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S1m0ne (2002)

1.During the filming of S1m0ne, Rachel Roberts who plays the title role, signed a confidentiality agreement in which she could not talk to anyone about the movie to give away the fact that she plays Simone. When she went to the movie set each day she gave an alias name, Anna Green, which is an abbreviation for the process that made her Simone, called anamorphic green screen

2. In the Academy Awards scene the actresses nominated for the same award as Simone all have computer hardware and software names: Claris Apple, Lisa Packard, and Lotus Corel.

3. Hal Sinclair is also a computer derived name. Sinclair was a computer company, while Hal is famously the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Saving Private Ryan

1. 60% of the colour was taken out of the film to give it a grittier look.

2. Director Steven Spielberg considered casting Matt Damon after viewing his performance in Courage Under Fire (1996), but thought he was too skinny. Robin Williams introduced Damon to Spielberg on the set of Good Will Hunting (1997), and Spielberg changed his mind.

3. The role of Caparzo was written just for Vin Diesel after director Steven Spielberg saw some of his previous work.

4. All the principal actors underwent several days of grueling army training - except for Matt Damon, who was spared so that the other actors would resent him, and would convey that resentment in their performances.

5. Filming switched from the UK to Ireland after the British Ministry of Defence declined to provide the huge numbers of soldiers to act as extras in the film. The Irish Defence forces supplied 250 men drawn from a mix of units of the FCA (Army) and Slua Muiri (Navy) reserves. They spent four weeks in the surf on the beaches while filming the landing scenes.

6. In the scene in which Tom Hanks's character tells the rest of the unit what he does for a living back at home, Hanks' speech was much longer in the original script. But Hanks felt that his character wouldn't have said so much about himself, and he told director Steven Spielberg so. Spielberg agreed, and the speech was shortened.

7. Real amputees were used for the shots of people with limbs missing.

8. The German Tiger tank in the movie is in fact a Russian T-34 tank modified to appear as a convincing Tiger tank.

9. Upham is chastised for saluting Miller (Tom Hanks) because it will make Miller a target for snipers. In Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest (Tom Hanks) is chastised for doing the same thing to Lieutenant Dan.

10. Although director Steven Spielberg reduced the colour saturation of the movie by 60% for artistic reasons, both major American satellite providers (DirecTV and Dish) and numerous cable TV providers turned up the chroma gain to re-enhance the colour saturation to normal-looking levels when broadcasting the movie. They did this because on the first day or two of the movie's broadcast run, their customer service centres were swamped with calls from viewers complaining that something was wrong with the colour.

11. Based upon the true story of the Niland brothers.

12. Many veterans of D-Day have congratulated director Steven Spielberg for the film's authenticity, including actor James Doohan, best known as Scotty from Star Trek. Doohan lost the middle finger of his right hand and was wounded in the leg during the war. He commended Spielberg for not leaving out any gory details.

13. The idea of a sniper putting a bullet through another sniper's scope came from the true story of a Marine sniper in Vietnam called Carlos Hathcock who put a bullet through the scope of a Vietcong sniper who was stalking him.

14. This was the first movie to be rated NC-16 in Singapore. Due to nature violence of the movie, it couldn't be passed as PG film. Also, the lack of adult theme, it couldn't be granted R(A) rating.

15. Body Count: 206

16. The names Rieben reads off the dog tags are all friends of actor Ed Burns

17. As the German soldier stabs a US soldier to death, he says: "Gib' auf, du hast keine Chance! Lass' uns ein Ende machen es ist so viel leichter für dich!" This translates: "Give up, you don't stand a chance! Let's end this here, it will be easier for you like this!" The words are spoken in Austrian-accented German.

18. For the initial fighting scenes in the sea, spare ammunition carried by the actors was made from wood as metal was too heavy.

19. Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, while a real document, was inaccurate when written. Only two of her sons died; Sgt. Charles Bixby at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1863, and Pvt. Charles Bixby at Petersburg, Va. the following year. Two more, Pvts. George and Edward Bixby both deserted, and the remaining son, Corp. Henry Bixby was captured and later swapped in a prisoner exchange. in Fact, Mrs. Bixby - a Confederate sympathizer who operated a whorehouse - had lied to the War Department about the number of sons she'd lost. Moreover, according to the Abraham Lincoln Association, the letter itself wasn't even written by Lincoln but by one of his secretaries, John Hay.

20. The two "German" soldiers who are shot trying to surrender were speaking Czech. They were members of what the Germans called Ost Battalions (Ost is German for East). They were men (mostly Czech and Polish) taken prisoner in eastern European countries invaded by Germany, and forced into the German Army.

21. Edward Norton was offered the role of Private Ryan, but turned it down.

22. The opening and closing of the film features a US flag backlit by the sun. This is exactly the same as a shot in Leni Riefenstahl's Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht (1935). In that film, a Nazi flag gently sways in the wind, with the sun shining through it from behind, rendering the flag somewhat translucent.

23. The siege in the village of Ramelle was filmed on a set created on a disused airfield in Hatfield, England. The bridge so valiantly defended actually crosses a three foot deep canal created for the movie. Earlier scenes in the village of Neuville-au-Plain used the same set carefully shot from different angles.

24. Wade's (the medic) last words to Miller are, "I wanna go home," the same as Bubba's last words to Forrest Gump.

25. Ryan's wife is the only English-speaking women's role in the film.

Scarface (1983)

1. In the final shootout sequence, Al Pacino grabs the gun by the barrel. Although only blanks were used, his hand was badly burned, and production had to be shut down for a few weeks.

