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Gangs of New York (2002)

1. The 19th century New York accent had to be made up/guessed

2. During filming Daniel Day-Lewis talked with his film accent during the entire time of production, even when he was not on the set. He remained so much in character that he refused to talk to or socialise with anyone from the other gangs.

3. While filming a fight scene, Leonardo DiCaprio broke Daniel Day-Lewis' nose. Day-Lewis continued to film the scene despite the injury.

4. When the film was first conceived in 1978, Martin Scorsese originally planned to cast the UK punk band, The Clash. When the project was initially shelved he eventually gave them a cameo in The King of Comedy (1983) as a band called Street Scum.

5. Had Scorsese been able to make this film in 1978, he had planned to cast Robert De Niro in the role of Amsterdam.

Garfield: The Movie (2004)    

1. Bill Murray is succeeding the late Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield... who succeeded Bill Murray as the voice of Peter Venkman in the cartoon version of The Real Ghost Busters (1986).

2. Jim Carrey turned down the role of Jon Arbuckle.

3. In the movie, Jon has an apartment in New York. In the comic strip, he lives in a house in suburban Indiana.

Gattaca (1997)    

1. The name "Gattaca" is composed entirely of the letters used to label the nucleotide bases of DNA. The four nucleotide bases of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) are adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine.

2. The winding stairs in Jerome's apartment have a helical structure, like DNA.

3. When Gattaca was first released, as part of a marketing campaign there were adverts for people to call up and have their children genetically engineered. Thousands of people called, wanting to have their offspring genetically engineered

Getaway, The (1994)    

1. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were a couple at the time that this film was made, the same as Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw were when they starred in The Getaway (1972).

2. The hotel where Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger stay at the end of the movie is the same as the one where Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw stayed at the end of The Getaway (1972).

Ghost and the Darkness, The (1996)

1. There is only one scene involving an animatronic lion. All the other shots were used using two real life lions named Bongo and Caesar. The same lions also appeared in George of the Jungle.

2. Michael Douglas' character Remington is fictionalized. Val Kilmer's character John Patterson killed both lions.

3. The two lions depicted here are fully maned, but in reality the actual beasts had none; a highly rare occurrence in adult males.

Ghostbusters (1984)

1. The eggs which fry themselves are sitting next to a package of ‘Stay-Puft’ marshmallows. There is also a large advertisement for ‘Stay-Puft’ marshmallows (complete with the marshmallow man) visible on the side of a building.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

1. The character of Nobody is played by Gary Farmer. Farmer also played a character named Nobody in Dead Man (1995). He says the same tagline : "Stupid fuckin white man".

2. When Ghost Dog introduces himself to the gangsters at the secluded hideaway, he says his name is "Bob Solo," a combination of two Harrison Ford characters, Bob Falfa (from American Graffiti) and Han Solo (from Star Wars).

3. The name of the pet store Ghost Dog visits is Birdland. Birdland was the club named after Charlie Parker, whom Forest Whitaker played in Bird.

4. The club that Ghost Dog drives by before he steals his new clothes is called "Liquid Sword." Liquid Sword is that name of Gza the Genius' first album which was produced by Rza. Rza provided the original music for Ghost Dog and played the camouflaged samurai at the end of the movie.

Gladiator (2000)    

1. Like modern day athletes, ancient Roman gladiators did product endorsements. The producers considered including this in the script but discarded the idea as unbelievable.

2. Oliver Reed suffered a fatal heart attack during filming. Some of his sequences had to be re-edited and a double, photographed in the shadows and with a 3D CGI mask of Reed's face, was used as a stand-in. The film is dedicated to his memory.

3. Connie Nielsen found the 2000-year-old signet ring which she wears in the movie, in an antique store.

4. In the Colosseum scenes, only the bottom two decks are actually filled with people. The other thousands of people are computer-animated.

5. The wounds on Russell Crowe's face after the opening battle scene are real, caused when his horse startled and backed him into tree branches. The stitches in his cheek are clearly visible when he is telling Commodus he intends to return home.

6. Maximus' (Russell Crowe) description of his home (specifically how the kitchen is arranged and smells in morning and night) was ad-libbed - it's a description of Russell Crowe's own home in Australia.

7. The real-life Commodus was in fact the only Roman Emperor in history to fight as a gladiator in the arena. However, he did it several times, not just once; also, he was not killed in the arena, but rather strangled in his dressing room by an athlete named Narcissus.

