From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Murray Chapman)
Subject: MOVIE TRIVIA: in-jokes, cameos, signatures
Date: 11 Feb 1993 06:02:56 GMT
Organization: The University of Queensland, Austalia.
Summary: Movie trivia, in-jokes, director's signatures, crazy credits
Keywords: movies trivia jokes cameos
Version: 1.0 (February 1993)
Frequently Asked Questions
Compiled by Murray Chapman (email@example.com), from sources too numerous too
mention. Thank-you one and all.
This is a list of interesting trivia, "did you notice"-type things for
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1. Director's Trademarks
2. Selected Cameos
- Directors appearing in their own films
- Miscellaneous Cameos
3. Film Trivia
4. Crazy Credits
- often makes films about a director making films, casts himself in lead role.
- frequently plays a neurotic New Yorker.
- frequently casts Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow.
- frequently casts himself, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, and Madeline Khan
- his films often have a Gothic feel to them
- often casts Kurt Russell
- strong female characters (The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2)
- frequently casts Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton.
- his films frequently feature scenes filmed in deep blues.
- films often include explicit carnage
- always casts Dick Miller in a cameo or supporting role. His films are
therefore good for playing the "spotting Dick Miller" game.
- generally gives Charles Napier a role
- frequently casts ex-partner Sondre Locke
- has cameo in most of his films (see below)
- his films have a common theme of dehumanization
- symmetric image composition and long "zooming out" and "zooming in"
sequences. (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining)
- the phrase "See You Next Wednesday": check out the rec.arts.movies FAQ.
- airport scenes in Into The Night and Coming To America have a call over the
PA system for a "Mr Frank Ozkerwitz" to pick up the white courtesy phone.
This could be a reference to Frank Oz.
- all his films examine racism [all? or most?]
- has appeared in every single one of his films, usually as a weak character,
contrasting the strong lead character.
- frequently casts: Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Jack Nance, Everett McGill
- frequently appears in a small (often one scene) role.
- frequently casts Christopher Guest
- frequently casts Robert DeNero, a student of his from film school in New
- generally finds a role for Wendie Jo Sperber and/or Marc McClure
- his films usually feature puns, slapstick, and visual gags.
DIRECTORS APPEARING IN THEIR OWN FILMS:
(Does not include directors in major roles)
Francis Ford Coppola:
# Apocalypse Now: filming a war documentary
# The Fly: obsetrician who delivers the maggot baby.
- The undisputed champion in this field
- Check out the rec.arts.movies FAQ for a near-complete list
# Grand Canyon: tries to interest Steve Martin's character in a film
# Maximum Overdrive: man who the ATM swears at.
# Into The Night: a terrorist.
# Rain Man: psychiatrist determining if Raymond should stay with Charlie or not
# Scenes from a Mall: promoting Bette Midler's book on TV.
# The Commitments: the record producer in the studio near the end of the film.
His cardboard cut-out can be seen in the background in a video shop, and
cassettes of his films are on the shelves.
# Tootsie: Michael/Dorothy's agent (George Fields).
# Chinatown: the hood who slits Jack Nicholson's nose.
# Pacific Heights: man in the hotel elevator.
# Raging Bull: asking Jake to go on stage.
# After Hours: shining a spotlight from a platform in the club.
# Taxi Driver: man who tells Bickle about the .357 Magnum.
# The Tall Guy: the backstage drunk who congratulates and then collapses.
# Staying Alive: bumps into John Travolta on the street.
# The Doors: Morrison's film professor.
# Torch Song Trilogy: auditions as Joan Crawford's dancing partner.
# Around the World in Eighty Days
- origin of the term "cameo"
- Cameos from 44 stars
- Red Buttons
- Frank Sinatra
# Back to School
- Kurt Vonnegut: himself
# The Blues Brothers
- although not strictly cameos, the following famous personalities make
- Frank Oz: prison officer
- James Brown: minister
- Ray Charles: proprietor of "Ray's Music Exchange"
- Aretha Franklin: proprietor of the "Soul Food Cafe"
- John Lee Hooker: street performer
- Twiggy: blonde in sports car
- Stephen Spielberg: Cook County Assessor
- Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman): wine waiter
- Chaka Khan
- Reginal Hudlin (director): hustler
- Washington Hudlin (producer): hustler
Walter Matthau: the drunk: "Whatta ya gotta do to get a drink around here?"
