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Face/Off (1997)       

1. The studio wanted John Woo to take the slash out of the title, but he kept it in so people wouldn't think it was a hockey movie.

2. In The Rock (1996), Nicolas Cage's character says he drives a beige Volvo. After escaping from the prison, he steals a beige Volvo. Also, In Con Air (1997) Cameron Poe (Cage) drops the dead body of "Pinball" from the plane, and it falls onto a beige Volvo.

3. When Troy is attacked by the guards at the prison, he dodges behind a box marked 'Ingen'. That's the company that cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

4. Originally Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were in mind to play the lead roles but when John Woo was brought it in to direct he decided that John Travolta and Nicolas Cage would be more suited to the roles.

Fahrenheit 911 (2004)    

1. In May 2003 Disney (which owns Miramax, the film's distributor) told Miramax that it would not be willing to distribute the film. In May 2004, Michael Moore announced that Disney had officially prohibited Miramax from releasing the film and expressed his frustration that the film was being stifled. Disney said that the decision had been made a year before and chief executive, Michael Eisner, said that Moore was announcing it to create publicity for the film's screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, British distributor Optimum Releasing announced that it would be distributing the film in the UK in the summer of 2004.

2. After its official showing at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival the movie was given what has been called "the longest standing ovation in the history of the festival". Although the exact length of the applause is a matter of debate, journalists at the screening have reported it being in the area of 15 to 25 minutes.

Fantasia (1993)

1. The sorcerer's name in Fantasia is 'Yen Sid'. This is Disney spelled backwards.

Fast and the Furious, The (2001)

1. The pizza driver at the first race who’s told to mind his own business is director Rob Cohen

2. The movie that Dom's gang is watching after the BBQ is Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), also directed by Rob Cohen.

3. Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver's licenses or even learner's permits before production of the film.

4. The house used as headquarters for the FBI & LAPD undercover investigation is the same house that was used as Walter Matthau's house in Hanging Up (2000).

5. The Volkswagen Jetta that Jesse drives in the movie was later purchased by Frankie Muniz who plays Malcolm in Malcolm In The Middle.

6. The video game played by the racer in the Acura Integra and later by a guest at the after race party is Gran Turismo 2.

Fatal Attraction (1987)

1. Alex starts the film wearing white, but gradually switches to be wearing black at the end.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

1. Benicio Del Toro gained 40 pounds for his role as Dr. Gonzo.

2. The T-shirt that the hitchhiker (Tobey Maguire) wears has a Ralph Steadman picture on it. Ralph Steadman did the original illustrations for the book and the typeface of the credits is based on his handwriting.

3. The valet that informs Hunter that he can't park on the sidewalk is also a valet in the film Casino (1995).

4. Near beginning of the movie, while Dr. Gonzo and Raoul are driving down the highway, there is an accident involving many cars. There is an ambulance about to put a person that is covered with a white sheet in it. If you look on the white sheet, there is a smiley face in blood on it.

5. Much of the clothing (shirts, hats) worn by Johnny Depp in the movie were actual pieces of clothing that the real Hunter S. Thompson wore in the '70s. Thompson himself let Depp borrow them for the movie, after Depp spent four months with Thompson learning his mannerisms and proper vocal inflection for the role.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

1. Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris' parents, married in real life after filming this movie.

2. Charlie Sheen, playing a drug addict at the police station Jeannie is taken to, stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot to produce the desired drugged-out effect.

3. The Parade sequence (Twist and Shout scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade. An annual event in the Chicagoland area.

4. Mia Sara says that Matthew Broderick actually tickled her feet and knees to get her to laugh naturally in the taxicab scene.

5. The licence plates are all abbreviations for some of John Hughes' earlier movies. Katie's = VCTN (National Lampoons Vacation) Jeannie's = TBC (The Breakfast Club) Tom's = MMOM (Mr.Mom) Rooney's = 4FBDO (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

6. Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Cameron to avoid being typecast.

7. Alan Ruck was 30 years-old when he played the role of Cameron.

8. The 1961 Ferrari GT250 was a modified MG sports car. The producers received several angry letters from car enthusiasts who believed the car shown was a *real* Ferrari and that it was actually wrecked in the film.

Fifth Element, The (1997)

1. The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.

2. The explosion in the Fhloston main hall was the largest indoor explosion ever filmed. The resulting fire almost got beyond control.

3. The actor playing the cop in the driver's seat waiting at McDonald's is Mac McDonald (I).

4. In the future New York City, Central Park is the same size as the real one and is in the same place - but 100 feet in the air.

5. When the President tells Priest Vito Cornelius he has "twenty seconds" to state his point, Vito talks for exactly twenty seconds.

