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Raging Bull (1980)

1. To visually achieve Jake's growing desperation and diminishing stature, Scorcese shot the later boxing scenes in a larger ring.

2. Original script included a scene of La Motta masturbating in his prison cell.

3. Sound effects for punches landing were made by squashing melons and tomatoes. Sound effects for camera flashes going off were sounds of gunshots. The original tapes were deliberately destroyed by the sound technicians, to prevent then being used again.

4. Robert De Niro accidentally broke Joe Pesci's rib in a sparring scene. This shot appears in the film: De Niro hits Pesci in the side, Pesci groans, and there is a quick cut to another angle.

5. De Niro gained over 50 pounds to play the older La Motta, and Pesci lost weight for the same scene.

6. In preparation for his role, Robert De Niro went through extensive physical training, then entered in three genuine Brooklyn boxing matches and won two of them.

7. To show up better on black-and-white film, Hershey's chocolate was used for blood.

8. While preparing to play Jake La Motta, Robert De Niro actually met with La Motta and became very well acquainted with him. They spent the entire shoot together so De Niro could portray his character accurately. La Motta said that De Niro has the ability to be a contender, and that he would have been happy to be his manager and trainer.

9. When Jake is yelling at his first wife about the steak, his neighbour starts screaming at him. Not only was this not in the script, but the man in the other apartment didn't know that it was Robert De Niro or that he was shooting a movie, since it was shot on location. Staying firmly in character, De Niro began arguing back.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

1. Jock's airplane at the beginning has the registration number ‘OB-3PO’, referring to Obi-wan and C-3PO from Star Wars (1977).

2. Script originally included a long fight between a swordsman and Indiana with his whip. Actor Harrison Ford was suffering diarrhoea at the time, and asked “Why don't I just shoot him?”, so they filmed this instead. Some sources attribute the idea to Steven Spielberg rather than to Ford.

3. The hieroglyphics in the map room include engravings of R2-D2 and C-3PO (from Star Wars (1977), however they do not appear on film against popular belief.

4. Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones, but he was committed to Magnum P.I (1980). Magnum P.I. did an episode that parodied "Raiders", complete with hat, whip, booby traps, etc.

5. Nick Nolte turned down the role of Indiana Jones

6. The scene where Indy threatens to blow up the Ark with a bazooka as it is being carried through a canyon was filmed in the same canyon in Tunisia used in Star Wars (1977) when R2-D2 was zapped and stolen by Jawas.

7. In filming the Well of Souls sequence, the producers scoured every pet shop in London and the South of England for every snake they could lay their hands on. Hence there are snakes that are identifiable from many different geographical areas. However, once all the snakes were on set, it became clear that there were not nearly enough of them, so Spielberg had several hoses cut into lengths, and these were used as well. Looking closely, you can tell which are the real snakes and which are not.

8. Harrison Ford was actually dragged behind the truck for some of the shots. When asked if he was worried, Ford quipped: "No. If it really was dangerous, they would have filmed more of the movie first."

9. The film reused the submarine model from Das Boot (1981).

10. During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got sick, except director Steven Spielberg. It is thought that he avoided illness by eating only the food he'd brought with him: cans and cans of Spaghetti-O's.

11. The opening scene in the lost South American temple is partly based on a classic Disney Ducks adventure helmed by the legendary artist Carl Barks, many of whose comic books have inspired George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Exploring a lost temple, Donald Duck, his nephews, and Scrooge McDuck must evade a succession of booby traps -- flying darts, a decapitating blade, a huge boulder, a tunnel flooded with a torrent of gushing water, etc. -- in the story "The Prize of Pizarro" ("Uncle $crooge" number 26, June-August 1959), which hit the newsstands when Lucas and Spielberg were respectively 15 and 12 years old. Both men are avowed fans of the Barks comic books.

12. Indiana Jones's kangaroo-hide bullwhip was sold in December, 1999 at Christie's auction house in London for $43,000.

13. Renowned British wrestler Pat 'Bomber' Roach gets killed twice in this film - once as a giant Sherpa left in the burning Nepalese bar and once as the German mechanic chewed up by the plane's propeller.

14. When Indy gets on the plane on his way to Nepal, the Nazi agent aboard is reading a Life magazine. It is issue Volume 1, Number 2, dated November 30th, 1936 (the second issue of the magazine). Pages 42 and 43 are dedicated to the water colour paintings of Adolf Hitler.

Raising Arizona (1987)

1. Nicolas Cage and his fellow factory workers wear uniforms with 'Hudsucker Industries' emblazoned on them. Seven years later the Coen Brother direct The Hucdsucker Proxy.