2. The message on the blimp is the same message that appeared on a building in Scarface (1932).

3. This movie uses the word fuck 206 times, a record at the time.

4. In the chainsaw scene, the movie playing on TV is Earthquake.

5. In the opening sequence with Tony Montana (Pacino) and the immigration officers, Charles Durning's voice has clearly been used to overdub an actor playing one of the officers. Another of the officers is dubbed by De Palma regular Dennis Franz.

6. Oliver Stone wrote this film while fighting a cocaine addiction.

7. In the scene where Tony is in the bathtub watching TV, he says to Manny, "look at dem pelicangs fly". This line was what Al Pacino practiced with a language coach to get the Cuban accent right.

8. The remake of this film has been an influence on hip-hop culture and rap music since the late 1980s. The Houston-area rap group The Ghetto Boys sampled several lines into their rap songs, and one rapper (Brad Jordan aka Scarface, now the CEO of Def Jam South) in the group took the name of this film as his stage name.

9. The original idea was to make Scarface a remake of the movie Scarface (1932) that took place in Chicago, but this was unable to be accomplished due to budget constraints.

10. Sidney Lumet was the first choice to direct this film but he backed out. It was Lumet's idea to make the characters Cuban and to include the 1980 Mariel harbour boat lift in the story.

11. Oliver Stone named Tony Montana after his favourite football player, Joe Montana.

12. Brian De Palma liked the script so much that he dropped out of directing Flashdance (1983) to direct this film.

13. When the film was re-released in theatres in 2003, the studio wanted Brian De Palma to change the soundtrack so that rap songs inspired by the movie could be used. De Palma refused.

14. Steven Spielberg visited the set and helped to direct one shot. It is a brief shot of the Colombians in the final shootout at Tony's mansion.

15. The film was given an X rating 3 times (original, 2nd, and 3rd cuts) by the MPAA until director Brian De Palma pulled in a panel of experts, including real narcotics officers, who stated that the film was an accurate portrayal of real life and should be widely seen. This convinced the 20 members of the ratings board to give it an R rating by a vote of 18-2. DePalma then decided to release the original version of the film, since all 3 versions had been given an X rating and he felt the differences were insignificant.

16. BodyCount: 42

17. A majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California standing in for Miami, Florida. This was done because production would have been endangered by protest from angry Cuban-Americans over the film's reported subject matter. Streets and buildings used for shooting were redressed by the art directors to have the 'feel' of Miami.

18. Steven Bauer is the only actual Cuban in the principal cast.

19. Two of the songs played in the film--Shake it Up and I'm Hot Tonite are performed by then-21-year-old Elizabeth Daily.

20. The International Corporation set up by Saddam Hussein to launder money from his various enterprises was called Montana Management.

21. It is a mystery to Brian De Palma himself whether the cocaine that Tony sniffs during the ending is indeed real. Al Pacino has been asked this question but he says he prefers not to say, as in his own words "It would take away someone's belief of it."

22. The cocaine throughout the film was suppose to be dried milk, but was dropped because it didn't fit well when the scene was shot.

23. When Tony Montana is killed, he falls into a fountain that has a globe that says The World is Yours. This is taken from a true Mafioso named Sam Giancana, who was the most powerful mobster of the '50s and '60s. After he was killed, a small globe was found in his home which read, Poor Sam, the world is yours.

Scent of a Woman (1992)

1. Director Martin Brest disowned the version shown on airlines.

2. The scene on the street where Frank falls over a garbage can was actually unplanned and Pacino cut his eyeball doing it.

School of Rock, The (2003)

1. The big posters in Dewey's bedroom are of the Sex Pistols, The Who, and New York City rock band Evil Jake. They were included because set designers photographed lead singer Mike Jacobs' apartment as research on how struggling musicians actually live, and Dewey's apartment is partially modelled on Mike's.

2. All the kids in the movie play their own instruments.

3. As Dewey heads into the Battle of The Bands contest towards the end of the film he walks through a corridor and past two musicians wearing shades, leaning against a wall. The two are members of The Mooney Suzuki, the band who provide extra instrumentation on the soundtrack.

4. Writer Mike White is actually not a fan of classic rock. The basis of the movie is actually used so Jack Black could perform his own favourite music

5. The idea for the movie came when writer Mike White moved into an apartment next to Jack Black. White would often find Jack Black running naked through the halls or blasting much of the music featured in the movie at full volume.

6. The script originally called for Jack Black and Joan Cusack's characters to fall in love following their outing to the bar.

7. In the photo that Dewey holds up of his and Ned's old band, the third person in the photo is Richard Linklater, the director.

8. All parents' cars are Volvos.

9. The finger point and nod that Jack Black teaches Zack is actually a move that Angus Young of AC/DC performs in concerts.

10. The rock band Led Zeppelin are notoriously hesitant to allow their music to be licensed for commercial purposes. Knowing this, Richard Linklater filmed a plea by actor Jack Black in front of 1,000 screaming fans, imploring the band to let the production use the "Immigrant Song" in the movie. The plea worked and the filmed request is included on the DVD.

11. The original screenplay was called "The School of Rock", and it was later shortened to "School of Rock". However, the opening credits had already been designed and partially shown in theatres with the word "The" in the title. Director Linklater decided not to digitally remove the extra word from the credits, but all VHS and DVD copies of the movie carry the title "School of Rock" only.

12. Early in filming, an insecure Robert Tsai approached director Linklater and tried to talk him out of letting him be in the film because he felt he wasn't right for the part. Linklater responded that it was his very insecurity that made him exactly right for the part, and kept him in.

13. The riff of the Darkness song "Black Shuck" is used in the film, but "Growing On Me" appears on the soundtrack. This is because Black Shuck contains the line "Black Shuck, that dog don't give a fuck" repeatedly.

14. In the film, when the "groupies" approach Dewey at his desk to unveil the band's name they find him crooning a strange song and strumming his guitar. The song he is singing is the theme to the little known internet comedy series "COMPUTERMAN," starring Jack Black.

