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Machinist, The (2004)

1. The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale dropped from about 190 pounds in weight down to about 130 pounds in weight to make this film. They also claim that Bale actually wanted to drop down to 110 pounds, but that they would not let him go below 130 out of fear that his health could be in too much danger if he did. His diet consisted of one can of tuna and an apple per day. His 63 pound weight loss is said to be a record for any actor for a movie role. He since gained the weight back.

Mad Max (1979)

1. Mel Gibson didn't go to the audition for this film to read for a part, he actually went along with a friend who was auditioning. But because he had been in a bar fight the night before and his head looked like "a black and blue pumpkin" (his words), he was told he could come back and audition in three week's time because "we need freaks!". He did return in three weeks' time, wasn't recognized (because his injuries had healed well), and was asked to read for a part.

2. The car that Max drives (the "last of the V8 interceptors") is a production car, the Ford "XB Falcon Hardtop", sold in Australia from December 1973 until August 1976. The car in the film had a standard 351 cubic inch (5.75 litre) V8 motor.

3. The stolen interceptor driven by the Nightrider in the opening scenes is another production vehicle; it is a "HQ Holden Monaro", which was sold in Australia in the early 70's with a variety of motors including large capacity V8's. Also, the other police vehicles in the movie were sedan versions of the XB, although one was the previous model "XA". They also had 351 cubic inch motors and are a common car on Australian roads.

4. In a very brief shot during Max's blissful "retirement," his baby can be seen playing with a very big handgun.

5. Early in the film there is a brief shot of 2 road signs. They read: "Anarchy", and "Bedlam".

6. Because he was relatively unknown in the US, trailers and previews did not feature Mel Gibson, instead focusing on the car crashes and action scenes.

7. Because of the film's tight budget, actual decommissioned police cars were used in the film.

8. This was the first Australian film shot in anamorphic widescreen.

9. The blue van that was wrecked in the film's opening chase had the engine removed and was pushed into the path of the oncoming cars by off-camera assistants. The lack of the engine's weight caused the van to spin uncontrollably, adding to the spectacular crash.

10. The bearded man wearing an apron in front of the roadside diner watching the police cyclists and tow trucks drive away is James McCausland, the film's co-writer.

11. The auto accident scene was made as realistic as possible, thanks to director's George Miller's experience as a medical doctor.

12. The voice of Robina Chaffey, the singer of the Sugartown Night Club, was the only voice left undubbed in this film's original USA release.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

1. In one scene, Max eats a can of "Dinki-Di" dog food. "Dinki-Di" is Australian slang for "genuine, real."

2. Renamed "The Road Warrior" for North American distribution because at the time, the original Mad Max had only been released there on a limited basis, so calling it Mad Max II would have confused viewers.

3. The logo on the tank truck is "7 Sisters Oil", reference to a conspiracy theory, popular before OPEC-conspiracy theories took over, that Standard Oil and six other companies controlled the world oil market and bought up and suppressed 200-MPG carburettor and so on to keep oil prices up.

4. Reasons for Max's silly outfit: Right arm of jacket missing- He had his arm run over by a bike in the first movie and medics would have cut the sleeve off rather than pull it over a damaged limb. Squeaky leg brace- He had his kneecap shot through in the previous movie. Harness with spanners and stuff dangling off it- To do running repairs on the V8. First two fingers of each driving glove missing- To enable easy insertion/ retrieval of shotgun shells from gun.

5. The original V8 Interceptor car is now in the 'Cars of the Stars Motor Museum' in England with other famous cars such as the Magnum PI Ferrari and the Knightrider KITT.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

1. The script called for Aunt Entity (Tina Turner) to drive a vehicle. All of the vehicles were stick-shifts, which Turner couldn't drive, so a special automatic had to be constructed.

Magnificent Seven, The (1960)

1. Robert Vaughn played the role of Lee in the film. He later came back to star in "The Magnificent Seven" TV series playing the role of Judge Oren Travis.

2. Elmer Bernstein, whose score for this movie is one of the best-known ever composed, also wrote the score for the Magnificent Seven parody, ¡Three Amigos! (1986).

3. Yul Brynner was married on the set; the celebration used many of the same props as the fiesta scene. The film was cast quickly to beat an actor's strike. Mexican censors required the peasants to always be wearing clean clothes.

4. Steve McQueen wanted to act in this film, but could not at first because the schedule of his TV series, Wanted Dead or Alive (1958) would not allow it. He actually called in sick to work on the series and while he was "out sick", he shot this film.

5. Composer John Williams was a member of the orchestra which recorded Elmer Bernstein's score; he played the piano.

Mallrats (1995)

1. The parts J.D. and Brody are the same names as the two guys in Jaws.

2. The chief of mall security, Lefoors, shares the same name, and style of hat, as the man hired to chase down Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Man on Fire (2004)    

1. Tony Scott was originally slated to direct the original in the 1980s, but the studio balked because he had not had any hits and they felt he was not accomplished enough to pull off the project.