Rain Man (1988)

1. The scene where Raymond explains that only Qantas has not crashed is cut from the version shown on every major airline except Qantas.

2. The script originally had Raymond as happy and friendly, but after an initial reading Dustin Hoffman successfully lobbied for Raymond to be a withdrawn autistic.

3. After being interviewed by the psychiatrist, Raymond (Hoffman) leans his head against Charlie's and says "My main man Charlie". This was unscripted, and improvised by Hoffman.

4. Raymond memorizes a phone book up to the names Marsha and William Gottsegen--Dustin Hoffman's real-life in-laws.

5. In the very beginning of the movie, a red sports car has MI 3762 4 written on its windshield. The numbers 3762 spell out Cruise's birthday: 3 July 1962.

6. Dustin Hoffman was originally to play the part of Charlie Babbit, but after being moved to tears seeing a "savant" named Leslie Lemke (who is blind, retarded, and has cerebral palsy) play full concertos on the piano by ear, he decided to play the part of Raymond instead. The character of Raymond Babbit is loosely based on a man named George who, if given any random date and year, can give the day of the week on which it fell, despite being unable to solve the simplest multiplication problem.

Rat Race (2001)

1. Rowan Atkinson's character (an Italian tourist) was originally going to be a Chinese diplomat.

2. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character is based on a real-life referee.

Rear Window (1954)

1. The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four other pictures of the same periods) were bought back by Hitchcock and left as part of his legacy to his daughter. They've been known for long as the infamous ‘5 lost Hitchcocks’ amongst film buffs, and were re-released in theatre around 1984 after a 30-years absence. They are Rear Window (1954), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Rope (1948), Vertigo (1958) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).

2. Other than a couple of shots near the end and the discovery of the dead dog all the shots in the movie originate from Jeff's apartment

Red Heat (1988)

1. First western film crew to be allowed to film in Moscow's Red Square. Many of the Moscow scenes, as well as the "bath-house" scene were filmed in Hungary.

2. The film is dedicated to its stunt coordinator, Bennie Dobbins. Dobbins died of a heart attack on the set while staging the film's snow fight scene in Vienna.

3. The name and signature above Ivan Danko in the hotel guestbook are of Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors.

Replacement Killers, The (1998)      

1. The Chinese character engraved on Lee's bullets means death

Repo Man (1984)

1. Many of the characters are named after beers.

2. All purchasable items are labelled generically: ‘Food’, ‘Beer’, etc. This came about after the producers failed to attract any offers of payment for product placement.

3. All cars (plus the police motorcycle) have Christmas tree air fresheners.

4. Otto's co-worker (Kevin) at the supermarket sings the jingle for 7-Up just before Mr. Humphries fires them. Later at Mr. Humphries' house, Kevin can be seen in the background, adjusting a TV set that's playing a 7-Up commercial.

Rescuers, The (1977)

1. Disney recalled 3.4 million copies of the home video release after discovering two photographs of a nude women among the film's more than 110,000 frames. A Disney spokeswoman said that the pictures had been laid over the original cels of the film when it was produced in the mid-70's.
 


2. Evinrude the Dragonfly, who pushes a small boat in the film, is named after a manufacturer of outboard boat motors.

3. Early in development the character of Cruella Devil was to be the films villain not Medusa. There are similarities between the two characters.

4. The film was one of the last Disney classics to be animated by members of Walt Disney's "nine old men".

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

1. Tarantino wanted James Woods to play a role in the film, and made him five different cash offers. Woods' agent refused the offers without ever mentioning it to Woods as the sums offered were well below what Woods would usually receive. When Tarantino and Woods later met for the first time, Woods learnt of the offers and was annoyed enough to get a new agent. Tarantino avoided telling Woods which role he was offered “because the actor who played the role was magnificent anyway”. It is widely accepted that the role that Tarantino was referring to was Mr. Orange.

Return of the Pink Panther, The (1975)

1. David Niven was invited to reprise the role of Sir Charles Litton from the first Pink Panther movie The Pink Panther (1963), but he was unavailable.

2. This film was originally intended to be a 26-part Pink Panther miniseries produced by Blake Edwards for the British ATV. The ATV then decided to turn it into a "Movie-of-the-Week", followed by a move to a feature film.

3. While United Artists did release the film and does hold the copyright, this is the only Pink Panther film that is not controlled by MGM. It is also the only Pink Panther film that has never been released by MGM on Home Video.

Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

1. Peter Sellers' final "official" appearance as Inspector Clouseau. The next film, (Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)) consisted of outtakes and unused scenes from previous Pink Panther films.

