1981)
  1. CAMEO(Paul Reubens):
  1. CAMEO(Timothy Leary):

  • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
  1. Director 'John Ford' (qv) deliberately only allowed one take, so that actors

would remain nervous.

  • Children of Divorce (1927)
  1. Some scenes supposedly directed by 'Josef von Sternberg' (qv).

  • China Seas (1935)
  1. While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they

were washed away by 50 tons of water.

  • China Syndrome, The (1979)
  1. Apart from the title song ``Somewhere In Between by _Stephen Bishop_ (qv),

there is no background music in the entire picture.

  • Chinatown (1974)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Roman Polanski): the hood who slits Jake's nose.
  1. Polanski actually cut 'Jack Nicholson' (qv)'s nose.

  • Chinese Parrot, The (1928)
  1. No prints of this film are known to exist.

  • Chopin # Bilder einer Trennung (1993)
  1. Dialog in this film taken directly from correspondence.

  • Chopping Mall (1986)
  1. CAMEO(Paul Bartel): the same character he played in

_Eating Raoul (1982)_ (qv), another 'Roger Corman' (qv) production.

  1. CAMEO(Mary Woronov): the same character she played in

_Eating Raoul (1982)_ (qv), another 'Roger Corman' (qv) production.

  • Chow Hound (1951)
  1. Names of Warner Brothers staff in the newspaper want ads.

  • Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
  1. To reach high authenticity the whole crew crossed the Atlantic Ocean

from Spain to America in three original ships provided by the

Spanish government.

  • Chump at Oxford, A (1940)
  1. The scenes of the employment agency and dinner party were originally filmed

for the 63 minute version released overseas simultaneously with the USA 42

minute print.

  • Church, The (1991)
  1. [Thomas Arana] opens a door with a key.The key ring is one of the ones

given away as a promotion for _The Adventures Baron Munchausen (1989)_ (qv),

for which director 'Michele Soavi' (qv) was the second unit director.

  • Cincinnati Kid, The (1965)
  1. Original director 'Sam Peckinpah' (qv) was fired one week into production.

  • Circle of Iron (1979)
  1. The script for this movie was intented for a project starring

'Bruce Lee' (qv) and 'James Coburn' (qv), based on Lee's idea to present

the philosophy that underlies martial arts training.The project died

when Lee died during the making of _Game of Death (1979)_ (qv).The project

was revived with 'David Carradine' (qv) taking Coburn's part and

'Jeff Cooper' (qv) taking Lee's.See also: _"Kung Fu" (1972)_ (qv).

  • Circus, The (1928)
  1. 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) went to New York and had a nervous breakdown after

about two-thirds of the film had been shot.

  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  1. Originally titled ``John Citizen, U.S.A..
  1. 'William Randolph Hearst' (qv) was incensed by this movie.The movie was

obviously based on Hearst's life, and according to an essay written for

the New York Review of Books by 'Gore Vidal' (a close friend of Hearst's)

``Rosebud was his Hearst's name for long-time mistress

'Marion Davies' (qv)' clitoris.

  1. One of the voices of the reporters watching the newsreel at the beginning

belongs to 'Joseph Cotten' (qv).

  1. The scene where Kane destroys Susan's room after she's left him was done on

the first take.Director/star 'Orson Welles' (qv)' hands were bleeding, and

he is quoted as saying ``I really felt it.

  1. Welles privately watched _Stagecoach (1939)_ (qv) about 40 times while making

this film.

  1. When asked by friends how Kane's last words would be known when he died

alone, Welles reportedly started for a long time before saying ``Don't you

even tell anyone of this.

  • City Girl (1930)
  1. Director 'Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau' (qv) wanted the title of the film to be

``Our Daily Bread. After differences with the producers he left, and an

asisstant director finished it.

  • City Slickers (1991)
  1. 'Billy Crystal' (qv) co-wrote the story, but is not given on-screen credit.
  1. Some trailers feature a scene where someone's spurs are caught on a rail, but

this scene is not in the movie.

  1. The cow-giving-birth used a puppet calf, as several takes were wanted.The

shot of Norman getting to his feet was real footage taken just after birth.

Crystal actually assisted in the delivery.Six calves were used in

all, and Crystal arranged for them all to live full lives on a farm.

  • Claudine (1974)
  1. 'Diana Sands' (qv) was chosen for the female lead role, but she died

of cancer shortly before shooting of the film began.

  • Cleopatra (1963)
  1. 'Elizabeth Taylor' (qv) converted to Judaism during the shooting, which

prevented it being shown in Egypt and other Arab countries.

  • Clerks (1994)
  1. Financed largely by credit cards and money borrowed from family and friends.
  1. Filmed at the same store in which director 'Kevin Smith' (qv) was

working at the time.

  1. The original ending showed Dante getting shot and killed during a


  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  1. Set in Colorado, but filmed in Italy.The American Enivornmental Protection

Authority wouldn't allow filming in America for fear of the damage that

could be left by the film crew.Italy was chosen because it had spectacular

mountains that are similar to the Colorado Rockies.The production crew

paid a very large deposit against clean-up costs.

  1. 31 well-known climbers were signed up, including 'Ron Kauk' (qv) and

'Wolfgang Gullich' (qv).Gullich performed many of the film's stunts.

  1. Kauk was 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv)'s stunt double and really had to bulk up.

He ate 5 carbohydrate-heavy meals a day and pumped a lot of iron. The

trainer wanted to have him eat a sixth meal in the middle of the night.

Kauk also doubled for 'Leon' (qv), a 6'3 black actor, and

'Janine Turner' (qv).

  1. To demonstrate his faith in the safety equipment, director

'Renny Harlin' (qv) put on a harness and flung himself out on a cable over a


  1. An avid golfer, Stallone found that climbing roughed up his hands and

consequently messed up his game. He had a net on the set for practice.The

models he was dating complained about his rough hands.

  1. Electrical storms hit during filming, knocking down 5 crew members.Climber

Earl Wiggins was hit 3 times, but was only slightly injured.During a later

storm, crew members had fun taking pictures of each other with their hair

standing on end while the climbers pointed out the wisdom of evacuating.

  1. The background for many of the scenes was generated by an IBM Power

Visualization System.

  1. Sneak-preview audiences saw a scene where a rabbit gets killed by gunfire.

Their reaction was strong enough for Stallone to invest $100,000 of his

own money to have the scene re-shot so that the rabbit escaped.

  1. The credits include a message which explains that the Black Diamond harness

used in the opening scene was specially modified so that it would fail.

  1. The stuntman who did the air-to-air transfer (Simon Crane) actually couldn't

get inside the second plane, but good editing gives the appearance that he


  1. One of the buckles on the horse's bridle is a piece of climbing equipment.
  1. DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin): [finland]: one of the parachutes looks like

the Finnish flag.

  • Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
  1. The film rights were sold for ``a few hundred dollars, but then re-sold

for a much larger amount.Before director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) become

involved in the film, several different casts were considered for Alex

and his droogs: girls in miniskirts, old-age pensioners, and

'The Rolling Stones' (qv).

  1. _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv) (also directed by Kubrick) soundtrack

highly visible in record store.

  1. The book that Frank Alexander is working on when Alex and his droogs break

into is home is called ``A Clockwork Orange.Author

'Anthony Burgess' (qv) uses a pun on the Malay word ``Ourang.Burgess

lived for several years in Malaya.The attack on his wife was based on an

attack on Burgess' wife by four American GIs during WWII, which caused

her to miscarry.

  1. The newspaper article gives Alex's last name as ``Burgess.
  1. The photo-montage when Alex clobbers the old lady are mostly the paintings

the old lady has hanging in her room.

  1. Alexander's bodyguard was played by professional bodybuilder

'David Prowse' (qv).Even so, he was near exhaustion after the repeated

takes of him carrying Alexander and his wheelchair down the stairs.

  1. Many phallic symbols: snake crawling between the legs of the woman in the

poster, the popsicles held by the girls in the record store, the tip of

Alex's walking stick, the object used by Alex to kill the woman.

  1. Kubrick deliberately made continuity errors just before the author worked

out who Alex is.The dishes on the table move around and the level of

wine in the glasses change between shots to give a feeling of

disorientation to the viewer.

  1. The film was withdrawn voluntarily by Kubrick from the United Kingdom after

being criticized as too violent.Kubrick has stated that the film will be

released there only after his death.

  1. The film leaves out chapter 21 of the book, where Alex starts thinking

about getting married and settling down.Burgess said: ``A vindication of

free will had become an exhaltation of the urge to sin. I was worried. The

British version of the book shows Alex growing up and putting violence

by as a childish toy; Kubrick confessed that he did not know this version:

an American, though settled in England, he had followed the only version

that Americans were permitted to know. I cursed Eric Swenson of W. W.

Norton (the US publisher).

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: Alex vs Government vs


  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Alexander, when he realizes who

Alex is.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [114]: The Durango's license plate is ``CRM-114'.

Alex is also given ``Serum 114 when he undergoes the Ludovico treatment.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  1. The working title was ``Watch the Skies, the closing words from

_The Thing From Another World (1951)_ (qv).These words also can be heard

in the cartoon that wakes Neary.

  1. 'Jerry Garcia' (qv) can be spotted in the crowd in India.
  1. Barry is shown to be surprised by the extraterrestrials.Director

'Steven Spielberg' (qv) dressed up in a gorilla suit and was off camera while

'Cary Guffey' (qv)'s reaction was filmed.

  1. In the original version, there is a long scene of Roy Neary tears up his and

a neighbor's back yard for materials with which to build a model of Devil's

Tower.This scene is not in ``The Special Edition but was replaced by a

scene (the night before) in which his wife discovers him crying, fully

clothed, under a running hot shower.A family fight ensues, but this entire

scene was not seen in the original version.Also, additional footage was

shot for ``The Special Edition that shows Neary inside the alien

mothership at the end of the movie.

  1. SFX man 'Douglas Trumbull' (qv) created the cloud effects by injecting white

paint into tanks of salt and fresh water.

  1. It is possible to see an upside down R2-D2 (from

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), etc) in part of the large spacecraft that flys over

Devil's Mountain.The SFX people needed more detail, and so supposedly

there are many more such items, such as a shark from _Jaws (1975)_ (qv)

(also directed by Spielberg), etc.R2-D2 is visible as Jillian first sees

the mothership up close from her hiding place in the rocks.

  1. The watch that Neary wears only shows the time when he presses a button

on it. During filming the watch remains blank. This is to avoid continuity


  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Jillian is a single mother; Roy leaves

his family to follow his intuition.

  • Clue (1985)
  1. Three endings were shot, and a random one shown at each theatre.All three

are included on video.

  • Clueless (1995)
  1. Cher's last name is given as ``Horowitz, but shown on her report card as

``Hamilton.This may be an in-joke, as director 'Amy Heckerling' (qv)'s

previously directed _Fast Times and Ridgemont High (1982)_ (qv), which

featured a Stacey Hamilton.

  • Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
  1. 'Beverly D'Angelo' (qv) and 'Sissy Spacek' (qv) did all their own singing.

  • Coeur en hiver, Un (1992)
  1. 'Emmanuelle Beart' (qv) actually learned how to play the violin for the part.

  • Cold Feet (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Jeff Bridges): bartender

  • Color of Money, The (1986)
  1. The voice explaining 8-ball is director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s.

  • Color Purple, The (1985)
  1. Producers 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) and 'Kathleen Kennedy' (qv) cast

'Margaret Avery' (qv) after 'Tina Turner' (qv) turned it down.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Nettie's father

  • Colors (1988)
  1. Producer 'Robert H. Solo' (qv) hired real gang members as guardians as

well as actors. Two of them were shot during filming.

  • Come and Get It (1936)
  1. Director 'Howard Hanks' (qv) was replaced by 'William Wyler' (qv) after

Hanks was rude to producer 'Sam Goldwyn' (qv).

  • Comfort and Joy (1984)
  1. 'Mark Knopfler' (qv), lead singer of Dire Straits, wrote the soundtrack for

this film.Lyrics from a previous Dire Straits album ``Love Over Gold are

used as dialog in the film: ``I hear the terrible twins came to call on

you is similar to: ``I hear the seven deadly sins came to call on you,

and ``The bigger they are, baby, the harder they fall on you are both

lyrics from the song ``It Never Rains.

  • Coming Home (1978)
  1. 'Jane Fonda' (qv) had a body double for her sex scene with

'Jon Voight' (qv).

  • Coming to America (1988)
  1. 'Eddie Murphy' (qv) was required to give away 19% of his earnings to

co-writer 'Art Buchwald' (qv) because Murphy did not mention that they

developed the story together.

  1. Airport scenes in _Into the Night (1985)_ (qv) and

_Coming to America (1988)_ (qv) have a call over the PA system for a

``Mr Frank Ozkerwitz to pick up the white courtesy phone.This is

'Frank Oz' (qv)'s real name.

  1. The bums that pickup the money that the Prince ('Eddie Murphy' (qv)) drops

are the ``Duke Brothers from _Trading Places (1983)_ (qv) (also directed by

'John Landis' (qv)).In that movie, Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) was

responsible for The Dukes losing their fortune.

  1. The predatory woman in the bar was played by 'Arsenio Hall' (qv).
  1. All characters in the barber shop (including the caucasians) are played by

Murphy, Hall, [and another black comedian].

  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: on a movie poster in the subway

station (the movie claims to star 'Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv), who appeared in

Landis' _Trading Places (1983)_ (qv)).Another poster is visible in

Ophelia's apartment.

  • Commando (1985)
  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back, Bennet!

  • Commitments, The (1991)
  1. The producers wanted 'Andrew Stong' (qv)'s father to audition for one of the

roles.He brought his 16-year old son along, who then landed the lead role.

  1. One of the audition songs is the title song from _Fame (1980)_ (qv) (also

directed by 'Alan Parker' (qv)).

  1. Jimmy is asked if he has brought _Mississippi Burning (1988)_ (qv) (also

directed by Parker) with him on the bus.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Alan Parker): the record producer in the studio near the end

of the film.A cardboard cut-out of him can also be seen in the background

in a video shop, and cassettes of his films are on the shelves.

  • Company of Killers (1970)
  1. Originally intended as a TV movie named ``The Protectors, but released

theatrically with this new name.

  • Conan the Barbarian (1981)
  1. 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and 'Sandahl Bergman' (qv) did their own

stunts, as they couldn't find suitable body doubles.

  1. To give the characters' costumes a more authentic and ``lived-in look,

'Dino DeLaurentiis' (qv) had the cast members wear their costumes both

during rehearsals and the actual scene shoots.

  1. 'Sandahl Bergman' (qv)'s character is never refered to by name during

the film.The name ``Valeria is given in the credits.

  1. Director 'John Milius' (qv) is an avid surfer.Bergman and

'Gerry Lopez' (qv) are professional surfers.

  1. Schwarzenegger had to tone down his workout, as his arm/chest muscles were

so big that he couldn't wield a sword properly.

  1. The swordmaster was played by 'Kiyoshi Yamazaki' (qv), swordmaster for the

actors in the film.

  1. The fake blood used in the film came in the form of a concentrate which had

to be mixed with water prior to use.Due to the cold weather, it was mixed

with vodka (as an anti-freeze) instead.In the scenes in which the actors

were supposed to spit the blood, they would swallow it instead, then go back

to the special effects man for more.

  1. The Mattel Toy Company started to make some Conan action figures, but after

viewing the film, the executives realized that they couldn't afford to be

associated with a film with such graphic sex and violence.They gave their

doll blonde hair, called him ``He-man, and thus created the

_Masters of the Universe (1987)_ (qv).

  • Conan the Destroyer (1984)
  1. Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes

from _Dune (1984)_ (qv).

  • Confession, The (1964)
  1. Original director 'Victor Stoloff' (qv) was fired and replaced by

'William Dieterle' (qv).

  • Congo (1995)
  1. Director 'Frank Marshall' (qv) originally intended to use the computer

work pioneered on _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv) for the gorillas, but

opted for models as the computers weren't capable of reproducing hair.

  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (1949)
  1. The footage of the solar eclipse was taken during an actual eclipse.

  • Conqueror, The (1956)
  1. Filmed near the site of contemporaneous nuclear testing grounds, the set

was contaminated by nuclear fallout.After location shooting, much dirt

from the location was transported back to Hollywood in order to

match interior shooting done there.Scores of cast and crew members

developed forms of cancer over the next two decades, many more than the

normal percentage of a random group of this size.Quite a few died from

cancer or cancer-related problems, including 'John Wayne' (qv),

'Susan Hayward' (qv), 'Pedro Armendariz' (qv), 'Agnes Moorehead' (qv),

'Thomas Gomez' (qv), and director 'Dick Powell' (qv).

  • Convention City (1933)
  1. No copies of this film can be found.

  • Conversation, The (1974)
  1. CAMEO(Robert Duvall): the director who hires Harry Caul.

  • Coogan's Bluff (1968)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man in an elevator.

  • Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The (1989)
  1. The dog excrement was acutally chocolate mousse.
  1. Costumes change as characters walk from room to room.
  1. Animal symbolism is rampant: Albert Spica drives a Jaguar, the big sign

above the restuarant says ``P&A (panda).

  • Cop in Blue Jeans, The (1978)
  1. Originally titled ``Sqadra Antiscippo.

  • Copycat (1995)
  1. 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv) is almost a foot taller than 'Holly Hunter' (qv),

thus for many scenes Weaver would be sitting down to make their heights

appear more equal.

  1. As well as the real-life serial killers that Foley is identified as copying,

his dressing up as a dead cop is a homage to a trick used by the ficticious

serial killer Hannibal Lector in _The Silence of the Lambs (1994)_ (qv).

  • Cosmic Princess (1976) (TV)
  1. This TV movie was edited from scenes of the two episodes (``The Metamorph

and ``Space Warp) of the TV series _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).

  • Couch Trip, The (1988)
  1. John Williams Burns Junior has the same prison number (74-74-505-B) as Jake

Blues in _The Blues Brothers (1980)_ (qv).

  • Countess Dracula (1972)
  1. 'Ingrid Pitt' (qv)'s voice was dubbed.Supposedly, she was so furious

at director 'Peter Sasdy' (qv) that she vowed never to speak to him


  • Country Life (1994)
  1. Film adaptation based on and including most of the cast of Blakemores

National Theatre production of ``Uncle Vanya.

  • Cover Girl (1944)
  1. 'Rita Hayworth' (qv) singing was dubbed by 'Martha Mears' (qv).

  • Crazy People (1990)
  1. Some scenes differ slightly from those in the trailer:
# The line ``You can't tell the truth, you idiot from the trailer
has ``asshole instead of ``idiot in the movie.
# The text of the Jaguar ad reads ``for men who want special attention
in the trailer and ``for men who want hand jobs in the movie.

  • Creature Comforts (1990)
  1. The film's soundtrack is a mixture of actual interviews with

shut-ins and zoo attendees, and semi-acting. The leopard was a

Brazilian friend of director 'Nick Park' (qv)'s who hated England.

Park told him to pretend he was a leopard in the zoo for the interview.

  • Creeping Terror, The (1964)
  1. It is rumoured that the constant narration was introduced to cover up the

extremely noisy production soundtrack.

  • Creepshow (1982)
  1. CAMEO(Stephen King): Jordy Verril (man covered in moss).
  1. CAMEO(Joe King): (son of Stephen) The boy at the beginning (avid collector

of ``Creepshow magazine and voodoo dolls).

  • Creepshow 2 (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Stephen King): truck driver in ``The Hitcher.

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Daryl Hannah):

  • Crimes of Passion (1984)
  1. 'Rick Wakeman' (qv)'s soundtrack is based entirely on 'Anton Dvorak' (qv)'s

``New World Symphony; partly an in-joke on the releasing company, New

World Pictures; partly as director Ken Russell's ``take on America.

  • Crimewave (1985)
  1. DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]: many, including the bowling balls

rolling off the shelf onto the man's head.

  • Criminals of the Air (1937)
  1. Working title was ``Guardians of the Air, then previewed as ``Honeymoon


  1. 'Rita Hayworth' (qv)'s name change came between the preview, where she was

credited as 'Rita Cansino' (qv), and the release print.

  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  1. The name of the submarine is the ``Alabama.Alabama's football team

is called ``The Crimson Tide, and their coach's nickname is ``Bear; the

name of the Alabama's captain's dog.

  1. 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) was brought in to do uncredited ``punch-ups of

the dialoueg.

  1. CAMEO(Jason Robards): The Admiral.

  • Critters 4 (1991)
  1. All external space scenes and many sets are lifted from one of

'Don Opper' (qv)'s earlier films, _Android (1982)_ (qv).

  • Cronaca di una morte annunciata (1987)
  1. Director 'Francesco Rosi' (qv) was so appalled with 'Rupert Everett' (qv)'s

Spanish accent that he had his voice dubbed for the final print.

  • Cross Creek (1983)
  1. CAMEO(Malcom McDowell): Maxwell Perkins
  1. CAMEO(Norman Baskin): giving directions to Rawlings.

  • Crow, The (1994)
  1. 'Cameron Diaz' (qv) was offered the role of Shelley, but turned it down

because she didn't like the script.

  1. 'Brandon Lee' (qv) died during a mishap on the set.A scene required a

gun to be loaded, cocked, and then pointed at the camera. Because of the

close-range of the shot, the bullets loaded had real brass caps, but

no powder. After the cut, the propsmaster (not the armsmaster # he had

left the set for the day) dry-fired the gun to get the cock off,

knocking an empty cartridge into the barrel of the gun.The next scene

to be filmed involving that gun was the rape of Shelly.The gun was

loaded with blanks (which usually contain double or triple the powder of a

normal bullet to make a loud noise).Lee entered the set carrying a bag

of groceries containing an explosive blood pack.The script called for

Funboy ('Michael Massey' (qv)) to shoot Eric Draven (Lee) as he entered

the room, triggering the blood pack.The cartridge that was stuck in the

barrel was blasted at Lee through the bag he was carrying, killing him.

The footage of his death was destroyed without being developed.Lee is the

son of martial arts legend 'Bruce Lee' (qv), who died in mysterious

circumstances before completing _Game of Death (1979)_ (qv).See also

_Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)_ (qv).

  1. The following scenes were completed after Lee's death:
# Draven first enters the apartment after digging himself out of his grave:
footage of Lee walking through an alley in the rain was digitally
composited into the scene where he walks through the doorway.Computer
technology added drops of water to the door frame to make the water on
his back not seem out of place.
# The shot of Draven falling from the window was made by digitally
compositing Lee's face (complete with simulated blood) onto a body double.
# The scene where Draven puts on his make-up was filmed using a double.The
face in the smashed mirror may have been computer-generated, but was more
likely a double. The image of Draven walking towards the window with the
crow on his shoulder was cut from another scene, with a computer-generated
crow added.
# When Sarah visits the apartment, we never see Draven's face as it is
a double.
  1. Scenes featuring 'Michael Berryman' (qv) as the Skull Cowboy were cut.
  1. CAMEO(James O'Barr): stealing a TV set after Gideon's shop was blown up.
  1. CAMEO(Trent Reznor): stage diving

  • Curse, The (1987)
  1. 'Wil Wheaton' (qv) and 'Amy Wheaten' (qv), are real-life brother and sister.
  1. Wil Wheaten once said that the only good thing about the movie was that his

sister got a job on it.

  • Custer of the West (1968)
  1. Originally to be directed by 'Akira Kurosawa' (qv), but he pulled out.

  • Cutthroat Island (1995)
  1. DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin) [flag]: Shopfront window.Use of this flag is


  • Cyber Bandits (1995)
  1. CAMEO([Visual Effects Supervisor]): behind the VR table in the nightclub


  1. Originally titled ``A Sailor's Tattoo, but renamed before release by


  • Cyborg (1989)
  1. All the major characters are named after guitar brand names.
  1. A stuntman sued 'Jean-Claude Van Damme' (qv) after he lost vision in one eye

during a fight sequence that went wrong.The injured stuntman won his suit,

claiming that Van Damme was not the expert that he claimed to be, lacking

the control necessary for the stunt.

  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
  1. The film required 2000 actors and extras, and 2000 costumes, half of which

were specially designed for the film. Over 1000 weapons were required as

well as 40 studio sets and outdoor locations.

  • Dam Busters, The (1954)
  1. The RAF supplied most of the aircraft, at a cost of 130 pounds per hour.

This expense consumed 10% of the film's budget.

  1. An cut of the film was spiced up for the American market. Additional scenes

of a plane crashing were later removed after it was spotted that Warners had

used WW2 footage of a Flying Fortress (the RAF used Lancasters).

  1. The bombs shown in the movie were the wrong shape becuase the actual shape

(a stubby cylinder) was still secret at the time.

  1. The film premiered 12 years to the day from the original raid.The raid was

one of the most effective operations of WW2 (the West German government were

still mopping up after the original raid when the film was in production).

  1. Gibson's dog ``Nigger was dubbed into ``Trigger for the US market.See

also Goofs entry.

  • Dames (1934)
  1. In the ``Dames number, Dick Powell as a Broadway producer don't want to

see composer 'George Gershwin'(qv), but when asked by his secretary

about seeing Miss Dubin, Miss Warren and Miss Kelly, he lets them

enter his office. 'Al Dubin' (qv) and 'Harry Waren' (qv) wrote the music,

'Orry-Kelly' (qv) was costume designer of this picture.

  • Damien: Omen II (1978)
  1. 'Don Taylor' (qv) replaced director 'Mike Hodges' (qv) as a result of

creative differences.

  • Damsel in Distress, A (1937)
  1. 'Ruby Keeler' (qv), 'Carole Lombard' (qv) and British musical star

'Jessie Matthews' (qv) were each approached to play the role of Alyce, but

were unavailable.

  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  1. On the video release of this film that was sold as a McDonalds promotion at

Christmas '92, there is not a single picture of 'Kevin Costner' (qv) on the

box.On all other video releases of the film, Costner is pictured.

  • Dancing in the Dark (1949)
  1. Crossman's office is a replica of producer 'Darrly F. Zanuck' (qv)'s.

  • Dandy in Aspic, A (1968)
  1. Director 'Anthony Mann' (qv) died during production and was replaced by

'Laurence Harvey' (qv).

  • Dangerous (1935)
  1. Working title was ``Hard Luck Dame.

  • Dante's Inferno (1969)
  1. DIRTRADE: (snake): Snake crawling on Dante's face after he crashes into the

bird cages.

  • Dark Half, The (1993)
  1. In the prologue of this 'Stephen King' (qv) adaptation, Thad Beaumont wants

to become a writer and is shown writing stories. The title of his first

typewritten story is ``Here There Be Tygers, which is also the real title

of the first short story King wrote in his career. The story can be

found in King's ``Skeleton Crew anthology.

  • Dark Star (1973)
  1. 'John Carpenter' (qv) directed, edited, and wrote the music for the film,

but he uses pseudonyms in the credits for editing and the music.

  1. When bomb number 20 emerges from the bomb bay during the asteroid storm,

you can see a guy sticking his tongue out on the computer screen.

  1. One of the pieces of debris after the ship blows up says

``_THX 1138 (1970)_ (qv) Toilet Tank.

  1. The playboy posters are blurred in the bedroom scene, although the bedroom

scene is not in all versions of the movie.

  • Dark Victory (1939)
  1. Originally there was to have been a final scene where Judith Traherne's

horse wins the Grand National, reducing Michael O'Leary

('Humphrey Bogart' (qv)) to tears.Preview audiences found it anticlimactic

and it was cut.

  • Darkman (1990)
  1. Director 'Sam Raimi' (qv) wanted high-school friend 'Bruce Campbell' (qv) to

play the lead role, but the producers didn't think that Campbell could

handle it.Campbell played Ash in _The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv) and

_Evil Dead II (1987)_ (qv), both also directed by Raimi.

  1. CAMEO(Jenny Agutter):
  1. DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [shemp]: Last shemp: 'Bruce Campbell' (qv).

  • Dave (1993)
  1. Author 'Gary Ross' (qv) appears as Policeman number 2.
  1. Many Hollywood personalities, US Congressmen, and political commentators

appear in this film as themselves.The credits at the end still claim that

all characters depicted in the film were fictitious.

  1. CAMEO(Oliver Stone): the man who tries to convince the reporter that

the president is not the same man as he used to be.

  • Dawn of the Dead (1979)
  1. Real pig intestines were used for the scene where [?] gets ripped apart

in the hallway.Unfortunately, someone had left the guts out of the

freezer over the weekend, and after the scene was shot the cast and

crew ran away gagging.

  1. DIRCAMEO(George Romero): the director in the television studio.
  1. CAMEO(Christine Forrest Romero): (wife of George) director's assistant ino

the television studio.

  1. CAMEO(Tom Savini): mustached head biker.

  • Day After, The (1983) (TV)
  1. The Soviet ambassador is named Anatoli Kuragin, the name of a character

from 'Leo Tolstoy' (qv)'s ``War and Peace.

  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  1. Many real-life NASCAR drivers (including Rusty Wallace) appear in the film.
  1. NASCAR driver 'Greg Sacks' (qv) did most of 'Tom Cruise' (qv)'s stunt driving.

Cruise wanted to do his own stunt driving, but wasn't allowed to for

insurance reasons.The Chevrolets were prepared by 'Rick Hendrick' (qv)'s

racing team, which later used some of the movie cars in real races.35 cars

were wrecked during filming.

  1. The scene where Tim approaches Harry on a tractor was filmed on NASCAR

legend 'Junior Johnson' (qv)'s farm.

  1. The scene where Cole and Rowdy race rental cars on the beach shows birds

scattering out of the way.The birds were lured onto the beach by birdseed,

and in the first take most of them were run over.

  1. All cars used in the movie for the races had to pass inspection and qualify.

'Bobby Hamilton' (qv) qualified one of the movie cars in the top ten; they

removed the cameras and he was allowed to enter the race.

  • Days of Wine and Roses (1958) (TV)
  1. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was a consultant.
  1. 'John Frankenheimer' (qv) taped the AA meeting scenes the day prior to the

live telecast, and those inserts made costume changes possible.

  • Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  1. Learning that he had not been chosen to direct this movie adaptation of

his acclaimed TV drama _Days of Wine and Roses (1958) (TV)_ (qv),

'John Frankenheimer' (qv) asked why and was told, ``John, they say you're

not a comedy director.

  • Dead Again (1991)
  1. The number on Roman's prison uniform, 25101415, stands for ``25 October

1415, the date of the Battle of Agincourt, fought by Henry V, subject of

director 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)'s previous film, _Henry V (1989)_ (qv).


birthday (December 10) is shown on the first newspaper clipping in the

opening sequence.

  1. The cover of the LIFE magazine in Mr. Madson's shop shows

'Laurence Olivier' (qv) in _Hamlet (1948)_ (qv); another Shakespeare

reference is on the bridge where Mike and Doug fight (it reads

``Shakespeare Bridge, the real name of a bridge in L.A. where the

movie was filmed).

  1. Two additional double roles (besides Mike/Roman and Grace/Margaret) are in

the film:the nun at the orphanage turns up as a snooty starlet at a party

in the 1940s, and the cop at the mental hospital is seen again as an

obnoxious party guest.

  1. 'Derek Jacobi' (qv)'s stuttering as Frankie/Mr. Madson is a reference to his

famous role as the stuttering Claudius in _"I, Claudius" (????)_ (qv).

  1. Mike's apartment contains several pictures of pianists and piano keyboards,

giving away his true identity to the careful viewer.

  1. Lots of subtle similarities between Roman/Margaret and Mike/Grace.
  1. DIRTRADE(Kenneth Branagh): [doyle]: bored cop in the elevator, and

obnoxious guest at Otto's party.

  • Dead Drop (1996)
  1. The motorcycle in the movie is a 1976 Kawasaki KZ1000, requested by

'Keanu Reeves' (qv) himself.Fox bought five bikes for different scenes,

all painted flat black to prevent the spotlights from being reflected.

  • Dead Next Door, The (1988)
  1. The executive producer credited as ``The Master Cylinder is actually

'Sam Raimi' (qv).

  • Dead Pool, The (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Slash): half and hour after the funeral scene.The Guns 'n

Roses' song ``Welcome to the Jungle is used in the film.

  • Dead Zone, The (1983)
  1. Director 'David Cronemberg' (qv) had to reshoot the scene in which John Smith

has his first premonition. It showed a little girl's room burning and a small

E.T. doll could be seen on one of the shelves. The scene had to be reshot

when Universal Pictures threatened to sue.

  • Death and the Maiden (1994)
  1. This film was shot entirely in exact chronological order.

  • Death Becomes Her (1992)
  1. In the scene where Helen sits down onto a shovel handle, she didn't sit in

the way she was expected to do, so the SFX people had to morph the image to

make it look like the shovel handle was pushing up into her chest.

  1. 'Meryl Streep' (qv) accidentally scarred 'Goldie Hawn' (qv)'s cheek with

a shovel during the fight scene.

  1. 'Tracey Ullman' (qv) appeared in the trailers as a bartender who is also

Ernest's girlfriend.After filming what director 'Robert Zemeckis' (qv)

referred to as a ``saccharine ending: Ernest and Ullman escaping to

Europe, Zemeckis decided to opt for a darker ending, and Ullman's character

was one of seven or eight actors with speaking roles that was cut.

  1. DIRTRADE(Robert Zemeckis): [citation]: The shots in the psychiatric

clinic where Helen is brought look exactly like those in

_One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)_ (qv).

  • Death Machine (1994)
  1. ``Scott Ridley is named after 'Ridley Scott' (qv), and ``John Carpenter

is named after 'John Carpenter' (qv).

  • Death of a Salesman (1985) (TV)
  1. 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) called this his favorite acting experience.

  • December 7th (1943)
  1. The Japanese planes attaking Pearl Habour were US ``Dauntless bombers.

  • Deer Hunter, The (1978)
  1. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) claims this was his most physically exhausting film.
  1. 'John Cazale' (qv) barely finished the film, dying of cancer soon after its


  1. De Niro and 'John Savage' (qv) performed the helicopter stunt themselves.
  1. There appear to be at least two different endings.One version has

[Chris Walken]'s slumped body with the ``I Love You Baby accompaniment.

Another version simply closes with 'John (II) Williams' (qv) rendition of

``La Cavanita.

  • Defending Your Life (1991)
  1. CAMEO(Shirley MacLaine): The MC

  • Delicatessen (1991)
  1. Rumoured to be a surrealistic interpretation of

_The Delicate Delinquent (1957)_ (qv).

  • Delta Force 3: The Killing Game (1991)
  1. 'Chuck Norris' (qv) was to appear in this film, but he withdrew following

the helicopter crash during the making of

_Delta Force: Operation Stranglehold (1990)_ (qv).

  • Dementia 13 (1963)
  1. 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) was assisting 'Roger Corman' (qv) on a set

in Ireland.Corman allowed Coppola to use the same set for this film

if he could shoot around the shooting schedule of Corman's film.

  • Demolition Man (1993)
  1. 'Sandra Bullock' (qv) replaced 'Lori Petty' (qv) after a few days filming.
  1. Many of the cars in the movie were prototypes of future models, supplied by

General Motors.

  1. For the European Release, references to Taco Bell were changed to Pizza

Hut.This includes dubbing, plus changing the logos during post-production.

Taco Bell remains in the closing credits.

  • Dennis the Menace (1993)
  1. In the UK, the title was ``Dennis. The comic on which this film

was based is also known as ``Dennis in the UK.At about the same time

as the ``Dennis the Menace comic started in the US, a completelty

different character in a British comic was created # also called

``Dennis the Menace.

  • Desert Bloom (1986)
  1. 'Winona Ryder' (qv) auditioned on video for the part of Rose, which

eventually when to 'Annabeth Gish' (qv).

  • Desperate Hours, The (1955)
  1. 'Fredric March' (qv)'s part was intended for 'Spencer Tracy' (qv), a good

friend of 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv)'s, but neither Tracy nor Bogart was willing

to concede top billing to the other.

  • Destination Moonbase Alpha (1976) (TV)
  1. This TV movie was edited from scenes of the two-part episode (``Bringers of

Wonder) of the TV series _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).

  • Devil and Daniel Webster, The (1941)
  1. Shortly after filming had begun, 'Thomas Mitchell' (qv) managed to break a

leg, and was replaced by 'Edward Arnold' (qv).Not many scenes had been

shot, none were reshot, so Mitchell is still visible in some scenes.

  • Devil's Daffodil, The (1961)
  1. Produced in a German and English release, with the same crew but different


  • Diaboliques, Les (1954)
  1. Two women drive from the outskirts of Paris to Niort, the birthplace of

director 'Henri-Georges Clouzot' (qv).

  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 13 minutes into the film, on the

left side of the reunion photograph.

  1. The movie was shot in 3-D although it was never released that way until

after Hitchcock's death.

  1. Hitchcock arranged to have 'Grace Kelly' (qv) dressed in bright colors at the

start of the film and made them progressively darker as time goes on.

  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  1. After the failure of _On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)_ (qv), EON was

desperate to get 'Sean Connery' (qv) back to save the series. When he

refused, the producers considered 'Roger Moore' (qv), then

'Timothy Dalton' (qv) before unexpectedly signing an unknown American actor

'John Galvin' (qv).UA chief, David Picker, was not impressed with the

choice of Galvin and the order went out to get Connery at any price. Connery

was finally lured back with an unprecedented deal making him the highest

paid actor to date.The final contract involved Connery getting $1.25

million up front, 12.5% of the gross and a commitment from UA to finance two

non-Bond films of Connery's choice.Connery later donated his fee to the

Scottish International Trust.

  1. Actresses considered for the role of Tiffany Case included:

'Raquel Welch' (qv), 'Jane Fonda' (qv) and 'Faye Dunaway' (qv).

'Jill St. John' (qv) had originally been offered the part of Plenty O'Toole

but landed the female lead after impressing the director 'Guy Hamilton' (qv)

during screen tests. St. John becomes the first American Bond girl.

  1. The original plot had 'Gert Frobe' (qv) returning as Auric

_Goldfinger (1964)_ (qv)'s twin and seeking revenge for the death of his


  1. The death of Bond's wife Tracy was originally planned for the opening

sequence of _Diamonds Are Forever (1971)_ (qv), but was later added to the

end of _On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)_ (qv) to ``tidy up loose


  1. Upon release, this film broke Hollywood's three day gross record.
  1. 'Willard Whyte' (qv) is obviously based on 'Howard Hughes' (qv). Hughes,

however, played a more substantial role behind the scenes allowing EON to

film inside his casinos and at his other properties. His fee was reputed to

be one 16mm print of the film.

  • Dick Tracy (1990)
  1. The only colors in the film are the six that the original comic strip

appeared in: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, plus black and white.

  1. CAMEO(Dustin Hoffman): Mumbles
  1. CAMEO(Paul Sorvino): Lips Manlis
  1. CAMEO(Alan Garfield): a reporter
  1. CAMEO(James Caan):

  • Dick Turpin (1925)
  1. Most scenes with 'Carole Lombard' (qv) were cut before release, but she

can still be seen in a group scene.

  • Die Hard (1988)
  1. The German that the terrorists speak is grammatically correct but

meaningless.In the German version of the film, the terrorists are not

from Germany but from Europe.

  1. One cop says that John McLean ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) ``could be a fucking

bartender for all we know.Prior to becoming a well-known actor, Willis

was a bartender.

  • Die Hard 2 (1990)
  1. The General is from ``Valverde, the fictitious Latin-American country used

in _Commando (1985)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin): [finland]: ``Finlandia Hymn by Jean

Sibelius is used in some scenes.

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
  1. McClane ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) tells Zeus ('Samuel L. Jackson' (qv)) ``I

was just getting used to my day job,smoking cigarettes and watching

Captain Kangaroo, which is a line from the song ``Nothing to Do by

The Statler Brothers from the soundtrack of _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv),

which starred both Willis and Jackson.

  1. Character ``Dr. Fred Schiller is a reference to the 18th century German

poet 'Friedrich Schiller' (qv), who wrote the lyrics used by

'Ludwig van Beethoven' (qv) in his 9th symphony, which is the music used

in _Die Hard (1988)_ (qv).

  • Diplomatic Courier (1952)
  1. CAMEO(Lee Marvin):
  1. CAMEO(Charles Bronson):

  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  1. The title role was originally intended for 'Frank Sinatra' (qv).After he

refused, it was offered to 'John Wayne' (qv), and then 'Paul Newman' (qv),

finally being accepted by 'Clint Eastwood' (qv).

  1. After Harry has foiled the bank robbery at the beginning of the film, he

strides over to the one surviving robber.In doing so, he walks in front of

a theatre which is showing _Play Misty for Me (1971)_ (qv), which

Eastwood directed and starred in.

  1. When Callahan (Eastwood) is being run all over town by Scorpio, he passes

a wall which bears the graffiti ``Kyle, the name of Eastwood's son.

  1. The final scene where Harry throws his badge in the river is a homage to a

similar scene from _High Noon (1952)_ (qv).

  1. 'Andrew Robinson' (qv) (Scorpio) had to get an unlisted phone number, and has

received a death threat.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man running down the street.

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  1. An entire day was spent shooting the trailer, which does not appear in the

film.The trailer shows Freddy and Lawrence walking along the boardwalk,

politely moving out of the way of other people, etc, with a voice saying

something like ``There are numerous distinguised gentlemen in the world...

refined, cultured gentlemen.... nice men.......but nice men

finish last.As these last few lines are spoken, Freddy pushes an old lady

into the water, and Lawrence shoves an kid's face into his ice cream.

  • Do You Love Me? (1946)
  1. CAMEO(Betty Grable): The fan who calls for Barry ('Harry James' (qv)) in her

car at the end.Grable and James were married at the time.

  • Dockpojken (1993)
  1. References to _Citizen Kane (1941)_ (qv).

  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  1. Director 'Sidney Lumet' (qv) claims that 'Al Pacino' (qv) and

'Chris Sarandon' (qv)'s phone conversation was improvised.

  • Dolores Claiborne (1994)
  1. A fire on the set in Nova Scotia, Canada caused one million dollars damage.

  • Don Juan DeMarco and the Centerfold (1995)
  1. 'Johnny Depp' (qv) agreed to be in the film on the condition that

'Marlon Brando' (qv) was cast in the psychiatrist's role.

  1. In order to learn a Spanish accent, Depp watched a tape of

_"Fantasy Island" (1978)_ (qv) re-runs.

  • Don't Bet on Love (1933)
  1. Working titles was ``In the Money.

  • Dona Herlinda y Su Hijo (1985)
  1. 'Guadalupe del Toro' (qv) was offered the role of Dona Herlinda in exchange

for helping finance the movie.

  • Doors, The (1991)
  1. Prior to the audition, 'Val Kilmer' (qv) memorized the lyrics to all songs

written by Jim Morrison.He also sent director 'Oliver Stone' (qv) a video

of him performing a few Doors songs, which Stone claimed hurt Kilmer's image

as Morrison.

  1. Kilmer wore special contact lenses which made his pupils seem dilated

in the scenes where Morrison was stoned

  1. Closeup shots use Kilmer's voice, long distance shots use Morrison's.
  1. 'Patricia Kennealy Morrison' (qv) played the High Priestess in the

handfasting scene.

  1. 'John Densmore' (qv) (The Doors drummer) was the recording engineer.
  1. 'Bonnie Bramlett' (qv) (of 60's group Delaney and Bonnie) played the


  1. Stone's son plays the young Jim Morrison in the accident scene.
  1. DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): Morrison's film professor.

  • Dorado, El (1996)
  1. Shot entirely on location, with entirely ad-libbed dialog.

  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  1. Director 'Billy Wilder' (qv) originally filmed an ending where Keyes watches

Walter Neff go to the gas chamber.

  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
  1. 'Nick Nolte' (qv) spent five weeks as a homeless person in preparation for

his role.

  • Down Argentine Way (1940)
  1. 'John Hay Whitney' (qv), head of the motion picture section of the Office of

the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs convinced 20th Century Fox to

spend $40,000 for reshooting scenes that described native customs in an

slight unfavorable light.

  1. Director 'Irving Cummings' (qv) thought the dance number by the Nicholas

Brothers ('Fayard Nicholas' (qv) and 'Harold Nicholas' (qv)) was too long,

but dance director 'Nick (II) Castle' (qv) convinced him to leave it uncut

at a test screening. The test audience cheered so much that they had to

rewind the film.

  • Dr. Death: Seeker of Souls (1973)
  1. CAMEO(Moe Howard)

  • Dr. No (1962)
  1. _Thunderball (1965)_ (qv) was originally going to be the first 007 movie,

but legal wrangles with its co-author lead to _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv) being

chosen instead.

  1. Author 'Ian Fleming' (qv) wanted his cousin 'Chrisopher Lee' (qv) to play

Dr. No.See also _The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)_ (qv).

  1. The budget was only $1,000,000 but when costs over run by $100,000

United Artists wanted to pull the plug fearing they would never recoup

its outlay.

  1. Fleming originally asked 'Noel Coward' (qv) to play the part of Dr. No,

Coward replied in a telegram ``Dr. No? No! No! No!.

  1. Actors considered for the lead role included: 'Cary Grant' (qv),

'David Niven' (qv), 'Trevor Howard' (qv), 'Rex Harrison' (qv), and

'Roger Moore' (qv).

  1. 'Sean Connery' (qv) was chosen for the part of 007 after Cubby Broccoli's

wife saw him in Disney's _Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)_ (qv).

  1. After the film's release in Italy, the Vatican issued a special communique

expressing its disapproval at the film's moral standpoint.

  1. The voice of Honey Rider is not that of 'Ursula Andress' (qv).
  1. Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders.Shot of spider in his bed was

originally done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, but when

this didn't look realistic enough, the scene was re-shot with stuntman

'Bob Simmons' (qv).

  1. A painting of the Duke of Wellington, stolen in 1960 and never recovered,

can be seen on the wall of Dr. No's headquarters.

  1. The rights to the famous theme song were bought from 'Monty Norman' (qv) for

a ridiculously low sum of money, and subsequently appeared in many later

Bond films.

  1. The Japanese office of United Artists originally translated the title as

``We don't want a doctor, and even had posters printed with that title.

The mistake was discovered at the last moment.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)
  1. Based on the novel ``Red Alert and originally conceived as a tense

thrillerabout the possibility of accidental nuclear war.Director

'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) was working on the script when he noticed that many

scenes he had written were actually quite funny.

  1. 'Peter Sellers' (qv) plays three roles, and was to play Major T. J. Kong as

well.He broke his leg, so the role went to 'Slim Pickens' (qv).

  1. Major Kong's comment about the survival kit (``a fella could have a pretty

good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff,) originally refered to Dallas

instead of Las Vegas, but was overdubbed after President Kennedy's

asassination in Dallas.

  1. Kubrick intended the film to end with a custard pie fight between the

Russians and the Americans in the War Room.The footage was shot, but

he decided not to use it because he considered it too farcical to fit in

with the satirical nature of the rest of the film.

  1. General Ripper ('George C. Scott' (qv)) was not scripted to fall over in the

war room when he gets excited, but when it happened, Kubrick decided it

was in character, and left it in.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: USA vs. Russia vs. General Ripper.
  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: General Turgidson, General Ripper,

and Dr. Strangelove.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [114]: Name of the message decoder ``CRM-114.

  • Dracula (1931/II)
  1. Filmed with the same sets as _Dracula (1931/I)_ (qv).

  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
  1. 'Jason Scott Lee' (qv) had no previous Martial Arts training.He was

trained especially for this role, and had numerous stunt doubles.

  • Dragonwyck (1946)
  1. "Ernst Lubitsch" (qv) was intended to direct the film.When he suffered

from illness, cinematographer 'Joseph L. Mankiewicz' (qv) took over.

  • Draughtsman's Contract, The (1982)
  1. Directer 'Peter Greenaway' (qv), a former art student, created the sketches

that feature in the film.

  • Drop Dead Fred (1991)
  1. CAMEO(Bridget Fonda): Annabella.

  • Drop Zone (1994)
  1. If you unscramble 'Wesley Snipes' (qv)' character's name ``Nessip, you get


  • Drowning by Numbers (1987)
  1. Three generations of ``Cissie Colpitts were introduced in

_The Falls (1980)_ (qv), also directed by 'Peter Greenaway' (qv).

  • Duck Soup (1927)
  1. Adapted from a sketch written by 'Stan Laurel' (qv)'s father.

  • Duck Soup (1933)
  1. The mirror trick was previously used in _The Floorwalker (1916)_ (qv).

  • Duellists, The (1977)
  1. The swords were hooked up to batteries to produce the sparks, and

'Harvey Keitel' (qv) said he was heavily shocked more than once.

  • Dune (1984)
  1. 'Ridley Scott' (qv) worked on bringing the flim to the screen, but was

unsuccessful.'H.R. Giger' (qv) (who worked with Scott on

_Alien (1979)_ (qv)) was hired as a production designer.

  1. Director 'David Lynch' (qv) and producer 'Raffaella De Laurentiis' (qv)

arranged a screen test in New York with 'Sean Young' (qv) for the role of

Chani.Young's agent never told Young about the meeting, and she was in

fact booked on a flight that evening to Los Angeles.Lynch and De Laurentiis

missed their flight back to Los Angeles, and ended up catching the same

plane as Young.During the flight, De Laurentiis noticed Young and told

Lynch ``I bet that girl's an actress.A stewardess told the pair that

her name was ``Sean Young, and De Laurentiis confronted Young about

standing her a Lynch up.The misunderstanding sorted out, the three

ended up drinking champagne and reading the script together upon returning

to Los Angeles.

  1. The inspiration for the design of the stillsuits was the medical textbook

``Gray's Anatomy.

  1. Once scene called for Duke Leto ('Jurgen Prochnow' (qv)) to be strapped

to a black stretcher and drugged.During one take, a high-powered bulb

positioned above Prochnow exploded due to heat, raining down molten glass.

Remarkably, Prochow was able to free himself from the stretcher, moments

before before glass fused itself to the place he had been strapped.

During the filming of the dream sequence, the Baron ('Kenneth McMillan' (qv))

approached Leto, who had special apparatus attached to his face so that

green smoke would emerge from his cheek when the Baron scratched it.

Although thoroughly tested, the smoke gave Prochnow first and second degree

burns on his cheek.This sequence appears on film in the released version.

  1. The tendons visible when Paul hooks the worm were made from condoms.
  1. Two hundred workers spent two months hand-clearing three square miles of

Mexican desert for location shooting.

  1. Some special effects scenes were filmed with over a million watts of

lighting, drawing 11,000 amps.

  1. There are rumor of a 6-hour long director's cut, but there has never been

any concrete proof of it being released.A book by 'Frank Herbert' (qv)

himself claims that only five hours of footage was filmed.

  1. Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes

from _Conan the Destroyer (1984)_ (qv).

  1. Lynch disowned the television cut.
  1. SMITHEE(David Lynch): disowned the television cut.
  1. DIRCAMEO(David Lynch): A radio operator on the mining ship that Paul

and Duke Leto Atreides rescue from a sandworm.