2. Michael Bay was offered the chance to direct this movie.

3. Antoine Fuqua was offered the chance to direct the movie, but he was already busy with production on King Arthur (2004).

4. Robert De Niro, Will Smith and Bruce Willis were offered the role of Creasy.

5. Marlon Brando was the original choice to play Creasy.

6. Denzel Washington was cast in this film because of a trip to a doctor. He ran into director Tony Scott in the waiting room of a medical office and the two men started chatting. Scott had not seen Washington in person since they worked together on Crimson Tide (1995). Scott happened to see Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam (2001) the night before and seeing Washington made Scott think using of the two actors together.

7. Creasy's quote about arranging a meeting between the kidnappers and God is originally attributed to General Norman Schwarzkopf, who said the same thing about terrorists.

Man with the Golden Gun, The (1974)

1. Title role originally offered to Jack Palance, but was eventually played by Christopher Lee. Lee is author Ian Fleming's cousin.

2. Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Scaramanga's mistress, but director Guy Hamilton offered her the role of Mary Goodnight after seeing her in a bikini.

3. The spiral "Javelin Jump" was performed by a modified 1974 Hornet X: special suspension, a six cylinder engine (for reduced weight), centred steering wheel, and a special fuel system to stop the car stalling when turning over.

4. First 007 movie to be shown at the Kremlin.

5. Harry Saltzman sold his shares of 007 to alleviate the very large financial difficulties he was in. He sold his 50% share in the Bond franchise to United Artists.

6. Harry Saltzman wanted an elephant stampede in the movie so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Harry went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, Cubby Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready! Harry had ordered about 2,6000 pairs of them. The sequence was not in the movie, but the man who made the shoe had not been paid. As of 1990, EON production still owed him.

7. The driver that performed the loop-jump was given a large bonus for completing the jump on the first take. The jump is also credited with being the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer.

Mars Attacks! (1996) 

1. Tim Burton has said many times that he was told repeatedly he could not kill off a Jack Nicholson character in a movie. This led to his decision to cast Nicholson in two roles, both of which are killed off. 

2. The Martian Girl dress had no zipper or buttons, to make it as smooth as possible, so Lisa Marie had to be sewn into it every day. 

3. In a scene inside UFO the fat clown killed by the Penguin in Tim Burton's earlier film Batman Returns (1992) can be found inside one of the glass spheres.

Mask, The (1994)

1. A picture of Marion Wormer from Animal House (1978) is found in the park. The Mask tells Lt. Kellaway, played by Peter Riegert, that it is "a picture of your wife". Riegert acted in Animal House (1978) opposite Verna Bloom (Marion Wormer).

2. The nightclub featured in the movie is named The Coco Bongo Club. A bar by the same name appears in the movie The Majestic (2001), also staring Jim Carrey.

3. Chuck Russell has said that The Mask started off as a very dark horror film based on the old comic books before being transformed as a vehicle for Jim Carrey's unique comedy.

4. Many of the moves in Tina's nightclub act are directly taken from Red's nightclub act in the Tex Avery cartoon "Red Hot Riding Hood", a portion of which Stanley watches at the beginning of the movie.

5. The Ripley Auto Finishing building is also used In Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) as the their headquarters.

6. The part when Jim Carrey is being chased by the gangsters and pulls the wet condom out of his pocket and says "Sorry wrong pocket", was improvised by Carrey.

Mask of Zorro, The (1998)

1. Joaquin Murieta, Antonio Banderas's character's brother, and Three-fingered Jack were real life bandits in Northern California at the time of the 1849 Gold Rush. Joaquin Murieta was a Mexican born in Sonora who moved to California to find his fortune. But after being beaten and robbed by American gold miners, he swore that he would avenge his dishonour. He was the lead in a group of bandits in the California wilderness, killing anyone who stood in their way. His life was the stuff of legend, used by Mexicans as a source of patriotism and by Americans as reason enough to hang anyone who spoke Spanish. Three-fingered Jack was actually a Mexican by the name of Manuel Garcia, who was Murieta's side kick. Murieta was supposedly killed on July 18, 1853 by Captain Harry Love who preserved Murieta's head in a jar of alcohol, along with Three-fingered Jack's hand as proof that the bandit was dead.

2. Robert Rodriguez was originally attached to direct, but the studio didn't agree with his much-more violent and R-rated proposal.

3. The character of Don Diego/Zorro has always supposed to have been Spanish, yet has never been portrayed by a Spanish actor. In this film, Antionio Banderas is the first Spanish actor to portray Zorro, but, ironically, this is the new Murrietta/Zorro, who is supposed to be Mexican in the movie.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

1. Peter Weir shot footage of an actual typhoon specifically to be used during the movie.

2. The only land-based portions of the film take place on the Galapagos Islands, and this became the first movie ever to shoot there.

3. The movie contains many elements recognizable from the novels: Two cannons are shown with the names, ("Jumping Billy" and "Sudden Death") but the camera pulls up before we see the name of the next cannon. All fans know the next cannon would have been "Willful Murder" (Barret Bonden's gun) although never mentioned, Killick is preparing toasted cheese for Jack and Stephen for after their music sessions.