2. The voice-over in the trailer for this movie (included on the US DVD release) several times refers to the main character as "Andrι Clouseau".

Ricochet (1991)

1. Mary Ellen Trainor played reporter Gail Wallens, a character she also played in Die Hard (1988).

2. John Lithgow almost never blinks during this film.

Ring, The (2002)

1. The role of Rachel was first offered to Jennifer Connelly. The script was then offered to Gwyneth Paltrow, and then to Kate Beckinsale, and finally Naomi Watts.

2. Chris Cooper was supposed to be featured in a small role as a child murderer. Though his scenes were allegedly filmed and his name was included in early promotional materials (and on the film's official website) he's nowhere to be seen in the final theatrical cut.

3. Subliminal frames from the Ring video are inserted in the film. For example, the 'Ring' image can be glimpsed for a fraction of a second in the transition between the ferry/horse sequence and Rachel's car drive to Anna Morgan's farm on Moesko Island.

4. There are several visual references to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, including Rear Window (1954) , Psycho (1960) and Family Plot (1976). Ironically, Hitchcock himself once directed a totally unrelated boxing movie called The Ring (1927).

5. Subtle images of circles in various forms (such as the designs on the doctor's sweater) appear throughout the movie.

6. The red Japanese maple (seen in the video) was artificial, built out of steel tubing and plaster, with painted silk for the leaves. (The crew dubbed it "Lucille" after "a certain red-haired actress"). While filming in Washington state, the tree was erected three times, only to have it knocked over by nearly 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts. In Los Angeles it was erected for a fourth time, only to be blown down again, this time by 60-mile-an-hour winds.

7. When Noah and Rachel return to the inn, at the end of the movie, there's a sign that reads "Closed until further notice", under the "Shelter Mountain Inn" sign. In an earlier cut of the film, the cabin manager dies from watching the tape (see "Alternate Versions"). Probably that's the reason for the inn being closed.

8. When Rachel goes out on her balcony (and Nate is watching the video for the first time) she looks in other houses with televisions on. The third window is showing the original Japanese version of the movie, Ringu (1998).

9. The videotape with the word "copy" is the video tape from the original movie.

10. DVD version contains a hidden feature. At the main menu, press right once then down twice until the cruiser disappears, and then hit enter. The mysterious tape that Naomi Watts watches in the film now plays before your very eyes.

Road to Perdition (2002)  

1. The movie is loosely based on actual events and a real enforcer of mobster John Looney who was betrayed.

2. In the reverse shots of Mike Sullivan, Jr., when he's being driven through the snowy town by his father, an angel can be seen in the frost on the rear window over his left shoulder.

3. Maguire is based on Arthur Fellig, nicknamed "Weegee", a photographer who was licensed to possess a "scanner" radio that allowed him to listen to frequencies used by the police and fire departments. This enabled him to arrive (by car) at crime and fire scenes, sometimes before the authorities did, as if informed by telepathic powers, to which his nickname, a corruption of "Ouija", alludes. He sold his photos to the tabloid newspapers. The photos in Maguire's apartment are real 1930s crime scene photos, some of which were taken by Weegee himself.

4. The photographs shown in Harlen Maguire's (Jude Law) apartment also appear in a book by Luc Sante titled "Evidence." According to Sante, the photos are part of a collection held by the Municipal Archives of the City of New York and were taken by members of the NYPD during the years 1914-1918.

RoboCop (1987)      

1. The computer that Robocop looks up criminal records on is actually a Northern Telecom telephone switch.

2. The movie was supposed to have custom-built police cars built on Camaro chassis. However, the day the first car arrived on the set, everybody took one look at it and burst into laughter. The decision was then made to use the Ford Taurus SHO.

3. ED-209's angry growl was actually that of a black panther and it squeals like a pig.

4. The costume was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing three pounds a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the costume.

5. The "Cobra Assault Cannons" are working Barrett.50 caliber sniper rifles with some plastic molding added to the frame.

6. ED-209's voice is that of producer Jon Davison. ED-209's body was based on the design of a Bell helicopter and the overall appearance is reminiscent of a line of toys named Robotech which were based on an 1980s animated cartoon series.

7. RoboCop's gun was actually a modified Beretta M93R: The barrel was extended and modified to resemble a casket. The weapon has three settings: single shot, three-round-burst (which was used in the film), and full-automatic.