- James Dickey (author): sheriff
# Electric Dreams
- Georgio Moroder (songwriter): radio station executive (at very end)
- Phil Collins: Police Inspector
- David Crosby: pirate
- Glenn Close: (male) pirate locked in chest with scorpions
# House Party
- Reginal Hudlin (director): thief chased by Doberman
- Washington Hudlin (producer): thief chased by Doberman
# Into The Night
- John Landis: terrorist
- David Kronenburg
- Jonathan Demme
- Jim Henson
- Lawrence Kasdan
- Jonathan Lynn
# The List of Adrien Messinger
- Frank Sinatra
# It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
- dozens of cameos:
- Jimmy Durante
- The Three Stooges
# The Fisher King
- Tom Waits: crippled begger in wheelchair in the train station
# Fletch Lives
- BB King: CIA agent at the drive-in
# Nice Dreams
- Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman)
- Timothy Leary
# Pet Sematary
- Stephen King: minister at funeral
# The Right Stuff
- Chuck Yeager (character in the film): bartender
# Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- Sean Connery: King Richard. Connery got $US250 000 for two days work. He
donated it to charity.
# Throw Momma from the Train
- Rob Reiner: Bill Crystal's agent.
# The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.
- Jamie Lee Curtis played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this scene was
- 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 images that the computers display during the Nostromo's seperation from
the Mother ship are re-used in _Blade Runner_ (also directed by Ridley Scott)
- Much of the dialog was ad-libbed.
- Only John Hurt and the crew knew exactly what was going to happen during the
stomach-bursting scene, so reactions are totally genuine. Amanda Cartwright
gets hit in the face by some "blood" (visible in the movie), and is quite
shaken. Script originally had Cartwright's character the hero of the story,
but after this incident, Sigourney Weaver's Ripley became the hero.
- Extra scenes where Ripley finds Brett and Parker cocooned were cut due to
pacing problems. These extra scenes were not restored to the extended
version, probably for this reason, but possibly because it would conflict
with the subsequently released _Aliens_' view of the alien's life-cycle.
# Altered States
- Author Paddy Chayefski [sp?] disowned this movie.
# American Graffitti
- Licence plate on John Milner's (Paul LeMat) car is THX-1138 (also directed
by George Lucas).
# Apocalypse Now
- Francis Ford Coppola proposed this film 10 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_ and _The Godfather Part II_, becoming
extremely famous, rich, and repected.
- Originally scheduled to be shot over six weeks, ended up taking 16 months.
- Martin Sheen's scenes in his hotel room were intentionally perfomed 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.
- [???????] originally cast as Captain Willard. Two weeks into shooting,
Coppola replaced him with Martin Sheen.
- A cyclone destroyed sets, causing a delay of several months.
- Filmed in the Philippines, where the Ferdinand Marcos agreed to supply the
helicopters and pilots. Helicopters were withdrawn to fight a civil war.
- Marlon Brando paid $1 million in advance. Threatened to quit and keep the
advance. Director Coppola told his agent that he didn't care, and if they
couldn't get Brando, they would try Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, and then
Al Pacino. 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.
- Martin Sheen had a heart attack during the filming; some shots of Willard's
back are actually of someone else.
- Sam Bottoms (who played "Lance") was on "speed" during the shooting of parts
of the movie.
- Denis Hopper 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 place.
- Scenes of animal slaughter were inserted after Coppola saw the extras
performing this as a part of a religious ceremony.
- 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.
- Some versions have Willard calling the air-strike in at end, credits roll
over buring jungle.
- 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 --> French Colony --> Jungle Culture.
- Coppola's wife Carmine secretly filmed and recorded the making of this film,
and has been released as a feature film called "Hearts of Darkness: A
# Back to the Future
- The mall where Marty McFly meets Dr. Brown for their time travel experiment
is called "Twin Pines Mall". Dr. Brown comments that ol' 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. When he comes back to the
mall at the end of the film, the sign at the mall now 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.
# Baghdad Cafe
- The shadow of the camera crew is visible while the credits for the
cinematorgrapher are on the screen.
- Adam West (the star of the TV series) wanted to play Batman, but Keaton was
given the role after getting the nod from the creator of the original Batman
- Sean Young originally cast as Vicki Vale, dropped after arguments with the
producers. Rumours that she sent co-stars dead animals.
- Most shots of Batman in costume are a stunt double.
- Spanish subtitles convert "6 foot" and "108 (lbs)" to metres and kilograms.
- Title role originally supposed to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.
# The Big Chill
- Flashback scenes with Kevin Costner as Alex filmed, but cut.
- Natalie Wood died before filming was complete, ending had to be changed.
- Jack's daughter Holly played by director Terry Gilliam's daughter.