8. Although much of the movie is fictitious, it's interesting to note that emperor Commodus' historically accurate killer, Narcissus, was born in the same Roman African province as the one in the movie where Maximus becomes a gladiator. In the original drafts of the script, the name of the main character was actually Narcissus.

Godfather, The (1972)

1. During rehearsals, a false horse's head was used for the bedroom scene. For the actual shot, a real horse's head was used, without telling the actor involved. The real horse head was acquired from a dog food factory.

2. Author Mario Puzo and director Coppola deliberately removed all instances of the word ‘Mafia’ from their screenplay.

3. The scene of Don Corleone's death in the tomato garden was ad-libbed.

4. Paramount's original idea was to make "The Godfather" as a low-budget gangster film set in the present, rather than a period piece set in the 40's and 50's.

5. Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Dustin Hoffman were all offered the part of Michael Corleone, but all refused. Robert Redford and Ryan O'Neal were also considered. Also Robert De Niro read for the parts of both Sonny and Michael Corleone. Coppola decided that he wasn't right for the role of Sonny, and already had Pacino in mind for Michael.

6. Before being cast as Michael, Al Pacino was committed to starring in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973). Coppola pulled some strings and managed to get Pacino released. Pacino was replaced on Bang the Drum Slowly by Robert De Niro, who had to give up the small role he'd had in The Godfather: that of Paulie ("won't see him no more") Gatto. This, in turn, cleared the way for De Niro to star as a young Vito in the sequel.

7. Laurence Olivier and Edward G. Robinson were considered for the role of Vito Corleone.

8. Frank Sinatra was considered for the role of Johnny, but this role went to Al Martino when it became apparent that there were too many similarities between Johnny and Sinatra himself.

9. Sergio Leone was offered the job of direction, but refused, wanting to make his own gangster film, which eventually became Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Leone later regretted the decision.

10. Brando wanted to make Don Corleone look "like a bulldog", so he stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for the screen test. For actual filming, he wore an appliance made by a dentist. Al Pacino also wore a dental appliance. This was to hold his jaw out of alignment, to appear as though it had been broken by Captain McCluskey and not reset. Brando's mouthpiece is on display in the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

11. The actor playing Luca Brasi, Lenny Montana, was so nervous about working with Marlon Brando that, in the first take of their scene together, he flubbed some lines. Coppola liked the genuine nervousness and used it in the final cut. The scenes of Luca Brasi practicing his speech were added later.

12. The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene was a stray the actor found while on the lot at Paramount, and was not originally called for in the script. So content was the cat that its purring muffled some of Brando's dialogue, and, as a result, most of his lines had to be looped.

13. As Vito Corleone picks oranges prior to the assassination attempt, there's a poster in the store window advertising a boxing match involving Jake LaMotta. Robert De Niro plays the young Vito in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and also went on to play LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980)

14. The presence of oranges in all three "Godfather" movies indicates that a death or a close call will soon happen.

15. The name of the traditional Sicilian hat (worn, for instance, by Michael's bodyguards) is "coppola."

16. Sofia Coppola (daughter of director) appears as Michael Corleone's nephew in the christening scenes.

17. Because Corleone, Sicily was too developed even in the early 1970's, the town of Savoca, outside Taormina, Sicily was used for shooting the scenes where Michael goes exiled to Italy.

18. The scene where Sonny gets shot and killed was shot only once. Because of this, there were 147 squibs put on James Caan's body (a record number) to simulate his death. There were female crew members around and James Caan claims that "if they weren't around, I wouldn't have done the scene".

19. The room where Brando as Don Corleone negotiates an end to the five families war was actually the board room of the New York Central Railroad, which explains the train mural that you see in back of Richard Conte's head throughout the scene.

20. Nino Rota was originally nominated for an Oscar for his score (and would probably have won) but the nomination was withdrawn when it was realized that he had substantially re-worked parts of his earlier score for Fortunella (1957).

Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

1. Lee Strasberg came out of retirement to play Hyman Roth after a specific request from Al Pacino. He was unwilling at first, but agreed to do it after 45 minute meeting with Francis Coppola's father, Carmine.

2. To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro lived in Sicily.

3. Co-authors Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola disagreed over whether Michael should have Fredo killed. Puzo only agreed on condition that Michael would wait until their mother was dead.

4. As of 2001, Robert De Niro is one of only four actors (with Sophia Loren, Roberto Benigni and Benicio Del Toro), to win an Academy Award for a role primarily in a language other than English, since almost all of his dialogue is in Italian.

