FILM TRIVIA A-I
- "Batman" (1966)
- 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)
- Originally titled ``Goldie.
- "Boat, The" (1981) (mini)
- 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)
- Features the Zero-X from _Thunderbirds are GO (1966)_ (qv), also written
by 'Gerry Anderson' (qv).
- "Crossroads" (1964)
- 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)
- An early draft of the script ended with Craven turned into a tree.
- "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (1992)
- 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)
- 'David Carradine' (qv) got the lead role over martial arts legend
'Bruce Lee' (qv).
- "Land of the Giants" (1968)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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)
- 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)
- 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)
- The pilot movie was originally titled "Probe".
- "Sesame Street" (1969)
- Ernie and Bert are named after characters in
_It's a Wonderful Life (1946)_ (qv).
- "Space" (1985) (mini)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Each episode is taken twice before a studio audience. The two takes are
then cut together to one episode.
- "T.J. Hooker" (1982)
- '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)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Cancelled ten minutes into the first show, February 5th, 1969.
- "Twin Peaks" (1990)
- DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Julee Cruise' (qv).
- "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964)
- 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)
- The wild and ferocious buffalo that Mick Dundee pacified was drugged.
- 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)
- 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.
- Pregnancy caused 'Geraldine Fitzgerald' (qv) to miss several shooting days.
A double was used where possible.
- 1776 (1972)
- 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)
- 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)
- 'James Cagney' (qv) was originally set for the male lead.
- 200 Motels (1971)
- Filmed in the same studio as _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).The black
monolith from that film is visible.
- 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)
- Director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) originally planned narration for the
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kubrick had several tons of sand imported, washed, and painted for the moon
- Multiple references to birthdays: Dr Floyd's daughter, Frank Poole, HAL.
- HAL sings ``Daisy as he is shut down; this was the first song ever played
by a non-mechanical computer.
- Clarke once said: ``If you understand 2001 completely, we failed.We
wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.
- 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.
- CAMEO(Vivienne Kubrick): (daughter of Stanley) Dr Floyd's daughter.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [zoom]: retrieving Frank Poole's body.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: man vs HAL vs aliens.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Dave Bowman going through the Star Gate.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): : The Jupiter explorer's serial number is
- 2010 (1984)
- One of the characters is ``Kirbuck, which is an anagram of ``Kubrick.
'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) directed _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv).
- CAMEO(Arthur C. Clarke): sitting on a park bench in front of the White
House, feeding the pigeons.
- CAMEO(Arthur C. Clarke): on the cover of Time Magazine, as the
- CAMEO(Stanley Kubrick): on the cover of Time Magazine, as the Soviet
- 3 Godfathers (1948)
- 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)
- 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)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 7 minutes in, tossing some litter
as Richard and Annabella run from the music hall.
- 55 Days at Peking (1963)
- 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)
- 'Luke Perry' (qv) and 'Stephen Baldwin' (qv) learned to ride bulls, and
performed some of their own stunts.
- About Last Night... (1986)
- 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)
- 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.
- The masks were specially designed to show the actors faces, and had
microphones fitted so that dialog could be recorded as the action happened.
- 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.
- 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
- Fluid breathing is a reality: the rat actually did breathe liquid, although
the suit that Bud wore was a mock-up.
- 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.
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: when the soldiers arrive at the
supply ship and jump out of the helicopters.See also _Aliens (1986)_ (qv).
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
- The name ``Shady Acres Mental Hospital is a reference to the name of
the director: 'Tom Shadyac' (qv).
- Across the Pacific (1942)
- 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)
- 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
- Adventurer, The (1917/I)
- 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)
- '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)
- 'Jamie Lee Curtis' (qv) played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this
scene was cut.
- 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)
- 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
- Also listed are the songs for the three ``Black Plague albums:
- 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
- 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
- Requiem (1/1/88)
- I Love You
- Suck the Bunny
- Teenage Suicide
- Hot Juice
- Sexual Pudding
- Requiem of Paco the Shoe-Shine Boy by Wolfgang Binky
- Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
- 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)
- 'Michael Curtiz' (qv) took over from director 'William Keighley' (qv) when
the producers felt that the action scenes lacked impact.
- After Hours (1985)
- Julie ('Teri Garr' (qv)) plays Paul a Monkees record.Garr appeared in
_Head (1968)_ (qv) with the Monkees.
- DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): shining a spotlight from a platform in the
- Age of Innocence, The (1993)
- 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.
- DIRCAMEO(Martin Scorsese): the photographer taking May's wedding
- Akira (1988)
- Production cost $US10 million, a record for Anime.
- 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual.
- 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which
have been exclusively created for the film.
- 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)
- Bears a similar plot and characters to
_The Thief of Bagdad, The (1940)_ (qv).
- 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
- 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).
- Jasmine's appearance was influenced by 'Jennifer Connelly' (qv), as well
as the sister of her animator, 'Mark Henn' (qv).
- 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.
- Aladdin's animator claimed she based his character on 'Tom Cruise' (qv).
- When the Genie changes Abu into a car, the license plate reads ``ABU 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 'Lagene Etheridge' (qv) was murdered during filming by her boyfriend.
- Lieutenant Finn's fall from his horse was unscripted and unintentional.
- The huge Alamo set took two years to construct.
- Alex in Wonderland (1970)
- CAMEO(Frederico Fellini)
- Alexis Zorbas (1964)
- '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)
- Alternative scenes were shot for a silent version of the film which was
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Color screen tests of 'Mary Pickford' (qv) as Alice were made for a proposed
live-action/animation version of the story.
- Alien (1979)
- Originally to be directed by 'Water Hill' (qv), but he pulled out and gave
the job to 'Ridley Scott' (qv).
- The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach (which then burst out) is
similar to the life-cycle of the tsetse fly.
- The entire plot is identical to the science fiction story ``Voyage of the
Space Beagle, by 'A. E. Van Vogt' (qv).
- Much of the dialog was ad-libbed.
- An early draft of the script had a male Ripley.
- 'Veronica Cartwright' (qv) was originally to play Ripley, but producers
opted for 'Sigourney Weaver' (qv).
- 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.
- A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley was in the script, however was not
- The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a real human
- The rumour that only 'John Hurt' (qv) and the crew knew exactly what
was going to happen during the stomach-bursting scene is false.
- ``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).
- Apparently, in the final scene with Ripley and the Alien, the sounds of
people having sex can be heard.
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- This TV movie was edited from scenes of two episodes (``Breakaway and
``War Games) of _"Space: 1999" (1975)_ (qv).
- Aliens (1986)
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- The APC was modeled after an airplane tug.
- ``Sulaco is the name of the town in 'Joseph Conrad' (qv)'s ``Nostromo.
See also _Alien (1979)_ (qv).
- 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.
- ``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.
- The ``special edition includes the sound of a face-hugger scurrying from
left to right as the final credits fade.
- 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.
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When the soldiers arrive on LV426
and jump out of the armored vehicle.See also _The Abyss (1989)_ (qv).
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: When Ripley drives the APC, she
crushes an alien's head under one of the wheels.
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [feet]: close-ups of the power-lifter's feet.
- DIRTRADE(James Cameron): [nuke]
- Alive (1993)
- 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.
- CAMEO(John Malkovich): The narrator.
- All About Eve (1950)
- The working title was ``Best Performance.
- Although he received screen credit, 'Eddie Fisher' (qv)'s scene was cut before
the film's release.
- '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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 'Tom Cruise' (qv) and 'Lea Thompson' (qv) had body doubles for the sex scene.
- Alligator (1980)
- 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)
- Title derived from the first two words of the French national anthem.
- Altered States (1980)
- Author 'Paddy Chayefsky' (qv) disowned this movie.
- The book was partially based on dolphin researcher John Lilly, who invented
the isolation tank, and first started taking drugs while ``tanking.
- DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]: the dream sequence
- Always (1989)
- 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).
- 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).
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
- Subtle crossovers between sketches [...]
- The name ``Don 'No Soul' Simmons keeps popping up.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Eva Scott-Berry): [production assistant]: Newswoman
- CAMEO(Steven Diller): [Co-producer]: Debbie's lover
- CAMEO(Lou Wynhoff): [Producer's father]: Security Guard
- American Gigolo (1980)
- 'John Travolta' (qv) was originally slated to play the role of Julian Kaye.
- American Graffiti (1973)
- License plate on John Milner's car is ``THX-138._THX 1138 (1970)_ (qv)
is a film also directed by 'George Lucas' (qv).
- 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)
- 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)
- All the songs in this film have ``moon in the title.
- 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)
- The ``seal is acually a sealion, as seals are notoriously difficult to
- Angels in the Outfield (1951)
- CAMEO(Barbara Billingsley): hat check girl
- Anna Christie (1930/II)
- German version, filmed directly after _Anna Christie (1930/I))_ (qv) using
the same sets.
- Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
- '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)
- The working title was ``Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure).
Screenwriter 'Marshall Brickman' (qv)'s suggestion was ``It Had To Be Jew.
- 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)
- Original director, 'Alvin Rakoff' (qv) was replaced by 'Roy Ward Baker' (qv)
when 'Bette Davis' (qv) demanded the change.
- Another Country (1984)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- Originally scheduled to be shot over six weeks, ended up taking 16 months.
- '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.
- 'Harvey Keitel' (qv) originally cast as Captain Willard.Two weeks into
shooting, Coppola replaced him with Sheen, saying Keitel's Willard was too
- A typhoon destroyed sets, causing a delay of several months.
- 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.
- '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.
- Sheen had a heart attack during the filming; some shots of Willard's back
are actually of someone else.
- 'Sam Bottoms' (qv) was on speed, LSD, and marijuana during the shooting
of parts of the movie.
- '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
- 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
- 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.
- Coppola invested several million dollars of his personal wealth after the
film went severely over budget.
- Coppola threatened suicide several times during the making of the film.
- 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.
- There are no opening credits or titles.The title of the movie appears as
graffiti late in the film.
- 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.
- 'Carmine Coppola' (qv) (director's father) wrote the score for this film.
- '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).
- DIRCAMEO(Francis Coppola): filming a war documentary.
- 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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Marilyn Lovell): an extra in the grandstands at the launch.
- CAMEO(Jim Lovell): captian of the USS Iwo Jima.
- Arachnophobia (1990)
- ``Canaima (the town attacked by the spiders) is the name of the avenging
spirit of the Guyana Indians.
- Army of Darkness (1993)
- 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).
- 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.
- CAMEO(Bridget Fonda): Linda
- DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [shemp]:
- DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]: The skeletons do a classic routine.
