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Baazigar (1993)

1. The film shocked its Indian audience with an unexpected violation of the standard Bollywood formula: The 'hero' murders the innocent 'heroine' out of the blue which stirred up quite a controversy, but caused also big revenues at the box office.

2. Sharukh Khan's first movie in a villainous role.

Back to the Future (1985)

1. Eric Stoltz originally cast as Marty McFly, but changed because he didn't act enough like a teenager. When Michael J. Fox was cast, his costume was completely revamped.

2. The ‘main street’ is the same one used in Gremlins (1984).

3. The theatre in 1955 is showing a double bill: A Boy's Life (the working title for Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)), and Watch the Skies (the working title for Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)).

4. 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’.

5. The script never called for Marty to repeatedly bang his head on the gull-wing door of the Delorean, this was improvised during filming as the door mechanism became faulty.

6. Huey Lewis appears as the high-school band judge and Steven Spielberg as the driver of the pickup truck that gives Marty a lift to school.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

1. A movie theatre advertises ‘Jaws 19’, directed by Max Spielberg. Executive producer Steven Spielberg, who directed Jaws (1975), has a son Max.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

1. Filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part II (1989). In the five years since the original was made, Michael J. Fox had forgotten how to ride a skateboard.

Backdraft (1991)

1. Many of the extras in the film are actual Chicago firefighters. A casting call was put out in a Department memo prior to the start of shooting. In addition, many suburban firemen participated in the funeral procession.

2. Robert De Niro's character, Don Rimgale, is a real arson investigator with the Chicago Fire Dept's Office of Fire Investigation.

3. The firehouse where Engine 17 and Truck 46 were quartered is the real, in-service firehouse of the Chicago Fire dept's Engine 65 and Truck 52.

4. The numbers of the fire companies are all "dead" numbers in the Chicago Fire Dept. Engine 17, Truck 46, Engine 24, Truck 6, & Engine 33, (referred to, not actually seen in the movie), are all out of service. The Chicago Fire Dept. has 24 battalions, battalion 25 was created for the movie.

5. The production company totally refurbished 6 pieces of fire apparatus, and upon completion of filming, donated 5 of them to the Chicago Fire Dept., who used 4 of them as front line equipment for several years, and one as a spare. The only one that was not donated to the city was the truck that was flipped over, which was totalled for that shot.

6. Much of the soundtrack was later used for the Japanese cooking show, "Ryori no tetsujin", AKA "Iron Chef".

7. Following tradition, Ron Howard cast his brother Clint in this movie. Clint plays Ricco the pathologist.

8. The photos of firefighters seen on the walls of the investigators office are of the Los Angeles Country fire fighters who were on scene during the filming of the fire scenes as a precautionary measure.

Bad Boys (1995)

1. According to Jon Lovitz, Bad Boys was originally written with Lovitz and Dana Carvey in mind for the leading roles

2. Director Michael Bay didn't like the script and often engaged Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in discussions about how the dialogue and scenes could improve. He often allowed them to improvise while the camera were rolling. He secretly told Will Smith to call Lawrence a bitch before the car-scene. The whole "two bitches in the sea" was improvised, as was Martin's comment when Téa Leoni called him gay.

Bad Boys II (2003)

1. Scenes from the movie were filmed at the "Bird" house in Delray Beach, Florida. The mansion stood nearly completed and vacant for years before it was purchased. The new owner advertised in Variety for a movie company to use the mansion in a movie and blow it up.

2. The producers had to receive emergency relief of the manatee protection laws from Florida Governor Jeb Bush to hold the high-speed boat chase in the Miami River.

3. In an early version of the script there was a part for English singer/actor Jimmy Nail.

4. The building used for the Spanish Palms Mortuary is actually the milk plant for McArthur Dairy. They added a fake facade that matches the architecture to crash the ambulance through.

5. Henry Rollins has, in this spoken word performances, recounted the circumstances under which he received his part in this film. He showed up for an audition for the roll of Spinner Dunn in Death to Smoochy (2002) unkempt, with a single page torn out of the script and in a really pissed-off mood. He proceeded to shout at Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer after they kept him waiting while they had lunch. He didn't get the part, but this pissed-off act was exactly what they were looking for for this movie and he got the part.

6. While this movie was shooting on one side of Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) was filming on the other side of the park.

7. During the filming of the scenes at Cape Florida State Park the movie crew fenced off one of the main parking lots with a chain-link fence for trailers for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and a basketball court was erected in their compound.

8. The MacArthur Causeway, the main route to South Beach in Miami, was shut down for several days for filming. This caused literally thousands of people to have to go miles out of their way to get to and from Miami Beach in early August 2002.

9. Director Michael Bay is the man driving the P.O.S. car that Marcus attempts to confiscate, but Mike tells him to go for a better car.

10. The motion sensors used in Johnny Tapia's Cuban compound were the same ones developed and used by the rouge special forces unit in Rock, The (1996) also directed by Michael Bay.

11. In a quick look at the high school yearbook, Mike Lowery's middle name is Eugene.

12. In return for illegally tapping into a phone line, Fletcher asks for floor seats to the Miami Heat vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game. John Salley is a retired professional basketball player who has played for both the Miami Heat and the Lakers.

13. Johnny Tapia's Miami mansion is actually an enormous estate known as "Vizcaya". It was built by industrialist James Deering in the early 20th century as his "winter home". The estate is now a public museum and its gardens are a popular spot for weddings.

14. Two different Ferraris were used to make this film, the two models have very little external differences. The car you see most often is the more powerful 575M Marenello, however, Michael Bay's 550 Marenello was used for really daring stunt work.

15. During the freeway chase scene, director Michael Bay attached cameras to a couple of stunt cars and asked the drivers to crash into the falling cars in order to capture never before scene shots.

Bad Company (2002)

1. Originally titled "Black Sheep" until it was discovered that there was already a movie titled "Black Sheep". The other movie starred David Spade and the late Chris Farley who both co-starred with Chris Rock on "Saturday Night Live". ' Ironically, the new title "Bad Company," is also the name of a 1995 film starring Laurence Fishburne, Frank Langella and Ellen Barkin, among others.