5. Marlon Brando was supposed to return for a brief cameo in the flashback at the end but, because of the way Paramount treated him during the first The Godfather (1972), he declined to turn up for even a single day's shooting.

6. The presence of oranges in all three "Godfather" movies indicates that a death or a close call will soon happen. The Senator is framed for murder after playing with oranges at the Corleone house, and Johnny Ola brings and orange into Michael's office before the attempt on Michael's life. Fanucci eats an orange just before he is gunned down and Michael is eating an orange (it looks like an apple, but it is an orange) while plotting to kill Roth.

Godfather: Part III, The (1990)

1. Sofia Coppola (daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola) plays Michael Corleone's daughter, despite playing his nephew as an infant in The Godfather (1972). Winona Ryder was originally cast, but she withdrew due to exhaustion.

2. The initial draft for Part III has Tom Hagen in it. However, Robert Duvall refused to play his role due to contract disagreements with Paramount. As a result, the character B J Harrison was a rewritten as a Hagen-like character.

3. Twin girls with long dark hair are shown in a close-up pan in the crowd at Michael's party. In The Godfather (1972), similar girls were shown when Don Vito Corleone was brought back from the hospital. The twins are Sonny's daughters.

4. Sofia Coppola's character's aunt is played by her actual aunt, Talia Shire.

5. Al Pacino was offered $5 million but wanted $7 million plus profits from gross to reprise his role as Michael. Coppola refused, and threatened to rewrite the script by starting off with Michael's funeral sequence instead of the film's introduction. Pacino agreed to the $5 million offer.

6. The presence of oranges in all three "Godfather" movies indicates that a death or a close call will soon happen. Michael Corleone dies with oranges nearby.

7. Actors competing for the role of Vincent Mancini according to director Francis Ford Coppola included: Alec Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Val Kilmer, Charlie Sheen, Billy Zane, and Nicolas Cage. Julia Roberts was Coppola's dream choice for Mary Corleone, but she had scheduling conflicts at both times when the role was open. Madonna campaigned for the role of Mary Corleone, and had a meeting with Coppola to discuss how to adapt the role to her age.

8. Paramount tried to go ahead with the film for many years without either Francis Ford Coppola or Mario Puzo's involvement. No less than twelve scripts were written, including ones by Michael Eisner and Don Simpson. Most of the scripts had lots of international intrigue with the Corleone family, now led by Michael's son Anthony, battling the CIA, Castro's Cuban government, or South American drug cartels. Mario Puzo handed in a script in 1978 that dealt with Anthony Corleone being recruited by the CIA to assassinate a Latin American dictator. He wrote another script in 1986 with producer Nicholas Gage that featured Sonny Corleone's bastard son Vincent Mancini while showing the early life of the young Sonny Corleone. When considering making "The Godfather Part III" without Francis Ford Coppola, Paramount considered directors Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Costa-Gravas, Alan Pakula, Robert Benton, Michael Cimino, and Michael Mann. At one point, they were even close to signing Sylvester Stallone to direct and star in the film.

9. The character "Joey Zaza" was based on Joe Columbo, a reputed Mafia figure who sought publicity, organised the Italian Anti-Defamation League, embarrassed others in the Costa Nostra by keeping a high public profile and was shot at a New York Italian festival in the 1970's.

10. Although the year Michael Corleone dies is never mentioned, the DVD's "Family Tree" feature confirms Michael died peacefully in 1997.

11. Rebecca Schaeffer was in the running to play Mary Corleone, but was shot and killed just before discussions were to start. Winona Ryder was later cast in the part, which was ultimately played by Sofia Coppolla.

Gods Must Be Crazy, The (1980)    

1. Director Jamie Uys searched for 3 months in the Kakahari, South Africa, to find the perfect Bushman (N!xau), who in real life had no contact with modern civilization to play the role of Xi.

2. Xixo's frequent look of bewilderment was genuine, since actor N!xau, an actual bushman, was seeing many of these things for the very first time.

3. Didn't receive a major U.S. release until 1984.

4. Biggest foreign box office hit during its release.

5. Was banned shortly after release in Trinidad and Tobago following protests from pressure groups who claimed it was racist.

Gods Must Be Crazy II, The (1989)    

1. Was filmed in 1985 and sat on the shelf for nearly five years.

Godzilla (1998)

1. On the computer in Madison Square Gardens, where the video feed is sent to the TV station, there is a Independence Day alien on top of it. Independence Day (1996) was also directed by Roland Emmerich.