- lots of significant names:
- Mr Kurtzman (German for "short man"): small in stature and success. Named
after the editor who gave director Terry Gilliam his first break as an
- Mr Helpman: "helped" Sam
- Mr Warren: works in a rabbit-warren style place: a maze of corridors
# Blade Runner
- LOTS of stuff: check out the BR FAQ in rec.arts.movies, alt.cult-movies.
# Bugsy Malone
- Jodie Foster's singing dubbed. Director Alan Parker regrets this later, when
Foster goes on to be a major star.
# Cape Fear (1991)
- Robert DeNiro paid a dentist $US5000 to make his teeth look suitably bad for
the role of Max Cody. After filming, he paid $US20000 to have them fixed.
- Gregory Peck, who starred in the 1962 version, appears as Cody's lawyer.
- Martin Basalm appears in both versions.
- Scene in highschool auditorium totally ad-libbed by DeNiro and Juliette
Lewis, and done on the first take.
- Humphrey Bogart never says "Play it again, Sam." He says: "You played it
for her, you can play it for me. Play it!"
- This film was poorly written, made on a shoestring budget, and hastily
# City Slickers
- Some trailers feature a scene where someone's spurs are caught on a rail, but
this scene is not in the movie.
- "Pregnant" check-out girl that appears at the party is played by Nancy
Cartwright, better known as the voice of Bart Simpson.
# A Clockwork Orange
- _2001: A Space Odyssey_ (also directed by Stanley Kubrick) soundtrack highly
visible in record store.
- The photo-montage when Alex clobbers the old lady is rumored to have split-
second shots of great interest. [Anyone?]
# Coming To America
- The bums that pickup the money that the Prince (played by Eddie Murphy) drops
are the "Duke Brothers" from _Trading Places_ (also directed by John Landis).
In _Trading Places_, Billy Ray Valentine (played by Eddie Murphy) was
responsible for them losing their fortune.
- All characters in the barber shop (including the caucasians) are played by
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.
# Conan the Barbarian
- Arnold Schwarzeneggar did his own stunts, as they couldn't find a suitable
- The man who played Conan's sword master trained the actors in the art of
# The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
- Costumes change as characters walk from room to room.
- Animal symbolism rampant: Albert Spica (the thief) drives a Jaguar, the big
sign that says "P&A" (panda).
# Dick Tracy
- only the six colors that the original comic strip appeared in were used
# Dirty Harry
- 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", which Clint Eastwood directed
and starred in.
# Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- An entire day was spent shooting the trailer, which does not appear in the
film. The trailer shows Caine and Martin 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, Martin pushes an old lady
into the water, and Caine shoves an kid's face into his icecream.
# The Doors
- Prior to the audition, Val Kilmer memorised the lyrics to all songs written
by Jim Morrison.
# Down and Out in Beverly Hills
- Nick Nolte spent five weeks as a homeless person in preparation for his role.
# Dr No
- Sean Connery 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
# The Empire Strikes Back
- Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models melted.
# ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
- Harrison Ford played the school principal, but his scenes were cut.
[Interesting. ET and Blade Runner were released the same month. Ford
was supposed to be doing voice-overs for Blade Runner. Anyone?]
# The Evil Dead
- total budget for this film was $US50 000.
# Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
- one of the books on the can that traps Ash's possessed hand is called
"A Farewell to Arms".
# Fatal Attraction
- Original ending had Glenn Close's character committing suicide, and Michael
Douglas' character being arrested for her murder. Changed when preview
audiences felt that justice was not served onto Close's character.
- Single shot of the Doctor running out of his house and down the street has
parked cars which change positions.
# First Blood
- "Hope, USA", is actually "Hope, BC, Canada".
# The Fisher King
- A poster for "Brazil" (also directed by Terry Gilliam) appears in the first
video store scene.
# The Fog
- There is a rumour that most of the characters were named after cast and crew
members in director John Carpenter's previous film "Halloween".
# Forbidden Planet
- Borrowed it's plot from Shakespeare's "The Tempest".
# The Freshman
- Marlon Brando's first role in many years, playing a man who they supposedly
modeled Don Corleone from _The Godfather_ after. After the movie was made,
he claimed it would be the biggest turkey of all time, then changed his mind
and said it would be reasonable.
# Full Metal Jacket
- Drill Instructor played by R Lee Ermey. A former US Marines Drill Instructor,
Ermey assisted by writing some of his own dialog.
# The Godfather
- Marlon Brando wanted to make Don Corleone look "like a bulldog", so he
stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool.
- Author Mario Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola deliberately removed all
instances of the word "Mafia" from their screenplay.
- Scene of Don Corleone's death in the tomato garden was ad-libbed.
- Sofia Coppola (daughter of director) appears as Michael Corleone's baby
daughter in the christening scenes.