Scooby-Doo (2002)    

1. Sarah Michelle Geller had to film Scooby-Doo around her already hectic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) schedule. The producers of both productions arranged it that she would spend two weeks in Los Angeles shooting Buffy, then the next two weeks in Queensland, Australia filming Scooby-Doo.

2. Sarah Michelle Geller hated wearing Daphne's pink go-go boots and would change into comfy sneakers whenever she was able. The sneakers can be seen in one shot.

3. The scenes filmed in Australia where filmed at Bond University, in the Gold Coast, which is known to have perfect weather 350 days a year. Unfortunately, Velma (Linda Cardellini) got a cold, and filming had to be stopped for a day.

4. The bunny suit is Filler bunny of the Jhonen Vasquez comics.

5. Frank Welker, who is the original and only voice of Freddy Jones in the cartoons, provides his voice to one of the evil creatures in this movie

6. Charles Cousins' character was called Metal Head in all of the promotional material, but was merely called Velma's Friend in the movie credits.

7. The idea of a Scooby-Doo movie languished in "development hell" throughout most of the 1990s. At one point, director Kevin Smith was attached, but later dropped out. Later, Mike Myers accepted the project and was the one who most often had his name linked to it (Myers' friend Janeane Garofalo was supposedly tapped by Myers to play Velma).

8. Shaggy is a strict vegetarian in this film.

9. Before Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby enter the castle, Shaggy calls Scooby Hong Kong Phooey, a reference to another Hannah-Barbera cartoon.

10. Scrappy Doo's middle name is Cornelius.

11. N' Goo Tuana introduces Zarkos, the Masked Wrestler as having been seen on Telemundo. Telemundo is an actual Spanish TV channel.

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)    

1. There was a gag, created by the animators at Rhythm & Hues, where Scooby would turn into his cartoon version when he mistakenly drinks a potion. The gag was not in the script and was at one point chosen to replace a less-favoured gag in which Scooby would turn into George W. Bush. In the end, Warner Brothers decided that they didn't want the audience to compare 2D Scooby to 3D Scooby, so they chose to have him turn into the Tasmanian Devil instead.

2. During filming outside the Vancouver Art Museum a boom camera zooming into the Mystery Machine after its arrival crashed into the back end of the vehicle, denting it and breaking the lens.

3. Velma's nameplate necklace reads 'Velmalicious'

4. The original Scooby-Doo episode dealing with the pterodactyl ghost featured a villain and motive that were quite different. The pterodactyl/hang glider costume was used to smuggle pirated music, with the small-town mayor behind the whole scheme.

Scorpion King, The (2002)

1. This movie is a prequel of a sequel of a movie that was a re-make of another movie that was made 70 years ago.

2. More scenes had to be shot due to the movie being around 70 minutes long after being edited

Scream

1. When Principal Himbrey is in his office and someone knocks on the door, he quickly opens the door and the janitor in the corridor says “Talking to me?”. The janitor is wearing a red and green jumper like Freddy Krueger, is also called Fred and is played by director Wes Craven.

2. Look closely at the first reporter to approach Sidney when she arrives at school. The reporter is Linda Blair, the girl possessed in The Exorcist.

3. The film was originally going to be filmed at a school in Santa Rosa, CA, but when the school board read the script they thought it was to violent and filming was moved to Healdsburg, CA, so in the ‘Thanks’ section of the credits it says, "No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board"

4. Dewey asks Sidney who she thinks would play her if her life was a movie. She replies by saying, "With my luck it would probably be Tori Spelling". In Scream 2, Tori Spelling plays Sidney Prescott in the film of her life, Stab.

Se7en (1995)

1. While filming the scene where Mills chases John Doe in the rain, Brad Pitt fell and his arm went through a car windscreen, requiring surgery. This accident was worked into the script of the film.

Seabiscuit (2003)

1. Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron are both successful professional jockeys, both having won the Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup races. Chris McCarron retired a couple months before accepting the role of Charles Kurtsinger.

2. Over 40 horses are featured in the film, with 10 sharing the role of Seabiscuit. The horses' running distances never exceeded three furlongs, or three eighths of a mile, per take.

3. War Admiral was played by one of his descendants, a gelding named Verboom.

4. Although the film leaves unexplained Riddle's demand that the War Admiral-Seabiscuit match race not use a starting gate, he did have an actual reason: War Admiral loathed starting gates.

5. Most of the audience at the Pimlico Race with War Admiral were blow-up mannequins with masks as faces, long sleeve T-Shirts with painted on suits, and plastic hats (which were provided to all of the unpaid extras).

6. The movie never mentions that Seabiscuit and War Admiral were related. Seabiscuit's father Hard Tack was War Admirals brother, both horses being sired by the great Man O War.

7. A contraption called Equicizer was used to film the close-up action. It resembled a hobby horse. It was a mechanical horse that had springs, a wooden head and a carpet body. It was affectionately called SS Seabiscuit. In reality, it was a 12 ft by 20 ft rolling platform with a steering wheel in the rear and front. It simulated the rolling action of a running horse and yet it ran on rails around the track. It was powered by a 454 Chevy engine and could go at a speed of 40-50 mph.

8. Gary Stevens, who plays jockey George Woolf, was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1996.

9. Sold over 5.5 million copies on DVD, which is the highest for a dramatic movie.

10. The Seabiscuit/War Admiral race originally held at Pimlico race track was actually filmed on location at Keeneland race track in Lexington, Kentucky. The track, as well as some of the surrounding area, had to take on some minor cosmetic changes in order to accurately reflect the time period.

Secondhand Lions (2003)

1. The ending was re-shot due to negative test-screening feedback. The re-shot cost $600,000. The original ending will be available on the DVD.