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
- Origin of the term ``cameo, meaning in this case a small part by a famous
- 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).
- 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)
- 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).
- 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)
- Sources differ as to the director of this film.
- Arzt von St. Pauli, Der (1968)
- DIRCAMEO(Rolf Olsen): man in mortuary
- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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.
- The movie script is based entirely on the proceedings' minutes of the trial
- Avaleuses, Les (1973)
- 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)
- '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
- Babe (1995)
- 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.
- 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.
- The man who buys three of Fly's puppies is head animal trainer
'Karl Lewis Miller' (qv).
- Babysitter, The (1995)
- '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)
- Working titles were ``My Fifth Avenue Girl and ``She Said I Do
- Back to the Future (1985)
- '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.
- The ``main street is the same one used in _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The dialogue where Lorraine says that when she grows up she'll let her kids
do anything they want was cut.
- Another deleted scene shows Marty peeking in on a class in 1955 and seeing
his mother cheating on a test.
- The scene where Marty asks if he and Jennifer become ``assholes in the
future was reshot for television.
- The newscaster on TV in the opening sequence is 'Deborah Harmon' (qv), who
appeared in director 'Robert Zemeckis' (qv)' _Used Cars (1980)_ (qv).
- When Marty gets back to 1985, he spots a bum on the bench.He calls him
``Red: ``Red Thomas was mayor in 1955.
- 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.
- 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
- CAMEO(Huey Lewis): the high-school band judge.
- CAMEO(Steven Spielberg): The driver of the pickup truck that gives
Marty a lift to school.
- Back to the Future Part II (1989)
- 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.
- A movie theatre advertises ``Jaws 19, directed by ``Max Spielberg.
Executive producer 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), who directed _Jaws (1975)_ (qv),
has a son Max.
- '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.
- '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.
- 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.
- 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
- Marty discovers the destroyed Hill Valley High School
- 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)
- 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.
- '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.
- The Editor of Hill Valley's newspaper in 1885 is ``M. R. Gale, a tribute
to trilogy screenwriter 'Bob Gale' (qv).
- 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.
- References to _Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)_ (qv): the train sprouts fins
similar to the Professor's car.
- Director of Photography 'Dean Cundey' (qv) plays the photographer who takes
Marty and Doc's picture in 1885.
- 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
- CAMEO(ZZTop): the band in 1885.ZZTop wrote some of the music for the
- Backtrack! (1969)
- 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)
- '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).
- Director 'Vincente Minelli' (qv) and star 'Kirk Douglas' (qv) also teamed
up in another movie about Hollywood, _Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)_ (qv).
- 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)
- '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)
- 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) rejected a role in this film, with the words ``Areyou
- Balboa (1986)
- Originally filmed as a mini-series.
- Bambi (1942)
- Some scenes of woodland creatures and the forest fire are unused footage from
_Pinocchio (1940)_ (qv).
- 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)
- 'Cyd Charisse' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by 'India Adams' (qv).
- Bandera, La (1935)
- The movie was initially dedicated to Colonel Franco and his troops. The
dedication was removed after the Spanish civil war.
- Barbarella (1968)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Charles Bukowski): in the bar where Henry and Wanda meet for
the first time.
- Barkleys of Broadway, The (1949)
- Originally planned to star 'Fred Astaire' (qv) and 'Judy Garland' (qv), but
when Garland became ill, 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) took over.
- 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
- Barry Lyndon (1975)
- Director 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) did not use any artificial lighting when he
shot this film.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Captain Quinn's face during his duel
with Barry when he goes to raise his pistol.
- Barton Fink (1991)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Jacques Becker): a silhouette.
- Basic Instinct (1992)
- 'Kim Basinger' (qv) was originally cast as Catherine Tramell.
- 'Michael Douglas' (qv)' character watches [_Hellraiser (1987)_ (qv) or
_Brain (1962)_ (qv) or _Brain (1969)_ (qv)?].
- Basketball Diaries, The (1995)
- CAMEO(Jim Carrol)
- Batman (1989)
- '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.
- Heavy security surrounded The Joker's makeup.
- '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.
- Most shots of Batman in costume are a stunt double.
- Spanish subtitles convert ``6 foot and ``108 (lbs) to metric.
- 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.
- CAMEO(Prince): rumor unconfirmed as of yet.
- Batman Returns (1992)
- 'Danny DeVito' (qv) forbidden to describe The Penguin's makeup to anyone,
including his family.
- The bad guy's name is Max Schreck.'Max Schreck' (qv) played the vampire in
_Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)_ (qv).
- 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
- 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
- '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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Hector Elizondo): Justice of the Peace
- Beau Hunks (1931)
- CAMEO(Jean Harlow): ``Jeanie-Weenie, in photo.
- CAMEO(Marvin Hatley): a Riffian.
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
- ``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
- ``Chip originally had only one line, but the producers liked the voice so
much that they had extra lines written.
- Tiny Toon Adventure script writer Sheri Stoner was used as the model for
Belle.See also _The Little Mermaid (1989)_ (qv).
- Becky Sharp (1935)
- 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)
- 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)
- Title role originally written for 'Sammy Davis Jr.' (qv).
- 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)
- 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!
- 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)
- The vocals for 'Vera-Ellen' (qv) were dubbed by 'Anita Ellis' (qv).
- 'Mae West' (qv) was considered for the part of Mrs. Hill, but was too
- The song ``I Love to Beat the Big Bass Drum was written for the film but
- 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)
- 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)
- The rumor that the 'Stephen Boyd' (qv)'s double was killed during the
chariot race is false.
- 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)
- 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)
- Under medical supervision, 'Jennifer Jason Leigh' (qv) wasted down to 90
pounds for her role.
- Beverly Hillbillies, The (1993)
- CAMEO(Buddy Ebsen): a private detective.Ebsen played Jed Clampett in
_"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)_ (qv).
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
- Axel Foley originally going to be played by 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv) or
'Mickey Rourke' (qv).
- Bewegte Mann, Der (1994)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- During filming one of the sets caught on fire.'Sunil Dutt' (qv) saved
- Big Brawl, The (1980)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Director 'George W. Hill' (qv) threatened to fire anyone who ``acted, and
- Big Picture, The (1989)
- CAMEO(Martin Short): agent.
- CAMEO(Eliot Gould): lawyer in the first student film.
- Big Sleep, The (1946)
- 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.
- 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)
- A TV can be heard to be showing _Malcolm (1986)_ (qv), which has the same
- 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)
- 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)
- The original title of this film was ``Bill and Ted go to Hell but was
changed for obvious reasons.
- Bill's grandmother, ``Gramma S. Preston, Esquire is played by
'Alex Winter' (qv).
- The evil character from the future is called ``De Nomolos, which is
writer and producer 'Ed Solomon' (qv)'s name spelt backwards.
- '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
- Sadler wrote the ``Reaper Rap, which is played over the closing credits.
- There are statues of 'David Niven' (qv)and 'Michael Powell' (qv) in heaven.
- References to _A Matter of Life and Death (1981) (TV)_ (qv),
_The Seventh Seal (1957)_ (qv).
- Bill and Coo (1947)
- The players are real birds dressed like humans.
- Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
- 'Michael Caine' (qv) performed most of his own stunts.During the final ice
flow scene, he almost slipped and fell into freezing water.
- 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)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): at the start of the film walking two dogs
past the pet shop (the dogs were actually his own).
- 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).
- Hitchcock spotted 'Tippi Hedren' (qv) in a diet drink commercial.
- 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.
- The film does not finish with the usual ``THE END title because Hitchcock
wanted to give the impression of unending terror.
- An intended final shot with the Golden Gate bridge covered in birds was
not filmed because of cost.
- The poster for the movie said:``THE BIRDS IS COMING! irritating English
- 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.
- 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)
- Premiered in Los Angeles with the title ``The Clansman, after the
novel on which it was based.
- The black characters are played by white actors with make-up.
- Birth of the Blues (1941)
- '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)
- 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)
- 'Boris Karloff' (qv)'s character is named after Austrian architect and
set designer 'Hjalmar Poelzig' (qv).
- Black Hole, The (1979)
- 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)
- 'Jackie Chan' (qv) turned down a role, as he didn't want to play a ``bad
- Black to the Promised Land (1992)
- A scene where the students visit an Arab village and were stoned by the
residents was filmed but not included.
- Black Widow (1986)
- CAMEO(David Mamet): playing poker with Debra Winger
- Blackmail (1929)
- '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.
- 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.
- A German-language version was produced at the same time, also directed
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): being bothered by a small boy on the
- Blazing Saddles (1974)
- Scriptwriter 'Andrew Bergman' (qv) originally named the lead character
- 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
- 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.
- The ``stinkin' badges line is from
_The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Everyone in the town of Rockridge's last name is ``Johnson.
- CAMEO(Count Bassie): leader of the jazz band in the desert.
- DIRCAMEO(Mel Brooks): the aviator in the bad-guy queue.
- Blind Date (1987)
- '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)
- 'Dana Stevens' (qv)'s research into the screenplay revealed that delayed
vision is not ficticious.
- '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)
- '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)
- References to: _An American Werewolf in London (1981)_ (qv) [more!]
- Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1991)
- The prison inmates are watching _T.N.T. Jackson (1974)_ (qv).
- Bloodsport (1987)
- '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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Dean Stockwell):
- Blue in the Face (1995)
- 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)
- 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)
- Completed in 1991, but not released until 1994 due to Orion Pictures'
- Blue Tiger (1994)
- CAMEO(Michael Madsen): a gun salesman.Madsen is the brother of star
'Virginia Madsen' (qv).
- Blues Brothers, The (1980)
- The ``Blues Brothers Band consists of already well-respected musicians, who
have recorded and written with the likes of Eric Clapton and Otis Redding.
- Every time we see the window in Elwood's apartment a train goes past.
- 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.
- ``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.
- Elwood never takes off his sunglasses, and Jake never takes off his hat.
- This film holds the world record for the number of cars crashed.
- DIRTRADE(John Landis): [ipanema]: the music in the elevator.
- DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: the message on the billboard that the
cops were hiding behind.
- Bob Roberts (1992)
- 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.
- A soundtrack album was not made becuase Robbins didn't want the songs played
outside of the movie's context.
- Body Double (1984)
- 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)
- This film was originally proposed in the mid-70's, starring 'Diana Ross' (qv)
and 'Steve McQueen' (qv), but was rejected as ``too controversial.
- Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the ``horse's head in the bed
mansion in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).
- Rachel and Frank go and see _Yojimbo (1961)_ (qv), which was released in
the United States as ``The Bodyguard.