Golden Child, The (1986)

1. Originally intended as a serious adventure drama with Mel Gibson in the lead role. After Gibson turned the film down and Eddie Murphy replaced him, the script was rewritten as a partial comedy.

Goldeneye (1995)

1. First James Bond movie where Bond's car is not English.

2. Brosnan's contract to play James Bond specifies that while contracted as Bond he is not permitted to appear in any other film wearing a tuxedo – which is why in The Thomas Crown Affair he never does up his tuxedo completely.

3. Goldeneye is the nickname of Bond creator Ian Fleming's beachfront house in Jamaica where (between 1952 and 1964) he wrote the Bond novels and short stories.

4. Pierce Brosnan's first appearance as James Bond. Other actors considered include Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, and Hugh Grant. Brosnan was the preferred choice for Bond in The Living Daylights (1987), but was ruled out because of his contractual obligations to the television series Remington Steele.

5. The 006 character, Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) was originally written as a much older character and a mentor to Bond. The producers tried to get Anthony Hopkins to play the role, but when he refused they rewrote it to be a younger age.

6. First completely original James Bond film, without reference to any Ian Fleming novel or short story. 

7. In the script, M's real name is Barbara Mawdsley.

8. The black-haired Tiger helicopter pilot Onatopp shoots before she steals it, is the stuntman who performed the bungee jump in the opening sequence.

Goldfinger (1964)

1. Pussy Galore introduces herself to Bond, who replies “I must be in heaven”. The original script had Bond replying “I know you are, but what's your name?” This was deemed too suggestive.

2. Actor Gert Fröbe spoke very little English, so actor Michael Collins dubbed his voice.

3. In the novel, Pussy Galore is a lesbian, which is why she gives Bond the cold shoulder to start with.

4. The villain's first name, Auric, is an adjective meaning 'of gold' (from the Latin word for gold, 'aurum').

5. In the original cut of the film, the bomb's timer was stopped at 003, explaining Bond's line about "three more clicks." It was later changed to 007 for obvious reasons.

6. Honor Blackman quit her role as Cathy Gale on "The Avengers" to appear in Goldfinger. A 1965 episode of "The Avengers" made sly reference to this by having John Steed receive a postcard from Cathy Gale - sent from Fort Knox.

7. After their golf match, 007 follows Goldfinger to the airport. The map on the scanner clearly shows Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.

8. The exchange between Bond and his caddy about Goldfinger's golf ball ("If that's his original ball, I'm Arnold Palmer.") had the caddy standing on the ball in the novel. This is switched so Bond hid the ball for the film as Harry Saltzman thought it would give Bond a more cheeky image.

9. First appearance of the Q-Branch workshop and its gadget testing gags.


Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

1. Robin Williams ad-libbed all of Adrian Cronauer's broadcasts.

Goonies, The (1985)

1. The model ship seen sailing at the film's end has a miniature R2-D2 (from Star Wars (1977) hidden on the deck.

Great White Hype, The (1996)

1. The Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) greets a man with shoulder length black hair and a black suit with “Hey Vincent, Vincent, where's Jules man”, a reference to Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction (1994).

Gremlins (1984)

1. While the father is talking on the phone from the inventor's convention, the machine from The Time Machine (1960) can be seen in the background winding up to full power. The scene cuts to the house, and when it cuts back again, the machine has gone, leaving only a wisp of coloured smoke

2. The theatre marquee 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)).

3. At the movie's finale the gremlin leader, Stripe, hides from Billy in a pile of stuffed animals. A plush E.T. doll is shown prominently in the shot. This is a gag reference to the scene in Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in which E.T. also evades discovery by hiding among plush toys.

4. Gizmo refers to Mr. Wing as Keye Luke, which is the actor's real name.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

1. Dr Catheter can be seen carrying a pod from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

2. When one of the gremlins gets injected with the bat serum and becomes a bat, it breaks through the window and forms in the broken glass the logo for Batman (1989), another Warner Bros. release.

Groundhog Day (1993)

1. The films spans 42 days that Phil relives over and over. At the beginning of the film, the groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter. Six weeks equals 42 days.

2. The groundhog bit Bill Murray twice during filming.

3. The tower that Phil jumps off of is a real building in Illinois. There is a legend that a girl committed suicide by jumping off that same tower and her ghost still haunts it.

 

 

 

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