2. Haley Joel Osment was attacked by the pig during filming. The lion had numerous trainers and handlers, but no one thought the pig might be a menace.

3. Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County) drew the cartoons you see on the adult Walter's desk.

4. The shoulder patch on the uniform of the Sheriff who meets with adult Walter shows Comal County, Texas.

5. On the special features side of the DVD, go to the deleted scenes section. While at the top of the list, press the "up" button on your remote control and a star will appear and be highlighted. Press the "Okay" button and a clip of outtakes will come on showing all of the filmmakers' attempts at trying to put the rooster on the pig.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

1. In one of the opening scenes, Shakespeare has a cup on his desk which reads, "Stratford Upon Avon," Shakespeare's birthplace.

2. Judi Dench won an Academy Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth, although she is onscreen for only about 6 minutes in four scenes.

3. Although a great number of lines written by William Shakespeare are used throughout the movie, including full scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare receives no credit.

Shanghai Knights (2003)

1. This film marks the first on-screen battle between Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, who both have had success in Hong Kong but never fought each other on screen.

2. During the fight with the ruffians, Jackie falls into a coffin. The sign on the wall behind him reads "Sowerberry". Mr. Sowerberry is the funeral Director/Mortician from the book, Oliver Twist.

3. When Roy is fantasizing about his future family life, he mentions his kids' names as "Vera, Chuck, and Dave." These are the names of the children in Paul McCartney's fantasy from the Beatles' song, "When I'm Sixty-Four".

4. There are several references to Sherlock Holmes in this movie. One of them is that the "bad guy" is named Lord Rathbone. Basil Rathbone was one of the first actors to play Sherlock Holmes in a movie.

5. This film is the first English-language role and Hollywood debut for Fann Wong.

Shanghai Noon (2000)

1. The Chinese characters shown in the background during the opening credits are excerpts from a translation of "The Frog Prince."

2. The catchy quote "I don't know karate, but I know crazy" is actually a line from a James Brown song.

3. Actress Brandon Merrill, who plays Jackie Chan's horse-riding Native American wife, is a real-life rodeo champion.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

1. Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series Spaced (1999), which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan website to be in the film.

2. Frequent references are made to Big Al's claim that "Dogs can't look up". This is a reference to the commentary to the second series of "Spaced" (1999) in which Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Edgar Wright talk about Nick Frost (Ed)'s claim that the difficulty in shooting a scene with a dog was due to the "fact" that dogs can't look up.

3. Because of the timing and the indisputable similarity of the names, the distributors were forced to hold the film back until two weeks after Dawn of the Dead (2004) was released in the UK.

4. Shaun works at Foree Electronics. Ken Foree was one of the stars of Dawn of the Dead (1978).

5. The phrase "fried gold" originated behind the scenes of Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson and Edgar Wright's sitcom "Spaced" (1999) and was mentioned several times on the DVD commentaries for that series. It makes several fan-pleasing appearances in the film.

6. At one point, a zombie can be glimpsed wearing a yellow cycling helmet and lycra shorts. He's played by comedian Michael Smiley, who made appearances in "Spaced" (1999) as a bicycle courier named Tyres.

7. At one point, Ed (Nick Frost) warns Shaun's mum (Penelope Wilton): "We're coming to get you, Barbara." This line is a reference to a line from the beginning of George Romero's seminal zombie movie Night of the Living Dead (1968).

8. The game that Ed (Nick Frost) is playing throughout the movie is Timesplitters 2 (2002). The Timesplitters themselves are dimension-hopping zombies.

9. The zombie that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) find in their garden is Mary, the checkout girl from the film's credit montage. A short story detailing her transformation into one of the undead was featured in prog 1384 of classic British sci-fi comic 2000AD. The issue went on sale 7 April 2004. The strip was called "There's Something About Mary" and was written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (the film's co-writers) with art by Frazer Irving.

10. At the end of the film, as Shaun (Simon Pegg) flicks through TV channels, a voice can be heard saying that "claims that the epidemic was due to rage infected monkeys have now been dismissed as bull.." Shaun flicks over before the voice can finish the sentence. The voice is referencing 28 Days Later... (2002), another British zombie movie.

11. All of the newsreaders and television presenters are real people portraying themselves.

12. When the Universal logo appears at the start of the film, the music playing is taken from the soundtrack to the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). Also, the end credits feature a new recording of the infamous shopping-mall music from the same film.

13. When flicking through the Yellow Pages, Shaun finds the number for the restaurant "that does all the fish". It's called Fulci's Restaurant - a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

14. Nick Frost (Ed) apparently kept his genitals shaved throughout the production to create a genuine need to scratch that the character demanded.

15. The posters in Shaun's living room are all of artists on the Ninja Tune record label, these include Funki Porcini and The Herbaliser.

16. The TV news reports Shaun and Ed watch feature an anchorman who utters the exact same phrases as the TV reporter in Night of the Living Dead (1968).

17. When Shaun's girlfriend objects to going out to The Winchester he suggest a few other pubs one of which is The Shepherds, which actually use to be Simon Pegg's local pub in Highgate until it was closed and re-opened as a Themed-bar.

18. When Shaun comes into work, one of his co-workers mentions something about someone named "Ash" calling out from work. Ash is the name of Bruce Campbell's character in the Evil Dead trilogy, who also works at a department store (SMart) similar to the one Shaun works at.

19. The choreographed pool-cue beating of the zombie in the Winchester (synchronized to the Queen soundtrack) is a carefully referenced homage to the balletic assault on the homeless man in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Shining, The (1980)

1. Stanley Kubrick had a large stack of books that he was looking through to find a movie project. For a couple of hours, his secretary could hear him pick up a book, read it for about a minute, and then hurl it into the wall. She then noticed that this hadn't happened in a while, so she went in to check on him, and found him reading Stephen King's The Shining. King says that this is really strange, because the start of the book is very slow, and doesn't have much to do with the rest of the story.