- Bohemian Girl, The (1936)
- 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)
- '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.
- '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
- The production is extensively documented in ``The Devil's Candy by Julie
Salamon (ISBN 0-385-30824-8)
- Border Patrol (1943)
- CAMEO(Robert Mitchum):
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
- CAMEO(Abbie Hoffman): a war/draft protester.
- CAMEO(Ron Kovic): WWII veteran in the parade at the beginning.
- DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): a TV reporter.
- Born To Be Bad (1950)
- 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)
- '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.
- 'Allan Jones' (qv) was intended fo Ted Barker, but the role went to
'James Stewart' (qv).
- Botany Bay (1953)
- The figurehead on the prow of the ship is a full body and face cast of
'Jan Sterling' (qv).
- Boxcar Bertha (1972)
- According to both 'David Carradine' (qv) and 'Barbara Hershey' (qv), their
sex scene was not faked.
- Boxing Helena (1993)
- '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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Glenda Jackson):
- Boys in Company C, The (1978)
- Drill Instructor played by 'R Lee Ermey' (qv), a former US Marines Drill
- Boyz N the Hood (1991)
- DIRCAMEO(John Singleton): the mailman.
- Brain Damage (1988)
- 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
- Brain Dead (1990)
- [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)
- The producers of this movie were sued by 'Robert Heinlein' (qv), who
claimed the plot stole several elements of his novel, ``The Puppet Masters.
- CAMEO(Leonard Nimoy):
- Braindead (1992)
- During the lawnmower scene, blood was pumped at five gallons per second.
- Brainstorm (1983)
- 'Natalie Wood' (qv) died before filming was complete, thus the ending had to
be constructed from scenes shot earlier.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
- '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.
- In an attempt to elicit more emotion, Coppola shouted ``whore and ``slut
while filming the scene when Van Helsing catches Mina with Dracula.
- 'Anthony Hopkins' (qv) also plays Chesare, the priest who tells Dracula that
Elisabeta's soul is damned.
- Brats (1930)
- The framed photograph next to the clock on the mantlepiece is of
'Jean Harlow' (qv).
- Brave (1994)
- In some shots, the girl's lover is suddenly replace by 'Steve Hogarth' (qv).
- Song changes from the album:
- paper lies:not included
- the great escape:alternative ending,
- Brave Bulls, The (1951)
- 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)
- Several of the major battle scenes had to be reshot, as extras were seen
wearing sunglasses and wristwatches.
- Director/producer 'Mel Gibson' (qv) was investigated by the RSPCA, who were
convinced that the fake horses used were real.
- Brazil (1985)
- 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
- 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).
- 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).
- The ``young Mrs Lowry was played by both 'Kim Greist' (qv) and
'Katherine Helmond' (qv).
- 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.
- The book ``The Battle of Brazil details the production of this movie.
- References to _Potemkin (1925)_ (qv).
- The theme song (which Sam listens to in his car) was also featured in
_Brazil (1944)_ (qv).
- DIRCAMEO(Terry Gilliam): the smoker in the Shangri-La tower who bumps
- Breakfast Club, The (1985)
- The guidance counselor's desk has a name plaque which says ``R. Hashimoto.
'Richard Hashimoto' (qv) was the production supervisor.
- A prom queen election poster contains the name of 'Michelle Manning' (qv),
who co-produced the film.
- 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)
- Daphne Heap ('Margaret Hamilton' (qv)) is shown wearing ruby slippers,
a reference to Hamilton's role in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).
- Suzanne's apartment features a poster for _MASH (1970)_ (qv), also directed
by 'Robert Altman' (qv).
- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
- 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)
- The bridge set took eight months to construct, and thirty seconds to
- Bringing Up Baby (1938)
- 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)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Bela Lugosi): man whose hot dog was stolen.
- Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- Planned to be shot in TechniColor, but made in black and white.
- The fur coat running gag was based on the real-life ploy of talent agent
'Doc Shurr' (qv).
- The vocals for 'Carmen D'Antonio' (qv) were dubbed by 'Lois Hodnett' (qv).
- Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
- Some of the musical numbers were originally filmed for
_The Long March of Time (1930)_ (qv).
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1978) (TV)
- Some footage was taken from _"Battlestar Galactica" (1978)_ (qv),
along with many props.
- Bugsy Malone (1976)
- '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)
- '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)
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [theme]: The Blonde, Sentenza, and Tusco
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]
- Bus Stop (1956)
- '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.
- '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)
- '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)
- The credits run over the first 14 minutes of the film.
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [theme]: Harmonica, Frank, and Cheyenne.
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): Music is by 'Ennio Morricone' (qv).
- DIRTRADE(Sergio Leone): [close-up]: in most gun-fight scenes.
- Cadillac Man (1990)
- 'Robin Williams' (qv) quotes 'James Dean' (qv) from
_Rebel Without a Cause (1955)_ (qv): ``I've got the bullets goddamned!
- CAMEO(Elaine Stritch): widow.
- Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom (1994)
- Billed as a sequel to _Caged Heat (1974)_ (qv), but features different
- Cagey Canary, The (1941)
- 'Robert Clampett' (qv) completed the film after director 'Tex Avery' (qv)
left Warner Brothers.
- Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
- 'Richard Widmark' (qv) was chosen for the lead role, but producer
'Stanley Kramer' (qv) wanted 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv).
- Preparations for filming took 15 month: US Navy refused
supporting the movie, because the story aims at a Navy mutiny.
- California Suite (1978)
- CAMEO(James Coburn): piloting a light plane in the movie-in-the-movie.
- Caligula (1980)
- 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)
- 'Carole Richards' (qv) dubbed 'Vera-Ellen' (qv)'s singing.
- Campana del Infierno, La (1973)
- 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)
- 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)
- Originally shot as a silent in 1928.'Louise Brooks' (qv) refused to return
from Germany for the dubbing.
- Cape Fear (1991)
- '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
- De Niro was tattooed with vegetable dyes, which fade after a few months.
- 'Gregory Peck' (qv), who starred in _Cape Fear (1962)_ (qv), appears
as Cady's lawyer.
- 'Robert Mitchum' (qv), played Max Cady in the 1962 version, and appears as
- 'Martin Balsam' (qv) played Mark Dutton in the 1962 version and the judge in
- Scene in high school auditorium totally ad-libbed by De Niro and
'Juliette Lewis' (qv), and done on the first take.
- DIRTRADE(Martin Scorsese): [mother]: fruit stand customer.
- Caprice (1967)
- Patricia ('Doris Day' (qv)) goes to see a Doris Day film.
- Capricorn One (1978)
- 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)
- CAMEO(John Candy):
- Carefree (1938)
- Originally intended to be shot in color, but the extra cost of 1.5 cents per
foot was too much.
- 'Irving Berlin' (qv)'s song ``The Night Is Filled With Music was cut from
the final version of the film.
- Carlito's Way (1993)
- 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)
- Working titles were ``Timber Beast and then ``Bad Timber.
- Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
- CAMEO(Leonide Massine): the film's coreographer is the unnamed ``famous
dancer with Vera-Ellen in the first production scene
- Carrie (1976)
- '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)
- 'Sid James' (qv) spent most of his screen time in bed, as he had recently
suffered a heart attack.
- Carry On Emmanuelle (1978)
- '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)
- ``Rick Blaine's was modelled after Hotel El Minzah in Tanger.
- 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.
- '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.
- 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.
- '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.
- 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.
- '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
- Bergman complained that she didn't know who her character was supposed to be
in love with.
- Two contradicting endings were scheduled to be filmed, but the first one
worked so well that they used it.
- 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.
- This film was rewritten daily during filming, made on a shoestring budget,
hastily released, and expected to bomb.
- Many of the actors who played the Nazis were Jewish.
- The timely real-life invasion of Casablanca was used to promote this film,
and undoubtedly contributed to its success.
- Many of the shadows were painted onto the set. [rumor]
- 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).
- Wallis thought of the film's last line 3 weeks after shooting ended, and
Bogart was called back to dub it.
- Casino Royale (1967)
- '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.
- Sellers often caused interruptions by leaving the set for days at a time.
- A brief snippet of the title tune to _What's New, Pussycat (1965)_ (qv)
(which had many cast members in common) can be heard.
- At least one-half hour of the film ended on the cutting room floor and is now
- 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.
- An enormous Taj Mahal-type set was designed for the film but never built.
- CB4 (1993)
- 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)
- 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)
- 'Marian Nixon' (qv) replaced 'Dorothy Wilson' (qv) in the role of Glory
- Chariots of Fire (1981)
- The ``male military band featured several women disguised with false
- Charley Varrick (1973)
- DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): a table tennis player.
- Charlie Chan's Chance (1932)
- Currently believed to be lost.
- 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)
- believed to be lost.
- Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)
- Believed to be lost.
- Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen (1916)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Paul Reubens):
- CAMEO(Timothy Leary):
- Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
- Director 'John Ford' (qv) deliberately only allowed one take, so that actors
would remain nervous.
- Children of Divorce (1927)
- Some scenes supposedly directed by 'Josef von Sternberg' (qv).
- China Seas (1935)
- While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they
were washed away by 50 tons of water.
- China Syndrome, The (1979)
- Apart from the title song ``Somewhere In Between by _Stephen Bishop_ (qv),
there is no background music in the entire picture.
- Chinatown (1974)
- DIRCAMEO(Roman Polanski): the hood who slits Jake's nose.
- Polanski actually cut 'Jack Nicholson' (qv)'s nose.
- Chinese Parrot, The (1928)
- No prints of this film are known to exist.
- Chopin- Bilder einer Trennung (1993)
- Dialog in this film taken directly from correspondence.
- Chopping Mall (1986)
- CAMEO(Paul Bartel): the same character he played in
_Eating Raoul (1982)_ (qv), another 'Roger Corman' (qv) production.
- CAMEO(Mary Woronov): the same character she played in
_Eating Raoul (1982)_ (qv), another 'Roger Corman' (qv) production.
- Chow Hound (1951)
- Names of Warner Brothers staff in the newspaper want ads.
- Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
- To reach high authenticity the whole crew crossed the Atlantic Ocean
from Spain to America in three original ships provided by the
- Chump at Oxford, A (1940)
- The scenes of the employment agency and dinner party were originally filmed
for the 63 minute version released overseas simultaneously with the USA 42
- Church, The (1991)
- [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)
- Original director 'Sam Peckinpah' (qv) was fired one week into production.
- Circle of Iron (1979)
- 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)
- '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)
- Originally titled ``John Citizen, U.S.A..
- '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.
- One of the voices of the reporters watching the newsreel at the beginning
belongs to 'Joseph Cotten' (qv).