  1. DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Sting' (qv).

  • Dynamite (1929)
  1. 'Carole Lombard' (qv) was replaced during filming, but can still be seen in

the released print.

  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  1. ET's face was modeled after poet 'Carl Sandburg' (qv) and Albert Einstein.
  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) played the school principal, but his scenes were cut.

There is a rumor that you can still see his back.Ford's wife

'Melissa Mathison' (qv) wrote the screenplay.

  1. Reese's outbid M&M's for product placement.There is a rumour that M&M's

were used initially, but the company asked for them to be removed, suspecting

that the film would flop.

  1. The extraterrestrial's plant collection includes a triffid (from

_The Day of the Triffids (1962)_ (qv)).

  1. ET's voice was performed by 'Pat Walsh' (qv), with help from

'Debra Winger' (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Elliot's father deserts the family to

go to Mexico with Sally.

  • Early Bird, The (1963)
  1. The game of golf with 'Jerry Desmonde' (qv) is a reprise of the

Variety act he used to do as 'straight man' to 'Sid Field' (qv).

  • East of the River (1940)
  1. 'James Cagney' (qv) turned down the role of Joe Lorenzo.

  • Easter Parade (1948)
  1. Garland's husband 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv) was originally slated to direct,

but Garland's psychiatrist advised them not to work together.

  1. Following the success of pairing 'Gene Kelly' (qv) with 'Judy Garland' (qv)

in _The Pirate (1948), MGM cast them together again for this film.

Unfortunately, Kelly broke his ankle shortly after rehearsals started, and

'Fred Astaire' (qv) was given the role.

due to an injury.

  1. The shedding feathered gown worn by Garland in one number is an in-joke

reference to 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) problematic gown in _Top Hat (1935)_ (qv).

  1. A Garland solo number, ``Mr. Monotony, was cut from the film.

  • Easy Rider (1969)
  1. 'Peter Fonda' (qv), 'Dennis Hopper' (qv), and 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) were

really smoking marijuana on camera.

  1. The final campfire scene was left out of the original shooting

schedule and was shot after both motorcycles had been stolen.

  1. CAMEO(Phil Spector): the cocaine dealer.

  • Easy Virtue (1927)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): walking past a tennis court carrying a

walking stick.

  • Echoes of a Summer (1976)
  1. 'Richard Harris' (qv) thought the script was faulty and threatened

director 'Don Taylor' (qv) with a good thrashing.He also locked fellow

star 'William Windown' (qv) in his dressing-room for several hours.

  • Edge of Eternity (1959)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man at a hotel pool

  • Edge of the World, The (1937)
  1. When he was young, 'Michael Powell' (qv) saw a documentary on the evacuation

of the island of Hirta (St. Kilda), West of the Hebrides and he thought he

could make a great film about it.

  1. The cast and crew stayed on Foula for many months, this was before the

airstrip was built and they had to use local fishing boats as ferries.

  • Egyptian, The (1954)
  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) signed up for the lead role, but dropped out at the

last minute.

  • Eika Katappa (1969)
  1. The film ends with a character dying while saying ``Life is very precious,

even right now; a character dies saying the same phrase in

_Gods of the Plague (1970)_ (qv), released in the same year.

  • El Dorado (1967)
  1. 'John Wayne' (qv) starred in _Rio Bravo (1959)_ (qv) (of which this film is a

remake), and after reading the script for ``El Dorado he asked to play

J.P. Hara, but the part went to 'Robert Mitchum' (qv).

  • El Mariachi (1992)
  1. This film cost $7000.Director 'Robert Rodriguez' (qv) raised $3,000 of the

$7,000 by volunteering to be a human ``laboratory rat. He was used to test

a cholesterol reducing drug.Paid $100 a day for 30 days, he wrote most of

the script while locked in the lab.A fellow ``rat was cast in the lead

role.Most of the $7,000 was spent on film for the camera.

  1. Rodriguez claims the other actors were ``innocent passers by. He gave them

lines as and when they were needed.

  1. For the moving camera shots, Rodriguez sat in a broken hospital wheelchair

and was pushed around.

  1. The movie was intended to go ``straight to video.
  1. Sound was recorded with an ordinary cassette recorder and mike.The sequence

with the pit bull terrier was shot specifically so that Rodriguez could

synchronize the sound with the picture later.

  1. Rodriguez says he made the movie to ``practise.
  1. Rodriguez was producer, director, writer, special-effect man, etc, the only

job he didn't do was act, as there would be no one else to operate the


  • Electric Dreams (1984)
  1. CAMEO(Georgio Moroder): radio station executive at the very end.

  • Elephant Man, The (1980)
  1. This film was executive produced by 'Mel Brooks' (qv), who was responsible

for hiring director 'David Lynch' (qv) and obtaining permission to film

in black and white.He deliberately left his name off the credits, as

he knew that people would get the wrong idea about the movie if they

saw his name on the film, given his fame as a satirist.

  • Elephant Walk (1954)
  1. 'Vivian Leigh' (qv) was originally cast.Her mental illness begun affecting

things during filming, and so she was replaced by 'Elizabeth Taylor' (qv).

Many long shots and shots from behind are still of Leigh.

  • Elusive Pimpernel, The (1950)
  1. Originally filmed as a musical.

  • Empire of the Sun (1987)
  1. ``Suo Gan, the movie's theme song, is a lullaby sung in Welsh.

Director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) chose it after casting Welsh actor

'Christian Bale' (qv) as Jim.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]

  • Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)
  1. Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models melted.
  1. The AT-AT's were based on ship loading structure in an Oakland, California

shipyard.Walking patterns of elephants were studied to make the movements

seem as realistic as possible.

  1. Before this film was made, 'Mark Hamill' (qv) (Luke) was driving his BMW

along a highway.Realizing was missing his turn, he swung sharply, but

ended up rolling his car and suffering facial scarring.Despite the efforts

of plastic surgeons, his appearance was noticeably different.For this

reason, the scene where Luke receives facial scars from a Wampa was written.

  1. Further scenes with the Wampa Ice Creatures were shot, and later cut.R2-D2

encountered one within the Rebel base, where it was killed by troopers.

Later, the beasts were lured into a prison within the complex. In the

completed film, a medical droid is seen examining the wounds of a Tauntaun

killed by a Wampa, and Princess Leia mentions the ``creatures while

discussing the Imperial Probe Droid.A scene filmed but cut had Han, Leia

and C-3PO running through a corridor.Han went to take a short-cut through

a door with a sign on it, but Leia warned him ``that's where those creatures

are kept.They run off, but not before C-3PO rips off the sign, hoping

that the stormtroopers will enter the room.

  1. Luke cuts off the Wampa's hand.C-3PO loses an arm when blasted by the

Stormtroppers.Darth Vader cuts off Luke's hand.See also

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and _Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. The blasers used by the stormtroopers were constructed from Sterling

submachine guns.

  1. There is a rumor that one of the asteroids is actually a potato.
  1. The following characters ``have a bad feeling about this: Leia.See

also: _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and _Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. Security surrounding this movie was so intense that 'George Lucas' (qv) had

regular reports about ``leaks from actors.Lucas was so determined that

the ending be kept secret that he had actor 'David Prowse' (qv) (Darth Vader)

say ``Obi Wan Kenobi is your father, and dubbed it later to be ``I am your


  1. 'Denis Lawson' (qv), plays Wedge Antilles.See also

_Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. The designers at ILM wanted a radical design for Boba Fett's ship.They

ended up using the end of a lamp post from the street outside the ILM


  1. This is 'Carrie Fisher' (qv)'s favorite movie of the trilogy.Despite this,

there were claims that she was heavily into drugs at the time.The scene

where Han Solo ('Harrison Ford' (qv)) was to be carbon frozen was a long a

complex scene which required many takes.Eventually, Leia says ``I love

you to Han Solo.Ford had heard this line so many times that he changed

the scripted ``I love you too to ``I know.Lucas didn't want to film

the scene again, and thought it read much better that way, so it remained.

  • Enemy Mine (1985)
  1. Shot in Hungary, where labour was cheap enough to build the sets.
  1. Author 'Barry Longyear' (qv) reported at a convention that the studio

insisted on adding a subplot involving a mine, the studio thinking the

audience would not realize that the ``Mine in the title was a possessive

rather than an object.

  • Enforcer, The (1976)
  1. Of the five Dirty Harry movies, this is the only one in which Harry Callahan

does not have a personal quote that he repeats twice during the movie.

  • Equinox (1971)
  1. Originally a student film project by 'Dennis Muren' (qv).

  • Escapade (1935)
  1. 'William Powell' (qv) was so impressed with 'Luise Rainer' (qv) that he

insisted that she be give co-billing with him above the title.

  • Escape from New York (1981)
  1. CAMEO(Jamie Lee Curtis): opening narration, and voice of the computer.
  1. The name ``Snake Plisskeen was changed to ``Hyena for the Italian


  1. DIRTRADE(John Carpenter): [names]: Cronenberg, Romero.

  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  1. One of the books on the can that traps Ash's possessed hand is ``A Farewell

to Arms.

  1. A glove belonging to _A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv)'s Freddy

Krueger can be seen hanging near the steps in one of the cellar scenes.

This was in response to the use of _The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv) on a

television screen in _A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv).

  • Evil Dead, The (1983)
  1. Director 'Sam Raimi' (qv) and star 'Bruce Campbell' (qv) were friends from

high-school, where they made many super-8 films together.They would often

collaborate with Sam's brother 'Ted Raimi' (qv).Campbell became the

``actor of the group, as ``he was the one that girls wanted to look at.

  1. Filmed in a real-life abandoned cabin.
  1. Total budget for this film was $50,000.Investors were initially annoyed

when the film appeared to be a comedy although they were told it would be a

horror story.As of 1988, the investors have had a 150% return.

  1. There is a ripped poster of _The Hills Have Eyes (1978)_ (qv) visible.See

also: _The Hills Have Eyes (1978)_ (qv),

_A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]:

  • Ewok Adventure, The (1984) (TV)
  1. One of the matte paintings includes Winnie the Pooh sitting in a tree.

  • Exorcist III, The (1990)
  1. 'Brad Dourif' (qv) plays a character in jail.Asked how he is able to get

in and out of jail without being seen, he replies: ``It's child's play.

Dourif plays the voice of Chucky in _Child's Play (1988)_ (qv),

_Child's Play 2 (1990)_ (qv), and _Child's Play 3 (1992)_ (qv).

  1. CAMEO(C Everett Coop): in the restuarant.
  1. CAMEO(Larry King): in the restuarant.
  1. CAMEO(John Thompson): (coach of the Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Team)

outside the restaurant.

  • Exorcist, The (1973)
  1. 'Mercedes McCambridge' (qv) had to sue Warner Brothers for credit as the
  1. There are semi-subliminal single-frame shots in this film:when the priest

is dreaming of his mother coming up out of the subway, there is a single

voice of the demon.

frame shot of a face, painted black and white, grimacing.

  1. 'Jane Fonda' (qv) and 'Shirley McClaine' (qv) were approached to play the

role of Chris MacNeil.

  1. CAMEO(William Peter Blatty): producer of the film that Chris is acting in;

he's seen talking to Burke.

  • Explorers (1985)
  1. The view of the ``city lights is a model which includes a suburb that looks

suspiciously like a circuit diagram, complete with logic gates and an

integrated circuit.

  1. A newspaper headline is ``Kingston Falls Mystery Still Unsolved.Kingston

Falls was the town in _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv), which 'Joe Dante' (qv) also


  1. The school is named after animator 'Chuck Jones' (qv).

  • Fabulous Baker Boys, The (1989)
  1. 'Madonna' (qv) was originally approached for the role which was picked up by

'Michelle Pfieffer' (qv).Madonna turned it down because the plot was ``too


  • Faccia a Faccia (1967)
  1. Originally a four-episode TV series: 1. Separation; 2. The Border;

3. Twilight Land; 4. The Return.A total of 200 minutes cut down to 135


  • Fail-Safe (1964)
  1. The film shows many US Air Force bombers, but they are all actually all shots

of the same plane, taken from a stock piece of film after the Department of

Defense declined to cooperate with the filmmakers.

  1. _Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)_ (qv)

has a remarkably similar premise, and was being made by

'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) at the same time.Kubrick threatened legal action,

claiming plagiarism.The issue was settled when Columbia Pictures agreed to

push Kubrick's film at the expense of _Fail-Safe (1964)_ (qv), which

subsequently bombed at the box office.

  • Fair Game (1995)
  1. Originally set in San Francisco, changed to Miami to suit

'Sylvester Stallone' (qv), who subsequently left the project.

  • Falcon in Mexico, The (1944)
  1. The exterior footage is supposedly from 'Orson Welles' (qv)' never completed

RKO documentary _It's All True (????)_ (qv).

  • Falcon's Brother, The (1942)
  1. Originally intended to be the last of the ``Falcon movies, as

'George Sanders' (qv) wanted out of the series.

  • Falling Down (1993)
  1. The stripper for Prendergast ('Robert Duvall' (qv)) is named ``Suzie.

When she starts dancing, someone says ``Susie Q, a reference to

_Apocalypse Now (1979)_ (qv), which also starred Duvall.

  • Falls, The (1980)
  1. Fragments of director 'Peter Greenaway' (qv)'s short films

_A Walk Through H (1978)_ (qv) and _Vertical Features Remake (1976)_ (qv)

appear in the film.

  1. CAMEO(Michael Nyman):
  1. CAMEO(Bob Godfrey): G. Odfrey.

  • Family Plot (1976)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in silhouette 45 minutes into the film

behind the door at the registrar of births and deaths.

  1. 'Roy Thinnes' (qv) was originally hired to play Arthur Adamson, but

Hitchcock was dissatisfied with his performance and fired him one month

into the filming.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: features a modern chemical


  • Fantasia (1940)
  1. The Sorceror (in ``The Sorceror's Apprentice) is named ``Yen Sid, which

is ``Disney spelt backwards.

  1. The demon in ``Night on Bald Mountain was supposedly modeled on

'Bela Lugosi' (qv).It was named ``Chernobog after the god of evil in

Slavonik mythology.

  1. A segment featuring 'Claude Debussy' (qv)'s ``Clair de Lunewas animated

but cut.

  1. The soundtrack was re-recorded for the film's 50th anniversary.

  • Far and Away (1992)
  1. Director 'Ron Howard' (qv) wasn't happy with 'Nicole Kidman' (qv)'s facial

reaction during the shooting of the scene where her character lifts the bowl

covering Joseph's (her husband 'Tom Cruise' (qv)'s) crotch.Without telling

Kidman, he asked Cruise to remove the his underwear.Howard got the

reaction he wanted, and it appears in the film.

  • Far Out Man (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Cheech Marin): ???.Marin was director 'Tommy Chong' (qv)'s

former partner in the comedy duo ``Cheech & Chong.

  • Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
  1. While the Coyote and Roadrunner are chasing each other through a freeway

cloverleaf, the soundtrack plays ``I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.

  • Fatal Attraction (1987)
  1. Original ending had Alex committing suicide while dressed in white, and Dan

being arrested for her murder.Changed when preview audiences felt that

justice was not served onto Alex.This ending still appears in the Japanese

release.The ending was reshot in the worship room of the Unitarian church

in Mt. Kisco, NY.

  1. Alex starts the film wearing white, but gradually switches to be wearing

black at the end.See also _Dial M for Murder (1954)_ (qv),

_Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)_ (qv).

  1. 'Barbara Hershey' (qv) and 'Debra Winger' (qv) both turned down the role

of Alex.

  • Faust (1926)
  1. When the film was already finished and edited, the UFA began to dislike

'Hans Kyser' (qv)'s text and asked German writer 'Gerhard Hauptmann' (qv) to

work on it.Kyser disagreed, but when Hauptmann was finished finally the

UFA disliked Hauptmann's text even more and the film was released with

Kyser's original.

  1. 'Lillian Gish' (qv) was asked to star in the movie, but her demands were

unacceptable.'Leni Riefenstahl' (qv) applied for the femal lead role,

but was turned down.

  • Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck, The (1967)
  1. Producer 'Martin Ransohoff' (qv) discovered 'Sharon Tate' (qv) on the set of

_"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)_ (qv), and insisted that director

'Roman Polanski' (qv) use her instead of 'Jill St. John' (qv) as Polanski

had planned.

  • Fedora (1978)
  1. The character and career of Fedora in the original 'Thomas Tryon' (qv) short

story is based on elements from the lives and careers of

'Marlene Dietrich' (qv), 'Greta Garbo' (qv), 'Pola Negri' (qv),

'Olga Tschechova' (qv), and 'Elfi von Dassanowsky' (qv).The

Hungarian-accented director in the flashback is modeled after

'Michael Curtiz' (qv).

  • Feuer, Eis & Dynamit (1990)
  1. 'Celia Gore-Booth' (qv) (who played the bald villain) actually had

waist-length red har that she didn't cut for the role.

  • Few Good Men, A (1992)
  1. Two ``Misery novels can be seen beside Danny's typewriter while he watches

a ball game._Misery (1990)_ (qv) was also directed by 'Rob Reiner' (qv).

  • Field of Fire (1991)
  1. 'David Carradine' (qv)'s character is named ``Gen. Corman, after

B-movie mogul 'Roger Corman' (qv), director 'Cirio H. Santiago' (qv)'s

longtime business partner.

  • Fighting 69th, The (1940)
  1. 'Priscilla Lane' (qv) was cast as a girl back home.The part was cut before


  1. 'William Gargan' (qv) was originally cast as John Wynn.

  • Finian's Rainbow (1968)
  1. The song ``Necessity appears on the soundtrack album, but was cut from the


  • Fire on the Amazon (1993) (V)
  1. 'Sandra Bullock' (qv) placed duct tape on her breasts during the filming

of the love scene so that she could know for sure nothing would be visible

that she didn't want seen.She also made the production company sign

a contract stating which parts of her were not to be shown.

  • Firm, The (1993)
  1. A scene where we're told that ``The Firm don't want their lawyers to have

family money, that it keeps them ``loyal to their only source of income

is shown in some trailers, but isn't in the movie.

  1. CAMEO(Paul Sorvino):

  • First Men in the Moon (1964)
  1. CAMEO(Peter Finch):

  • First Traveling Saleslady, The (1956)
  1. Originally intended to star 'Mae West' (qv).

  • Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)
  1. 'John Cleese' (qv)'s character is called ``Archie Leach, which is

'Cary Grant' (qv)'s real name.

  1. Portia is played by 'Cynthia Caylor' (qv), who is Cleese's real-life


  1. The scene where Archie sits up in the background behind Wanda

('Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv)) is reminscent of a scene in

_Halloween (1978))_ (qv), in which Michael Myers sat up similarily behind


  1. When Otto ('Kevin Kline' (qv)), suggests possible snitchers to George, he

suggests ``Kevin Delaney, which are Kline's first and middle names.

  1. The ``dog death scenes were originally filmed with entrails from a butcher

scattered around the ``dead dog.Preview audiences reacted strongly to

this, so the scenes were reshot with an obviously fake straw dog.

  • Fisher King, The (1991)
  1. The front window of the video store features a poster for director

'Terry Gilliam' (qv)'s previous film

_The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)_ (qv). A poster for

_Brazil (1985)_ (qv) (also directed by Gilliam) appears on the wall in the

first video store scene.Almost all of the posters and video tape boxes in

the video store are from RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, the video arm of

Tri Star Pictures, which released the film.

  1. CAMEO(Tom Waits): the beggar in the wheelchair at the train station.

  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  1. 'Mick Jagger' (qv) and 'Jason Robards' (qv) were replaced by

'Klaus Kinski' (qv).

  1. Director 'Werner Herzog' (qv) wanted 'Mario Adorf' (qv) as captain of

the ship, but Adorf refuzed to do the takes which involved the ship

drifting thought the rapids.Eventually, six men besides Herzog himself

volunteered to do it.Of the six, three were wounded; one had two

broken ribs.

  1. The production is documented by the film ``Burden of Dreams by

'Les Blank' (qv).

  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  1. There is a rumor that the monitor behind Hans Zarkov ('Topol' (qv)) as he is

having his memory dumped shows scenes from Topol's previous movies.

  • Flic, Un (1971)
  1. The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai's famous woodcut ``The Wave.

  • Flicks (1987)
  1. Filmed in 1981 but never released theatrically.

  • Flight of the Navigator (1986)
  1. Reference to _E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv): David gets out of the

spaceship at the gas station to ``phone home.

  • Flight of the Phoenix, The (1965)
  1. The plane that they leave on at the end of the film was originally a C-82

Boom aircraft.The stunt of taking off was too dangerous, and thus pilot

'Paul Mantz' (qv) was asked to merely come in low, run his landing gear

along the ground, and then take off again, simulating a take-off.On the

second take, Mantz was killed and the plane destroyed.As all main footage

had already been shot, a North American O-47A observation plane from the Air

Museum was substituted for the remaining closeups.

  • Fly, The (1986)
  1. DIRCAMEO(David Cronenberg): obstetrician who delivers the maggot baby.

  • Flying Down to Rio (1933)
  1. In the original prints, the ``Orchids in the Moonlight number was color
  1. 'Joel McCrea' (qv) was originally slated for the role of Roger Bond.
  1. It became obvious that 'Arline Judge' (qv) was no match for

'Fred Astaire' (qv), so 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) replaced her.


  1. 'Dorothy Jordan' (qv) was originally cast as dancing partner to 'Fred

Astaire' (qv), but left to marry the producer, 'Merian C. Cooper' (qv).

'Ginger Rogers' (qv) replaced her.

  • Fog, The (1980)
  1. DIRTRADE(John Carpenter): [names]: characters named after cast and

crew of Carpenter's previous film _Halloween (1978)_ (qv).

  • Follow the Boys (1944)
  1. In the ``Beyond the Blue Horizon number (previously used in

_Monte Carlo (1930)_ (qv)) the lyric ``rising sun were chanced

to ``shining sun, to avoid any associations to the Japanese flag.

  • Follow the Fleet (1936)
  1. For the dance number ``Let Yourself Go, choreographer 'Hermes Pan' (qv)

scouted several talented amateurs from Los Angeles dance halls. The best

couple was spliced into the routine.

  1. The role of Connie Martin was originally planned for 'Irene Dunne' (qv),

but she was unavailable.

  1. 'Harriet Hilliard' (qv) darkened her hair for the role to heighten theo

contrast between her and 'Ginger Rogers' (qv).

  1. During the final dance sequence on the boat it is possible to see

'Fred Astaire' (qv) hit in the face by Rogers' beaded sleeve.The sequence

was shot again 23 times in the hope of capturing the magic of that take

without the accident, but it wasn't to be, and this original take was used.

  1. Bugle call: see also _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv) and

_Roberta (1935)_ (qv).

  • Follow the Leader (1930)
  1. 'Ethel Merman' (qv) was a last minute replacement for 'Ruth Etting' (qv).

  • Foolish Wives (1922)
  1. Originally 3 hours long, censored to about 130 minutes.
  1. Mrs. Hughes can be seen reading a book with the title ``Foolish Wives,

written by 'Erich von Stroheim' (qv).

  • Footlight Parade (1933)
  1. 'John Garfield' (qv) is often credited as being an extra in this film, 5

years before signing a Hollywood contract with Warners, but researchers are

in dispute over whether it is actually Garfield in the shot, which lasts

5/6 of one second onscreen.

  • Footlight Serenade (1942)
  1. CAMEO(Hermes Pan): the film's choreographer dances with 'Betty Grable' (qv)

to ``Land on Your Feet.

  • For the Defense (1930)
  1. Loosely based on the career of New York attorney 'William Fallon' (qv).

  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  1. 'Roger Moore' (qv) announces that he is reluctant to play 007 again, but is

lured back at the last moment for an undisclosed sum.To cover the

possibility of a new actor playing Bond, and to provide continuity, the

script writers included a scene in which 007 visits the grave of his

murdered wife.

  1. Director 'John Glenn' (qv) had previously edited and was second-unit director

on a number of previous Bond films.

  1. The pre-title sequence is a dig a 'Kevin McClory' (qv), who owns the rights

to Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE.The unnamed man in a wheelchair is

obviously mean to be Blofeld, and disposing of him so early was producer

Cubby Broccoli's way of saying that the success of 007 did not depend on him.

  1. Stuntman 'Paolo Rigon' (qv) died during the filming of the bob sleigh chase.
  1. 'Bernard Lee' (qv), who played M for the last eleven 007 films died while

preparing for the role.As a mark of respect, Broccoli refused to recast

the role, changing the script to say that M was on leave.

  1. One of the Bond girls was played by 'Tula Cossey' (qv), who was later

revealed to be a former male.

  1. 'Sheena Easton' (qv) becomes the first vocalist to appear during the credits


  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  1. Borrowed its plot from Shakespeare's ``The Tempest.
  1. First appearance of ``Robby the Robot.
  1. First mainstream film to have the music performed entirely by electronic

instruments, the soundtrack taking a year to be created.

  • Foreign Affair, A (1948)
  1. CAMEO(Frederick Hollander): Erika's piano player in the cabaret.

  • Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  1. 'Robert Benchley' (qv) was allowed to write his own lines.
  1. Director 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) wanted 'Gary Cooper' (qv) for the lead

instead of 'Joel McCrae' (qv), but Cooper wasn't interested in doing a


  1. Shooting was completed on May 29, 1940, after which Hitchcock made a

visit to England.He returned on July 3 with the word that the Germans

were expected to start bombing at any time.'Ben Hecht' (qv) was hurriedly

called in and wrote the tacked-on final scene set at a London radio

station; it was filmed on July 5, and the real-life bombing started on

July 10.

  1. 'Albert Bassermann' (who played the Dutch diplomat Van Meer) couldn't speak a

word of English and learned all his lines phonetically.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): early in the movie walking past

Jonny Jones' hotel reading a newspaper.

  • Forgotten Commandments (1932)
  1. Uses footage from _The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv).

  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  1. The script for this movie drifted around for 20 years before anyone decided

to film it.

  1. All of the still photos of Forrest show him with his eyes closed.

  • Fortress (1993)
  1. Filmed on the same set as _Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)_ (qv).

  • Forty-Second Street (1933)
  1. 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) took the role of Anytime Annie at the uring of

director 'Mervyn LeRoy' (qv), whom she was dating at the time.

  • Foundling, The (1915)
  1. Unreleased # only print destroyed by fire before release
  1. This 1915 film was completed in August and reviewed by trade papers, but was

destroyed by fire in a studio accident.It was immediately remade with a

different director and a slightly different cast and release on 2 January

1916, only 6 days after the scheduled release date for the destroyed version.

  • Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
  1. ACTTRADE(David Niven): [names] The line ``I knew a man named Trubshawe...

refers to a lifelong friend of Niven's, a source of references or character

names in several of his films.

  • Four Musketeers, The (1975)
  1. Filmed at the same time as _The Three Musketeers_ (qv).
  1. Director 'Richard Lester' (qv) was sued by the actors who claimed they were

tricked into thinking the film was to be part of

_The Three Musketeers_ (qv).They won their case in court, but did not

receive as much money as they would have if they were paid separately for

both films.

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  1. While making the film, 'Hugh Grant' (qv) thought the movie was awful.
  1. 'Kristin Scott Thomas' (qv) dubbed her own voice for the French version.
  1. At one point Charles says to Carrie ('Andie MacDowell' (qv)), ``For a moment

there, I thought you were 'Glenn Close' (qv) in

_Fatal Attraction (1987)_ (qv).Close dubbed MacDowell's voice in

_Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)_ (qv).
  1. The budget for the film was so small that the Scottish wedding wasn't

filmed in Scotland, and the extras had to bring their own suits to the


  • Frankenhooker (1990)
  1. 'Beverly Bonner' (qv) plays ``Casey, a character that appears in

_Basket Case (1982)_ (qv), _Brain Damage (1988)_ (qv), and

_Basket Case 2 (1990)_ (qv), all also directed by 'Frank Henenlotter' (qv).

  1. The interior of the Franken family garage is intentionally four times

as large as the exterior, as specified in the screenplay.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Frank Henenlotter): on the train that Frankenhooker takes to

Manhattan, standing by the door holding a newspaper.

  • Frankenstein (1931)
  1. 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) was offered the role of the Monster, but turned it down.
  1. In one scene, the monster ('Boris Karloff' (qv)) walks through a forest and

comes upon a little girl, Maria, who is throwing flowers into a pond. The

monster joins her in the activity but soon runs out of flowers. At a loss

for something to throw into the water, he looks at Maria and moves toward

her. In all American prints of the movie, the scene ends here. But as

originally filmed, the action continues to show the monster grabbing

Maria, hurling her into the lake, then departing in confusion when Maria

fails to float as the flowers did. This bit was deleted because Karloff -

objecting to the director's interpretation of the scene # felt that the

monster should have gently put Maria into the lake. Though Karloff's

intentions were good, the scenes omission suggests a crueler death for

Maria, since a subsequent scene shows her bloodied corpse being carried

through the village by her father.This scene is restored in the

videocassette reissue.

  • Frankie and Johnny (1991)
  1. One scene called for actor 'Al Pacino' (qv) to be surprised after opening a

door._Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)_ (qv) was filming in a

nearby studio, so director 'Garry Marshall' (qv) arranged for Kirk and

Spock be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

  • Frauen sind doch bessere Diplomaten (1941)
  1. Supporting actor 'Karl Stepanek' (qv) emigrated whilst the nearly three

years production period and was replaced by 'Erich Fiedler' (qv). Cutting

and new shooting came to 500,000 DM additional production cost, because

color processing had been developed further.

  • Freaked (1993)
  1. Director 'Alex Winter' (qv) claims that 'Mr. T' (qv) got stressed out and

left the set three days before filming was finished.A ``scab T was

required for one shot.This stand-in can be seen in one of the cage shots

during the battle between the huge Stuey and Ricky.Mr. T was unavailable

for re-dubbing the scene with all the milkmen, so 'Lee Arenberg' (qv) did the

voice-over instead.

  1. Winter claims that the original producer of the film was fired by the studio

for making too many weird movies.

  1. Winter claims that 'Alex Zuckerman' (qv)'s ears are not really that big.
  1. Winter claims that the drool and spit coming from his mouth after Ricky

gets transformed was real, caused by the make-up.

  1. CAMEO(Keanu Reeves): the Dog Boy

  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
  1. CAMEO(Johnny Depp): in a TV commercial.Depp played a character in

_A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv) who was killed when he fell asleep

watching TV.

  1. CAMEO(Alice Cooper): Freddy's father.

  • Frenzy (1972)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in the first moments of the film in the

crowd # he is the only one not applauding the speaker.

  1. 'Elsie Randolph' (qv) (who plays a worker at the hotel) last appeared in a

Hitchcock film 40 years earlier as the old maid in

_Rich and Strange (1932)_ (qv).

  1. This was the first film Hitchcock shot in England since 1950's

_Stage Fright (1950)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: the killer hides in the bathroom

after the potato truck sequence.

  • Freshman, The (1925)
  1. The football scenes were shot at the Berkeley Bowl between the first and

second quarters of the East-West game of 1924-25.

  • Freshman, The (1990)
  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) plays a character who they supposedly modeled Don

Corleone from _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) after.'Bruno Kirby' (qv) (who

plays Brando's nephew) played the young Clemenza in

_The Godfather: Part II (1974)_ (qv).

  1. Victor Ray gives Clark Kellogg an Italian passport with the name

``Rodolfo Lasparri, the name of a character from

_A Night at the Opera (1935)_ (qv).

  1. Brando left filming one day in the trunk of his car to avoid photographers.
  1. During post-production, Brando claimed this film would be the biggest turkey

of all time, but subsequently changed his mind, saying it would be


  • Frightmare (1982)
  1. 'Jeffrey Combs' (qv) was cast principally because a brunette was needed to

match the prop head made for the decapitation scene.

  • From Beyond (1986)
  1. Dr. Crawford Tillinghast ('Jeffrey Combs' (qv)) wears a Miskatonic University

sweatshirt.Miskatonic University is the same college at which

_Re-Animator (1985)_ (qv) took place, which also stars Combs.

  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  1. The burgers eaten in the hotel are ``Kahuna Burgers, the same ones

featured in _True Romance (1993)_ (qv) and _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv), which

were also written by 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv).

  1. The gun that Sex Machine weilds is one of the weapons found in El Mariachi's

guitar case in _Desperado (1995)_ (qv), also directed by

'Robert Rodriguez' (qv)

  • From Here to Eternity (1953)
  1. 'Eli Wallach' (qv) turned down the role of Angelo Maggio.
  1. 'George Reeves' (qv) (star of TV's ``The Adventures of Superman series)

had a role in the film, but after audiences at the first screening shouted

``Superman! whenever he appeared on screen, his scenes were cut from the

to a minimum.

  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  1. The budget was $2,000,000 (double that of _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv)).
  1. Chosen as the second 007 film after President Kennedy listed the book in his

top ten favorite novels of all time.

  1. 'Daniela Blanchi' (qv) was 1960's Miss Universe, but being Italian her voice

was dubbed.

  1. 'Martine Beswick' (qv) (Zora the gypsy) danced in the opening credits of

_Dr. No (1962)_ (qv).

  1. ``Q played by 'Desmond Llewelyn' (qv) appears for the first time.
  1. 'Pedro Armendariz' (qv) was terminally ill during filming. Towards the end of

shooting, 'Terence Young' (qv) had to double for the actor. Shortly after the

film wrapped Armendariz committed suicide.

  1. During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced

pilot flew too close to 'Sean Connery' (qv), almost killing him.

  1. The title of the film is ``Hearty Kisses From Russia in France and

``Agent 007 Sees Red in Sweden.

  • Fugitive, The (1993)
  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) has never seen a single episode of the TV series upon

which the film was based.

  1. A train was actually crashed for the movie, although Kimble jumping free

was a superimposed image.

  1. 'Tommy Lee Jones' (qv) ad-libbed his reply to Kimble's protest (``I didn't

kill my wife): ``I don't care!

  1. Ford damaged some ligaments in his leg during the filming of the scenes in

the woods.He refused to take surgery until the end of filming so that

his character would keep the limp.The limp can be seen in any subsequent

scene where Richard Kimble is running.

  1. A destination indicator on a subway train reads ``Kimbal, and the next shot

tracks over a building which has a sign reading ``Harrison.

  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  1. Drill Instructor played by 'R Lee Ermey' (qv). A former US Marines Drill

Instructor, Ermey was supposed to be a consultant on how to drill USMC

style, but he lobbied director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) for the part.

  1. Ermey was involved in a jeep accident during the making of the movie. At

1am he skidded off the road, breaking all of his ribs on one side.Lee

refused to pass out, and kept flashing his car lights until a motorist

stopped.In some scenes, he does not move one of his arms at all.

  1. The scenes of the ruined city of Hue were shot on the Isle of Dogs, a

dockyard in London that was scheduled for demolition.In some shots there

is a rock in the background that looks very much like the monolith from

Kubrick's _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).Kubrick says it wasn't

intentional, but was noticed while watching the rushes.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Private Pyle during the scene

when all the marines are being pump up to kill, and when he is in the head.

  • Funny About Love (1990)
  1. Conceived by producer 'Jon Avnet' (qv) after reading an article in

Esquire Magazine by syndicated columnist 'Bob Greene' (qv) entitled

``Convention of the Love Goddesses, which Avnet perceived as ``an

exploration of a man's relationship with the women in his life.Greene

wrote the article after serving as guest speaker at the national convention

of the Delta Gamma sorority.

  1. Originally filmed with 'Farrah Fawcett' (qv) as a former Delta Gamma, but

after poor audience testing the film was re-edited just prior to its release

to remove all of her scenes.

  • Funny Girl (1968)
  1. ``The Swan was written especially for this movie.The original number,

``Rat-A-Tat-Tat was deemed too dated (though appropriate for the setting

of the show).

  • Game of Death (1978)
  1. 'Bruce Lee' (qv) died during the making of this film.The official verdict

was a brain edema, but many people believe there is more to the story than

this.One persistent rumor is that he was killed by Ninja masters for

revealing too many of their secrets.

  • Game of Death II (1977)
  1. Despite dying years before production started on this film, 'Bruce Lee' (qv)

recieves top billing.Footage of him was culled from various previous

outtakes, resulting in many continuity errors.

  • Garden of Allah, The (1936)
  1. 'Merle Oberon' (qv) was originally signed to play Domini, but was ``bought

off by 'David O. Selznick' (qv) at a cost of $25,000.

  1. All of the ``Arabic spoken in the film is gibberish.

  • Garden, The (1995)
  1. DIRCAMEO(James Kerwin): about 45 minutes in shaking hands with Johansen after


  • Gardens of Stone (1987)
  1. 'Mary Stuart Masterson' (qv)'s character's parents are played by her

real-life parents, 'Peter Masterson' (qv) and 'Carlin Glynn' (qv).

  • Gas Food Lodging (1992)
  1. The letter telling Nora about Trudi's absences from school gives the

name of the school principal as 'Allison Anders' (qv), the director of

the film.

  • Gay Divorcee, The (1934)
  1. Advertisements for the film touted 'Fred Astaire' (qv) and

'Ginger Rogers' (qv) as ``The King and Queen of the Carioca in reference

to their previous film, _Flying Down to Rio_ (qv).

  1. 'Helen Broderick' (qv) was asked to play the role of Hortense but was


  1. The bugle call at the beginning of the ``Don't Let It Bother You

dance was developed from clowning during rehearsals, and became an in-joke

in future Astaire-Rogers films.

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  1. Originally bought by Fox as a vehicle for 'Betty Grable' (qv), however, after

the success of _Niagara (1953)_ (qv) (which featured 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv)),

the studio believed they had a more potent and far less expensive sex symbol

than Grable (who was earning around $150,000 per picture vs. Monroe's

$18,000).Monroe kept insisting on retakes despite approval of takes by the

director.When Fox asked director 'Howard Hawkes' (qv) how production could

be sped up he retored: ``three wonderful ideas: Replace Marilyn, rewrite the

script and make it shorter, and get a new director.

  1. Monroe wears a gold lame evening dress previously worn by

'Ginger Rogers' (qv) in _Dreamboat (1952)_ (qv).

  • Getaway, The (1994)
  1. 'Alec Baldwin' (qv) and 'Kim Basinger' (qv) were a couple at the time that

this film was made, the same as 'Steve McQueen' (qv) and 'Ali MacGraw' (qv)

were when they starred in _The Getaway (1972)_ (qv).

  1. During the scene where Carol (Basinger) is driving the car and Doc (Baldwin)

is shooting from the back seat, a spent cartridge ejected from the gun hit

Basinger on the lip.Filming stopped for over a week while the wound


  1. The man who sells his truck at the end his named ``Slim.In

_The Getaway (1972)_ (qv), this character was played by 'Slim Pickens' (qv).

  • Gettysburg (1993)
  • Gettysburg (1993)
  1. CAMEO(Ted Turner): saying ``Let's go, boys! midway through Pickett's
  1. Except for the featured cast, this movie featured over 13,000 volunteer


civil war reenactors that paid their own way, provided their own props,

and fought the battles presented on screen using the same tactics as were

current at the time.

  • Ghare-Baire (1984)
  1. Based on the book ``Ghare-Baire by 'Rabindranath Tagore' (qv).Director

'Satyajit Ray' (qv) had previously written a screenplay from this book, but

had sold the rights to a group who never filmed the story.30 years later,

Ray rewrote the screenplay for this film.

  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  1. The role of Louis Tully was originally written for 'John Candy' (qv).
  1. The eggs which fry themselves are sitting next to a package of ``Stay-Puft

marshmallows.There is also a large advertisement for ``Stay-Puft

marshmallows (complete with the marshmallow man) visible on the side of

a building.

  1. The demonic voice of Dana/Zuul was performed by director 'Ivan Reitman' (qv).

The voice of Gozer was provided by 'Paddi Edwards' (qv).

  1. Many sequences were shot but removed from the film (a couple of the

following were added as extras to the Criterion Collection CAV laserdisc

release) :

# Several shots in the sequence where Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler are
thrown off campus were cut.
# Several scenes throughout the film with Janine and Egon were cut.
# The first time Venkman leaves Dana'a appartment, he says to Louis ``What a
# The ``green slimer ghost is discovered by two newlyweds at the Hotel
Sedgewick. Also cut was a Ghostbuster inspection of the room.
# A policeman tries to ticket the Ectomobile, but the car won't let him.
# 'Bill Murray' (qv) and 'Dan Aykroyd' (qv) play two bums that witness Louis
being chased by the terror dog.
# Ray and Winston inspect Fort Detmerring, where Ray dresses in an old
General's coat and falls asleep. When he awakes, he sees a female ghost
above his bed. This part of the sequence was kept and used in the montage
in the middle of the film.
# Louis encounters two muggers in Central Park during the ghost montage.
# Venkman and Stantz discuss matters with the mayor outside City Hall.
# The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man sequence ends with his large hat falling to
the ground.
Some deleted shots appear in the film's trailers.

  • Ghostbusters II (1989)
  1. Several pieces of material from the trailers did not appear in the film:
# Egon uses a PKE meter to read a piece of floating crystal.
# When someone says the Titanic just arrived, Venkman replies ``Better late
than never. In the film, this is said by 'Cheech Marin' (qv).
  1. Dialogue including ``There's always room for Jello was re-recorded for the

finished film.

  1. CAMEO(Chloe Webb): guest on ``World of the Psychic.

  • Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) (V)
  1. CAMEO(Donald Trump): himself

  • Giant (1956)
  1. Director 'George Stevens' (qv) wanted to cast fading star 'Alan Ladd' (qv)

as Jett Rink, but his wife advised against it.The role went to

'James Dean' (qv).

  • Girl From Tomorrow, The (1992) (TV)
  1. Composed entirely from episodes of

_"Girl From Tomorrow, The" (1990) (TV)_ (qv).,

  • Giu la testa (1971)
  1. The film was originally due to be directed by 'Peter Bogdanovich' (qv),

but 'Sergio Leone' (qv) took over.

  • Glen or Glenda (1953)
  1. This transvestitism film was entirely financed by a Mormon church.

  • Glory (1989)
  1. 'Matthew Broderick' (qv) is believed to be a distant relative of Shaw, the

character he plays.

  1. CAMEO(Jane Alexander): Robert Shaw's mother.

  • Godfather, The (1972)
  1. 'Warren Beatty' (qv), 'Jack Nicholson' (qv), and 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) were

all offered the part of Michael Corleone, but all refused.

'Robert Redford' (qv) was also considered.

  1. There is a rumor that 'Burt Reynolds' (qv) was originally cast as Michael

Corleone but 'Marlon Brando' (qv) wouldn't act with him, considering him

more a TV star.

  1. 'Lawrence Olivier' (qv) was considered for the role of Vito Corleone.
  1. 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) was considered for the role of Johnny, but this role

went to 'Al Martino' (qv) when it became apparent that there were too many

similarities between Johnny and Sinatra himself.

  1. Brando wanted to make Don Corleone look ``like a bulldog, so he stuffed

his cheeks with cotton wool for the screen test.For actual filming, he

wore an appliance made by a dentist.'Al Pacino' (qv) also wore a dental

appliance.This was to hold his jaw out of alignment, to appear as though it

had been broken by Captain McCluskey and not reset.Brando's mouthpiece is

on display at the prop and costume museum at Universal Studios.

  1. During rehersals, a false horse's head was used for the bedroom scene.For

the actual shot, a real horse's head was used.

  1. During the scene where Sonny ('James Caan' (qv)) beats up Carlo

('Gianni Russo' (qv)), Caan actually broke some of Russo's ribs.

  1. Author 'Mario Puzo' (qv) and director 'Francis Coppola' (qv)

deliberately removed all instances of the word ``Mafia from their


  1. Scene of Don Corleone's death in the tomato garden was ad-libbed.
  1. 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) (daughter of director) appears as Michael Corleone's

baby daughter in the christening scenes.

  • Godfather: Part III, The (1990)
  1. 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) (daughter of director 'Francis Coppola' (qv)) plays

Michael Corleone's daughter, a role she played as a baby in

_The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).'Winona Ryder' (qv) was originally cast, but

she withdrew due to exhaustion.

  1. Twin girls with long dark hair are shown in a close-up pan in the crowd at

Michael's party.In _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), similar girls were shown

when Don Vito Corlenone was brought back from the hospital.

  1. 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s mother is one of the women that stops Vincent to

complain about the poor care of the neighborhood.See also

_GoodFellas (1990)_ (qv).

  1. Composer 'Carmine Coppola' (qv) plays the orchestra conductor at the opera.

  • Gods Must Be Crazy, The (1980)
  1. Director 'Jamie Uys' (qv) searched for 3 months in the Kakahari, South

Africa, to find the perfect Bushman ('N!xay' (qv)) who in real life had no

contact with modern civilization to play the role of Xi.

  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
  1. The musical numbers were added to the film after it was already finished

due to the enormous sucess of 'Busby Berkeley' (qv)'s routines in

_Forty-Second Street_ (qv).

  • Gold Rush, The (1925)
  1. The 2,500 men playing prospectors were real vagrants who were hired for

one day's pay.

  1. There was 27 times more film shot than appeared in the final cut.
  1. The scene where The Lone Prospector and Big Jim have a boot for supper took

three days and 63 takes to suit director 'Charles Chaplin' (qv).The boot

was made of licorice, and Chaplin was later rushed to hospital suffering

insulin shock.

  • GoldenEye (1995)
  1. First James Bond movie where Bond's car is not English.
  1. 'Pierce Brosnan' (qv)'s first appearance as James Bond.Other actors

considered include 'Liam Neeson' (qv), 'Mel Gibson' (qv), 'Sam Neill' (qv),

and 'Hugh Grant' (qv). Brosnan was the prefered choice for Bond in

_The Living Daylights (1989)_ (qv), but was ruled out because of his

contractual obligations to _"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv).

  1. Brosnan's contract to play James Bond specifies that while contracted as

Bond he is not permitted to appear in any other film wearing a tuxedo.

  1. Actresses considered as Bond girls were 'Elizabeth Hurley' (qv) and

'Elle MacPherson' (qv).'Paulina Porizkova' (qv) was offered the role as

Bond's leading lady, but turned it down.

  1. 'The Rolling Stones' (qv) were offered the chance to sing the title song,

but declined.

  1. United Artists tried to get 'Anthony Hopkins' (qv) to play the villian.
  1. 'Joe Don Baker' (qv) (Jack Wade) played an extremely similar character

(Darius Jedburgh) in _"Edge of Darkness" (1986)_ (qv).Baker appeared in

a previous Bond movie (_The Living Daylights (1987)_ (qv)) as Brad Whitaker.

  1. ``Goldeneye is the nickname of Bond creator 'Ian Fleming' (qv)'s beachfront

house in Jamaica where (between 1952 and 1964) he wrote the Bond novels and

short stories.

  1. Long-standing visual effects supervisor 'Derek Meddings' (qv) died of

natural causes during the production of the film, hence the dedication

of the film to him.

  1. Near the end of the film a computer displays ``Pevsner Communications GmBH,

a reference to executive producer 'Tom Pevsner' (qv).

  • Goldfinger (1964)
  1. The budget was $4,000,000 (it eventually grossed $40,000,000).
  1. 'Margaret Nolan' (qv) (Dink) also appears in the opening credits sequence.
  1. 'Nadja Regin' (qv) (Bonita the nightclub dancer) previously appeared in

_From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv).

  1. 'Sean Connery' (qv) hurt his back during the fight sequence with Oddjob in

Fort Knox.The incident delayed filming and some say that Connery used the

injury to get a better deal out of the producers for the next 007 film.

  1. The image of the body coated in gold paint became an icon of the sixties

when it appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

  1. Connery has only seen the film twice: once at its premiere and again

when his granddaughter insisted he watch his favorite Bond film with her.

  1. Although he could speak English, 'Gert Frobe' (qv)'s voice was dubbed.

  • Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
  1. 93 cars are crashed in this 97 minute movie.

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  1. First scene to be shot was the fires in Atlanta, filmed on December 10 1938.

If there was a major mistake during the filming, the entire film might have

been scrapped.What they actually burned were a whole lot of old sets on

the studio backlot, including the ``Great Gate from

_King Kong (1933)_ (qv).113 minutes of footage were shot, the cost of the

blaze coming to more that $25,000.The fire was so intense that the

unwarned public of Culver City jammed the telephones lines, thinking MGM was

burning down.Scarlett was doubled by 'Eileen Goodwin' (qv) and

'Dorothy Fargo' (qv), while Rhett was doubled by 'Yakima Canutt' (qv) and

'Jay Wilsey' (qv).

  1. When filming began, the part of Scarlett O'Hara had not yet been cast.

'Vivien Leigh' (qv) was introduced to producer 'David O. Selznick' (qv) by

his brother, 'Myron Selznick' (qv), during filming.(The actor in the long

shots during the fire scenes is a double.)Leigh wanted the role so

much that she read the novel and several volumes on the Civil War.

  1. Selznick asked 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) for help with the scene in which the

women wait for the men from the raid on Shantytown and Melanie reads ``David

Copperfield. Hitchcock delivered a precise treatment, complete with

descriptions of shots and camera angles. Hitchcock wanted to show Rhett,

Ashley etc. outside the house, dodging the Union soldiers. He also wanted an

exchange of meaning glances between Melanie and Rhett inside the house.

Virtually nothing of this treatment was used.

  1. 'Clark Gable' (qv) was so distressed over the requirement that he cry on

film (during the scene where Melanie is comforting Rhett after Bonnie has

died) that he almost quit.'Olivia de Havilland' (qv) convinced him to

stay on the film.

  1. The public demanded 'Bette Davis' (qv) for the part of Scarlett, she was

film tested for the part, and the footage of her as Scarlett still exists.

  1. Female costumes were made complete with petticoats, although they wouldn't

have been missed had they not been there.

  1. 'George Reeves' (qv) is credited as playing the part of Brent Tarleton, and

'Fred Crane' (qv) is billed as Stuart Tarleton.This is incorrect: Crane

played Brent, and Reeves played Stuart.

  1. The scene where Scarlett digs up a turnip then retches and gives her ``As God

is my witness line, the vomiting sounds were actually made by

de Havilland since Leigh could not produce a convincing enough


  1. This film had three directors, 'George Cukor' (qv) being the first. The

official story was that 'Clark Gable' (qv) was uncomfortable with a

``woman's director (as Cukor was widely regarded).'Victor Fleming' (qv),

who had just finished _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv), was brought in, but

eventually handed over to 'Sam Wood' (qv).

  1. Leigh worked for 125 days and receibed about $25,000.Gable worked for 71

days and received over $120,000.

  • Good Earth, The (1937)
  1. The only film with on-screen credit given to MGM executive Irving Thalberg.

  • Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
  1. Originally titled ``Good Girls Go To Paris, Too, but the censors objected.

  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  1. 'Robin Williams' (qv) ad-libbed all of Adrian Cronauer's broadcasts.

  • Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  1. The wedding scene, as filmed, included a magnificent 10-minute speech by

'Monroe Arnold' (qv) as Uncle Leo -# a real tour de force.But it didn't

fit the mood of the rest of the picture, and was cut to 45 seconds.It was

a bitter blow to Arnold, and helped him decide to retire from acting not

long afterward.

  • GoodFellas (1990)
  1. Based on the novel ``Wiseguy by 'Nicholas Pileggi' (qv), but was renamed

to avoid confusion with the TV series _"Wiseguy" (1987)_ (qv).

  1. Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s mother plays Tommy's mother.
  1. Tommy ('Joe Pesci' (qv)) kills Billy Batts ('Frank Vincent' (qv)) by beating

him.In _Raging Bull (1980)_ (qv), Pesci's character nearly beat Vincent's

character to death.

  • Goonies, The (1985)
  1. Many sequences were shot but removed from the film:
# Mikey discovers that the map has a ``fold-in similar to Mad Magazine.
# The Goonies stop at the ``Stop and Snack store (which can be seen in the
opening credits) where they are harassed by Troy, who steals the map. The
Goonies escape when Brand arrives.
# The Goonies make Andy a Goonie by having her recite the Goonie oath. At
the end of the oath, she screams ``leech! and the group discovers that
they are covered with leeches. Data removes them by elecrifying a puddle
with a battery.
# Further sequences with Chunk and Sloth following the rest of the Goonies
were filmed.
# While using his ``slick shoes, Data slips on the log. Mouth and Mikey
attempt to rescue him and hold themselves down while being drenched by a
# While swimming to the Spanish boat, the group encouters an octopus. The
octopus is driven away when Data throws his radio into its mouth.
The octopus is mentioned to the reporters in the scene on the beach in the
finished film, even though the scene was cut.
# When Stef and Mouth are tied together to walk the plank, Stef offers to
share her breath with Mouth. In the finished film, he thanks her for this,
even though the scene was cut.
  1. One scene of Chunk and Sloth following the trail of the other Goonies was

added to the NBC TV showing of the film, even though twenty mintues were cut.

  1. References to _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv).
  1. The original poster art (not used on the video tape box) featured the cast

dangling from the feet of another with the top one hanging on a rock. Some of

the newspaper ads featured slightly different artwork with the characters

drawn in a different order from top to bottom.

  1. The model ship seen sailing at the film's end has a miniature R2-D2 (from

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv)) hidden on the deck.

  • Gothic (1987)
  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]
  1. DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): [with family] on the tour boat at the end of the film.

  • Grace Quigley (1984)
  1. Original ending had Seymour Flint drowning in an attempt to save Grace's

life when she walks into the ocean.After a negative reaction from a

preview audience, the ending was changed to a happier one.

  • Grand bleu, Le (1988)
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [reno]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [intro]

  • Grand Canyon (1991)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Lawrence Kasdan): tries to interest Davis in a film.

  • Great Dictator, The (1940)
  1. The German spoken by the dictator is complete nonsense.The language in

which the shop signs, posters, etc in the ``Jewish quarter are written

is Esperanto, a language createdin 1887 by Dr L.L. Zamenhof, a Polish Jew.

  • Great Escape, The (1963)
  1. Actor 'Donald Pleasence' (qv) was actually a POW during WWII.
  1. Hilts ('Steve McQueen' (qv)) strings a wire across the road to obtain a

motorcycle.McQueen himself performed the stunt where the rider hits the


  • Great Lie, The (1941)
  1. The working title was ``Far Horizon.

  • Great Moment, The (1944)
  1. Originally a much more serious film.After picking up some confused reviews

Paramount insisted that it be recut.

  • Great Mouse Detective, The (1986)
  1. When this film was originally released it's title was ``The Great Mouse

Detective.When Disney re-released it years later they gave it the title

of ``The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective.When the film was

released on video a few months later, the title on the box was back to ``The

Great Mouse Detective but the title on the film itself read ``The

Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective.

  • Great Muppet Caper, The (1981)
  1. Re-released on video in 1993, with changes to the soundtrack.
  1. CAMEO(Jim Henson): the man that Gonzo takes a photo of in the


  1. CAMEO(Richard Hunt): Cab driver.
  1. CAMEO(Jerry Nelson): man with daughter in the park.

  • Great Rock and Roll Swindle, The (1980)
  1. 'Julien Temple' (qv) replaced original director 'Russ Meyer' (qv) as a

result of creative differences.

  • Great Train Robbery, The (1979)
  1. 'Sean Connery' (qv) spent several days running on top of a moving train.

The train was supposed to be travelling at 35mph, Connery argued it was

going faster. The train driver was counting telegraph poles to measure the

speed. A helicopter pilot confirmed Connery's suspicion # the train was

travelling at over 55mph.

  1. Writer and director 'Michael Crichton' (qv) was frustrated at the pace of

filming with an Irish and British crew. They had no respect for such a young

director, until he ordered a copy of his latest film, _Coma (1978)_ (qv);

after watching it, the crew decided he was a good director and they began

working harder for him.

  1. Crichton had his hair catch fire when the steam loco he was filimg from

spewed burning embers.

  1. The steam engine originally used in the film was not powerful enough to

pull the train, so a diesel locomotive was disguised as a goods van and

used for extra power.

  • Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952)
  1. CAMEO(Bob Hope): circus spectator
  1. CAMEO(Bing Crosby): circus spectator

  • Greed (1925)
  1. The original version ran for 8 hours.

  • Greedy (1994)
  1. ``McTeague is the name of the novel by 'Frank Norris' (qv) that

_Greed (1925)_ (qv) was based on.

  • Green Goddess, The (1930)
  1. Filmed in 1929 and completed before _Disraeli (1929)_ (qv), but was held out

of release until later at Arliss' request, because he felt the other film

was a better vehicle for his talkie debut.

  • Greenwich Village (1944)
  1. ``The Revuers ('Betty Comden' (qv), 'Adolph Green' (qv),

'Judy Holliday' (qv), 'John Frank' (qv), 'Alvin Hammer' (qv)) received

billing (as a group), but their one musical number ``The Baroness Bazooka

was cut from the final print.Their remaining roles are little better than


  1. 'Carmen Miranda' (qv)'s performance of ``I Like to Be Loved By You is

actually an outtake from _Springtime in the Rockies (1942)_ (qv).

  • Gregory's Girl (1981)
  1. Dubbed with local accents for the original American release.

  • Gremlins (1984)
  1. In the first scene, Mr. Peltzer walks in front of a broken down

American Motors Company ``Gremlin, left in front of the old man's shop.

  1. The theatre marquee is showing a double bill: ``A Boy's Life (the working

title for 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s

_E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv)), and ``Watch the Skies (the

working title for Spielberg's

_Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv)).

  1. 'Zack Galligan' (qv) had a crush on 'Phoebe Cates' (qv) during filming.
  1. Billy crosses the street and calls ``Hello to the town's doctor -# Doctor

Moreau, from the 'H.G. Wells' (qv) story of the same name.

  1. Robby the Robot is in a couple scenes.In one, he's talking on a phone in

a phone booth wearing a hat.His lines are his end of the conversation with

the cook of the C57-D in _Forbidden Planet (1956)_ (qv) where Cookie is

trying to get him to produce booze.

  1. A subplot about Mrs. Deagle trying to buy some homes in Kingston Falls to

build a nuclear plant was shot but cut.

  1. A scene where Billy and Kate discover Gerald in the bank vault was added to

the NBC TV showing.

  1. Billy says he bought a comic at Dr. Fantasy's. Dr. Fantasy is a nickname for

executive producer 'Frank Marshall' (qv).

  1. The old lady in the bank is a homage to the Wicket Witch of the East from

_The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).

  1. While the father is talking on the phone from the inventor's convention, the

machine from _The Time Machine (1960)_ (qv) can be seen in the background

winding up to full power. The scene cuts to the house, and when we cut back

again, the machine has gone, leaving only a wisp of colored smoke.

  1. CAMEO(George Lucas): at the inventor's convention, riding a bicycle.


  1. CAMEO(Steven Spielberg): the man in the electric wheelchair with a TV


  1. CAMEO(Chuck Jones): The man who looks at Billy's cartoon in the bar.

There is a Warner Brothers cartoon playing on the TV.

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
  1. Two different versions of this film: one for the theatre, one for video.The

difference is that in the theatrical version, it appears that the film begins

to burn, however, in the video version, this segment is replaced by a segment

which simulates a broken VCR machine.

  1. Dr Catheter can be seen carrying a pod from

_Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)_ (qv).

  • Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
  1. 'Andie MacDowell' (qv)'s voice was dubbed by 'Glenn Close' (qv).

  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  1. In one scene, Phil Connors throws himself from the bell tower of a high

building.This building is actually an opera house in Woodstock, Illinois.

Local legend has it that a young girl once committed suicide by throwing

herself from the same bell tower.Her ghost is supposed to haunt the opera


  1. 'Bill Murray' (qv) was bitten by the groundhog twice during the filming of

this movie.

  • Gulliver's Travels (1939)
  1. An early plan was to have the role of Gulliver written for Popeye.

  • Gun Fury (1953)
  1. Originally filmed in 3D.

  • Gunga Din (1939)
  1. The ``bridge over the deep chasm scene where Annie, the elephant, shakes a

rope bridge trying to cross was actually filmed on a bridge 8 feet off the

ground.The background was a realistic painting of a chasm.

  1. The battle between the Thugees and the British Indian army was filmed

when RKO considered the ending too bland.

  • Guns of Navarone, The (1961)
  1. 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) spent part of WWII in Albania organizing guerilla


  • Guns of the Clackamas (1995)
  1. This film was inspired by the story of _Saratoga (1937)_ (qv) which was

finished after its star died.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Bill Plympton): as anonymous crew member (in silhouette).

  • Guyver, The (1991)
  1. 'Jeffrey Combs' (qv), plays ``Dr. East.In _Re-Animator (1985)_ (qv), he

played a character named ``Dr. East.His boss here is played by

'David Gale' (qv), who played the villian in _Re-Animator (1985)_ (qv).

  1. ACTTRADE(Jimmie Walker): his last line: ``Dyn-o-miiiiiite!

  • Habit of Happiness, The (1916)
  1. In the skid row section, director 'Allan Dwan' (qv) used real indigents who

did not respond correctly to actor 'Douglas Fairbanks' (qv)' attempts to

make them laugh.Fairbanks thus told extremely off-color stories, which

finally got the desired response.When the film was initially released,

complaints from lip-readers caused new shots of Fairbanks to be made to

replace the profane close-ups.

  • Hairspray (1988)
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Waters): the psychiatrist.

  • Half Moon Street (1986)
  1. When Dr Slaughter ('Sigourney Weaver' (qv)) walks to the answering machine,

there is a photo next to the phone, which shows Weaver and her real-life

father Pat Weaver.

  • Hallelujah Trail, The (1965)
  1. During location shooting in New Mexico the crew was confronted with

the heaviest rainfalls in that region since 50 years. They washed

away the tents as well as the set decoration.

  • Halloween (1978)
  1. Director 'John Carpenter' (qv) was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky.In

one scene, the subtitle on the screen depicts the location as ``Smiths

Grove, Illinois. Smiths Grove, Kentucky is a small town of about 600

people 15 miles from Bowling Green.In another scene, a man mentions going

to Russellville, which is another town near Bowling Green.

  1. Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest

mask that they could find in the costume store:a 'William Shatner' (qv)

mask.They later spray-painted the face white, and teased out the hair.

  1. The kids watch the opening of _The Thing From Another World (1951)_ (qv) on

TV.Carpenter would later re-make this film himself in 1982 as

_The Thing (1982)_ (qv).

  • Handmaid's Tale, The (1990)
  1. CAMEO(David Dukes): a doctor

  • Hanging Out Yonkers (1973)
  1. Never completed.

  • Hanky Panky (1982)
  1. 'Richard Pryor' (qv) was to appear in this film, but his character was

replace by Kate Hellman, played by 'Gilda Radner' (qv).

  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  1. CAMEO(Tony Roberts):
  1. CAMEO(Sam Waterston):

  • Hans Brinker (1979)
  1. CAMEO(Cyril Ritchard)

  • Happy New Year (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Claude Lelouch): ???.Lelouch is the director of

_Happy New Year (1973)_ (qv), of which this film is a remake.

  • Hard Day's Night, A (1964)
  1. Norm and Shake are loosely based, respectively, on the Beatles' real-life

road managers 'Neil Aspinall' (qv) and 'Mal Evans' (qv).

  1. The people chasing the Beatles into the train at the beginning of the film

are real fans.

  1. The song ``You Can't Do That was cut from the concert scene at the end of

the film, but the scene in which it is performed is still intact.

  1. The title song was written after the movie was filmed.
  1. 'Ringo Starr' (qv) is invited to ``Le Cercle gambling club, the same club

where James Bond makes his first appearance in _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv).

  1. DIRCAMEO(Richard Lester): seen briefly at the back of the stage while

the Beatles perform ``Tell Me Why.

  • Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
  1. CAMEO(Robert Ryan):
  1. DIRCAMEO(Ida Lupino):

  • Harder They Fall, The (1956)
  1. Loosely based on the career of fighter 'Primo Carnera' (qv).

  • Harvey Girls, The (1946)
  1. 'Marion Doenges'(qv) dubbed 'Cyd Cahrisse'(qv)' singing.

  • Hasty Hare, The (1952)
  1. The astronomer is a caricature of cartoon director 'Friz Freleng' (qv).

  • Haunted Gold (1932)
  1. 'Edgar Washington' (qv) also appeared in _The Phantom City (1928)_ (qv),
of which this film is a remake.

  • Haunted Spooks (1920)
  1. Filming was interrupted when 'Harold Lloyd' (qv), posing for publicity

photos, had a prop bomb explode in his hand.He lost two fingers, his face

was badly burned and he was temporarilly blinded.In subsequent films, he

is usually seen wearing gloves.

  • Havana (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Raul Julia): Lena Olin's husband.

  • He Ran All the Way (1951)
  1. Director 'John Berry' (qv) and co-scripter 'Hugo Butler' (qv)'s names were

removed from the credits for a time after release, due to the blacklisting

of supposed Communist sympathizers at the time.Assistant director

'Emmett Emerson' (qv) is thus often as the film's director.

  • He Walked by Night (1948)
  1. Part of the film was directed (uncredited) by 'Anthony Mann' (qv).

  • Head (1968)
  1. CAMEO(Jack Nicholson): after [Peter Tork] punches a guy in drag.

  • Heart of the Golden West (1942)
  1. 'Smiley Burnett' (qv) joined 'Roy Rogers' (qv) in this movie because the one

actor regularly ``sidekicked for, ('Gene Autrey' (qv)), had enlisted in the


  • Heathers (1989)
  1. Friends Veronica Sawyer and Betty Finn are named after other fictional

friends Veronica and Betty from the comic strip ``Archie, and Tom Sawyer

and Huckleberry Finn.

  1. The highschool is named ``Westerberg High.'Wynona Ryder' (qv)'s favourite

band at the time was ``The Replacements, whose lead singer is named

'Paul Westerberg' (qv).

  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  1. All locations used for filming were the genuine locations where the events

occurred.The tea shop where Honora Parker ate her last meal was knocked

down a few days after the shoot ended.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Peter Jackson): bum kissed by Juliet outside the theatre.

  • Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980) (TV)
  1. Filmed for cinematic release, but released on TV.

  • Hell's Angels (1930)
  1. Director 'Howard Hughes' (qv) had all of the prints tinted and hand-colored

before releasing them for general distribution.

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
  1. Dr. Channard's name in the script was Dr. Malahide.``Channard is

derived from 'Christian Bernard' (qv), who performed the world's first

successful heart transplant.

  • Helldorado (1946)
  1. Though the title of the movie in the opening credits is ``Heldorado,

signs all through the movie say ``Helldorado.This was clearly an effort

to avoid displaying the world ``Hell on the marquee.

  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
  1. CAMEO(Peter Atkins):the barman
  1. CAMEO(Anthony Hickox): a soldier in Vietnam, as well as brief segment on a

TV chat show.

  • Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
  1. SMITHEE(Kevin Yagher): disowned the version with cuts made after release to

reduce running time.

  • Helpmates (1932)
  1. 'Stan Laurel' (qv) gives his real phone number (OXford-0614).

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
  1. There is a very gruesome scene, shot on videotape, where Henry and Otis kill

a family in their home.After filming the scene, the actor who plays the

mother went into shock.

  • Her Friend the Bandit (1914)
  1. This is the only 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) film for which there is no known


  • Herbstmilch (1988)
  1. The title refers to a mixture of herbs which was used to abort pregnancies.

  • Hero (1992)
  1. CAMEO(Chevy Chase): owner of the TV station.

  • Hexed (1993)
  1. 'Mark Fickert' (qv) was cast as Man in Bed and was filmed in a short, comic

love scene.However, because the actress with him [?] was unwilling to show

her breasts, the scene was edited from the final version.

  • Hiding Out (1987)
  1. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina using the school name of Topsail High

School.There is a real Topsail High School near Wilmington and most of

the props for the school were taken from there.

  • High Anxiety (1977)
  1. Tribute to 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv).References to:

_Spellbound (1945)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv), _Psycho (1960)_ (qv),

_The Birds (1963)_ (qv), _North by Northwest (1959)_ (qv),

_Suspicion (1941)_ (qv) [others?]

  • High Sierra (1941)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv)'s part was originally intended for

'George Raft' (qv), who didn't want (or perhaps was persuaded by Bogart not

to want) yet another ganster role.It was then offered to 'Paul Muni' (qv)

and perhaps to other actors before Bogart was cast.

  • High Society (1956)
  1. 'Gracy Kelly' (qv), recently engaged to Prince Ranier of Monaco, wore

her actual engagement ring for her character's engagement.

  • Highlander (1986)
  1. 'Christopher Lambert' (qv) spent time with a dialog coach, developing an

accent which sounded unspecifically foreign.

  1. MacLeod says ``It's a kind of magic, which is the name of the Queen album

which contains songs from the film.The Vietnam vet who tries to machine-gun

Kurgan has the Queen song ``Hammer to Fall playing in his car.

  1. The castle where Connor MacLeod lived is the same castle used for the

interior shots for _Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)_ (qv).

  1. Non-American versions of this film include a WWII flashback sequence showing

MacLeod rescuing Rachael, where he tells her ``It's a kind of magic.

  • Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
  1. Grossly contradicts _Highlander (1986)_ (qv), its prequel.
  1. 'Christopher Lambert' (qv) normally wears glasses, as his eyesight is very

poor.During one of the sword fights, Lambert (sans glasses) nearly

severed 'Michael Ironside' (qv)'s right thumb.

  • Hills Have Eyes, The (1978)
  1. There is a ripped poster of _Jaws (1975)_ (qv) visible.See also:

_The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv), _A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv).

  • Himmel ueber Berlin, Der (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Jeanette Patterson-Pollock)

  • Hiroshima mon amour (1960)
  1. This film pioneered the use of jump cutting to and from a flashback, and of

very brief flashbacks to suggest obtrusive memories.

  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  1. Walter Burns ('Carey Grant' (qv)) refers to some horrible fate suffered by

the last person who crossed him: Archie Leach.Grant's real name is Archie

Leach.See also _Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)_ (qv).

  1. Burns tries to describe a character played by Ralph Bellamy.He ends up

saying that he ``looks like that film actor, Ralph Bellamy.

  • His Kind of Woman (1951)
  1. 'John Farrow' (qv) finished the film, but 'Howard Hughes' (qv) brought in

'Richard Fleisher' (qv) to add a few shots.Fleisher ended up reshooting

the entire film.

  • History of the World: Part I (1981)
  1. 'Richard Pryor' (qv) was originally cast in the part eventually taken by

'Gregory Hines' (qv).Just before filming was to begin, Pryor had is now

famous drug-related accident, catching fire and getting severely burnt.

  • Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
  1. Iscovescu appears at the Paramount soundstage to peddle his life story to

director 'Mitchell Leisen' (qv).'Veronica Lake' (qv) and

'Richard Webb' (qv) are shown rehearsing a scene from

_I Wanted Wings (1941)_ (qv) (also directed by Leisen).This scene was

actually filmed during the production of ``I Wanted Wings.

  • Holiday Inn (1942)
  1. 'Marjorie Reynolds' (qv) singing was dubbed by 'Martha Mears' (qv).
  1. For the ``drunk dance, 'Fred Astaire' (qv) had two drinks of bourbon before

the first take and one before each succeeding take. The seventh (last) take

was used in the film.

  1. The animated Thanksgiving sequence is a topical reference to President

Roosevelt's failed attempt to change the date of the holiday.

  1. The script originally called for a Labor Day dance number, ``This Is a Great


  • Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)
  1. The UK video release was not allowed to have the word ``chainsaw in the

title, the video cover has the words ``Hollywood Hookers with a large

silluette of a chainsaw inbetween.

  • Hometown Story (1951)
  1. [Marilyn] was often expected to provide her own wardrobe.The sweater with

the grey body and black sleeves that she wore in Hometown Story had been

worn previously in The Fireball and in the final scene in All about Eve.

  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
  1. Four American bulldogs share the role of Chance, four golden retrievers

share Shadow, and six feline performers carry the part of Sassy.

  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
  1. Rosebud from _Citizen Kane (1941)_ (qv) and the Ark of the Covanent from

_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv) are visible in the government


  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  1. Reference to _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).

  • Honeymoon Killers, The (1969)
  1. Originally to be directed by 'Martin Scorsese' (qv), but he was replaced

due to creative differences by 'Donald Volkman' (qv) who was subsequently

replaced himself.

  • Hong Faan Kui (1995)
  1. The script called for a leap from the top of a parking lot to a fire escape

on the floor below on the building across the street.As is his custom,

director 'Stanley Tong' (qv) attempted the stunt before asking any actors

to do so.He tried it with the help of a cable harness, but quickly

decided it would be safer without the harness.The landing point was

not visible from the point where the jump began, so tape was placed on

the take-off point as a guide.The jump was completed perfectly by

'Jackie Chan' (qv) on the first attempt, and was captured by four cameras.

  1. Filming in Vancouver, Canada on October 6th, 1994, Chan broke his right

ankle while attempting the scene where he jumps onto the hovercraft.Despite

the injury, he was present at the premiere of _Tsui Kun II (1994)_ (qv) at

the Vancouver International Film Festival that night.Later in the

production, Tong sprained his ankle, completing the film on crutches.

'Francoise Yip' (qv) also broke her leg; while filming the scene where she

rides a motorbike across the tops of parked cars.She insisted on returning

to the set after her leg was bandaged at hospital.Two stunt women also

broke their legs during the filming of the motorcycle chase.

  1. The warehouse fight scene took twenty days to film, with Chan having to

teach the local stunt players to fight ``Hong Kong style.

  • Honor Among Lovers (1931)
  1. The working titles were ``Strictly Business, ``Sex in Business, and

``Another Man's Wife.

  • Hook (1991)
  1. 'Bob Hoskins' (qv)bought beer for 300+ extras after a lengthy and

complicated scene was cut.

  1. The young Peter Pan is played by 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv)'s son.
  1. The pirate shut in the chest with the scorpion was played by

'Glenn Close' (qv).

  1. In 1985, composer 'John Williams' (qv) and lyricist 'Leslie Bircusse' (qv)

worked on ``Hook, being a stage musical, but the project was scrapped

after about ten songs were written.Only one song from the play,

``When You're Alone, made it to the film.However, many of the play's

themes can be heard in Williams' film underscore.

  1. When the Tootles floats out the window at the end, he says ``Seize the Day,

which has significance for 'Robin Williams' (qv), who starred in

_Seize the Day (1986)_ (qv), and _Dead Poets Society (1989)_ (qv) (for which

this was a catch-cry).

  1. Smee says ``Goooooooood morning Neverland!, a reference to Williams in

_Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)_ (qv).

  1. [reference to Awakenings, anyone?]
  1. There were frequent good-natured ``battle of the wits exchanges between

Williams and Hoffman.In one incident, Hoffman was not happy

with his performance and asked the scene to be re-shot.Williams' quipped

``Try acting: a reference to the Hoffman/'Laurence Olivier' (qv) exchange

on the set of _Marathon Man (1976)_ (qv).

  1. Because Tinkerbell was often in the air, 'Julia Roberts' (qv) had an

assistant whose sole responsibility was cleaning her feet.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: ``Old Peter doesn't pay attention to

his kids.

  • Hop-a-long Cassidy (1935)
  1. 'William Boyd' (qv) was originally offered the role of Buck Peters, the Bar

20 ranch foreman, but chose the role of Cassidy.

  • Hot Shots! (1991)
  1. Some previews contains this scene, which was not in the movie:

Lois Lane asks Kent Gregory if there's a cue ball in his pocket, or

is he just glad to see her, and Kent produces a cue ball.

  1. Many of the ``Indian words spoen in the opening and closing sequences are

merely the names of cities, counties, and lakes in Minnesota, the home of

script writer 'Pat Proft' (qv).

  1. References to: _Top Gun (1986)_ (qv), _Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)_ (qv),

_Peter Pan (1953)_ (qv), _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv),

_Superman (1978)_ (qv), _Dances with Wolves (1990)_ (qv),

_Marathon Man (1976)_ (qv), _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv),

_The Right Stuff (1983)_ (qv).

  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
  1. 'Charlie Sheen' (qv) worked out for eight hours a day to build up his body,

as he decided that he would have felt embarrassed at the film's premiere if

he had to sit amongst people laughing while looking at him on screen in a


  1. 'Richard Crenna' (qv) plays Denton Walters.In the TV series ``Our Miss

Brooks, Crenna played a character called ``Walter Denton.

  1. CAMEO(Martin Sheen): man on passing gunboat.
  1. References to: _Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)_ (qv),

_Rambo III (1988)_ (qv), _Kickboxer (1989)_ (qv),

_Basic Instinct (1992)_ (qv), _No Way Out (1987)_ (qv),

_The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), _Lady and the Tramp (1955)_ (qv),

_Apocalypse Now (1979)_ (qv), _Missing in Action (1984)_ (qv),

_Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)_ (qv), _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv),

_Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)_ (qv), _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv),

_Casablanca (1942)_ (qv).

  • How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
  1. 'Lauren Bacall' (qv) mentions ``that old man in

_The African Queen (1951)_ (qv), who is her husband

('Humphrey Bogart' (qv)), and 'Betty Grable' (qv) does not recognize a

recording by her bandleader spouse Harry James.

  • Howards End (1992)
  1. The role of Margaret was initally offered to 'Miranda Richardson' (qv).

  • Howling, The (1981)
  1. The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors:

'George Waggner' (qv), 'Roy William Neill' (qv), 'Terence Fisher' (qv),

'Freddie Francis' (qv), 'Erle C. Kenton' (qv), 'Sam Newfield' (qv),

'Charles Barton' (qv), 'Jerry Warren' (qv), 'Lew Landers' (qv), and

'Jack Molina' (qv).

  1. CAMEO(John Sayles): morgue attendant
  1. CAMEO(Roger Corman):
  1. CAMEO(Forry Ackerman):

  • Hudson Hawk (1991)
  1. The tones that the telephones make are the same as the ones used in

_Our Man Flint (1965)_ (qv) and _In Like Flint (1967)_ (qv).

'James Coburn' (qv) appears in all three movies.

  1. Coburn plays ``George Kaplan, which is the name of the fake agent from

_North by Northwest (1959)_ (qv).

  1. Igg and Ook both mutter their own names as their last words.

  • Hudsucker Proxy, The (1994)
  1. In _Raising Arizona (1987)_ (qv) (also directed by 'Joel Coen' (qv)),

factory workers could be seen wearing a uniform bearing the name

``Hudsucker Industries.

  1. In _Barton Fink (1991)_ (also co-written by Coen) there was also a character

called ``Karl Mundt.

  • Hunt for Red October, The (1990)
  1. 'Kevin Costner' (qv) originally cast as Jack Ryan.
  1. 'Klaus-Maria Brandauer' (qv) originally cast as Marko Ramius.
  1. $20,000 spent on 'Sean Connery' (qv)'s hairpiece.
  1. The teddy bear that Jack Ryan carries with him on a plane at the very end of

the film is the same one that John McClane ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) is carrying

with him on the plane at the beginning of _Die Hard (1988)_ (qv), also

directed by 'John McTiernan' (qv). The end credits list him as ``Stanley

(as Himself)

  • Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
  1. 'Barbara Stanwyck' (qv) was originally sought for the role of Jewel Mayhew

which eventually went to 'Mary Astor' (qv).

  1. 'Joan Crawford' (qv) had been signed for the role of Miriam, but she took

sick and was hospitalized as filming began.Scenes were shot around her,

but when it became evident that she would have to be replaced,

'Robert Aldrich' (qv) flew to Switzerland and convinced

'Olivia de Havilland' (qv) to step in.

  • I Confess (1953)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): crossing the top of a staircase during the

opening credits.

  1. 'Anne Baxter' (qv) was one of the actor tested by Hitchcock for the

leading role in Rebecca (she was 16 at the time).

  • I Do (1921)
  1. Originally three reels, but cut to two after lukewarm receptions by preview


  • I Dood It (1943)
  1. Footage for the number ``Swinging the Junx Away was borrowed from

_Born To Dance (1936)_ (qv).

  • I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
  1. 'Captain C.W.R. Knight' (qv) was a real life falconer and trained

the Golden Eagle ``Torquil in this film.

  1. 'Michael Powell' (qv) wanted to make

_A Matter of Life and Death (1946)_ (qv) at this time but had to wait for

access to Technicolor Cameras.

  • I Like It Like That (1994)
  1. Originally titled ``Black Out, director Darnell Martin was forced to

change it by Columbia.

  • I Love You to Death (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Phoebe Cates): one of Joey's girlfriends.Joey is played by

'Kevin Kline' (qv), who is married to Cates.

  • I Wanted Wings (1941)
  1. While 'Veronica Lake' (qv) and 'Richard Webb' (qv) were rehearsing a scene,

director 'Mitchell Liesen' (qv) filmed a scene which included this rehearsal

for his later film _Hold Back the Dawn (1941)_ (qv).

  • I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
  1. The working titles were ``Double Furlough and ``With All My Heart.
  1. Director 'George Cukor' (qv) was replaced by 'David O. Selznick' (qv).

  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
  1. References to _Rambo III (1988)_ (qv).

  • Ice Pirates, The (1984)
  1. CAMEO(Max Von Sydow):

  • Idiot, The (1957)
  1. Filmed as a two-part film, but cut severely by the studio against

director 'Akira Kurosawa' (qv)'s wishes.Original unreleased version ran

265 minutes.

  • Ikimono no Kiroku (1955)
  1. The music score was completed by 'Masaru Sato' (qv) when composer

'Fumio Hayasaka' (qv) died during production.

  • Immediate Family (1989)
  1. 'Mary Stuart Masterson' (qv) wore an eight-pound sack of bird seed around

her stomach to simulate being pregnant.

  • Immortal Beloved (1994)
  1. Some extras fainted in the extreme heat during the filming of the funeral


  • In the Line of Fire (1993)
  1. In the UK release of the film, the scene where Mitch Leary

('John Malkovich' (qv)) kills the bank clerk and her room-mate was edited so

the audience did not witness the physical breaking of each of their necks.

Malkovich also wanted to include the killing of the dog in this scene

but director 'Wolfgang Petersen' (qv) thought this was a little too much.

  1. Malkovich improvised the scene where he puts the gun into his mouth.

Peterson liked it so much he left it in the film.

  1. The 63-year old 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) (with the help of a safety belt)

actually did hang six stories above the ground on the ledge scene, although

stuntmen did the jump and the fall onto the fire escape.

  1. Original trailer for the film had ``November 22, 1963 appearing in large

letters on the screen.As Leary talks about how he was going to kill the

president, a clock ticked away in the background, changing the ``1963 to

``1993, followed by a slam-cut to Horrigan saying ``That's not going to

happen.Bad preview reaction caused this trailer to be dropped.

  • In This Our Life (1942)
  1. CAMEO(Walter Huston): bartender
  1. CAMEO(Humphrey Bogart): in the roadhouse scene
  1. CAMEO(Peter Lorre): in the roadhouse scene
  1. CAMEO(Sidney Greenstreet): in the roadhouse scene
  1. CAMEO(Ward Bond): in the roadhouse scene
  1. DIRTRADE(John Huston): [father]

  • In Which We Serve (1942)
  1. The Hays office tried to delete the words ``god, ``hell, ``damn, and

``bastard from the American release.Uproar from England forced the

office to back down on everything except ``bastard.

  • Indecent Proposal (1993)
  1. Diana is reading _The Firm (1993)_ (qv), which was to be Paramount Pictures'

next big film.The secretary at the real-estate office where she works is

reading ``Backlash, a book which criticizes director 'Adrian Lyne' (qv)

for his portrayal of women in previous films.

  • Independence Day (1996)
  1. Director 'Roland Emmerich' (qv) got the idea for the film while fielding a

question about the existence of alien life during promotion for

_Stargate (1994)_ (qv).

  1. 'Bill Pullman' (qv) used the memory of a decayed tooth which was pulled from

his mouth in order to come up with a terrified expression when speaking with

the alien invaders.

  • Indian Summer (1993)
  1. Filmed at director 'Mike Binder' (qv)'s childhood summer camp.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  1. Begins with a shot of a rock in Utah which is reminiscent of the Paramount

Pictures logo.See also (_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv), and

_Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv))

  1. Director 'Stephen Spielberg' (qv) included the opening scenes as a tribute

to his own experiences as a Boy Scout.

  1. When describing how he prepared for playing the role of young Indiana Jones,

'River Phoenix' (qv) explained that he didn't really base his portrayal on

the Indiana Jones character.Instead, he decided to do his rendition of

actor 'Harrison Ford' (qv).So he observed Ford out of character before

acting his part.

  1. Shows origin of Jones' fear of snakes in

_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv).

  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California

when he was about 20.In the movie, this cut is explained by young Indiana

Jones cutting his chin with a whip.See also: _Working Girl (1988)_ (qv).

  1. When making _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), 'George Lucas' (qv) owned a dog named


  1. The dog barking when young Indy passes with the cross in his hand is an

Alaskan Malamute, the same type of dog the Lucas's owned in the late 1970s.

  1. Walter Donovan was played by 'Julian Glover' (qv), and Donovan's wife was

played by Glover's wife.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Henry Jones Sr. was never around after

his wife died.

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  1. Begins with a shot of a mountain on a gong which is reminiscent of the

Paramount Pictures logo.See also (_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv),

and _Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv))

  1. Short Round was named after screenwriter 'Willard Huyck' (qv)'s dog, which

was named after the orphan in _The Steel Helmet (1951)_ (qv).

  1. The club at the beginning is called ``Club Obi Wan, a reference to a

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) character.

  1. Shots of mining-car roller-coaster ride done with models and a 35mm camera

modified to hold extra film.

  1. Rehash of the ``shooting the swordsman joke from

_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv).

  1. Suspension bridge only shown from one side, to avoid showing the Grand Coulee


  1. While filming the whipping scene, the crew played a practical joke on

'Harrison Ford' (qv).Chained to a large stone, 'Barbara Streisand' (qv)

appeared, dressed in a leather dominatrix outfit.She proceeded to whip

him, saying ``That's for _Hanover Street (19??)_ (qv), the worst movie

I ever saw.She continued whipping him for _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), and

making all of that money.'Carrie Fisher' (qv) then threw herself in front

of Ford to protect him, and 'Irvin Kershner' (qv) chided director

'Steven Spielberg' (qv).``Is this how you run your movies?This entire

sequence was filmed.

  1. CAMEO(Dan Aykroyd): meets Indiana at the airport at the beginning.
  1. CAMEO(Frank Marshall): a tourist in the background in the

airport scene at the beginning.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Steven Spielberg): a tourist in the background in the airport scene

at the beginning.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]: when Indy is talking to Short Round

on the hill above the village.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]

  • Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990) (V)
  1. DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Julee Cruise' (qv).

  • Innerspace (1987)
  1. The patients in the doctor's waiting room with Jack are played by

'Andrea Martin' (qv) and 'Joe Flaherty' (qv), 'Martin Short' (qv)'s co-stars

from SCTV.

  1. Repeated rabbit motif: Tuck's apartment, etc [more!]
  1. The computers in the lab display Apple 2 assembly language listing from the

ROM monitor.

  • Innocent Blood (1992)
  1. Renamed ``A French Vampire in America in some countries, after a bad

reception in the US (and to cash in on Landis'

_An American Werewolf in London (1981)_ (qv)). [Australia, and which

other countries?]

  1. One scene shows a TV set that is showing 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv)'s cameo in

_Strangers on a Train (1951)_ (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Dario Argento): the nurse in the ambulance.[credited?]
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: advertised on the marquee across the

street from the Melody Lounge exotic dance bar.The car crash at the

Shadyside gas station scene was filmed in Squirrel Hill, and the nearby

multiplex cinema changed its marquee to be ``See You Next Wednesday every

night after closing.The movie itself featured no footage of that theatre

(or the street on which it resides), although it is possible that it was

edited out.

  • Innocente, L' (1976)
  1. Director 'Luchino Visconti ' (qv) intendted the titles roles to be

played by 'Alain Delon' (qv) and 'Romi Schneder' (qv).Although Delon was

under long-term obligation, and his producers were willing to releaase him

for 1,000,000 dollars fee, Romy Schneider was pregnant at the time,

so Visconti had to work with 'Laura Antonelli' (qv), and little known

'Giancarlo Giannini' (qv).

  • Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  1. Author 'Anne Rice' (qv) wrote the part of Lestat with 'Rutger Hauer' (qv)

in mind.Upon learning that 'Tom Cruise' (qv) had been cast, she was quite

disappointed and expressed concern that Cruise could not carry the part.

After attending a screening, Rice wrote a letter of apology, quite pleased

with Cruise's portrayal.

  1. 'River Phoenix' (qv) was cast as The Interviewer, but died before

filming began.'Christian Slater' (qv) took the part and donated all of

his earnings from the film to Phoenix' favourite charities.

  1. Cruise was placed on an elevated platform during some scenes to reduce

the height difference between his character and other vampires.

  • Into the Night (1985)
  1. Airport scenes in _Into the Night (1985)_ (qv) and

_Coming to America (1988)_ (qv) have a call over the PA system for a

``Mr Frank Ozkerwitz to pick up the white courtesy phone.This is

'Frank Oz' (qv)'s real name.

  1. The crew was casted to play the crew of the Kalijak-Movie.Some crew members

have other small roles.

  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [ipanema]: the music during the strip scene.
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: appears on two posters in the office

where Ed and Diana make the phone call.

  • Intruder (1988)
  1. The ``head in one hand, sandwich in the other speech was previously

used in _Raising Arizona (1987)_ (qv).

  • Invaders from Mars (1986)
  1. A remake of _Invaders from Mars (1953)_ (qv).The alien from the first film

appears as a prop in the school basement, and 'Jimmy Hunt' (qv) reappears as

a middle-aged cop, saying ``I haven't been here since I was a kid.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  1. CAMEO(Don Siegel): taxi driver.Siegel directed the original film, of

which this film is a remake.

  1. CAMEO(Kevin McCarthy): man asking for help.McCarthy was the star of

the original film, of which this film is a remake.

  1. CAMEO(Robert Duvall): the priest on the swing.

  • Ipcress File, The (1965)
  1. 'Christoper Plummer' (qv) was originally considered for the lead role, but

dropped out to star in _The Sound of Music (1965)_ (qv).

  1. In the 'Len Deighton' (qv) novels the name of the lead character is never

revealed.'Michael Caine' (qv) suggests ``Harry and the film's executives

put forward ``Palmer.

  1. Palmer is the first action hero to wear glasses (Caine is short sighted in

real life).

  • Irma la Douce (1963)
  1. The pimps' union is called the ``Mec's' (tough guy's) Paris Protective

Association (MPPA), which also stands for ``Motion Picture Producers

Association, an organization which had given director 'Billy Wilder' (qv)

some trouble.

  1. CAMEO(James Caan):

  • Iron & Silk (1990)
  1. Uschu teacher 'Qingfu Pan' (qv) and 'Mark Salzman' (qv) play themselves.

  • Iron Eagle (1986)
  1. Stunt pilot 'Art Scholl' (qv) was killed during the filming of the canyon


  • Ironweed (1987)
  1. 'Jack Nicholson' (qv)'s contract included a clause which allowed him to

leave the shooting location to attend all Los Angeles Lakers' basketball


  • Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1966) (TV)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): a one-legged man who saves Isadora from drowning, and

her chauffeur in Russia.

  • Island of Dr. Moreau, The (1996)
  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) wore a small radio receiver to aid him remembering his

lines.Director 'David Thewlis' (qv) claimed ``He'd be in the middle of

a scene and suddenly he'd be picking up police messages and Marlon would

repeat, `There's a robbery at Woolworths'.

  • It (1927)
  1. CAMEO(Gary Cooper): a reporter.

  • It Had to Be You (1947)
  1. The main set with the sweeping staircase had been previously used in

_Holdiay (1938)_ (qv).

  1. Producer 'Don Herman' (qv) attempted to rent the Hope Diamond for

'Ginger Rogers' (qv) to wear but was unsuccessful.

  • It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
  1. 'Kurt Russell' (qv) (in his screen debut) kicks Elvis' shins.

'Goldie Hawn' (qv) was also in this film, and they became a de facto couple

much later.

  • It Takes Two (1995)
  1. First draft of the script by 'Deborah Dean Davis' (qv) was never read by

director 'Andy Tennant' (qv). Second writer 'Jeff Schecter' (qv)'s draft made

this a ``go picture with [?] Rysher. Tennant was hired, and offered help

for the pictures problems.He and his writing partner, 'Rick Parks' (qv)

rewrote Schecter's draft.Tennant and Parks were re-written by producers [?]

Orr and [?] Cruickshank. The studio preffered Tennant and Parks' draft with

notes, so Tennant & Parks took another pass.The WGAW ruled against any

other writer's credits due to biased by-laws which disallowed

Writer/Directors with partners to receive credits on features unless in

extreme circumstances. Davis' dialogue never appears on screen.

  • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  1. The following famous people have small roles:'Jimmy Durante' (qv),

'Moe Howard' (qv), 'Larry Fine' (qv), 'Joe DeRita' (qv),

'Joe E Brown' (qv), 'Buster Keaton' (qv), 'Sid Caesar' (qv),

'Buddy Hackett' (qv), 'Jim Backus' (qv), 'Eddie Anderson' (qv),

'Ben Blue' (qv), 'Alan Carney' (qv), 'Barrie Chase' (qv),

'William Demarest' (qv), 'Andy Devine' (qv), 'Norman Fell' (qv),

'Paul Ford' (qv), 'Sterling Holloway' (qv), 'Edward Everett Horton' (qv),

'Marvin Kaplan' (qv), 'Don Knotts' (qv), 'ZaSu Pitts' (qv),

'Carl Reiner' (qv), 'Madlyn Rhue' (qv), 'Arnold Stang' (qv),

'Jessie White' (qv), 'Peter Falk' (qv), 'Stan Freeberg' (qv),

'Chic Chandler' (qv), 'Lloyd Corrigan' (qv), 'Louise Gwen' (qv),

'Leo Gorcy' (qv), 'Charles Lane' (qv), 'Mike Mazurki' (qv),

'Roy Roberts' (qv), 'Cliff Norton' (qv), 'Sammy Tong' (qv),

'Nick Stewart' (qv), 'Selma Diamond' (qv).

  1. Melville Crump was originally to be played by 'Ernie Kovacs' (qv).Kovacs

died in a one-car accident before principal shooting and was

'Edie Adams' (qv)' (Mrs. Crump's) husband in real life.

  1. Keaton had a longer, earlier scene (cut after premiere).In it, Culpepper

discusses his plans to use Jimmy's boat to escape.

  1. CAMEO(Jerry Lewis): deliberately drives over Culpepper's hat.
  1. CAMEO(Jack Benny): stops to offer help

  • It's a Small World (1935)
  1. DIRCAMEO(William Castle): cop

  • It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
  1. 'Cyd Charisse' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by Carole Richards,

'Michael Kidd' (qv)'s by 'Jud Conlin' (qv).

  1. Co-director 'Gene Kelly' (qv) wanted to use the same stars as he did in

_On the Town (1949)_ (qv): 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Jules Munshine' (qv),

and himself.

  • Italian Job, The (1969)
  1. Paramount Pictures originally wanted 'Robert Redford' (qv) to play the part

of Charlie.

  1. The ending was changed to leave open the possibility of a sequel.

  • J. Lyle (1994)
  1. During the setup for the scene with Skip on skid row, the crew was attacked

by a scissors-wielding transvestite who accused them of being on his turf.

Before he was subdued by the police, he managed to cut 'Bill Plympton' (qv)'s

elbow and seriously damage a Steadicam.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Bill Plympton): guest in the wedding scene.

  • Jacob's Ladder (1990)
  1. All SFX were filmed live, with no post-production.
  1. CAMEO(Macaulay Culkin): dead son of Jacob Singer.

  • Jagged Edge (1985)
  1. Visible in David and Jenny Barnes' bedroom is a poster for

_Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv), also directed by 'Richard Marquand' (qv).

  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  1. It took 'Ray Harryhausen' (qv) 4 months to produce the skeleton scene,

a massive amount of time for a scene which lasts at the most 3 minutes.

  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  1. References to: _The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv), _Creepshow (1982)_ (qv),

_A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)_ (qv).

  • Jaws (1975)
  1. 'Sterling Hayden' (qv) was the original choice for the role of Quint.

Hayden, however, was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid

tax. All Hayden's income from acting was subject to a levy by the IRS, so

there was an attempt to circumvent that:Hayden was also a writer, so one

idea was to pay him union scale for his acting, and buy a story from him (his

literary income wasn't subject to levy) for a large sum.It was concluded

that the IRS would see through this scheme, so 'Robert Shaw' (qv) was cast


  1. Quint's tale of the USS Indianapolis was written by Shaw following a

disagreement between screenwriters 'Peter Benchley' (qv) and

'Carl Gottlieb' (qv).Shaw presented his text, and Benchley and Gottlieb

agreed that this was exactly what was needed.

  1. The live shark footage was shot at Seal Rocks, Australia.A real white

pointer was cut up and ``extended for the close-up shots.

  1. The helicopter used for flying patrol is an Enstrom ``Tigershark.
  1. A midget in a miniature cage and a real shark were used to get some shots


  1. Apparently, technicians lost control of one of the mechanical sharks, and it

was lost at sea.

  1. During the filming of some scenes, 'Roy Scheider' (qv),

'Richard Dreyfuss' (qv), and Shaw had to look in amazement off camera at

a non-existant shark.

  1. Preview audiences screamed when the head of a shark victim appears in the

hole in the bottom of the boat.Director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) re-shot

the scene in editor 'Verna Field' (qv)'s swimming pool because he wanted

them to ``scream louder.

  1. A real shooting star can be seen during a shot of the boat on the water

at dusk.

  1. Video version is missing some scenes:
# Hooper describing an obscene phonecall he made, while cutting open the
# Quint humiliating a young clarinet player as he buys piano wire.
  1. CAMEO(Peter Benchley): reporter on the beach.
  1. CAMEO(Steven Spielberg): voice on Quint's marine radio when Mrs. Brody tries

to contact her husband on the Orca.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Ms. Kinter is a single mother.

  • Jaws 2 (1978)
  1. Original director 'John D. Hancock' (qv) was fired and replaced by

'Jeannot Szwarc' (qv).

  • Jazz Singer, The (1927)
  1. First movie with audible dialogue.
  1. 'Georg Jessel' (qv), star of the stage version of ``The Jazzsinger was

asked to play the role in the film, but refused.'Eddie Cantor' (qv) was

also asked, and also refused.

  • Jeanne Dore (1915)
  1. Filmed to avoid showing 'Sarah Bernhardt' (qv)'s amputated leg.

  • Jewel of the Nile, The (1985)
  1. The arabic speech in the climactic ``stage scene are actually the

Arabic names of 'Kirk Douglas' (qv)'s movies.[rumor]

  • JFK (1991)
  1. The real 'Jim Garrison' (qv) plays Earl Warren.
  1. In _Bull Durham (1988)_ (qv), 'Kevin Costner' (qv)'s character stated ``...I

believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone....

  • Jigsaw (1949)
  1. CAMEO(Marlene Dietrich):
  1. CAMEO(Henry Fonda):
  1. CAMEO(John Garfield):
  1. CAMEO(Burgess Meredith):
  1. CAMEO(Fletcher Markle):
  1. CAMEO(Marsha Hunt):
  1. CAMEO(Leonard Lyons):

  • Jimmy the Gent (1934)
  1. Working title: ``Always a Gent.

  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  1. The company logo appears frequently, each time representing a path to

destruction: the path leading up to the factory, the product that the

company makes (a rectal probe), the bolt of lightning which sinks the ship,

the path up the side of the mountain, the lava flow down the side of the

volcano, the crack in Joe's apartment, and a constellation.

  1. The lamp that Joe brings into his office displays tropical images, including

a volcano.

  1. Joseph Banks was the name of Captain Cook's chief botanist on his expeditions

to the south pacific in the 18th century.

  1. When Joe and DeDe leave the restuarant, there is a billboard on the left

with a picture of an erupting volcano and the words ``Fire in Paradise.

  1. There are at least three references to losing one's soul:
# Joe responds to DeDe's question in the factory while inspecting his
damaged shoe
# Patricia's reference to being soul sick the first night on the yacht
# several lines involving the Waponi's Tobi Chief such as when Joe states
that he hopes the chief will not lose his Tobi (soul).
  1. The mask worn by the Waponi who is representing the evil spirit resembles

the factory where Joe used to work.

  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
  1. Notre Dame University got a court injunction to delay the release of the film,

claiming the studio had "knowingly and illegally misappropriated, diluted and

commercially expolited for their private profit the names, symbols, football

team, prestige, high reputation and goodwill" of the university.After three

months of court battles, the studio won out.

  • Jordan is a Hard Road (1915)
  1. Director 'Allan Dwan' (qv) hired famed evangelist 'Billy Sunday' (qv) to

preach a real-life revival meeting in a tent in Hollywood.He filmed the

attendees and intercut these shots with shots of actor 'Frank Campeau' (qv)

acting the part of a preacher.

  • Journal d'une femme de chambre, Le (1964)
  1. The demonstrating fashists shout ``Vive Chiappe, a homage to the chief of

the Parisian police who prohibited showing director 'Luis Bunuel' (qv)'s

earlier film _Age d'Or (1930)_ (qv) after fashists destroyed the cinema

where it was being shown.

  • Journey Back to Oz (1974)
  1. 'Liza Minnelli' (qv) reprises the role of Dorothy, who was played by her

mother 'Judy Garland' (qv) in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).