2. This was one of the last movies ever filmed in the World Trade Center (some of the subway scenes).

3. Two of the CIA agents teamed together are Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter) and Brooke Smith victim Catherine Martin from Silence of the Lambs (1991).

4. When Jake (Chris Rock) is dining with Nicole (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) in Prague he says, "I'll eat a pig's ass if they cook it right". This is a line from his 1996 HBO special.

Bad Santa (2003)

1. John Ritter's last film.

2. Possibly a record for a Christmas film, the word "fuck" and its variations are used 147 times.

Bad Taste (1987)    

1. Director Peter Jackson shot the film on weekends over a four-year period with friends playing the lead roles. Jackson funded most of the film himself until towards the end of the shoot when the New Zealand film commission gave him money to finish his project after being impressed with what he'd already produced. The entire movie was improvised.

2. All the dialogue in the film was dubbed after the original sound tapes went missing.

3. Peter Jackson constructed his own counterweighted steady-cam device for this film that cost only $15.

4. The movie was banned in the Australian state of Queensland until the early-'90s when the Queensland Censorship Board was disbanded.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

1. Wesley Snipes and Jet Li were originally said to star, then Vin Diesel and Sylvester Stallone.

2. The role of Agent Sever was originally written to be played by a man.

Bachelor Party (1984)

1. Kelly McGillis had originally secured the female lead, but was fired early in the shoot because she wasn't considered to be pretty or sexy enough.

BASEketball (1998)

1. The role of Kenny "Squeak" Scolari  was created when Trey Parker and Matt Stone were cast. David Zucker had no intentions of a third character, but Trey and Matt convinced him to create a third role.

2. The line used by Joe Cooper, "I forgot how much Douglas Reemer cares about kids!" is the same voice Trey uses for his South Park character Mr. Garrison.

3. In the final game, when trying to "psych-out" a fat Dallas player by commenting on his weight, Trey Parker's character Joe Cooper begins to speak in a high pitch, "whiny" voice reminiscent of Eric Cartman, another character from "South Park" (1997).

4. The movie is based on a real-life game that director David Zucker created with his friends, literally played in the driveway of his home. Many of the reappearing teammates are friends of Zucker and actual original players of the Zucker-driveway game, asked by the director to be in the movie to pay homage to origins of BASEketball.

Batman (1966)

1. Originally planned as the pilot film for the "Batman" (1966) TV series, the movie was instead produced between the show's first and second seasons. The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the BatBoat.

2. Julie Newmar did not appear in the film because she had signed to do another project and could not get out of the commitment in time to work on this movie.

3 .Although Sterling Holloway is listed in the credits as Col. Terry, all his scenes were, in fact, cut from the film as released.

4. The BatBoat was built especially for the film by the Glastron boat company. In exchange for their cooperation, the producers agreed to hold the film's world premiere in Austin, Texas, Glastron's headquarters.

5. The original trailer includes specially-shot footage of the 4 supervillains outlining their plans for the Dynamic Duo. Still frames from these sequences are visible when Batman and Commissioner Gordon watch a closed-circuit TV update on villains at large. The trailer also includes specially-shot footage of Batman and Robin addressing the audience about their first motion picture.

Batman (1989)

1. In the final scenes at the church, if you time from when the Joker says "Better make it ten", exactly ten minutes in real time passes before the helicopter arrives with the ladder.

Batman & Robin (1997)    

1. The Batman costume weighed 14.5 lbs, the Batgirl costume weighed 12 lbs, the Robin costume weighed 14 lbs and the Mr. Freeze costume weighed 75 lbs.

2. During the scene where Batman and Robin bid for Poison Ivy, Batman pulls out his credit card. Its expiration date: FOREVER

3. In the evidence room at the prison where Freeze is held and before Bane breaks in, the Riddler's & Two-Faces outfits can be seen.

4. Joel Schumacher once said in an interview that if Arnold had not wanted to play Mr. Freeze, Sylvester Stallone was his second choice.

Batman Begins (2005)

1. Before Christian Bale was cast as Batman, many other actors were considered for the role including Guy Pearce, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, John Cusack, David Duchovny and newcomer Hugh Dancy.

2. A very large number of directors were considered to direct the film. For some time, despite the fourth movie's failure, Joel Schumacher was attached to direct the film based on the Batman: Year One saga. After he left, among others, the producers opted for an even darker approach, and officially asked David Fincher to direct the film, who declined. At one point, following the Dark Knight saga, producers considered an older Batman, with Clint Eastwood taking the director duties as well as donning the cape. In 2002, producers planned to make a Superman vs. Batman movie with Wolfgang Petersen at the helm, but Petersen instead opted to make Troy (2004) for Warner's. Finally, Christopher Nolan took over the project in 2003.

3. Before Chris Nolan took over, director Darren Aronofsky was attached to make a Batman movie based on the graphic novel "Batman: Year One" and have the author Frank Miller write the screenplay. By 2003 there was a first draft screenplay with story boards, which are properties of AOL Time Warner. Warners decision for not producing the film is unknown, but based on the details that have since leaked out, it would probably have to do with the screenplay, which strayed a considerable amount from the source material, making Alfred an African American mechanic named "Big Al", the Batmobile being a suped-up Lincoln Towncar, and Bruce Wayne being homeless among other things. This is all detailed in David Hughes' book, "Tales from Development Hell".

4. Only days before the role of Batman was cast, only eight actors were asked to audition for the part. The actors were Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey, Hugh Dancy, Billy Crudup, Cillian Murphy, Henry Cavill, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Christian Bale got the part. However, Chris Nolan liked Cillian Murphy's performance so much, he cast him as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow.

5. Christopher Eccleston was rumoured for the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow before Cillian Murphy was eventually cast.

6. Chris Cooper turned down the role of James Gordon.

7. Viggo Mortensen turned down the role of Ra's Al Ghul, the main villain in the film. Daniel Day Lewis was also approached for the role.

8. Kurt Russell, and Dennis Quaid were considered for the role of James Gordon.

9. The title went through many changes. First, it was known as "Batman 5". It became "Batman: The Frightening" for a while and was then confirmed by Shepperton Studios' website as "Batman: Intimidation Game" before settling on "Batman Begins".

10. The movie restarts the Batman franchise, having nothing to do with the previous four films (Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997)).