# The Godfather Part III
- Sofia Coppola (daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola) plays Michael
Corleone's daughter, a role she played as a baby in _The Godfather_.
# Gone With The Wind
- First scene to be shot was the fires in Atlanta. If there was a major
mistake during the filming, the entire film might have been scrapped.
- Female costumes were made complete with petticoats, although they wouldn't
have been missed had they not been there.
- Went through several changes of director, finally finished by Victor
Fleming, who had just finished _The Wizard of Oz_.
- Director Martin Scorsese's mother plays Tommy's mother.
# Gremlins 2: The New Batch
- Two different version 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.
- 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.
- Bob Hoskins (Smee) bought beer for 300+ extras after a lengthy and
complicated scene was cut.
- The young Peter Pan is played by Dustin Hoffman's son.
- When the old dude floats out the window at the end, he says "Seize the Day",
which has significance for Robin Williams, who starred in _Seize the Day_,
and _Dead Poet's Society_ (for which this was a catch-cry).
# The Hunt for Red October
- $US20 000 spent on Sean Connery's hairpiece.
# Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Shows origin of Jones' fear of snakes in _Raiders of the Lost Ark_.
- Walter Donovan was played by Julian Glover, and Donovan's wife was played by
# Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Shots of mining-car roller-coaster ride done with models and standard
- Suspension bridge only shown from one side, due to Grand Coulee [sp?] Dam
- Rehash of the "shooting the swordsman" joke from _Raiders of the Lost Ark_.
# Joe Versus the Volcano
- The comany logo appears frequently: the path leading up to the factory, the
bolt of lightning which sinks the ship, and the lava flow down the side of
# The Last Starfighter
- All shots of spacecraft, space, etc generated on a CRAY computer. Some
objects had over 300 000 polygons, but the entire movie took only eight hours
# The Man With the Golden Gun
- J W Pepper (Clifton James), is a sherrif from Lousiana that James Bond met
in _Live and Let Die_. While chasing Scaramanga, Bond teams up with Pepper,
who is on holidays in Thailand.
- The stunt where Bond and Pepper do a barrel role in a car was included after
a group of university students came up with the idea and used a computer to
calculate the necessary environment. Although the bridge halves look
dilapidated, they were constructed to exacting specifications. The stunt car
had to approach the ramp at a certain speed, and had a special fuel system so
that it wouldn't stall as it rolled over.
# The Little Mermaid
- Some versions of the videotape had the likeness of a penis on the cover.
# Live and Let Die
- The power-boat jump over the causeway broke the world record for distance.
# The Man Who Fell to Earth
- The power-boat jump broke the world record for distance set during the making
of _Live and Let Die_.
- A video of _When Harry Met Sally_ (also directed by Rob Reiner) is visible
in the general store.
- Maude Adams (Octopussy) is the only female (besides Miss Moneypenny) to
appear in more than one James Bond film (_The Man With the Golden Gun_ was
# Peter Pan
- Peter Pan played by Julie Andrews.
# Play Misty For Me
- Don Siegel played the bartender, and directed Clint Eastwood (director of
this film) in _Dirty Harry_
- The shower scene has over 90 splices in it.
- During the shooting of the shower scene, Hitchcock arranged for the water to
suddenly go ice-cold when the attack started.
# Point Break
- The character "Warchild" (one of the surf nazis) is played by Anthony Keidis,
lead singer of the _Red Hot Chili Peppers_.
- One of the places that Utah follows Bodie (Patrick Swayze) to is "Patrick's
Roadhouse". Patrick Swayze previously starred in a movie called "Roadhouse".
- Movie on the TV in an early bedroom scene is the first version of "Heaven Can
Wait", possibly indicating the intermediate state of the film.
- The house which gets sucked into a black hole at the end was actually a
model about 4 feet across. The model took several weeks to complete. The
scene was shot as follows: camera placed directly above model, which was
mounted over an industrial strength vacuum generator (the front door was
facing directly up, straight at the camera). The model also had about 100
wires attached to various points of the structure. These wires went down
through the back of the house, and down through the vacuum collection sack.
The camera was turned on, and took 15 seconds to wind up to the required
300 frames per second. When ready, the camerman gave the cue. The vacuum
was turned on, the wires were yanked suddenly, and several SFX guys blasted
the house with pump-action shotguns.
The entire scene was over in about two seconds, and they had to wait until
the film was developed before they knew if they would have to do it again.
When played back at 24 fps, would take approximately 12 seconds for the house
to collapse. Luckily, they got it right on the first go.
Finished scene was sent to Stephen Spielberg, who was on location shooting
_ET_. He gave it to a projectionist, who assumed it was just the "dailys"
from ET. Scene came on, projectionist said "Holy shit! What was that!".