4. The French frigate "Acheron" was modelled after the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). The film crew spent quite a bit of time taking pictures and filming the Constitution. The images were then digitized to make the movie. The HMS Surprise was actually the HMS Rose, a reproduction tall ship originally based in Providence, Rhode Island. The film crew made several alterations to her design to match the 1802 design of the HMS Surprise. The Rose/Surprise is currently docked in San Diego, but in previous years the HMS Rose was available for tall ship cruises.

Matrix, The (1999)  

1. Ewan McGregor was offered, but turned down, the part of Neo. Val Kilmer was at one time attached to play Morpheus. Also considered for Morpheus were Tommy Lee Jones and Chow Yun Fat.

2. Will Smith was approached to play Neo but turned it down in order make Wild Wild West (1999).

3. According to some crew members, Keanu Reeves was really vomiting as shown in the film when his character Neo leaves The Matrix for the first time. It was because of a chicken pot pie he ate, apparently.

4. Sets from the film Dark City (1998), including rooftops, buildings and others exteriors sets, were used in this film. The rooftops that Trinity runs across at the beginning of the film are the same ones that John Murdoch runs across in Dark City.

5. There are many who might legitimately claim to have invented the time-freezing photographic technique used in the movie. It might have been French director Michel Gondry who used it for the first time in a commercial (for an insurance company) and then in a video clip for Björk. It might have been architectural graphics artist Matthew Bannister who, in his academic work, suggested that motion and time in video could be separated, and proposed an apparatus for doing it much like that used for the film (but who was unable to make it work with then-available technology). Or even artist Tim Macmillan who demonstrated the technique on British television in 1993.

6. When Tank is uploading the Martial Arts training to Neo, there is a shot of the computer screen as it scrolls through the various Martial Arts styles. The graphics have a computer image of a person and the title of the style below. The first one on the screen is entitled "Drunken Boxing". Woo-ping Yuen, the fight choreographer for this movie, was director and fight choreographer for Jackie Chan's early hit, Zui quan (1978) in which Jackie Chan's character masters the style of Zui Chuan, or Drunken Boxing.

7. When Neo is calling to get extracted from the Matrix, he says, "Mr. Wizard get me out of here." - a reference to the 1960s cartoon Tooter Turtle. Each episode, Tooter would yearn to be something he wasn't and have his friend Mr. Wizard (a lizard) wave his magic wand and make him an astronaut or a scientist or whatever. Inevitably, Tooter would quickly get himself into trouble and call out, "Help Mr Wizard," and the lizard would say, "Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome, time for this one to come home." Tooter would be transported back to his old self and be chided by Mr Wizard to "be happy with what you are".

8. When the traitor meets with agent "Smith", we learn that his name is Reagan. He says he wants to be someone important, maybe an actor, and that he wants to "remember nothing".

9. When Neo fights Morpheus in the construct, the three pieces of music that play on the score are termed the "Bow Whisk Orchestra" by composer Don Davis. It consists of a semi-improvisational piece with Asian instruments by Davis, the song "Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic Calm, and another piece by Davis called "Switch or Break Show". Both "Bow Whisk Orchestra" & "Switch Or Break Show" are anagrams of "Wachowski Brothers". Also, when Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity return to the building after visiting the Oracle, the piece of music that plays is called "Threat Mix". Later, when in the same building Morpheus fights Agent Smith, the musical piece is called "Exit Mr. Hat". Both "Threat Mix" & "Exit Mr. Hat" are anagrams of "The Matrix".

10. As Neo runs through the old lady's apartment near the end of the film, we see an image on the TV of a menacing man in a black suit coat. The image is that of one of the Number 2s from the TV show The Prisoner (1967).

11. The glyphs on the computer screens, with the exception of the call traces, consists of reversed letters, numbers, and Japanese katakana characters.

12. Trinity's room number is 303 ("trinity" 3). Neo is The One and number of his apartment is 101. Also Room 101 was the place in George Orwell's book "1984" where people were sent to be tortured and would end up believing something that wasn't true.

13. When Neo is meeting with the Oracle, the music playing in the background in her apartment is Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light".

14. In the Oracle's waiting room, the television is showing white rabbits (which, at the beginning of the film, Neo was instructed to follow) from Night of the Lepus (1972).

15. Neo is often referred to as the "One". One is an anagram of Neo.

16. The book Neo hides his computer discs in is called "Simulation and Simulacra". The chapter where they're hidden called Nihilism. Nihilism often involves a sense of despair coupled with the belief that life is devoid of meaning.

17. The blocking moves Neo uses against Agent Smith upon his realization of being "the One", are the exact same techniques Daniel LaRusso uses against Mr. Miyagi upon his realization that he has in fact been karate training in The Karate Kid (1984).