2. The management of the Timberline Lodge requested that Kubrick not use room 217 (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the non-existent room number 237.

3. Danny can be seen wearing a sweater with a crude drawing of a rocket and the text ‘2001’ on it: a reference to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Sholay (1975)  

1. Sholay was about to be removed from cinemas due to low attendance figures but attendance started rising and word of mouth made it the biggest hit of Indian cinema so far with some screens playing the film for several years.  

2. It is the longest Indian movie, lasting for over 4 hours 

3. The flamboyant Shatrughan Sinha was initially cast for the role of Jai, but Amitabh Bachchan convinced the producers that he was suitable for the role.  

4. A last-minute confusion over dates led to Danny Dengzongpa's exit from the film, handing the role of Gabbar Singh to new-comer Amjad Khan.

Shot in the Dark, A (1964)

1. Clouseau's servant is Kato in the cast list of this movie, but Cato in the sequels.

2. All the crimes involve members of the Ballon household. "Ballon" is French for "balloon". And at one point Clouseau disguises himself as a balloon-seller.

3. The character of Maria Gambrelli first appears in this film and was played by Elke Sommer. The character resurfaced in Son of the Pink Panther (1993), played this time by Claudia Cardinale, who played Princess Dala in the original Pink Panther (1964).

4. This film was originally meant to have been an adaptation of the stage play by Harry Kurnitz. Walter Matthau and Peter Sellers were to have been the detectives, but Sellers did not like how things were going and wanted out. United Artists brought in Blake Edwards to keep Sellers on the project. Edwards looked at the script and thought that it might be better suited to the character of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and rewrote the entire script with a young William Peter Blatty. It was released only three months after the original Pink Panther (1964).

5. None of the characters in the Harry Kurnitz stage play appears in the film.

6. The role of Maria Gambrelli was originally given to Sophia Loren, but she became ill and couldn't do it. The next choice was Austrian actress Romy Schneider but she had a prior commitment.

7. First appearance of Kato (a.k.a. Cato) and Dreyfus in the Clouseau film series.

8. Only official Clouseau film not to use the name "Pink Panther" nor use that cartoon character in the opening credits.

Shrek (2001)      

1. Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live performer, Mike Myers.  

2. In Yiddish, "Shrek" means monster (from the German for "terror" or "fright"). 

3. In the fire scene outside of Shrek's house you see the Papa bear Comforting the Baby bear, with no sign of Mama bear. Later, in Farquad's castle as he is watching the picture of Fiona on the mirror you see the Mama bear as a rug, skinned and laying on the floor.

4. Donkey was modelled after Pericles (aka "Perry"), a real life miniature donkey who lives in Barron Park, Palo Alto, California. The people from Pacific Data Images/DreamWorks did an online search for a donkey to study, and found one right in their neighbourhood.

5. Mike Myers actually read opposite his wife Robin when recording his lines for the climactic love scene at the end of the movie.

6. There are 36 unique locations in Shrek - more than any other computer-animated film.

7. Computer animation production started on the project on 31 October 1996 and took more than four and a half years to complete.

8. The principal actors never met each other. All read their parts separately, with a reader feeding them the lines.

9. In the scene where Lord Farquaad is in his bed watching the clip of Princess Fiona in the mirror, there is a painting on the wall behind him. It bears a striking resemblance to Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" painting, but with Farquaad in the centre, standing on the shell where Venus would have been.

Shrek 2 (2004)

1. The fairy godmother Dama Fortuna was originally created for the first Shrek but was cut out and now featured in this sequel.

2. The Wolf is found reading a magazine named Pork Illustrated with the front page featuring an image of a posed pig with in a bikini. This is a spoof of the swimsuit issue of the magazine Sports Illustrated.

3. In the film's trailers, the wolf is reading "The New Porker".

4. While Larry King lent his voice to episodes of The Simpsons (1989), this was the first time that he voiced a character other than himself in an animated movie or television series.

5. Puss-in-Boots, an orange tabby, says, "I hate Mondays." A reference to Garfield the Cat, a fat orange tabby, who also constantly says "I hate Mondays."

6. The man in the poster of "Sir Justin" above Fiona's bed bears a striking resemblance to Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz's. PDI/Dreamworks had to get Cameron Diaz's permission to include the poster of "Sir Justin" in the movie, as it is a direct reference to the fact that the two were dating at the time of the movie.

7. In Far Far Away, there are two Farbucks Coffees across the street from each other. This is a reference to part of Lewis Black's routine, in which he describes seeing the end of the world in Houston, where there are two Starbucks across the street from each other.

8. The "Friar's Fat Boy" statue is a direct reference/parody to the "Big Boy" statue/rocket that Dr. Evil (played by Mike Myers who is the voice of Shrek) froze himself in in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).

9. The gigantic Gingerbread Man that storms the castle of Far Far Away, is a reference to the "Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man" from Ghost Busters (1984).

10. The Fairy Godmother says, "What in Grimm's name..." - a reference to the Brothers Grimm who are the authors of many fairy tales such as the ones used in the movie.

11. In the scene where Shrek and Fiona argue, there is a "Stonehenge" poster in the background which shows the members of Spinal Tap wearing medieval garb.

12. The potion the fairy godmother gives to the King to make Fiona fall in love with the first man she kisses is labelled "IX", making the bottle "Love Potion Number 9".

13. The giant cookie's name is "Mungo", a reference to the movie Blazing Saddles (1974) where the giant's name was also Mungo.