Spielberg had the remains of the model encased in perspex, and it is now
sitting on his piano.
# Poltergeist III
- Heather O'Rourke, who played the little girl in all three movies, died
shortly before the film was released.
# Piranha 2: The Spawning
- This turkey, featuring mechanical flying piranhas, was directed by James
Camereon, who later went on to make terminator 1 and 2, Aliens, and The
# Pink Floyd: The Wall
- The actress who played the groupie in Pink's caravan/apartment wasn't told
that Bob Geldoff [sp?] would be throwing that object at her, so he reaction
of ducking was totally unrehearsed.
- Scene for the song "Hey You" was filmedd. It showed British police in riot
gear facing off against a mob. Roger Waters asked this reel to be cut.
- Director Alan Parker walked out on this project many times, probably due to
and ego clash with Roger Waters. Waters was annoyed at Parker, who didn't
like the way that Waters wanted to make it a cult film. Pink Floyd's next
album _The Final Cut_ contains the following lyrics:
"Not now John, we've gotta get on with the film show:
Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow.
Who cares what it's about, as long as the kids go?
So not now John I've gotta get on with the show."
# Predator II
- the skull of a creature that resembles the ones in _Alien_ and _Aliens_
is on the wall in the Predator's trophy room.
# The President's Analyst
[Supposed to be lots in this movie]
# Pretty Woman
- Julia Roberts had a body double for the intimate shots, including the poster.
# Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Frank Marshall (the film's producer) played the airline pilot.
- Script originally included a long fight between a swordsman and Indiana with
his whip. Actor Harrison Ford was suffering diarrhea at the time, and asked
"Why don't I just shoot him?", so they did this instead.
# Repo Man
- All main characters are named after beers.
- All food is labelled to describe exactly what is is: "BEER", "FOOD".
- All cars (plus the police motorcycle) have xmas-tree air fresheners.
- The Repo Man's code is a parody of Issac Asimov's "Laws of Robotics".
- The man who drives around with the bomb in his car looks like Asimov.
- William S Burroughs/Naked Lunch allusions: "Paging Dr Benway" in the hospital
and mentioning Bill Lee.
# Return of the Jedi
- SFX crew claim to have included a "sneaker" as one of the spaceships in a
complex dog-fight scene.
- Experiments with a computer to generate a random but logical language for
some creatures produced a dialect of Greek.
- Rumor has it that Nien Numb speaks a Kenyan dialect, and one of his lines
is "One thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot".
- Lando Calrissian and The Millenium Falcon originally scripted to perish in
the Death Star explosion, changed after poor audience reception.
- This movie is a remake of _Cyrrano de Bergerac_. Martin's character (C D
Bailes), has the same initials.
- "Nelson, USA" is actually "Nelson, BC, Canada"
- C D Bailes is challenged to tell 20 nose jokes. After he tells 19, he asks
"How many's that?", to which he is told "Fourteen!". He goes on to tell
another six, making 25 in total.
# The Shining
- Stanley Kubrick had a large stack of books that he was looking through to
find a movie project. For a couple of hours, his secretary could hear
him pick up a book, read it for about a minute, and then hurl it into the
wall. She then noticed that this hadn't happened in a while, so she went
in to check on him, and found him reading Stephen King's "The Shining".
Stephen King says that this is really strange, because the start of that
book is very slow, and doesn't have much to do with the rest of the story.
- During the making of the movie, Kubrick would call King at 3am and ask him
a question like "Do you believe in God?".
- Legend has it that Jack Nicholson had to be physically restrained after
working himself into a frenzy during the scene where he axes the door.
- Out-takes of scenery were used in the studio-imposed ending of _Blade Runner_
- Richard Dreyfus starred in _Jaws_, but his character doesn't recognise the
quote from it during the trivia contest.
# Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- The punk on the bus is Kirk Thatcher (executive producer).
# Star Wars
- George Lucas had trouble getting funding for this movie, most studios
thinking that people wouldn't go to see it.
- A great deal of the film was shot by vintage 1930's cameras, because they
were of higher quality than any others available.
- Scene of escape pod leaving Leia's ship was the first every done by ILM.
- C-3PO originally scripted as a "used car salesman" type.
- Han and Luke "transfer" Chewbacca from cellblock 1138: George Lucas made a
film called _THX-1138_.
- When the stormtroopers enter the room where C-3PO and R2-D2 are hiding, one
of them "accidentally" bumps his head on the door, complete with sound
- Most of the crowd watching the heroes receive their medallions are cardboard
- Marlon Brando received $US4 million for his two minutes on screen.