8. Edward Neumeier came up with the idea for RoboCop after passing by the set of Blade Runner (1982).

9. Director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted Robocop to kill Clarence Bodicker by stabbing him through the eyeball. Realizing that the censors would balk, he changed his mind and envisioned Clarence having the interface spike shoved all the way through his chin, mouth, and upper jaw. Again, for the sake of placating the censors, he settled on the filmed version.

10. During the scene in the convenience store, the stickup man selects an "Iron-Man" comic book - another inspiration for the movie.

11. The police cars were modified Ford Tauruses. One of the main competitors of the Tuarus at the time was the Pontiac 6000. The car the villains use is the 6000 SUX, a not-so-subtle jab at the Pontiac 6000.

12. RoboCop's first Directive, "Serve the Public Trust", was inspired by a fortune cookie.

Robocop 2 (1990)       

1. The point-of-view shots from Robocop include references to MS-DOS, while the point-of-view shots from Robocop 2 feature a Apple MacIntosh-style interface, with a skull instead of the Apple logo.  

2. Robocop's new directives are:

        DIRECTIVE 233 Restrain hostile feelings

        DIRECTIVE 234 Promote positive attitude

        DIRECTIVE 235 Suppress aggressiveness

        DIRECTIVE 236 Promote pro-social values

        DIRECTIVE 246 Don't rush traffic lights (repeated below)

        DIRECTIVE 254 Encourage awareness

        DIRECTIVE 256 Discourage harsh language

        DIRECTIVE 258 Commend sincere efforts

        DIRECTIVE 261 Talk things out

        DIRECTIVE 262 Avoid Orion meetings

        DIRECTIVE 266 Smile

        DIRECTIVE 267 Keep an open mind

        DIRECTIVE 268 Encourage participation

        DIRECTIVE 273 Avoid stereotyping

        DIRECTIVE 278 Seek non-violent solutions

        DIRECTIVE 238 Avoid destructive behaviour

        DIRECTIVE 239 Be accessible

        DIRECTIVE 240 Participate in group activities

        DIRECTIVE 241 Avoid interpersonal conflicts

        DIRECTIVE 242 Avoid premature value judgements

        DIRECTIVE 243 Pool opinions before expressing yourself

        DIRECTIVE 244 Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility

        DIRECTIVE 245 If you haven't got anything nice to say don't talk

        DIRECTIVE 246 Don't rush traffic lights

        DIRECTIVE 247 Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or other cars

        DIRECTIVE 248 Don't say that you are always prompt when you are not

        DIRECTIVE 249 Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and negativity of others

        DIRECTIVE 250 Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your arms  

3. In the scene where Robocop was being reprogrammed by Dr. Juliette Faxx, the following hex numbers scroll quickly up the screen: "50 45 54 45 20 4B 55 52 41 4E 20 49 53 20 41 20 47 52 45 41 54 20 47 55 59". Converted to ASCII text, it reads: "PETE KURAN IS A GREAT GUY". Peter Kuran was the special effects photographer.

4. A directive which is only seen briefly in the scene where they are having trouble uploading the new directives into Robocop is "Directive 262: Avoid Orion Meetings". Orion Pictures Corporation was a production and distribution company for Robocop 2.

5. When Robocop is in the Arcade, the majority of the video games are created by Data East. Data East was the creator behind the Robocop video games.

6. While displaying Robocop's new directives at the police station, the cable plugged into his head is actually a water supply coupling for a toilet.

7. In the segment when the police are raiding the nuke lab, Robo recreates the infamous "scope shot" where he shoots a sniper in the eye through the snipers own scope. This is based upon the real life exploits of Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock.

RoboCop 3 (1993)

1. At least two of the characters in Robocop III are based on Frank Miller's own comic-book creations. Otomo, the cyborg samurai, is a nod to his "Ronin" comic about a masterless samurai whose spirit is reanimated with futuristic biotechnology. Bertha Washington, CCH Pounder's freedom fighter in the film, is a reference to Martha Washington, the freedom fighter from Miller's "Give Me Liberty."

2. The Japanese characters that scroll up screen in the POV shot as the robot ninjas converge on RoboCop read: "Command; Code bios; Bios system check; RAM check; Biocom interface; Parameter; Memory set; System check; OK."

3. Filmed in 1991, Robocop III was delayed to the fact that Orion Pictures Corporation went bankrupt.

Rocky (1976)  

1. Sylvester Stallone sold the rights to make this film with the condition that he be cast in the title role. Producers offered him $150,000 to let Ryan O'Neal play the part.  

2. Sylvester Stallone wrote the script in three days after he saw a boxing match between the unknown Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali in which Wepner went the distance. 