11. Anthony Hopkins was offered the role of Alfred but declined.

12. Laurence Fishburne was considered for Lucious Fox.

13. Filming was temporarily delayed on the London soundstage due to the sound of amorous pigeons in the rafters above.

14. The crime boss Carmine "The Roman" Falcone was a character from the comics. He was Gotham City's last "old school" gangster. He was killed, and his empire wiped out, when Batman's familiar rogue's gallery came into prominence.

15. Filming began on 22 May 2004 at Senate House (a property belonging to the University of London, just off Russell Square). The front of the building was made up as the Gotham City courts, complete with New York-style taxis and Gotham Police Department cars.

16. Christian Bale's trailer didn't have his name on the door, but said "Bruce Wayne" instead.

17. A full city block of Gotham - much of it based on the slums of Kowloon in Hong Kong which were torn down in 1994 - was built in a converted aircraft hangar.

18. The Batmobile has four 44-inch Humvee tires at the rear, while the front is covered in jagged plates of armour.

19. On the set, the costumed Bale constantly had two people trailing him to keep the Batsuit smudge-free.

20. On a converted parking lot at Shepperton, the film crew built an entire village of trailers where chemists and costume artists made neoprene-and-foam-latex Batsuits. The place was dubbed "Cape Town."

21. This Batsuit has no nipples, unlike the one George Clooney wore in Batman & Robin (1997).

22. The script was written by David S. Goyer while he was also writing and preparing to direct Blade: Trinity (2004).

23. When Warner Bros. was considering "Batman: The Frightening" as the title, a script was released online that was widely believed to be official. Two writers, Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias were credited on the draft, but both denied writing it. The author was never discovered.

24. David S. Goyer said that the graphic novels "The Long Halloween" and "Dark Victory" by Jeph Loeb were a huge influence on his screenplay. When he was asked the question "What about Frank Miller's Year One?", he replied "Our story is not Year One."

25. David S. Goyer mentioned in an interview that his favourite pre-audition choice for Batman was Jake Gyllenhaal, but that he was won over by Christian Bale after seeing his test.

26. While filming in Lower Wacker Drive, in Chicago, Illinois, the filmmakers were so concerned for the care of the Batmobile, that they told the stunt driver to take as much time as he needed to make any move. Therefore, when it came time to back the Batmobile up, they went so slow as to cause traffic jams that had to be reported on the news. Simply moving the Batmobile around Chicago took numerous police as well as caused traffic jams where ever they went.

27. Before the shooting began Christopher Nolan invited the whole film crew to a private screening of Blade Runner. After the film he said to the whole crew: "This is how we're going to make Batman."

Batman Returns (1992)

1. The film was branded anti-Jewish in an opinion piece in the New York Times because of the Jewish references in The Penguin's character:
        - He has a big nose
        - He likes to eat herrings
        - He is 33 years old: the same age as Christ
        - He is discovered floating down the underground river in a basket, much like Moses
        - He plans to kill the first born of all the elite citizens of Gotham, reminiscent of the Passover story
        - He carries his umbrella into the graveyard the same way Christ carried the cross.

2. The role of Max Schreck was originally written to be District Attorney Harvey Dent. The explosion at the end was only to scar Dent, which led to his becoming Two-Face in the third movie. Also, most of Schreck's plot points and political aspirations would make more sense if they came from a D.A. and not a department store owner. Reportedly Billy Dee Williams took the role of Harvey Dent in the first Batman movie because he knew that the character would eventually become Two-Face. Rumour has it that Williams' contract to appear in the sequel was bought out heavily by Warner Bros.

Battle Royale II (2003)

1. After director Kinji Fukasaku's death during filming, the production continued with his son Kenta Fukasaku as the new director.

2. The name of the terrorist group, "Wild Seven", is Nanaharras nickname in the original novel. It is also the name of the brand of cigarettes that Kawada smokes in the novel.

Beastmaster, The (1982)    

1. Dar's black tiger is actually a regular striped tiger dyed black. The dye would wash off around the mouth whenever the tiger took a drink, so throughout the film the stripes are often visible around the mouth.

2. The eagle often refused to fly on cue so in order to shoot footage of it in the air it was dropped from a trapdoor in a hot air balloon.

3. The actor playing the young deposed prince was not allowed to be on the set at the same time as the tiger, so a short stunt person in a wig, photographed from behind, was used in those shots.

Beautiful Mind, A (2001)

1. Tom Cruise was considered to play Nash.

2. When Nash first sees Parcher, he refers to him as "Big Brother", a reference to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four". Later, we see that the room number of Nash's office is 101, another reference to the book.

3. One of John Nash's sons plays the orderly on the right in the scene where Nash is being dragged down the hall.

4. The scene towards the end of the film where John Nash contemplates drinking tea is based on a true event when Russell Crowe met the real John Nash. He spent 15 minutes contemplating whether to drink tea or coffee.

5. Nash's mutterings after he loses the board game (along the lines of "the game is flawed" "I had the first move, I should have won") are in reference to "Game Theory" - the economic theory that Nash is probably most famous for.

6. John Nash visited the set, and Russell Crowe said later that he had been fascinated by the way he moved his hands, and he had tried to do the same thing in the movie.

7. Barnard College professor Dave Bayer served as the math advisor on the film, and also was Russell Crowe's hand double for the scenes where he is writing equations on windows, etc.

8. When John sees Marcee on the stairs at Princeton, she is holding a book in her hands - Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch stole Christmas". The movie version of the book (How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)) was Ron Howard's previous project.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

1. The signs that Maurice encounters in the forest show two different city names if you look closely enough. One is pointing down a darkened path named ‘Valencia’. The other is pointing down a less sinister looking path labelled ‘Anaheim’, representing the on-going battle between Disneyland (located in Anaheim, California) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (Located in Valencia, California).

Bedazzled (2000)

1. The names of Satan (Elizabeth Hurley) tow dogs are Dudley and Peter - named after Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, stars of the 1967 original.

Beetlejuice (1988)

1. Title role originally written for Sammy Davis Jnr.

2. When Barbara and Adam are in their case worker's office, through the blinds you can see Jake and Elwood Blues from The Blues Brothers (1980).