- Credits sequence cost more than most films made up to that point.
# The Tall Guy
- The name "Ron Anderson" is remarkably similar to the name of the actor who
plays him: Rowan Atkinson.
- One of the other contenders for the award that Anderson won was Griff Rhys-
Jones, the "Jones" half of the comedy duo "Alas Smith and Jones". The
"Smith" half (Mel Smith) directed the film.
# The Terminator
- Shots through the Terminator's vision show Motorola 6502 assembly code, taken
from a computing magazine.
# Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Scenes with Kyle Reece (Michael Biehn) cut prior to release.
- After throwing the T800 through the shopping center window, the T1000 glances
at a mannequin that is entirely covered with chrome.
- The T800's bike jump into the stormwater drain was faked: the bike was
lowered on a cable, which was then digitally erased.
- More explicit shots of the arm cutting scene were removed.
- SFX crew had to incorporate Robert Patrick's football-injury limp in their
animation of the T1000.
- Set in England but filmed in France, as director Roman Pollanski was wanted
on sex-related charges in England.
# 2001: A Space Odyssey
- This film was made before man walked on the moon.
- director Stanley Kubrick originally planned narration for the prehistoric
- Incrementing each letter of "HAL" gives you "IBM". Arthur C Clarke claims
this was unintentional, and if he had noticed it before it was too late, he
would have changed it.
- Kevin Costner turned down the lead role for a part in _The Big Chill_ which
was eventually cut.
- Scene in the theatrical previews indicating that the Warlock was the satanic
Messiah was cut some time before video distribution.
# West Side Story
- Borrowed it's plot from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliette".
# When Harry Met Sally
- The woman who says "I'll have what she's having" after Sally's faked orgasm
is director Rob Reiner's mother.
# Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Bob Hoskins watched his young daughter to learn how to act with imaginary
characters. He later had problems with hallucinations.
# The Wizard of Oz
- The title role was written espeically for W C Fields, who intended to play
him as a cynical con-man. Frank Morgan got the role, however, when the
studio refused to pay Fields the outrageous fee he demanded: $75 000.
- Several "Toto"s died during filming.
- The Lion's facial makeup included a brown paper bag.
- "Over the Rainbow" was nearly cut.
- The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with jelly crystals. The
relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick
This section lists funny credits, or scenes which are shown during or after
# Adventures In Babysitting
- Shot of the thug who chased the little girl outside of skyscraper whimpering
about being stuck out there.
# The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Basil Rathbone (Guy of Gisbourne) was a competition-quality fencer, and
taught Errol Flynn (Robin Hood) how to fence. Fencing experts claim that
it is obvious that Rathbone is holding himself back during his duel with
- There is a rumor that Flynn raped co-star Olivia DeHaviland on the set of
- Gripology ................................. Pete Papanickolas
- Generally in charge of a lot of things .... Mike Finnell
- Author of A Tale of Two Cities ............ Charles Dickens
- This motion picture is protected under the laws of the
United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplica-
tion, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil
liability or criminal prosecution. So there.
- Man (Howard Jarvis) in taxi abandoned by Robert Hays looking at his
watch: "Well, I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!"
# Airplane II: The Sequel
- Gaffer (What's a Gaffer?) ... Larry Gilhooly
- Best Boy (Electric) ......... Frank McKane
- Worst Boy ................... Adolf Hitler
# Big Business
- Seen about two-thirds of the way through the credits: "Don't Go, It's Almost
# Chopping Mall (aka Killbots)
- Robot rolls up to camera and says: "Thank you. Have a nice day."
(Movie's plot is that security robots run amuck at a shopping mall and
that's what they said after they'd killed somebody).
# Fatal Skies
- The doddering old sheriff draws his guns and aims that at the audience:
"Halt! Don't make a move! You can avoid me, but you can never escape!"
# Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Ferris comes out of bathroom: "You're still here? It's over. Go home."
# Field Of Dreams
- The Voice ................ Himself
# F/X 2
- Shot of helicopter flying and exclamations of non-pilot crook trying to keep
it in the air.
# The Gate II
- At the end of the movie the hero is raised from the dead at his funeral, and
then two others who were also killed climb out of the coffin. After the
credits a hamster that was sacrificed earlier in the movie crawls out of the
coffin as well.
- Bra Wrangler ............. Woops Mygod
- Zit Remover .............. Lucienne Pimpel
- Orange Juice Squeezer .... Big Hand Luke
- Palm Reader .............. Madame Ortega III
- Negative Cutting ......... Supercuts (Ha! Ha!)