18. By the middle of 2002, the famous "Bullet Time" sequence had been spoofed in over 20 different movies.

19. In the early stages of developing what was to become the famous Bullet Time sequence, visual effects supervisor John Gaeta and director of photography Bill Pope (I) constructed many gimbals and dollies in the hope of creating the effect the old fashioned way. The original dolly they created for the camera would be lead around the action at a tremendous speed, but after many failed tests and broken dollies, they opted for computer graphics, which meant writing an entirely new program for the effect. However, the Bullet Time sequence does still use one very old fashioned technique: still photography.

20. Before his character's final speech at the end, Keanu Reeves never has more than five sentences in a row to speak.

Matrix Reloaded, The (2003)

1. Actress/Singer Aaliyah was originally cast in the role of Zee but was killed in a plane crash on 25 August 2001. Gloria Foster also died before the end of shooting the second Matrix film. She had done most of her scenes for Reloaded but had not done any for the third film.

2. This film and the sequel The Matrix Revolutions (2003) took four years to make, and were filmed back to back.

3. A 17-minute battle sequence alone cost over $40 million.)

4. The 2-mile loop highway was built specifically for this film for a chase scene on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base at a cost of over $2.4 million.

5. The sequels took so long to finish because several CGI firms went bankrupt while working on rendering the effects for both movies.

6. The special effects alone cost $100 million U.S.

7. GM donated 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end.

8. Trinity uses a genuine hack to get into the Matrix. She uses Nmap version 2.54BETA25 (an actual port scanning tool) to find a vulnerable SSH server, and then proceeds to exploit it using the SSH1 CRC32 exploit from 2001.

9. It took four years to render the effects in this movie using several companies, a task which would have taken one computer in upwards of 300 years to accomplish.

10. The 100 Agent Smiths battle alone took two years to complete.

11. Morpheus' line, "I had a dream, and now that dream is gone from me," is a quote from King Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzar is the name of his ship.

12. The Wachowski brothers' contract for doing the Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions, included a stipulation that would not have to do any media interviews.

13. Eva Mendes, Samantha Mumba, Brandy Norwood and Tatyana Ali were all rumoured to be possible replacements for the character of Zee. Nona M. Gaye (daughter of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye) has been cast in the role.

14. It was reported that Keanu Reeves volunteered to give up a claim to a share of ticket sales amounting to around $38 million when producers feared that the film would never recoup the cost of the special effects.

15. The Wachowski brothers' contract for doing the Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions, included a stipulation that would not have to do any media interviews.

16. The tractor-trailer used in the freeway chase scene has "Big Endian Eggs" written on it's side. This is a reference to Swift's Gulliver's Travels: "The Lilliputians, being very small, had correspondingly small political problems. The Big-Endian and Little-Endian parties debated over whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened at the big end or the little end," ("Big-endian" has also been adopted as computer terminology.)

17. There are 1,943 names in the credits.

18. Historical reference: the Merovingians were the ruling class of France in the 7th Century A.D. It is also the name of a type of Gnostic Church (many elements of Gnosticism appear in the Matrix films).

19. When Agent Smith pulls up in an Audi at the beginning of the film, his license plate is "IS 5416". In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 says, "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy."

20. This is the highest grossing R-rated movie.

21. The role of "Seraph" was originally written specifically for Jet Li. When Li declined, the role was then changed to a female and offered to Michelle Yeoh, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.

Matrix Revolutions, The (2003)

1. Gloria Foster died before she could complete any scenes for the third film and Mary Alice took the role of the Oracle.

2. In an unprecedented simultaneous global release, this film opened at exactly the same moment in every major city in the world on November 5: 6am in Los Angeles, 9am in New York, 2pm in London, 5pm in Moscow, 11pm in Tokyo, 1am in Sydney and at corresponding times in over 50 additional countries worldwide.

3. The final showdown, between Smith and Neo is based on the final fight from the Korean film Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda (1999).

4. The place where the final fight between Neo and Smith ends is the same place where Neo makes his concluding phone call and flies off in The Matrix (1999).

5. In the scene where Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph are chasing the Trainman, an advertisement for Tastee Wheat can be seen. Tastee Wheat was mentioned in The Matrix (1999) when Mouse was trying to describe the food in the real world.

6. The ship referred to as the Hammer was actually named the Mjolnir, after Thor's hammer.

7. The brand of cigarettes the Oracle smokes is "Double Destiny".

8. The black cat at the end of the film is the same one in the "deja-vu" scene from The Matrix. It even meows in the same way.

9. All of the crew members of the Hammer (with the exception of Captain Roland) are named after firearms (i.e. Mauser, Colt, AK).

Me, Myself & Irene (2000)  

1. The glasses that Whitey wears are in fact his real life glasses, including the little microscope on the end.

2. Jim Carrey ad-libbed asking the sons to kiss him before he leaves and one of them looks obviously surprised.

Memento (2000)  

1. It took 25 days to shoot Memento. 

2. Teddy's phone number, 555-0134, is the same as Marla Singer's number in Fight Club (1999). 

3. The medical condition experienced by Leonard in this film is a real condition called Anterograde Amnesia - the inability to form new memories after damage to the hippocampus. During the 1950s, doctors treated some forms of epilepsy by removing parts of the temporal lobe, resulting in the same memory problems.