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

1. As Master Chief O'Malley (Keith David) leads Lt. Burnett to see Admiral Reigart, Burnett asks him if he caught the University of Tennessee's football game loss the previous Saturday. O'Malley replied, "I don't know anything about that." Keith David graduated from the University of Tennessee.

2. This is the first movie to feature the US Navy's new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

3. The film is based loosely on the experiences of USAF Captain Scott O'Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia.

4. USAF Captain Scott O'Grady brought a lawsuit down on 20th Century Fox for damages to his character. He claims he didn't curse as much and never disobeyed orders.

5. When the crew of the carrier are linking a satellite to view Burnett, as the Thermal image appears on the screen, the sound effect is the same as in Predator (1987) when the screen shows the Predator's Thermal view.

6. In the football scene, the filmmakers actually tried to have the catapult shuttle kick the football off. Unfortunately, the shuttle completely obliterated the ball, forcing a Navy Master Chief to just chuck the ball in the air for the desired shot.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

1. The actresses were coached by Simon Clifford, who runs Futbol De Salao, a Brazilian soccer school.

2. The Hounslow Harriers team doesn't exists, but almost all the players are professional footballers.

3. Many of the wedding guests are relatives of director Gurinder Chadha and added realism by throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the scenes and treating the shoot as if it were a real wedding.

4. Jess wears number 7 for the Hounslow Harriers, the same number David Beckham wears for England and once wore for Manchester United.

5. Jules's jersey number for the Hounslow Harriers is 9, the same number as Mia Hamm's.

6. Star Parminder Nagra was worried that the scar on her leg would prevent her from getting the role of Jess. Instead, the scar - and the story behind it - were worked into the script.

7. Although football (soccer) star David Beckham and the term "bend" are well-known throughout most of the world, they are virtually unknown in the U.S. As such, when the time came for the film's U.S release, 20th Century Fox marketing execs suggested changing the title to "Move it like Mia", alluding to U.S. football star Mia Hamm. Director Gurinder Chadha objected to the name change and the film was released with its original title.

8. Anupam Kher (Mr. Bhamra) is one of the superstars of Hindi cinema (aka "Bollywood") with a career that spans almost 20 years and nearly 150 feature films.

9. Melanie C wanted her song "Independence Day" to be used in the film but the lyrics didn't work so she rewrote them so the song could be used.

Ben-Hur (1959)

1. The chariot race segment was directed by legendary stunt-man, Yakima Canutt. One of Canutt's sons doubled for Charlton Heston. 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 rumoured that the stuntmen were told that the winner of the race would receive a $150 bonus.

Best Defence (1984)


1. When Laura, played by Kate Capshaw, is waiting in a pick-up truck, she is humming the theme song from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), which she appeared in.

2. Eddie Murphy was credited as "Strategic Guest Star" as his part was added afterwards to increase the humour levels after very poor screen tests.

3. In this film, Iraq invades Kuwait. Six years later it actually happened!

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

1. Axel Foley was originally going to be played by Sylvester Stallone or Mickey Rourke. Stallone left the project and used some of his script ideas to make Cobra (1986).

2. During his tirade at the Beverly Palms Hotel, Axel pretends to be writing an article called "Michael Jackson: Sitting on Top of the World" for Rolling Stone magazine. In real life, Playboy ran an article called "Eddie Murphy: Sitting on Top of the World."

3.
The shooting script was literally pasted together from the half dozen or so scripts written for this project over the years. When they were stuck, Eddie Murphy would improvise dialog or create a scene.

4. Inspector Todd of the Detroit Police was played by then-Detroit City Commissioner Gil Hill.

5. As of mid-2002 this is still the highest grossing R-Rated film in the USA, as this film made $234.76m in the USA, the second is Saving Private Ryan (1998).

6. The earliest version of the script involved a cop in East L.A. who was transferred to Beverly Hills, before evolving into the story of a cop from the East Coast who came to Beverly Hills to avenge the death of his friend. Drafts before the script was locked in (and became more of the comedy it ended up being) gave the cop's name as Axel Elly and set the out-of-Beverly Hills action in Pittsburgh.

7. The T-shirt Eddie Murphy wears in the film is from Mumford, an actual Detroit area school attended by one of the filmmakers. When film came out, the school received orders for the shirts from customers all over the world.

8. Bronson Pinchot got the accent and mannerisms for his character Serge from a crew member he worked with on a earlier project. Like his character, that crew member always said, "Don't be stupid."

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

1. Axel (Eddie Murphy) introduces himself at the gun club as "Richard James", the name of Murphy's musician friend who produced his 1986 album.

2. Billy Rosewood has posters in his apartment of Rambo: First Blood Part 2 (1985) and Cobra (1986), both starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone's then-wife Brigitte Nielsen appears in the film as Karla Fry and Stallone was the original choice to play the lead in the original Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

3. The cement truck Billy drives has a sticker saying DS/JB Construction Company. DS and JB stand for the film's producers, 'Don Simpson' and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

1. The Annihilator 2000 shown off by Serge at the security convention is actually a dressed up 5.56mm Colt M16, with extras.


2. The theme park in the movie is Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, CA. Paramount is the production company and distributor.

3. The Alien Attack ride that Janice (Theresa Randle) demonstrates to Axel when he first comes to Wonderworld is actually the Earthquake section of the Studio Tour at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The alien robots have been added and the trolleys have been re-labeled but apart from that the ride is the same.

Big Brawl, The (1980)

1. Despite training in martial arts since the age of six, and having choreographed his own fight scenes in many previous films, Jackie Chan was assigned a fight choreographer with only six years experience.

Big Fish (2003)

1. Steven Spielberg was attached to this project and wanted Jack Nicholson to star, but dropped out due to his full schedule, soon after which 'Tim Burton' signed on.

2. Ewan McGregor was cast as Young Ed Bloom when producers noticed the striking similarity between him and pictures of a young Albert Finney, who plays Senior Ed Bloom.

3. While in the plane, Edward Bloom is reading an English translation book. It is titled "English to Asian".

4. The Banjo Man is played by Billy Redden who played the boy playing the banjo in Deliverance (1972).

Big Lebowski, The (1998)

1. It proved impossible to get Walter's satchel of dirty undies to arc the right way when it was thrown out of the window of the Dude's car so the shot was filmed in reverse with an off-screen crew member throwing the briefcase towards the car while the stunt driver drove backwards.