- (No, Seriously...) ....... Mary Duerstein
- Look for the soundtrack album in your neighborhood
record store and if you cannot find it, write to your
senator or bring a tape recorder to the theater
the next time you see this movie.
- The producers wish to thank all those who didn't smoke
on the set and to express their sympathy to those
who did smoke and were fired thereafter.
(Heart and Lung Association, eat your heart out!)
- Our gratitude must be extended to all those who did
not do drugs on the set. The list is too long to mention.
Those who did do drugs are listed separately in police
and morgue files.
- We appreciate the participation of Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola,
Dr. Pepper, Seven-Up, Shasta, Miller Beer, etc., etc.,
in making this picture cooler.
This picture is protected by all kinds of stuff. Tamper with it,
go to jail. Before you make a copy to send to your aunt in
Podunk, look out the window. The Feds are gonna get you.
And for all those foreign !@#$%$ who hate movies,
remember Mr. Dubois? He's working for the producers now.
- The characters, names, cars, homes, bikinis, limos, goons, and
Mafia families in this motion picture are absolutely fictitious.
Any similarity with characters, names, cars, homes, bikinis,
limos, goons, and Mafia families, dead, alive, or anywhere
in between is strictly coincidental.
# The Linguini Incident
- Rabbits ................ Hugh & Heff
- Special Effects Bras by Bart Trickel
# Look Who's Talking Too
- Sperm Wrangler ......... Blair Clark
- Mikey's little sister Julie falls down. Roseanne Barr's voice: "Oh, my tush
# Married To The Mob
- Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine dancing on the steps outside a building.
# Missing Link
- Scientific Advisor ..... Dr. C.K. Brain
# Mutant On The Bounty
- Outtake of actors cracking up over scene where dead alien splatters all over
their spaceship cabin.
# The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear
- Sound Mixer ................ Richard Bryce Goodman
Mr. Goodman's Hearing Aid .. Beverly Hills Ear Boutique
- Hairdressers ........
Set Dressers ........
Cross Dressers ...... George LoCash
...... Vance Collins
- Film Loader ......... Steven Robert Lund
Loaded Filmer ....... Phil Elberg
- Secretary to Mr. Weiss ..... Mimi Wolan
Wardrobe for Mr. Weiss ..... Beverly Hills High, Wide and Handsome
- Crane Grip .................. Lloyd Barcroft
Dolly Grip .................. Jon Falkengren
Poli-Grip ................... Martha Raye
What the Hell is a Grip? .... Person responsible for maintenance and
adjustment to equipment on the set
- General Foreman ...... John Hoskins
General Schwarzkopf .. Welcome Home
Foremen .............. Guy A. MacLaury
.............. Joseph Santre
.............. Bernard McPherson
.............. Michael Bunch
George Formen ........ 6'4" 250 lbs. Age: 42 Won: 60 Lost: 3 KO's:65
- Production Painters ..... Nick Bridwell
..... Donnie R. Puga
Impressionist Painters .. Vincent Van Gogh
.. Edgar "Skip" Degas
- Driver Captain ....... Ray McLaughlin
Co-Captain ........... Dan Brooks
Navigator ............ Rabbi Brian Thau
Bombardier ........... Alan Ladwig
- Deep Sea Drivers ..... Steve Brodsky
..... Jimmy Ferrara
..... Wayne Campbell
..... Gina August
- Stock Librarian ...... Suzy Lafer
Stock Answer ......... "I'll have it ready in the morning"
Phil "Kamikaze" Adams
"Crazy" Bruce Barbour
"Reckless" Dwayne McGee
David "Headlong Plunge" Powledge
Jeff "Thud" Ramsey
Don "Headfirst" Pulford
"Dangling" Kaye Wade
Charlie "White Knuckles" Brewer
Eugene "Splat" Collier
Mickey "This Guy's Really Nuts!" White
Jimmy "Tailspin" Jue
Eric "Aaarrrgggghhhh" Norris
Lobster Stunt Breast ........ Miss V
Mr. Griffith's Stunt Butt ... Chuck Le Fever
- Voice of George Bush (John Roarke): "All right, let's see if I've got this
straight now. Energy efficiency - good. Drilling in arctic national wildlife
refuge - bad."
Voice: "Uh, Mr. President, is everything okay in there?"
President: "Yeah, I'm fine, thanks." [sound of toilet flushing]
- Two well-dressed corpses sitting at a table. One sips a drink and asks "What
is this tafia shit anyway?" (refering to the drink). The other one says, "I
- Face on the Cutting Room Floor ........ Joe Dante
# Planes, Trains & Automobiles
- Advertising exec William Windom examining a bunch of pictures.