6. The hero (Bruce Willis) and the villain (Gary Oldman) never meet, nor do they communicate in any way.

7. The name of the singer at Fhloston Paradise that is hiding the stones is Plava Laguna. That is the name of a resort in Porec, Croatia where director Luc Besson spent some of his summers as a kid. The name literally means "Blue Lagoon" in the Serbo-Croatian language.

8. Korben's termination notice reads, in part: "Notice of termination of your contract, effective as of today: Due to violation of codes, HFGY56, 74HVB, 00JGHY, MNH356585, MCNH485757, 0478N - your engagement with this company finishes immediately. For and on behalf of, ZORG." So it turns out Korben Dallas worked for Zorg when he drove his taxi.

9. The "parasites" being "disinfected" from the landing gear of the plane (bound for Fhloston Paradise) by a team in sealed suits are actually the '80s puppet toys, "Boglins".

Final Destination (2000)

1. Most characters in the film are named after directors or stars from black and white horror movies. For example, Chaney (Lon Chaney), Waggner (director George Waggner), Browning (famous "Dracula" director Tod Browning), Schreck (Max Schreck starred in "Nosferatu") and Valerie Lewton (Val Lewton produced several famous horror movies). Another character named after a historic horror film maker is Larry Murnau, named after F.W. Murnau, director of the "first" Dracula film Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Die Grauens (1922). Billy Hitchcock whose name pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock.

2. The woman at the check-in desk at the airport tells Alex that the plane leaves at 9:25 which is the same as his birthday (25th September). When he gets on the plane he sits in seat I (which is the 9th letter of the alphabet) and the seat is in row 25.

3. Much of the news footage shown is actual footage from the July 1996 explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 off East Moriches, Long Island, New York.

4. When the students are boarding the airplane, Alex looks down from the jetway and sees a luggage cart with the number 666 on it.

5. During the opening credits, all of the deaths in the movie are foreshadowed. There is a hanging doll, a guillotine, and a picture of a knife in someone's chest.

6. Before his death Tod's name is torn from the magazine, Tod is also the German word for death.

7. When Alex and Clear's baby is born, the time of birth is 9.25. The same number is coming back several times in the movie, e.g. the time of the departure of the flight.

8. The neon sign that swings down and kills Carter at the end of the movie can be seen to read 180, which is the number of the Paris flight in the beginning of the movie.

9. The numerous appearances of '180' in the movie refer to the film's original title of 'Flight 180'. New Line decided to rename the film to Final Destination through fear of confusion of other movies like Air Force One or Con Air.

10. In every death, "Rocky Mountain High" plays. It's on the intercom in the airport, on Tod's radio, the teacher puts on John Denver's Greatest Hits, even a French Guy who looks like John Denver plays the song at the end of the movie in Paris. John Denver died in a plane crash.

11. The story was originally the concept for an abandoned The X-Files (1993) television script.

Final Destination 2 (2003)

1. John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High", the song that accompanied most of the deaths in the original film, plays in the elevator that Eugene and Nora enter, and in the Dentist office.

First Blood (1982)    

1. There are numerous differences to the book. In the novel, John Rambo dies.

2. The name "Rambo" came from a brand of apples of the same name (source: writer's commentary, First Blood: Special Edition).

3. In Japanese, "Rambo" means "violence."

4. This film has a reputation of being overly violent. However, the total body count of the movie is 4; the cop who falls out of the helicopter and the three officers in the cop car who crash into a parked car.

5. Kirk Douglas was originally cast to play Colonel Samuel Trautman. Because of script issues (Kirk wanted Rambo to die at the end, as in the novel), he dropped out of the film and Richard Crenna was cast at the last second.

6. Another ending, where Rambo commits suicide, was filmed, but test audiences found that conclusion to be too depressing, so the script called for Rambo to live, hence the sequels.

7. For the scene where Rambo jumps from the cliff and falls through the trees, Stallone opted to do the last part of the stunt himself, much to the concern of director Ted Kotcheff. His concerns were apparently well founded as the stunt didn't go as planned and Stallone broke three ribs. This took place on camera and the shot is in the movie.

8. One of the stunt drivers broke his back jumping his police car.

Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)

1. John Cleese's character is called Archie Leach, which is Cary Grant's real name.

2. Portia is played by Cynthia Caylor, who is Cleese's real-life daughter.

3. The ‘dog death’ scenes were originally filmed with entrails from a butcher scattered around the ‘dead’ dog. Preview audiences reacted strongly to this, so the scenes were re-shot with an obviously fake straw dog.

Flintstones, The (1994)

1. The snowcone van plays The Jetson's theme song.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

1. The pre-title sequence is a dig at Kevin McClory, who owns the rights to Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE. The unnamed man in a wheelchair is obviously mean to be Blofeld, and disposing of him so early was producer Cubby Broccoli's way of saying that the success of 007 did not depend on him.