  1. Filmed in 1964, but not released until 1974.

  • Journey Through the Black Sun (1976) (TV)
  1. This TV movie was edited from scenes of the two episodes "Collision

Course" and "The Black Sun" of the TV series _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).

  • Joy Luck Club, The (1993)
  1. CAMEO(Amy Tan): chatting with guests just beyond a doorway during the

first party scene.

  • Juarez (1939)
  1. 'Orry-Kelly' (qv) designed costumes for 'Bette Davis' (qv) which changed ino

tone as the film progressed; from white at the beginning, changing to gray

in mid-film, and then to black at the end when she goes insane.

  • Jud Suess (1940)
  1. This Nazi propaganda film is still (1995) banned on the free market in

Germany, but may be shown for educational purpose.

  • Judgment in Berlin (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Sean Penn): witness at trial. Sean Penn is the son of

'Arthur Penn' (qv), who directed this film.

  • Julius Caesar (1950)
  1. Due to budget restraints, only one horse could be hired per day, hence

a different colored horse was filmed each day, with footage cleverly montaged

and edited to create the battle scenes.

  1. Musical director 'Grant Fletcher' (qv) hired 'Chuck Zornig' (qv) 72 hours

before the recording date, handing him a two-bar harmonic sketch by

'John Becker' (qv) and a shot list to work from.From this, Zornig

produced a 32-page score, still copying parts for musicians as they arrived

to record the score.Becker approached Zornig and asked him how he could

read his two-bar sketch.Zornig replied ``When I couldn't I just chose the

most dissonant sounds, causing Becker to roar with laughter.

  1. The orcherstra which performed the score consisted of nine brass instruments

plus timpani, and was recorded in an abandoned indoor swimming pool to

create echo and a large sound.

  • Jungfrau auf dem Dach, Die (1953)
  1. This German version of _The Moon is Blue (1953)_ (qv) was filmed on the

same set with the same crew and partially the same cast.

  • Junior (1994)
  1. 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) spent time in doctor's waiting rooms to

learn how pregnant people behave.

  • Junior High School (1981)
  1. All of the actors are non-professionals and were actual students at Van Nuys

Junior High at the time of shooting.

  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  1. 'William Hurt' (qv) was offered the role of Dr Grant, but turned it down

without reading the book or the script.

  1. The park software is written in Pascal; a program is clearly visible in one

of the monitor close-ups on the UNIX system.The graphical interface

recognized as a UNIX system is Silicon Graphics' ``3D File System


  1. Director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) was worried that ``computer graphics meant

``Nintendo type cartoon quality.He originally only wanted the herd of

gallimimus dinosaurs to be computer generated, but upon seeing ILM's

demo animation of a T-Rex chasing a herd of Galamides across his ranch, he

decided to shoot nearly all the dinosaur scenes using this method.The

animation was first plotted on an Amiga Toaster, and rendered for the film

by Silicon Graphics' Indigo workstations.

  1. The full-sized animatron of the Tyrannosaurus Rex weighed about 13,000 to

15,000 pounds.During the shooting of the initial T-Rex attack scene which

took place in a downpour and was shot on a soundstage, the latex that

covered the T-Rex puppet absorbed great amounts of water making it much

heavier and harder to control.Technicians worked throughout the night with

blow driers trying to dry the latex out.Eventually, they suspended a

platform above the T-Rex, out of camera range, to keep the water off of it

during filming.

  1. A baby triceratops was built for a scene where one of the kids rides it.

Special effects technicians worked on this effect for a year but the scene

was cut at the last minute as Spielberg thought it would ruin the pacing of

the film.

  1. ``Dennis Nedry is an anagram of ``Nerdy Sinned.
  1. Ellie Sattler says ``Something went wrong to Dr Malcolm

('Jeff Goldblum' (qv)).In _The Fly (1986)_ (qv), Veronica Quaife said

this to Seth Brundle (Goldblum).

  1. In the egg-hatching scene, a new-born baby Triceratops was originally

supposed to come out of the egg, but it was changed to a velociraptor.

  1. The film's original ending had Grant left behind on the island.
  1. Scenes of the T-Rex attacking Horner and the kids while they ride down a

river and through a running waterfall were cut before filming.

  1. Generally speaking, any shot of a full dinosaur was computer generated,

but shots of parts of dinosaurs were of animatronics.

  1. There was so many wires and rigging to control the velociraptor animatrons

in the kitchen stalking scene that the child actors had to literally step

over and around them while the scene was being filmed.The kitchen set was

greatly expanded from the original design to accommodate the velociraptors.

Some reports say that all of the dinosaurs in the kitchen scene were

computer generated.

  1. Many errors were corrected digitally: some stunt people were made to look

like the actors, and in one scene an entire Ford Explorer jeep was digitally


  1. Spielberg wanted the velociraptors to be about 10 feet tall, which was taller

than they were known to be.During filming, scientists discovered 10 feet

tall velociraptors.

  1. A scene of Ellie pulling the leaf off an extinct plant appeared in the

film trailers but not the film itself.

  1. 'Fred Sorenson' (qv) was the pilot who flew the crew off Kaui when the

hurricane hit during production.He played ``Jock, the pilot who flew

Indiana Jones away in the opening scene of

_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv), also directed by Spielberg.

  1. Spielberg was so confident with this film that he started making his next

film (_Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv)), placing post-production in the hands

of 'George Lucas' (qv).Computer animation was still being done in the week

that the movie was released.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Grant hates the idea of being a father.

  • Kabinett des Doktor Caligari, Das (1919)
  1. Producer 'Erich Pommer' (qv) wanted to have 'Fritz Lang' (qv) as the

director for this film. Lang was interested, but then decided to work on

another film.

  1. Writer 'Hans Janowitz' (qv) wrotethe female lead character for his

girlfriend 'Gilda Langer' (qv), an actress at the ``Residenz-Theater in

Berlin.Unfortunately she died shortly before filming began, and so

'Lil Dagover' (qv) got the role.

  • Katzelmacher (1969)
  1. Shot in nine days.

  • Kelly's Heroes (1970)
  1. The film's working title was ``The Warriors.
  1. Director 'Brian G. Hutton' (qv) was forced to make a number of cuts to suit

the then MGM boss James Aubrey.

  1. 'Donald Sutherland' (qv) became seriously ill during filming on location

in Yugoslavia.

  1. The three German tanks are authentic ``Tiger tanks, among the few remaining

in the world that were still operational.

  • Kentucky Fried Movie, The (1977)
  1. In the ``Feel-a-rama movie theatre, there is a poster advertising

_Schlock (1971)_ (qv), also directed by 'John Landis' (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: the title of the ``Feel-a-Rama movie.

  • Key Largo (1948)
  1. Santana was the name of 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv)'s real-life yacht, named after

the production company he formed in 1948.

  • Key to the City (1950)
  1. Production was briefly suspended when 'Loretta Young' (qv) had a miscarriage.

  • Kickboxer (1989)
  1. 'Michael Qissi' (qv) was a technical advisor/choreographer when he overheard

the production crew say they were looking for a tall oriental-looking

guy with a background in Muay Thai.He volunteered, and got the part of

Tong Po.

  • Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
  1. Written on the floor of Tong Po's fighting ring is the Thai word ``Kay,

meaning ``dead.

  • Kid Brother, The (1927)
  1. Originally titled ``The Mountain Day.

  • Kid, The (1921)
  1. The production company tried to cheat 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) by paying him

for this six-reel film what they would ordinarily pay him for two-reel film,

about half a million dollars.Chaplin took the unassembled film out of state

until they agreed to the one-and-a-half million he deserved, plus half the

surplus profits on rentals, plus reversino of the film to him after five

years on the rental market.

  • Kika (1993)
  1. The lady that interviews Nicholas in the TV program about writers is the

mother of director 'Pedro Almodovar' (qv).

  • Killers, The (1964)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): a cook at a diner

  • Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  1. John Kimball says he was born in Austria.'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) was

born in Austria.

  1. Kimball swears in German as he carries his colleague into the house

(``Das macht mich stinksauer! Jetzt bin ich sauer!, which means ``I'm

pissed as hell! Now I am pissed!)

  1. The section where Phoebe pretends to be German by sprouting random German

phrases was unchanged when dubbed into German.This caused confusion in


  1. Dominick has ``Ghostbusters (qv) sheets._Ghostbusters (1984)_ (qv) was

also directed by 'Ivan Reitman' (qv).

  • King and I, The (1956)
  1. 'Deborah Kerr' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Marni Nixon' (qv).

  • King Kong (1933)
  1. This original version was released four times between 1933 and 1952,

and each release saw the cutting of additional scenes. Though many of the

outtakes # including the censored sequence in which Kong peels off

'Fay Wray' (qv)'s clothes # were restored in 1971, one cut scene has never

been found. It is the clip in which Kong shakes four sailors off a log

bridge, causing them to fall into a ravine where they are eaten alive by

giant spiders. When the movie # with spider sequence intact # was previewed

in San Bernardino, Calif., in late January, 1933, members of the audience

screamed and either left the theatre or talked about the grisly sequence

throughout the remainder of the film. Said the film's producer, Merian C.

Cooper, ``It stopped the picture cold, so the next day back at the studio,

I took it out myself.

  1. The models of King Kong were only 18 inches high.

  • King of Comedy, The (1983)
  1. 'Johnny Carson' (qv), 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), and 'Dean Martin' (qv) were

considered before 'Jerry Lewis' (qv).

  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): a TV director.

  • King of Kings (1961)
  1. 'Ray Bradbury' (qv) wrote the narration, but was uncredited.
  1. CAMEO(Orson Welles): the narrator.

  • KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) (TV)
  1. The cartoon style music that appears during fight sequences was added after

the production team realised that the film needed a lower certificate to

enable younger KISS fans (the majority) to see the film.

  1. 'Peter Criss' (qv)' voice was dubbed.

  • Kiss of Death (1995)
  1. CAMEO(Jay O. Sanders): federal agent

  • Knightriders (1981)
  1. CAMEO(Stephen King):
  1. CAMEO(Tabitha King):

  • Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
  1. 'William Holden' (qv), 'John Wayne' (qv), 'Robert Young' (qv), and

'Robert Cummings' (qv) were considered for the role of George Gipp, but only

'Dennis Morgan' (qv) and 'Ronald Reagan' (qv) tested for it, with Morgan

having the edge until the last minute.

  • L.A. Story (1991)
  1. Harris ('Steve Martin' (qv)) quotes poems that Martin previously quoted in

_The Man With Two Brains (1983)_ (qv).

  1. 'John Lithgow' (qv) played the part of Harry Zel, a movie agent that Harris

contacts after being fired.The part was cut, but there are still

references to his character in the film: during the freeway shoot-out, and

in the ``California Cuisine luncheon.

  1. Scenes where Harris is told that ``skipping is the perfect compromise, and

where Harris skips across the street were shown in trailers but not in the


  1. CAMEO(Woody Harrelson): Harris' boss at the TV station
  1. CAMEO(Rick Moranis): the grave digger.
  1. CAMEO(Chevy Chase): important guest (Christopher Carlos) at L'Idiot.
  1. CAMEO(Terry Jones): Sara's mother (voice only)

  • Laberinto de pasiones (1982)
  1. The magazine that Riza is looking through has an article about porn

star ``Patti Diphusa.This is the name that director

'Pedro Almodovar' (qv) used when writing the memoirs of a porn star.

  • Lady Chatterley (1992) (TV)
  1. Filmed in the same house as _Gothic (1987)_ (qv), also directed by

'Ken Russell' (qv).

  1. 'Sean Bean' (qv) has a tattoo on his arm which reads ``100% Blade, which

is at odds with his role of Mellors, and Sheffield United supporter.Bean

wore an arm band to cover the tattoo.

  • Lady in Red, The (1979)
  1. CAMEO(Robert Forster):

  • Lady L (1965)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Peter Ustinov):

  • Lady Vanishes, The (1938)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): near the end of the movie at Victoria

Station wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette.

  • Lair of the White Worm, The (1988)
  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]
  1. DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): calls out ``Hello, Mary, he walks by her farm at

the beginning.

  • Last Action Hero (1993)
  1. References to: _Die Hard (1988)_ (qv), _Commando (1985)_ (qv),

_The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), _Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)_ (qv),

_Basic Instinct (1992)_ (qv), _E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv),

_Amadeus (1984)_ (qv), _The Running Man (1987)_ (qv),

_Total Recall (1990)_ (qv), _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv),

_Blade Runner (1982)_ (qv).

  1. Many of the ``props in the film are made by ``Acme.
  1. Contains intentional continuity errors.
  1. The words ``A 'Franco Columbu' (qv) film appear on the screen at the

beginning of Jack Slater IV.Columbu is a legendary bodybuilder friend of

star 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)'s, who has appeared in the following films

with him: _Pumping Iron (1977)_ (qv), _Conan the Barbarian (1981)_ (qv),

_The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), _The Running Man (1987)_ (qv).

  1. The schoolteacher who praises 'Laurence Olivier' (qv)'s performance was

played by 'Joan Plowright' (qv), who is Olivier's widow.

  1. The video _Christmas in Connecticut (1992) (TV)_ (qv) (directed by

Schwarzenegger) is visible in the video store.

  1. After Benedict murders the car mechanic and wants to confess, you

can see someone in the background carrying a pair of recently stolen shoes.

  1. The following people are listed in the credits as having a cameo appearance:

'Sharon Stone' (qv), 'Robert Patrick' (qv), 'Tina Turner' (qv),

'James Belushi' (qv), 'Jean-Claude Van Damme' (qv), 'Keith Barish' (qv),

'Chevy Chase' (qv), 'Chris Connelly' (qv), 'Karen Duffy' (qv),

'Larry Ferguson' (qv), 'Leeza Gibbons' (qv), 'Hammer' (qv),

'Little Richard' (qv), 'Maria Shriver' (qv), 'Mario Van Peebles' (qv),

'Damon Wayans' (qv),

  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back!

  • Last Boy Scout, The (1991)
  1. The movie that Darian is watching on TV is

_Lethal Weapon (1987)_ (qv), which was also written by 'Shane Black' (qv).

  1. Joe ('Bruce Willis' (qv)) mentions ``reindeer goat cheese pizza, which

Willis also mentioned in _Hudson Hawk (1991)_ (qv).

  • Last Outpost, The (1951)
  1. 'Ronald Reagan' (qv) was a serious breeder of horses during this period of

his career and insisted on riding his favorite mare in this film.

  • Last Performance, The (1929)
  1. 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) dubbed 'Conrad Veidt' (qv)'s voice for the Hungarian


  • Last Starfighter, The (1984)
  1. The first movie to do all special effects (except makeup) on a computer.

All shots of spacecraft, space, etc generated on a CRAY computer.Some

objects had over 300 000 polygons, but all of the special effects shots for

the movie took only eight hours to generate.

  • Laughing Gravy (1931)
  1. The ``inheritance plotline (cut from the original release) was restorted

from the workprint discovered in 1985.

  • Laughing Sinners (1931)
  1. Most of the film was shot with 'Johnny Mack Brown' (qv) in the role of

Carl when it was decided to trash this footage and reshoot it with

'Clark Gable' (qv).

  • Lawnmower Man, The (1992)
  1. Early versions of the film alluded that they were related to a

'Stephen King' (qv) work.King did write a short story called ``The

Lawnmower Man, but it was completely different to the movie.King sued

the film makers, and had his name removed from the film.

  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  1. Although 220 minutes long, no women have speaking roles in this film.

  • Laws of Gravity (1992)
  1. The film just took 12 days to shoot and the whole production cost was

about $US38,000.

  • League of Their Own, A (1992)
  1. 'John Lovitz' (qv) had a more substantial role, but it was cut.
  1. 'Debra Winger' (qv) was originally going to appear in the film, but backed

out when Madonna was signed.

  1. 'Tom Hanks' (qv) gained much weight in preparation for his role.
  1. The old Dottie and Kit are played by other actor, but their voices

are dubbed over by 'Geena Davis' (qv) and 'Lori Petty' (qv).

  1. The characters at the hall of fame and seen playing after the game are

real players from the league portrayed in the film.

  • Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  1. Author 'John O'Brien' (qv), on whose autobiography this movie is based,

committed suicide two weeks after the movie went into production.Director

'Mike Figgis' (qv) contemplated abandoning the project, but decided the

film would make a good memorial for O'Brien.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Mike Figgis): the smiling singer in the ``Red Mutten

advertisments.In the credits, ``Red Mutten is listed as a recording

studio in Barnet, London.

  • Leon (1994)
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [reno]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [intro]

  • Let Him Have It (1991)
  1. Original director 'Alex Cox' (qv) was replaced by 'Peter Medak' (qv) becuase

Cox wanted to film in black and white.

  • Let's Make Love (1960)
  1. 'Arthur Miller' (qv) revised the script so that more emphasis was given to

his wife, 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv).'Gregory Peck' (qv), originally cast

opposite Monroe, left the project, unhappy about the way his role and been

diminished.He said the script was ``now about as funny as pushing Grandma

down the stairs in a wheelchair.

  1. 'Cary Grant' (qv), 'Charlton Heston' (qv), 'Rock Hudson' (qv),

'James Stewart' (qv), and 'Yul Brynner' (qv) all turned down the male lead.

'Yves Montand' (qv) was cast after starring in _Crucible, The (1957)_ (qv),

based on a play also written by Miller.

  1. CAMEO(Gene Kelly): himself
  1. CAMEO(Bing Crosby): himself
  1. CAMEO(Milton Berle): himself

  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  1. Director 'Richard Donner' (qv) is an animal-rights and pro-choice activist,

and placed many posters and stickers for these causes in the film.Of note

are the T-shirt worn by one of Murtagh's daughters (the actor's idea), and

an 18-wheeler with an anti-fur slogan on the side.

  1. Murtagh and Riggs drive past a cinema advertising _Radio Flyer (1992)_ (qv),

also directed by Donner.

  • Letzte Mann, Der (1924)
  1. Writer 'Carl Mayer' (qv) originally did not want to have a happy ending.

There is a rumor that he was forced to do so by the production company,

and ironic text before the epilog saying that the writer had sympathy for

the old doorman.

  • Liberty (1929)

-Released in silent and limited sound versions.

Life and Times of

  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  1. The film's working title was ``License Revoked but was later changed when

it was found to confuse test audiences in America.Titled ``The Cancelled

License in Japan.

  1. The film was originally to be set in China but production difficulties

became insurmountable.

  1. CAMEO(Pedro Armendariz Jr.): Kerim Bay's son.Pedro Armendariz Sr.

played Kerim Bay in _From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv).

  1. 'David Henderson' (qv) returns as Felix Leiter, a role he first played

in _Live and Let Die (1973)_ (qv).

  1. In the final chase sequence just after 007 lands on the tanker, Sanchez fires

at Bond hitting the truck's fuel tanks. The sound of the bullets ricocheting

off the tanks plays the start of the James Bond theme.

  1. At the end of the film, the credits say ``James Bond will return.

  • Liebe im Ring (1930)
  1. Planned as a silent film, but a script was added when orders came to make

it a ``talkie.

  • Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The (1981) (TV)
  1. The original cast had 'Ben Kingsley' (qv) in the role of Mr. Squeers.
  1. The day of the technical rehearsal for the second play (part II), the

actors were still getting new lines, and a few of the scenes had only been

rehearsed once. The unfinished state of the production led 'Trevor Nunn' (qv)

to ask the cast to mill about in the audience, before the curtain,

out of character, to explain the situation to them. This became

part of the production.

  • Life of Brian (1979)
  1. Numerous title changes: ``Monty Python's Life of Brian, etc.
  1. More footage of the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad was filmed but

not included.Also edited out was a section during the kidnapping of

Pilate's wife where she thumps Brian on the head.

  1. CAMEO(George Harrison): Mr Papadopolous, owner of ``The Mount, who

shakes hands with Brian and gives a very Liverpudlian ``'ullo.

  • Lifeboat (1944)
  1. Much of the cast caught pneumonia from constant exposure to cold water.
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in ``before and ``after pictures in a

newspaper advert for Reduco the Obesity slayer. The pictures were genuine,

as he had just been on a crash diet (although not with the fictional Reduco).

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: John Kovac's ``BM tattoo.

  • Light Sleeper (1991)
  1. In one scene, John LeTour ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)) is shown sitting on his bed

watching old photographs and listening to some CDs. One of the CDs is the

soundtrack from Walter Hill's _Streets of Fire (1984)_ (qv), which was

Dafoe's first starring role.

  1. The film briefly shown on TV in Ann's home at the beginning is

'Kenneth Anger' (qv)'s cult movie _Scorpio Rising (1964)_ (qv).

  • Limelight (1952)
  1. 'Charles Chaplin' (qv)'s film about a vaudeville comic on the decline

features a scene in which Chaplin, as the elderly Calvero, makes his

comeback in a music hall sketch. The routine, which originally ran 10

minutes, has Calvero performing on stage with an old colleague, played by

'Buster Keaton' (qv).It has been said that while Chaplin was good, Keaton

was sensational.Consequently, Chaplin allowed only a small portion of the

scene to remain in release prints.

  • Limit Up (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Sally Kellerman): night club singer

  • Lion King, The (1994)
  1. Simba says to Scar ('Jeremy Irons' (qv)) ``You're so weird.Scar replies:

``You have no idea!, the same reply that Irons used in

_Reversal of Fortune (1990)_ (qv).

  1. One of the bugs that Timon pulls out of a knothole during ``Hakuna Matada

is wearing Mickey Mouse ears.

  1. There are various rumours that when Simba collapses on the cliff after

talking with Timon and Pumbaa about stars, the dust that flies off the

cliff forms the letters ``SEX.

  • Lisztomania (1975)
  1. The ``Millionairess and ``Most promising Actress as addressed in the

concert scene are none other than Madame von Meck and Alma Mahler from

Ken Russell's previous films _The Music Lovers (1970)_ (qv) and

_Mahler (1974)_ (qv).

  1. When Liszt ('Roger Daltrey' (qv)) changes into a dress at Carolyne's

command, he changes behind a screen with a painting of royalty.The man in

the painting is 'Pete Townshend' (qv), from the rock band 'The Who' (qv),

of which Daltrey is the lead singer.

  1. CAMEO(Oliver Reed): the man who seals the door of the ``fumigation room at

Carolyne's palace.

  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]:The flames of Liszt's piano turn Wagner's

sword into a snake.

  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [primary colors]:The "lasers blasts" which destroy

Wagner/Hitler at the end of the film.

  • Little Darlings (1980)
  1. 'Kristy McNichol' (qv) took up smoking as part of the preperation for the

role, but couldn't quit the habit.

  • Little Man Tate (1991)
  1. 'Jodie Foster' (qv) became director after 'Joe Dante' (qv) left due to

creative differences.

  • Little Mermaid, The (1989)
  1. 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds.over one million

drawings were done in total.

  1. The two minute storm took 10 special effects artists over a year to finish.
  1. Some versions of the videotape had the likeness of a penis on the cover.

It's the highest tower in the middle of the castle in the background.

  1. The Tiny Toon Adventure script writer 'Sheri Stoner' (qv) was used as the

model for Ariel.See also _Beauty and the Beast (1991)_ (qv). [or was it

Alyssa Milano?]

  • Little Miss Marker (1934)
  1. 'Adolphe Menjou' (qv) was having difficulty with a particular line in

the script.At the prompting of others on the set, 'Shirley Temple' (qv),

(aged 6) turned to director 'Alexander Hall' (qv) and asked ``Is it too late

to replace Mr. Menjou on this picture?.

  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  1. Originally included an extended sequence for the song ``The Meek Shall


  1. The original ending featured extensive model shots of Audrey 2 wreaking havoc

on the city to the song ``Don't Feed the Plants.The ending was reshot

after bad preview audience reaction.

  • Little Shop of Horrors, The (1960)
  1. Filmed in just two days and nights.

  • Little Women (1994)
  1. At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom

is 'Polly Klaas' (qv), the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her

Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered.

'Wynona Ryder' (qv), much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in

the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional

appeals for the child's safe return.

  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  1. 'Sean Connery' (qv) turned down the then astronomic sum of $5.5 million to

play James Bond.

  1. 'Roger Moore' (qv)'s first appearance as James Bond.
  1. UA wanted an American to play Bond: 'Burt Reynolds' (qv), 'Paul Newman' (qv)

and 'Robert Redford' (qv) were all considered. Producer Cubby Broccoli,

however, insisted that the part should be played by a Briton and put

forward Moore.'Sean Connery' (qv) had previously turned down $5.5 million

to play the role.

  1. Moore should not have been available for the part since at the time he was

committed to Sir 'Lew Grade' (qv)'s ``The Persuaders with

'Tony Curtis' (qv), but when the show flopped in the US he was prematurely

released from his contract.Moore was author 'Ian Flemming' (qv)'s original

choice for Bond, but he was comitted to _"The Saint" (1967)_ (qv) when the

earlier films were in production.

  1. All of Moore's contracts include an unlimited supply of hand rolled

Monte Cristo cigars (in one 007 movie the final bill comes to 3176.50


  1. Live and Let Die is the first 007 score not to involve 'John Barry' (qv);

former Beatles producer 'George Martin' (qv) does the job instead.

  1. Unlike the previous four Bond movies, it is not filmed in Panavision.
  1. The film is titled ``The Dead Slave in Japan.
  1. The power-boat jump over the causeway set the world record for distance:

110 feet. The second boat was not scripted to collide with the police car,

but after this happened while shooting the stunt, the script was changed to

accommodate it.

  • Living Daylights, The (1987)
  1. 'Timothy Dalton' (qv)'s first appearance as James Bond.

'Pierce Brosnan' (qv) was the hot favorite to replace 'Roger Moore' (qv)

but was ruled out because of his contractual obligations to

_"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv). Other actors considered included

'Sam Neill' (qv) and 'Finlay Light' (qv).

  1. 'Maryam d'Abo' (qv) gets a lead role after screen tests with Brosnan.
  1. The film's title is ``The Breeze of Death in Germany.
  1. The film's title is ``Killing is no Game in France.
  1. In the opening scene at Gibraltar, real military installations were used.

These included a Ministry of Defence road not open to the public.The

machine gun nest on the airstrip was not authentic.

  • Lobster Man from Mars (1989)
  1. 'Orson Welles' (qv) came up with the title for this movie.He had originally

agreed to play the part of the producer, but died before production began.

  1. On the last day of shooting, director 'Stanley Sheff' (qv) and producer

'Steven Greene' (qv) bought the entire cast and crew an expensive lobster


  • Lodger, The (1926)
  1. Hitchcock wanted an ambiguous ending to the film, but the studio wouldn't

allow it to be implied that the lodger might actually be the murderer.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): a desk in the newsroom early in the film.

Some people claim he also appears later in the crowd lynch scene.

  • London After Midnight (1927)
  1. 'Lon Chaney' (qv) wore a set of false animal teech that hurt him so much

that he could only wear them for a few minutes at a time.

  • Long Riders, The (1980)
  1. CAMEO(Ry Cooder): the saloon singer.Cooder composed the soundtrack.

  • Long Voyage Home, The (1940)
  1. 'John Wayne' (qv) was asked by director 'John Ford' (qv) to play the part of

Ole Olson, who happened to be Swedish.Wayne wasn't sure he could

pull off the Swedish accent, and was worried that the audience would laugh.

Ford persuaded Wayne to take the role.

  • Longest Day, The (1962)
  1. 'Richard Todd' (qv) (Major Howard of the British 6th Airborne)

was himself in Normandy on D-Day, as Lt. Todd of the British 6th Airborne.

  1. As a 22-year-old private, 'Joseph Lowe' (qv) landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day

with the Fifth Ranger Battalion and scaled the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc.He

scaled those hundred-foot cliffs all over again, for the cameras, some 17

years later, acting as a member of the 505th Infantry Battle Group.

  • Longxiong Hudi (1986)
  1. While filming a stunt, 'Jackie Chan' (qv) missed a tree branch and hit his

head on a rock, nearly killing him and leaving him with a permanent

thimble-sized hole on the right side of his head.

  • Lords of the Deep (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Roger Corman):

  • Love Happy (1949)
  1. 'Groucho Marx' (qv) informed 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) that he had a role which

called for ``a young lady who can walk by me in such a manner as to arouse

my elderly libido and cause smoke to issue from my ears.Monroe obliged

and was quickly cast.

  • Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
  1. CAMEO(Gene Kelly):

  • Lucky Partners (1940)
  1. The working titles were ``Good Luck and ``Change Your Luck.

  • M (1931)
  1. 'Peter Lorre' (qv)'s whistling was dubbed by director 'Fritz Lang' (qv).

  • Mable's Strange Predicament (1914)
  1. Banned by Swedish censons, who found it ``brutalising becuase of the

amorous scenes.

  • Macbeth (1948)
  1. One of the witches is played by 'Brainerd Duffield' (qv), a man.

  • Mackenna's Gold (1969)
  1. The canyon was purchased as unsafe by the movie company, and actually

destroyed on film.

  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1995)
  1. The Drug Squad officer was originally to be called MacKenzie but was

renamed Stringer at a late stage because there is a real life MacKenzie at

Scotland Yard.

  1. Although 'Tim Sewell' (qv) is credited with writing the screenplay from an

original story by director 'Henry Cole' (qv), shortly before the

start of principle photography, Cole himself re-wrote some sections

of the script to bring out the British upper-class eccentricity which he

felt was missing.

  1. CAMEO (Patrick Lichfield): the photographer taking a family portrait of the

Dyer family at their country seat.

  • Mad Max (1979)
  1. Often shown with American voiced dubbed in.
  1. The car that Max drives (the ``last of the V8 interceptors) is a

production car, the Ford ``XB Falcon Hardtop, sold in Australia from

December 1973 until August 1976.The car in the film had a standard 351

cubic inch (5.8 litre) V8 motor.

  • Mad Max 2 (1981)
  1. Released as ``The Road Warrior in the United States, and was dubbed with

American accents.

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
  1. The script called for Aunt Entity ('Tina Turner' (qv)) to drive a vehicle.

All of the vehicles were stick-shifts, which Turner couldn't drive, so a

special automatic had to be constructed.

  • Made in America (1993)
  1. The African Craft Shop is in the same street as a cinema advertising ``A

Paula Prentiss Retrospective.Prentiss is the wife of director

'Richard Benjamin' (qv).

  • Made in Heaven (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Debra Winger): Emmert, the apparently male entity who ``runs

things in heaven.

  • Madness of King George, The (1994)
  1. The ``III was dropped from the title of the film for fear that American

cinemagoers might think it was a sequel.

  • Maedchen Juanita, Das (1945)
  1. This comedy with the working title ``Frau ueber Bord (Kabine 27) could

not be finished in 1945 because of the end of World War II.It was then

edited with material from the archives and released in West Germany seven

years later in 1952.

  • Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
  1. The newspaper showing headlines indicating the explosion that injured

George Amberson Minafer.Also visible in that newspaper is an article

written by ``Jed Leland, a character from _Citizen Kane (1941)_ (qv),

also directed by 'Orson Welles' (qv).

  1. RKO chopped 20 minutes of the film and added a happy ending when Welles

was out of the country.

  • Magnificent Doll (1946)
  1. The night before shooting was to start, a game of hide-and-seek was held

during a party.'Primula Niven' (qv) (wife of 'David Niven' (qv)) opened

a door she thought led to a closet and fell down the stairs to her death.

  • Mai Nei Dak Gung Dui (1979)
  1. 'Jackie Chan' (qv) appeared in this film as a personal favour to producer

'Wei Lo' (qv), who had helped him out with problems he had with the Chinese


  • Major and the Minor, The (1942)
  1. It was decided to include scenes of [?]'s ('Ginger Rogers' (qv)'s) mother.

'Spring Byington' (qv) was the first choice but was appearing in another

film.Rogers suggested her real mother 'Lela Rogers' (qv), who got the role.

  • Make Mine Music (1946)
  1. Animation in the Tone Poem: Blue Bayou was originally created for the deleted

``Clair de lune sequence of _Fantasia (1940)_.

  • Mallrats (1995)
  1. 'Jason Mewes' (qv) was nearly replaced as Jay, the studio attempting

to replace him up until the screening of the first dailies.

  • Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
  1. 'George Raft' (qv) was originally cast as Sam Spade.He turned it

down because it was ``not an important picture, taking advantage of a

clause in his contract that he did not have to work on remakes.

  1. The Shakespeare reference that ends the film was suggested by

'Humphrey Bogart' (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Walter Huston): Captain Jacobi
  1. DIRTRADE(John Huston): [father]

  • Mambo Kings, The (1992)
  1. 'Antonio Banderas' (qv) couldn't speak English when this movie was filmed,

and thus performed all his lines phonetically.

  • Man About Town (1939)
  1. Originally, this film was to feature 'Betty Grable' (qv) opposite

'Jack Benny' (qv) in the role of Diana Wilson, but because of illness

she had to be replaced by 'Dorothy Lamour' (qv).She recovered in time,

however to contribute a song.

  • Man Called Adam, A (1966)
  1. Adam's trumpet playing was actually done by 'Nat Adderley' (qv).

  • Man of the House (1995)
  1. Ben Archer ('Jonathan Taylor Thomas' (qv)) can be seen sitting under a tree

reading a comic book based on _The Lion King (1994)_ (qv), which also

starred Thomas.

  • Man Who Came Back, The (1931)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) was 'Charles Farrell' (qv)'s voice coach.He and

several other actors had thought they were getting Farrell's part.

  • Man Who Fell to Earth, The (1976)
  1. The power-boat jump in this movie broke the world record for distance,

previously set during the making of _Live and Let Die (1973)_ (qv).

  • Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934)
  1. The gun battle at the end was based on an unprecedented real-life ``Sidney

Street siege that had recently occured in London.

  1. Remade as _The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv), again by

'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv).

  • Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in the Moroccan marketplace watching the

acrobats with his back to the camera just before the murder.

  1. 'Bernard Herrmann' (qv) (the composer of the score) can be seen conducting

the orchestra during the Albert Hall sequence.

  1. The plot calls for a man to be discovered as ``not Moroccan because he was

wearing black makeup.The makeup artists couldn't find a black substance

that would come off easily, and so they painted the fingers of the other man

white, so that he would leave pale streaks on the other man's skin.

  1. The Albert Hall sequence lasts 12 minutes without a single word of dialogue

and consists of 124 shots.

  1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four

other pictures of the same periods') were bought back by Hitchcock and left

as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the

infamous ``5 lost Hitchcocks amongst film buffs, and were re-released in

theathers around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are

_Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Trouble with Harry (1955)_ (qv),

_Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv).

  1. 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) previously filmed this story as

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)_ (qv).

  • Man Who Talked Too Much, The (1940)
  1. 'George Reeves' (qv)' role as the first hotel clerk was filmed but cut.
  1. The script was unfinished at the start of production and was revised


  • Man with the Golden Gun, The (1974)
  1. Title role originally offered to 'Jack Palance' (qv), but was eventually

played by 'Christopher Lee' (qv).Lee is author 'Ian Fleming' (qv)'s cousin.

See also _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv).

  1. 'Britt Ekland' (qv) auditioned for the role of Scaramanga's mistress, but

director 'Guy Hamilton' (qv) offered her the role of Mary Goodnight after

seeing her in a bikini.

  1. J W Pepper ('Clifton James' (qv)) is a sheriff from Lousiana that James Bond

met in _Live and Let Die (1973)_ (qv).While chasing Scaramanga, Bond teams

up with Pepper, who is on holidays in Thailand.

  1. The spiral ``Javelin Jump was inspired from an American Motors Corporation

promotional tour which was running around the time the movie was made.The

jump was performed of a modified 1974 Hornet X: special suspension, a six

cylinder engine (for reduced weight), centered steering wheel, and a special

fuel system to stop the car stalling when turning over.During AMC's

promotional tour, they had a few mishaps (including a roof landing when the

car stalled on approach to the ramp), but the stunt that appeared in the

film was done on the first take.A group of university students came up with

the original idea, and used a computer to calculate the necessary

environment.Although the bridge halves look dilapidated, they were

constructed to these exacting specifications.The stunt car had to approach

the ramp at right-angles, do a sharp turn, and then hit the ramp at a

predetermined speed.

  1. 'Alice Cooper' (qv)'s ``Muscle of Love album has a song ``Man With the

Golden Gun on it.The CD version includes notes claiming it was to be the

theme song of the movie, but the producers chickened out.

  1. First 007 movie to be shown at the Kremlin.
  1. The last 007 movie co-produced by 'Harry Saltzman' (qv).Following many

creative differences, he sold his 50% share in the Bond franchise to United


  • Man with Two Brains, The (1983)
  1. CAMEO(Sissy Spacek): the voice of Ann Uumellmahaye.

  • Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
  1. 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) broke one of his fingers in the fight sequence with

'Henry Silva' (qv).

  1. 'Angela Lansbury' (qv) plays the lead character's mother, even though she is

actually younger than him.

  1. All the members of the platoon in Korea are named after cast and crew of

the TV show ``You'll Mever Get Rich.

  1. It took a full week to film the opening dream sequence.Director

'John Frankenheimer' (qv) rushed a rough edit of the sequence to Sinatra,

then decided to keep the cut in the final movie unchanged.

  • Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
  1. Lead role written for 'Mia Farrow' (qv), but 'Dianne Keaton' (qv) got the

role following Farrow's breakup with the film's director 'Woody Allen' (qv).

  • Manhunter (1986)
  1. The events in this film occur before the events in

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv).Although there are several

characters common to both films, there are only two actors who appear in

both movies.Ironically, they both play different characters in both films.

'Frankie Faison' (qv) plays Lt Fisk in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv), and Barney in

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), and 'Dan Butler' (qv) plays an FBI

fingerprint expert in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv), and an entymologist in

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv).

  • Manpower (1942)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) was originally cast in this film, but

'George Raft' (qv) refused to work with him.

  • Marathon Man (1976)
  1. 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) (being a ``method actor) stayed up all night to play

a character who has stayed up all night.Arriving on the set,

'Laurence Olivier' (qv) asked him why he looked they way he did.Hoffman

told him, to which Olivier replied in jest: ``Why not try acting?It's much


  • Maria Rosa (1916)
  1. 'Lou Tellegen' (qv) (who had starred on Broadway as Andreas in the stage

version) was consulted in the production of this film, the result of

which was that he met and married the film's star ('Geraldine Farrar' (qv)).

  • Marie Antoinette (1938)
  1. Originally to be directed by 'Sidney Franklin' (qv), but replaced by

'William S. Van Dyke' (qv).

  • Marked Woman (1937)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) and 'Mayo Methot' (qv) fell in love during production.

They were married as soon as he had divorced his second wife

'Mary Philips' (qv).

  • Marnie (1964)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): 5 minutes into the film, in the hotel

corridor as Marnie walks by.

  1. The production company created for the film, ``Geoffrey Stanley was named

after Hitchcock's pet dogs.

  1. Hitchcock and 'Tippi Hedren' (qv) had a major falling out during the filming

and by the end he directed her through intermediaries.

  1. 'Bruce Dern' (qv) can be seen briefly as the sailor in Marnie's flashback.
  1. Hitchcock wanted 'Grace Kelly' (qv) to make her screen comeback in the title

role, but the people of Monaco were not happy with the idea of their princess

playing a compulsive thief.

  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
  1. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) studied stroke victims to get a purchase on speech

that is struggling to emerge.

  • Masquerade (1988)
  1. About thirty minutes in the movie, there's a cut to a night scene on a beach.

It's rumoured that there is a subliminal message (visible only in widescreen)

written on the face of the wave in the lower right corner of the screen.

  • Matter of Life and Death, A (1946)
  1. For the table tennis scene, 'Kim Hunter' (qv) and 'Roger Livesey' (qv) were

trained by 'Alan Brooke' (qv), the British champion who has played many

games with International champion 'Victor Barna' (qv).During a visit to

Denham Studios the two champions played a couple of games before an admiring

audience of artists and technicians.For luck, Hunter borrowed one of

Brook's tournament bats for her film game.

  1. The huge escalator linking this World with the Other, called ``Operation

Ethel by the firm of engineers who constructed her under the aegis of the

London Passenger Transport Board, took three months to make and cost 3,000

pounds (in 1946).``Ethel had 106 steps each 20 feet wide and was driven

by a 12 h.p. engine.The full shot was completed by hanging minatures.

  1. The backcloth of the High Court scene, suggesting tiers of seats stretching

into infinity, measured 350 feet long and 40 feet high.Altogether 8

backcloths of similar large dimensions were used in Other World scenes, and

29 elaborate sets were constructed.In all these vast scenes 5,375 crowd

artistes were used, including real R.A.F. crews, Red Cross nurses and


  • Maurice (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Helena Bonham Carter): ???.Carter starred in director

'James Ivory' (qv)'s previous film, _A Room with a View (1986)_ (qv).

  • Maverick (1994)
  1. 'Meg Ryan' (qv) was the original choice for Annabelle.
  1. 'Mel Gibson' (qv) had special lessons to learn how to draw a gun from

a holster.

  1. CAMEO(Danny Glover): bank robber.Glover's and 'Mel Gibson' (qv)'s

characters appear to almost recognize each other.This is a reference

to _Lethal Weapon (1987)_ (qv),_Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)_ (qv), and

_Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)_ (qv), all of which were also directed by

'Richard Donner' (qv).

  • Maximum Overdrive (1986)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Stephen King): man who the ATM swears at.

  • Mean Streets (1973)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): the hit man who shoots Johnny Boy.
  1. DIRTRADE(Martin Scorsese): [mother]: the woman who comes to Teresa's aid

when she has an epileptic fit.

  1. CAMEO(Elizabeth Scorsese): the woman who comes to Teresa's aid when she

has an epileptic fit.

  • Meatballs Part II (1984)
  1. Cheryl ('Kim Richards' (qv)) is asked if she comes from another planet (due

to her lack of experience with boys).Cheryl replies that she sort of is.

Richards played a young alien girl, marooned on earth, in two Disney movies:

_Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)_ (qv), and

_Return from Witch Mountain (1978)_ (qv).

  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  1. Producer-lyricist 'Arthur Freed' (qv) dubbed the singing for

'Leon Ames' (qv).

  1. 'Van Johnson'(qv) was supposed to play John Truett, but 'Tom Drake'(qv)

took over.

  1. To get just the right emotional response from 'Margaret O'Brien' (qv) in

the famous backyard snowman-bashing scene, director 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv)

told the child just before shooting that her pet dog had been run over.He

then ordered the scene to roll, and O'Brien carried it out on a near-

hysterical level.

  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
  1. The soundtrack by 'Shirley Walker' (qv) was the first major Hollywood studio

picture with a complete orchestral score written by a woman.

  • Men at Work (1990)
  1. The two hit men drive a car with a number plate ``HITMEN.

  • Men in Black (1934)
  1. The bizarre medical terminology used by the Stooges was ad-libbed.
  1. 'Curly Howard' (qv)'s famous line ``Woo-woo-woo-woo was used when

he forgot his lines, but soon became a standard.

  • Mermaids (1990)
  1. 'Winona Ryder' (qv) replaced 'Emily Lloyd' (qv) becuase it was thought that

Lloyd looked to genetically dissimilar to 'Cher' (qv).

  • Merry-Go-Round (1922)
  1. 'Erich Von Stroheim' (qv) was replace by 'Rupert Julian' (qv) becuase

producer 'Irving Thalberg' (qv) discovered that Von Stroheim wanted all

the extras to wear silk underwear embroidered with the Austrian/Hungarian

crown, despite the fact that they would never be seen.

  • Metropolis (1926)
  1. A version of this silent film was released in 1984, featuring a soundtrack

produced by 'Georgio Moroder' (qv).This version is also color tinted.

  • Meyer aus Berlin (1919)
  1. The film was believed to be lost, but it was discovered in the Netherland's

film archives titled ``Sally geht auf Reisen.

  • Midnight (1939)
  1. 'Barbara Stanwyck' (qv) was originally slated for the role of Eve Peabody,

but was replaced by 'Claudette Colbert' (qv) because of scheduling problems.

  1. 'Mary Astor' (qv)'s pregnancy caused some filming problems.

  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  1. CAMEO(M. Emmet Walsh):

  • Midnight Run (1988)
  1. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) spent time with bounty hunters as part of his

preparation for this role.

  1. 'Charles Grodin' (qv) changed a line in the screenplay from ``As an

accountant to ``As your accountant to show the growing bond between the

two characters.

  1. Universal Studios wanted to cast 'Robin Williams' (qv) instead of Grodin.

Williams was eager to play the part, willing to do many screen tests.

Director 'Martin Brest' (qv) was so impressed with the way that Grodin and

De Niro worked together that he cast Grodin against the wishes of the studio.

  1. Grodin has permanent scars resulting from the real handcuffs he had to wear

for a great deal of the film.

  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A (1935)
  1. 'Mickey Rooney' (qv) broke his leg during filming, and was wheeled around

behind bushes on a bicycle during filming.

  • Midway (1976)
  1. Originally shown in Sensurround, a system which had special low-pitch woofers

for sound effects.

  • Mighty Ducks, The (1992)
  1. Number 10 on the Duck's rival team, the Hawks, is named Herek.The film was

directed by 'Stephen Herek' (qv).

  • Milky Way, The (1936)
  1. When a suitable white horse for Burheigh could not be found, make-up artists

were called upon to bleach a dark-colored horse blonde.

  • Miller's Crossing (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Frances McDormand): the mayor's secretary

  • Millions Like Us (1943)
  1. Charters and Caldicott are characters who also appeared in

_Night Train to Munich (1940)_ (qv) and _The Lady Vanishes (1938)_ (qv)

films also written by 'Sidney Gilliat' (qv) and co-director

'Frank Launder' (qv).

  • Mirror Has Two Faces, The (1996)
  1. 'Dudley Moore' (qv) was originally cast in the role of [Jeff Bridges].

  • Misery (1990)
  1. A video of _When Harry Met Sally... (1989)_ (qv) (also directed by

'Rob Reiner' (qv)) is visible in the general store.

  1. The ``guy who went mad in a hotel nearby is a reference to

_The Shining (1980)_ (qv), also based on a novel written by

'Stephen King' (qv).

  1. CAMEO(J.T. Walsh): park ranger
  1. DIRCAMEO(Rob Reiner): the helicopter pilot.

  • Misfits, The (1961)
  1. United Artists executives were unhappy with the rough cut of the film, so

director 'John Huston' (qv), producer 'Frank E. Taylor' (qv), and writer

'Arthur (I) Miller' (qv) all agreed to reshoot several scenes.

'Clark Gable' (qv) had script approval, however, and he rejected the idea.

Other disagreements over the final cut resulted in the elimination of a

shot of 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv)'s naked breast from the bedroom scene.

  1. Bored while waiting for Monroe to turn up on the set, Gable opted to do

his own stunts, which included being dragged by a truck travelling at

30 mph.

  1. On the last day of filming, Gable said ``Christ, I'm glad this picture's

finished.She [Monroe] damn near gave me a heart attack.The next day,

Gable suffered a massive heart attack and died 11 days later.

  • Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
  1. CONT: Sergeant O'Hara's shirt is wet with sweat as he leaves the radio tent

but dry as he exits.

  • Mit den Augen einer Frau (1942)
  1. Banned by censors since 4th Nov, 1942.

  • Mixed Nuts (1994)
  1. the landlord's name is Tannenbaum (German for ``christmas tree). After he

is shot, his body is disguised as a Christmas tree.

  • Mo' Better Blues (1990)
  1. 'Joi Lee' (qv) is director 'Spike Lee' (qv)'s sister.At the wedding, her

character is given away a character played by their real-life father Bill.

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
  1. When Arthur rides into the village where the ``witch is about to be burnt,

Bedivere is holding a coconut slung between two swallows.

  1. Some major scenes scripted, but never filmed:
# additional ``Knights who say Ni! scene, they intend to call themselves
``the Knights of Nicky-Nicky
# additional police detective scenes
# several scenes where Arthur and the knights meet ``King Brian, the Wild.
# After the Bridgekeeper, they come upon the Boatkeeper.``He who would
cross the Sea of Fate Must answer me these questions twenty-eight!
  1. The gorilla hand turning the pages was director 'Terry Gilliam' (qv)'s.
  1. At the beginning of the ``Bring out your dead scene, two nuns with gigantic

mallets can be seen.The original script called for them to be pounding on a

man tied to a cart, but the scene was cut and that glimpse is all that


  1. Many scenes were filmed in a city park beside one of London's busiest


  1. Many subtle instances of cat abuse: during the ``bring out your dead scene,

the old woman the knights say ``Ni! at, etc.

  1. Most of the castles were cardboard cutouts, and indeed the trailer shows

one of them falling over.

  • Moon Over Parador (1988)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Paul Mazursky): in drag

  • Moonraker (1979)
  1. Drax' Venice laboratory has an electronic lock on it.The sequence which

unlocks the door is the hailing tune from

_Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv).
  1. Despite the previous 007 film telling us that James Bond will return in

_For Your Eyes Only (1981)_ (qv), producer Cubby Broccoli choose

_Moonraker (1979)_ (qv) as the next installment after the success of

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).

  1. The role of Drax was originally offered to 'James Mason' (qv).
  1. 'Lois Chiles' (qv) had originally been offered the role of Anya in

_The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)_ (qv), but turned down the part when she

decided to take temporary retirement. She got the role of Mary Goodhead by

chance when she was given the seat next to 'Lewis Gilbert' (qv) on a flight.

  1. 'Richard Kiel' (qv) returns as Jaws, a role he first played in

_The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)_ (qv), his only line is ``Well, here's to us.

  • Moonstruck (1987)
  1. 'Nicholas Cage' (qv) plays Ronny, a man with only one arm.In Cage's

previous role in _Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)_ (qv), Cage's character

begged Peggy to marry him, saying he doesn't know what the future might

bring: he might lose his arm.

  • Moonwalker (1988)
  1. The bad guy's name is ``Frank Lideo.One of the film's executive

producers is 'Frank Deleo' (qv), 'Michael Jackson' (qv)'s long-time manager.

  • Mountain Eagle, The (1925)
  1. No prints of this film ('Alfred Hitchcock' (qv)'s second) are known to have

survived and no one has seen it since the late 1920s.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about half way through the movie passing

David Smith in front of his building.

  1. Hitchcock's only screwball comedy. He was talked into directing it by

'Carole Lombard' (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: a conversation is made difficult

by a noisy flushing toilet.

  • Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
  1. References to: _It's a Wonderful Life (1946)_ (qv).

  • Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
  1. Begun as a Charlie Chan film (``Charlie Chan at the Ringside, but upon the

death of Chan star 'Warner Oland' (qv), the script was hastily rewritten to

accommodate Fox's other Asian sleuth, Mr. Moto.The presence of Chan's son

Lee is evidence of the grafting of one movie onto another series.

  • Mr. Sycamore (1974)
  1. CAMEO(Oingo Boingo): inmates in the asylum.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  1. When the family is looking for Mrs. Doubfire's replacement, the last name

they cross off their list of applicants is ``'Paula DuPree' (qv).DuPree

was the film's associate producer.