Men In Black (1997)

1. When the worm aliens (the ones who hang out in the coffee room) are fleeing earth, they are humming a bizarre tune. This tune is the same as the one sung by Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox when they faced a similar predicament in The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy. The song is called the 'Betelgeuse Death Anthem'.

2. The "known aliens" visible on the screen include Al Roker, Isaac Mizrahi, Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone, Dionne Warwick, Newt Gingrich, Anthony Robbins, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

3. In the scene where K takes J through the arrivals and customs area, there is an alien father and son. The actress who played the father is Debbie Lee Carrington, who went on to play Mini Mimi on The Drew Carey Show (1995), while the son was played by Verne Troyer, who went on to play Mini Me in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).

Men In Black II (2002)

1. When the worm guys try in help J and K back into MIB headquarters, one of them is wearing a lightsabre (as seen in Star Wars (1977)) on his belt. It is most noticeable when they are  holding onto the ceiling in the lift.

2. The little girl at the post office who wants to buy Rugrats stamps is Chloe Sonnenfeld, daughter of director Barry Sonnenfeld. Cameos include: Tommy Lee Jones' daughter (as the daughter in K's old apartment) and Will Smith's sons (the two boys who look up as J and K fly overhead). Director Barry Sonnenfeld: The husband in the family watching TV when Jay, Kay and the Worm Dudes walk in to collect some guns. Alien makeup effects master Rick Baker appears in the MIB Headquarters at the Alien Registration counter, his trademark hair gives him away

3. In the scene where K walks out on the street and sees the homeless man walking by with a shopping cart, glowing eyes can be seen peeking out from under a tarp in the cart. These eyes belong to one of the mechanical aliens from *batteries not included (1987) another film produced by Amblin Entertainment.

4. Famke Janssen was originally cast as Serleena, and even completed some of the filming, but was forced to drop out of the project due to a death in the family. Lara Flynn Boyle was then cast in her place.

5. The original ending of the film included a scene in which the World Trade Center towers opened up, releasing a swarm of UFOs into the air. Following the towers' destruction, the film's ending was changed.

6. The original pug from Men in Black (1997) was used to play Frank again, but since the pug was now seven years old, they used makeup to hide the gray fur around its nose.

7. The locker which Agents J. and K. are led to has the number C18. That number also appears on a locker in Get Shorty (1995), also directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

8. In the scene where K walks out on the street and sees a bicycle with two cyclists going down the street, this is the same bicycle as seen in the first Men In Black film, as well as the exact same riders.

9. You can see Edgar the bug's, flying saucer (from the first film) on top of the roof on the restaurant were J takes Laura for a piece of pie.

10. The steering mechanism in the car when flying near the ending scene is a silver-coloured DualShock, the controller used for Sony's Playstation and PS2 consoles. This leads to J's joke about a "Gameboy".

11. When J and K go to the Worms' apartment, they are speaking Huttesse to each other. Huttesse is the language of the hutts from the Star Wars films.

12. When J & K are watching the Light of Zartha video in Newton's room, J comments on the corny video, saying "Looks like the work of Spielberg". The film's executive producer is Steven Spielberg.

13. Jay's line on the "driver airbag" ("Actually it came with a black dude, but he kept getting pulled over.") was not written in the script as Will Smith improvised it at the time. The producers liked it so much it even made the theatrical trailer. The Director however was not happy, it was played over and over in the month of June prior to the films release, making the joke old and tired by the time people saw it in the movie.

Minority Report (2002)

1. Three years before production began, Spielberg assembled a team of sixteen future experts in Santa Monica to brainstorm out the year 2054 for him. This team included Neil Gershenfeld of the Media Lab at MIT; Shaun Jones, director of biomedical research at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency); William Mitchell, dean of the school of architecture at MIT; Peter Calthorpe, the New Urbanism evangelist; and Jaron Lanier, one of the inventors of virtual reality technology.

Misery (1990)

1. A video of When Harry Met Sally (1989) (also directed by Rob Reiner) is visible in the general store.

2. The "guy who went mad in a hotel nearby" is a reference to The Shining (1980), also based on a novel written by Stephen King.

3. Paul Sheldon's novels are published by Viking, the same publishing company that published Stephen King's books at that time.

4. The role of Annie was offered to Bette Midler but she turned it down because she didn't want to disappoint her fans by playing a psycho.

Mission: Impossible (1996)

1. In-joke: Tom Cruise goes online with his laptop by typing in, not Usenet, but Crusenet.

2. As Max looks over the NOC list on the train, it's possible to see that the names are repeated many times.

3. Alan Silvestri was originally hired to score the film, and had written roughly twenty-three minutes of music before he was taken off. He recycled the material he had written and used it for the score to Eraser. Bootleg copies of his "Mission: Impossible" score are in circulation.

4. Jim Phelps stays at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. In Tom Cruise's earlier film, Risky Business (1983), this is where he waits for Rebecca DeMornay.