2. A lot of the Dude's clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges' own clothes.

3. In the 'Gutterballs' dream sequence, when the Dude is sliding down the bowling lane, Jeff Bridges' shoulders were actually too wide to pass through the dancers' legs. So the scene had to be shot twice (once with just Bridges, once with just the legs), Bridges was slightly shrunk digitally, and the two were then spliced together.

4. The fast food restaurant "In & Out Burger" is referred to during the movie. John Goodman once did a commercial for the "In & Out" fast food chain.

5. The Dude's shirt with Oriental characters and an Asian holding a baseball bat, worn during the scene in which the Big Lebowski describes Bunny's kidnapping, is the same shirt worn by Jeff Bridges in part of The Fisher King (1991).

6. Asia Carrera, the girl appearing opposite Bunny Lebowski and the nihilist in the porno movie that Maude shows The Dude is an actual porn star. And she once starred in a porno movie also called Logjammin'.

7. The private detective that's following Lebowski says that Bunny's family is from a farm "outside Moorhead, Minnesota". Moorhead is the home town of Jeff Bridges' wife and is located directly across the state line from Fargo (the title of the Coen brothers' previous film).

8. The Dude never rolls a bowling ball during the movie.

9. The "F" word and its variations were spoken 267 times in this movie.

10. Norwegian posters and video cassettes carried the text "anbefales av norsk bowling forbund" (recommended by the Norwegian Bowling Association).

11. The Dude drinks nine White Russians during the course of the movie. (He drops one of them at Jackie Treehorn's mansion.)

12. The Dude says "man" 144 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times a minute.

13. The man shown bowling in the picture on The Dude's wall is President Richard Nixon. Nixon was an avid bowler.

14. The animal referred to in the film as a marmot (and by Walter Sobchak as an 'amphibious rodent') is actually a ferret. It is illegal to keep ferrets as pets in California.

15. Possibly uniquely for an American movie, a bad guy wields a cricket bat rather than a baseball bat.

16. The second time we see Treehorn's thugs, they've swapped clothing

Birds, The (1963)

1. The scene where Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie took a week to shoot. The birds were attached to her clothes by long nylon threads so they could not get away.

2. The film does not finish with the usual ‘THE END’ title, because Hitchcock wanted to give the impression of unending terror.

3. An intended final shot with the Golden Gate bridge covered in birds was not filmed because of cost.

4. The poster for the movie said: “THE BIRDS IS COMING!” irritating English teachers nationwide.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

1. The photo of a wife and child that one of the dying soldiers is looking at is actually a photo of Eric Bana's wife and child. The props department forgot to take a photo of a wife and child with them, so and asked Bana's wife and child who were travelling with him if they could use a photo of them in the movie.

2. Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, Ewan Bremner,  William Fichtner and Kim Coates all previously worked together in another movie about war, Pearl Harbour (2001).

3. All Black Hawks and Little Birds used during the filming were from the 160th SOAR, (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) and most of the pilots were involved in the actual battle on 3/4 October 1993. A lot of the extra Rangers in the film were current Rangers, serving with the 3/75 Ranger Regiment

4. Army pilot Keith Jones reenacted his real-life rescue of Delta operator Daniel Busch (Richard Tyson) for this film.

5. Eighteen soldiers lost their lives during the raid. The epilogue lists nineteen; it includes Delta Force Sgt. First Class Matt Rierson, who was killed in a mortar attack two days later. For his actions during the battle, including helping the lost convoy return to base, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

6. Some of the scenes on the monitors behind Major General Garrison are actual satellite images of the battle.

7. Two of the Black Hawk helicopters used in the film were named the "Armageddon" (film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer) and the "Gladiator" (directed by Ridley Scott). Producer Jerry Bruckheimer believed this to be a sign of good luck.

8. The scene where a U.S. soldiers falls out of the truck in the convoy was an outtake, but director Ridley Scott felt that it was funny and should be left in the movie.

9. The film features soldiers wearing helmets with their last names on them. Although this was an inaccuracy, Ridley Scott felt it was necessary to have the helmets to help the audience to distinguish between the characters because they all look the same once the uniforms are on.

10. Specialist Grimes, portrayed by 'Ewan Macgregor' , is a fictional character, though given his administrative position and penchant for coffee, he is unabashedly based on the real-life Ranger clerk Spc John Stebbins, who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the battle. However, Stebbins was convicted in 2000 for child molestation and is currently serving a 30-year jail term. As a result, the Pentagon apparently pressured screenwriters to alter his name in the film, although a spokeswoman for the movie defended the change as "a creative decision made by the producers."

Blade (1998)    

1. LL Cool J was originally considered for the part of Blade.

2. The vampires at Frost's party are watching Mortal Kombat (1995).

3. The true name of the Blade character is Eric Brooks. (Another character calls Blade "Eric," and Blade's mother's driver's license says "Brooks.")

4. The Vampire Bible is referred to as "The Book of Erebus". Erebus is a god of darkness according to Greek mythology.

5. A great many handheld shots were accomplished with a special anamorphic-lens camera that also had single-unit sound - the only one of its kind in the world.

6. Blade's silently-mouthed "What... the... fuck?" is a direct reference to the "A Fistful of Yen" segment from Kentucky Fried Movie.

7. In the last fight scene in the temple, Deacon says "My turn" - this is a reference to The Lost Boys (1987).

8. Blade's car is a 1968 Dodge Charger with various modifications.

9. The first cut of the film had a disastrous test screening with audiences, and heavy edits and re-shoots were implemented which delayed the release date more than half a year. The most significant change was the addition of the final sword fight between Blade and Deacon Frost, which did not exist in the original version of the movie.

10. In the ending as it was originally planned, Frost turned into La Magra and became a large swirling mass of blood instead of keeping his form. This was scrapped because they couldn't get the special effects to look right. It can be seen as a special feature on the DVD.