  1. When Mrs. Doubtfire ('Robin Williams' (qv)) loses her teeth in the drink at

the restaurant, she says ``Carpe Diem, a reference to

_Dead Poets Society (1989)_ (qv), which also starred Williams.

  1. Mrs. Doubtfire's accent was inspired by 'Bill Forsyth' (qv), the Scottish

director that Williams had just worked with on _Being Human (1993)_ (qv).

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
  1. DIRTRADE(Kenneth Branagh): [doyle]: Balthasar.
  1. Much of the singing was not re-recorded.

  • Muenchhausen (1943)
  1. Writer 'Berthol Buerger' (qv) is a pseudonym for 'Erich Kaestner' (qv).

Kaestner was a banned author in Nazi Germany and his books were among those

burnt in 1933. For this movie he got the allowance to write the script but

was required to choose a pseudonym. The german word ``Buerger means


  1. 'Josef Goebbels' (qv), Reichs-minister of propaganda and also chief of the

German UFA-studios, ordered this film to be made for the 25th anniversary of

the UFA.

  • Muppet Christmas Carol, The (1992)
  1. There is a store called ``Micklewhite.'Michael Caine' (qv)'s real name is

Maurice Micklewhite.

  • Muppet Movie, The (1979)
  1. 'Jim Henson' (qv) spent an entire day in a 50 gallon steel drum submerged in

a pond for the opening scene of Kermit in the swamp.

  • Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
  1. Hormel Foods Corporation, manufacturers of ``Spam canned ham, sued the

film production company for making the name of the ugly villian ``Spa'am.

Their suit was defeated on September 22, 1995.

  • Murder! (1930)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about an hour into the movie walking past

the house where the murder was committed.

  1. A German version called ``Mary was filmed at the same time using German

actors, but the same sets.

  1. The scene where Sir John thinks out loud in front of a mirror had to

be filmed with a recording of the lines and an orchestra hidden behind the

set as it was not possible to dub the soundtrack later.

  • Mute Witness (1995)
  1. Originally set in Chicago, Waller changed the location when told that Moscow

would provide much cheaper sets/labor.

  1. Director 'Anthony Waller' (qv) filmed 'Alec Guinness' (qv)' scenes nine

years before the rest of the film from an earlier draft of the screenplay.

Guinness gave his performance in one morning before catching a plane.When

Waller needed an additional scene, he used the film from earlier and

reversed it.

  1. CAMEO(Alec Guinness): The Reaper

  • My Brilliant Career (1979)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Gilliam Armstrong): cabaret backup singer

  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  1. 'Audrey Hepburn' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Marni Nixon' (qv), despite

Hepburn's lengthy preparation for the role.

  1. 'Rex Harrison' (qv) wanted 'Julie Andrews' (qv) for the role of Eliza, since

they had played together in the Broadway version.

  • My Father the Hero (1994)
  1. CAMEO(Emma Thompson): Isabel

  • My Pal Trigger (1946)
  1. 'Dale Evans' (qv) did her own stunt ruding until ordered to stop by director

'Yakima Canutt' (qv).

  • Mystere Picasso, Le (1956)
  1. Special transparent 'canvases' were constructed so that

'Pablo Picasso' (qv) could paint on one side and '[?] Renoir' (qv) and

'Henri-Georges Clouzot' (qv) could film the other.

  • Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
  1. The movie was believed to be lost until the late sixties.

  • Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
  1. The cover of the issue of ``Playboy that Papshmir is reading in his

Learjet features 'Anna Nicole Smith' (qv), who plays Tanya Peters.

  • Naked Prey, The (1966)
  1. 'Cornel Wilde' (qv) was ill through much of the filming but continued, noting

that it seemed to add to his proformance.

  • Nashville (1975)
  1. CAMEO(Elliot Gould):
  1. CAMEO(Julie Christie):

  • National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
  1. Co-writer 'Chris Miller' (qv) based the National Lampoon short stories that

gave rise to the film on his expereriences in Alpha Delta fraternity at

Dartmouth (from which he graduated in 1962).

  1. Babs becomes a tour guide at Universal Studios.The credits for this film

(and other 'John Landis' (qv) films) include an advertisement for a tour at

Universal Studios.The ad says ``Ask for Babs.As of 1989, Universal

Studios no longer honor the ``ask for Babs promotion, which was either

a discount or a free entry.

  • Natural Born Killers (1994)
  1. There were 150 shots that were either cut or redone in order to get an
``R rating instead of ``NC-17.Editing for the film took 11 months.
  1. During filming, loud raucous music would be played on the set, and the

crew would fire shotguns into the air as a way of keeping a frantic mood.

  1. Director 'Oliver Stone' (qv) inserted footage from many films as a critique

of violence in the media.One of them was _Midnight Express (1978)_ (qv),

which Stone wrote the screenplay for.

  • Natural, The (1984)
  1. Loosely based on the story of Sir Percival from the Arthurian myths:
# The broken bat = the broken sword
# Pop Fisher = The Fisher King
# The team called ``The Knights

  • Nayagan (1987)
  1. Inspired by the real life story of mafia don 'Varadaraja Mudaliar' (qv).

  • Needful Things (1993)
  1. 'Ed Harris' (qv), 'Bonnie Bedelia' (qv), 'J.T. Walsh ' (qv),

'Frank C. Turner' (qv), and 'Bill Croft' (qv) have all previously appeared

in movies based on stories written by 'Stephen King' (qv).

  • Nelson and Jeanette (1992) (TV)
  1. CAMEO (Kathryn Grayson): at a fan club party.

  • Never a Dull Moment (1968)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Jerry Paris): Police Photographer

  • Never on Tuesday (1988)
  1. CAMEO(Cary Elwes): Tow Truck Driver

  • Never Say Never Again (1983)
  1. The film's title was originally ``Warhead but was changed and become an in

joke on 'Sean Connery' (qv)'s refusal to play 007 ever again.He was

eventually paid $5 million, which made him the highest paid British actor to


  1. 'Orson Welles' (qv) was originally going to play Blofeld, and

'Trevor Howard' (qv) was to appear as ``M.

  1. Author 'Kevin McClory' (qv) (co-writer of _Thunderball (1965)_ (qv)) had

won the legal right to make his own 007 film as long as production started

after 1975 and the story was based on _Thunderball (1965)_ (qv).

  1. McClory enlisted the help of 'Len Deighton' (qv) and Connery when writing the

script, prior to Connery agreeing to return as Bond.

  1. An early plot had SPECTRE attacking Wall Street from the sewers of New York

in giant mechanical sharks.

  1. There is a rumor that 'Timothy Dalton' (qv) is visible in the casino.Dalton

would later play James Bond.

  • New Adventures of Tarzan, The (1935)
  1. Tarzan's chipanzee is called ``Nkima (not ``Cheetah), true to the

'Edgar Rice Burroughs' (qv) books.

  • New York, New York (1977)
  1. Originally four and a half hours long.Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) cut

it to 153 minutes, then to 136 minutes.In 1981 some material (mainly the

'Happy Endings' sequence) was restored and the film became 163 minutes long.

  • New York, New York bis (1984)
  1. All copies believed lost.
  • Newsies (1992)
  1. Most of the cast trained in dance and martial arts for ten weeks before

filming commenced.

  1. Originally intended as a drama, not a musical.

  • Niagara (1953)
  1. 'Jean Peters' (qv) got the role of Polly Cutler after 'Anne Baxter' (qv)

withdrew.After her withdrawal, the film was reworked to highlight

'Marilyn Monroe' (qv).

  • Night My Number Came Up, The (1954)
  1. The script is based on a personal account by Sir Victor Goddard.

  • Night of Terror (1933)
  1. Although 'Edwin Maxwell' (qv) is credited as playing ``The Maniac, the

bulk of the role was played by an uncredited and unknown actor.

  • Night of the Creeps (1986)
  1. All the characters are named after horror film directors.

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  1. 'Bill Hinzman' (qv), one of the original $300 investors had a small role

as a zombie due to a shortage of available talent.

  1. The blood is actually Hershey's syrup.

  • Night on Earth (1991)
  1. The name of New York taxi driver (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is taken from a member

of the crew of _Down by Law (1986)_ (qv), also directed by

'Jim Jarmusch' (qv).The names of the taxi driver (Mika) and the unlucky

guy (Aki) are taken from the directors 'Mika Kaurismki' (qv) and

'Aki Kaurismki' (qv).

  1. The Roman taxi driver ('Roberto Benigni' (qv)) has an 8-ball as a gearstick

knob.In _Down by Law (1986)_ (qv), Benigni played a character who killed

a man using an 8-ball.

  • Night They Raided Minsky's, The (1968)
  1. The first cut of the film was considered disastrous by all involved.Film

editor 'Ralph Rosenblum' (qv) worked for more than a year to save it, with

director 'William Friedkin' (qv) long gone.The extensive use of period

film clips was Rosenblum's idea.The technique of returning from these

clips to the movie by starting with a black and white version of a shot and

changing to color was invented accidentally when the editor's assistant

couldn't find the color copy of a piece of film fast enough.

  • Night to Remember, A (1943)
  1. The line ``Still here, Miss Evans? is a reference to one of the two ladies

in first class who didn't make it off the Titanic.

  • Night Train to Munich (1940)
  1. Charters and Caldicott are characters who also appeared in

_The Lady Vanishes, The (1938)_ (qv), also written by 'Sidney Gilliat' (qv)

and 'Frank Launder' (qv).

  • Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A (1987)
  1. The scene in which Neil Gordon ('Craig Wasson' (qv)) is thrown into

the grave and partially buried by the skeleton of Freddy is a tribute to

_Body Double (1984)_ (qv), in which Wasson's character is similarly buried


  • Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)
  1. Director 'Wes Craven' (qv) claims to have named Freddy Kruger after a kid

who bullied him in school.

  1. Kruger bleeds green.
  1. Just before Glen is pulled into the bed, the television station announces

its name: ``KRGR.

  1. Freddy Kruger's colors of red and green are contrasted throughout the movie.
  1. The movie Nancy watches to stay awake is _The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv).See

also _Evil Dead II (1987)_ (qv).

  1. There is a ripped poster of _The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv) visible.See also:

_The Evil Dead (1983)_ (qv), _The Hills Have Eyes (1978)_ (qv).

  • Nikita (1990)
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [reno]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [intro]

  • Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
  1. Elizabeth wears white or colorful clothing except when she is with John,

when she wears black or grey.See also _Dial M for Murder (1954)_ (qv).

  • Nine Months (1995)
  1. Scenes where Samuel ('Hugh Grant' (qv)) is arrested and photographed were

cut from the film prior to release, following Grant's highly-publicized

arrest for lewd conduct.

  • Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) refused the role of Nick Blake.

  • North by Northwest (1959)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): missing a bus at the end of the opening


  1. 'James Stewart' (qv) was very interested in starring in this movie, begging

Hitchcock to let him play Thornhill.Hitchcock claimed that

_Vertigo (1958)_ (qv)'s lack of financial success was because Stewart

``looked too old.

  1. Roger O. Thornhill claims that the ``O stands for ``nothing.This is

a reference to ``David O. Selznick (qv), who's``O also signified


  1. 'Jessie Royce Landis' (qv) played Thornhill's ('Cary Grant' (qv)'s) mother,

yet he was 10 months older than her.

  1. The title might refer to Hamlet's line ``I am mad but north-northwest,

where he tries to convince people of his sanity.The airline that

they travel on is called ``Northwest Airlines.

  1. The shot of Thornhill entering the UN building had to be filmed with a

hidden camera as Hitchcock wasn't able to get permission to shoot there.

  1. At one point the movie's title was to be ``The Man in Lincoln's Nose,

referring to the final chase sequence on Mount Rushmore.

  1. The song that's playing in the lobby of the hotel before Thornhill enters

the Oak Bar is ``It's a Most Unusual Day.

  1. The final chase scene was not shot on Mount Rushmore; Hitchcock couldn't

gain permission to shoot a murder on a national monument.The scene was shot

in the studio on a replica of Mount Rushmore.Furthermore, the murders

themselves are shot carefully, as to avoid associating the faces of the

monument with the murder/death.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: Thornhill hides in a bathroom

three times.

  • Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
  1. Originally had ``Dracula in the title but 'Bram Stoker' (qv)'s estate


  • Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
  1. CAMEO(Beverly Walker):

  • Notorious (1946)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about an hour in, drinking champagne at

the party in Alexander Sebastian's mansion.

  1. Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months

because the film dealt with uranium.

  1. Producer 'David O. Selznick' (qv) originally wanted 'Vivien Leigh' (qv) to

play Alicia.

  1. The original story, ``The Song of the Dragon was first published in the

Saturday Evening Post in November 1921.

  • Now, Voyager (1942)
  1. Producer 'Hal B. Wallis' (qv) originally wanted 'Irene Dunne' (qv) for the

lead role, but 'Bette Davis' (qv) convinced him otherwise.

  • Nuit Americaine, La (1973)
  1. CAMEO(Graham Greene): Hollywood producer.

  • Nur ueber meine Leiche (1995)
  1. The Bayerischer Rundfunk was unwilling to finance a movie in which a

naked turkey represented a dead person's sould, so the turkey was put into

a dress.

  • O Lucky Man! (1973)
  1. DIRCAMEO:(Lindsay Anderson) talent scout who slaps Mick

  • Octopussy (1983)
  1. 'Maude Adams' (qv) (Octopussy) previously appeared (and was killed) in

another James Bond film (_The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)_ (qv)).

'Faye Dunaway' (qv) and 'Sybil Danning' (qv) were considered for the role.

  1. 'Vijay Amritraj' (qv) is a professional tennis player in real life.
  1. The ``company taxi used to pick up 007 was specially constructed at

Pinewood Studios, and capable of speeds in excess of 70mph.

  1. 'Robert Brown' (qv) appears as ``M for the first time.

  • Odessa File, The (1974)
  1. Eduard Roschman was a real-life wanted war criminal living in South

America.He became even more wanted after the book and movie that his body

turned up dead, rumored to have been killed by Odessa to stop the search

for him that the media had begun.

  • Oktiabr (1927)
  1. The filming of the assault on the Winter Palace required 11,000 extras,

and the lighting needs left the rest of the city blacked out.

  • Old Dark House, The (1932)
  1. The father is played by 'Elspeth Dudgeon' (qv), a female.

  • Old Homestead, The (1935)
  1. The Fifth Avenue mansion scenes were actually shot at the New England

home of 'Denman Thompson' (qv), the playwright whose play is the basis for

the film.

  • Old Maid, The (1939)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) was originally cast as the male lead, but dismissed

after four days' filming.

  • Olympiasiegerin, Die (1982)
  1. 'Herbert Achternbusch' (qv)'s mother, 'Ilona Schild' (qv), has been a sport

trainer who hoped to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1940.

  • Omen, The (1976)
  1. According to director 'Richard Donner' (qv), a number of parents went home

after the film and shaved their childrens' heads, looking for a ``666


  • On Deadly Ground (1994)
  1. The working titles were ``Spirit Warrior and ``Rainbow Warrior.
  1. Forrest Taft, played by 'Steven Seagal' (qv), asks the question ``What is

the essence of man? to an oil worker.This question is posed and answered

in an aftershave commercial by 'Kelly LeBrock' (qv), who was married to

Seagal at the time.

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  1. At 140 minutes, this is in the longest 007 movie.
  1. 'George Lazenby' (qv) appears for the first and last time as James Bond.
  1. Originally intended to follow _Goldfinger (1964)_ (qv) then

_Thunderball (1965)_ (qv).

  1. Lazenby was previously a car salesman with a part time job as a male model.
  1. The search for a new Bond was compared with the search for Scarlett O'Hara.

Lazenby was determined to get the role, he spent most of what money he had

on a Saville Row suit and a Rolex watch, then while having a Bond type

haircut Cubby Broccoli walked into the same salon, made the connection and

later offered him the part.

  1. Blofeld's headquarters was a partially completed restaurant on top of Mount

Schilthorn. The owners allowed filming on condition EON paid $125,000 to

refit the interior and construct a helicopter pad. When the restaurant opened

it was given the name Piz Gloria used in the film.

  1. Actors considered for the part of Tracy Draco included 'Bridget Bardot' (qv)

and 'Catherine Deneuve' (qv). 'Diana Rigg' (qv) was finally chosen partly

because of her appearance as Emma Peel in British TV's spy series ``The


  1. Lazenby and Rigg were rumored to have had a bad relationship on set.One

of the more ridiculous suggestions was that Rigg ate garlic before filming

the love scenes.

  1. Director 'Peter Hunt' (qv) had previously edited many 007 movies, the job of

editor (and second unit directing) went to 'John Glenn' (qv).

  1. Lyrics were originally intended for 'John Barry' (qv)'s main theme, but were

later rejected in favor of 'Louis Armstrong' (qv)'s memorable rendition of

``We Have All The Time In The World.

  1. Lazenby was originally offered a three picture deal, but when this film

performed badly at the box office he rejected the contract believing that

being associated with a series which he thought had no commercial future

would harm his career.

  • On Our Merry Way (1948)
  1. 'Charles Laughton' (qv) had a small role as a minister which, for some

reason, wound up on the cutting room floor.'David O. Selznick' (qv), upon

hearing this, offered to buy the film in order to release the Laughton scene

as a short, scrapping the rest of the picture.His offer was refused.

  • On the Waterfront (1954)
  1. At the hearing, Slim gives his name as ``Malden Skulovich, which is

co-star 'Karl Malden' (qv)'s real name.

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  1. 'Ken Kesey' (qv), who wrote the original novel, said he will never watch the

movie version.

  1. 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) disappeared two months before filming started.When

the crew arrived at the mental hospital to start filming, they discovered

that he had admitted himself as a patient, and had been living there since


  1. Many extras were authentic mental patients.
  1. There is a rumor that Nicholson underwent ECT therapy during the scene were

his character does.

  • One Froggy Evening (1955)
  1. The building in the closing scenes is the Tregoweth Brown building, a

reference to film editor 'Treg Brown' (qv).

  • One from the Heart (1982)
  1. Set entirely in Las Vegas, but completely filmed on a sound stage.

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
  1. Someone counted all black spots in the movie, frame-by-frame, and reached

the total of 6,469,952.

  • One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) replaced 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) as director.

  • Orchestra Wives (1942)
  1. 'Lynn Bari' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Pat Friday' (qv).

  • Ordres, Les (1974)
  1. CAMEO(Louise Portal): [Richard Lavoie]'s wife

  • Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944)
  1. [Skinner and Kimbrough], on whose memoirs the film is based, worked on

the script but were not credited.

  • Out of Rosenheim (1988)
  1. The shadow of the camera crew is visible while the credits for the

cinematographer are on the screen.

  • Out of this World (1945)
  1. 'Bing Crosby' (qv) dubbed 'Eddie Bracken' (qv)'s singing.

  • Outbreak (1995)
  1. The role of Sam Daniels was originally intended for 'Harrison Ford' (qv).

  • Outpost in Morocco (1949)
  1. Extras were provided by the French foreign Legion and the Moroccan Spahis


  • Outsiders, The (1983)
  1. The letter jacket that the ``soc is wearing as he challenges Darrel is the

letter jacket from the High School that author 'S.E. Hinton' (qv) attended.

  1. CAMEO(S.E. Hinton): nurse.

  • Over the Fence (1917)
  1. The umpire is played by 'Harold Lloyd' (qv)'s father.
  1. Tiring of the ``Lonesome Luke character, Lloyd wanted to try

something new and introduced, in this film, the ``glasses character

which made him famous.

  • Overboard (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Garry Marshall):
  1. CAMEO(Hector Elizondo): skipper

  • Pacific Heights (1990)
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Schlesinger): man in the hotel elevator.

  • Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
  1. 'Raymond McCarey' (qv) receives co-directorial credit, but it is widely

accepted that 'George Marshall' (qv) was the sole de facto director.

  1. CAMEO(Marvin Hatley): a soldier in the battlefield scene.

  • Pajama Party (1964)
  1. CAMEO(Buster Keaton):
  1. CAMEO(Frankie Avalon):
  1. CAMEO(Don Rickles):

  • Paradine Case, The (1947)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): getting off a train at the Cumberland

station carrying a cello (see also his cameo in

_Strangers on a Train (1951)_ (qv)).

  1. An exact replica of the Old Bailey courtroom was constructed for

the court scenes.

  • Parasite (1982)
  1. Originally shown in 3D.

  • Pardon Us (1931)
  1. Four foreign language versions were also shot: ``Les Verrous (French),

``Hinter Schloss und Riegel (German), ``Muraglie (Italian) and ``De

Bote en Bote (Spanish).'Stan Laurel' (qv) and 'Oliver Hardy' (qv) spoke

their lines phonetically, and many supporting roles were recast, including

_Boris Karloff_ (qv) playing ``The Tiger" in the French version.

  1. Several scenes were shot but deleted from the final theatrical print, which

ran 56 minutes. The first ending showed the boys in gray-bearded old age

reminiscing about their misadventures.

  1. CAMEO(Hal Roach) Marching in front of Oliver after his recapture.
  1. DIRCAMEO(James Parrott) Marching next to Oliver after his recapture.

  • Partie de campagne, Une (1936)
  1. CAMEO(Georges Bataille): in the procession of priests and seminarians
  1. CAMEO(Henri Cartier-Bresson): in the procession of priests and seminarians

  • Paths of Glory (1957)
  1. Director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) met his second wife 'Christiane Harlan' (qv)

during filming.Harlan performs the singing at the end of the film.

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Paris, when he's about to strike

Private Arnaud.

  • Patriot Games (1992)
  1. 'Alec Baldwin' (qv) played Jack Ryan in

_The Hunt for Red October (1990)_ (qv), but 'Harrison Ford' (qv) replaced

him for this and future films based on 'Tom Clancy' (qv)'s novels.Rumours

give the reason as either Baldwin's ``unprofessional behavior during the

making of _The Hunt for Red October (1990)_ (qv), or his supposed demand of

$4 million.The official version is that Baldwin had a scheduling


  1. 'Gates McFadden' (qv) played Cathy Ryan in

_The Hunt for Red October (1990)_ (qv), but was played by 'Anne Archer' (qv)

in _Patriot Games (1992)_ (qv).

  1. Clancy's novel had the Prince and Princess of Wales as the target of the

attempted kidnapping.

  1. The line ``There's never been a terrorist attack on American soil was

included in trailers for movie, but was left out of theatrical release

because it sounded too much like an invitation or dare.

  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  1. Charlie ('Nicholas Cage' (qv)) beggs Peggy to marry him, saying he doesn't

know what the future might bring: he might lose his arm, even.In Cage's

next role (_Moonstruck (1987)_ (qv), Cage played a baker who has lost his


  • Per qualche dollaro in piu' (1965)
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [theme]: Monco, Colonel Morimer, and Indio.
  1. DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]

  • Perfect Day (1929)
  1. The picnic was supposed to occupy the second reel, but the gags in the

preparation and departure got so involved that they filledthe entire two


  • Perfect World, A (1993)
  1. Butch ('Kevin Costner' (qv)) and Philip visit a Friendly Dept Store, outside

of which there is a poster advertising _Bull Durham (1988)_ (qv), in which

Costner also starred.

  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992) (TV)
  1. 'Geraldo Rivera' (qv) a plays Ted Mayne, whose lifestyle is remarkably

similar to Rivera's.

  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  1. CAMEO(Stephen King): minister at the funeral.

  • Petrified Forest, The (1936)
  1. 'Leslie Howard' (qv) and 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) had played the same roles in

the stage version.Warner Brothers wanted to put Howard in the film but

replace Bogart with 'Edward G. Robinson' (qv).Howard insisted on Bogart,

and Robinson was happy to step aside from yet another gangster role.

  • Phantasm III (1993)
  1. The scene where the Cadillac hearse hits a rock and sails through the air

was not scripted in that way.The car was supposed to go a short distance

and then roll over.The director said that he wanted the approach at

17mph, but the stunt driver thought he said 70.

  • Phantom of Crestwood, The (1932)
  1. The film was originally presented as a radio serial with the final

episode left out! If the listener wanted to know the ending, they

had to watch the film.

  • Phantom of the Opera, The (1925)
  1. 'Edward Sedgwick' (qv) directed a few scenes after disagreements between

himself and director 'Rupert Julian' (qv).

  1. 'Lon Chaney' directed the ``Bal Masque part.
  1. Chaney devised his own make-up.

  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
  1. The studio owner (Mary Philbin) was named after the star of

_Phantom of the Opera (1925)_ (qv).

  1. The ``Death Records secretary's card index includes files on

'Alice Cooper' (qv), 'David Geffen' (qv), 'Bette Middler' (qv),

'Peter Fonda' (qv), 'Dick Clark' (qv) and 'Kris Kristofferson' (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Rod Serling): introductory voiceover.

  • Philadelphia (1993)
  1. 'Tom Hanks' (qv) lost 12kg during his role for this film.

  • Pink Floyd # The Wall (1981)
  1. The film was originally to have included live footage of five performances

of Pink Floyd in concert at London's Earl's Court, however none of the

resulting footage was deemed suitable.

  1. During ``The Thin Ice, Pink ('Bob Geldof' (qv)) can be seen floating

in a swimming pool.Geldof (who is infamous for his dislike of baths)

couldn't swim, and instead was supported in similar manner to that used

for the flying sequences in _Superman (1978)_ (qv).

  1. The shot of Mother when young Pinky is asking a girl to dance reveals

the ``mask on the curtains behind her.

  1. 'Jenny Wright' (qv) wasn't told that Geldof would be throwing that bottle at

her, so her reaction of ducking was totally spontaneous.

  1. Scene for the song ``Hey You was filmed.It showed British police in riot

gear facing off against a mob.Author 'Roger Waters' (qv) asked this reel

to be cut.

  1. The poetry that young Pink was caught with during ``The Happiest Days of Our

Lives is the second verse from ``Money, off 'Pink Floyd' (qv)'s ``Dark

Side of the Moon.Far from being ``absolute rubbish, this album stayed

longer on the Billboard chart than any other album: more than 700 weeks.

  1. Director 'Alan Parker' (qv) walked out on this project many times, probably

due to and ego clash with 'Roger Waters' (qv).Waters was annoyed at

Parker, who didn't like the way that he wanted to make it a cult film. Pink

Floyd's next album ``The Final Cut contains the following lyrics (written

by Waters):

``Not now John, we've gotta get on with the film show:

Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow.
Who cares what it's about, as long as the kids go?
So not now John I've gotta get on with the show.

Parker refers to this film as ``the most expensive student film ever made.

  1. The lyrics sung by Pink as he huddled in the bathroom stall later

resurfaced in ``Moment of Clarity in Waters' solo album: ``The Pros and

Cons of Hitch-Hiking He also uses some lines which surfaced in Pink

Floyd's next album, ``The Final Cut.Waters originally presented the band

with the concepts for both ``The Wall and ``Pros and Cons, and the band

decided to do ``The Wall.

  1. ``The Final Cut was originally planned to be a soundtrack of the film.

A single with ``When the Tygers Broke Free and ``Bring the Boys Back Home

was released in the UK, stating that these songs were taken from the

forthcoming album.

  1. The shot during Pink's destruction of his hotel room of him grabbing the

jagged glass in the window is real.Geldof also cut his hand while ripping

apart the closet doors, and his nipples during the shaving scene.

  1. Real skinheads used in the neo-Nazi segment.
  1. The scene in which Pink is calling his home from the United States and is

very depressed to hear a man's voice was made by actually placing a call to

England through a random, unsuspecting AT&T operator. The conversation

was recorded and played over the filmed sequence.

  1. During the crowd devotion scenes there was going to be a shot of members

of the audience'sheads exploding as they wildly cheered, loving every

minute of it.Waters decided that it could not be accomplished without

making it comic.

  1. CAMEO(Roger Waters): supposedly in the brief shot of Pink's wedding

during ``Another Brick in the Wall Pt III.

  1. Song changes from album:
#When the Tigers Broke Free# added
#In the Flesh? # extended/re-recorded
#The Thin Ice# extended/re-mixed
#Another Brick in the Wall 1 # unchanged
#The Happiest Days of Our Lives# re-mixed
#Another Brick in the Wall 2 # re-mixed
#Mother# re-recorded/lyrics changed
#Goodbye Blue Sky# re-mixed
#Empty Spaces# re-recorded/lyrics changed to

match the original album sleeve.

#What Shall We Do Now? # added
#Young Lust# unchanged
#One of My Turns # unchanged
#Don't Leave Me Now# changed
#Another Brick in the Wall 3 # re-recorded
#Goodbye Cruel World # unchanged
#Hey You # not included 
#Nobody Home # unchanged
#Is There Anybody Out There? # unchanged
#Vera# unchanged
#Bring the Boys Back Home# extended
#Comfortably Numb# unchanged
#The Show Must Go On # not included
#In the Flesh# re-recorded
#Run Like Hell # shortened
#Waiting for the Worms # shortened
#Stop# re-recorded
#The Trial # unchanged
#Outside the Wall# re-recorded.

  • Pink Panther, The (1963)
  1. The role of Inspector Clouseau was originally offered to

'Peter Ustinov' (qv).Despite being relatively unknown internationally,

'Peter Sellers' (qv) was offered the part, and was paid 90000 pounds.

  1. Sellers modeled the character of Clouseau on the trademark of a box

of matches which includes an image of Captain Matthew Webb, who in 1875

became the first person to swim the channel (his heroic moustache and

proud stance are both mimicked).To lose weight, Sellers took dieting pills

for a year.

  1. In the bath scene with Capucine and 'Robert Wagner' (qv), an industrial

strength foaming agent is used which burnt both of the stars' skin.Wagner,

who was completely immersed at one point, became blind for four weeks.

  1. The ``sequel, _A Shot in the Dark (1964)_ (qv) actually premiered before

_The Pink Panther (1964)_ (qv).

  • Pinocchio (1940)
  1. Cut scenes:
# Extended scene of Pleasure Island.
# Geppetto tells Pinocchio about his grandfather, an old pine tree.
  1. Scenes of the woodlands and the forest fire later used in

_Bambi (1942)_ (qv).

  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
  1. Credit for directing this film was given to 'James Cameron' (qv).Most of

the work was actually performed by 'Ovidio Assonitis' (qv), the film's

producer and prolific film-maker.Assonitis was dissatisfied with Cameron's

progress after the first week and took over # Cameron assisted and the two

shared in editing.

  • Pirate, The (1948)
  1. 'Gene Kelly' (qv) fought to get the Nicholas Brothers

('Fayard Nicholas' (qv) and 'Harold Nicholas' (qv)) included in the movie.

  1. When one dance sequence was being rehearsed, 'Harold Nicholas' (qv) was

just going through the motions, and 'Gene Kelly' (qv) accused him of not

knowing the routine # so Nicholas danced the whole routine, alone,

full-out and flawlessly.Kelly was speechless.

Vagabond King, The (1930)
  1. This film is presumed lost.Please check your attic.

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
  1. Funded by a Baptist church, the entire cast let themselves be baptised.
  1. Contrary to popular belief, 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) did not die during the making

of the film.His brief scenes are actually stock footage left over from one

of director 'Edward D. Wood Jr.' (qv)'s uncompleted projects. After Lugosi's

death, Wood rewrote the screenplay to incorporate this footage.

  1. Lugosi's part was taken over by the director's wife's chiropractor, who was

significantly taller than Lugosi, and played the part with a cape covering

his face.

  1. Wood's original (and preferred) title for his masterpiece was

``Grave Robbers from Outer Space.

  1. Internationally recognized as the worst movie ever made.

  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  1. At the beginning of the movie, Neal Page races a character played by

'Kevin Bacon' (qv) for a taxi.Later, Neal phones his wife to tell her that

he has been delayed (again), in the background, you can here the fight from

_She's Having A Baby (1988)_ (qv) (also directed by John Hughes) between

'Kevin Bacon' (qv) and 'Elizabeth McGovern' (qv), when she screams that she

does n't like his friend's girlfriend.

  • Platoon (1986)
  1. The role of Chris was originally offered to 'Kyle MacLachalan' (qv), who

turned it down.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): An officer at the bunker which gets destroyed

by a suicide runner.

  • Play It Again, Sam (1972)
  1. Obvious references to _Casablanca (1942)_ (qv).

  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  1. 'Don Siegel' (qv) played the bartender, and directed Clint Eastwood
(director of this film) in _Dirty Harry (1971)_ (qv).

  • Player, The (1992)
  1. The opening tracking shot (6.5 minutes) includes people talking about famous

long tracking shots in old movies.The scene was rehearsed for a day, shot

for half a day.Fifteen takes were done, five were printed, and the third

one was used in the film.The writers pitching stories in that shot are

relating real stories.

  1. The following people appear as themselves: 'Steve Allen' (qv),

'Richard Anderson' (qv), 'Rene Auberjonois' (qv), 'Harry Belafonte' (qv),

'Shari Belafonte' (qv), 'Karen Black' (qv), 'Michael Bowen' (qv),

'Gary Busey' (qv), 'Robert Carradine' (qv), 'Charles Champlin' (qv),

'Cher' (qv), 'James Coburn' (qv), 'Cathy Lee Crosby' (qv),

'John Cusack' (qv), 'Brad Davis' (qv), 'Paul Dooley' (qv),

'Thereza Ellis' (qv), 'Peter Falk' (qv), 'Felicia Farr' (qv),

'Kasia Figura' (qv), 'Louise Fletcher' (qv), 'Dennis Franz' (qv),

'Teri Garr' (qv), 'Leeza Gibbons' (qv), 'Scott Glenn' (qv),

'Jeff Goldblum' (qv), 'Elliot Gould' (qv), 'Joel Grey' (qv),

'David Alan Grier' (qv), 'Buck Henry' (qv), 'Anjelica Huston' (qv),

'Kathy Ireland' (qv), 'Steve James' (qv), 'Maxine John-James' (qv),

'Sally Kellerman' (qv), 'Sally Kirkland' (qv), 'Jack Lemmon' (qv),

'Marlee Matlin' (qv), 'Andie MacDowell' (qv), 'Malcolm McDowell' (qv),

'Jayne Meadows' (qv), 'Martin Mull' (qv), 'Jennifer Nash' (qv),

'Nick Nolte' (qv), 'Alexandra Powers' (qv), 'Bert Remsen' (qv),

'Guy Remsen' (qv), 'Patricia Resnick' (qv), 'Burt Reynolds' (qv),

'Jack Riley' (qv), 'Julia Roberts' (qv), 'Mimi Rogers' (qv),

'Annie Ross' (qv), 'Alan Rudolph' (qv), 'Jill St. John' (qv),

'Susan Sarandon' (qv), 'Adam Simon' (qv), 'Rod Steiger' (qv),

'Joan Tewkesbury' (qv), 'Brian Tochi' (qv), 'Lily Tomlin' (qv),

'Robert Wagner' (qv), 'Ray Walston' (qv), 'Bruce Willis' (qv), and

'Marvin Youn' (qv).Scenes with 'Jeff Daniels' (qv) playing golf in a

surgeon's gown at a hospital and 'Patrick Swayze' (qv) showing off karate

moves were filmed but cut.

  1. Cher appears at the awards ceremony in a bright red dress, despite the

invitation specifying ``black and white only.In real life, Cher

never wears red.

  1. The rushes from the movie being filmed (with Glen and Tomlin) were filmed

while the actors were rehearsing the scene.

  • Pleasure Garden, The (1925)
  1. 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv)'s first film was almost doomed when Austrian customs

officials confiscated the film stock on the journey to do some location


  1. Although shot a year before, the film wasn't actually released until

after _The Lodger (1926)_ (qv) was a massive hit.

  • Point Break (1991)
  1. One of the places that Utah follows Bodie ('Patrick Swayze' (qv)) to is

``Patrick's Roadhouse.Swayze previously starred in

_Road House (1989)_ (qv).

  • Point of No Return (1993)
  1. CAMEO(Michael Watkins): last guard at the gate during the escape.
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Badham): room-service waiter.

  • Police (1916)
  1. After 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) left Essanay, the studio reedited this film.

  • Police Story (1985)
  1. 'Jackie Chan' (qv) was hospitalized following the stunt where he flips over

the balcony and crashes through the glass and light display, as he was

not breathing.

  • Police Story III: Supercop (1992)
  1. While filming the scene where his character hangs from the side of the

train, 'Jackie Chan' (qv) was accidentally sideswiped by the helicopter.

  • Poltergeist (1982)
  1. Movie on the TV in an early bedroom scene is _A Guy Named Joe (1943)_ (qv),

a film about a pilot who returns to the world as a ghost.

  1. The house which gets sucked into a black hole at the end was actually a

model about 4 feet across.The model took several weeks to complete.The

scene was shot as follows: camera placed directly above model, which was

mounted over an industrial strength vacuum generator (the front door was

facing directly up, straight at the camera).The model also had about 100

wires attached to various points of the structure.These wires went down

through the back of the house, and down through the vacuum collection sack.

The camera was turned on, and took 15 seconds to wind up to the required

300 frames per second.When ready, the cameraman gave the cue.The vacuum

was turned on, the wires were yanked suddenly, and several SFX guys blasted

the house with pump-action shotguns.

The entire scene was over in about two seconds, and they had to wait until

the film was developed before they knew if they would have to do it again.

When played back at 24 fps, would take approximately 12 seconds for the house

to collapse.Luckily, they got it right on the first go.

Finished scene was sent to 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), who was on location

shooting _E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv).He gave it to a

projectionist, who assumed it was just the ``dailys from ET.The scene

came on, and the projectionist said ``Holy shit!What was that? Spielberg

had the remains of the model encased in perspex, and it is now sitting on

his piano.The model itself was worth well over $25,000.

  1. Mrs Freeling's line ``Mmmm... smell that mimosa is taken directly from

_The Uninvited (1944)_ (qv).

  • Poltergeist III (1988)
  1. 'Heather O'Rourke' (qv) died shortly before this film was released, and the

film is dedicated to her memory.By the time this film was begun, the

actors who played her on-screen siblings in _Poltergeist (1982)_ (qv) and

_Poltergeist II (1986)_ (qv) ('Dominique Dunne' (qv) and

'Oliver Robins' (qv)) had already died, Dunne being murdered.

  • Postino, Il (1994)
  1. Writer/co-director/star 'Massimo Troisi' (qv) postponed heart surgery so he

could complete the film.The day after filming was complete, he suffered

a fatal heart attack.

  • Predator (1987)
  1. The credits say that the Predator was played by 'Kevin Peter Hall' (qv), but

there are persistent rumours that 'Jean-Claude VanDamme' (qv) performed

some of the fight sequences.

  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back!

  • Predator 2 (1990)
  1. The skull of a creature that resembles the ones in _Alien (1979)_ (qv) and

_Aliens (1986)_ (qv) is on the wall in the Predator's trophy room.

  • President's Analyst, The (1967)
  1. [Supposed to be lots in this movie]

  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  1. The working title was ``$3000.A early version of the script had Vivian

ddicted to cocaine; part of the deal was that she had to stay off it for a

week.She needed to money to go to Disneyland.Edward eventually throws

her out of his car and drives off.The movie was scripted to end with

Vivian and her prostitute friend on the bus to Disneyland.

  1. Roberts' head was superimposed on 'Shelley Michelle' (qv)'s body for the

poster.'Richard Gere' (qv)'s hair is brown on the poster, but greying in

the movie.

  • Priest (1994)
  1. Director 'Antonia Bird' (qv) cut a scene of 'Linus Roache' (qv)'s

bare buttocks to ensure only an R rating in the USA.

  • Prime Time, The (1960)
  1. Scenes of a naked 'Karen Black' (qv) frolicking in the quarry were

destroyed after Black had her agent pay the producers to do so.

  • Primrose Path, The (1940)
  1. 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) died her hair brunette for the film, but kept it

secret until the film was released.She also wore no makeup in the role.

  • Prince of Darkness (1988)
  1. The credits list ``Martin Quatermass as the screenwriter, but it was

actually 'John Carpenter' (qv).The pseudonym is a homage to the

``Professor Quatermass character.

  • Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)
  1. To give the illusion of baldness, 'Bette Davis' (qv) shaved her head two

inches in front to show a high forehead under Elizabeth's red wigs.

  • Problem Child (1990)
  1. References to _The Shining (1980)_ (qv).

  • Proces, Le (1963)
  1. 'Orson Welles' (qv) changed the ending (in the novel the lying K is

killed with the knife) because he did not want to show that a Jew is

killed like this after the holocaust.

  • Producers, The (1968)
  1. 'Mel Brooks' (qv)' voice is dubbed in for a singer in ``Springtime for


  • Professional Sweetheart (1933)
  1. Working titles were ``Careless and then ``The Purity Girl.

  • Profondo rosso (1975)
  1. Marcus Daly throws a photo of his former fiancee into the wastebasket, at

the request of his new girlfriend, Gianna Brezzi ('Daria Nicolodi' (qv)).

The actual photo he throws away is a picture of 'Marilu Tolo' (qv), former

girlfriend of director 'Dario Argento' (qv), who subsequently married


  • Project A (1983)
  1. The ``hanging from the clock tower stunt is a homage to

_Safety Last (1923)_ (qv)).At least three different takes were shot; two

are shown during the course of the film, and a third at the end under the


  • Psycho (1960)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 4 minutes in wearing a cowboy hato

outside Marion's office.

  1. Considered for the role of Marion were: 'Eva Marie Saint' (qv),

'Piper Laurie' (qv), 'Martha Hyer' (qv), 'Hope Lange' (qv),

'Shirley Jones' (qv), and 'Lana Turner' (qv).

  1. The film only cost $800,000 to make yet has earned more than $40 million.

Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series to save time and money. In

1962 exchanged the rights to the film and his TV-series for a huge block

of MCA's stock (he became their third largest stockholder).

  1. An early script had the following dialogue: Marion: ``I'm going to spend

the weekend in bed. Texas oilman: ``Bed? Only playground that beats Las


  1. Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Bloch for

just $9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to

keep the ending a secret.

  1. During filming, this movie was referred to as ``Production 9401 or


  1. The Bates mansion is straight out of the painting ``House by the Railroad

(1925) by the American artist Edward Hopper.

  1. Hitchcock originally intended to open the film with a four-mile dolly

shot from a helicopter, a scene similar to 'Orson Welles' (qv)' bravura

opening of _Touch of Evil (1958)_ (qv).The early motel scene between

Norman and Marion (Leigh) resembles in many ways another scene from that

movie featuring Leigh.

  1. The painting that Norman removes in order to watch Marion undressing is

a classical painting depicting a rape.

  1. Hitchcock paid the title sequence designer 'Saul Bass' (qv) (also credited as

``Pictorial Consultant) $2,000 to render storyboards for the famous

shower scene but, according to Leigh and Assistant Director

'Hilton Green' (qv), directed it himself.

  1. For a shot right at the water stream, the crew had to block off the inner

holes on the shower head so that the water sprayed past the camera lens.

  1. The shower scene has over 90 splices in it, and did not involve

'Anthony Perkins' (qv) at all.Perkins was in New York preparing for a play.

  1. Contrary to popular rumours, during the shooting of the shower scene,

Hitchcock did not arrange for the water to suddenly go ice-cold when the

attack started.

  1. The sound that the knife makes penetrating the flesh is actually the

sound of a knife stabbing a watermelon.

  1. Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent,

but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway and Hitch immediately

changed his mind.

  1. The blood in the shower scene is actually chocolate sauce.
  1. The zoom-out shot of Marion Crane's eye is not a still photo.As the camera

pulls away from the eye, a mobile and highly visible waterdrop falls from

her hair to the floor, just right of camera center.This is also

substantiated by 'Janet Leigh' (Qv) in a book.

  1. Hitchcock tested the ``fear factor of mother's corpse by placing it in

Leigh's dressing room and listening to how loud she screamed when

she discovered it.

  1. The skull superimposed over Norman's face at the film's conclusion is that

of ``Mother.

  1. There is a rumor that the this film was not passed for release because it

was claimed that Janet Leigh's nipple was visible during the shower scene.

Hitchcock didn't edit it out, but merely sent it back, (correctly, it seems)

assuming that they either wouldn't bother to watch it, or miss it the second


  1. Hitchcock insisted that audiences should only be allowed to see the film

from the start. This was unheard of back then as people were used to just

coming in at any point during a movie.The reason for this was that the

film was advertised as starring Janet Leigh, but her character is killed in

the first half of the film.

  1. After the film's release Hitchcock received an angry letter from the

father of a girl who refused to have a bath after seeing

_Diabolique (1954)_ (qv) and now refused to shower after seeing Psycho.

Hitchcock sent a note back simply saying ``Send her to the dry cleaners.

  1. The last shot of Norman Bates' face has a still frame of a human skull

inserted in it.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: The shot of Marion flushing the

toilet is believed to be the first such shot in American cinema history.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: Marion hides in the bathroom to

count the required number of bills.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [hair]: Lila, and Mother.

  • PT 109 (1963)
  1. President Kennedy's person choice of actor to portray him was

'Warren Beatty' (qv).

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  1. 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) wrote two of the three stories before he wrote

_Reservoir Dogs (1992)_ (qv) and _True Romance (1993)_ (qv).After the

success of those films, he decided to write a third story, intending to have

each segment directed by a different person.

  1. The parts of ``Honey Bunny and ``Pumpkin were written specifically

for 'Amanda Plumber' (qv) and 'Tim Roth' (qv).

  1. In the opening sequence with Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, Jules can be heard

talking about quitting ``the life.

  1. ``Big Kahuna Burgers first appeared in _True Romance (1993)_ (qv), also

written by Tarantino.

  1. The bandaid on Marsellus Wallace's neck was there becuase actor

'Ving Rhames' (qv) has a scar there that the makeup people felt would

be too distracting during that scene.

  1. The book that Vincent reads is ``Modesty Blaise, but Peter O'Donnell.
  1. Vincent can be seen heading for the bathroom in the opening scene.
  1. When Vincent and Lance are attempting to give Mia the adrenalin injection,

the board games ``Operation and ``Life are visible in the background.

  1. When Butch is approaching his apartment, there is an advertisment for

Jack Rabbit Slims on the radio.

  1. The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: ``Coolidge

vs Wilson and ``Vossler vs Martinez.The first is a reference to

the presidential election contested by 'Calvin Coolidge' (qv) and

'Woodrow Wilson' (qv), the second is a reference to 'Rand Vossler' (qv) and

'Jerry Martinez' (qv) are two friends of Tarantino's from when he worked in

a video store.

  1. Jimmy (Tarantino) is wearing t-shirt bearing the logo of ``Orbit, a local

alternative newspaper in Metro Detroit, for which Tarantino did an interview

when he was promoting _Reservoir Dogs (1991)_ (qv).See also the WWW-links


  1. In _Reservoir Dogs_ (qv) (also written and directed by Tarantino), Nice

Guy Eddie refers to a nurse named ``Bonnie.

  • Pump Up the Volume (1990)
  1. 'Lala Sloatman' (qv) (Janie) and 'Ahmet Zappa' (qv) (Jamie) are real life

cousins, but played girlfriend/boyfriend in the movie.

  1. 'Christian Slater' (qv) became physically ill several times during

filming due to all the cigarette smoking he had to do.

  • Punch Drunks (1934)
  1. In the original script treatment, the song used to drive Curly crazy

was ``Stars and Stripes Forever.

  • Punch Trunk (1953)
  1. The ship is named after writer 'Michael Maltese' (qv).
  1. Scientist ``Robert Bruce Cameron refers to narrator 'Robert C. Bruce' (qv).
  1. Radio announcer ``Pratt refers to Warner layout artist 'Hawley Pratt' (qv).

  • Purple Rose of Cairo, The (1985)
  1. 'Michael Keaton' (qv) was originally cast in the lead role, and footage was

shot. Director 'Woody Allen' (qv) decided it wasn't working, and replaced

Keaton with 'Jeff Daniels' (qv).

  • Queen Kelly (1929)
# After shooting only one third of the picture (4 hours), director

'Erich Von Stroheim' (qv) was fired by producer-star 'Gloria Swanson' (qv).

Two years later, additional footage was shot to complete the picture.

Since Von Stroheim owned part of the property, he refused to grant releasing

rights in the U.S. and elsewhere for this bastardized version. It was not

exhibited in the U.S. until after _Sunset Boulevard (1950)_ (qv), when it

reveived minor theatrical release and a showing on television in 1966.

  • Queen of Outer Space (1958)
  1. Costumes worn by the ship's officers and Motiya are re-used or copied from

_Forbidden Planet (1956)_ (qv).

  • Quick and the Dead, The (1995)
  1. A sex scene between Ellen ('Sharon Stone' (qv))and Cort was shot, but

Stone and director 'Sam Raimi' (qv) decided that it wasn't a necessary part

of the story.The scene was not included in the American release of the

film, but international versions do include it.

  1. Stone was so insistent that 'Leonard DiCaprio' (qv) appear in the film that

she paid his salary personally.

  1. 'Bruce Campbell' (qv) had a cameo appearance during a wedding scene, but

the scene was cut.

  • Quo Vadis? (1951)
  1. Nero says ``Is this the end of Nero? as he dies. That is directly from the

gangster movie, _Little Caesar (1930)_ (qv), in which Enrico Bandello says

``Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?

  1. CAMEO(Elizabeth Taylor): an extra
  1. CAMEO(Sophia Loren): an extra

  • Rabbit of Seville (1950)
  1. A signboard lists the opera's featured cast as Michele Maltese and Carlo

Jonzi, references to 'Michael Maltese' (qv) and 'Chuck Jones' (qv).

  • Race with the Devil (1975)
  1. Director 'Jack Starret' (qv) claims he hired real life witches and satanists

as cult-member extras.

  • Radio Flyer (1992)
  1. Originally to be directed by writer 'David Mickey Evans' (qv), but he was

replaced by 'Richard Donner' (qv) due to his inexperience.

  1. A poster for _X-15 (1961)_ (qv) (also directed by 'Richard Donner' (qv))

is visible outside the movie theatre.

  • Radioland Murders (1994)
  1. Much of the set, including the exterior of the broadcast building, many

of the interior walls, and a biplane buzzing a signal tower was computer


  1. 'Anita Morris' (qv) died shortly after the filming of this movie, and

the film is dedicated to her memory.

  • Rafter Romance (1933)
  1. 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) and 'Norman Foster' (qv) replaced 'Dorothy Wilson' (qv)

and 'Joel McCrea' (qv) in the lead roles.

  • Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941)
  1. The scissors caricature _Jimmy Durante_ (qv).

  • Raging Bull (1980)
  1. Sound effects for punches landing were made by squashing melons and tomatoes.

Sound effects for camera flashes going off were sounds of gunshots.The

original tapes were deliberately destroyed by the sound technicians, to

prevent then being used again.

  1. The scene by the chain link fence where Jack meets his girlfriend was


  1. 'Robert De Niro' (qv) accidentally broke 'Joe Pesci' (qv)'s rib in a

sparring scene.This shot appears in the film: De Niro hits Pesci in the

side, Pesci groans, and there is a quick cut to another angle.