5. Diehard fans of the original TV series were upset by the treatment of the Jim Phelps character in this film, and by the decision to turn much of the focus onto one character, played by Cruise. Plans for a big screen revival of the TV series date back to 1981 when members of the original series were to have been reunited for a movie that was never made. In 1988 the series was revived for a two-season run, however.

6. Peter Graves, who played Jim Phelps in the original TV series, turned down the opportunity to reprise his role in the movie after he learned that his character was to be killed off at the end of the movie.

7. While filming the famous scene where Cruise drops from the ceiling and hovers inches above the ground, Cruise's head kept hitting the floor until he got the idea to put coins in his shoes for balance.

8. Greg Morris (co-star of the 1966-1973 Mission: Impossible series) went to see the movie, only to walk out after the first 40 minutes. His denouncement of the film was apparently based on the significant differences between it and the TV series, such as the characters and character names.

9. The main lobby of CIA Headquarters at Langley was actually shot inside County Hall, London The helipad next to Tower Bridge where Kitteridge lands does not exist and was specially built for the film and removed afterwards. The site is a public park.

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

1. According to Robert Towne, much of his script was written around action scenes that director John Woo told him he wanted to able to direct in the movie.

2. The song playing during the rock-climbing scene at the beginning is "Iko Iko," which also plays over the opening credits of Rain Man (1988), also starring Tom Cruise.

3. The script bears several similarities to that of Hitchcock's Notorious, in which a man is assigned by the government to attract a woman for the purpose of sending her back to an old love who is a spy. Both films also have a clandestine meeting at a race track.

4. Inflicting injury by cigar-cutter, and disguising one of the bad guys as the hero so that other bad guys will kill him, are devices in this film that both previously appeared in Darkman (1990).

5. John Woo's final cut of the film clocked in at 3 1/2 hours. The studio balked at this length and told him that the final length could not exceed 120 min. This explains why there are so many plot holes and continuity errors in the theatrical cut.

6. Dougray Scott was originally slated to play Wolverine in X-Men, but had to pull out when M:I2 shooting went overtime.

7. For the 'knife-in-the-eye' scene, Tom Cruise insisted that a real knife be used, and that it stop exactly quarter inch from his eyeball, instead of somewhere vaguely near his eye, as John Woo suggested.

8. Nyah Nordhoff-Hall is named after writers Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, who are famous for their based-on-a-true-story novel Mutiny on the Bounty.

9. Anthony Hopkins' character becomes the first person in any Mission Impossible episode or movie to actually use the phrase "mission: impossible". Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga also wrote the screenplay for Star Trek: First Contact (1996) which featured the first use in dialogue of the phrase "star trek".

Money Train (1995)

1. The subway car used as the money train in the film is a modified R21 subway car. The car was modified by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and film crew in a way that looks absolutely nothing like the actual revenue collection trains used in the system. After production, the car was donated to the New York City Transit Museum. It currently is stored at the Coney Island Yard in Brooklyn as part of the museum car fleet and was briefly on display at the New York City Transit Museum.

2. In the opening scene where Wesley Snipes hits one of the Money Train cops, there is a Die Hard 2 poster on the wall. Die Hard 2 was also written by Doug Richardson.

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

1. Lillete Dubey (Pimmi Verma) and Neha Dubey (playing Ayesha Verma) are mother and daughter in real life.

2. A large portion of the original footage (including the wedding itself) was ruined by an airport x-ray machine. The scenes had to be re-shot, when additional funds had been raised to do so, some months later.

Monsters Inc (2002)

1. The restaurant that Mike takes his date to is named Harryhausens - named after the pioneering Special Effects guru Ray Harryhausen.

2. In Boo's room there is a Jessie (from Toy Story 2) doll well as Nemo The Clownfish from Finding Nemo (2003)amongst other things. The yellow ball with the red star on the floor is the ball from the Pixar animation, Luxo Jr.

3. Randall Boggs is last seen in a tractor-trailer. There is a Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) beside the trailer and the trailer was featured in A Bug's Life (1998). The man inside the trailer is the Pizza Planet deliveryman.

4. In the credits a disclaimer states that "No monsters were harmed in the making of this movie".

5. This is the fourth movie to feature both John Goodman and Steve Buscemi and is the first of the four not to be directed and produced by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

6. Sulley's fur has over a million hairs.

7. Bill Murray was considered and tested for the role of Sulley, but the director said that when the filmmakers decided to offer it to him they were unable to make contact with him, and took that to mean "no".

8. Mary Gibbs was so young that it proved difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio and act her lines. Instead, they simply followed her around with a microphone and cut Boo's lines together from the things she said while she played.

9. There are retro Disneyland posters in the Monstropolis travel store and some of the children's bedrooms.

10. When Sulley is about to say goodbye to Boo, Boo is trying to get him to play. She hands him a Jessie doll from Toy Story 2 (1999) as well as Nemo The Clownfish from Finding Nemo (2003). The yellow ball with the red star on the floor is the ball from the Pixar animation, Luxo Jr.

11. The artificial child featured after the beginning credits of the film looks remarkably like Andy from Toy Story (1995).