- 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.
- Welles privately watched _Stagecoach (1939)_ (qv) about 40 times while making
- 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)
- 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)
- 'Billy Crystal' (qv) co-wrote the story, but is not given on-screen credit.
- Some trailers feature a scene where someone's spurs are caught on a rail, but
this scene is not in the movie.
- 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)
- 'Diana Sands' (qv) was chosen for the female lead role, but she died
of cancer shortly before shooting of the film began.
- Cleopatra (1963)
- 'Elizabeth Taylor' (qv) converted to Judaism during the shooting, which
prevented it being shown in Egypt and other Arab countries.
- Clerks (1994)
- Financed largely by credit cards and money borrowed from family and friends.
- Filmed at the same store in which director 'Kevin Smith' (qv) was
working at the time.
- The original ending showed Dante getting shot and killed during a
- Cliffhanger (1993)
- 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.
- 31 well-known climbers were signed up, including 'Ron Kauk' (qv) and
'Wolfgang Gullich' (qv).Gullich performed many of the film's stunts.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The background for many of the scenes was generated by an IBM Power
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- One of the buckles on the horse's bridle is a piece of climbing equipment.
- DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin): [finland]: one of the parachutes looks like
the Finnish flag.
- Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
- 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).
- _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv) (also directed by Kubrick) soundtrack
highly visible in record store.
- 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.
- The newspaper article gives Alex's last name as ``Burgess.
- The photo-montage when Alex clobbers the old lady are mostly the paintings
the old lady has hanging in her room.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: Alex vs Government vs
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: Alexander, when he realizes who
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): : 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)
- 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.
- 'Jerry Garcia' (qv) can be spotted in the crowd in India.
- 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.
- 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.
- SFX man 'Douglas Trumbull' (qv) created the cloud effects by injecting white
paint into tanks of salt and fresh water.
- 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.
- 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
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Jillian is a single mother; Roy leaves
his family to follow his intuition.
- Clue (1985)
- Three endings were shot, and a random one shown at each theatre.All three
are included on video.
- Clueless (1995)
- 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)
- 'Beverly D'Angelo' (qv) and 'Sissy Spacek' (qv) did all their own singing.
- Coeur en hiver, Un (1992)
- 'Emmanuelle Beart' (qv) actually learned how to play the violin for the part.
- Cold Feet (1989)
- CAMEO(Jeff Bridges): bartender
- Color of Money, The (1986)
- The voice explaining 8-ball is director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s.
- Color Purple, The (1985)
- Producers 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) and 'Kathleen Kennedy' (qv) cast
'Margaret Avery' (qv) after 'Tina Turner' (qv) turned it down.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Nettie's father
- Colors (1988)
- 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)
- Director 'Howard Hanks' (qv) was replaced by 'William Wyler' (qv) after
Hanks was rude to producer 'Sam Goldwyn' (qv).
- Comfort and Joy (1984)
- '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)
- 'Jane Fonda' (qv) had a body double for her sex scene with
'Jon Voight' (qv).
- Coming to America (1988)
- '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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The predatory woman in the bar was played by 'Arsenio Hall' (qv).
- All characters in the barber shop (including the caucasians) are played by
Murphy, Hall, [and another black comedian].
- 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
- Commando (1985)
- ACTTRADE(Arnold Schwarzenegger): ``I'll be back, Bennet!
- Commitments, The (1991)
- 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.
- One of the audition songs is the title song from _Fame (1980)_ (qv) (also
directed by 'Alan Parker' (qv)).
- Jimmy is asked if he has brought _Mississippi Burning (1988)_ (qv) (also
directed by Parker) with him on the bus.
- 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)
- Originally intended as a TV movie named ``The Protectors, but released
theatrically with this new name.
- Conan the Barbarian (1981)
- 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and 'Sandahl Bergman' (qv) did their own
stunts, as they couldn't find suitable body doubles.
- 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.
- 'Sandahl Bergman' (qv)'s character is never refered to by name during
the film.The name ``Valeria is given in the credits.
- Director 'John Milius' (qv) is an avid surfer.Bergman and
'Gerry Lopez' (qv) are professional surfers.
- Schwarzenegger had to tone down his workout, as his arm/chest muscles were
so big that he couldn't wield a sword properly.
- The swordmaster was played by 'Kiyoshi Yamazaki' (qv), swordmaster for the
actors in the film.
- 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.
- 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)
- Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes
from _Dune (1984)_ (qv).
- Confession, The (1964)
- Original director 'Victor Stoloff' (qv) was fired and replaced by
'William Dieterle' (qv).
- Congo (1995)
- 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)
- The footage of the solar eclipse was taken during an actual eclipse.
- Conqueror, The (1956)
- 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)
- No copies of this film can be found.
- Conversation, The (1974)
- CAMEO(Robert Duvall): the director who hires Harry Caul.
- Coogan's Bluff (1968)
- DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man in an elevator.
- Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The (1989)
- The dog excrement was acutally chocolate mousse.
- Costumes change as characters walk from room to room.
- 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)
- Originally titled ``Sqadra Antiscippo.
- Copycat (1995)
- '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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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)
- Film adaptation based on and including most of the cast of Blakemores
National Theatre production of ``Uncle Vanya.
- Cover Girl (1944)
- 'Rita Hayworth' (qv) singing was dubbed by 'Martha Mears' (qv).
- Crazy People (1990)
- 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)
- 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)
- It is rumoured that the constant narration was introduced to cover up the
extremely noisy production soundtrack.
- Creepshow (1982)
- CAMEO(Stephen King): Jordy Verril (man covered in moss).
- CAMEO(Joe King): (son of Stephen) The boy at the beginning (avid collector
of ``Creepshow magazine and voodoo dolls).
- Creepshow 2 (1987)
- CAMEO(Stephen King): truck driver in ``The Hitcher.
- Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
- CAMEO(Daryl Hannah):
- Crimes of Passion (1984)
- '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)
- DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]: many, including the bowling balls
rolling off the shelf onto the man's head.
- Criminals of the Air (1937)
- Working title was ``Guardians of the Air, then previewed as ``Honeymoon
- '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)
- 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.
- 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) was brought in to do uncredited ``punch-ups of
- CAMEO(Jason Robards): The Admiral.
- Critters 4 (1991)
- 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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Malcom McDowell): Maxwell Perkins
- CAMEO(Norman Baskin): giving directions to Rawlings.
- Crow, The (1994)
- 'Cameron Diaz' (qv) was offered the role of Shelley, but turned it down
because she didn't like the script.
- '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).
- 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
- When Sarah visits the apartment, we never see Draven's face as it is
- Scenes featuring 'Michael Berryman' (qv) as the Skull Cowboy were cut.
- CAMEO(James O'Barr): stealing a TV set after Gideon's shop was blown up.
- CAMEO(Trent Reznor): stage diving
- Curse, The (1987)
- 'Wil Wheaton' (qv) and 'Amy Wheaten' (qv), are real-life brother and sister.
- 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)
- Originally to be directed by 'Akira Kurosawa' (qv), but he pulled out.
- Cutthroat Island (1995)
- DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin) [flag]: Shopfront window.Use of this flag is
- Cyber Bandits (1995)
- CAMEO([Visual Effects Supervisor]): behind the VR table in the nightclub
- Originally titled ``A Sailor's Tattoo, but renamed before release by
- Cyborg (1989)
- All the major characters are named after guitar brand names.
- 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)
- 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)
- The RAF supplied most of the aircraft, at a cost of 130 pounds per hour.
This expense consumed 10% of the film's budget.
- 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).
- The bombs shown in the movie were the wrong shape becuase the actual shape
(a stubby cylinder) was still secret at the time.
- 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).
- Gibson's dog ``Nigger was dubbed into ``Trigger for the US market.See
also Goofs entry.
- Dames (1934)
- 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)
- 'Don Taylor' (qv) replaced director 'Mike Hodges' (qv) as a result of
- Damsel in Distress, A (1937)
- 'Ruby Keeler' (qv), 'Carole Lombard' (qv) and British musical star
'Jessie Matthews' (qv) were each approached to play the role of Alyce, but
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
- 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)
- Crossman's office is a replica of producer 'Darrly F. Zanuck' (qv)'s.
- Dandy in Aspic, A (1968)
- Director 'Anthony Mann' (qv) died during production and was replaced by
'Laurence Harvey' (qv).
- Dangerous (1935)
- Working title was ``Hard Luck Dame.
- Dante's Inferno (1969)
- DIRTRADE: (snake): Snake crawling on Dante's face after he crashes into the
- Dark Half, The (1993)
- 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)
- 'John Carpenter' (qv) directed, edited, and wrote the music for the film,
but he uses pseudonyms in the credits for editing and the music.
- 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.
- One of the pieces of debris after the ship blows up says
``_THX 1138 (1970)_ (qv) Toilet Tank.
- The playboy posters are blurred in the bedroom scene, although the bedroom
scene is not in all versions of the movie.
- Dark Victory (1939)
- 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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Jenny Agutter):
- DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [shemp]: Last shemp: 'Bruce Campbell' (qv).
- Dave (1993)
- Author 'Gary Ross' (qv) appears as Policeman number 2.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- DIRCAMEO(George Romero): the director in the television studio.
- CAMEO(Christine Forrest Romero): (wife of George) director's assistant ino
the television studio.
- CAMEO(Tom Savini): mustached head biker.
- Day After, The (1983) (TV)
- The Soviet ambassador is named Anatoli Kuragin, the name of a character
from 'Leo Tolstoy' (qv)'s ``War and Peace.
- Days of Thunder (1990)
- Many real-life NASCAR drivers (including Rusty Wallace) appear in the film.
- 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.
- The scene where Tim approaches Harry on a tractor was filmed on NASCAR
legend 'Junior Johnson' (qv)'s farm.
- 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.
- 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)
- The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was a consultant.
- '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)
- 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)
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 'Derek Jacobi' (qv)'s stuttering as Frankie/Mr. Madson is a reference to his
famous role as the stuttering Claudius in _"I, Claudius" (????)_ (qv).
- Mike's apartment contains several pictures of pianists and piano keyboards,
giving away his true identity to the careful viewer.
- Lots of subtle similarities between Roman/Margaret and Mike/Grace.
- DIRTRADE(Kenneth Branagh): [doyle]: bored cop in the elevator, and
obnoxious guest at Otto's party.
- Dead Drop (1996)
- 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)
- The executive producer credited as ``The Master Cylinder is actually
'Sam Raimi' (qv).
- Dead Pool, The (1988)
- 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)
- 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)
- This film was shot entirely in exact chronological order.