# Promised Land
- Best Dog ... Cheetah
# The Running Man
- Announcer's voiceover: "The Running Man has been brought to you by: Breakaway
Paramilitary Uniforms, Orville Pure Procreation Pills, and Cadre Cola - it
hits the spot.
Promotional considerations paid for by Elton Flame Throwers,
Wainright Electrical Launchers, and Hammand & Gates Chain Saws.
Damon Gillian's wardrobe by Chez Antoine, 19th century
craftsmanship for the 21st century man.
Cadre trooper and studio guard's sidearms provided by Colt
Chester, the pistol of patriots.
Remember, tickets for the ICS studio tour are always available
for class A citizens in good standing.
If you'd like to be a contestant on The Running Man, send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to ICS Talent Hunt, care of your local
affiliate, and then go out and do something really dispicable!
I'm Bill Hilgen. Good night and take care!"
# She's Having A Baby
- Various stars suggesting baby names -
Kirstie Alley, Harry Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, John Candy,
Dyan Cannon, Belinda Carlisle, Ted Danson, Judi Evans, Woody Harrelson,
Robert Hays, "Magic" Johnson, Michael Keaton, Joanna Kerns, Penny Marshall,
Bill Murray, Roy Orbison, Cindy Pickett, Annie Potts, John Ratzenberger,
Ally Sheedy, Lyman Ward, Wil Wheaton.
# Smokey And The Bandit II
- Outtakes during the credits.
- Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah swimming and coming to an underwater city.
# The Stuff
- Brooke Adams holding a container of Stuff as in a commercial: "Enough is
# Summer Job
- Court Jester ........... Kim Kennedy
# Double Exposure (aka Terminal Exposure)
- Beverly Hills Unit:
Psychiatric Consultant .. Dr. Edmond Nutz
Chiropractic Consultant . James Rolf
Tanning Consultant ...... U.V. Red
Palimony Consultant .... Marvin Rippolfson
Silicone Consultant ..... B.G. Brest
Japanese Gardening ...... Kurosawa Klippers
Spago Liaison ........... Tom Kaplan
Executive in Charge of Croissants .. Georges Bide
Executive in Charge of Pool Cleaning .. Gary Sweep
- The makers of this motion picture consumed mass quantities
of pizza, orange juice and water during the production. They
never used drugs and have no intention of doing so in the future.
Say "no" to drugs and have a long and happy life. Unless,
of course, you are run over by an RTD driver, in which case
you will have a short but happy life.
- Any similarity between asses portrayed in this motion picture
and real asses, living or dead, are purely coincidental.
- The Producers would like to assure that no animals were injured
in the making of this motion picture. Unfortunately, the same
cannot be said of some of our actors.
- But seriously, folks...
Any unauthorized duplication, distribution and exploitation
of this motion picture will result in criminal prosecution
and for aall you video pirates out there, that means get your
hands off our movie or we'll come after you with a loaded gun.
- When in California, visit the Omega Studios. The tour lasts
only 30 seconds and is cheap, especially for blondes over
5 ft. 8 in. with blue eyes, who may win an intimate dinner
for two with the producer of this motion picture.
# Uncle Buck
- John Candy's voice shouts, "Wake up!"
# Wayne's World
- Wayne: "Right, excellent movie. All right!"
Garth: "Good one!"
[Fade in to Wayne and Garth on their basement couch]
Wayne: "All right. Well that's all the time we have for our movie.
We hope you found it entertaining, whimsical and yet relevant, with an
underlined revisionist conceit that belie the film's emotional attachments
to the subject matter."
Garth: "I just hope you didn't think it sucked!"
Wayne: "Okay, so thank you for coming. Good night and party on!"
Garth: "Party on, Wayne!"
Wayne: "Party on, Garth!"
[Fade to black]
- [Fade in to Wayne and Garth on their couch looking at magazines]
Garth: "You know, I don't think anyone's going to tell us when to
Wayne: "Yeah, good call Garth. Uh, I bet we're just going to sit
here and when they're finished they'll fade to black."
[Fade to black]
Garth: "I can't believe they did that.
Wayne: "I told ya."
# Young Sherlock Holmes
- Old lady: "Can I help you?"
Man: "I'd like a room please."
Old lady presents register: "You sign here."
Man signs the name "Moriarty".
- There was a movie that was being made at the same time/studio as one of the
Star Trek movies. This movie required some character to be surprised, so
the director arranged for Kirk and Spock to be behind a door that the person
opened..... what was this movie?
- Which movies does Arnie say "I'll be back" in?
Terminator, T2, Twins?
In which movie did Marilyn Monroe require 30+ takes to get one line right?
Kevin Arvin (firstname.lastname@example.org)