1. In Starman (1984) Jeff Bridges played an alien who takes on the visage of a human being, and is enthralled with a particular Earth food (pie). In K-PAX, he plays opposite Kevin Spacey's alien in human form whose favourite food is fruit.
2. In the novel, one of Prot's favourite movies is Starman.
3. While sitting in the tree after disappearing, Prot (Kevin Spacey) answers Dr. Mark Powell's (Jeff Bridges) question of where he has been by saying he has been up north, "...Newfoundland and Labrador." Kevin Spacey shot the exterior scenes for The Shipping News (2001) in Newfoundland in April - June 2001.
4. The yearbook picture of Robert Porter is the actual picture of Kevin Spacey that appears in the 1977 Chatsworth High School yearbook.
5. The shades worn by Kevin Spacey were actually borrowed from U2's Bono who insisted that they be returned after the movie wrapped.
1. The locations where the serial killer events take place are related to the names of the actors in the movie. Lewiston Ranch, Mt. Juliet, Texas (Juliette Lewis); Forbes, Tennessee (Michelle Forbes); Davidson Mine, Duke Cove, Nevada (David Duchovny) Bradbury Textile Warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Brad Pitt).
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
1. In order to film in India, the production had to use a fake title "Tara and Maya". Indian authorities would not have permitted the film to be made there had they known its true title and content. During filming in India, government officials made visits to the set and the cast had to improvise fake scenes which avoided the nudity and sexuality that was critical to the plot.
2. The movie was banned in India and Pakistan because of the erotic scenes.
Karate Kid, The (1984)
1. The referee in the final match is Pat Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate, including Steve McQueen, with whom he became close friends.
2. Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate-jutsu in Okinawa, Japan. 'Sensei Miyagi' as he was called, created his own style of karate-jutsu, which he dubbed 'Goju Ryu', which means 'hard and soft style'.
Karate Kid, Part II, The (1986)
1. The opening scenes (Daniel in the shower, and the confrontation in the parking lot with Kreese) are scenes that were filmed for, and edited out of the end of The Karate Kid. The new scenes begin when the title card "Six months later" appears.
2. At the very beginning of the scene where Yukie and Miyagi are on their evening walk, she is heard asking him if he remembers their song. The tune Miyagi sings to her is the same one he lazily sings to himself at the very start of the 'drunken anniversary' scene from the original Karate Kid. Both times, Miyagi is heard singing off camera.
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
1. John Landis was a production assistant on this film. He appears as an extra. (He was one of the three nuns.)
Fried Movie, The (1977)
1. In the "Feel-a-rama" movie theatre, there is a poster advertising Schlock (1971), also directed by John Landis.
2. David Letterman was turned down for the role of the newscaster.
3. In the "Fistful of Yen" sketch, when Loo first meets Dr. Klahn, the Chinese characters start speaking in Korean.
Kid, The (1921)
1. The production company tried to cheat Charles Chaplin by paying him for this six-reel film what they would ordinarily pay him for two-reel film, about half a million dollars. Chaplin took the unassembled film out of state until they agreed to the one-and-a-half million he deserved, plus half the surplus profits on rentals, plus reversion of the film to him after five years on the rental market.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
1. Quentin Tarantino delayed the start of the production because Uma Thurman was pregnant.
2. Warren Beatty was originally offered the role of Bill.
3. Uma Thurman was offered the script to Kill Bill, and her role as "The Bride", as a 30th Birthday present from Quentin Tarantino.
4. Uma Thurman's yellow track-suit is a direct homage to the one worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death (1978).
5. In order to achieve the specific look of Chinese "wuxia" (martial arts) film of the 1970s, Tarantino gave director of photography, Robert Richardson, an extensive list of genre films as a crash-course in the visual style they used. The list included films by genre-pioneers Cheh Chang and the Shaw Brothers. Tarantino also forbade the use of digital effects and "professional" gags and squibs. As such, he insisted that bloody spurts be done in the fashion made popular by Chang Cheh: Chinese condoms full of fake blood that would splatter on impact.
6. Part of the movie was shot at the legendary Shaw Bros. studio in Hong Kong. Tarantino has seen so many movies made at the studio that he felt it was important for him to work there.
7. During production, Tarantino wrote new scenes as he shot thus compiling massive amounts of footage.
8. The Tokyo miniature sets were leftovers from the then most recent Godzilla film (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijű soukougeki (2001)).
9. The movie was conceived during the filming of Pulp Fiction (1994) when Tarantino would constantly tell the actress what would become the film's tagline: "Uma Thurman will Kill Bill!"
10. 'Christopher Allen Nelson' , who worked on the special effects, revealed in interview that over 450 gallons of fake blood was used on the two Kill Bill movies.