- Death Becomes Her (1992)
- 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.
- 'Meryl Streep' (qv) accidentally scarred 'Goldie Hawn' (qv)'s cheek with
a shovel during the fight scene.
- '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.
- 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)
- ``Scott Ridley is named after 'Ridley Scott' (qv), and ``John Carpenter
is named after 'John Carpenter' (qv).
- Death of a Salesman (1985) (TV)
- 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv) called this his favorite acting experience.
- December 7th (1943)
- The Japanese planes attaking Pearl Habour were US ``Dauntless bombers.
- Deer Hunter, The (1978)
- 'Robert De Niro' (qv) claims this was his most physically exhausting film.
- 'John Cazale' (qv) barely finished the film, dying of cancer soon after its
- De Niro and 'John Savage' (qv) performed the helicopter stunt themselves.
- 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
- Defending Your Life (1991)
- CAMEO(Shirley MacLaine): The MC
- Delicatessen (1991)
- Rumoured to be a surrealistic interpretation of
_The Delicate Delinquent (1957)_ (qv).
- Delta Force 3: The Killing Game (1991)
- '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)
- '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)
- 'Sandra Bullock' (qv) replaced 'Lori Petty' (qv) after a few days filming.
- Many of the cars in the movie were prototypes of future models, supplied by
- 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)
- 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)
- 'Winona Ryder' (qv) auditioned on video for the part of Rose, which
eventually when to 'Annabeth Gish' (qv).
- Desperate Hours, The (1955)
- '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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Produced in a German and English release, with the same crew but different
- Diaboliques, Les (1954)
- Two women drive from the outskirts of Paris to Niort, the birthplace of
director 'Henri-Georges Clouzot' (qv).
- Dial M for Murder (1954)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): about 13 minutes into the film, on the
left side of the reunion photograph.
- The movie was shot in 3-D although it was never released that way until
after Hitchcock's death.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- The original plot had 'Gert Frobe' (qv) returning as Auric
_Goldfinger (1964)_ (qv)'s twin and seeking revenge for the death of his
- 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
- Upon release, this film broke Hollywood's three day gross record.
- '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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Dustin Hoffman): Mumbles
- CAMEO(Paul Sorvino): Lips Manlis
- CAMEO(Alan Garfield): a reporter
- CAMEO(James Caan):
- Dick Turpin (1925)
- Most scenes with 'Carole Lombard' (qv) were cut before release, but she
can still be seen in a group scene.
- Die Hard (1988)
- 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.
- 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)
- The General is from ``Valverde, the fictitious Latin-American country used
in _Commando (1985)_ (qv).
- DIRTRADE(Renny Harlin): [finland]: ``Finlandia Hymn by Jean
Sibelius is used in some scenes.
- Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
- 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.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Lee Marvin):
- CAMEO(Charles Bronson):
- Dirty Harry (1971)
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- The final scene where Harry throws his badge in the river is a homage to a
similar scene from _High Noon (1952)_ (qv).
- 'Andrew Robinson' (qv) (Scorpio) had to get an unlisted phone number, and has
received a death threat.
- DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man running down the street.
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
- 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)
- 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)
- References to _Citizen Kane (1941)_ (qv).
- Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
- Director 'Sidney Lumet' (qv) claims that 'Al Pacino' (qv) and
'Chris Sarandon' (qv)'s phone conversation was improvised.
- Dolores Claiborne (1994)
- A fire on the set in Nova Scotia, Canada caused one million dollars damage.
- Don Juan DeMarco and the Centerfold (1995)
- 'Johnny Depp' (qv) agreed to be in the film on the condition that
'Marlon Brando' (qv) was cast in the psychiatrist's role.
- In order to learn a Spanish accent, Depp watched a tape of
_"Fantasy Island" (1978)_ (qv) re-runs.
- Don't Bet on Love (1933)
- Working titles was ``In the Money.
- Dona Herlinda y Su Hijo (1985)
- 'Guadalupe del Toro' (qv) was offered the role of Dona Herlinda in exchange
for helping finance the movie.
- Doors, The (1991)
- 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
- Kilmer wore special contact lenses which made his pupils seem dilated
in the scenes where Morrison was stoned
- Closeup shots use Kilmer's voice, long distance shots use Morrison's.
- 'Patricia Kennealy Morrison' (qv) played the High Priestess in the
- 'John Densmore' (qv) (The Doors drummer) was the recording engineer.
- 'Bonnie Bramlett' (qv) (of 60's group Delaney and Bonnie) played the
- Stone's son plays the young Jim Morrison in the accident scene.
- DIRCAMEO(Oliver Stone): Morrison's film professor.
- Dorado, El (1996)
- Shot entirely on location, with entirely ad-libbed dialog.
- Double Indemnity (1944)
- 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)
- 'Nick Nolte' (qv) spent five weeks as a homeless person in preparation for
- Down Argentine Way (1940)
- '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.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Moe Howard)
- Dr. No (1962)
- _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
- Author 'Ian Fleming' (qv) wanted his cousin 'Chrisopher Lee' (qv) to play
Dr. No.See also _The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)_ (qv).
- 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
- Fleming originally asked 'Noel Coward' (qv) to play the part of Dr. No,
Coward replied in a telegram ``Dr. No? No! No! No!.
- Actors considered for the lead role included: 'Cary Grant' (qv),
'David Niven' (qv), 'Trevor Howard' (qv), 'Rex Harrison' (qv), and
'Roger Moore' (qv).
- '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).
- After the film's release in Italy, the Vatican issued a special communique
expressing its disapproval at the film's moral standpoint.
- The voice of Honey Rider is not that of 'Ursula Andress' (qv).
- 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).
- A painting of the Duke of Wellington, stolen in 1960 and never recovered,
can be seen on the wall of Dr. No's headquarters.
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- '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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [three-way]: USA vs. Russia vs. General Ripper.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): [faces]: General Turgidson, General Ripper,
and Dr. Strangelove.
- DIRTRADE(Stanley Kubrick): : Name of the message decoder ``CRM-114.
- Dracula (1931/II)
- Filmed with the same sets as _Dracula (1931/I)_ (qv).
- Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
- 'Jason Scott Lee' (qv) had no previous Martial Arts training.He was
trained especially for this role, and had numerous stunt doubles.
- Dragonwyck (1946)
- "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)
- Directer 'Peter Greenaway' (qv), a former art student, created the sketches
that feature in the film.
- Drop Dead Fred (1991)
- CAMEO(Bridget Fonda): Annabella.
- Drop Zone (1994)
- If you unscramble 'Wesley Snipes' (qv)' character's name ``Nessip, you get
- Drowning by Numbers (1987)
- Three generations of ``Cissie Colpitts were introduced in
_The Falls (1980)_ (qv), also directed by 'Peter Greenaway' (qv).
- Duck Soup (1927)
- Adapted from a sketch written by 'Stan Laurel' (qv)'s father.
- Duck Soup (1933)
- The mirror trick was previously used in _The Floorwalker (1916)_ (qv).
- Duellists, The (1977)
- 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)
- '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.
- 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.
- The inspiration for the design of the stillsuits was the medical textbook
- 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.
- The tendons visible when Paul hooks the worm were made from condoms.
- Two hundred workers spent two months hand-clearing three square miles of
Mexican desert for location shooting.
- Some special effects scenes were filmed with over a million watts of
lighting, drawing 11,000 amps.
- 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.
- Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes
from _Conan the Destroyer (1984)_ (qv).
- Lynch disowned the television cut.
- SMITHEE(David Lynch): disowned the television cut.
- DIRCAMEO(David Lynch): A radio operator on the mining ship that Paul
and Duke Leto Atreides rescue from a sandworm.
- DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Sting' (qv).
- Dynamite (1929)
- 'Carole Lombard' (qv) was replaced during filming, but can still be seen in
the released print.
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- ET's face was modeled after poet 'Carl Sandburg' (qv) and Albert Einstein.
- '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.
- 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.
- The extraterrestrial's plant collection includes a triffid (from
_The Day of the Triffids (1962)_ (qv)).
- ET's voice was performed by 'Pat Walsh' (qv), with help from
'Debra Winger' (qv).
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Elliot's father deserts the family to
go to Mexico with Sally.
- Early Bird, The (1963)
- 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)
- 'James Cagney' (qv) turned down the role of Joe Lorenzo.
- Easter Parade (1948)
- Garland's husband 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv) was originally slated to direct,
but Garland's psychiatrist advised them not to work together.
- 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.
- 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).
- A Garland solo number, ``Mr. Monotony, was cut from the film.
- Easy Rider (1969)
- 'Peter Fonda' (qv), 'Dennis Hopper' (qv), and 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) were
really smoking marijuana on camera.
- The final campfire scene was left out of the original shooting
schedule and was shot after both motorcycles had been stolen.
- CAMEO(Phil Spector): the cocaine dealer.
- Easy Virtue (1927)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): walking past a tennis court carrying a
- Echoes of a Summer (1976)
- '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)
- DIRCAMEO(Don Siegel): man at a hotel pool
- Edge of the World, The (1937)
- 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.
- 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)
- 'Marlon Brando' (qv) signed up for the lead role, but dropped out at the
- Eika Katappa (1969)
- 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)
- '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)
- 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.
- Rodriguez claims the other actors were ``innocent passers by. He gave them
lines as and when they were needed.
- For the moving camera shots, Rodriguez sat in a broken hospital wheelchair
and was pushed around.
- The movie was intended to go ``straight to video.
- 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.
- Rodriguez says he made the movie to ``practise.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Georgio Moroder): radio station executive at the very end.
- Elephant Man, The (1980)
- 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)
- '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)
- Originally filmed as a musical.
- Empire of the Sun (1987)
- ``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.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)
- Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models melted.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- The blasers used by the stormtroopers were constructed from Sterling
- There is a rumor that one of the asteroids is actually a potato.
- The following characters ``have a bad feeling about this: Leia.See
also: _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and _Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).
- 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
- 'Denis Lawson' (qv), plays Wedge Antilles.See also
_Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).
- 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
- 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)
- Shot in Hungary, where labour was cheap enough to build the sets.
- 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)
- 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)
- Originally a student film project by 'Dennis Muren' (qv).
- Escapade (1935)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Jamie Lee Curtis): opening narration, and voice of the computer.
- The name ``Snake Plisskeen was changed to ``Hyena for the Italian
- DIRTRADE(John Carpenter): [names]: Cronenberg, Romero.
- Evil Dead II (1987)
- One of the books on the can that traps Ash's possessed hand is ``A Farewell
- 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)
- 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.
- Filmed in a real-life abandoned cabin.