  1. Jake (De Niro) asks Joey (Pesci) ``Did you fuck my wife?.Director

'Martin Scorsese' (qv) didn't think that Pesci's reaction was strong enough,

so he asked De Niro to say ``Did you fuck your mother?De Niro complied,

and Pesci's reaction was kept in the finished movie.

  1. De Niro gained over 50 pounds to play the older LaMotta.
  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): asking Jack to go on stage.

  • Raid on Rommel (1971)
  1. Nearly all the action scenes was footage taken from _Tobruk (1967)_ (qv).

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  1. Begins with a shot of a peak in the jungle which is reminiscent of the

Paramount Pictures logo.See also

_Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)_ (qv), and

_Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv))

  1. 'Tom Selleck' (qv) originally cast as Indiana Jones, but was committed to

_"Magnum P.I." (1980)_ (qv).

  1. Jock's airplane at the beginning has the registration number ``OB-3PO,

referring to Obi-wan and C-3PO from _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).

  1. Script originally included a long fight between a swordsman and Indiana with

his whip.Actor 'Harrison Ford' (qv) was suffering diarrhea at the time,

and asked ``Why don't I just shoot him?, so they filmed this instead.

  1. The truck that didn't have Marion in it was flipped over by firing a section

of a telephone pole through the floorboards.

  1. Ford badly bruised his ribs during the scene where he is dragged behind

the truck.

  1. The hieroglyphics in the map room include engravings of R2-D2 and C-3PO (from

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), etc), however they do not appear on film.

  1. A fly can be seen crawling into Belloq's mouth (and not reappearing) when

he threatens the Ark with a bazooka.

  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) did not use a stunt player for the scene where Indy

is dragged behind the truck.When asked if he was worried, Ford quipped:

``No.If it really was dangerous, they would have filmed more of the movie


  1. Director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) was quoted as saying: ``I made it as a

B-movie... I didn't see the film as anything more than a better made version

of the Republic serials.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]

  • Rain Man (1988)
  1. The scene where Raymond explains that only Qantas has not crashed is cut

from the version shown on every major airline except Qantas.

  1. After being interviewed by the psychiatrist, Raymond ('Dustin Hoffman' (qv))

leans his head against Charlie's and says ``My main man Charlie.This

was unscripted, and improvised by Hoffman.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Barry Levinson): psychiatrist determining if Raymond should

stay with Charlie or not.

  • Raising Arizona (1987)
  1. The acronyms ``P.O.E and ``O.P.E. spray-painted in the washroom are

references to

_Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)_ (qv).

  1. The part of Edwinna was written especially for 'Holly Hunter' (qv).
  1. [supposedly full of in-jokes and movie references]

  • Rambo III (1988)
  1. Original director 'Russell Mulcahy' (qv) was replaced by

'Peter MacDonald' (qv) due to creative differences.

  • Rancho Notorious (1952)
  1. Cinematographer 'Hal Mohr' (qv), who had previously photographed

'Marlene Dietrich' (qv) in _Destry Rides Again (1939)_ (qv) attempted to

resign from the film due to Dietrich's insistence that he achieve for her

greater youth-through-lighting than he felt possible.

  • Real Genius (1985)
  1. ACTTRADE(Val Kilmer): Flipping two quarters over his knuckles.

  • Rear Window (1954)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about an hour into the film, winding the

clock in the songwriter's apartment.The songwriter is real-life songwriter

'Ross Bagdasariam' (qv).

  1. At the time the set was the largest indoor set built at Paramount Studios.
  1. The song ``To See You is to Love You is playing when Jeff toasts

Ms. Lonely Hearts.

  1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four

other pictures of the same periods') were bought back by Hitchcock and left

as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the

infamous ``5 lost Hitchcocks amongst film buffs, and were re-released in

theathers around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are

_Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Trouble with Harry (1955)_ (qv),

_Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv).

  1. Hitchcock supposedly hired 'Raymond Burr' (qv) to play Lars Thorwald

because he could be easily made to look like his old producer

'David O. Selznick' (qv), whom Hitchcock felt interfered too much.

  1. Other than a couple of shots near the end and the discovery of the dead

dog all the shots in the movie originate from Jeff's apartment

  • Rebecca (1940)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): walking past a phone booth just after

George Sanders makes a call in the final part of the movie.

  1. The first film Hitchcock made in Hollywood and the only one that won a

best picture Oscar.

  1. Just as in the original novel, Mrs. de Winter has no first name.
  1. Over 20 actors were tested for the role of Mrs. de Winter, eventually going

to newcomer 'Joan Fontaine' (qv).One of them was 'Vivien Leigh' (qv), who

'Laurence Olivier' (qv) was pressing for, as they were a couple at the time.

  1. Fontaine was treated with disdain by the rest of the British cast.Olivier

was particularly harsh, saying to Hitchcock at one point, ``Fontaine's

horrible, ole boy!.

  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  1. For the knife fight between Jim ('James Dean' (qv)) and Buzz

('Corey Allen' (qv)), the actors used real switchblades and protected

themselves by wearing chainmail under their vests.

  • Red Dawn (1984)
  1. First film to earn a PG-13 rating.

  • Red Heat (1988)
  1. First western film crew to be allowed to film in Moscow's Red Square.Many

of the Moscow scenes, as well as the ``bath-house scene were filmed in


  1. The bad guy who Ivan Danko shoots on the steps in Moscow was played by one

of Hungary's leading action-movie actors.In an interview,

he said that until he met 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and the others in the

film he thought of himself as a muscular and tough actor.He subsequently

described himself as a ``small potato.

  • Red River (1948)
  1. Filmed in 1946 but held for release for two years, in part due to legal

problems with 'Howard Hughes' (qv), who claimed it was similar to his

_The Outlaw (1943)_ (qv).

  • Red Tomahawk (1967)
  1. 'Betty Hutton' (qv) was signed for the lead role, but could not keep up with

the fast-paced shooting schedule (10-14 days).She was fired and replaced

by 'Joan Caulfield' (qv).

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
  1. The role of Major Penderton was extremely physically demanding, and the

insurance company underwriting the production required proof that star

'Montgomery Clift' (qv) was fit enough for the role, after his years of

illness.Clifts long-time friend 'Elizabeth Taylor' (qv) committed her

large salary as insurance in order to secure Clift for the role.Clift

subsequently died of a heart attack before filming began.

  • Regle du jeu, La (1939)
  1. Director 'Jean Renoir' (qv) recut the film numerous times, due to poor

initial reception and damage to the negatives during World War II.

  • Repo Man (1984)
  1. Many of the characters are named after beers.
  1. All purchasable items are labeled generically: ``Food, ``Beer, etc.

This came about after the producers failed to attract any offers of payment

for product placement.

  1. All cars (plus the police motorcycle) have Christmas tree air fresheners.
  1. The Repo Man's code is a parody of 'Issac Asimov' (qv)'s ``Laws of

Robotics.The man who drives around with the dead aliens in his car

resembles Asimov.

  1. 'William S. Burroughs' (qv)/_Naked Lunch (1992)_ (qv) allusions: ``Paging Dr

Benway in the hospital and mentioning Bill Lee.

  1. Otto's co-worker (Kevin) at the supermarket sings the jingle for 7-Up just

before Mr. Humphries fires them.Later at Mr. Humphries' house, Kevin can

be seen in the background, adjusting a TV set that's playing a 7-Up


  1. Miller talks about the cosmic unconsciousness: ``You'll be thinking about

a plate of shrimp, and all of a sudden someone will say plate, or shrimp,

or plate of shrimp.Later, the two Latinos who've stolen the ``Asimov

car park outside a diner which features a huge sign in one of its windows

reading: PLATE O' SHRIMP $2.95.

  1. When Otto says his name is ``Otto, Oly says ``Otto parts?. Later in the

film Otto turns a corner with a sign saying ``Auto Parts.

  1. Graffiti behind the punks dancing in the alley says ``Circle Jerks, which

is the name of the band which appears later in the film.

  1. Lite gives Otto a book called ``Diuretics to ``help change your life.

This is a reference to 'L. Ron Hubbard' (qv)'s ``Dianetics.

  1. When the entourage enters Bud's hospital room looking for him, the preacher

on the television can be heard saying ``He has risen!

  1. The movie was made by ``edge city productions # edge city is a recurring

theme in 'Tom Wolfe' (qv)'s``Electric Kool-Ade Acid Test.The

destination placard on the bus that Otto takes back to his folks' house

reads ``Edge City.

  • Repulsion (1965)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Roman Polanski): spoons player

  • Requiem For a Heavyweight (1956) (TV)
  1. 'Ed Wynn' (qv), cast as the role of ``cutman Army, was an unusual choice

for the role.He was widely known as a stage comedian, but had never

appeared in a dramatic role. The initial rehersals featuring the elder

Wynn were so bad that a replacement, 'Ned Glass' (qv), was hired to take his

place; the rehersals with Glass were held in secret to avoid potential

conflicts.'Jack Palance' (qv) worked long hours, including weekends, in

order to coach Wynn for the performance.In the end, producer

'Martin Manulis' (qv) stuck by Wynn.

  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  1. The criminals in _The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)_ (qv) all used

colors to identify each other.

  1. The actor who plays the lady that Mr Orange ('Tim Roth' (qv)) shoots was

Roth's dialog coach.Roth insisted that she take the role, as she was very

hard on him.

  1. Director 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) was going to shoot the film in black and

white, with his friends as actors.A friend of his was in an acting class

given by 'Harvey Keitel' (qv)'s wife.Keitel saw the script, and was so

impressed that he immediately signed on and helped raise funds.

  1. Tarantino wanted 'James Woods' (qv) to play a role in the film, and made

him five different cash offers.Woods' agent refused the offers without

ever mentioning it to Woods as the sums offered were well below what Woods

would usually receive.When Tarantino and Woods later met for the first

time, Woods learn of the offer and was annoyed enough to get a new agent.

Tarantino avoided telling Woods which role he was offered ``becuase the

actor who played the role was magnificent anyway.It is widely

accepted that the role that Tarantino was referring to was Mr. Orange.

  1. References to _The Wild Bunch (1969)_ (qv).
  1. See also _True Romance (1993)_ (qv).

  • Return of Chandu, The (1934)
  1. Serial also released as two features, ``Return of Chandu (using chapters

one through five) and ``Chandu on the Magic Island (chapters six through


  1. Uses the great gate set from _King Kong (1933)_ (qv) for its temple.

  • Return of Dr. X, The (1939)
  1. 'Boris Karloff' (qv) was to star as Dr. X.
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) said of this film: ``This is one of the pictures

that made me march in to 'Jack Warner' (qv) and ask for more money again.

You can't believe what this one was like.I had a part that somebody like

'Bela Lugosi' (qv) or Boris Karloff should have played.I was this doctor,

brought back to life, and the only thing that nourished this poor bastard

was blood.If it had been Jack Warner's blood, or Harry's, or Pop's, maybe

I wouldn't have minded as much.The trouble was, they were drinking mine

and I was making this stinking movie.

  • Return of Sherlock Holmes, The (1987) (TV)
  1. The book that Ms. Houston is reading at her desk was written

by Jessica Fletcher of _"Murder, She Wrote" (1984)_ (qv).

  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  1. SFX crew claim to have included a ``sneaker as one of the spaceships in a

complex dog-fight scene.

  1. Jabba's sail barge was filmed in Yuma, Arizona.The film crew had problems

avoiding the 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts in the area.To preserve secrecy,

the producers claimed to be making a horror film called ``Blue Harvest

(Horror beyond your imagination), and even had caps and t-shirts made up

for the crew.A chain-link fence and a 24-hour security service could not

prevent die-hard fans from entering the set and sneaking some photographs.

  1. Experiments with a computer to generate a random but logical language for

some creatures produced a dialect of Greek.

  1. Luke's hand gets shot.Leia gets shot in the shoulder.Luke cuts off Darth

Vader's hand.See also _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and

_The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv).

  1. The main chamber of Jabba's palace is connected to the entrance by a short

flight of steps.When filming the scene where R2-D2 enters the chamber

it was discovered that the droid could not roll down the stairs.In the

movie we see R2-D2 approaching the stairs, then the camera moves

to the left past the steps and the droid re-enters the field of view, having

been manually hauled down the stairs.

  1. The dancer that Jabba drops into the Rancor pit loses her top as she falls


  1. 'Carrie Fisher' (qv)'s birthmark (near the small of her back) is visible in

the desert scene where she turns her back to the camera to swing around a

mounted laser gun.

  1. Rumor has it that Nien Numb speaks a Kenyan dialect, and one of his lines

is ``One thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot.

  1. Lando Calrissian and The Millenium Falcon originally scripted to perish in

the Death Star explosion, but this was changed after a poor preview audience

reception.Note Han's line when Calrissian leaves in the Falcon: ``

I'm not going to see her again...

  1. It is rumored that a different ending was shot, but discarded later

on. It featured the (long awaited) marriage between Leia Organa and

Han Solo. Dark Horse's Comic ``Dark Empire is based on that fact and

presents Han and Leia as a married couple.

  1. 'Denis Lawson' (qv), who played Wedge Antilles in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv)

and _The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv) plays Wedge in this film, despite

the rumours to the contrary which were caused by his name being misspelt

(``Dennis Lawson) in the credits of _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).Intense

debate on Usenet prompted Jarod Nash to write a letter to Lawson,

asking for clarificaion.Lawson confirmed that he indeed played in all

three movies.

  1. Among the aliens in Jabba the Hutt's entourage are ones named ``Klaatu,

``Barada and ``Nikto, after the command given to the robot Gort in

_The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)_ (qv). The aliens are not referred

to by name in the film, nor do they have any lines.Klaatu is the character

who tries to push Luke into Sarlacc.

  1. The name ``Ewok is never used to refer to the teddy-bear creatures in the

film, though it does appear in the credits.

  1. The following characters ``have a bad feeling about this: C-3PO, Han, and


  1. The Endor shots were filmed near Crescent City, California.Forest work was

especially hard on the Ewok actors.Production Assistant Ian Bryce arrived

on the set one day to find a note from the Ewok actors saying that they had

all had enough and they were on their way to the airport.Bryce tried to

drive to the airport, but got a flat tire not far from the set.He found

another car and was about to leave when the Ewok's bus pulled up, and all

the Ewok actors got off wearing ``Revenge of the Ewok t-shirts.

  1. Darth Vader's body was played by 'David Prowse' (qv), his voice by

'James Earl Jones' (qv), and his face by 'Sebastian Shaw.

  1. One of the songs that the Ewoks sing sounds like: ``Det luktar flingor har,

which is Swedish for ``It smells of cereal here.Another song sounds

identical to a song sung in _Caveman (1981)_ (qv).

  1. The title ``Revenge of the Jedi was leaked early in production, so that

pirated merchandise could be easily spotted when the film was released.The

official reason for the change was that ``...a Jedi would not take revenge.

Some authentic pre-release movie posters actually had ``Revenge, and are

worth a lot of money today.

  1. Portions of the partially completed Death Star model resemble the San

Francisco skyline.

  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Julie Hagerty): Alexandra

  • Revolution francaise, La (1989)
  1. Originally filmed in English as well as French in order to allow a

broader release.

  • Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
  1. 'Sally Sweetlamd' (qv) dubbed 'Joan Leslie' (qv)'s singing

  • Richter und sein Henker, Der (1976)
  1. ``Friedrich is consulted to shed some light on Kommissar Baerlach's

motives.Friederich is played by 'Friedrich Duerrenmatt' (qv), who

wrote the book on which the movie is based.

  • Ricochet (1991)
  1. 'Mary Ellen Trainor' (qv) played report Gail Wallens, a character she also

played in _Die Hard (1988)_ (qv).

  • Ride, Cowboy, Ride (1939)
  1. 'George Reeves' (qv)' character was called ``Sam Brenner in much of the

publicity material for the film, as well as on production report.In the

final script and on film, he plays ``Pancho Dominguez.

  • Right Stuff, The (1983)
  1. ``Beemans is the lucky gum of pilots.See also

_The Rocketeer (1991)_ (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Chuck Yeager): the bartender.

  • Rio Grande (1950)
  1. Although playing the same character as in _Fort Apache (1948)_ (qv),

'John Wayne' (qv)'s character is spelt with an extra ``e at the end.

  • Rising Sun (1993)
  1. 'Michael Crichton' (qv), author of the book and co-author of the screenplay,

wrote Connor with 'Sean Connery' (qv) in mind.

  • River of No Return (1954)
  1. The film ran over schedule and budget due to mishaps caused when directoro

'Otto Preminger' (qv) insisted that actors perform their own stunts for the

scenes of the raft struggling down the rapids.On one occasion,

'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) had to be saved from drowning when her boots filled

with water, and on another occasion, she and 'Robert Mitchum' (qv) had to

be rescued when their raft became stuck on a rock and was on the verge

of overturning.

  • River Wild, The (1994)
  1. An exhausted 'Meryl Streep' (qv) balked when director 'Curtis Hanson' (qv)

asked her to shoot one more scene before filming finished for the end of

the day, however, she decided to attempt it.Swept off the raft, she

was in real danger of drowning before she was rescued.Returning upriver,

she told a pale and shaking Hanson that ``in the future, when I say I can't

do something, I think we should believe me.Hanson hastily agreed.

  1. Roarke ('Joseph Mazzello' (qv)) can be seen wearing a Ministry' (qv)'

hat.Ministry composed part of the sound track for the film.

  • Road Show (1941)
  1. CAMEO(Shemp Howard): Moe Parker.The character was named after Howard's

brother and fellow Stooge, 'Moe Howard' (qv).

  • Road to Hong Kong, The (1962)
  1. 'Joan Collins' (qv) was given the female lead in this final ``Road picture

and 'Dorothy Lamour' (qv), a small cameo appearance.When Lamour balked, and

since financial backing hinged on her participation in the project, her

role was enlarged.

  • Roaring Twenties, The (1939)
  1. The character of Panama Smith was partially based on actress and

nightclub hostess 'Texas Guinan' (qv).

  • Roberta (1935)
  1. During ``I Won't Dance, 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) sings to 'Fred Astaire' (qv):

``But when you dance you're charming and you're gentle/ Especially when you

do the Continental, referring to the dance in their previous film,

_The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv). The two then strike a pose from

that number while the band plays a riff.

  1. Bugle call: see also _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv),

_Follow the Fleet (1936)_ (qv).

  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  1. Scenes in trailers, but not in the film:
# Robin shoots an arrow that flies around tree, brakes, swerves, and
eventually completely misses target on a tree, splitting the tree in
# Prince John is in the bath and commands his bubble-blowers for more
bubbles.When they comply, he says something to the effect of ``That's
right.Now we've got it going.
  1. There is a rumor that the idea for this film came when a studio executive

turned to his son and jokingly demanded ``Give me an idea for a sure-fire

hit, or else!The boy replied ``That's easy.Do a parody of Robin Hood.

  1. The hangman in this film is played by 'Robert Ridgely' (qv), who played the

hangman in _Blazing Saddles (1974)_ (qv), also directed by 'Mel Brooks' (qv).

  1. There is a quick shot of the prince's guards coming out of a hallway.

The camera angle and marching drums are almost exactly like the opening

credits of the TV series ``Hogan's Heroes.

  1. References to: _Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)_ (qv),

_The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), _The Freshman (1990)_ (qv),

_Blazing Saddles (1974)_ (qv), _White Men Can't Jump (1992)_ (qv),

_History of the World: Part I (1981)_ (qv), _JFK (1991)_ (qv),

_Malcolm X (1992)_ (qv).

  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  1. Rumour has it that 'Kevin Costner' (qv) wanted to use a British accent, but

director 'Kevin Reynolds' (qv) didn't want him to.Supposedly, Costner

would affect the accent when he was arguing with Reynolds, but not when they

were in agreement.

  1. CAMEO(Sean Connery): King Richard.Connery got $250,000 for two days

work.He donated it to charity.

  • Robocop (1987)
  1. The computer that Robocop looks up criminal records on is actually a Northern

Telecom telephone switch.

  1. The point-of-view shots from Robocop include references to MS-DOS.

  • Robocop 2 (1990)
  1. The point-of-view shots from Robocop include references to MS-DOS, while the

point-of-view shots from Robocop 2 feature a Apple MacIntosh-style interface,

with a skull instead of the Apple logo.

  1. Robocop's new directives are:
# DIRECTIVE 233Restrain hostile feelings
# DIRECTIVE 234Promote positive attitude
# DIRECTIVE 235Suppress aggressiveness
# DIRECTIVE 236Promote pro-social values
# DIRECTIVE 246Don't rush traffic lights (repeated below)
# DIRECTIVE 254Encourage awareness
# DIRECTIVE 256Discourage harsh language
# DIRECTIVE 258Commend sincere efforts
# DIRECTIVE 261Talk things out
# DIRECTIVE 262Avoid Orion meetings
# DIRECTIVE 266Smile
# DIRECTIVE 267Keep an open mind
# DIRECTIVE 268Encourage participation
# DIRECTIVE 273Avoid stereotyping
# DIRECTIVE 278Seek non-violent solutions
# DIRECTIVE 238Avoid destructive behavior
# DIRECTIVE 239Be accessible
# DIRECTIVE 240Participate in group activities
# DIRECTIVE 241Avoid interpersonal conflicts
# DIRECTIVE 242Avoid premature value judgements
# DIRECTIVE 243Pool opinions before expressing yourself
# DIRECTIVE 244Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility
# DIRECTIVE 245If you haven't got anything nice to say don't talk
# DIRECTIVE 246Don't rush traffic lights
# DIRECTIVE 247Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or

other cars

# DIRECTIVE 248Don't say that you are always prompt when you are not
# DIRECTIVE 249Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and negativity of


# DIRECTIVE 250Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your arms
  1. In the scene where Robocop was being reprogrammed by Dr. Juilette Faxx,

the following hex numbers scroll quickly up the screen: ``50 45 54 45 20 4B

55 52 41 4E 20 49 53 20 41 20 47 52 45 41 54 20 47 55 59.Converted to

ASCII text, it reads: ``PETE KURAN IS A GREAT GUY.Peter Kuran was the

special effects photograper.

  • Rochade (1991) (TV)
  1. The male lead character's name Grumbach is a hommage to director

'Jean-Pierre Melville' (qv). It's his real surname.

  • Rocketeer, The (1991)
  1. The model that Cliff glides with to escape from 'Howard Hughes' (qv)'

warehouse resembled ``The Spruce Goose, a monstrosity built by Hughes

which most people doubted would ever fly.This explains his ``It does fly!

comment.At the time the film was made, Disney owned the Spruce Goose,

and it's rumored that they placed this part in the film as a promotion

for that attraction, which (apart from the Queen Mary) was the only

money losing Disney attraction in the US.

  1. Disney had a special mechanism built especially for this film.Called

the ``Shaky-cam, it was designed to be the exact opposite of the

``Steady-cam, that is, to introduce vibrations into the picture.This

was used in the scenes filmed inside the Zeppelin to give the impression

of the power of the engines.When the movie went to video, the effect

didn't transfer too well, and was therefore steadied.

  1. ``Beemans (the gum chewed by Howard Hughes) is the lucky gum of pilots.

See also _The Right Stuff (1983)_ (qv).

  1. A scene where Neville Sinclair sends a message to Berlin (coded first on

an authentic Enigma machine found for the production) was filmed, but cut

due to running time constraints.

  1. CAMEO (Dave Stevens): [creator of the comic book]: the commanding officer in

the Nazi black and white test flight movie.

  • Rocky (1976)
  1. 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv) sold the rights to make this film with the

condition that he be cast in the title role.Producers offered him $150,000

to let 'Ryan O'Neal' (qv) play the part.

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975)
  1. The opening number, ``Science Fiction Double Feature, contains

references to many classic science fiction films.Originally, the

credits rolled over a montage from these films, but audience reaction

was poor.

  1. Many of the guests at Brad and Janet's wedding are Transylvanians.
  1. An extended final number appears in some American prints and the British

tape release.

  1. It is rumored that one country replaced the deleted ``Once In A While

number by using lookalikes for 'Barry Bostwick' (qv) and

'Susan Sarandon' (qv).

  1. The opening song has references to: _Curse of the Demon (1957)_ (qv),

_Forbidden Planet (1956)_ (qv).

  1. The set builders forgot to put an extra door in the lab set, thus Dr. Scott

had to crash through the wall for his entrance.

  1. The crew had an easter egg hunt one day on the set, and three eggs can be

seen in the film: under Frank's throne, one instead of a light in the main

room, one as the group goes up in the elevator to the lab.

  1. CAMEO(Koo Stark): bridesmaid
  1. CAMEO(Petra Leah): bridesmaid
  1. CAMEO(Gina Barrie): bridesmaid

  • Rogue Song, The (1930)
  1. Just prior to release, scenes with 'Stan Laurel' (qv) and 'Oliver Hardy' (qv)

were filmed interspersed throughout the film to increase box-office appeal.

  1. No print is known to exist, decomposition having been hastened

by the unstable nature of very early Technicolor film.This is the

only 'Stan Laurel' (qv) & 'Oliver Hardy' (qv) ``feature films no longer


  • Romance on the High Seas (1948)
  1. Planned to star 'Judy Garland' (qv), but 'Betty Hutton' (qv) was cast

instead.Hutton became pregnant, so 'Doris Day' (qv) was given the role.

  1. Released in England as ``It's Magic, after the success of the song.

  • Romancing the Stone (1984)
  1. The phrase ``Romancing the Stone a piece of jewelers jargon, referring to

a step in preparing a gem for use in jewelery.

  1. DIRTRADE(Robert Zemeckis): [citation]: At the beginning of the movie,

when Joan Wilder has finished the book, she prepares ``dinner for her cat.

This scene resembles a well-known commercial for cat-food.

  • Rookie, The (1990)
  1. David Ackerman's line ``Candygram for Mongo is a reference to

_Blazine Saddles (1974)_ (qv).

  • Roommates (1995)
  1. 'Peter Falk' (qv)'s makeup to four hours per day to apply and removed.

  • Rope (1948)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): on a neon sign in the view from the

apartment window.

  1. The film was shot in a series of 8 minute continuous takes (the maximum

amount of film that a camera could hold). At the end of each segment the

camera zooms in on a dark object, ready to zoom out for the start of the

next segment. Most of the props were on castors and the crew had to wheel

them out of the way as the camera moved around the set.

  1. The film lasts 80 minutes, and covers a time frame of 80 minutes.
  1. Hitchcock only managed to shoot roughly one segment per day. The last 4 or 5

segments had to be completely re-shot because Hitchcock wasn't happy with the

color of the sunset.

  1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four

other pictures of the same periods') were bought back by Hitchcock and left

as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the

infamous ``5 lost Hitchcocks amongst film buffs, and were re-released in

theathers around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are

_Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Trouble with Harry (1955)_ (qv),

_Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv).

  • Rose, The (1979)
  1. Loosely based on the life of 'Janis Joplin' (qv).

  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  1. CAMEO(Anton Szandor LaVey (head of the Church of Satan)): the baby's father.
  1. CAMEO(William Castle): man near phone booth.

  • Roxanne (1987)
  1. This movie has the same plot as _Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)_ (qv).C.D.

Bales has the same initials.

  1. Bales is challenged to tell 20 nose jokes.After he tells 19, he asks

``How many's that?, to which he is told ``fourteen!.He goes on to tell

another six, making 25 in total.

  • Roxie Hart (1942)
  1. The role of Roxie was intended for 'Alice Faye' (qv), but she fell pregnant

and was unavailable.

  • Royal Wedding (1951)
  1. 'June Allyson' (qv) was first cast in the role of Ellen, but became

pregnant. 'Judy Garland' (qv) was cast next, but MGM terminated her

studio contract.

  1. 'Moira Shearer' (qv) was considered for the role of Anne.
  1. The story was loosely based on the real-life partnership of

'Fred Astaire' (qv) and his sister Adele.

  1. The ship's rocking during ``Open Your Eyes was based on the Astaires' own

dancing experience on a voyage to London in 1923. A boat-rocking device was

used to create the film effect.

  1. The idea of dancing with a clothes tree had been suggested to Astaire

earlier by 'Hermes Pan' (qv).

  1. The ``You're All the World to Me dance was accomplished by putting a whole

room, attached camera and harnessed cameraman inside a 20 ft. diameter

rotating ``squirrel cage.

  • Ruling Class, The (1972)
  1. Nigel Green' (qv) died during production and his dialogue is dubbed by

another (unbilled) actor in the finished film.

  • Runaway Brain (1995)
  1. The character name 'Dr. Frankenollie', besides the obvious Frankenstein

reference, is also a reference to legendary Disney animators

'Frank Thomas' (qv) and 'Ollie Johnston' (qv).

  • Running Man, The (1987)
  1. Game show host Damon Killian is played by 'Richard Dawson' (qv), long-time

host of the American game show ``Family Feud.

  1. 'Richard Bachman' (qv) is a pseudonym of 'Stephen King' (qv).
  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back!

  • Russian Rhapsody (1944)
  1. Many of the gremlins are characatures of Warner Brothers cartoon studios

staff, including 'Leon Schlesinger' (qv), 'Mel Blanc' (qv),

'Michael Maltese' (qv), 'Rod Scribner' (qv), and 'Friz Freleng' (qv).

  • Saboteur (1942)
  1. 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) originally wanted 'Gary Cooper' (qv) and

'Barbara Stanwyck' (qv) for the leading roles, with 'Harry Carey' (qv)

as the chief villian.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about an hour in, standing in front of

Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops.

  • Sabrina (1954)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) was a last minute replacement for 'Cary Grant' (qv).

Bogart and 'William Holden' (qv) couldn't stand each other.Bogart

disapproved of 'Audrey Hepburn' (qv) (he wanted his wife 'Lauren Bacall' (qv)

in the role), while Holden fell in love with her.Bogart got $300000,

Holden got $150000, and Hepburn only $15000.Asked how he liked working

with Hepburn, Bogart replied: ``It's ok, if you don't mind to make 20


  1. The music features three main themes:
-``Isn't love romantic?: Holden's theme (superficial love)
-``La vie en rose?: Hepburn's theme (romantic ``deep love)
-``Banana song: Bogart's theme (cynical, deceitful ``love)
-Hepburn's theme ``wins.

  • Safety Last (1923)
  1. 'Harold Lloyd' (qv) first tested the safety precautions for the clock stunt

by dropping a dummy onto the mattress below.The dummy bounced off and

plummetted to the street below.

  • Sainted Sisters, The (1948)
  1. 'Sterling Hayden' (qv) was replaced by 'George Reeves' (qv).

  • Salon Dora Green (1933)
  1. The working title was ``Die Falle.

  • Samson and Delilah (1949)
  1. 'Victor Mature' (qv) won the role of Samson over 'Burt Lancaster' (qv),

who had a bad back and was considered too young.'Henry Wilcoxson' (qv)

was considered, but thought to be too old.

  1. Director 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) considered 'Betty Hutton' (qv) for the

role of Delilah.

  • Saratoga (1937)
  1. In May of 1937, with the film about 90% completed, 'Jean Harlow' (qv)

collapsed on the set and died about a week later, reportedly of

uremic poisoning.Her remaining scenes were shot with double

'Mary Dees' (qv) being filmed only from behind.'Paula Winslow' (qv)

supplied the voice.

  • Satan Met a Lady (1936)
  1. The orking titles were ``The Man in the Black Hat, ``Men on Her Mind, and

``Hard Luck Dame.

  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  1. Rated R when first released in the US, subsequently edited and re-released as


  1. 'John Travolta' (qv)'s sister appears as the pizza lady, and his mother

appears as the women for whom he gets the paint.

  • Savage (1973) (TV)
  1. This is a pilot movie for the series _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).
  1. This was 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s last made for TV movie.

  • Savage Beach (1989)
  1. All prinipal female actors in this film were previously Playboy playmates.

  • Savage Messiah (1972)
  1. A seqeuence featuring 'Ken Russell' (qv) was shot but later scrapped.He

can still be seen getting off a train car in the railway station segement.

  1. In order to save money, copies of uncopyrighted Soviet recordings of

'Claude Debussy' (qv) and [] Scriabin were made.

  • Say Anything... (1989)
  1. Director 'Cameron Crowe' (qv) couldn't find the love song he wanted until

he heard 'Peter Gabriel' (qv)'s ``In Your Eyes.Gabriel asked to see

part of the movie.Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished

cut.Gabriel responded by saying he would let them use the song, as he liked

the film.He was, however, wary about the part where the lead character

overdosed at the end.It was then that Crowe realized that Gabriel had been

sent a copy of _Wired (1989)_ (qv) instead.

  1. When Lloyd 'John Cusack' (qv) drives along 45th street in Seattle, he passes

the Guild 45th Theatre, which is showing _Tapeheads (1988)_ (qv), in which

Cusack also appeared.

  1. CAMEO(Joan Cusack): Lloyd's sister.Joan and John are real-life


  1. CAMEO(Lois Chiles): Diane's mother.
  1. CAMEO(Eric Stoltz): red-haired party host who dresses as a rooster.

  • Scared Stiff (1953)
  1. CAMEO(Bing Crosby): a skeleton.
  1. CAMEO(Bob Hope): a skeleton.Hope appeared in

_The Ghost Breakers (1940)_ (qv), of which this film is a remake.

  • Scener ur ett Aektenskap (1973)
  1. Originally a six-episode TV series: 1. Innocence and Panic; 2. The Art of

Covering Up; 3. Paula; 4. Valley of Tears; 5. Illiteracy; 6. In the Middle

of the Night in a Dark House Somewhere in the World.A total of 295 minutes

were then cut down to 155 minutes.

  • Scenes from a Mall (1991)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Paul Mazursky): promoting Deborah Fifer's book on TV.

  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  1. 'Al Pacino' (qv) was helped by a school for the blind in his preparation for

this role.He said that he made himself appear blind by not allowing his

eyes to focus on anything.

  1. During the disciplinary meeting, the headmaster tells Slade ``You are out of

order!, a famous line told to another of Pacino's characters in

_...And Justice for All (1979)_ (qv).

  1. SMITHEE('Martin Brest' (qv)): disowned the version shown on airlines.

  • Schindler's List (1993)
  1. Co-producer 'Branko Lustig' (qv) plays the nightclub maitre'd in Schindler's

first scene.Lustig is an Auschwitz survivor and has produced other movies

about the Holocast, including _Sophie's Choice (1986)_ (qv) and

_Shoah (1985)_ (qv).

  1. Director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) was unable to get permission to film

inside Auschwitz, so the scenes of the death camp were actually filmed

outside the gates on a set constructed in a mirror image of the real

location on the other side.

  1. 'Ralph Fiennes' (qv) put on 13kg by drinking Guinnes for his role.Spielberg

cast him because of his ``evil sexuality.

  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Schindler tells his wife he can't

commit to a family.

  • Schleppzug M 17 (1933)
  1. 'Heinrich George' (qv) started as director, but 'Werner Hochbaum' (qv)

finished the job.

  • Schlock (1971)
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: promoted twice during the newscasts

for the ``movie at 6 on 6, and on a poster in a theatre lobby.

  • Schpountz, Le (1938)
  1. The movie was shot a second time because the confusion around the first

shooting when 'Marcel Pagnol' (qv) was writting the scenario day by day.

Unavalaible for the second shooting, 'Pierre Brasseur' (qv) was replaced by

'Roger Forster' (qv) but some of the shots involving Brasseur were still


  • Schtonk! (1992)
  1. The title is a reference to _The Great Dictator (1940)_ (qv).

  • Schwartz Park (1995)
  1. The scene between Dawson and Ducasse is the only footage used from the

first year of filming.

  1. The character of Ricky Richardo was based on 'Desi Arnez' (qv).

  • Scrooged (1988)
  1. At the end of the movie, when everybody is singing ``Put a little love in

your heart, Frank ('Bill Murray' (qv)) says (among many other things):

``Feed me, Seymour!This is a reference to

_Little Shop of Horrors (1986)_ (qv), in which Murray has a small part.

  • Sculptress, The (1996) (TV)
  1. 'Pauline Quirke' (qv) wore a bulky, 22-stone ``fat suit in order to look

the part for her role as the heavyweight killer Olive Martin.

  • Se7en (1995)
  1. While filming the scene where Mills chases John Doe in the rain,

'Brad Pitt' (qv) fell and his arm went through a car windscreen, requiring

surgery.This accident was worked into the script of the film.

  1. Mills and William Sommerset discuss the book ``Of Human Bondage, which was

written by 'W. Somerset Maugham' (qv).

  • Sea Beast, The (1926)
  1. 'Priscilla Bonner' (qv) was originally cast as Esther because

'John Barrymore' (qv)'s first choice, then-love 'Mary Astor' (qv), was

unavailable.Before filming started he met and fell for

'Dolores Costello' (qv) and replaced Bonner with her.

  • Sea Wolf, The (1941)
  1. George Raft declined the role of George Leach because it was too small.

  • Second Chorus (1940)
  1. The trumpet part for 'Fred Astaire' (qv) was dubbed by 'Bobby Hackett' (qv).
  1. The trumpet part for 'Burgess Meredith' (qv) was dubbed by 'Billy

Butterfield' (qv).

  1. The dance number ``Me and the Ghost Upstairs was cut from the film.

  • Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (1947)
  1. Author 'James Thurber' (qv) offered producer 'Sam Goldwyn' (qv) $10,000

to not make the film.

  • Secret of My Success, The (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Cindy Crawford): near the beginning, when Brantley moves to New York.

  • Self Made Lady (1932)
  1. One of the ``quota quickies made to satisfy the 1927 Cinematograph Act,

which required a certain percentage of films shown in the United Kingdom be

produced there.

  • Seljacka buna (1973)
  1. Film makers worked very hard in order to make the film as authentic as

possible. Actors even had to say all their lines in specific dialect

spoken in 16th century Croatia. Since very few people could understand

that dialect in 1970s Yugoslavia, the movie had to be subtitled.

  • September (1987)
  1. Director 'Woody Allen' (qv) cast and shot this film twice, without telling

the original cast.

  • Serial Mom (1994)
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Waters): A portrait that is carried past the camea in the

school ``bring-and-buy scene.

  • Setta, La (1990)
  1. Romero was named after 'George Romero' (qv), who writer/producer

'Dario Argento' (qv) had just co-directed _Two Evil Eyes (1990)_ (qv) with.

  1. The sect's first victim is named ``Marion Crane, a reference to a

character from _Psycho (1960)_ (qv).

  • Sette uomini d'oro (1965)
  1. It was illegal to film a bank robbery in Switzerland, so director

'Marco Vicario' (qv) used a fake script when shooting in front of

``Credit Suisse in Geneva.

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  1. 'Matt Mattox' (qv)' singing was dubbed by 'Bill Lee' (qv).
  1. Every scene was shot twice to accomodate some theatres which couldn't

show the widescreen version.

  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): on the train to Santa Rosa playing cards.

He has the entire suit of spades in his hand, including the symbolic ace.

  1. It was remade as ``Step Down to Terror in 1958 and as a TV movie in 1991.
  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom] ``BM is engraved on a ring.

  • Shadow, The (1994)
  1. When Lamont and Margo are kissing at the end of the film, a truck can

be seen in the background bearing the last name of director

'Russell Mulcahy' (qv).

  • Shadowlands (1993)
  1. The ``Bird and Baby pub was actually ``The Eagle and Child pub, where

'C.S. Lewis' (qv) was a regular.

  • Shakes the Clown (1991)
  1. CAMEO(Robin Williams): the mime instructor.
  1. CAMEO(Florence Henderson): Shake's one-night stand at the start.

  • Shall We Dance? (1937)
  1. Working titles were ``Watch You Step and then ``Stepping Toes.

  • Sharpe's Honour (1994) (TV)
  1. The scene in which Sharpe and the Marquesa Dorida are thrown from horseback

into the stream was an unscripted accident, but director 'Tom Clegg' (qv)

liked it so much he kept it in the movie.

  • Sharpe's Rifles (1993) (TV)
  1. 'Sean Bean' (qv) replaced 'Paul McGann' (qv) in the rol of Richar Sharpe

after McGann was injured.

  • Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
  1. The role of Tommy Williams was intended for 'Brad Pitt' (qv).

  • She Loves Me Not (1934)
  1. While filming this picture, the spirit gum holding 'Bing Crosby' (qv)'s ears

back failed; he insisted on completing the film with his ears out, and

never used the gum again.

  • She's Gotta Have It (1986)
  1. Director 'Spike Lee' (qv) wanted to cast 'Eriq La Salle' (qv) in the role of

Greer Childs, but La Salle thought the role was too shallow, and had joined

the Screen Actors Guild, making him ineligible for the part.

  • She's Having a Baby (1988)
  1. The BMW's license plate is ``SHAB which is an acronym of the title.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
  1. The working title was ``Sherock Holmes Saves London.

  • Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
  1. In one scene at a train station, 'Buster Keaton' (qv) was hanging off of a

tube connetcted to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to

the track, fracturing his neck.This footage appears in the released film.

  • Shining, The (1980)
  1. 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) had a large stack of books that he was looking

through to find a movie project.For a couple of hours, his secretary could

hear him pick up a book, read it for about a minute, and then hurl it into

the wall.She then noticed that this hadn't happened in a while, so she went

in to check on him, and found him reading 'Stephen King' (qv)'s

``The Shining.King says that this is really strange, because the start

of the book is very slow, and doesn't have much to do with the rest of the


  1. During the making of the movie, Kubrick would call King at 3am and ask him

questions like ``Do you believe in God?.

  1. The Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood in Oregon was used for the exteriors, but

all the interiors were specially built.

  1. The management of the Timberline Lodge requested that Kubrick not use room

217 (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay

in that room ever again.Kubrick changed the script to use the non-existant

room number 237.

  1. The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence (``All work and no

play makes Jack a dull boy) repeated over and over.Kubrick had each page

individually typed.For the Italian version of the film, Kubrick used the

phrase ``Il mattino ha l' oro in bocca (``He who wakes up early meets a

golden day).For the German version, it was ``Was Du heute kannst

besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf Morgen (``Don't postpone something,

that can be done today.)

  1. Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive was unworkable, so

he opted for a hedge maze instead.

  1. Rumor has it that 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) had to be physically restrained after

working himself into a frenzy during the scene where he axes the door.

  1. The axe used in some shots is made from rubber.
  1. Danny can be seen wearing a sweater with a crude drawing of a rocket and

the text ``2001 on it: a reference to Kubrick's

_2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Jack, as he chases his son

through the maze.

  • Shock to the System, A (1990)
  1. Graham ('Michael Caine' (qv)) said his father was a London bus driver.

Caine's father was a London bus driver.

  • Shopping (1994)
  1. In one scehe, Billy and Jo talk about travelling while lying back in

the remains of a car. This short scene took an extremely long time to

shoot, because of two tramps who refused to move from the area and

who kept shouting at one another. Once the tramps quietened down the

crew had to contend with the deafening sound from a helicopter hovering

above a nearby hospital.

  1. All actors had extemsive training in stunt driving.

  • Short Circuit (1986)
  1. At the beginning of the movie, you see a close-up of flowers on a green

field, and then the tanks roll over them. This resembles

'James Cameron' (qv)'s style (see also _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv)).

  1. the robots are designed very similar to the large fighting machines in the

future battle scenes in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv).

  • Show Boat (1929)
  1. Filmed as a silent, with some of the scenes later reshot with dialogue and

songs.For the premiere, a 18 minute prolouge was added, featureing members

of the original Broadway cast: 'Helen Morgan' (qv) (Julie),

'Jules Bledsoe' (qv) (Joe) and 'Tess Gardella' (qv) (Queenie).

  1. 'Laura La Plate' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Eva Olivotti' (qv).

  • Show Boat (1936)
  1. In the scene, where ``Ah Still Suits Me is sung, we can see a

``Aunt Jemina Pancake Mix# box standing on the Table. 'Tess Gardella' (qv),

(Aunt Jemina) played the role of Queenie on Broadway in the original

Ziegfeld production of ``Show Boat.

  • Showgirls (1995)
  1. Branded ``unproduceable, the script made the Hollywood rounds for years

before being picked up by 'Paul Verhoeven' (qv) and 'Joe Eszterhazs' (qv).

  • Sign of the Cross, The (1932)
  1. Third film in 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv)'s biblical trilogy, following

_The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv) and _The King of Kings (1927)_ (qv).

  1. Originally released as a 124 minute feature.After the Hays Code was

instituted, some of the more ``sinful scenes were cut for the film's

re-release in 1944.

  • Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
  1. The events in this film occur after the events in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv).

Although there are several characters common to both films, there are only

two actors who appear in both movies.Ironically, both actors play different

characters in both movies. 'Frankie Faison' (qv) plays Lt Fisk in

_Manhunter (1986)_ (qv) and Barney in

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), and 'Dan Butler' (qv) plays an FBI

fingerprint expert in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv) and an entomologist in

_The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv).

  1. 'Gene Hackman' (qv) was first offered the role of Hannibal Lector, and

was set to direct.When 'Jonathan Demme' (qv) took over as director, he

offered the role of Clarice first to 'Michelle Pfeiffer' (qv).

  • Silent Movie (1976)
  1. 'Marcel Marceau' (qv) speaks the only word in this movie (``No!) when

refusing a role in the silent film.

  • Sin of Harold Diddlebock, The (1947)
  1. 'Preston Sturges' (qv) wrote this screenplay in order to entice

'Harold Lloyd' (qv) out of retirement.Sturges and 'Howard Hughes' (qv)

formed an independent production company for the project.Shortly after

it's release by United Artists, Hughes withdrew it from distribution

and then re-edited it and re-issued it as ``Mad Wednesday in 1950

through his own RKO Radio Pictures.

  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  1. The script was written after the songs, and so it had to generate a plot

into which the songs would fit.

  1. The rain consisted of water plus milk.
  1. 'Jean Hagen' (qv)'s voice can be heard through the overdubbed

'Debbie Reynolds' (qv).

  1. Film critic turned director 'Francois Truffaut' (qv) claims that

'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv)'s favorite scene in any movie is the one where,

after Kathy, Cosmo and Don dance the ``Good morning, good morning scene,

they land on an overturned sofa.As she falls, Kathy's skirt lands a little

too high up her thighs, and she quickly flips it back over her knees.

  • Singles (1992)
  1. CAMEO(Tim Burton): video director
  1. CAMEO(Eric Stoltz): mime
  1. CAMEO(Adam Ant): Kyra's date on the roller Coaster
  1. CAMEO(Chris Cornell): man listening to car radio

  • Sky's the Limit, The (1943)
  1. 'Bernard "Babe" Pearce' (qv) was hired as choreographer but was let go a

few weeks before filming.

  1. The character played by 'Fred Astaire' (qv) refers to 'Ginger Rogers' (qv)

and 'Rita Hayworth' (qv), Astaire's former co-stars.

  1. The character played by 'Joan Leslie' (qv) refers to 'James Cagney' (qv),

Leslie's former co-star.

  1. Astaire's character says he learned to dance at Arthur Murray.Astaire had

previously been in a dispute with the dancing school chain over the

unauthorized use of his likeness.

  1. Leslie's mouthed words at the fadeout were intended to be indecipherable.
  1. Leslie's vocals for ``My Shining Hour were dubbed by

'Sally Sweetland' (qv).

  1. Astaire cut his shins and ankles on the broken glass generated during ``One

for My Baby.

  1. The song ``Hangin' on to You was written for the film but not used.
  1. An Astaire solo dance number (on a railroad track) was cut from the film,

although a print containing it was shown in New York until at least 1948.

  1. The song ``Harvey, the Victory Garden Man, performed by

'Ella Mae Morse' (qv), was cut from the film.

  • Sleeping City, The (1950)
  1. In order to overcome New York Mayor O'Dwyer's objections to the negative

portrayal of hospital procedures, Universal Studios provided an

introduction, spoken by 'Richard Conte' (qv), in which he the story was

fictitious and did not take place in any particula U.S. city.

  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  1. Obvious references to _An Affair to Remember (1957)_ (qv).
  1. This film's director ('Nora Ephron' (qv)) wrote

_When Harry Met Sally... (1989)_ (qv), which also starred 'Meg Ryan' (qv),

and was directed by 'Rob Reiner' (qv), who appears in

_Sleepless in Seattle (1993)_ (qv)

  1. Mary Kelly was the name Sam Baldwin gave as the eighth girl he ``made it

with in college.'Mary Kelly' (qv) is the Script Supervisor and also

played a bit role as the nervous woman on the plane.

  • Sleepwalkers (1992)
  1. CAMEO(Mark Hamill): one of the police officers who enters the house

at the beginning.

  1. CAMEO(Tobe Hooper): technician

  • Sliver (1993)
  1. The script originally called for full male frontal nudity, but

'William Baldwin' (qv) changed his mind after the scenes had been shot.

  1. The original script called for a different ending in which Zeke turns out to

be the killer, but was reshot when it fared poorly with test audiences.

  • Sloane (1984)
  1. Action BEHIND the camera rivaled the action in front: a Guerilla army was

shooting at Americans, passports were confiscated by military dictator's

wife, an actress attempted to leave country with screenwriter in tryst

during last week of shoot and had her passport revoked by the Americans who

kidnap her at Manila airport and forced her back to the set, sabotage,

the Lone Ranger (from the original radio series) saved the film, the

original director of the film escaped the producer's wrath and fled to

South Africa, crew members critically sunburned, weapons and drugs allegedly

smuggled across international borders and crew members supporting and

meeting with key figures in a forthcoming political revolution!

  • Small Back Room, The (1949)
  1. CAMEO(Robert Morley): A Guest.

  • Snapper, The (1993) (TV)
  1. As with _The Commitments (1991)_ (qv), this film is based on a

'Roddy Doyle' (qv) novel about the Rabbitte family in Dublin.For legal

reasons, ``Rabbitte was changed to ``Curley.

  • Sneakers (1992)
  1. The name ``Werner Brandes was inspired by Dr 'Werner Brandes' (qv), an

associate teacher at Exeter Prep School in New England.

  1. Mother ('Dan Aykroyd' (qv)) wants a Winnebago.Aykroyd co-wrote and starred

as Elwood Blues in _The Blues Brothers (1980)_ (qv). That film featured

``The Good Ole Boys, a country and western band which drive around in a

large Winnebago that Elwood was responsible for the destruction of.

  1. Mother wears a T-shirt bearing the name ``Aleka's Attic, a band formed by

co-star 'River Pheonix' (qv).

  1. Whistler is seen eating a box of ``Capt'n Crunch.In the 1970's, ``Capt'n

Crunch came with a small whistle in the box.A hacker named ``Captain

Crunch (John Draper) discovered that this whistle could be used to get

free phone calls (``phreaking).Whistler is patterned after Joe Engressia,

a blind telephone expert born with perfect pitch.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  1. Scenes planned, but never animated:
# The queen holds the prince in the dungeon and uses her magic to make
skeletons dance for his amusement.
# Fantasy sequence accompanying ``Some Day My Prince Will Come in which
Snow White imagines herself dancing with her prince in the clouds beneath a
sea of stars
# Dwarves building Snow White a bed with help from woodland creatures.
# The song ``Music in Your Soup where the dwarves sing about the soup that
Snow White had just made them.