3. The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued, the make-up was slowly removed until they were at round one. Because of this technique, the movie won an Oscar for Best Film Editing. 

4. The sides of beef were so hard that after repeatedly punching them, Sylvester Stallone's knuckles are now permanently flattened out. 

5. The studio agreed to cast Stallone as Rocky as long as the cost of the picture remained under one million dollars. The producers even mortgaged their homes. The overall production cost was 1.1 million dollars.

6. The film was shot in 28 days.
 
7. Originally featured a downbeat ending where Rocky enters an empty boxing arena, is consoled by a fellow fighter, and then takes Adrian's hand and walks off with her. Test screenings convinced director John G. Avildsen that a more upbeat ending was required and so he shot the scene where Rocky and Adrian push their way through the crowded boxing arena to reach each other, and then embrace.

8. Another ending for the film was for Creed's fans to carry him out of the ring and then Rocky's fans do the same. However, since there were too few extras, plus some of them began to punch Stallone and Weathers, the scene was scrapped.

9. The climactic boxing scene took only one day to film, partly because the filmmakers were under pressure to get the film released during the Oscar season.

10. Originally the filmmakers wanted all of the real former heavyweight champions to appear at the beginning of the fight between Rocky and Apollo. They put out a call for all of the former champions to show, but on the day of the shoot only Joe Frasier showed. The filmmakers thought it worked well however, because Frasier is a resident of Philadelphia which was where the movie was shot and took place.

Rocky III (1982)

1. The Rocky statue still stands in Philadelphia, although it has moved locations since the release of this movie. It was in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum for years, before being moved to the front of the Philadelphia Spectrum (now called the Corestates Spectrum), where the famous Rocky-Apollo fight was filmed.

2. Mickey's last name appears on his grave marker, the only reference to his last name in the film series. His last name is Goldmill.

Rollerball (1975)

1. According to the author, William Harrison, Rollerball was inspired by an Arkansas Razorback basketball in Barnhill Arena during the era of coach Eddie Sutton.

2. The game of Rollerball was so realistic the cast, extras, and stunt personnel played it between takes on the set.

Ronin (1998)

1. 80 automobiles were destroyed during filming.

2. Features three former James Bond villans: Michel Lonsdale, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce.

3. When Natacha Kirilova enters the ice for her performance, the announcer tells the audience of her achievements. The list of achievements is actually the achievements of Katarina Witt, who plays Natacha.

4. One of the stunt drivers was former Formula 1 driver Jean-Pierre Jarier.

Rope (1948)

1. The film lasts 80 minutes, and covers a time frame of 80 minutes.

2. This is one of the Lost Hitchcock films – see The Rear Window.

Roxanne (1987)

1. Bales is challenged to tell 20 nose jokes. After he tells 19, he asks “How many is that?”, to which he is told “fourteen!”. He goes on to tell another six, making 25 in total.

Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) 

1. The hand that is seen with the BB lodged between its knuckles is not Ben Stiller's, but Andrew Wilson's, brother of Owen and Luke Wilson. When they were children, Owen fired a BB gun at Andrew's hand and the pellet has been there ever since. 

2. Owen Wilson's character arrives to the wedding with a strange Indian paint design on his face. In the movie Zoolander (with Stiller), there is a fashion picture of Hansel (Owen Wilson) wearing the exact same Indian face paint.

Rules of Attraction, The (2002)

1. Sean Bateman, the character played by James Van Der Beek, is the younger brother of the infamous Patrick Bateman, the main character of American Psycho (2000), a film also based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

Run Lola Run (1999)

1. Mannie (Moritz Bleibtreu) is given a phone card from a very kind blind woman. The woman is Moritz's real-life mother whom is also a well known actress in her country.

Running Man, The (1987)

1. This film is loosely based on a novel written by Stephen King that he penned under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. He wrote the story in 72 hours, and it was published with virtually no changes.

2. Was originally supposed to be filmed in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with Christopher Reeves cast in the role of Ben Richards. When the producers decided to move the production to Los Angeles, Arnold Schwarzenegger was recast in the role.

Rush Hour 2 (2001)   

1. The climax takes place in the Red Dragon Hotel. Red Dragon (2002) is Brett Ratner's next film.

2. The scene where Carter gets the kosher meal was originally scripted to have Carter ask Lee "want some of my gefilte fish?" after the stewardess left. But Chris Tucker couldn't pronounce "gefilte", so the scene never made the final cut (outtakes of this scene are in the end credits).

3. The scene where Carter and Lee are running down the street naked in Hong Kong was an actual take; production could not block the street off for the shoot.

 

 

 

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