14. The entrance to Far Far Away closely resembles the entrance to the Paramount Studios lot.

15. In the tavern "The Poison Apple", the man with the hook playing the piano is voiced by Tom Waits (singing 'Little Drop of Poison') and then again by Nick Cave (singing 'People Ain't No Good').

16. Scored the biggest opening ever for an animated film, topping Finding Nemo (2003)'s $70.2 million opening

17. In the pre-ball red carpet scene, the announcer says that "the abs are fab", a reference to the television series "Absolutely Fabulous" (1992) (often called Ab Fab) of which Jennifer Saunders, who plays Dama Fortuna, wrote and starred in.

18. When Shrek, Fiona and Donkey first enter Far Far Away, the camera pans over a distinctive Far Far Away sign at street level (as opposed to the huge one in the hills that resembles the "Hollywood" sign). The street-level sign is an obvious parody of the official "Beverly Hills" sign that welcomes visitors as they enter the city via certain boulevards. The sign is also used as the official city logo.

20. There are some other spoofs of famous signs and stores in the background of Far Far Away:
                Burger Prince (Burger King)
                Olde Knavery (Old Navy)
                Far Far Away sign (Hollywood sign)
                Saxon Fifth Avenue (Sax Fifth Avenue)
                Romeo Drive (Rodeo Drive)
                Versarchery (Versace)
                Gap Queen (Gap Kids)
                Farbucks Coffee (Starbucks)
                Friar's Fat Boy (Big Boy)
                Tower of London Records (Tower Records).

21. As donkey passes out he says, "I'm Coming Elizabeth," a reference to Fred Sanford from the sitcom "Sanford and Son" (1972)

22. The Giant Gingerbread Man's last words "Be good" are a reference to E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982).

23. The Gingerbread Man's legs have been re-attached with little bands of frosting.

24. When Shrek and Fiona arrive in Far Far Away, they pass a movie theatre playing Lethal Arrow 4.

25. In the opening "Honeymoon Montage" when Fiona wipes the mud off of Shrek while he hangs upside down and kisses him is in reference to Spider-Man (2002) when Mary Jane kisses Spiderman in the same manner. Also in the Honeymoon Montage at the beginning of the film, the couple is seen being fitted for wedding rings. The shots of the rings being forged are a parody of the forging of the rings of power from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

26. In the fight scene with Shrek, Puss in Boots tears out from the chest of Shrek's clothing, in reference to the alien bursting out of Kane's chest in Alien (1979)

27. At one point, Dame Fortuna remarks "Not that there's anything wrong with that!", a "Seinfeld" (1990) reference.

28. Various characters from other movies and stories show up in the background all through-out the movie:
                - Captain Hook is the piano player in "The Poison Apple" hangout
                - Two of the guests in The Poison Apple are the talking trees from "The Wizard Of Oz"
                - During The Fairy Godmother's singing while trying to get Fiona to change her life, among the furniture flying around the room are Lumiere (the candelabra) and Cogsworth (the clock) from Disney's "Beauty And The Beast"
                - During the opening scenes after an ocean wave covers Shrek and Fiona, Ariel from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" ends up kissing Shrek instead of Fiona, who then comes up and flings Ariel out to sea, where sharks attack her
                - Hansel (of the story Hansel and Gretel), is shown to be the owner of "Hansel's Honeymoon Hideaway, the honeymoon cottage Shrek and Fiona stat at. It to, is made out of cookies and candy (just like the witch's house in the story)
                - Little Red Riding Hood knocks on the door at the honeymoon cottage, and when Shrek and Fiona open the door, she screams and runs away, leaving her basket
                - One of the fairies Shrek captures in a jar at the mud sauna is Tinkerbell, Peter Pan's little sidekick

29. In the COPS montage, the camera following a "white bronco", is a direct reference to the infamous 1994 California highway chase where cops were chasing O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco

30. During the dinner scene with the Queen, King, Fiona, Shrek, and Donkey at the table go through each other's names twice, ending with Donkey smiling and referring to himself. This is a reference to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) where the characters go through each others' names in a chaotic roundabout.

31. At the end of the movie, Puss-in-Boots says he is going to the "Kit-Kat Klub", which was the name of the club in Cabaret (1972).

32. The sign for The Poison Apple is shown in exactly the same manner as the sign of The Prancing Pony from The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

33. When Pinocchio is lowered by his puppet strings into the cell where Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots are being held, the background music is the theme from Mission: Impossible (1996).

34. When Donkey dances at the party, he sits back in a lounge chair, pulls a string, and douses himself with water - a reference to Flashdance (1983)

35. Near the end, Fiona says that decides that she wants the ogre she fell in love with. Puss in Boots says, "They'll never make me cry." Jane Fonda says the same line in Cat Ballou (1965).

36. When the King of Far Far Away (John Cleese) excuses himself to go speak to the Fairy Godmother, he refers to his old injury from the crusades acting up. This is a reference to Basil Fawlty's (also Cleese) "old war wound" acting up as an excuse for his actions in the series "Fawlty Towers" (1975).

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)         

1. Buford T. Justice was the name of a real Florida Highway Patrolman known to Burt Reynold's father who was once Chief of Police of Jupiter, Florida

Smokey and the Bandit III (1983)

1. The film's original title was called "Smokey IS The Bandit". The original plot had Jackie Gleason playing both Buford T. Justice AND The Bandit. However after a test screening in early 1982, audiences were confused by both the title AND the plot, so the script was re-worked and re-titled and Jerry Reed got called in the play Cletus "The Snowman" again who would then become the new Bandit.

Sneakers (1992)

1. Mother wears a T-shirt bearing the name ‘Aleka's Attic’, a band formed by co-star River Pheonix.

2. Whistler is seen eating a box of Capt'n Crunch celeral. In the 1970's, Capt'n Crunch came with a small whistle in the box. A hacker named Captain Crunch (John Draper) discovered that this whistle could be used to get free phone calls (phreaking). Whistler is patterned after Joe Engressia, a blind telephone expert born with perfect pitch.