- 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.
- 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).
- DIRTRADE(Sam Raimi): [3-stooges]:
- Ewok Adventure, The (1984) (TV)
- One of the matte paintings includes Winnie the Pooh sitting in a tree.
- Exorcist III, The (1990)
- '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).
- CAMEO(C Everett Coop): in the restuarant.
- CAMEO(Larry King): in the restuarant.
- CAMEO(John Thompson): (coach of the Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Team)
outside the restaurant.
- Exorcist, The (1973)
- 'Mercedes McCambridge' (qv) had to sue Warner Brothers for credit as the
- 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.
- 'Jane Fonda' (qv) and 'Shirley McClaine' (qv) were approached to play the
role of Chris MacNeil.
- CAMEO(William Peter Blatty): producer of the film that Chris is acting in;
he's seen talking to Burke.
- Explorers (1985)
- 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
- A newspaper headline is ``Kingston Falls Mystery Still Unsolved.Kingston
Falls was the town in _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv), which 'Joe Dante' (qv) also
- The school is named after animator 'Chuck Jones' (qv).
- Fabulous Baker Boys, The (1989)
- '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)
- 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)
- 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.
- _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)
- Originally set in San Francisco, changed to Miami to suit
'Sylvester Stallone' (qv), who subsequently left the project.
- Falcon in Mexico, The (1944)
- The exterior footage is supposedly from 'Orson Welles' (qv)' never completed
RKO documentary _It's All True (????)_ (qv).
- Falcon's Brother, The (1942)
- Originally intended to be the last of the ``Falcon movies, as
'George Sanders' (qv) wanted out of the series.
- Falling Down (1993)
- 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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Michael Nyman):
- CAMEO(Bob Godfrey): G. Odfrey.
- Family Plot (1976)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in silhouette 45 minutes into the film
behind the door at the registrar of births and deaths.
- '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.
- DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: features a modern chemical
- Fantasia (1940)
- The Sorceror (in ``The Sorceror's Apprentice) is named ``Yen Sid, which
is ``Disney spelt backwards.
- The demon in ``Night on Bald Mountain was supposedly modeled on
'Bela Lugosi' (qv).It was named ``Chernobog after the god of evil in
- A segment featuring 'Claude Debussy' (qv)'s ``Clair de Lunewas animated
- The soundtrack was re-recorded for the film's 50th anniversary.
- Far and Away (1992)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Cheech Marin): ???.Marin was director 'Tommy Chong' (qv)'s
former partner in the comedy duo ``Cheech & Chong.
- Fast and Furry-ous (1949)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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).
- 'Barbara Hershey' (qv) and 'Debra Winger' (qv) both turned down the role
- Faust (1926)
- 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
- '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)
- 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
- Fedora (1978)
- 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)
- '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)
- 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)
- '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)
- 'Priscilla Lane' (qv) was cast as a girl back home.The part was cut before
- 'William Gargan' (qv) was originally cast as John Wynn.
- Finian's Rainbow (1968)
- The song ``Necessity appears on the soundtrack album, but was cut from the
- Fire on the Amazon (1993) (V)
- '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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Paul Sorvino):
- First Men in the Moon (1964)
- CAMEO(Peter Finch):
- First Traveling Saleslady, The (1956)
- Originally intended to star 'Mae West' (qv).
- Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)
- 'John Cleese' (qv)'s character is called ``Archie Leach, which is
'Cary Grant' (qv)'s real name.
- Portia is played by 'Cynthia Caylor' (qv), who is Cleese's real-life
- 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
- When Otto ('Kevin Kline' (qv)), suggests possible snitchers to George, he
suggests ``Kevin Delaney, which are Kline's first and middle names.
- 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)
- 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.
- CAMEO(Tom Waits): the beggar in the wheelchair at the train station.
- Fitzcarraldo (1982)
- 'Mick Jagger' (qv) and 'Jason Robards' (qv) were replaced by
'Klaus Kinski' (qv).
- 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
- The production is documented by the film ``Burden of Dreams by
'Les Blank' (qv).
- Flash Gordon (1980)
- 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)
- The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai's famous woodcut ``The Wave.
- Flicks (1987)
- Filmed in 1981 but never released theatrically.
- Flight of the Navigator (1986)
- 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)
- 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)
- DIRCAMEO(David Cronenberg): obstetrician who delivers the maggot baby.
- Flying Down to Rio (1933)
- In the original prints, the ``Orchids in the Moonlight number was color
- 'Joel McCrea' (qv) was originally slated for the role of Roger Bond.
- It became obvious that 'Arline Judge' (qv) was no match for
'Fred Astaire' (qv), so 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) replaced her.
- '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)
- DIRTRADE(John Carpenter): [names]: characters named after cast and
crew of Carpenter's previous film _Halloween (1978)_ (qv).
- Follow the Boys (1944)
- 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)
- 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.
- The role of Connie Martin was originally planned for 'Irene Dunne' (qv),
but she was unavailable.
- 'Harriet Hilliard' (qv) darkened her hair for the role to heighten theo
contrast between her and 'Ginger Rogers' (qv).
- 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.
- Bugle call: see also _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (qv) and
_Roberta (1935)_ (qv).
- Follow the Leader (1930)
- 'Ethel Merman' (qv) was a last minute replacement for 'Ruth Etting' (qv).
- Foolish Wives (1922)
- Originally 3 hours long, censored to about 130 minutes.
- Mrs. Hughes can be seen reading a book with the title ``Foolish Wives,
written by 'Erich von Stroheim' (qv).
- Footlight Parade (1933)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Hermes Pan): the film's choreographer dances with 'Betty Grable' (qv)
to ``Land on Your Feet.
- For the Defense (1930)
- Loosely based on the career of New York attorney 'William Fallon' (qv).
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- '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
- Director 'John Glenn' (qv) had previously edited and was second-unit director
on a number of previous Bond films.
- 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.
- Stuntman 'Paolo Rigon' (qv) died during the filming of the bob sleigh chase.
- '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.
- One of the Bond girls was played by 'Tula Cossey' (qv), who was later
revealed to be a former male.
- 'Sheena Easton' (qv) becomes the first vocalist to appear during the credits
- Forbidden Planet (1956)
- Borrowed its plot from Shakespeare's ``The Tempest.
- First appearance of ``Robby the Robot.
- First mainstream film to have the music performed entirely by electronic
instruments, the soundtrack taking a year to be created.
- Foreign Affair, A (1948)
- CAMEO(Frederick Hollander): Erika's piano player in the cabaret.
- Foreign Correspondent (1940)
- 'Robert Benchley' (qv) was allowed to write his own lines.
- Director 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv) wanted 'Gary Cooper' (qv) for the lead
instead of 'Joel McCrae' (qv), but Cooper wasn't interested in doing a
- 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
- 'Albert Bassermann' (who played the Dutch diplomat Van Meer) couldn't speak a
word of English and learned all his lines phonetically.
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): early in the movie walking past
Jonny Jones' hotel reading a newspaper.
- Forgotten Commandments (1932)
- Uses footage from _The Ten Commandments (1923)_ (qv).
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- The script for this movie drifted around for 20 years before anyone decided
to film it.
- All of the still photos of Forrest show him with his eyes closed.
- Fortress (1993)
- Filmed on the same set as _Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)_ (qv).
- Forty-Second Street (1933)
- '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)
- Unreleased- only print destroyed by fire before release
- 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)
- 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)
- Filmed at the same time as _The Three Musketeers_ (qv).
- 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
- Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
- While making the film, 'Hugh Grant' (qv) thought the movie was awful.
- 'Kristin Scott Thomas' (qv) dubbed her own voice for the French version.
- 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).
- 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)
- '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).
- The interior of the Franken family garage is intentionally four times
as large as the exterior, as specified in the screenplay.
- DIRCAMEO(Frank Henenlotter): on the train that Frankenhooker takes to
Manhattan, standing by the door holding a newspaper.
- Frankenstein (1931)
- 'Bela Lugosi' (qv) was offered the role of the Monster, but turned it down.
- 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
- Frankie and Johnny (1991)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
- Winter claims that the original producer of the film was fired by the studio
for making too many weird movies.
- Winter claims that 'Alex Zuckerman' (qv)'s ears are not really that big.
- Winter claims that the drool and spit coming from his mouth after Ricky
gets transformed was real, caused by the make-up.
- CAMEO(Keanu Reeves): the Dog Boy
- Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
- 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
- CAMEO(Alice Cooper): Freddy's father.
- Frenzy (1972)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): in the first moments of the film in the
crowd- he is the only one not applauding the speaker.
- '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).
- This was the first film Hitchcock shot in England since 1950's
_Stage Fright (1950)_ (qv).
- DIRTRADE(Alfred Hitchcock): [bathroom]: the killer hides in the bathroom
after the potato truck sequence.
- Freshman, The (1925)
- 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)
- '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).
- 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).
- Brando left filming one day in the trunk of his car to avoid photographers.
- 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)
- 'Jeffrey Combs' (qv) was cast principally because a brunette was needed to
match the prop head made for the decapitation scene.
- From Beyond (1986)
- 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)
- 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).
- 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)
- 'Eli Wallach' (qv) turned down the role of Angelo Maggio.
- '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)
- The budget was $2,000,000 (double that of _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv)).
- Chosen as the second 007 film after President Kennedy listed the book in his
top ten favorite novels of all time.
- 'Daniela Blanchi' (qv) was 1960's Miss Universe, but being Italian her voice
- 'Martine Beswick' (qv) (Zora the gypsy) danced in the opening credits of
_Dr. No (1962)_ (qv).
- ``Q played by 'Desmond Llewelyn' (qv) appears for the first time.
- '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.
- During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced
pilot flew too close to 'Sean Connery' (qv), almost killing him.
- The title of the film is ``Hearty Kisses From Russia in France and
``Agent 007 Sees Red in Sweden.
- Fugitive, The (1993)
- 'Harrison Ford' (qv) has never seen a single episode of the TV series upon
which the film was based.
- A train was actually crashed for the movie, although Kimble jumping free
was a superimposed image.
- 'Tommy Lee Jones' (qv) ad-libbed his reply to Kimble's protest (``I didn't
kill my wife): ``I don't care!
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- ``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)
- '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)
- 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)
- 'Merle Oberon' (qv) was originally signed to play Domini, but was ``bought
off by 'David O. Selznick' (qv) at a cost of $25,000.
- All of the ``Arabic spoken in the film is gibberish.