11. Body count: 88

Blade II (2002)

1. Wesley Snipe's quoting of Sun Tzu - "Keep you friends close, your enemies closer," follows references to the works of Sun Tzu in many other Snipes movies including Rising Sun (1993), The Art Of War (2000) and Passenger 57 (1992).

2. Pop Icon Michael Jackson was originally going to have a cameo in the "House of Pain" sequence as a "Vampire Pimp" that Nyssa encounters as she searches the upstairs hall. Jackson had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and the part was played by a Czech actor. The sequence was ultimately cut out entirely for pacing reasons.

3. The corporate artwork in the Caliban building, which is knocked over in the climactic fight scene, represents a DNA double helix.

4. Much of Karel Roden's dialogue is dubbed by an uncredited English actor since audiences found his Czech accent too thick.

5. In the scene when Blade cuts the vampire, Reinhardt, in half, this is a reference to the anime film Vampire Hunter D in which a similar scene occurred.

6. The phrase "a man without fear" is used in this film. This is another comic book reference, this one a reference to Daredevil.

7. Much of Karel Roden's dialogue is dubbed by an uncredited English actor since audiences found his Czech accent too thick.

8. Scud wears a T-shirt featuring the logo of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, a reference to Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" comic, the film adaptation of which del Toro goes on to directs and Ron Perlman stars.

9. Donnie Yen, a martial arts star who plays a member of the Bloodpack (Snowman,) was also the film's fight choreographer.

10. The New Line Platinum Series DVD contains several deleted scenes, including: An extended opening scene establishing Prague A flashback sequence showing Blade's first encounter with Whistler, part of which can be seen in the film's title credits. An extended version of the ninja fight in the warehouse, with Blade using some fencing tactics to keep Asad at bay. A scene of Whistler shying away from the growing daylight outside. An alternate take of Blade's first meeting with Damaskinos, with Damaskinos wearing, according to Guillermo Del Toro, a "Michael Bolton wig" A scene in which Damaskinos explains the effects vampirism has had on him. A much longer version of the House of Pain sequence, including a scene with Nyssa finding a room upstairs with a man unpacking human entrails from a box, a scene that was meant for Michael Jackson. A line by Whistler about "the power of the pussy" A Bloodpack "meeting" of sorts, with Chupa attempting to urge the others to kill Blade and go after the Reapers on their own. A scene in a bathroom after the House of Pain sequence of Lighthammer discovering how far his infection with the Reaper strain has gone. An extended scene of Damaskinos' dinner and blood bath, in which he tells of the fate of his human heart. An extended scene of the lawyer's torture of Blade A "dirty" version of the final scene, in which semen is streaked on the windows that was digitally removed in the final cut of the film because test audiences complained.

Blade Runner (1982)

1. Dustin Hoffman was reputedly the original choice to play Deckard.

2. While the film is loosely based on Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", the title comes from a book by Alan E. Nourse called "The Bladerunner". William S. Burroghs wrote a screenplay based on the Nourse book, and Ridley Scott bought the rights to the title but not the screenplay or the book.

3. Exasperated crews often referred to the film as "Blood Runner".

4. The ending that features Deckard and Rachael driving in the countryside contains unused footage from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).

5. In the sequence where Deckard and Gaff approach police headquarters in a spinner, a model of the Millennium Falcon (Harrison Ford's spaceship in Star Wars), disguised as a building, can be seen in the lower left corner of the frame. The model was a personal project of one of the film's model builders, and was used as a building at the last minute.

6. A model of the Dark Star spaceship from the film Dark Star (1974) is also used as a building. It can be seen behind the Asian billboard when Gaff's spinner is approaching the Police building.

7. The mould used for the rooftop of the Police Headquarters building was originally a mould used in the Special Edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). It is the saucer-like ceiling Richard Dreyfuss stands under after he enters the Mother ship.

8. The dialogue in all releases of Blade Runner alludes to another replicant who dies before Deckard's final battles with Pris and Batty. The conflicting dialogue occurs in the first conversation between Deckard and Bryant. Bryant initially tells Deckard there are four "skin jobs" on the loose, but minutes later says six escaped, and one was killed by the "electronic gate", which should leave five. The explanation is that the script originally contained an additional replicant named "Mary", but time and budgetary constraints resulted in her being written out. M. Emmet Walsh who plays Bryant, reports that new dialogue was recorded to change the number of replicants in this scene, but Scott inexplicably only used half of the new dialogue, resulting in the inconsistency.

9. The error concerning the number of replicants was dealt with in the never-made sequel to the movie (which was instead made into a novel) in which Deckard is the remaining replicant.

10. In July 2000, director Ridley Scott said that Deckard is, in fact, a replicant.

11. Harrison Ford takes issue with Ridley Scott's revelation that Deckard is a replicant. "We had agreed that he definitely was not a replicant," Ford said.

12. Blade Runner was given poor ratings by most critics in 1982, including Siskel & Ebert. In 1992, the two critics re-evaluated their attitudes toward the film and gave it two enthusiastic thumbs-up.

13. All the replicants are called by their names and the humans are called by their surnames. Rick Deckard is called by both his name and surname.

14. At some point of the movie every replicant has a red brightness in their eyes (Rachel in Deckard's home, Pris in Sebastian's). Deckard also has the shining in his eyes while talking to Rachel in his house.

15. They hired a female gymnast as a stunt double for Daryl Hannah in the scene where Pris attacks Deckard, but director Ridley Scott rehearsed the scene so many times that when they were ready to shoot the scene she was too exhausted to do anything. The scene was filmed with a male gymnast that they had been able to track down during the lunch break.

16. The end of the chess game in which Sebastian, with help from Batty, defeats Tyrell, is inspired by the real-life "Immortal Game" (so-called) in which Adolf Anderssen beat Lionel Kieseritzky in London in 1851.

17. Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer)'s odd meld of "father" and "fucker" after he says to Tyrell, "I want more life" is deliberate. Hauer was instructed to pronounce it in such a way that it could be both.

18. When Gaff talks to Deckard in the Chinese restaurant he speaks partly in Hungarian, he says: "Azonnal kövessen engem" which means "Follow me immediately", and "Lófasz" which means something like "bullshit" in English (only much ruder). Evidently, Hungarian moviegoers find this fantastically funny. Gaff continues in Hungarian. He says, "Nehogy mar, te vagy a Blade Runner," which means, "No way, you are the Blade Runner." After this, he switches to another language.