Son of Tarzan, The (1920)

1. The producer hired Norman Tuckey (music) and Osborne Tedman (lyrics) to write the first Tarzan song: “Tarzan, my Jungle King”, sheet music. Written and composed especially for Son of Tarzan (which was, ironically, a silent movie).

Spaceballs (1987)

1. One of the ships parked at the diner is the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (1977).

2. Colonel Sanders is the name of the man who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. Dark Helmet says “What's the matter, Colonel Sanders? Chicken?

3. The ‘chestbuster’ scene in the interstellar diner features John Hurt, who suffered the same fate in Alien (1979). In an obscure joke, the creature emulates the singing frog in the classic Warner Brothers cartoon ‘One Froggy Evening’.

Species (1995)    

1. During the production, MGM opted not to shoot the "nightmare train" sequence to keep costs down. H.R. Giger was not willing to accept that, however, so he spent $100,000 of his own money to finance the sequence.

2. An early draft of the script had the young Sil calmly killing a friendly cab driver. In an effort to keep the audiences sympathy for her character (and to make the murder of the porter more shocking) the scene was changed to Sil killing a tramp in self defence after he attempts to attack her.

Spider-Man (2002)

1. Before Willem Dafoe received the role of the Green Goblin, both Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich were offered the role.

2. The scene at Columbia University was filmed on an unseasonably warm spring day, however, the costume department had provided the high school extras with cold-weather clothing. The real Columbia University students can be seen in the background wearing shorts and t-shirts by contrast.

3. Several Spider-Man costumes were created at a cost of up to $100,000 each. Four were stolen from the set in early April of 2001 and Columbia Pictures posted a $25,000 reward for their return. The costumes were not returned.

4. The genetically modified spider that bit Peter Parker was not a black widow spider, but a Steatoda spider, which was chosen by Steven R. Kutcher and painted red and blue by Jens Schnabel, while the spider was anaesthetized.

5. The sketches Peter Parker does of his costume were actually done by Phil Jimenez, an artist on Wonder Woman comics.

6. In the comics, Peter Parker designed and made Spider-Man's synthetic spider web and the mechanical wrist guns that fire it. In the movie he shoots the web from his own body. Director Sam Raimi answered the protests of comic book fans saying that it was more credible to have Peter shoot web this way than for a high school boy to be able to produce a wonder adhesive in his spare time that 3M could not make.

7. In the Thanksgiving dinner scene, both Peter Parker and Norman Osborn wear their enemy's costume colours - Peter wearing a green shirt, and Norman wearing a blue shirt with a red tie.

8. James Cameron was originally to write and direct the movie in 1994, with Michael Biehn starring as Spiderman/Peter Parker. The film was deemed too technically challenging at the time, and Cameron opted to make True Lies (1994) instead.
James Cameron wrote a treatment for this film, over the years, as the rights to the character jumped between companies, nearly all his ideas were scrapped except for the biological web-shooters

9. The scene in which Peter Parker catches Mary Jane's lunch on the tray involved no CGI. With the help of a sticky substance to keep the tray planted on his hand, Tobey Maquire eventually (after many takes) performed the stunt exactly as seen.

10. Stan Lee (as always) makes a cameo as Old Man during the fight at the balloon parade.

11. James Cameron wrote a treatment for this film, over the years, as the rights to the character jumped between companies, nearly all his ideas were scrapped except for the biological web-shooters

12. The original trailer for the movie depicted a theft of a bank, with the robbers making a getaway in a helicopter. A close-up of the helicopter was shown, until the helicopter stopped, apparently caught in mid-air. As the camera zoomed out, it was shown that the helicopter was caught in a spider web, suspended between the two towers of the World Trade Centre. After the attacks on the towers 11 September 2001, however, the trailer was changed.

13. Cameos include Nicholas Hammond, the former "Spider-Man" actor - The Amazing Spider-Man(1978) - is at the World Unity Festival. And Lucy Lawless as a punk girl (Director Sam Raimi was an executive producer of "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995))

14. The film contains multiple references to future Spider-Man villains... Doctor Curtis Connors (Lizard). Eddie Brock (Venom) Harry Osborn (Green Goblin#2). Mendel Stromm, (Robot Master)

15. Bonesaw, the wrestler Spider Man fights for money, is played by real life wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage. Early in his career, Savage wrestled under the name, 'The Spider'.

16. When James Cameron was going to direct, Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be Dock Ock.

17. In Tobey Maguire's screen test (as seen on the DVD), the actress playing Mary Jane was Eliza Dushku who was in the running to play Mary Jane

18. The sequence of Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) talking to his board members begins with the same shot (a steady pull back along a table framed symmetrically) and dialogue "Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher" as a scene in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), in which Sam Raimi was co-writer and 2nd unit director. Both films also have a fast-talking newspaper chief.

19. Also, in the scene where The Green Goblin attempts to form an alliance with Spider Man, the Goblin confuses the words "fail" and "fall". This is a direct reference to a similar scene between Tim Robbins and Charles Durning in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).

20. A sign in front of Peter Parker and Harry Osborne's apartment building: Webstring Platform.

21. During the World Unity parade, a billboard for Terminix can be seen, one of many insect-related inside jokes

22. Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom, appears in a non-speaking cameo as a board member of Oscorp, Norman Osborne's company.

23. When Spider-man fights with his uncle's killer he smashes a couple of glass panes with his head. In Sam Raimi's Darkman (1990); his first superhero film, the thugs attack Liam Neeson the same way in his lab. At the end of the film, Spider-man walks away from his beloved saying "I'm Spider-man". This is also identical with the ending sequence of Darkman, with the exception of the hero's name of course.