- Garden, The (1995)
- DIRCAMEO(James Kerwin): about 45 minutes in shaking hands with Johansen after
- Gardens of Stone (1987)
- '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)
- The letter telling Nora about Trudi's absences from school gives the
name of the school principal as 'Allison Anders' (qv), the director of
- Gay Divorcee, The (1934)
- 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).
- 'Helen Broderick' (qv) was asked to play the role of Hortense but was
- 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)
- 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.
- Monroe wears a gold lame evening dress previously worn by
'Ginger Rogers' (qv) in _Dreamboat (1952)_ (qv).
- Getaway, The (1994)
- '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).
- 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
- 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)
- CAMEO(Ted Turner): saying ``Let's go, boys! midway through Pickett's
- 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)
- 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)
- The role of Louis Tully was originally written for 'John Candy' (qv).
- 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
- The demonic voice of Dana/Zuul was performed by director 'Ivan Reitman' (qv).
The voice of Gozer was provided by 'Paddi Edwards' (qv).
- Many sequences were shot but removed from the film (a couple of the
following were added as extras to the Criterion Collection CAV laserdisc
- 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
Some deleted shots appear in the film's trailers.
- Ghostbusters II (1989)
- 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).
- Dialogue including ``There's always room for Jello was re-recorded for the
- CAMEO(Chloe Webb): guest on ``World of the Psychic.
- Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) (V)
- CAMEO(Donald Trump): himself
- Giant (1956)
- 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)
- Composed entirely from episodes of
_"Girl From Tomorrow, The" (1990) (TV)_ (qv).,
- Giu la testa (1971)
- The film was originally due to be directed by 'Peter Bogdanovich' (qv),
but 'Sergio Leone' (qv) took over.
- Glen or Glenda (1953)
- This transvestitism film was entirely financed by a Mormon church.
- Glory (1989)
- 'Matthew Broderick' (qv) is believed to be a distant relative of Shaw, the
character he plays.
- CAMEO(Jane Alexander): Robert Shaw's mother.
- Godfather, The (1972)
- '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.
- 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.
- 'Lawrence Olivier' (qv) was considered for the role of Vito Corleone.
- '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.
- 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.
- During rehersals, a false horse's head was used for the bedroom scene.For
the actual shot, a real horse's head was used.
- During the scene where Sonny ('James Caan' (qv)) beats up Carlo
('Gianni Russo' (qv)), Caan actually broke some of Russo's ribs.
- Author 'Mario Puzo' (qv) and director 'Francis Coppola' (qv)
deliberately removed all instances of the word ``Mafia from their
- Scene of Don Corleone's death in the tomato garden was ad-libbed.
- 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) (daughter of director) appears as Michael Corleone's
baby daughter in the christening scenes.
- Godfather: Part III, The (1990)
- '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.
- 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.
- '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).
- Composer 'Carmine Coppola' (qv) plays the orchestra conductor at the opera.
- Gods Must Be Crazy, The (1980)
- 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)
- 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)
- The 2,500 men playing prospectors were real vagrants who were hired for
one day's pay.
- There was 27 times more film shot than appeared in the final cut.
- 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
- GoldenEye (1995)
- First James Bond movie where Bond's car is not English.
- '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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 'The Rolling Stones' (qv) were offered the chance to sing the title song,
- United Artists tried to get 'Anthony Hopkins' (qv) to play the villian.
- '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.
- ``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
- 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.
- Near the end of the film a computer displays ``Pevsner Communications GmBH,
a reference to executive producer 'Tom Pevsner' (qv).
- Goldfinger (1964)
- The budget was $4,000,000 (it eventually grossed $40,000,000).
- 'Margaret Nolan' (qv) (Dink) also appears in the opening credits sequence.
- 'Nadja Regin' (qv) (Bonita the nightclub dancer) previously appeared in
_From Russia with Love (1963)_ (qv).
- '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.
- The image of the body coated in gold paint became an icon of the sixties
when it appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
- 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.
- Although he could speak English, 'Gert Frobe' (qv)'s voice was dubbed.
- Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
- 93 cars are crashed in this 97 minute movie.
- Gone with the Wind (1939)
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- '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.
- 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.
- Female costumes were made complete with petticoats, although they wouldn't
have been missed had they not been there.
- '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.
- 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
- 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).
- Leigh worked for 125 days and receibed about $25,000.Gable worked for 71
days and received over $120,000.
- Good Earth, The (1937)
- The only film with on-screen credit given to MGM executive Irving Thalberg.
- Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
- Originally titled ``Good Girls Go To Paris, Too, but the censors objected.
- Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
- 'Robin Williams' (qv) ad-libbed all of Adrian Cronauer's broadcasts.
- Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
- 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
- GoodFellas (1990)
- Based on the novel ``Wiseguy by 'Nicholas Pileggi' (qv), but was renamed
to avoid confusion with the TV series _"Wiseguy" (1987)_ (qv).
- Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s mother plays Tommy's mother.
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- References to _Gremlins (1984)_ (qv).
- 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.
- 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)
- DIRTRADE(Ken Russell): [snake]
- DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): [with family] on the tour boat at the end of the film.
- Grace Quigley (1984)
- 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)
- DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [reno]
- DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [music]
- DIRTRADE(Luc Besson): [intro]
- Grand Canyon (1991)
- DIRCAMEO(Lawrence Kasdan): tries to interest Davis in a film.
- Great Dictator, The (1940)
- 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)
- Actor 'Donald Pleasence' (qv) was actually a POW during WWII.
- 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)
- The working title was ``Far Horizon.
- Great Moment, The (1944)
- Originally a much more serious film.After picking up some confused reviews
Paramount insisted that it be recut.
- Great Mouse Detective, The (1986)
- 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)
- Re-released on video in 1993, with changes to the soundtrack.
- CAMEO(Jim Henson): the man that Gonzo takes a photo of in the
- CAMEO(Richard Hunt): Cab driver.
- CAMEO(Jerry Nelson): man with daughter in the park.
- Great Rock and Roll Swindle, The (1980)
- 'Julien Temple' (qv) replaced original director 'Russ Meyer' (qv) as a
result of creative differences.
- Great Train Robbery, The (1979)
- '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.
- 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.
- Crichton had his hair catch fire when the steam loco he was filimg from
spewed burning embers.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Bob Hope): circus spectator
- CAMEO(Bing Crosby): circus spectator
- Greed (1925)
- The original version ran for 8 hours.
- Greedy (1994)
- ``McTeague is the name of the novel by 'Frank Norris' (qv) that
_Greed (1925)_ (qv) was based on.
- Green Goddess, The (1930)
- 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)
- ``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
- '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)
- Dubbed with local accents for the original American release.
- Gremlins (1984)
- 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.
- 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)).
- 'Zack Galligan' (qv) had a crush on 'Phoebe Cates' (qv) during filming.
- 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.
- 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.
- A subplot about Mrs. Deagle trying to buy some homes in Kingston Falls to
build a nuclear plant was shot but cut.
- A scene where Billy and Kate discover Gerald in the bank vault was added to
the NBC TV showing.
- Billy says he bought a comic at Dr. Fantasy's. Dr. Fantasy is a nickname for
executive producer 'Frank Marshall' (qv).
- The old lady in the bank is a homage to the Wicket Witch of the East from
_The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).
- 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.
- CAMEO(George Lucas): at the inventor's convention, riding a bicycle.
- CAMEO(Steven Spielberg): the man in the electric wheelchair with a TV
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- 'Andie MacDowell' (qv)'s voice was dubbed by 'Glenn Close' (qv).
- Groundhog Day (1993)
- 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
- 'Bill Murray' (qv) was bitten by the groundhog twice during the filming of
- Gulliver's Travels (1939)
- An early plan was to have the role of Gulliver written for Popeye.
- Gun Fury (1953)
- Originally filmed in 3D.
- Gunga Din (1939)
- 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.
- The battle between the Thugees and the British Indian army was filmed
when RKO considered the ending too bland.
- Guns of Navarone, The (1961)
- 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) spent part of WWII in Albania organizing guerilla
- Guns of the Clackamas (1995)
- This film was inspired by the story of _Saratoga (1937)_ (qv) which was
finished after its star died.
- DIRCAMEO(Bill Plympton): as anonymous crew member (in silhouette).
- Guyver, The (1991)
- '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).
- ACTTRADE(Jimmie Walker): his last line: ``Dyn-o-miiiiiite!
- Habit of Happiness, The (1916)
- 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)
- DIRCAMEO(John Waters): the psychiatrist.
- Half Moon Street (1986)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- CAMEO(David Dukes): a doctor
- Hanging Out Yonkers (1973)
- Never completed.
- Hanky Panky (1982)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Tony Roberts):
- CAMEO(Sam Waterston):
- Hans Brinker (1979)
- CAMEO(Cyril Ritchard)
- Happy New Year (1987)
- 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)
- Norm and Shake are loosely based, respectively, on the Beatles' real-life
road managers 'Neil Aspinall' (qv) and 'Mal Evans' (qv).
- The people chasing the Beatles into the train at the beginning of the film
are real fans.
- 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.
- The title song was written after the movie was filmed.
- '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).
- DIRCAMEO(Richard Lester): seen briefly at the back of the stage while
the Beatles perform ``Tell Me Why.
- Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
- CAMEO(Robert Ryan):
- DIRCAMEO(Ida Lupino):
- Harder They Fall, The (1956)
- Loosely based on the career of fighter 'Primo Carnera' (qv).
- Harvey Girls, The (1946)
- 'Marion Doenges'(qv) dubbed 'Cyd Cahrisse'(qv)' singing.
- Hasty Hare, The (1952)
- The astronomer is a caricature of cartoon director 'Friz Freleng' (qv).
- Haunted Gold (1932)
- 'Edgar Washington' (qv) also appeared in _The Phantom City (1928)_ (qv),
of which this film is a remake.
- Haunted Spooks (1920)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Raul Julia): Lena Olin's husband.
- He Ran All the Way (1951)
- 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)
- Part of the film was directed (uncredited) by 'Anthony Mann' (qv).
- Head (1968)
- CAMEO(Jack Nicholson): after [Peter Tork] punches a guy in drag.
- Heart of the Golden West (1942)
- '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)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- DIRCAMEO(Peter Jackson): bum kissed by Juliet outside the theatre.
- Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980) (TV)
- Filmed for cinematic release, but released on TV.
- Hell's Angels (1930)
- Director 'Howard Hughes' (qv) had all of the prints tinted and hand-colored
before releasing them for general distribution.
- Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
- 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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Peter Atkins):the barman
- CAMEO(Anthony Hickox): a soldier in Vietnam, as well as brief segment on a
TV chat show.
- Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
- SMITHEE(Kevin Yagher): disowned the version with cuts made after release to
reduce running time.