12. After Sully says goodbye to Boo, he closes the closet door. When Boo jumps out of bed, she has grown 7% by the time she reaches the door. The programmers had to do this as she was too short.

13. The ingredients listed on the cereal Sulley feeds Boo is as follows: Tentacles (includes suckers), sugar pods, gelatin, artificial flavor, artificial color (Yellow 53 & 54, Red 400, Blue 21, Plaid 16, Puce 30), salt, seawater, naturally occurring mercury, barium, sulfuric acid, lead, bile, blood, sweat, tears, zinc oxide, vitamins D & F, anemone, brine shrimp, coral, plankton, deadly pufferfish, depleted uranium (to preserve freshness).

14. The octopus behind the bar in Harryhausen's restaurant has only six legs. This is a reference to It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), a film in which Ray Harryhausen created an octopus with six arms due to budget restrictions.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

1. When Arthur rides into the village where the ‘witch’ is about to be burnt, Beldivere is holding a coconut slung between two swallows.

2. Most of the castles were cardboard cut-outs, and indeed the trailer shows one of them falling over.

3. The Black Knight was first played by John Cleese. After Arthur cuts off the Black Night's leg a real one-legged actor was used.

Monty Python : Life of Brian (1979)       

1. Spike Milligan was holidaying in Tunisia while the film was being shot. When the Python team realized he was nearby they offered him a part in the film. 

2. This film was initially banned in Norway for blasphemy. It wasn't released there until 1980. Subsequently, it has been marketed in Sweden as "The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!"

Moonraker (1979)

1. Drax's Venice laboratory has an electronic lock on it. The sequence which unlocks the door is the hailing tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

2. The role of Drax was originally offered to James Mason.

3. Lois Chiles had originally been offered the role of Anya in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), but turned down the part when she decided to take temporary retirement. She got the role of Holly Goodhead by chance when she was given the seat next to Lewis Gilbert on a flight.

4. In his original 1955 novel, Ian Fleming describes Drax as "a Lonsdale figure". Twenty-four years later, Drax was portrayed in this film by Michael Lonsdale.

5. Continuing an in-joke used in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker marks the second appearance of Victor Tourjansky as the "man with bottle". He would return a third and final time in the next Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), as the "man with wine glass".

6. The scene where Bond is riding to M's temporary headquarters in a South American hacienda is accompanied by Elmer Bernstein's theme from The Magnificent Seven (1960).

7. Despite the previous 007 film telling us that James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only (1981), producer Broccoli choose Moonraker (1979) as the next instalment after the success of Star Wars (1977).

8. With the exception of the title, the character Drax, and a couple other minor elements, this is an original story rather than an adaptation of Fleming's novel.

9. Except for a few brief close-ups, the entire sequence of Bond, Jaws and the pilot falling from the plane was actually shot in free-fall. The camera for these sequences was mounted on the helmet of another skydiver, and a few shots are of the cameraman's own arms and legs. The stunt performers had parachutes under their jackets, and had to remove these jackets quickly once filming stopped in order to open the chutes in time. Due to the small amount of time available before the stunt performers had to activate their chutes and the need to get the performers and cameraman into position after leaving their plane, only a few seconds of film could be shot per jump. The entire sequence required dozens of jumps to film.

10. The filmmakers did not think that viewers would accept the relationship between Jaws and Dolly due to the height difference between them. It was only when Richard Kiel pointed out that his actual wife was the same height as Dolly that they changed their minds.

11. Final appearance of actor Bernard Lee as M. He portrayed M in the first 11 James Bond films. Bernard Lee passed away on January 16 1981 (cancer).

Mortal Kombat (1995)

1. Cameron Diaz was originally set to play Sonya Blade, but she broke her wrist before filming and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson.

2. Ed Boon, co-creator of the original video game "Mortal Kombat," starred as the voice of Scorpion.

3. When the chameleon creature takes over the body of a slain warrior are rises as a green ninja, you can hear, very quietly, a voice say "Reptile". This is the voice of Ed Boon as Shao Kahn, and was sampled directly from the game Mortal Kombat II.

Mouse Hunt (1997)

1. Nathan Lane's character says 'Hakuna Matata' to a potential buyer at the house auction. Hakuna Matata is the name of the song that Lane sang in the movie The Lion King.

2. The man at the cat pound is played by an actor called Ernie Sabella, who was the voice of Pumbaa in The Lion King. Pumbaa is the best friend of Simone, played by Nathan Lane.

3. In a few of the scenes where there is a close up of the mouse in the walls, they used a rat as a "body double".

Mulan (1998)

1. When Mulan sings "Reflection" in her father's shrine, her reflection appears in the polished surface of the temple stones. The writing on the temple stones is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film written in ancient Chinese.

2. The spots on the horse are in the shape of Mickey Mouse's ears.

3. The scene where Mulan disarms Shan-Yu with a fan shows an actual martial art technique.

4. Mulan went back into the Disney vault on January 31, 2002. Typically, this means the VHS and DVD versions of the movie were pulled from store shelves on this day, and the movie won't re-appear in either format for 10 years.