Blade: Trinity (2004)

1. Blade II (2002) director Guillermo Del Toro passed on this when Hellboy (2004), his dream project, was green lighted.

2. An early idea by David S. Goyer for the film was to be set many years after the events of the last film, where vampires finally had achieved world domination and enslaved all humans, with Blade being the last hope for humanity. Blade's slower aging could be explained by his vampire blood. The storyline was deemed too dark and was later dropped.

3. German director Oliver Hirschbiegel was once under consideration for the job of directing Blade: Trinity, but could not direct the vampire-hunting sequel due to a conflict with another film. He directed Der Untergang (2004) (aka The Downfall - Hitler and the End of the Third Reich) for Constantin Films instead.

4. Ryan Reynolds gained 25 pounds of muscle for his role as Hannibal King.

5. Paul Michael Levesque (aka professional wrestler Triple H) impressed the producers with his work rate and camera presence. New Line insisted that extra lines were written to the script to make his role bigger.

6. Blade: Trinity marks David S. Goyer's directorial debut for a major motion picture.

7. Jessica Biel inadvertently destroyed a $300,000 camera when she shot it with a bow and arrow during a scene (she was directed to "aim for the camera"). Director David S. Goyer intends to include it on the DVD release.

8. The vampire dogs' mouthparts are the same as the Reapers' from Blade II.

9. During the movie the comic "The Tomb Of Dracula" is shown. This is the first comic book to have the character Blade in it.

10. After the car crash that ends the opening chase scene, one of the benches at the bus stop in the background displays a poster with the word "Esperanto" on it. This is the language being spoken in the subtitled film that King is watching later on in the movie while recovering from his wound (Incubus (1965)).

11. An early idea of David Goyer was to include a female character called Rachel Van Helsing, but then he heard about the movie Van Helsing (2004) and decided against it. He ended up with Hannibal King in her place.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

1. During an interview with Bob Costes on NBC's Later, Mel Brooks admitted that although he was told to cut out a lot of the offending jokes the only one he did was when Lili took Sheriff Bart in her dressing room turned off the light and asked "Is it true what they say about you people?" proceeded with a loud zip and saying "It's true, it's true!" Mel claimed he took out Cleavon Little's response of "Your sucking on my arm."

2. The role of Bart was intended for Richard Pryor, but due to the controversial nature of Pryor's stand-up routines of the day and his background, Mel Brooks couldn't secure financing for the project with Pryor in that role. So Pryor was made a co-writer of the script, and Cleavon Little played Bart.

3. Production began with Gig Young as the Waco Kid. On the first day of shooting, the scene where the drunk Waco Kid hangs from a bunk asking of Bart is black, Young revealed he really was drunk and proceeded to undergo a physical collapse on set. Brooks shut down production for a day and Gene Wilder flew cross country to take over the role.

4. Director Mel Brooks plays a character called "Le Petomane", which was the stage name of a popular French performer (Joseph Pujol) from the beginning of the 20th century. His specialty was telling stories punctuated with flatulence.

5. Brooks' first choice for Jim, The Waco Kid was John Wayne. Wayne read the script and loved it, but didn't feel it would reconcile with his image.

6. Blazing Saddles is in fact the highest-grossing Western ever made. It grossed $47million on initial release, and $60million more since then.

7. Hedy Lamarr sued Mel Brooks over the use of the name Hedley Lamarr and settled out of court.

8. When Mongo rides into town, one Mexican says, "Mongo! Santa Maria!" Mongo Santamaría was a famous Cuban musician.

9. When Mel Brooks advertised in the show business trade papers for a "Frankie Laine-type" voice to sing the film's title song, he was hoping for a good imitator. Instead, Frankie Laine himself showed at Brooks' office two days later, ready to do the job.

10. The World Premiere was screened at the Pickwick Drive-in, formerly located in Burbank California. The guests rode horses into the Drive-in for the show.

Blues Brothers, The (1980)

1. Every time we see the window in Elwood's apartment a train goes past.

2. 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.

3. Elwood never takes off his sunglasses, and Jake never takes off his hat.

4. This film holds the world record for the number of cars crashed.

5. When the blues brothers go into the bank, the clerk at the bank is played by Stephen Spielberg.

Bodyguard, The (1992)

1. This film was originally proposed in the mid-70's, starring Diana Ross and Steve McQueen, but was rejected as too controversial.

2. Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the ‘horse's head in the bed’ mansion in The Godfather (1972).

3. Rachel and Frank go and see Yojimbo (1961), which was released in the United States as "The Bodyguard".

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

1. In May 2002, became first documentary to compete in the Cannes Film Festival's main competition in 46 years.

2. After two years of trying to get an interview with Charlton Heston, Michael Moore was going to give up. Showing up at Heston's house was totally spontaneous - on the way to the airport, a staff member suggested that they find his house using a star map.

Boyz N the Hood (1991)

1. Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, who play Tré's estranged parents, would later play estranged couple Ike and Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It?.

2. An extra in the film wears a T-shirt displaying the Words "We want Eazy". This is a reference to gangster rapper Eazy-E. Eazy-E was a member of rap group NWA. Others members included Boyz in the Hood star Ice Cube.

Braveheart (1995)

1. Several of the major battle scenes had to be re-shot, as extras were seen wearing sunglasses and wristwatches.

2. Director/producer Mel Gibson was investigated by the RSPCA, who were convinced that the fake horses used were real.

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

1. Renée Zellweger gained a reported 25 lbs. to play Bridget Jones.

2. Renée Zellweger actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role. She adopted an alias as well as her posh accent and was apparently not recognized.

3. Both leading actors' names, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, are mentioned in the book. The first on "Tuesday 24 October" and the second on "Wednesday 16 August". Colin Firth is himself a featured character in the book's sequel, "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason".

4. Director Sharon Maguire was the real-life inspiration for the character of Shazza in the novel. A friend of Helen Fielding's, her name also appears on the acknowledgements page of the book.

5. The film has different end credits in different countries. In the UK and Australia, the credits show a montage of stills plus "interviews" about Bridget and Darcy with Daniel Cleaver, Mark Darcy's parents and Bridget's boss. In America, they show a young Bridget and Mark running around the backyard and paddling pool in a home video.