- Helpmates (1932)
- 'Stan Laurel' (qv) gives his real phone number (OXford-0614).
- Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
- 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)
- This is the only 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) film for which there is no known
- Herbstmilch (1988)
- The title refers to a mixture of herbs which was used to abort pregnancies.
- Hero (1992)
- CAMEO(Chevy Chase): owner of the TV station.
- Hexed (1993)
- '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)
- 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)
- 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)
- '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)
- 'Gracy Kelly' (qv), recently engaged to Prince Ranier of Monaco, wore
her actual engagement ring for her character's engagement.
- Highlander (1986)
- 'Christopher Lambert' (qv) spent time with a dialog coach, developing an
accent which sounded unspecifically foreign.
- 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.
- The castle where Connor MacLeod lived is the same castle used for the
interior shots for _Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)_ (qv).
- 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)
- Grossly contradicts _Highlander (1986)_ (qv), its prequel.
- '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)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Jeanette Patterson-Pollock)
- Hiroshima mon amour (1960)
- 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)
- 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).
- 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)
- '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)
- '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)
- 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)
- 'Marjorie Reynolds' (qv) singing was dubbed by 'Martha Mears' (qv).
- 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.
- The animated Thanksgiving sequence is a topical reference to President
Roosevelt's failed attempt to change the date of the holiday.
- The script originally called for a Labor Day dance number, ``This Is a Great
- Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)
- 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)
- [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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Reference to _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv).
- Honeymoon Killers, The (1969)
- Originally to be directed by 'Martin Scorsese' (qv), but he was replaced
due to creative differences by 'Donald Volkman' (qv) who was subsequently
- Hong Faan Kui (1995)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- The working titles were ``Strictly Business, ``Sex in Business, and
``Another Man's Wife.
- Hook (1991)
- 'Bob Hoskins' (qv)bought beer for 300+ extras after a lengthy and
complicated scene was cut.
- The young Peter Pan is played by 'Dustin Hoffman' (qv)'s son.
- The pirate shut in the chest with the scorpion was played by
'Glenn Close' (qv).
- 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.
- 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).
- Smee says ``Goooooooood morning Neverland!, a reference to Williams in
_Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)_ (qv).
- [reference to Awakenings, anyone?]
- 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).
- Because Tinkerbell was often in the air, 'Julia Roberts' (qv) had an
assistant whose sole responsibility was cleaning her feet.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: ``Old Peter doesn't pay attention to
- Hop-a-long Cassidy (1935)
- '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)
- 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.
- 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).
- 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)
- '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
- 'Richard Crenna' (qv) plays Denton Walters.In the TV series ``Our Miss
Brooks, Crenna played a character called ``Walter Denton.
- CAMEO(Martin Sheen): man on passing gunboat.
- 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)
- '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)
- The role of Margaret was initally offered to 'Miranda Richardson' (qv).
- Howling, The (1981)
- 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).
- CAMEO(John Sayles): morgue attendant
- CAMEO(Roger Corman):
- CAMEO(Forry Ackerman):
- Hudson Hawk (1991)
- 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.
- Coburn plays ``George Kaplan, which is the name of the fake agent from
_North by Northwest (1959)_ (qv).
- Igg and Ook both mutter their own names as their last words.
- Hudsucker Proxy, The (1994)
- In _Raising Arizona (1987)_ (qv) (also directed by 'Joel Coen' (qv)),
factory workers could be seen wearing a uniform bearing the name
- In _Barton Fink (1991)_ (also co-written by Coen) there was also a character
called ``Karl Mundt.
- Hunt for Red October, The (1990)
- 'Kevin Costner' (qv) originally cast as Jack Ryan.
- 'Klaus-Maria Brandauer' (qv) originally cast as Marko Ramius.
- $20,000 spent on 'Sean Connery' (qv)'s hairpiece.
- 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
- Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
- 'Barbara Stanwyck' (qv) was originally sought for the role of Jewel Mayhew
which eventually went to 'Mary Astor' (qv).
- '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)
- DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): crossing the top of a staircase during the
- '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)
- Originally three reels, but cut to two after lukewarm receptions by preview
- I Dood It (1943)
- Footage for the number ``Swinging the Junx Away was borrowed from
_Born To Dance (1936)_ (qv).
- I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
- 'Captain C.W.R. Knight' (qv) was a real life falconer and trained
the Golden Eagle ``Torquil in this film.
- '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)
- Originally titled ``Black Out, director Darnell Martin was forced to
change it by Columbia.
- I Love You to Death (1990)
- CAMEO(Phoebe Cates): one of Joey's girlfriends.Joey is played by
'Kevin Kline' (qv), who is married to Cates.
- I Wanted Wings (1941)
- 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)
- The working titles were ``Double Furlough and ``With All My Heart.
- Director 'George Cukor' (qv) was replaced by 'David O. Selznick' (qv).
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
- References to _Rambo III (1988)_ (qv).
- Ice Pirates, The (1984)
- CAMEO(Max Von Sydow):
- Idiot, The (1957)
- Filmed as a two-part film, but cut severely by the studio against
director 'Akira Kurosawa' (qv)'s wishes.Original unreleased version ran
- Ikimono no Kiroku (1955)
- The music score was completed by 'Masaru Sato' (qv) when composer
'Fumio Hayasaka' (qv) died during production.
- Immediate Family (1989)
- 'Mary Stuart Masterson' (qv) wore an eight-pound sack of bird seed around
her stomach to simulate being pregnant.
- Immortal Beloved (1994)
- Some extras fainted in the extreme heat during the filming of the funeral
- In the Line of Fire (1993)
- 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.
- Malkovich improvised the scene where he puts the gun into his mouth.
Peterson liked it so much he left it in the film.
- 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.
- 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)
- CAMEO(Walter Huston): bartender
- CAMEO(Humphrey Bogart): in the roadhouse scene
- CAMEO(Peter Lorre): in the roadhouse scene
- CAMEO(Sidney Greenstreet): in the roadhouse scene
- CAMEO(Ward Bond): in the roadhouse scene
- DIRTRADE(John Huston): [father]
- In Which We Serve (1942)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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).
- '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)
- Filmed at director 'Mike Binder' (qv)'s childhood summer camp.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- 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))
- Director 'Stephen Spielberg' (qv) included the opening scenes as a tribute
to his own experiences as a Boy Scout.
- 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.
- Shows origin of Jones' fear of snakes in
_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv).
- '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).
- When making _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), 'George Lucas' (qv) owned a dog named
- 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.
- Walter Donovan was played by 'Julian Glover' (qv), and Donovan's wife was
played by Glover's wife.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [father]: Henry Jones Sr. was never around after
his wife died.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- 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))
- Short Round was named after screenwriter 'Willard Huyck' (qv)'s dog, which
was named after the orphan in _The Steel Helmet (1951)_ (qv).
- The club at the beginning is called ``Club Obi Wan, a reference to a
_Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) character.
- Shots of mining-car roller-coaster ride done with models and a 35mm camera
modified to hold extra film.
- Rehash of the ``shooting the swordsman joke from
_Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv).
- Suspension bridge only shown from one side, to avoid showing the Grand Coulee
- 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.
- CAMEO(Dan Aykroyd): meets Indiana at the airport at the beginning.
- CAMEO(Frank Marshall): a tourist in the background in the
airport scene at the beginning.
- DIRCAMEO(Steven Spielberg): a tourist in the background in the airport scene
at the beginning.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [stars]: when Indy is talking to Short Round
on the hill above the village.
- DIRTRADE(Steven Spielberg): [music]
- Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990) (V)
- DIRTRADE(David Lynch): [singer]: 'Julee Cruise' (qv).
- Innerspace (1987)
- 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
- Repeated rabbit motif: Tuck's apartment, etc [more!]
- The computers in the lab display Apple 2 assembly language listing from the
- Innocent Blood (1992)
- 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
- One scene shows a TV set that is showing 'Alfred Hitchcock' (qv)'s cameo in
_Strangers on a Train (1951)_ (qv).
- CAMEO(Dario Argento): the nurse in the ambulance.[credited?]
- 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
- Innocente, L' (1976)
- 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)
- 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.
- '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.
- 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)
- 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.
- The crew was casted to play the crew of the Kalijak-Movie.Some crew members
have other small roles.
- DIRTRADE(John Landis): [ipanema]: the music during the strip scene.
- DIRTRADE(John Landis): [SYNW]: appears on two posters in the office
where Ed and Diana make the phone call.
- Intruder (1988)
- The ``head in one hand, sandwich in the other speech was previously
used in _Raising Arizona (1987)_ (qv).
- Invaders from Mars (1986)
- 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)
- CAMEO(Don Siegel): taxi driver.Siegel directed the original film, of
which this film is a remake.
- CAMEO(Kevin McCarthy): man asking for help.McCarthy was the star of
the original film, of which this film is a remake.
- CAMEO(Robert Duvall): the priest on the swing.
- Ipcress File, The (1965)
- 'Christoper Plummer' (qv) was originally considered for the lead role, but
dropped out to star in _The Sound of Music (1965)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Palmer is the first action hero to wear glasses (Caine is short sighted in
- Irma la Douce (1963)
- 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)
- CAMEO(James Caan):
- Iron & Silk (1990)
- Uschu teacher 'Qingfu Pan' (qv) and 'Mark Salzman' (qv) play themselves.
- Iron Eagle (1986)
- Stunt pilot 'Art Scholl' (qv) was killed during the filming of the canyon
- Ironweed (1987)
- '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)
- DIRCAMEO(Ken Russell): a one-legged man who saves Isadora from drowning, and
her chauffeur in Russia.
- Island of Dr. Moreau, The (1996)
- '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)
- CAMEO(Gary Cooper): a reporter.
- It Had to Be You (1947)
- The main set with the sweeping staircase had been previously used in
_Holdiay (1938)_ (qv).
- 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)
- '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
- It Takes Two (1995)
- 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)
- 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).
- 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.
- Keaton had a longer, earlier scene (cut after premiere).In it, Culpepper
discusses his plans to use Jimmy's boat to escape.
- CAMEO(Jerry Lewis): deliberately drives over Culpepper's hat.
- CAMEO(Jack Benny): stops to offer help
- It's a Small World (1935)
- DIRCAMEO(William Castle): cop
- It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
- 'Cyd Charisse' (qv)'s singing was dubbed by Carole Richards,
'Michael Kidd' (qv)'s by 'Jud Conlin' (qv).
- 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),
- Italian Job, The (1969)
- Paramount Pictures originally wanted 'Robert Redford' (qv) to play the part
- The ending was changed to leave open the possibility of a sequel.