11. Quentin Tarantino always slips in Red Apple cigarettes into his films and in this case as The Bride walks through the Japanese airport, she passes a billboard for the fictional brand of cigarettes featuring Sofie Fatale.
12. Kevin Costner was also considered for the title role of "Bill", but he turned it down to do Open Range (2003) instead.
13. Quentin Tarantino has confirmed in interviews that the "Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DIVAS)" was inspired by "Fox Force Five", the fictional television show that Mia Wallace filmed in Pulp Fiction (1994).
14. According to Tarantino, Sonny Chiba's character, Hattori Hanzo, is the meant to be the most recent descendant of his character(s) from Hattori Hanz˘: Kage no Gundan (1980). The series was done in multiple various instalments, in which Chiba would play Hanzo a generation removed from the previous instalment.
15. The members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are all named for snakes: Sidewinder, Black Mamba, Cottonmouth, Copperhead, and California Mountain (King) snake.
16. The tune whistled by 'Darryl Hannah' 's character in the hospital hallway is the same as that whistled by the strange young man in Twisted Nerve (1968). During his 1996 film festival in Austin, Texas, Quentin Tarantino screened Twisted Nerve.
17. The music played as O-Ren Ishii walks through the door while the Bride fights off her entourage is the same music used as the theme music for the title character in Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (1975).
18. The masks worn by the Crazy 88 gang are homage to Kato's mask in The Green Hornet (1966).
19. The black & white photography is, in the end, an homage to '70's and '80s US television airings of kung fu movies. Black & white, and also black & red, were used to "hide" the shedding of blood from television censors. It was, however, originally, to be shown in colour (and is in the Japanese cut of the film) but the MPAA demanded measures be taken to tone the scene down. Tarantino merely used the old trick for its intended purpose, rather than merely as an homage.
20. When the Bride said the word "square" to Copperhead, she draws a square in the air with her finger. Uma Thurman's character in Pulp Fiction (1994) did the same thing.
21. Michael Parks plays Sheriff Earl McGraw, the same character that the Gecko brothers killed at the beginning of the Tarantino-written From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Also, Parks' real son, James Parks, reprises his own role of Deputy McGraw ("son #1") from From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999).
22. As the detectives walk into the destroyed wedding chapel with bodies on the floor, the radio starts. Before it gets to the right song, someone can be heard singing "Donde Esta?". In the Reservoir Dogs (1992) torture scene, the same sound bite is heard before Mr. Blonde changes the station to KBLLY.
23. The original script featured the Bill character to be a master alchemist. The liquid in the syringe was pointed out to be a concoction created by Bill entitled "Goodbye Forever". These potions/elixirs were to be detailed by onscreen subtitles. The Bride would also use a mix called "The Undisputed Truth" to get information from Sofie Fatale.
24. In the original script, Johnny Moe was called Mr. Barrel. He had a Kato mask on a stick, like someone from a 17th Century costume ball. Mr. Barrel didn't like the rubber bands on the typical Kato masks because they 'fucked up his hair'. The Bride convinces him not to fight her, and he walks away, leaving O-Ren with no bodyguards.
25. The entrance to the traffic tunnel in Tokyo is in fact the entrance to the second street tunnel in Los Angeles (Blade Runner) with Japanese traffic signs added.
26. The cop calling his son "son number one" is a reference to the Charlie Chan movies.
27. Despite the claim in the opening titles, this is actually the fifth film directed by Quentin Tarantino. His first film was My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) and is the film excluded when they say "The 4th Film By Quentin Tarantino".
28. Buck (the nurse) has the same "Elvis" sunglasses as Clarence Worley in True Romance (1993).
29. The "Old Klingon Proverb": "Revenge is a dish best served cold" is from a joke in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982). (The quote is actually from the book "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1782) by Choderlos de Laclos).
30. The sequences where an extreme close-up of the Bride's eyes is shown, juxtaposed with footage of the betrayal, whenever she sees a target of her revenge is taken verbatim from Da uomo a uomo (1968).
31. The music heard when The Bride gets ready to figure Copperhead and Cottonmouth is the theme from Ironside (1967). The first episode had the main character being shot and left for dead, coming to find that his legs didn't work, and setting out to find the people who did this to him.
32. The music heard when The Bride arrives in Tokyo is the theme from The Green Hornet (1966), a TV series referenced earlier in the film.
33. Buck's line, "My name is Buck, and I came here to fuck" was originally said by Robert Englund in Eaten Alive (1977).
34. The "row of sunglasses on the Sheriff's dashboard" gag is a direct lift from the opening scene of the original Gone in 60 Seconds (1974).
35. The Japanese symbols on the background of the poster spell "kirubiru" which is the Japanese spelling for "Kill Bill".