2. Bernard Lee, who played M for the last eleven 007 films died while preparing for the role. As a mark of respect, Broccoli refused to recast the role, changing the script to say that M was on leave.

3. One of the Bond girls was played by Tula Cossey, who was later revealed to be a former male.

Forrest Gump (1994)

1. All of the still photos of Forrest show him with his eyes closed.

2. The necklace worn by Lt. Dan is a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal, inscribed "Protect Us In Combat". It was worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise's brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in 1967-68.

3. The girl in the school bus with the red hair is Tom Hanks's daughter Elizabeth.

4. Attention to detail: When Gump calls to report the Watergate burglary, the security guard answering the phone says "security, Frank Wills" This was the actual guard on duty during that night, and was the person who discovered the break-in.

Frankie and Johnny (1991)

1. One scene called for actor Al Pacino to be surprised after opening a door. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) was filming in a nearby studio, so director Garry Marshall arranged for Kirk and Spock be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

Frighteners, The (1996)

1. Actor Michael J. Fox repeatedly blew his lines by calling John Astin's character "Doc" - the name of Christopher Lloyd's character in the Back to the Future movies.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

1. References to previous movies that Quentin Tarantino has been involved with (Pulp Fiction (1994) and True Romance (1993)):
        - Kahuna Burgers (in the hotel room)
        - Red Apple cigarettes (on the dashboard of the Gecko's Cougar)
        - The gun that Sex Machine wields is one of the weapons found in El Mariachi's guitar case in Desperado (1995), also directed by Robert Rodriguez.

2. This is one of three movies directed by Robert Rodriguez that feature the tattooed tough guy, Danny Trejo. He was also in Desperado and Spy Kids. In all three movies, his character had a "knife" name: Navajas in Desperado (Navajas is Spanish for "knives"), Razor Charlie in From Dusk til Dawn, and Isador "Machete" Cortez in Spy Kids.

3. Salma Hayek plays a stripper from hell. Later in Dogma she plays a stripper from heaven.

From Russia with Love (1963)

1. During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced pilot flew too close to Sean Connery, almost killing him.

2. The helicopter (carrying director Terrence Young during filming) crashed over water, trapping the director below the surface for a considerable time in an air bubble inside the copter's canopy. He was rescued and then immediately went back behind the camera with his arm in a sling.

3. Krilenko tries to escape through a secret window in a billboard advertising Call Me Bwana (1963), also produced by Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

4. The footage of the exploding SPECTRE helicopter has since been recycled for a number of British TV shows as stock footage. It can be seen in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Daemons".

5. This was chosen as the second 007 film after President Kennedy listed the book among his top ten favourite novels of all time.

6. According to the book "Death of a President" (1964) by William Manchester, this was the last motion picture John F. Kennedy ever saw, on 20 November 1963, in the White House.

7. "Q"/ Major Boothroyd played by Desmond Llewelyn appears for the first time. This character was played by Peter Burton in Dr. No. When Burton was unable to return in From Russia With Love, the role was recast with Llewelyn in the part. Llewelyn would reprise the role of "Q" in 17 subsequent Bond films (18 performances in all), the most times a single actor has played the same role in major motion picture history.

8. Pedro Armendáriz was terminally ill during filming. Towards the end of shooting, Terence Young had to double for the actor. Shortly after the film wrapped Armendáriz committed suicide.

9. In this film, James Bond does not say "Bond, James Bond."

10. One of the only Bond films to make direct reference to a previous film. Dr. No is mentioned by name, and Sylvia establishes that the film takes place six months after Dr. No (1962).

11. Bond's trick attaché case is the first true Bond film gimmick. It is also one of the only gimmicks to actually appear in Fleming's novels.

12. In the books, Bond often drives his beloved Bentley. The car appears in this film for the only time in the regular series.

13.  Author and James Bond creator Fleming is in the train scene, standing outside on the right of the train. He is wearing grey trousers and a white sweater.

Fugitive, The (1993)

1. A destination indicator on a subway train reads ‘Kimbal’, and the next shot tracks over a building which has a sign reading ‘Harrison’.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

1. Former US Marines Drill Instructor R. Lee Ermey was hired as a consultant on how to drill USMC style. He performed a demonstration on videotape in which he yelled obscene insults and abuse for fifteen minutes without stopping, repeating himself, or even flinching - despite being continuously pelted with tennis balls and oranges. Director Stanley Kubrick was so impressed that he cast Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann.

Full Monty, The (1997)

1. A number of American cinemas had special leaflets printed containing translations to some of the British slang left in the U.S version of the film so that audiences would be able to follow the dialog more easily.

 

 

 

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