  • So ein Tag (1982)
  1. Voice of the radio reporter talking about the football game is that of

director 'Juergen Roland' (qv).

  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  1. The three main characters have names relating to 'The Rolling Stones' (qv):

Amanda Jones, named after a song of the same name (which is played in the

film); a drummer called Watts; and a character called Keith.

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  1. 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) wanted the film to be shot in color (her contract

stipulated that all her films were to be in color), but director

'Billy Wilder' (qv) convinced her to let it be shot in black and white when

costume tests revealed that the makeup that 'Tony Curtis' (qv) and

'Jack Lemmon' (qv) wore gave their faces a green tinge.

  1. Monroe required 47 takes to get ``It's me, Sugar correct, instead saying

either ``Sugar, it's me or ``It's Sugar, me.After take 30, director

Wilder had the line written on a blackboard.Another scene required

Monroe to rummage through some drawers and say ``Where's the bourbon?

After 40 takes of Monroe saying ``Where's the whiskey?,`Where's the

bottle, or ``Where's the bonbon?, Wilder pasted the correct line in

one of the drawers.After Monroe became confused about which drawer

contained the line, Wilder had it pased in every drawer.59 takes were

required for this scene.

  1. After many takes of a kissing scene, Curtis complained that kissing

Monroe was ``like kissing Hitler.

  1. Wilder described making this movie as ``I knew we were in midfight, and

there was a nut on the plane.

  • Something Wild (1986)
  1. The two old ladies in the re-sale shop are the mothers of 'David Byrne' (qv)

and director 'Jonathan Demme' (qv).

  1. The band that plays at the highschool reunion is ``The Feelies, a

favourite of Demme's.Demme shot the video for their song ``Away.

  • Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
  1. Filming was halted on January 16, 1942 due to the death of

'Clark Gable' (qv)'s wife 'Carole Lombard' (qv) and resumed on February 23.

  • Sommersby (1993)
  1. The cow is named ``Clarice, which was the name of 'Jodie Foster' (qv)'s

character in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv).

  • Son in Law (1993)
  1. References to _Encino Man (1992)_ (qv), which also starred

'Pauly Shore' (qv).

  • Son of Tarzan, The (1920)
  1. "Tabler" broke several ribs in a fight scene with "Burr".
  1. While filming Tantor the Elephant rescuing Korak ('Kamuela C. Searle' (qv)),

who was tied to a stake, the elephant slammed Searle down so violently that

the stake shattered.Searle later died of these injuries.

  1. The producer hired 'Norman Tuckey' (qv) (music) and 'Osborne Tedman' (qv)

(lyrics) to write the first Tarzan song: ``Tarzan, my Jungle King, sheet

music ``Written and composed especially for Son of Tarzan (which was,

ironically, a silent movie).

  • Sonar Kella (1974)
  1. The title means ``The Golden Fortress, a reference to the fort at

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, which is built of a kind of sandstone that

resembles gold.

  • Song of Bernadette, The (1943)
  1. Using an actress to play ``the lady was controversial enough, and further

controversy fulminated when 'Loretta Young' (qv) was passed over in favor of

sultry 'Linda Darnell' (qv).At that time, Darnell had an almost

pornographic reputation.'Franz Werfel' (qv), the author of the book on

which the film was based, threatened to remove his name from the project.

To make matters worse, Darnell was pregnant.Nothing would change

'Daryl Zanuck' (qv)'s mind, and Werfel was told that an unknown actress was

chosen.Wearing a little more drapery than the simple dress and veil

described by the historical Bernadette, Darnell played the role in bright


  • Song of the Gringo (1936)
  1. Real-life train robber 'Al Jennings' (qv) was also hired to teach

'Tex Ritter' (qv) how to handle his guns.

  1. Just prior to start of filming on his first movie, Ritter went to a

barber shop for ahaircut.He fell asleep in the barber's chair and

too much hair was cut off.Thus in most of this movie Tex keeps his

hat clampedtightly on his head.When he does remove his hat, he is

wearing a very obvious wig.

  • Sound of Music, The (1965)
  1. 'Marni Nixon' (qv) (see _West Side Story (1961)_ (qv),

_The King and I (1956)_ (qv), and _My Fair Lady (1964)_ (qv)) has her only

on-screen role in this film, playing sister Sophia.

  • Soup To Nuts (1930)
  1. CAMEO(Rube Goldberg): a non-paying customer in Klein's restuarant.

  • Soylent Green (1973)
  1. The technical consultant for the film was 'Frank R. Bowerman' (qv), who was

president of the ``American Academy for Environmental Protection at the


  • Spaceballs (1987)
  1. One of the ships parked at the diner is the the Millenium Falcon from

_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).

  1. When President Skroob meets the twins, he tells them to ``chew their gum.

This is a reference to ``Doublemint commercials featuring twins.

  1. Colonel Sanders is the name of the man who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Dark Helmet says ``What's the matter, Colonel Sanders?Chicken?

  1. President Scroobs' name is an anagram of 'Mel Brooks' (qv)', the man

who plays him.

  1. The ``chestbuster scene in the interstellar diner features

'John Hurt' (qv), who suffered the same fate in _Alien (1979)_ (qv). In an

obscure joke, the creature emulates the singing frog in the classic Warner

Brothers cartoon ``One Froggy Evening.

  • Spartacus (1960)
  1. 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) was brought in as director after 'Kirk Douglas' (qv)

had a major falling out with the original director, 'Anthony Mann' (qv).

  1. Kubrick was not given control of the script, which he felt was full of stupid

moralizing.Since this film, Kubrick has kept full control over all aspects

of his films.

  1. Of the 167 days it took Kubrick to shoot Spartacus, six weeks were spent

directing an elaborate battle sequence in which 8,500 extras dramatized the

clash between the Roman troops and Spartacus's slave army.Several scenes

in the battle drew the ire of the Legion of Decency and were therefore cut.

These include shots of men being dismembered (Dwarfs with false torsos and

an armless man with a phony ``break-away limb were used to give

authenticity.) Seven years later, when the Oscar winning film was reissued,

an additional 22 minutes were chopped out, including a scene in which

Varinia watches Spartacus writhe in agony on a cross. Her line ``Oh, please

die, my darling was excised, and the scene was cut to make it appear that

Spartacus was already dead.

[Question: are the scenes mentioned as ``edited out of the other two

releases of Spartacus restored in the DC? I'm sure the ending features

Spartacus on the cross, with Varinia showing him their baby. What about the

graphic battle scene?]

  1. The original version included a scene where Marcus Licinius

('Laurence Olivier' (qv)) attempts to seduce Antoninus ('Tony Curtis' (qv)).

When the Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency both

objected, the scene was cut.This scene was put back in for the 1991

restoration, but since the soundtrack had been lost, Curtis and

'Anthony Hopkins' (qv) (Olivier had died) dubbed the dialog.

  • Special Agent (1935)
  1. The Hays office objected to a bit of dialogue by character Nick Carston

so rather than reshoot the scene, the sound was eliminated.

  • Speedy (1928)
  1. ``Speedy is 'Harold Lloyd' (qv)'s real-life nickname, given to him by

his father.

  • Spellbound (1945)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 40 minutes in, coming out of the

elevator at the Empire hotel carrying a violin.

  1. One of the first Hollywood films to deal with psychoanalysis.
  1. The dream sequence was designed by 'Salvador Dali' (qv), and was originally

supposed to run for 20 minutes. It included a scene with Dr. Peterson

covered in ants. Only part of it was filmed, and even less of it ended up in

the release version.

  1. The shot where the audience sees the killer's view down a gun barrel

pointing at Peterson was filmed using a giant hand holding a giant

gun to get the perspective correct.

  1. The snow valling on John Ballentine and Dr. Peterson during the skiing

scene was actually cornflakes.

  • Spies Like Us (1985)
  1. CAMEO(B.B. King): CIA agent at the drive-in.
  1. CAMEO(Ray Harryhausen): a surgeon.
  1. CAMEO(Frank Oz): test monitor.
  1. CAMEO(Terry Gilliam): a surgeon.
  1. CAMEO(Michael Apted):
  1. CAMEO(Costa-Gavras):
  1. CAMEO(Joel Coen):
  1. CAMEO(Martin Brest):
  1. CAMEO(Bob Swaim):
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: on the recruitment poster behind the desk of

the commander of the army training post.

[Many famous directors appear in this movie.... credited?]

  • Spirit of '76, The (1990)
  1. Production team includes a number of relatives of famous movie people.One

of the executive producers is 'Roman Coppola' (qv) (son of

'Francis Coppola' (qv)).'Sofia Coppola' (qv) is credited for costume

design.Produced/casting by 'Susan Landau' (qv) (daughter of

'Martin Landau' (qv)).

  1. CAMEO(Barbara Bain): (wife of Landau):
  1. CAMEO(Carl Reiner): (father of director):
  1. CAMEO(Rob Reiner): (brother of director):

  • Splendor in the Grass (1961)
  1. As filmed, this film included a sequence in which Wilma Dean Loomis

takes a bath while arguing with her mother. The bickering finally becomes so

intense that Wilma jumps out of the tub and runs nude down a hallway to her

bedroom, where the camera cuts to a close-up of her bare legs kicking

hysterically on the mattress.Both the Hollywood censors and the Catholic

Legion Of Decency objected to the hallway scene, finding the bare backside

unsuitable for public display.Consequently, director 'Elia Kazan' (qv)

dropped the piece, leaving an abrupt jump from tub to bed.

  • Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977)
  1. The first 007 movie in which the theme song focuses on Bond, rather than

the villain.

  1. First 007 movie to be filmed in Dolby stereo.
  1. $1 million of the $13.5 million budget was spent by production designer

'Ken Adam' (qv) on building the largest sound stage in the world:

336'x139'x44'.The set was used for the interior shots of Stromberg's

supertanker.The tank had a capacity of 1.2 million gallons .

  1. Fleming was so displeased with his novel that his contract with EON only

allowed the title to be used.One storyline had Blofeld returning, but

'Kevin McClory' (qv) (who co-wrote _Thunderball (1965)_ (qv)) threatened

legal action, claiming that he had exclusive use of the SPECTRE concept.At

the same time, McClory begins work on his rival Bond movie ``Warhead

(renamed _Never Say Never Again (1983)_ (qv)).

  1. 'Rick Sylvester' (qv) was paid $30,000 for the skiing stunt in the opening


  1. Jaws was played by 'Richard Kiel' (qv), who played an almost identical part

a year earlier in _Silver Streak (1976)_ (qv).

  1. After the film's release, demand for white Lotus Esprits surges to the point

that new customers had to be placed on a three year waiting list.

  • Stage Fright (1950)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): turning to look at Eve in her disguise as

Charlotte's maid.

  • Stagecoach (1939)
  1. Director 'John Ford' (qv) deliberately only allowed one take, so that actors

would remain nervous.

  1. Ford refused to place the camera on a movable dolly, insisting that all shots

were pans from a stationary camera.

  1. The first ``camera in a hole with a train going over shot.

  • Stakeout (1987)
  1. 'Richard Dreyfuss' (qv) and 'Emilio Estevez' (qv) were having a movie trivia

contest on the set one day.Estevez asked Dreyfuss to identify the movie

that the line ``This is no boating accident was from.Dreyfus didn't

recognize the quote, despite the fact that he was the actor who said it in

_Jaws (1975)_ (qv).Deciding that this was too good to pass up, this

incident was re-enacted for the film.

  • Stand by Me (1986)
  1. The names of all the towns in the movie (set in Oregon) are real places in

Maine, where author 'Stephen King' (qv) grew up and lives.

  1. 'Corey Feldman' (qv) and director 'Rob Reiner' (qv) tested thirty different

laughs before deciding upon the one for Teddy Duchamp.The laugh happens to

be similar to that described in King's story.

  • Stand der Dinge, Der (1982)
  1. 'Wim Wenders' (qv) borrowed the entire cast and crew of

_The Territory (1981)_ (qv) to make this film.

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  1. There are several books in the container that shelters Khan's followers on

Ceti Alpha VI. Two of the titles are ``Moby Dick and ``King Lear, and

a lot of Khan's lines are directly taken from those books.

In particular, the final monologue of Khan is identical to the last words

of Captain Ahab from Melville's book.

  1. The ``Genesis sequence called for a long and massive explosion.ILM rented

the Cow Palace in San Francisco for the effect.They covered the ceiling

with a black cloth and placed the camera on the floor looking up at it.The

explosion would occur directly above the camera so the fall-out would appear

to rush directly towards the point of view.A special high-speed camera

was constructed.One of it's components was a spinning prism, which bent the

image onto the film as it rushed past.This increased exposure time without

having to slow the frame rate.The camera ran at 2,500 frames per second,

which meant that the 0:01.20 long explosion would appear to take 1:40.

  1. Director 'Nicholas Meyer' (qv) envisioned the film as the ultimate extension

of Star Trek creator 'Gene Roddenberry' (qv)'s idea of ``Horatio Hornblower

in space.Therefore, prior to filming he had the cast watch

_Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)_ for inspiration.

  1. When Spock and Savik speak to each other in Vulcan, the actors

actually spoke in English, and then sound people created the Vulcan

words to match the movements of the actors' mouths.

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  1. The punk on the bus is 'Kirk Thatcher' (qv) (associate producer), who also

wrote and performed the song that is playing on his stereo at the time.

  1. Some shots of the whales were in fact four foot long animatronic models.

Four models were created, and were so realistic that after release of the

film, US fishing authorities publically criticised the film makers for

getting too close to whales in the wild.The scenes involving these whales

were shot in a highschool swimming pool.The shot of the whales swimming

past the Golden Gate Bridge were filmed on location, and nearly ended in

disaster when a cable got snagged on a nuclear submarine and the whales

were towed out to sea.

  1. CAMEO(Bob Sarlatte): waiter in the restuarant.

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  1. The movie was originally to be an extension of an episode of the original

television series.In the movie, they would be searching for the villain.

During filming, they changed to the ``Search for God.

  1. The surface of Shaka-Ri as viewed during reconnaissance by Captain Kirk was

generated from an electron microscope image of a lobster's claw.

  1. One of 'William Shatner' (qv)'s daughters appears as the yeoman that holds

Kirk's malfunctioning Captain's log.

  1. The cat creature that Kirk fights on Nimbus III screams exactly the same

as 'James Brown' (qv).

  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  1. 'William Shatner' (qv) was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in

the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera).

He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.

  1. General Chang's eyepatch has three bolts that go into the skull.They all

have the Klingon insignia engraved on them.on

  1. _Frankie and Johnny (1991)_ (qv) was being filmed in the same studio, and

required 'Al Pacino' (qv) to have a surprised expression on his face after

opening a door.Director 'Garry Marshall' (qv) arranged for Kirk and Spock

be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

  1. After filming was through one day nearing the end of production,

'Kim Cattrall' (qv) posed nude for some steamy photos on the bridge set.

Director 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv) was furious with Cattrall and seized the

negatives to protect the franchise.

  1. The traitor on the Enterprise was originally intended to be Saavik, but

creator 'Gene Roddenbery' (qv) convinced the producers that Saavik was

too popular to have her become a villian.

  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
  1. Kirk's death scenes were re-shot after preview audiences reacted badly to

the original version, wanting a more ``heroic death.

  1. The horse that Kirk ('William Shatner' (qv)) rides is owned by Shatner.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  1. When Spock travels through V'ger and sees all the incredible imagery,

Darth Vader and Miss Piggy can be seen.It comes right after his line

``Who or what are we dealing with?.Occurs 94 minutes into the film.

  • Star Wars (1977)
  1. 'George Lucas' (qv) consulted with world reknowned mythologist

'Joseph Campbell' (qv) to develop the script.

  1. Lucas had trouble getting funding for this movie, most studios thinking that

people wouldn't go to see it.

  1. The Director's Guild of America (DGA) didn't like the fact that there were

no specific credits at the beginning of the film.They ``ordered Lucas

to recut the film and put some credits at the beginning.Lucas refused,

claiming that this would destroy the opening of the film.The DGA fined

Lucas, who paid up, and promptly quit the DGA.

  1. The Millenium Falcon was originally modelled after a hambuger with an

olive next to it.

  1. Derived from (among other things) a Japanese movie called

_The Hidden Fortress (1958)_ (qv).Obi Wan Kenobi was modeled after a

Samurai warrior, and C-3PO and R2-D2 are derived from a couple of petty

crooks he conscripted to help rescue a princess.

  1. The word ``Jedi is derived from the Japanese words ``Jidai Geki which

translate as ``period drama.A period drama is a Japanese TV soap opera

program set in the samurai days.Lucas mentioned in an interview that he

saw a ``Jidai Geki program on TV while in Japan a year or so before the

movie was made and liked the word.

  1. 'Sissy Spacek' (qv) originally cast as Leia, but when 'Carrie Fisher' (qv)

refused to do the nude scenes in _Carrie (1976)_ (qv), they swapped roles.

  1. 'Jodie Foster' (qv) was Lucas' second option for Princess Leia,

'Christopher Walken' (qv) was second in line for Han Solo.Lucas also

considered 'Nick Nolte' (qv) for the role of Solo.

  1. 'Burt Reynolds' (qv) was originally cast as Han Solo, but he dropped out.
  1. A great deal of the film was shot by vintage 1950's VistaVision cameras,

because they were of higher quality than any others available.After the

film was released, the prices of these cameras skyrocketed.

  1. The episode number and subtitle ``A New Hope did not originally appear in

the film's opening crawl. These were added in a later re-release to be

consistent with those seen in _The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv).

  1. There is a rumor that while Lucas and a co-worker were editing

_American Graffiti (1973)_ (qv), the co-worker asked Lucas for ``Reel Two,

Dialog Two, which abbreviated to ``R2-D2, a name which stuck in Lucas'


  1. Scene of escape pod leaving Leia's ship was the first ever done by ILM.
  1. C-3PO originally scripted as a ``used car salesman type, and designed after

the robot from _Metropolis (1926)_ (qv).

  1. The Tatooine scenes were filmed in Tunisia.There is a town in Tunisia

called ``Tatahouine.Some of the interiors of Luke's house were filmed

in a hotel in Tunisia.

  1. The sounds of the lasers were made by striking one of the guy wires of a

power pylon.

  1. There is a rumor that 'Anthony Daniels' (qv) (C-3PO) was having trouble

timing his conversations with R2-D2, as R2-D2's dialog was to be dubbed in

later.Supposedly, Daniels asked Lucas to make some kind of noise to help

him, but when Lucas forgot, the matter was dropped.

  1. Chewbacca was modeled after Lucas' dog, Indiana.See also

_Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv).

  1. C-3PO loses an arm when attacked by the Sandpeople.Ben cuts off a

creature's hand in the Cantina.See also

_The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv) and _Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. The following characters ``have a bad feeling about this: Luke and Han. See

also _The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv), and

_Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. A small pair of metal dice can be seen hanging in the cockpit of the

Millenium Falcon as Chewbacca makes preparations to depart from Mos Eisley.

They don't appear in subsequent scenes.

  1. Han and Luke ``transfer Chewbacca from cell block 1138: Lucas directed a

film called _THX 1138 (1970)_ (qv).``THX-1138 was going to be the serial

number of the guard with the faulty transmitter on the Death Star, but this

was changed.

  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) deliberately didn't learn his lines for the intercom

conversation in the cell block, so it would sound spontaneous.

  1. When the stormtroopers enter the room where C-3PO and R2-D2 are hiding, one

of them ``accidentally bumps his head on the door, complete with sound


  1. Scenes featuring Luke and his Tatooine friend ``Biggs were cut from the

film. Biggs was a young pilot who left the Imperial Academy to join the

Rebellion. Luke mentions him to his ``aunt and ``uncle during the

breakfast scene, and the character later shows up as a Rebel pilot who

accompanies Luke down the final run on the Death Star trench (and is killed

by Darth Vader).

  1. 'James Earl Jones' (qv) supplied the voice of Darth Vader, but specifically

requested that he not be credited, as he felt he had not done enough work to

get the billing.'David Prowse' (qv) was supposedly extremely annoyed at

not being told that his voice would be dubbed.

  1. Cardboard cutouts are used for some of the background starfighters in the

Rebel hanger bay.

  1. 'Mark Hamill' (qv) held his breath for so long during the trash compactor

scene that he broke a blood vessel in his face.Subsequent shots are from

one side only.

  1. 'Denis Lawson' (qv), plays Wedge Antilles, despite his name being misspelt

in the credits as ``Dennis Lawson.See also

_Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).

  1. The final battle has been described as borrowed from

_The Dam Busters (1954)_ (qv), but much more closely resembles one in

_633 Squadron (1964)_ (qv).

  1. Most of the crowd watching the heroes receive their medallions are cardboard


  1. It is rumoured that the shots of Owen and Beru's burning bodies were added

to avoid an MPAA rating of ``G, which it was believed would hurt ticket


  • Stargate (1994)
  1. Concieved by director 'Roland Emmerich' (qv) during film school in 1979.

  • Staying Alive (1983)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Sylvester Stallone): bumps into Tony on the street.

  • Steel Magnolias (1989)
  1. The character Shelby Latcherie was based on author 'Richard Harling' (qv)'s


  • Stella Dallas (1937)
  1. 'Samuel Goldwyn' (qv) would have preferred 'Ruth Chatterton' (qv) for the

title role, but she turned it down, having just played a less-than-perfect

wife in _Dodsworth (1936)_ (qv).

  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (1989)
  1. Director 'Pupi Avati' (qv) wanted to make the film in black and white, and

had a black and white version made from the color negative.

  • Storm Warning (1951)
  1. The studio wanted 'Lauren Bacall' (qv) and 'Doris Day' (qv) to star in the

film, but Bacall went to Africa with her husband Humphrey Bogart' (qv)

to film _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv)

  • Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, The (1939)
  1. 'Jean Sablon' (qv) refused the part of the French singer played by

'Louis Mercer' (qv) because of its size, but his voice is used on the


  • Straight Time (1978)
  1. Producer '[???] Hoffman' (qv) was originally going to direct, but dropped

out a week before shooting started with a confidence crisis.

  • Strange Cargo (1940)
  1. 'Joan Crawford' (qv)'s wardrobe consists of three ready-to-wear dresses

which cost under $40.

  1. Received a condemned rating from the Legion of Decency for ``irreverent use

of Scripture and ``lustful complications.Even after the studio made

the changes demanded, distribution was sharply cut by cities refusing to

book it.

  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): early in the film boarding a train

carrying a double bass fiddle as Guy gets off the train (see also his cameo

in _The Paradine Case (1947)_ (qv)).

  1. Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously to keep the

price down, and got them for just $7,500

  1. 'Raymond Chandler' (qv) is credited as the main author of the script, but it

was almost completely written by 'Czenzi Ormonde' (qv) who was credited as

second author.

  1. The stunt where the man crawled under the carousel was not done with trick

photography.Hitchcock claimed that this was the most dangerous stunt ever

performed under his direction, and would never allow it to be done again.

  • Street of Chance (1930)
  1. Loosely based on life of 'Arnold Rothstein' (qv), a well-known gambler in New

York in the 1920s.

  • Street Trash (1987)
  1. CAMEO(Roy Frumkes): the businessman whose face is burned off by the melting

bum on the fire escape.

  • Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
  1. 'Viven Leigh' (qv), who suffered from bipolar disorder (manic-depression) in

real life, later had difficulties in distinguishing her real life from that

of Blanche DuBois.

  • Striking Distance (1993)
  1. Co-star 'Robert Pastorelli' (qv) accidentally blurted out the big plot twist

during an appearance on _"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)_ (qv) long

before the film was released.

  • Striptease (1996)
  1. Underwent last minute editing when preview audiences laughed at the wrong


  • Submarine D-1 (1937)
  1. 'Ronald Reagan' (qv) had a role in this film, but it was completely edited


  • Subway (1985)
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [reno]
  1. DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [music]

  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  1. ACTTRADE(Clint Eastwood): ``Go ahead. Make my Day (first)?

  • Sugarland Express, The (1974)
  1. DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Clovis

  • Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  1. The role of Norma Desmond was initially offered to 'Mae West' (qv) (who

rejected the part), 'Mary Pickford' (qv) (who demanded too much project

control), and 'Pola Negri' (qv) (who, like Mae West, turned it down) before

being accepted by 'Gloria Swanson' (qv).

  1. 'Montgomery Clift' (qv), signed to play the part of Joe Gillis, broke his

contract just two weeks prior to the start of shooting.'Billy Wilder' (qv)

quickly offered the role to 'Fred MacMurray' (qv); he said ``no.

'William Holden' (qv) was also not interested in the part; however, being

only a contract player at Paramount, he was ordered to play Joe Gillis.

  1. The ``Desmond mansion had been built by a 'William Jenkins' (qv) in 1924

at a cost of $250,000. Its second owner was 'J. Paul Getty' (qv) who

purchased it for his second wife.Mrs. Getty divorced her millionaire

husband and received custody of the house; it was she who rented it to

Paramount for the filming.

  1. Originally opened and closed the story at the Los Angeles County Morgue. In a

scene described by director 'Billy Wilder' (qv) as one of the best he'd ever

shot, the body of Joe Gillis is rolled into the Morgue to join three dozen

other corpses, some of whom # in voice-over # tell Gillis how they died.

Eventually Gillis tells his story, which takes us to a flashback of his

affair with Norma Desmond. The movie was previewed with this opening, in

Illinois and Long Island. Because both audiences inappropriately found the

morgue scene hilarious, the film's release was delayed six months so that

a new beginning could be shot in which police find Gillis's corpse floating

in Norma's pool while Gillis's voice narrates the events leading to his

death.Distortion caused by water meant that this scene had to be filmed

via a mirror placed on the bottom of the pool.

  1. The movie that Joe and Norma watch in the private screening room is

_Queen Kelly (1929)_ (qv). Filmed in 1928, the movie had not yet been

released.It was directed by 'Erich von Stroheim' (qv) who plays the butler.

  1. The script planned by Joe and Betty (the story of a couple, which is

never together because of jobs with incompatible working time)

exists: it was written by 'Billy Wilder' (qv) and 'Max Kolpe' (qv)

for _Blaue vom Himmel, Das (1932)_ (qv).

  1. CAMEO(Cecil B. de Mille):
  1. CAMEO(Buster Keaton):
  1. CAMEO(H.B. Warner):
  1. CAMEO(Hedda Hopper):

  • Superman (1978)
  1. 'Marlon Brando' (qv) received $4 million for his ten minutes on screen.
  1. Credits sequence cost more than most films made up to that point.
  1. 'Christopher Reeve' (qv) worked out so much during the making of the film

that the traveling matte shots taken of him at the beginning of the shoot

did not match the later shots, and had to be re-taken.

  1. CAMEO(Kirk Alyn): Lois Lane's father.Alyn played Superman in the serials

fo ``Superman.

  1. CAMEO(Noel Neill): Lois Lane's mother.Neill played Lois Lane in the

serials of ``Superman.

  1. CAMEO(Rex Reed): himself

  • Superman II (1980)
  1. Many scenes shot at the same time as _Superman (1978)_ (qv) by original

director 'Richard Donner' (qv), who was replaced by 'Richard Lester' (qv)

due to creative differences.

  • Suspicion (1941)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 45 minutes in, mailing a letter ati

the village post office.

  1. In the scene where Johnnie brings a glass of milk up to Linda, Hitchcock

had a light hidden in the glass to make it appear more sinister.

  1. Hitchcock originally wanted Johnnie to be guilty, but the studio insisted

that the public wouldn't accept 'Cary Grant' (qv) as a murderer.Hitchcock's

original ending had Johnny convicting himself by mailing a letter that

Linda had written.

  1. A big latticed window casts a spider's web-like shadow across the actors.

  • Suspiria (1977)
  1. A glass feather is plucked from an ornament.Director 'Dario Argento' (qv)'s

feature film debut was directing

_The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1969)_ (qv).

  • Sweet Charity (1969)
  1. Original producer Ross Hunter dropped out after a conflict with director

Bob Fosse over how to handle the racy story line.

  • Swing Kids (1993)
  1. On location in Prague in near freezing weather, Christian Bale was visited

by 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) (director of his feature film debut

_Empire of the Sun (1987)_ (qv)), who was also in Prague filming

_Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv).

  • Swing Time (1936)
  1. The film originally began with a musical number, ``It's Not in the Cards,

which was cut due the film's length and because the number was judged as

not very good. Only a bit remains in the final version. The music is also

used in the background during the first few scenes.

  1. The shadow dance idea for ``Bojangles of Harlem occurred to choreographer

'Hermes Pan' (qv) and 'Fred Astaire' (qv) during rehearsals, when three

different light sources illuminating Astaire produced three shadows.

  1. The climax of ``Never Gonna Dance took 47 takes in a single day and

required many demanding spins of 'Ginger Rogers' (qv); her feet bled.

  1. In ``The Way You Look Tonight, Rogers is seen to be washing her hair.

The crew dried various soaps, shampoos, and even egg white, but it always

ran down her face too quickly.They achieved success with whipped cream.

  • Swiss Miss (1938)
  1. 'Stan Laurel' (qv) was ill during filming, appearing pale and tired.

  • Tales of Hoffman (1951)
  1. 'Michael Powell' (qv) began the project after hearing 'Thomas Beecham' (qv)

playing the score on piano and singing all of the parts.

  • Tales of Manhattan (1942)
  1. 'W.C. Fields' (qv) appeared in a section of the film that was cut from

the final version.

  • Tall Guy, The (1989)
  1. The name ``Ron Anderson is remarkably similar to the name of the actor who

plays him: 'Rowan Atkinson' (qv).One of the other contenders for the award

that Anderson won was 'Griff Rhys-Jones' (qv), the ``Jones half of the

comedy duo ``Alas Smith and Jones.'Mel Smith' (qv) (the Smith half)

directed the film.Smith, Jones, and Atkinson starred together in the TVu

series ``Not the Nine O'Clock News.Also Anderson refers to his

side-kick ('Jeff Goldblum' (qv)) on stage as ``Perkins. When performing

live, Atkinson frequently uses 'Angus Deayton' (qv) as his sidekick

who is always called ``Perkins.Deayton makes a small appearance in the

film as an actor looking at several excellent roles while Dexter gets

offered a single role as a tall American.

  1. The car that races to the Hospital in at the end of the film

(a blue Aston Martin registration ``COMIC) belonged to Atkinson.

Dexter is pulled over by the police for speeding just as Atkinson

was in real life in the very same car. Atkinson received a driving ban as a

result of the incident.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Mel Smith): the backstage drunk who congratulates and then


  • Tango & Cash (1989)
  1. The scene where Tango ('Sylvester Stallone' (qv)) faces an oncoming bus

with nothing but a gun was borrowed from _Police Story (1985)_ (qv), where

'Jackie Chan' (qv) (a good friend of Stallone's) performed the stunt.

  • Tank Girl (1995)
  1. 'Emily Lloyd' (qv) was originally cast in the title role, but turned it

down after refusing to shave her head for the part.

  • Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
  1. There is a scene in which Tarzan, standing on a tree limb with Jane, pulls

at Jane's scanty outfit and persuades her to dive into a lake with him. The

two swim for a while and eventually surface. When Jane rises out of the

water, one of her breasts is fully exposed. Because various groups,

including official censors of the Hays Office, criticiaed the scene for

being too erotic, it was cut by MGM.

  • Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)
  1. 'James Pierce' (qv) said of this picture: ``Because of poor direction,

terrible story treatment and putrid acting, the opus was a stinkeroo.I

emerge with nothing to show for my strenuous effort except being typecast as

Tarzan. I was out of a job.

  • Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
  1. In the second week of filming Dinky the chimp bit 'Mike Henry' (qv) on the

jaw.It took 20 stitches to repair the wound. Henry had monkey fever

delerium for three days, and took three weeks to recuperate. The chimp was

destroyed and replaced.

  • Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)
  1. This is essentially the second half of the previously released

_The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)_ (qv) with a little additional footage.

  • Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)
  1. 'Gordon Scott' (qv) got along well with the natives involved in the movie.

A Masai warrior nicknamed him ``Mtu Ule Na Panda Miti Minegu (Warrior Who

Climbs Tall Trees).

  1. On the set, Scott won a bet by capturing and riding a wild giraffe for

five minutes.

  1. A 500 pound lion with whom Scott had worked for over a month tore open his

leg (32 stitches).

  • Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)
  1. 'Johnny Weissmuller' (qv)'s stunt double 'Angel Garcia' (qv) was killed

while diving from the cliffs at Acapulco.

  • Tarzan Escapes (1936)
  1. Originally directed by 'James McKay' (qv), who filmed many gruesome

scenes, and was replaced by 'John Farrow' (qv).

  • Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
  1. In the original script Jane was to have died ('Maureen O'Sullivan' (qv)

wanted out of the Tarzan series).Fan protest forced a last-minute rewrite

in which Jane recovers from her near-fatal wound, admitting she had been

wrong to disobey Tarzan.

  • Tarzan Goes to India (1962)
  1. The Temple of Buddha's Footprint, a sacred Thai shrine, was photographed

for the first time in this movie. Crew members worked without shoes

and in nearly complete silence.

  • Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
  1. Young men from the New Orleans Athletic Club played the ape parts.
  1. In one scene a lion is supposed to crawl through the window of

Tarzan's cabin to devour Jane. Tarzan grabs him and pulls him out.

In fact the old and drugged lion turned on 'Elmo Lincoln' (qv) who stabbed

and killed him.``I stepped on him to beat my chest.As my foot

pressed down on him, the remaining air in his lungs escaped with a

loud whoosh. I was alredy shaken and you should have seen me jump!

The lion wound up as a lobby display when the picture opened on Broadway.

  • Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
  1. First Tarzan movie with sound that didn't feature the ape-call.Despite

protests from fans, the producers decided it had been ridiculed too often

to remain effective.

  • Tarzan the Mighty (1928)
  1. The original star was to have been 'Joe Bonomo' (qv), promoted by the studio

as ``the greatest of all Tarzans. Near the end of work on another picture,

_Perils of the Wild (1925)_ (qv), Bonono fractured his left leg and injured

his sacro-iliac.'Frank Merrill' (qv), who had doubled for

'Elmo Lincoln' (qv) in _Perils of the Jungle (????)_ (qv)was offered the

job and began work the next day.

  1. When a friend of Merrill's learned of a physical culture contest in England

he entered Merrill's photo without his knowledge.Merrill was voted second

runner-up for ``World's Most Perfectly Developed Man and the publicity

from this added to attendance at the movie. The irony is that Merrill's

body was more thoroughly covered than any other Tarzan.

  • Tarzan the Tiger (1928)
  1. This movie was released in both silent and ``sound versions. The sound

consisted of a crude musical score, sound effects and a few lip-synched

lines on a record.

  1. The record contains the very first Tarzan yell, invented by

'Frank Merrill' (qv).

  1. ``Tarzan the Terrible (qv) was planned but the studio decided Merrill's

voice wasn't right for talkies and the film was scrapped.

  • Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
  1. Jane's absence was explained in a letter saying that she's visiting

relatives in England.'Maureen O'Sullivan' (qv) (who had played Jane

on many occasions previously) wanted nothing more to do with Tarzan movies

by this time.

  • Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)
  1. 'Gordon Scott' (qv) was nearly killed by the 18-1/2 foot python with which

he wrestles in this movie. It took six men to pull the snake off him.

  • Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)
  1. Cheetah appears only during one line (``So long, Cheetah).This is

because the chimpanzees brought from England to Kenya for the filming

were so terrified of the jungle night noises they wouldn't perform.

  1. 'Sean Connery' (qv) was paid $5,600 for his role in this movie.When asked

to play in the next Tarzan movie, he said he couldn't because ``Two fellows

took an option on me for some spy picture, and are exercising it.But I'll

be in your next.The ``spy picture was _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv).

  1. Producer 'Sy Weintraub' (qv) also wanted Anthony Quayle to come back for

another Tarzan movie, but Quayle had been offered a part in

_Lawrence of Arabia (1962)_ (qv) after having been seen in this film, and

couldn't accept.

  • Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)
  1. 'Gordon Scott' (qv) and 'Vera Miles' (qv) married while making this film.

  • Tarzan's Peril (1951)
  1. First Tarzan film to be shot in Africa, where it was set.
  1. The company arrived in Africa just before winter set in. The chimps

wouldn't perform, so Cheetah's part had to be cut. the area around

Mount Kenya was so cloudy that 'Lex Barker' (qv)'s tan disappeared and he

had to use body makeup. The first time Barker showed up in a loin cloth

the native extras burst out laughing.

  1. The film was originally shot in color, but more than half of it was

ruined on location.It was converted to black and white, the

remaining footage winding up in later pictures.

  • Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)
  1. The photo of Lord Greystoke is really 'Lex Barker' (qv) in a beard and


  • Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
  1. Due to many budget cutbacks following the death of 'Irving Thalberg' (qv)

many stock shots from former movies were used.

  • Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)
  1. During the filming, 'Jock Mahoney' (qv) contracted amoebic dysentery and

dengue fever, and finally pneumonia, going from 220 to 175 pounds before

finishing the film.

  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  1. The scene where Travis Bickle is talking to himself in the mirror was

completely ad-libbed by 'Robert DeNiro' (qv).

  1. 'Bernard Herrmann' (qv) wasn't going to write the score for this film, but

agreed to do it (his last) when he saw the scene where Bickle pours Schnapps

on his cereal.

  1. 'Harvey Keitel' (qv) rehearsed with actual pimps to prepare for his role.

The scene where his character and Iris dance is improvised, and is one of

only two scenes in the film that don't focus on Bickle.

  1. Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) claims that the most important shot in the

movie is when Bickle is on the phone trying to get another date with Betsy

The camera moves to the side slowly and pans down the long, empty hallway

next to Bickle, as if to suggest that the phone conversation is too painful

and pathetic to bear.

  1. DeNiro worked as a taxi driver as part of his preparation for this

role.He also studied mental illness.

  1. DeNiro claimed that the final shoot-out scene took particularly long,

because of technical problems and the humor which arose from the tension

created by the carnage in the scene.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): sitting down, behind Betsy as she walks into

the Palantine campaign headquarters in slow-motion.He also appears as the

irate husband in Bickle's cab.

  • Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
  1. Filmed in 3D, released in 2D.

  • Teen Kanya (1961)
  1. Collection of three short films: ``Postmaster, ``Monihara and

``Nishkriti. ``Monihara was dropped for the ``Two Daughters version.

  • Tempest (1982)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Paul Mazursky): First guest to be greeted by the architect

at the New Year's Eve party.

  • Ten Commandments, The (1923)
  1. Remade as _The Ten Commandments (1956)_ (qv), again by

'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv).

  • Ten Commandments, The (1956)
  1. 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) previously filmed this story as

_The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv).

  • Tender Comrade (1943)
  1. Screenwriters 'Dalton Trumbo' (qv) and 'Edward Dmytryk' (qv) did not

conceal their Communist sympathies, and 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) began noticing

anti-American speeches in her dialogue.Upon complaining, the speeches

were given to other actresses.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  1. Scenes in the screenplay but not filmed:
# Extended Future War sequence where the resistance won and enter
a SkyNet lab where they find the time-portal and a storage
facilities of Terminators. You also see Reese talking to John.
# Sarah's ECT where Sarah is fitted for electro-convulsive thearpy
and voltage is pumped into her.
# Salceda's death sequence. Sal's dog starts barking, Sal goes
out tries to shoot the T-1000 and fails. T-1000 uses the
pointed finger/sword trick to Sal's shoulder blades saying
``I know this hurts. Where is John Connor. Sal curses him
and his hands searchs around the ground near some crates
that held grenades. He kills himself and hopefully the T-1000
with one. No luck. T-1000 head falls off but like the little
piece in the asylum escape sequence, it oozes back into his
boots. Yolanda sees this and hugs the baby as T-1000 steps
closer. T-1000 picks up the baby and gets the info from
her as where John and others had gone.
# Gant Ranch. This section was a longer version of Sal's and
refers to Travis Gant, ``crazy ex-Green Beret that John
mentions his mother seeing before she was caught. Longer
and has romantic notions between the two. After Sarah, John
& the T-800 left, T-1000 kills Gant as he did like with John's
``Mom. Disguised as Gant's lover, he easily stepped up to him
and tortured him for answers before killing him.
# Dyson's Vision Sequence. Dyson, the creator of the new processor
had a dream sequence before he died and dropped the device on the
trigger. In it he saw a picture of his family before a nuclear
explosion turned it to ash. He sees his family running and then
a scene of the sun as it pulls back to reveal Dyson's dying eye
before he closes it and drops the book.
  1. Scenes filmed but not included in the theatrical release:
# Sarah Connor was to have a dream where Reese appears and warns
her that THEIR son is in danger. She has to save him, etc. They
kiss and then she wakes up. This is the only scene 'Michael Biehn' (qv)
was in, and appeared in some promotional trailers.
# Another hospital scene was cut that took place directly after the
pre-med students peer into Sarah's room. The doctor reminds the
orderlies to make sure she gets her medication. The cut scene was
of the staff coming in to give her the pills. They smack her in
the gut with their batton and force the pills down her throat,
then kick her while she's on the floor doubled over in pain.
# After the T-1000 kills John's foster parents, he ventures outside
to get the dog to shut-up. He reaches down and snatches the
collar off the dog, thus killing the dog. On the collar is
stamped the dog's name ``Max. The T-1000 realizes he has been
duped by John (actually the T-800 imitating John's voice) by
calling the dog ``Wolfie.
# After killing the dog, the T-1000 goes to John's room to try to
any clues as to where John might be. He stalks around the room
waving his arms and ``feeling things on the shelves, on the
walls, etc.He eventually stops in front of a poster, and
without feeling it, realizes there is something behind it. He
rips it down and finds a box of momentos (pictures, and the
like). This must be where the T-1000 figures out about the desert
compound that Sarah, John, and the T-800 head to after the
hospital. Director 'James Cameron' (qv) decided to cut it because it
made the T-1000 look to much like it had X-Ray vision.
# At the abandoned gas station, a scene involved Sarah and John talking
with the T-800 about learning. He tells them that his CPU was
switched to read-only before being sent out. Cyberdyne doesn't
want them to learn too much while on the own. John asks can it be
switched and he says yes. You then see the T-800's face in a
``mirror talking Sarah through the procedure. A puppet was used
for the foreground Sarah to work on and Linda's twin sister
Leslie was in the mirror mimicking Linda's hand movements. After
the CPU is removed, the T-800 shuts-down and Sarah places it on a
table. She picks up a hammer and tries to smash it to render him
inoperative. John stops her and says they need him. He starts to
show authority for the first time and says to Sarah, ``How am I
supposed to be a world leader if my own mother won't listen to
# While in the desert, John attempts to teach the T-800 to smile. He
tells him that he looks like a dork because he doesn't smile. He studies a
man on the phone and tries to copy him.
  1. The badge on the T1000's uniform reads ``Austin (named after producer

'Stephanie Austin' (qv)), although it is not fully visible in the film.

  1. A promotional trailer for the film included a scene not in the film: the

T800 being constructed.

  1. The T800's ``point-of-view scenes at the biker's bar identify a Harley

Davidson ``Fatboy, and a carcinogen in the cigar smoke.

  1. The T800 carries a gun in a box of roses.Some of the soundtrack was written

by ``Guns 'n Roses.

  1. For the truck scene, they modified a normal truck to hide the usual steering

wheel, and added a cosmetic steering wheel on the right side.In addition,

the truck had a mirror-image license plate and other necessary stuff.

  1. The T800's bike jump into the stormwater drain was performed by a stuntman

'Peter Kent' (qv).The motorbike was supported by 1-inch cables, so that

when they hit the ground, the bike and rider only weighted 180 pounds.The

cables were later digitally erased.

  1. More explicit shots of the arm cutting scene were removed.
  1. SFX crew had to incorporate 'Robert Patrick' (qv)'s football-injury limp in

their animation of the T1000.

Next, they filmed the stuff with the T1000 pretending to be driving from

the right-hand steering wheel (wearing a mirror-image police uniform),

while the real driver was hidden under a black hood at the lowered real

steering wheel.For the final film, the scenes were flipped left-to-right

to make it all look right, and combined with footage shot with a normal

truck driving in the drain.This was done so that actor Robert Patrick could

concentrate on acting rather than driving.They accidentally caught a street

sign; after they mirror-imaged the scene, they digitally reversed the text on

the sign so it would appear correct.

  1. After throwing the T800 through the shopping center window, the T1000 glances

at a mannequin that is entirely covered with chrome.Reminiscent of Reese

shooting the T800 in the Tech Noir bar in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv).

  1. The T1000 tells the helicopter pilot to ``Get out!.This is an interesting

parallel to _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), in which the T800 gives the same

command to a truck driver under similar circumstances.

  1. The T800 loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its right.The
# Missile dream sequence. Takes place before the dream at the

same thing happened to the T800 in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv).

  1. The T1000 has at least three hands when it is flying the helicopter.
  1. 'Linda Hamilton' (qv)'s twin 'Leslie Hamilton' (qv) played the T1000 when it

was imitating Sarah Connor.

  1. Identical twins 'Don Stratton' (qv) and 'Dan Stratton' (qv) played the

hospital security guard and the T1000.

  1. The T-800 says ``I need a vacation, which 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)

previously said in _Kindergarten Cop (1990)_ (qv).This was not in the

script, but ad-libbed.

  1. Schwarzenegger said during the making of this film that he would never play

another evil character again.

  1. A ``T800 is a parallel CPU usually found running OCCAM.
  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back!
  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nice cut]: during the opening credits: the

cut from the playing children to the dark future.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: the terminator in the future crushes

a skull with its foot.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When the T800 and the T1000 meet for

the first time, the T800 takes the gun out of the flower box and walks over

the roses.

shakes, a lid raises from the ground, and missiles launch
  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When Sarah, John and the T800 are

chased by the T1000 through the psychiatric clinic, the T1000 walks over the

sunglasses that the T800 had discarded.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]

  • Terminator, The (1984)
  1. 'O.J. Simpson' (qv) was considered for the role of the terminator, but

the producers feared he wouldn't be taken seriously.

  1. 'Lance Henriksen' (qv) originally cast as the terminator, with

'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) as the hero.Schwarzenegger read the script,

and asked to play the terminator instead.

  1. Just after the first scene in the nightclub TechNoir, we hear a police

radio report a ``two-eleven in progress at Bob's Liquor, corner of Third

and Cameron, an possible reference to director 'James Cameron' (qv).

  1. Shots through the Terminator's vision show Apple 2+ assembly code, taken

from ``Nibble, a computing magazine.Other code visible is written in


  1. Schwarzenegger's voice is used in exactly 16 lines, with 17 sentences

spoken.The terminator has two other lines onscreen,one with the voice of

a police officer overdubbed, and one with the voice of Sarah's mother

overdubbed.There are also many lines with the voice of Sarah's mother,

and we learn that the terminator is actually saying them, but we don't see


  1. Science Fiction author 'Harlan Ellison' (qv) filed a lawsuit against

Cameron, claiming that Cameron plagiarized several of his short stories,

namely ``Soldier and ``Demon With a Glass Hand.Theo concept of

``Skynet could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called

``I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.Newer prints of the film acknowledge


  1. A scene in which a person picked up the CPU of the terminator after it was

crushed was filmed, but not included.

  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back! (first)
  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: in the future sequence, there is a

close-up of tank treads rolling over human skulls.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: when the Terminator approaches the

house of the first ``Sarah Conner, it crushes a small toy truck.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: after the terminator kills Sarah's

friend, he walks over her walkman headphones.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nice cut]: Sarah's burning photo turning into

Sara sleeping in Reese's arms.

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]

  • Territory, The (1981)
  1. 'Wim Wenders' (qv) borrowed the entire cast and crew of this movie to make

_The State of Things (1982)_ (qv).

  • Terror, The (1963)
  1. Having finished _The Raven (1963)_ (qv), 'Roger Corman' (qv) shot this film

in only four days using the same set and the same actors.

  • Tess (1979)
  1. Set in England but filmed in France, as director 'Roman Polanski' (qv) was

wanted on sex-related charges in England.

  1. This film was dedicated to Polanski's wife 'Sharon Tate' (qv), who was

murdered under orders from 'Charles Manson' (qv).Tate gave Polanski a

copy of the novel as she boarded the liner back to the United States, the

last time they would see each other.

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (1974)
  1. Director 'Tobe Hooper' (qv) based Leatherface on mass-murderer

'Ed Gein' (qv), who was arrested when he was young.

  1. 'Marilyn Burns' (qv), whose character was chased by Leatherface through the

undergrowth actually cut herself on the branches quite badly, so a lot of the

blood on her body and clothes is real.

  1. The actor whose character was hung up on a meat hook was actually held up

by a nylon cord that went between her legs, causing a great deal of pain.

  1. CAMEO(John Laroquette): narrator

  • Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
  1. Some prints are missing 'Bette Davis' (qv)' part.

  • That Lady in Ermine (1948)
  1. Director 'Ernst Lubitch' (qv) died early in production; 'Otto Preminger' (qv)

completed the film.

  • That's Dancing! (1985)
  1. Director 'Jack Haley, Jr.' (qv)'s credits are shown over a picture of his

father, 'Jack Haley' (qv) in the role of the Tin Woodman in

_The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).

  • Them! (1954)
  1. CAMEO(Leonard Nimoy):

  • Theodore Rex (1995)
  1. 'Whoopi Goldberg' (qv) wanted to leave the film during the production.

  • There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
  1. 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) was promised the lead role in

_The Seven Year Itch (1955)_ (qv) if she appeared in this film to boost the

box-office potential.The role of Vicky was written especially for this

purpose, and songs such as ``Heatwave originally intended for Molly were

assigned to her.

  • They Live (1988)
  1. The two critics speaking against violence on film criticize director

'John Carpenter' (qv).

  1. Writer 'Frank Armitage' (qv) is actually director 'John Carpenter' (qv).

  • They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
  1. Desert location shooting was so hot at times that the film melted in

the camera.

  • Thief of Bagdad, The (1924)
  1. The Persian Prince is played by 'Mathilde Comont' (qv), a female.

  • Third Man, The (1949)
  1. 'Orson Welles' (qv) wrote all of his own lines in the picture and practically

directed the scenes in which he appeared. He considered using a double for

some of the sewer shots because he was asthmatic and afraid of the cold and

damp air in the corridors.

  • This Is Cinerama (1952)
  1. Original director 'Robert Flaherty' (qv) became ill and died shortly

after filming General MacArthur in Chicago on April 26, 1951, a wet and

windy day. The sequence was not included.