36. When The Bride stands over the remains of the Crazy 88 Killers, Quentin Tarantino, in mask, is among them.
37. Vernita Green complains about being given a codename she doesn't like. Mr. Pink had a similar argument in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
38. The character of Pei Mai is a staple of the Shaw Brothers films and first popped up in Hung Hsi-Kuan (1977).
39. Quentin Tarantino and Miramax bought the rights to the theme song from Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (1975), which is featured in Kill Bill. Entitled "Super 16", it was performed by Neu!
40. Tarantino had intended for three actors of different nationalities to represent their respective countries. Gordon Liu represents China, Sonny Chiba represents Japan, and David Carradine represents the United States. Tarantino said that had Bruce Lee still been alive he'd have been asked to appear in Kill Bill as well.
41. As the detectives walk into the destroyed wedding
chapel with bodies on the floor, the radio starts. Before it gets to the right
song, someone can be heard singing "Donde Esta?". In the Reservoir Dogs
(1992) torture scene, the same sound bite is heard before Mr. Blonde changes the
station to K-BILLY.
42. The church scene was shot in the Mojave Desert outside of Lancaster, CA. Keep an eye out during this scene for a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson as a dead organ player and actor/director Bo Svenson as the preacher. (both can be seen predominantly in Vol 2)
43. During filming, the actors would often provide a "Hello, Sally!" take. This involved the actor finishing his or her take, turning to face the camera, and yelling "Hello, Sally!". Whether or not editor Sally Menke actually appreciates this has yet to be reported.
44. Okinawa is widely regarded as one of the worst possible places to get good sushi. In other words, a sushi joint in Okinawa would make a fine hiding place.
45. During the sword ceremony scene when Sonny Chiba's character Hattori Hanzo gives Uma Thurman his recently forged sword he tells her "If, on your journey, you should encounter god, god will be cut" which is a phrase taken from 'Kinji Fukusaku' 's Makai tensh˘ (1981) (aka Samurai Reincarnation) when the sword maker gives Sonny Chiba's character Jubei a sword that he has forged in order to destroy his undead enemies.
46. In the restaurant, the Bride kills 57 people.
47. Quentin Tarantino owns "the pussy wagon" and drove as his everyday vehicle to promote the release of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
48. Quentin Tarantino has said in interviews that, had Warren Beatty taken the part of Bill, the character would have been more of a suave, James Bond-type.
49. The characters streaming down the left side of the screen in the opening scenes are Japanese kanji and hiragana, and they read "Hana yome ga kuru, hana yome ga kuru." Or: "The Bride is coming, the Bride is coming," over and over again.
50. In Hattori Hanzo's sushi restaurant, there is a 4-character Chinese saying hanging above the bar. It says "zui sheng meng si," literally "drunk birth, dream death." A rough meaningful translation is "To lead an unimportant and often dissipated life."
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
1. The chapter "Yuki's Revenge" was cut from filming to accommodate a new chapter, "Massacre at Two Pines" that details the attack on The Bride.
2. Also changed from the original script - the story of Pai Mei is no longer told in a Jeep on the way to the cruel master's temple. Rather, it is now unfolded in front of a campfire somewhere in the Chinese countryside, the night before Bill and The Bride arrive. With the aid of a flute (one of the silent flutes from Circle of Iron), Bill tells the tale of Pai Mei in a "Peter and The Wolf" type fashion.
3. Tarantino wrote a brand new scene in the middle of filming (in a spiral notebook in orange felt tip, no less) that replaces the gambling scene with L.F. O'Boyle. The new sequence is a flashback of the first assassination that The Bride ever saw Bill carry out.
4. The Lonely Grave of Paula Schultz is Chapter 7 of
Kill Bill. There is a movie with the title The Wicked Dreams of Paula
Schultz (1968), a romantic comedy starring Elke Sommer as Paula and Bob
Crane as Bill.
5. The character Pai Mei appears in several Shaw Bros Kung Fu films from the 1970s-80s including Hung wen tin san po pai lien chiao (1980). Pai Mei means "White Lotus".
6. Stay through the credits for a blooper scene from Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
7. Quentin Taratino pays homage to his first film Reservoir Dogs (1992) twice in this film: First, the Bride pulls a single blade razor from her cowboy boot which is a direct homage to Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, who pulls a razor from his cowboy boot in the infamous ear scene. Second, when the Bride and Bill are talking, Bill says that he hears a gunshot to the kneecap is quite painful. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White says to Mr. Orange, "Aside from the kneecap, the gut is the most painful area a guy can get shot in."
8. This is the only Quentin Tarantino film (if you count Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as one film) which has no role played by Quentin Tarantino.