Mummy, The (1999)

1. During the scene where the people are chanting, the supporting artists began to change what they were chanting from the correct Egyptian phrase, to "Ohwhatanarseyouare" during rehearsals. Before long, they were all chanting it, and did so on the final take. Nobody on the crew noticed during filming, and it therefore remains in the film.

2. Brendan Fraser passed out while filming because the noose around his neck was too tight.

3. The leader of the Medjai desert tribe is named Ardeth Bay after the alias used by Boris Karloff's "Imhotep" character Mummy, The (1932).

4. "Im-Ho-Tep" was actually the name of the architect who developed the first pyramids in ancient Egypt. His ability was such that he was later said to have descended from the gods.

5. With the exception of a loin cloth and a few pieces of jewelry, Patricia Velazquez's costume consists entirely of body paint which took 14 hours to apply.

6. Ardeth Bey is the name of a sworn protector of mankind from the mummy Imhotep. However, in The Mummy (1932), Ardeth Bey is the alter-ego of the mummy Imhotep when he attempts to pass for a modern Egyptian.

7. When Beni is translating Imhotep's words, he mistranslates one word as "forever" and is corrected by Evelyn, who says, "For all eternity, idiot!" The same mistranslation is made on the hieroglyphs in Stargate, where Dr. Daniel Jackson crosses out "forever and ever" on the blackboard and corrects it to read "for all time".

8. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was found on November 4, 1922 the person in charge was Lord George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon. Along with him was his daughter Lady Evelyn. Rachel Weisz's character is named Evelyn Carnahan.

9. In order to practice the frightened reaction made by Arnold Vosloo by a cat with Brendan Frasier, he threw a teddy bear at Vosloo which according to Frasier, caused tremendous laughter between the two at the hilarity of being frightened at a teddy bear.

10. The library disaster was done in one take. It would have taken an entire day to reshoot if a mistake had been made.

Mummy Returns, The (2001)

1. When the tiny pygmies meet their doom on the log, one of the little terrors grips onto a trunk and rides into the chasm yeehawing defiantly, exactly like Slim Pickens at the end of Dr Strangelove.

2. In order to keep his smooth hairless look, Arnold Vosloo had his entire body shaved twice a day. Originally, he tried waxing but couldn't stand the pain.

3. Brendan Fraser tore a spinal disk, cracked a rib, and injured his knees during production. Dwayne Johnson suffered from food poisoning and sunstroke.

4. This film was the first time London's Tower Bridge was ever closed for filming. They were allowed to close it for 20 minutes at a time, but the resulting traffic jam after the first time brought threats of arrest from Scotland Yard and a reduced closing time of 10 minutes.

5. Despite fighting his character (The Scorpion King) in the finale, at the time of release Brendan Fraser had not met The Rock (Dwayne Johnson).

6. Rachel Weisz's character Nerfertiri was originally called Nefertiti but the producers felt that people would make "boob" jokes about the name so it was changed to that of another Egyptian queen.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

1. Hormel Foods Corporation, makers of Spam, sued the film production company for making the name of the ugly villain "Spa'am". Their suit was defeated on September 22, 1995.

2. Tim Curry tried a peg leg, but the discomfort forced him to change to using a crutch.

3. Upon Jim Henson's death it was said that Rowlf the Dog would never be used again, for this was Henson's signature character. As a memorial of sorts Rowlf is seen in a few shots, once when the creatures are leaving the tavern, and also in a few shots beforehand. However, out of respect for Jim Henson, he never speaks.

Murder by Death (1976)

1. This movie marked the film debut of James Cromwell.

2. Orson Welles was originally considered for the role of Inspector Wang but was unable to accept because he was appearing in a play in Italy.

3. Neil Simon remained on the set to take care of re-writes, as he did with this picture's sequel, The Cheap Detective (1978). Simon took such a shine to Alec Guinness during the picture's production that he told him if he did not like anything in the film, he'd immediately rewrite it for him, but Guinness assured him it was great fun for him.

4. Orson Welles had been asked to play Sidney Wang before Peter Sellers got the part.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

1. Originally developed by Nia Vardalos as a one-woman stage show.

2. On the weekend of October 4-6, 2002, this film surpassed Blair Witch Project, The (1999) as the highest-grossing independent film of all time.

3. Nia's real life husband passes behind her during the dance at the wedding.

4. Tom Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, saw the play and recommended that her husband produce a movie version. In an interview with the German magazine "Cinema" Nia Vardalos mentioned, that she hung up when Hanks called, because she didn't believe it was really him.

5. In the fall of 2002 it surpassed Dances with Wolves (1990) as the highest grossing movie never to have hit number one at the box office.

Mystery Men (1999)      

1. Ricky Jay's character tells Captain Amazing, "I'm a publicist, not a magician." Ricky Jay is in fact a well-known magician.  

2. The bowler's skull-ball wasn't a custom ball. Ebonite, a bowling ball manufacturer, made the skull ball as part of their "Super Fun Ball" line.

 

 

 

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