  1. The roller coaster ride was filmed several times using ``short ends

and the complete circuit contains two skilfully edited takes.It was

directed by 'Michael Todd Jr.' (qv).At the time, Todd was a 21 year old

college student on vacation from Amherst.Apart from salaries, the

sequence cost thirty-three dollars (rental of a station wagon

and the cost of bolts to fix the cameras to the roller coaster).

Todd Jr. also directed most of the European footage.

  1. Musical Director 'Louis Forbes' (qv) was basically a conductor.

'Max Steiner' (qv) composed much of the original music used, but did so

secretly, as he was under contract to Warner Brothers at the time.

  1. When released in Franco's Spain in 1958, several censorship cuts were made.

  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  1. The actors are all competent musicians, and the soundtrack is actually them


  1. Much of the dialogue was ad-libbed.

  • Three Daring Daughters (1948)
  1. 'Pat Hyatt' (qv) dubbed 'Ann E. Todd' (qv)'s singing, 'Jean Garbo' (qv)

dubbed 'Mary Eleanor' (qv)'s.

  • Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
  1. 'Del Porter' (qv) dubbed 'Charles Smith' (qv)'s singing, 'Carol Stewart' (qv)

'Vera-Ellen' (qv)'s.

  • Three Little Pigskins (1934)
  1. 'Jerry Howard' (qv) (Curly) broke a leg after riding down the dumbwaiter.
  1. 'Larry Fine' (qv) lost a tooth when a punch was mis-timed.

  • Three Little Words (1950)
  1. Vocals for 'Vera-Ellen' (qv) were dubbed by 'Anita Ellis' (qv).
  1. Vocals for 'Debbie Reynolds' (qv) were dubbed by 'Helen Kane' (qv).

  • Three Musketeers, The (1974)
  1. Shot at the same time as _The Four Musketeers (1975)_ (qv), and resulted in

a lawsuit.See _The Four Musketeers (1975)_ (qv).

  • Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
  1. The title comes from the 'Patsy Cline song' (qv): ``Throw Mama From the

Train, a kiss, a kiss, Wave Mama from the train a goodbye...

  1. CAMEO(Rob Reiner): Larry's character's agent.

  • Thunderball (1965)
  1. The budget was $5,500,000 ($500,000 of which was spent on Largo's

yacht the Disco Volante).

  1. The title song was originally to be ``Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang sung by

'Dionne Warwick' (qv) , but was changed at the last minute to ``Thunderball

sung by 'Tom Jones' (qv).
  1. The first 007 movie to be filmed in Panavision.
  1. Stuntman 'Bill Cumming' (qv) was paid a $450 bonus to jump into Largo's shark

infested pool.

  1. Intended to be the first 007 movie, but legal wrangles with its co-author

lead to _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv) being chosen instead.

  1. 'Molly Peters' (qv) is the the first Bond girl to appear in the nude (albeit

behind shower glass).

  1. Martine Beswick ('Paula Catlin' (qv)) had previously appeared in

_From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv).

  1. The many underwater scenes stem from writer 'Kevin McClory' (qv)'s interest

in watersports.

  1. 'Claudine Auger' (qv) was a former Miss France, but being French her voice

was dubbed.See also _From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv).

  • Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)
  1. The Zero-X also appears in the first episode of the TV series

_Captain Scarlett (1953)_ (qv), also written by 'Gerry Anderson' (qv).

  • Thunderheart (1992)
  1. Based on a true story, documented as _Incident at Oglala (1992)_ (qv).

  • THX 1138 (1970)
  1. ``THX stands for ``Tomlinson Holman's eXperiment.Tomlinson Holman was

a friend of director 'George Lucas' (qv), and inventor of the THX sound

system used extensively by Lucas.

  • Timecop (1994)
  1. While riding in the sled which will transport him into the future,

'Jean Claude Van Damme' (qv) takes out a stick of chewing gum called ``Black

Black, a brand of Japanese gum.During 1994, Van Damme appeared in

television commercials for ``Black Black chewing gum in Japan.

  • Tip Off, The (1931)
  1. The working titles were ``The Lady Killer and ``Eddie Cuts In.

  • To Be or Not to Be (1983)
  1. A street sign reads ``Kubelski Avenue._To Be or Not to Be (1942)_ (qv)

starred 'Jack Benny' (qv), whose real name is Benny Kubelski.

  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 10 minutes in, sitting next too

John Robie on a bus.

  1. There are subliminal shots of a black cat the first few times that John

appears.John's nickname is ``the cat because of his stealth ability.

  • To Die For (1995)
  1. The briefcase that [Suzanne's lawyer] ('Joyce Maynard' (qv)) carries

contains Maynard's mother's ashes.

  • To Have and Have Not (1944)
  1. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) and 'Lauren Bacall' (qv) fell in love during

production.Director 'Howard Hawks' (qv) afterward said that it was

actually Bacall's character Marie that Bogart had fallen for, ``so she had

to keep playing it the rest of her life.

  1. 'Ernest Hemingway' (qv) had bet Hawks that Hawks couldn't film this novel.

Hawks did it by deleting most of the story, including the class references

that would justify the title, and shifting to an earlier point in the

lives of the lead characters.

  1. The setting was shifted to Martinique because the Office of

Inter-American Affairs would not have allowed export of a film showing

smuggling and insurrection in Cuba.

  1. 'Andy Williams' (qv) dubbed Bacall singing ``How Little We Know.

  • Tombstone (1993)
  1. 'Kevin Jarre' (qv) began as director, filming all of 'Charlton Heston' (qv)'s


  1. Director 'George P. Cosmatos' (qv) is quoted as saying that all lightning

and moustaches are real.

  1. ACTTRADE(Val Kilmer): flipping a poker chip over his knuckles.

  • Tommy (1975)
  1. Some of the scenes with 'Robert Powell' (qv) parallel his scenes in

_Mahler (1974)_ (qv), also directed by 'Ken Russell' (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]: crawling out of the skeleton's pelvis.
  1. DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [colors]: colors of sets during ``Acid Queen,

``Cousin Kevin, and ``Uncle Ernie sequences.Lighting during

``Pinball Wizard.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): One of the cripples during "Eyesight to the

Blind/ Marilyn Monroe" sequence

  • Too Many Girls (1940)
  1. 'Trudy Erwin' (qv) dubbed 'Lucille Ball' (qv)'s singing.

  • Tootsie (1982)
  1. The working title was ``Would I lie to you?.'Dustin Hoffman' (qv)

suggested ``Tootsie, which was his mother's nickname for him when he

was a child.

  1. DIRCAMEO(Sydney Pollack): Michael/Dorothy's agent, George Fields.

  • Top Gun (1986)
  1. American F-5s double as the MiG-28s.
  1. ACTTRADE(Val Kilmer): flipping a pen over his knuckles.

  • Top Hat (1935)
  1. Early drafts of the script called for 'Irving Berlin' (qv) songs ``Wild

About You, ``Get Thee Behind Me, Satan (to be sung by

'Ginger Rogers' (qv)) and ``You're the Cause, but they were not used in

the final version.

  1. Beddini's motto was originally, ``For the men the sword, for the women the

whip. The script was changed to ``For the women the kiss, for the men the

sword after the Hollywood censors objected.

  1. For contrast to the ``Big White Set of the Lido, the water in the canals

was dyed black.

  1. During ``Cheek to Cheek, Rogers' gown shed its feathers, exasperating

'Fred Astaire' (qv) and causing delays in order to sew the feathers down.

Rogers earned the nickname ``Feathers from Astaire as a result.

  1. The end portion film was trimmed down after preview-goers complained of

the length. Small parts by 'Donald Meek' (qv) and 'Florence Roberts' (qv)

were cut. One of the last scenes to go, in which 'Eric Blore' (qv) insults

a policeman, is still present in some prints (including the RKO

Collection videotape version from Turner Home Entertainment).

  1. A 78 minute version of the film was released by RKO in 1953. Cuts to the

dance numbers were severe. Prints are still in circulation.

  • Top Secret! (1984)
  1. The ``German that Nick learns in the train is not a language at all.

Words like ``Vlichtmitten, ``Blitzen or ``Flachmatuche are great fun

for German listeners, but have no proper meaning.In the German-dubbed

version, Val Kilmer learns a German dialect mainly spoken in the former GDR.

  • Topaz (1969)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 30 minutes in at the airport

getting out of a wheelchair.

  1. 'Leon Uris' (qv) wrote the first draft of the screenplay, but Hitchcock

declared it unshootable at the last minute and called in 'Samuel Taylor' (qv)

(writer of _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv)) to rewrite it from scratch.Some scenes

were written just hours before they were shot.

  1. Hitchcock shot two versions with completely different endings.Both of them

are included in the Laserdisc reissue.

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  1. The Japanese section of the film was originally to be directed by

'Akira Kurosawa' (qv).

  1. Actor 'Jason Robards' (qv) was actually present at the bombing of Pearl

Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941.

  • Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Charles Walters): auditions as one of the dancing partners.

  • Torn Curtain (1966)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): early in the film sitting in a hotel

lobby with a baby on his knee.

  1. The scene where Gromek is killed was written to show how difficult

it really can be to kill a man.

  1. 'Keith Waterhouse' (qv) and 'Willis Hall' (qv) did extensive (uncredited)

rewrites on the script.

  1. 'Bernard Herrmann' (qv) wrote the original score, but Universal Pictures

executives convinced Hitchcock that they needed a more upbeat score.

Hitchcock and Herrmann had a major disagreement, the score was dropped and

they never worked together again.

  • Torrid Zone (1940)
  1. 'George Reeves' (qv), 'Victor Varconi' (qv), 'Joseph Calleia' (qv),

'Alan Hale' (qv), and 'George Tobias' (qv) all tested for the role of

Rosario, with the part going to Tobias.

  • Total Recall (1990)
  1. During filming, 'Sharon Stone' (qv) complained to director

'Paul Verhoeven' (qv) that she wasn't sure whether her character really was

married to Doug.

  1. Johnnycab whistles the Norwegian national anthem.

  • Touch of Evil (1958)
  1. 'Janet Leigh' (qv) broke her left arm before filming commenced, but appeared


  1. The film takes place in a fictional Mexican bordertown, Los Robles,

but was filmed in Venice, California because the place looked convincingly

run-down and decayed.

  1. CAMEO(Joseph Cotten):
  1. CAMEO(Mercedes McCambridge):

  • Toy Soldiers (1991)
  1. CAMEO(Jerry Orbach):

  • Toy Story (1995)
  1. First fully computer generated full-length feature film.The images

required 800,000 hours generation time on a RenderFarm consisting of 87

2-CPU SparcStation 20's, 30 4-CPU Sparc-Station 20's and a SparcServer 1000.

  1. When Woody is holding the staff meeting, several books are visible behind

him.The names of the books refer to previous Pixar films:

_Red's Dream (1987)_ (qv), and Knickknack (1989).

  1. The desk lamp and yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star are

references to the previous Pixar film _Luxo Jr. (1986)_ (qv).

  1. Syd's sister serves Buzz tea from a Utah Teapot, a famous data model seen

in countless computer animations.

  1. The toolbox that Buzz Lightyear ('Tim Allen' (qv)) pushes off the milk crate

bears the name ``Binford Tools, the name of the company which sponsors

Allen's character's show in _"Home Improvements" (1991)_ (qv).

  1. One of the cars' license plate is ``HTT1195, which references the

company ``Hi Tech Tunes, which produced the film.

  • Toys (1992)
  1. The words used by the General in an attempt to stop the rampaging sea

creature are ``Klaatu, Barada, Nikto, the same words used to command the

robot Gort in _The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)_ (qv).

  • Trading Places (1983)
  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: on a poster in the apartment.

  • Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
  1. 'Peter Sellers' (qv) died during filming, which explains Inspector Clouseau's

sudden disappearance.

  • Train Robbers, The (1973)
  1. 'John Wayne' (qv)'s and 'Ann-Margret' (qv)'s character names, ``Lane and

``Mrs.Lowe, are the same as Wayne's and 'Geraldine Page' (qv)'s

characters' names in _Hondo (1953)_ (qv).

  • Train, The (1965)
  1. An out-of-service railway station was blown up for this film.

  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
  1. DIRCAMEO(John Huston): the man who Dobbs begs money from three times

early in the film.

  1. This is the origin of the ``stinkin' badges line, used in many other

movies, including _Blazing Saddles (1974)_ (qv).The actual dialog is:

``Badges? We ain't got no badges!We don't need no badges!I don't have to

show you any steenkin' badges!.

  • Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A (1945)
  1. 'Gene Tierney' (qv) was originally cast as Katie Nolan.When Tierney became

pregnant, 'Dorothy McGuire' (qv) was given the role.

  1. 'Fred MacMurray' (qv) campaigned for the role of Johnny Nolan and

'Alice Faye' (qv) was at one time considered for Aunt Sissy.

  • Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
  1. 'Spencer Tracy' (qv) was cast as Jeremy Roderick, but after an argument with

director 'Robert Wise' (qv) he was fired and replaced by 'James Cagney' (qv).

  • Trick or Treat (1986)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Charles Martin Smith): the high school teacher

  • Triple Trouble (1918)
  1. Composed of old 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) footage and new non-Chaplin material.

  • Tron (1982)
  1. All the live action that occurred inside the computer wwas filmed in black

and white, and colorized later with photographic and rotoscopic techniques.

  1. Flynn's program is named ``Clu.CLU is an old programming language.
  1. After Flynn escapes from the light cycles arena, it is possible to

hear a ``Pac-Man video game and see a graphic on the map he is watching.

  1. In the ``solar sailer sequence, you'll see, for a brief moment, the

silhouette of Mickey Mouse on the ground made to look like part of the


  • Trouble with Harry, The (1955)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 20 minutes in, walking past the

limousine of a man looking at the paintings.

  1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four

other pictures of the same periods') were bought back by Hitchcock and left

as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the

infamous ``5 lost Hitchcocks amongst film buffs, and were re-released in

theathers around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are

_Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Trouble with Harry (1955)_ (qv),

_Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv).

  1. Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously for just


  • True Lies (1994)
  1. The US Government supplied 3 Marine Harriers and their pilots for a fee

of $100,736 ($2,410 per hour).

  1. ``Rehnquist was used in 'Robert Anton Williams' (qv)' book

``Schrodinger's Cat as slang for ``penis.

  1. References to: _The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)_ (qv), _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv),

_Total Recall (1990)_ (qv), _For Your Eyes Only (1981)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]

  • True Romance (1993)
  1. Writer 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv)'s original ending had Clarance dying in the

gun battle, leaving Alabama a widow.Tarantino said that he intended

Alabama to turn to crime and join with Mr. White, a character from

_Reservoir Dogs (1992)_ (qv) (which he wrote and directed).In a flashback

scene in _Reservoir Dogs (1992)_ (qv), Mr. White is asked about ``Alabama.

  • Tsui Kun II (1994)
  1. Director 'Kar-leung Lau' (qv) and star 'Jackie Chan' (qv) clashed during

filming, with Lau wanting to include more hidden-wire stunts.Lau

eventually left the film, with Chan taking over as director.

  1. Chan indicated that one day's filming typically produces three seconds

screen time.The seven-minute fight at the end of the film took nearly four

months to shoot.

  1. The fight at the end was originally to be Chan versus 'Ho Sung Pak' (qv),

but Sung Pak repeatedly strained his ankle.Instead, Chan had 'Ken Lo' (qv)

train intensively (lots of stretching and fast kicking) for three months to

take the part.

  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
  1. 'George Lucas' (qv) and 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) each own one of the only 50

Tucker cars ever made.

  1. CAMEO(Lloyd Bridges)
  1. CAMEO(Dean Stockwell)

  • Turtle Diary (1985)
  1. CAMEO(Harold Pinter): bookstore customer

  • Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  1. The insane asylum rec room is introduced by a shot of a TV showing a

cartoon of an animal bouncing off a mattress and doing flips. Near the

end, the whorehouse is introduced by a shot of kids in a vacant lot

doing the same thing.

  • Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
  1. The working title was ``Hot Air.

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
  1. Mention is made of Sergeant Neidermeyer getting ``fragged by his own

troops.This was the fate given to Neidermeyer in the ending of

_National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)_ (qv), also directed by John Landis.

  1. On 23rd July, 1982, actor 'Vic Morrow' (qv), plus two juvenile Asian actors

were killed during an accident on set.SFX caused a helicopter to crash,

killing all three instantly.A decade later, director 'John Landis' (qv)

and four others were found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

  1. DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: spoken in German when Bill is being

shot at on the building.

  • Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
  1. The secret policy is closely based on the 1957 book ``Nuclear Weapons and

Foreign Policy by Henry Kissinger in which the future Secretary of State

outlines a strategy committing the US to promoting regional conflicts to

deter the Soviets initiating full scale war.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
  1. The film's original title was ``Twin Peaks # Fire Walk With Me, Teresa

Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer, but was shortened

sometime before release.

  1. In most versions of the film certain sequences are sub-titled # at the

nightclub where the music drowns out the dialogue and when characters speak

backwards # but not in the British version. Apparently, director

'David Lynch' (qv) changed his mind so often as to whether they should be

included or not, by the time he came to a final decision, the British

distributors had already made all their prints (without subtitles) and

couldn't afford to make any more.

  1. Dale Cooper was allegedly named after the man who hijacked an aircraft over

Washington state, bailed out with a parachute, and has never been seen again.

  1. 'Bob Engels' (qv) claims the script that he and Lynch wrote is much longer

than the version that Lynch actually filmed.He claims there is enough

story for a sequel.Indeed, as with many other Lynch films, about five hours

of footage was shot. Many of the scenes that ended up on the cutting room

floor involved characters who appeared in the television series but didn't

the movie. These scenes include

# Sheriff Harry Truman singing to girlfriend Josie Packard
# Johnny Horne's birthday party
# Bobby Briggs' parents reading from the Bible
# Doc Hayward performing magic tricks
# a fight scene between FBI Agent Chester Desmond and Sherriff Cable.
  1. DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Julee Cruise' (qv), 'Chris Issak' (qv),

'David Bowie' (qv).

  • Twins (1988)
  1. When Julius visits Vincent in prison, Vincent calls him ``Mr Universe, a

title that 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) held for several years, 25 years


  1. CAMEO(Heather Graham): Young Mary Ann Benedict.
  1. ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back!

  • Two Jakes, The (1990)
  1. Writer 'Robert Towne' (qv), producer 'Robert Evans' (qv) and director

'Jack Nicholson' (qv) founded the production company T.E.N. in 1985

just to produce this film. When legal and financial problems occured

Nicholson finished the project alone.

  1. CAMEO(Tom Waits): policeman

  • Two Moon Junction (1988)
  1. The title may be a pun, given the erotic nature of the film.
  1. CAMEO(Jodie Foster)

  • Two Tars (1928)
  1. Originally titled ``Two Tough Tars.

  • Uccellacci e uccellini (1966)
  1. On February, 14th, 1988 'Laura Betti' (qv) introduced a reconstructed

version of the film (99 min) at the `Internationale Filmfestspiele

Berlin'. This version contains a short episode with 'Toto (I)' (qv) called

`Toto al circo', which was not included in the original release.Although

director 'Pier Paolo Pasolini' (qv) reported about his work on it,

this episode had never been shown to the public before.

  • Under Capricorn (1949)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about five minutes into the movie in the

town square wearing a coat and a brown hat. Ten minutes later he is one of

three men on the steps of government house.

  • Under Siege (1992)
  1. Both the character Jordan Tate and the actor who played her

('Erika Eleniak' (qv)) are Playboy Playmate of July 1989.

  • Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
  1. Filmakers pioneered a new technique that enabled them to film all the

interior train scenes (practically all the film) in the studio.Tennis

balls glued on the studio walls were used as reference points to allow

computers to insert footage of Colorado scenery, even when the camera moved


  • Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
  1. Filmed in color, released in black and white.

  • Undergaangens Arkitektur (1989)
  1. While researching this film in Germany, 'Peter Cohen' (qv) stumbled upon an

obscure industrial documentary about various methods of vermin control for

factory use. This short, entitled ``Kleinkrieg (or ``Little War), proved

invaluable as it was the first to advocate the use of Zyklon-B as an

effective means of mass extermination.

  • Unendliche Geschichte, Die (1984)
  1. Author 'Michael Ende' (qv) decided that he was unhappy with the film's

version of his story, and refused to have his name placed in the opening

credits.A small credit appears at the end with his name.

  1. The nighthob says a profanity in the opening scene where the rockbiter

appears running down all in it's path.This profanity is often dubbed

over by the grumble of the rockbiter's scooter, so that it can be shown

as a children's film.

  • Unforgiven (1992)
  1. The script floated around Hollywood for nearly 20 years, during which time

'Gene Hackman' (qv) read and rejected it, only to be later convinced by

'Clint Eastwood' (qv) to play a role.

  • Unmarried Woman, An (1978)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Paul Mazursky): attempting to place an order in a restaurant.

  • Unter den Bruecken (1945)
  1. Passed censorship in March 1945 but was theatrical released in 1950.

  • Untouchables, The (1987)
  1. 'Bob Hoskins' (qv) was originally signed to play Al Capone, but after most of

the filming was completed, he and director 'Brian DePalma' (qv) decided that

they were unhappy with the result.Hoskins departed, and was paid $200,000.

  1. The scene where Malone picks up a dead body, holds it against the window,

and shoots it was ad-libbed by 'Sean Connery' (qv).

  1. The camera work in the scene where Elliot Ness is in the airline is identical

to a scene in _Foreign Correspondent (1940)_ (qv).

  1. References to _Potemkin (1925)_ (qv).

  • Usual Suspects, The (1995)
  1. Redfood ('Peter Greene' (qv)) makes reference to _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv)

(which also featured Greene) by saying ``We'll feed it to the Gimp.

  1. The name of the film's production company (Blue Parrot/Bad Hat Harry

Productions) is an inside reference to a line from _Jaws (1975)_ (qv),

Brody meets an old guy in a bathing cap on a beach and greets him by saying

``That's a bad hat, Harry.

  1. ``Soze (as in ``Kaiser Soze) is Hungarian for ``verbal.
  1. When Agent Kujan pushes Verbal out of his chair, Verbal can be heard to

say ``I killed Keaton very quickly.

  • Vagabond King, The (1956)
  1. This film is presumed lost.Please check your attic.

  • Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  1. Filming began with 'Judy Garland' (qv) cast in the role of the aging actress

whose lines included ``Broadway doesn't need your pills and your booze,

but she died of a drug overdose, and the part was played by

'Susan Hayward' (qv).

  • Vampire Bat, The (1933)
  1. Filmed at night on Universal's European village set.The interior of

Atwill's house is the set from _The Old Dark House (1932)_ (qv).

  • Vertigo (1958)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 11 minutes in wearing a gray suit

walking past Gavin Elster's shipyard.

  1. The film is based upon the novel ``D'Entre les Morts which was written

specifically for Hitchcock after the authors heard that he tried to

buy the rights to their previous novel ``Diabolique.

  1. San Juan Batista, the Spanish mission which features in key scenes in the

movie doesn't actually have a bell tower # it was added with trick

photography. The mission originally had a steeple but it was demolished

following a fire.

  1. The screenplay is credited to 'Alec Coppel' (qv) and 'Samuel Taylor' (qv),

but Coppel didn't write a word of the final draft.He is credited for

contractual reasons only. Taylor read neither Coppel's script nor the

original novel, he worked solely from Hitchcock's outline of the story.

  1. Hitchcock reportedly spent a week filming a brief scene where Madeleine

stares at a portrait in the Palace of the Legion of Honor just to get the

lighting right.

  1. Hitchcock invented the famous combination of forward zoom and reverse

tracking shot to convey the sense of vertigo to the audience. The view

down the mission stair well cost $19,000 for just a couple of seconds of

screen time.

  1. Hitchcock originally wanted 'Vera Miles' (qv) to play Madeleine, but she

became pregnant and was therefore unavailable.

  1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four

other pictures of the same periods') were bought back by Hitchcock and left

as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the

infamous ``5 lost Hitchcocks amongst film buffs, and were re-released in

theathers around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are

_Rear Window (1954)_ (qv), _The Trouble with Harry (1955)_ (qv),

_Rope (1948)_ (qv), _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and

_The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)_ (qv).

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom] Madeline emerges from the bathroom,

ready for lovemaking.

  1. DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [hair] Carlotta and Madeline have spiral

hairstyles, and Judy's hair color is significant.

  • Vibrations (1995)
  1. Each take of the scene where TJ is panhandling brought a profit of

approximately $5 from pedestrians who wandered by, unaware that a film

was being shot.

  • Videodrome (1983)
  1. DIRTRADE(David Cronenberg): [flesh]: ``Long live the new flesh!.

  • Vie est a nous, La (1936)
  1. 'Louis Aragon' (qv) was asked by officials of the ``Parti Communiste

Francais whom he would recommend as a director for this propaganda film

and he proposed 'Jean Renoir' (qv) who then directed the film as head

of a director's collective.

  • View to a Kill, A (1985)
  1. 'Roger Moore' (qv)'s final appearance as 007.
  1. 'Lois Maxwell' (qv)'s final appearance as Moneypenny.
  1. Filming was delayed when the ``007 stage at Pinewood Studios burns down.

It was totally rebuilt in less than four months, and renamed

``The Albert R.Broccoli 007 Stage.

  1. Tanya Roberts got the role after Broccoli saw her in

_The Beastmaster (1982)_ (qv).

  1. During filming, 'Grace Jones' (qv)' boyfriend was a little-known actor named

'Dolph Lundgren' (qv).Lundgren has a small part in the film as a KGB heavy.

  1. For the first time, a piece of music not specially composed or performed for

a Bond film appears in the soundtrack.It is 39 seconds of The Beach Boys'

``California Girls.

  • Viking, The (1931)
  1. Director `Varick Frissell' (qv), cinematographer 'Alexander G. Penrod',

and almost all the film crew were killed on 15 March 1931, when the

sealing ship S.S. Viking, from which they were shooting additional

footage, exploded in ice off the Horse Islands on the northern

Newfoundland coast.

  • Viva Max! (1969)
  1. Refers indirectly to the 'John Wayne' (qv) film _The Alamo (1960)_ (qv) by

showing a painting of Wayne as Davy Crockett defending the Alamo.Normally

there is a disclaimer which states ``all characters depicted in this motion

picture are fictitious and any similarity......, etc.In this film, the

disclaimer reads ``all characters depicted in this motion picture except

John Wayne are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons.....

  • Vorstadtvariete (1934)
  1. The original version of the film ended with suicide of the [female lead]

but was disliked by public and press.The end of the film was reshot and

[the protagonist] was rescued.

  • Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1966)
  1. Director 'Derek Thomas' (qv) is actually 'Peter Bogdanovich' (qv).

  • Wagner (1983)
  1. Filmed in more than 200 separate locations; over seven months and in six


  • Wagons East (1994)
  1. Star 'John Candy' (qv) died while making this film.

  • Wake Up and Live (1937)
  1. 'Jack Haley' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Buddy Clark' (qv).

  • Walk in the Clouds, A (1995)
  1. 'Keanu Reeves' (qv) was injured during a friendly game of hockey with

his friends during spare time.His lip was split, requiring six stiches.

In his next scheduled scene, a love scene with 'Debra Messing' (qv), he

was quoted as saying to her: ``please don't hurt me.

  • Wall Street (1987)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): on the phone during the montage of deals

being made.

  • War of the Roses, The (1989)
  1. Oliver Rose ('Michael Douglas' (qv)) cuts the heels off his wife's

('Kathleen Turner' (qv)'s) shoes.In _Romancing the Stone (1984)_ (qv),

Jack Coulton (Douglas) cut the heels off Joan Wilder's (Turner) shoes.

  • WarGames (1983)
  1. 'Kevin Costner' (qv) turned down the lead role for a part in

_The Big Chill (1983)_ (qv) which was eventually cut.

  1. The studio had a Galaga and a Galaxian machine delivered to

'Matthew Broderick' (qv)'s home, where he practiced for two months to

prepare for the arcade scene.

  1. The ``TRS-80 Model I used to break into NORAD was programmed to make the

correct words appear on the screen, no matter which keys were pressed.

  1. When David comes home the day after the NORAD computer break-in, the

newscaster on the television is talking about a prophylactic recycling


  1. The exteriors were all filmed in western Washington state.The NORAD HQ

set was built in the Cascades, the ``Oregon airport was really Boeing

Field, ``Goose Island is really Anderson Island, WA (in the southern part

of Puget Sound).The last ferry off the island really is at 6:30, and you

really are stuck there if you miss it.

  • Warlock (1989)
  1. Scene in the theatrical previews indicating that the Warlock was the satanic

Messiah was cut some time before video distribution.

  • Warriors, The (1979)
  1. Loosely based on Xenophon's ``Anabasis.
  1. The choreographed fight in the men's lavoratory took 5 days (8am to 7pm) to


  • Waterworld (1995)
  1. The Slave Colony, a key set, was sunk by a storm and was unusable.

  • Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)
  1. References to: _The Haunting (1963)_ (qv),

_The Legend of Hell House (1973)_ (qv), _The Shining (1980)_ (qv),

_Alien (1979)_ (qv), _The Masque of the Red Death_ (qv),

_Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde_ (qv), _Jack the Ripper_ (qv),

_Nosferatu (1922)_ (qv), _Dawn of the Dead (1979)_ (qv),

_Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)_ (qv),

_Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)_ (qv),

_Saturday Night Fever (1977)_ (qv),

_Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)_ (qv), and _Frankenstein_ (qv).

  • Way Out West (1937)
  1. References to _It Happened One Night (1934)_ (qv).

  • Way We Were, The (1973)
  1. CAMEO(Marvin Hamlisch)

  • Way West, The (1967)
  1. There was a minor helicopter crash on the set.

  • Wayne's World (1992)
  1. A specialist trailer was made, which was only shown in front of

_The Addams Family (1991)_ (qv).

  1. The ``Stairway to Heaven guitar riff was changed for the international,

cable, and videotape releases to a generic riff because of disputes in

obtaining rights to the first five notes of the song, which appear only in

the US theatrical release.

  1. The donut shop is owned by ex Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita.The police

officer in the shop is Officer Koharski.This could be a reference to the

National Hockey League referee Don Koharski who was told by New Jersey

Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld to ``have another donut, you fat pig after a

playoff game.

  1. CAMEO(Robert Patrick): Police officer, similar to the one he played

in _Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)_ (qv).

  • Wayne's World 2 (1993)
  1. A teaser trailer for the film makes fun of Lucasfilm's THX sound system.
  1. A scene in the trailer where Wayne declares ``If I ever sport a look like

that, you have full permission to shoot me in the head was deleted from

the film.Another scene in trailers where Garth says ``That was just like

the first movie was deleted from the film.

  1. The voice over the drive-thru speaker at the donut shop was different in the


  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
  1. As the dinosaurs dance around Times Square, it is possible to see a

theatre marquee advertising _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv), which was

directed by executive producer 'Steven Spielberg' (qv).

  • We're Not Dressing (1934)
  1. A number ``It's the Animal in Me was filmed, but cut.See also

_The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)_ (qv).

  • Weird Science (1985)
  1. 'John Hughes' (qv) wrote this film in two days.
  1. Lisa is named after the computer on which she was designed, an Apple Lisa.

  • Welcome Danger (1929)

-Originally filmed as a silent feature (directed by 'Mal St.Clair' (qv)) it was

largely re-shot for sound release (directed by 'Clyde Bruckman' (qv).)When
it was previewed, it was over three hours in length, but cut to under two
hours before general release.

  • Wenn du gross bist, lieber Adam (1965)
  1. Censored in 1965, released in 1990.

  • West Side Story (1961)
  1. Borrowed its plot from 'William Shakespeare' (qv)'s ``Romeo and Juliet.
  1. 'Natalie Wood' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Marni Nixon' (qv).
  1. The actors in the rival gangs were instructed to play pranks on each other

off the set to keep tensions high.

  • What Price Hollywood? (1932)
  1. 'David O. Selznick' (qv) wanted 'Clara Bow' (qv) for the role of Mary Evans,

but she turned it down when she was offered more money from Fox.

  • Wheels on Meals (1984)
  1. 'Benny Urquidez' (qv), a kickboxer with a 58-0 record, was nearly fired

for hitting his opponents too hard while filming.

  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  1. Michael's real daughter's car's numberplate is ``2SAD.

  • When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
  1. Harry can be seen reading 'Stephen King' (qv)'s _Misery (1990)_ (qv), which

would be director 'Rob Reiner' (qv)'s next film.

  1. The woman who says ``I'll have what she's having after Sally's faked orgasm

is director 'Rob Reiner' (qv)'s mother.

  • Where Eagles Dare (1969)
  1. The driving force behind the film was 'Richard Burton' (qv)'s son, who wanted

to see his father in a good old fashioned adventure movie.Burton approached

producer 'Ellion Kastner' (qv) for ideas, who asked 'Alastair MacLean' (qv).

At that time, most of MacLean's novels have either been made into films, or

were in the process of being filmed.Kastner pursuaded MacLean to write a

new story.Six weeks later, MacLean delivered the script.

  1. 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) was reluctant to receive second billing to Burton, but

agreed after being paid $800,000.

  1. The ``Schloss Adler is actually the ``Schloss Hohenwerfen in Austria.

At the time of filming, the castle was being used as a police training camp.

  1. An accident during one of the action scenes left Kastner and director

'Brian G. Hutton' (qv) badly burnt.

  1. Despite Eastwood's reputation for violence in other films, his character

kills more people in this film than any other Eastwood character.

  • Whereabouts of Jenny, The (1991) (TV)
  1. CAMEO(Tony Danza): drunk.

  • While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  1. The role of Lucy was written for 'Demi Moore' (qv).'Sandra Bullock' (qv)

took the role, saying she could relate to it having just broken up from

a four year relationship.

  • White Dog (1982)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Samuel Fuller):

  • White Nights (1985)
  1. The 747 aircraft is actually a 707 with an artificial hump on the top of the

foreward fuselage, as the studio couldn't afford to lease a 747.

  • White Room, The (1989)
  1. Released was revoked in 1989 when the producers decided to re-make the movie,

adding an additional plot based on events taking place behind the scenes

(during the shooting of the first version of the movie.)The new version

was to have starred 'Paul McGann' (qv) and 'Greta Scacchi' (qv), but was

never funded.

  • White Sands (1992)
  1. CAMEO(Mimi Rogers): the policeman's wife

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  1. Some versions have an extra scene: Eddie Valiant had gone into Toontown,

ambushed by the weasels and had a pig's head ``tooned onto his. He went

home and took a shower during which Jessica walks into his apartment.This

scene was cut from the original release, but did appear in theatrical

trailers and a television broadcast.

  1. A scene where Jessica pulls or pulls off her stocking as she was sitting

cross-legged was cut.

  1. 'Bob Hoskins' (qv) watched his young daughter to learn how to act with

imaginary characters.He later had problems with hallucinations.Hoskins'

son was reportedly furious that his father hadn't brought any of his cartoon

co-stars home to meet him.

  1. Some scenes of Eddie Valiant in the taxi are actually drawings of Eddie

Valliant instead of pictures of Hoskins.

  1. Jessica Rabbit's speaking voice was performed by 'Kathleen Turner' (qv), and

her singing voice was performed by 'Amy Irving' (qv).Turner was uncredited.

  1. Eddie enters a toontown men's room which has the graffiti ``For a Good Time,

call Allyson Wonderland in the background.

  1. There are persistent rumours that the laserdisc edition of this film has

a few frames of Jessica Rabbit with no panties, visible when she and Eddie

are thrown out of the cab.

  • Whoopee Boys, The (1986)
  1. CAMEO: (Jack Nitzsche): man who yeels at Barney and Jack for being in the


  • Whore (1991)
  1. Theatre marquees for two other 'Ken Russell' (qv) films,

_Crimes of Passion (1984)_ (qv) and _The Lair of the White Worm (1988)_ (qv),

are seen in the film.

  • Why Worry? (1923)
  1. Ringling Brothers giant 'George Auger' (qv) was contracted to play the role

of Colosso, but he died shortly after filming began.A nationwide publicity

campaign was instituted to find a replacement.Norwegian 'John Aasen' (qv),

living in Minnesota, was discovered as a result of a newspaper article about

his shoe size.

  • Wild at Heart (1990)
  1. During filming, 'Laura Dern' (qv) passed out when 'David Lynch' (qv) asked

her to smoke four cigarettes at once in one deep inhalation.When she came

to, she saw a worried Lynch standing above her asking: ``Tidbit! Are you


  • Wild in the Streets (1968)
  1. The young Max Flatow was originally played by 'Barry Williams' (qv), but

his scenes were cut after they realized that his eyes were blue, whereas

'Christopher Jones' (qv)' (the elder Max Flatow) were brown.

  • Wild Life, The (1984)
  1. CAMEO(Rick Moranis):

  • Wild Orchid (1990)
  1. 'Mickey Rourke' (qv) and 'Carrie Otis' (qv) were a ``couple at the time

this film was made, and there is a persistent rumor that the sex scenes were

not faked.

  • Wild Poses (1933)
  1. Uses sets from _Brats (1930)_ (qv).

  • Willow (1988)
  1. According to the press kits, the two-headed dragon was named ``Siskbert,

a reference to the movie critics 'Gene Siskel' (qv) and 'Roger Ebert' (qv).

The word does not occur in the film but made it into some reviews.

  1. Willow utters the same spell as Merlin did in _Excalibur (1981)_ (qv).

  • Wings of Eagles, The (1957)
  1. Director 'John Ford' (qv) appears as John Dodge, but is credited as

'Ward Bond' (qv).

  • Winter Carnival (1939)
  1. 'F. Scott Fitzgerald' (qv), originally assigned to write the picture,

was dismissed in a humiliating scene in front of the Hanover Inn during the

1939 Carnival.

  • Wired (1989)
  1. In the scene where John Landis is walking across the set from

_The Blues Brothers (1980)_ (qv), a helicopter can be heard in the

background.See _Twilight Zone # The Movie (1983)_ (qv).

  • Wisdom (1986)
  1. John Wisdom 'Emilion Estevez' (qv) can be seen on a bus adorned with the

graffiti ``Plate O' Shrimp, a reference to _Repo Man (1984)_ (qv), which

also starred Estevez.

  1. In one scene, a TV can be seen showing a Fotomat booth being blown up with

a rocket launcher, a scene make by Estevez and his brother

[Ramon? or Charlie?]

  • With a Song in My Heart (1952)
  1. 'Susan Hayward' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Jane Froman' (qv).

  • Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
  1. The title role was written with 'W.C. Fields' (qv) in mind.Producer

'Mervyn LeRoy' (qv) wanted 'Ed Wynn' (qv), who turned down the role.Studio

executive Freed wanted Fields, and offered him $75,000.Fields supposedly

wanted $100,000.According to a letter from Fields' agent (and supposedly

written by Fields) Fields turned down to role to devote his time to writing

the script for ``You Can't Cheat an Honest Man.

  1. 'Frank Morgan' (qv) has five roles: Professor Marvel, the gatekeeper of the

Emerald city, the cab driver (of the horse of a different color), the

Wizard's guard, and the Wizard.It is also possible that he was made up for

the projected image of the Wizard.

  1. MGM studio heads wanted 'Shirley Temple' (qv) to play Dorothy.
  1. 'Gale Sondergaard' (qv) was originally cast as the Wicked Witch of the West.
  1. Terry (Toto) was stepped on by one of the witch's guards, and had a double

for two weeks.A second double was obtained, because it resembled Toto more


  1. The Cowardly Lion's facial makeup included a brown paper bag.Actor

'Bert Lahr' (qv) couldn't eat without ruining his makeup.Tired of eating

soup and milkshakes, he decided to eat lunch and have his makeup redone.

  1. 'Buddy Ebsen' (qv) was the original choice for the Scarecrow.

'Ray Bolger' (qv) was originally brought in as the Tin Woodsman.Bolger

wanted to play the Scarecrow (his childhood idol was 'Fred Stone' (qv) who

had played the original Scarecrow in the 1902 Baum play ``The Wizard of

Oz.Bolger had seen him in ``Jack O Lantern in 1919 or 1920.)He

insisted and was eventually given the Scarecrow role.Ebsen was given the

Tin Man.Ebsen got sick from the makeup, but that was not the sole cause:

his symptoms were not consistent with aluminum powder poisoning, but were an

allergic reaction to either the aluminum or the other chemicals in the

makeup.(he probably would have gotten sick anyway, but this speeded the

process).The makeup method was changed when 'Jack Haley' (qv) took over

(the aluminum was originally put on as a powder, they switched to mixing the

aluminum in a paste), so Haley did not inhale the aluminum as much.Haley

did not find out what had happened to Ebsen until after the movie. He

assumed that Ebsen had been fired.Ebsen's voice can still be heard in

``Off to see the Wizard.

  1. ``Over the Rainbow was nearly cut.
  1. The film originally contained an elaborate production number

called ``The Jitter Bug, which cost $80,000 and took five weeks to shoot.

In the scene, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly lion, and the Tin

Woodsman are on their way to the Witch's castle when they are attacked by

``jitter bugs # furry pink and blue mosquitolike ``rascals that give one

``the jitters as they buzz about in the air. When, after its first

preview, the movie was judged too long, MGM officials decided to sacrifice

the ``Jitter Bug scene. They reasoned that it added little to the plot

and, because a dance by the same name had just become popular, they feared

it might date the picture.The Witch still refers to the bug in the final

film, just before telling the Monkeys to ``Fly! Only home movies of the

filming of ``The Jitterbug survive, though the song is on current versions

of both the soundtrack CD and the recent anniversary edition videotape. The

sequence was also incorporated into a recent stage version of the musical.

  1. When filming first started, 'Judy Garland' (qv) wore a blond wig and heavy,

``baby-doll makeup; when 'George Cukor' (qv) assumed the role of

intermediate director (after the producer took the original director off the

picture, and before they found a replacement), he got rid of the wig and

most of the makeup and told her to just be herself.

  1. The ``tornado was a thirty-five foot long muslin stocking, photographed

with miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields.

  1. The Wicked Witch of the West ('Margaret Hamilton' (qv)) was off the film for

more than a month after being severely burned during her disappearance from

Munchkinland.Her stand-in was also injured when a broom exploded during a

stunt shot.

  1. Morgan's Professor Marvel coat was taken from a rack of second-hand

clothing purchased by the studio wardrobe department; he was astounded when,

just by chance, he turned out the coat's pocket and found the name

'L. Frank Baum' (qv) (the Oz books' author) sewn into the lining.Baum's

widow and the tailor who made the coat confirmed that the coat had, indeed,

been his.

  1. The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with Jello crystals.The

relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick

it off.

  1. Rumors of the Munchkin actors' wild drunken orgies and other escapades are

greatly exaggerated.

  1. Many of the Munchkins' voices were dubbed by professional singers, as many

of the actors had poor Engish or couldn't sing.

  1. There is a rumor that a man committed suicide on the set, and that his body

can be seen on the left of the screen as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the

Tin Man walk down the Yellow Brick Road after their first encounter with the

Wicked Witch.This is false; the object in question is a strange looking


  1. Director 'Victor Fleming' (qv) did not finish the film, being assigned to

take over direction of _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv).Fleming stayed

with Oz until the color photography was completed, and then handed over to

'King Vidor' (qv), who directed the black and white sequences.

  • Woman's Secret, A (1949)
  1. 'Nicholas Ray' (qv) and 'Gloria Grahame' (qv) were going through a marital

separation during the soundstage filming of this motion picture, and for

both professional and personal reasons kept this information from everyone

in the cast and crew.Ray often slept on the set.

  • Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990) (TV)
  1. Director 'Ken Russell' (qv)'s segment, ``Fireworks Before Dusk, was re-cut

and re-scored by the studio after filming finished.Russell refused to

watch the released film.

  • Women of All Nations (1931)
  1. Stone ('Humphrey Bogart' (qv)) does not appear in all prints.

  • Women, The (1939)
  1. There are over 130 roles in this movie, all played by women.

'Phyllis Povah' (qv) and 'Marjorie Main' (qv) are the only two carry-overs

to the movie from the play cast, which had 666 performances at the Ethel

Barrymore Theatre in New York.

  • Working Girl (1988)
  1. 'Harrison Ford' (qv) cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California

when he was about 20.In the movie, his character says that he was piercing

his ear as a teen, and fainted and hit his chin on the toilet.See also:

_Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)_ (qv).

  1. When Catherine Parker ('Sigourney Weaver' (qv)) comes back to New York ando

gets out off the helicopter, she carries a big stuffed-toy gorilla.Weaver

played the role of Dian Fossey in _Gorillas in the Mist (1988)_ (qv) just a

few months before.

  • World According to Garp, The (1982)
  1. The house that the plane crashes into was built at one end of the only

runway at Lincoln Park Airport, a very small airstrip in Lincoln Park, NJ

USA (about 35 miles NW of New York City).The wrecked house was not removed

for several weeks. While no planes have hit houses in the vicinity, one

did bounce off the roof of a passing car several years earlier.

  1. CAMEO(John Irving): wrestling match referee
  1. DIRCAMEO(George Roy Hill): pilot that crashes into the house

  • Wrong Man, The (1957)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): narrating the film's prologue. The only

time he actually spoke in any of his films.

  1. Although based on a true story, Hitchcock deliberately left out some of the

information that pointed to Manny's innocence to heighten the tension.

  1. The ``right man (the real culprit) can be seen several times during the

film: outside the Stork Club, in the Victor Moore arcade and near one of

the liquor stores where the police take Manny.

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  1. 'Fred Astaire' (qv) was first offered the leading role but turned it down.

  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  1. The budget was the then astronomic sum of $9,500,000 ($1,000,000 of

of which was spent by 'Ken Adam' (qv) in his crater set).

  1. For the first time the story of a 007 film bears little resemblance to

the novel it is based on.

  1. The face of Ernst Blofeld is revealed for the first time (in the guise

of 'Donald Pleasence' (qv)).

  1. The female leads 'Mie Hama' (qv) and 'Akiko Wakabayashi' (qv) both appeared

in _King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)_ (qv).

  1. Whilst in Japan, 'Sean Connery' (qv) and his wife are hounded by the

international press. During news conferences the press insisted on referring

to Connery as James Bond. The last straw comes when local newsmen attempted

to photograph him in a rest room. To ease the tension the producers

remove his contractual obligation to do one more 007 movie, despite being

offerred $1 million.

  1. The book title comes from a 17 century poem by Japanese poet Basho, it reads

``You only live twice / Once when you are born / And once when you look death

in the face.

  • You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
  1. 'Rita Hayworth' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Nan Wynn' (qv).
  1. The song ``On the Beam was written for the film but not used.
  1. The dance to ``You Were Never Lovelier was cut from the film after the


  1. The character played by 'Fred Astaire' (qv) says he is from Omaha,

Nebraska# Astaire's real-life birthplace.

  • You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
  1. A vocal performance of ``Dream Dancing by 'Gwen Kenyon' (qv) was cut

from the film.

  1. In reference to the Porter song ``Night and Day sung by 'Fred Astaire' (qv)

in _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv), 'Cole Porter' (qv) ended ``The Wedding

Cake Walk with the phrase ``night and day. He asked permission from RKO

to quote the line.

  1. Bugle call in-joke: see also _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv), _Roberta

(1935)_ (qv), _Follow the Fleet (1936)_ (qv), e.g.

  • You're a Big Boy Now (1966)
  1. The nightclub has scenes from _Dementia 13 (1963)_ (qv) (also directed by

'Francis Coppola' (qv)) projected onto the wall.

  • Young and Innocent (1937)
  1. DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): outside the courthouse holding a camera as

Derrick de Marney escapes.

  • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  1. The film was shot in the same castle as the original

_Frankenstein (1910)_ (qv).

  1. DIRCAMEO(Mel Brooks): the sound of the off-screen cat screaming when

hit by a dart.

  • Young Guns (1988)
  1. 'Tom Cruise' (qv) was disguised with a beard and mustache and apppears as

a bad guy that walks out of a door and is shot.He was added because he

was visiting the set and said he had never been in a film gunfight.

  • Young Guns II (1990)
  1. CAMEO(Jon Bon Jovi): scruffy man who gets shot in the chest and blown

backwards after Doc and Chavez get out of the pit jail.

  • Young Man with a Horn (1950)
  1. 'Kirk Douglas' (qv)' trumpet licks were performed by 'Harry James' (qv).

  • Young Master, The (1980)
  1. The fan-fighting scene required 329 takes to complete.

  • Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
  1. The ``cycling across the moon shot is a reference to

_E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv), directed by producer

'Steven Spielberg' (qv).

  • Youth on Parade (1942)
  1. 'Martha O'Driscoll' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'Margaret Whiting' (qv).

  • Zardoz (1974)
  1. The scene where [Connery] ('Sean Connery' (qv)) and [Rampling]

('Charlotte Rampling' (qv)) turn into skeletons had to be shot three times.

The first time, the film was damaged, and the second time, a studio helper

accidentally exposed the negatives.Connery and Rampling were extremely

annoyed, because of the time they had to spend having make-up done.

  • Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
  1. Head director 'George Sidney' (qv) quit after one month of filming and was

replaced by 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv).

  1. The initial version shown to preview audiences in 1944 was almost 3 hours


  1. Cut from film:
# Musical number ``If Swing Goes, I Go Too, directed by Sidney, danced and
sung by 'Fred Astaire' (qv).
# Musical/comedy number ``Start Off Each Day with a Song, directed by

'Charles Walters' (qv), performed by 'Jimmy Durante' (qv).

# Musical number ``A Cowboy's Life, directed by 'Merrill Pye' (qv), sung by
'James Melton' (qv).
# Musical number ``Liza, directed by Minnelli, sung by 'Avon Long' (qv).
# Cut from film: Comedy sketch "Baby Snooks and the Burglar," directed by

'Roy Del Ruth' (qv), performed by 'Fanny Brice' (qv).

# Comedy sketch ``Death and Taxes, directed by Minnelli, performed by
Durante and 'Edward Arnold' (qv).
# Musical number ``We Will Meet Again in Honolulu, directed by Pye, sung by
Melton.The 'Esther Williams' (qv) water ballet from this number was
retained in the film.
# Finale musical number ``There's Beauty Everywhere, directed by Minnelli,
sung by Melton, danced by Astaire, 'Lucille Bremer' (qv) and
'Cyd Charisse' (qv).A fragment with Charisse was retained in the reshot
  1. The horse ridden by 'Lucille Ball' (qv) is the Lone Ranger's Silver.
  1. The ``Great Lady sketch was written as a self-parody intended for

'Greer Garson' (qv), but she refused the role.

  • Zulu (1964)
  1. This was 'Michael Caine' (qv)'s first major film role.He watched the

rushes, but was so nervous that he was sick, and never watched rushes again.

  1. Caine visited the officers' mess of the Scots Guards at Pirbright to perfect

his accent.

  1. Welsh-born 'Stanley Baker' (qv) was determined to make this film.Unable to

find finance, he sunk most of his own money into the project.

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