9. The large wooden flute played by Bill (David Carradine) is the same instrument David Carradine plays as Kwai Chang Caine in "Kung Fu" (1972)
10. When the Bride visits the brothel in Mexico, she is wearing Buck's sunglasses from Vol. 1.
11. The license plate on Bill's Jeep is THX1139, an apparent tongue-in-cheek homage to director George Lucas.
12. The spit-can Budd uses is labelled Oak Ridge Coffee. Oak Ridge is a town in Tennessee about 15 miles from Quentin Tarantino's hometown of Knoxville.
13. Budd explains to Elle Driver that he pawned his Hanzo sword - a reference to Pulp Fiction (1994) where Butch finds a samurai sword inside a pawn shop.
14. The Bride never fires a gun in either movie and only holds a gun once.
Killer, The (1989)
1. Woo never storyboarded or pre-planned any of the film's action sequences, instead improvising on the set with the actors, stuntmen and stunt director. In fact, during the entire production of the movie, there was never a "final" script.
2. It took 92 days to film The Killer, at a cost of 14 million Hong Kong dollars (2 million US dollars). The shootout at the beach house took 28 days to film, during which over 20,000 rounds of ammunition were fired, and the final shootout at the church took 36 days and over 40,000 rounds to complete.
3. Body count: 120.
4. In the scene where the Killer arrives at the hospital with the injured girl, the hospital sign reads "Scared Heart" where it undoubtedly was to say "Sacred Heart."
5. Most of the incidental music consists of incidental music from the film Red Heat (1988).
6. In many respects this is an homage to Jean-Pierre Melville's film Le Samoura´ (1967), including many of the plot points, and the hero's use of two pistols (and white gloves!). Woo has gone on record to say that Melville was one of his favourite directors of all time and a huge influence on his filmmaking.
7. Woo dedicated this film to Martin Scorsese
8. Though different versions credit Chow's character name as John or Jeff, his name is actually Joe
King and I, The (1956)
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1. Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon.
2. At one point, Fox executives suggested that the story be changed so that the King would be gored by a white elephant, rather than become ill because of a personal humiliation.
3. Dorothy Dandridge was the original choice for the role of Tuptim, but turned it down. The role later went to Rita Moreno.
4.In Thailand (previously called Siam) the Royal family is held in very high esteem. The King and I is banned in Thailand due historical inaccuracy and perceived disrespect of the monarchy. The real Prince Chulalongkorn grew up to be an especially good king and led the way for modernization, improved relations with the west, and instituted many important cultural and social reforms in Thailand.
King Kong (1933)
1. The models of King Kong were only 18 inches high.
2. Jungle scenes were filmed on the same set as the jungle scenes in The Most Dangerous Game (1932).
3. The large gate that was built for this movie was set on fire and pulled down by hidden cables as part of the burning-of-Atlanta scene in Gone with the Wind (1939).
4. King Kong's roar was a lion's and a tiger's roar combined and run backwards.
5. Willis O' Brien created several models for an earlier production called "Creation". Because of the depression, this production was abandoned. Not to waste all that work, O'Brien went on to use many of the models made for "Creation" in "King Kong". Not the least among these were the T-Rex and the pteranodon. Merian C. Cooper decided the best way to sell the idea for "King Kong" to RKO was to shoot a stop motion sequence. O'Brian shot the battle between Kong and the T-Rex. The executives of RKO were stunned at the results, having never seen anything like it.
6. This original version was released four times between 1933 and 1952, and each release saw the cutting of additional scenes. Though many of the outtakes - including the censored sequence in which Kong peels off Fay Wray's clothes - were restored in 1971, one cut scene has never been found. It is the clip in which Kong shakes four sailors off a log bridge, causing them to fall into a ravine where they are eaten alive by giant spiders. When the movie - with spider sequence intact - was previewed in San Bernardino, California, in late January 1933, members of the audience screamed and either left the theatre or talked about the grisly sequence throughout the remainder of the film. Said the film's producer, Merian C. Cooper, "It stopped the picture cold, so the next day back at the studio, I took it out myself."
7. Although Kong's island home is usually referred to as "Skull Island", the term is never used in the movie, nor in the sequel The Son of Kong (1933). The confusion arose because the main natural feature on the island is called "Skull Mountain".
8. Grossed $90,000 its opening weekend - the biggest opening ever at the time.
9. For the shots of the airplanes taking off from the strip the pilots were paid $10 each.
1. In the big bowling tournament at the end, an unseen person in the stands yells "Attaboy, Luther!". Every time Don Knotts character speaks in public in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1965), an unseen person also yells "Attaboy, Luther!".
2. The unseen person shouting "Attaboy, Luther!" in the final showdown between McCracken and Munson is actually actor Will Ferrell.
3. Michael Keaton was originally considered for the Roy Munson role.
1. The studio thought that American audiences would never be able to understand Lysette Anthony because of her accent, despite her voice being clear, and was completely dubbed by actress Lindsay Crouse. Anthony was totally unaware that her voice was to be dubbed.
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