6. While film-goers were eager to see Hugh Grant play a character opposite to his usual type-cast, it is ironic that original author Helen Fielding describes him, in real life, as being more like Daniel Cleaver, than any of his "normal" roles.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

1. The role of Daniel Cleaver ('Hugh Grant' ) only had a very small appearance in the book. The character was so memorable and popular that his part was extended specifically for the movie.

Bruce Almighty (2003)

1. A crane was blown over by strong winds during shooting. It was reported at the time that Jennifer Aniston, who was standing with her back to the crane, didn't see it toppling towards her but Jim Carrey pushed her out of the way in time to avert a serious accident. Carrey subsequently played down the extent of the peril, and said that the stories were exaggerated. Aniston has since denied that she was even there.

2. This film contains many references to previous Jim Carrey films such as: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) (the monkey, the lines "Alrighty then" and "Sissy girl"), The Mask (1994) (an important object, the phone number, being thrown out the window but magically reappearing, Dirty Harry impersonation) and Me, Myself & Irene (200) (the woman's name is Irene).

3. Instead of a phone number with the unused 555 prefix, a phone number that appears on the pager carried by Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) was an actual phone number in many US area codes, causing owners of that phone number to be bombarded with calls.

4. Jim Carrey often insisted on doing upwards of 30 takes of some scenes.

5. The town square is the same location that was used for all three films of the Back to the Future trilogy.

6. The Stanley Cup final between Buffalo and Toronto (Jim Carrey's hometown) was truly miraculous. Because the two teams are both in the Eastern Conference, NHL rules prevent them from playing each other for Lord Stanley's cup (they could have played each other in the conference final, though).

Bubba Ho-tep (2002)

1. Only six prints of the film were originally made, causing its extremely limited and on-going release schedule. The Soul of Southern Film Festival, in Memphis, Tennessee, paid for a seventh print, so that they wouldn't have to wait another year to show the film.

Bullitt (1968)

1. Two Mustangs and two Dodge Chargers were used for the famous chase scene. Both Mustangs were owned by the Ford Motor Company and part of a promotional loan agreement with Warner Brothers. The cars were modified for the high-speed chase by veteran auto racer Max Balchowsky. Stunt coordinator Carey Loftin got Bud Ekins to drive the Mustang for the bulk of the stunts. Both of the Dodges were junked after the filming, as was one of the Mustangs. The other less banged-up Mustang was purchased by a WB employee after all production and post-production was completed. The car ended up in New Jersey a few years later, where Steve McQueen attempted to buy it. The owner refused to sell, and the car now sits in a barn and has not been driven in many years.

2. 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. Filming of the chase scene took three weeks, resulting in 9 minutes and 42 seconds of footage. They were denied permission to film on the Golden Gate Bridge.

3. The Mustang's interior mirror goes up and down depending who is driving it - Steve McQueen (up, visible) or Bud Ekins (down, not visible).

4. This film is edited entirely by cuts except in two instances. The first occurs when the jazz club scene dissolves to a shot of Steve McQueen lying in bed. The second occurs after the Dodge crashes into the gas station and burns, when the shot of the two dead villains dissolves to a scene at the police station.

5. This was the first mainstream Hollywood film to use the expletive "Bullshit!" in its script.

6 teve McQueen based his character on San Francisco Homicide Inspector Dave Toschi, made famous for his work on the Zodiac killings. McQueen had a copy made of Toschi's custom fast-draw shoulder holster

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

1. Warren Beatty turned down the role of Sundance in favour of a role in The Only Game in Town (1970).

2. Director George Roy Hill originally cast Robert Redford as Butch and Paul Newman as Sundance. It was at Redford's suggestion that they switched roles.

3. Steve McQueen was offered and accepted the role of Sundance. It would have been the first time he and Paul Newman had starred together. The negotiations got down to the billing: whose name would go first? Both stars were huge and at the top of their game. A unique solution: both names appear together above the title, with the left name appearing lower, and the name on the right higher, giving them a semblance of equality. Newman said he'd take either one. McQueen suspected a trick and pulled out of the film. Ironically, this is how they were billed when they DID star together for the first time in 1974's The Towering Inferno (1974).

4. Paul Newman and Robert Redford really leaped off the cliff; however, they landed on a ledge with a mattress roughly six feet below.

5. This movie was filmed roughly the same time as Hello! Dolly, on the soundstage next door. The director believed that the studio would allow him to film the New York scenes on "Dolly's" sets, since the two films' daily shooting schedules were totally different. After production started, though, the studio informed the director that they wanted to keep the sets for "Dolly" a secret and so refused him permission. To work around this, the director had Redford, Newman, and Ross simply pose on the sets, and took photos of them. He then inserted images of the three stars into a series of 300 actual period photos, and spliced the two different sets (real and posed) together to form the New York montage.

6. All the Bolivia scenes were filmed in Mexico, where almost the entire cast, crew, and the director came down with Montezuma's revenge (severe diarrhoea caused by drinking Mexico's polluted water). Only Redford, Newman, and Ross were spared, because they refused to drink the water catered on the set and stuck to drinking soda and alcohol for the duration of the shoot.

7. The sister of the real Butch Cassidy often visited the set, and her presence was welcome to the cast and crew. During lulls in shooting she would tell stories about her famous brother's escapades, and was amazed at how accurately the script and Newman portrayed him. Before the film was released, the studio found out about Butch's sister's visits to the set and tried to convince her to endorse the movie in a series of ads to be shown in theatres across the country. She said that she would, but only if she saw the film first and truly stood behind it. The studio refused, saying that allowing her to see the film before it's release could harm its reputation. Finally, at Robert Redford's suggestion, Butch's sister agreed to do the endorsements-- for a small "fee."

8. Marlon Brando was seriously considered to team with Newman for one of the roles.

9. They tried to get Bob Dylan to sing Bacharach's famous song for the movie. He declined.

10. Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of Butch.

11. Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts, after his stunt man was unable to stay on the bike, except for the scene where Butch crashes backwards into the fence, which was performed by cinematographer Conrad L. Hall.


 

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