24. When Peter Parker is testing out his webbing for the first time, he makes several classic comic book catch-phrases, most notably "Up Up and Away Web!" (Superman) and "Shazam!" (Captain Marvel). Tobey Maguire ad-libbed these lines, which were not in the original script.

25. The smoke in the lab during Osborn's transformation scene was originally white but was then digitally altered to green. Director Raimi wanted to use real green smoke, but went with the CG effect when prop designers could not create a coloured smoke that was not toxic.

26. When Peter Parker tests out his webbing for the first time, among the notable catch phrases he says, he also uses the same gesture (middle and third fingers folded into the palm, the rest extended outward) he typically uses in the comic books to fire his mechanical webbing wrist guns.

27. During the ending credits, the theme of the original Spider-Man animated series is played.

28. During the World Unity Fair fight scene, in the background one of the signs on the buildings shows a police officer and behind him read the words "Protecting, Serving, Blah Blah Blah."

29. One of Peter's sketches for his costume is of Marvel Comics superhero Stingray.

30. One of Peter's sketches for possible costume ideas is nearly identical to the black-and-white suit Spider-Man wore in the comics during the early-to-mid-80's (which would eventually become the costume for Venom), except that the spider insignia is red, not white. Peter's note on this sketch: "Needs more colour."

31. When Peter Parker browses through several newspapers looking for a used car, one of the ads shown is for an Alfa Romeo convertible: that model was marketed in Italy under the name 'Spider'.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)    

1. Sam Raimi officially signed on to direct on 1 April 2002, more than a month before the first film opened.

2. For a scene featuring fighting on the exterior of a subway train amidst a crowd of skyscrapers, portions of this film were filmed in Chicago, Illinois on the famous elevated "Loop" standing in for New York City's 9th St. El in Manhattan, torn down in 1940, with routes transferred to underground subway lines. Chicago 'el' trains were made up to appear as 'R'-train cars complete with MTA New York City Subway decals and 'Forest Hills' on their destination board.

3. Filming began before an official script was completed.

4. Sam Neill was considered to play Doc Ock, as was Robert De Niro

5. Tobey Maguire's participation was in doubt at one point because he was suffering severe back pains. Jake Gyllenhaal, was lined up to play Spider-Man and had already begun preparation, but Maguire decided to take part after all.

6. Testing with focus groups was done to help determine the film's title, at one point the titles "Spider-Man: No More", "Spider-Man 2 Lives" and "Spider-Man: Unmasked".

7. Opening sequence features artwork by artist Alex Ross, which recaps the events in Spider-Man (2002).

8. The plot of the movie, involving Peter Parker quitting crime-fighting, is largely inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man #50, "Spider-Man No More". The shot of Peter dumping his Spider-Man costume in an alley trash can is identical to a famous panel from that issue.

9. According to an interview with Kirsten Dunst, early storylines included the Black Cat as a major character.

10. Approximately $54 million was spent on digital effects alone.

11. At one point in the promotional marketing of the film, bases featuring the Spider-Man 2 logo were to be used during Major League Baseball games. However, this plan was scrapped after intense negative reaction from baseball fans.

12. In Alfred Molina's first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), he was required to let spiders crawl all over his body.

13. The film features two other villains from the comics. John Jameson (son of J. Jonah Jameson) is the Man-Wolf and Dr. Curt Connors (presumably the same 'Dr. Connors" mentioned in the first film that fired Peter for being late too often) is the Lizard. Coincidentally, both are "Jekyll & Hyde" type villains in that they are good people who are transformed periodically against their will into their vicious, animal-like alter-egos.

14. Although Spider-Man in the comics was supposed to fight Dr. Octopus first, Sam Raimi was so attached to the idea of Spider-Man fighting the Green Goblin in the first feature film, though he did want to bring the idea of Doc Ock in a sequel.

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

1. In the Golden Room, Carmen picks up the Golden Idol of Fertility, the statue featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

2. The scene where Antonio Banderas' character combs his son's hair is also in Four Rooms (1995) in the segment called "The Misbeavers" which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and starred Antonio Banderas.

Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977)

1. The first 007 movie in which the theme song focuses on Bond, rather than the villain.

2. Rick Sylvester was paid $30,000 for the skiing stunt in the opening sequence.

3. After the film's release, demand for white Lotus Esprits surges to the point that new customers had to be placed on a three year waiting list.

4. The closing credits say, "James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only" but, because of the successes of Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Moonraker (1979) was chosen.

5. $1 million of the $13.5 million budget was spent by production designer Ken Adam on building the largest sound stage in the world: 336'x139'x44'. The set was used for the interior shots of Stromberg's supertanker. The tank had a capacity of 1.2 million gallons.

6. The character of Major Boothroyd is addressed as such by Barbara Bach for one of the only times in the movie series. Boothroyd (played by Desmond Llewellyn) is the head of Q branch, but the name Q stuck to the character. The last time Q was referred to by his real name (Maj. Geoffrey Boothroyd) was in From Russia with Love (1963).

7. Stanley Kubrick helped light the supertanker scene. The eyesight of cinematographer Claude Renoir was failing at the time and he could not see to the end of the massive supertanker set. As a result, he could not supervise the lighting. Ken Adam turned to his friend Stanley Kubrick, who under the condition of complete secrecy supervised the lighting.

8. In the scene in which Bond and his compatriots are looking at the tracing of the submarine's course, the first few notes of the James Bond theme are played when the line is drawn onto the map.

9. Michael Billington, who played Anya's lover in the KGB, was under consideration for 007 and played him during the casting of the leading ladies.

10. Victor Tourjansky, uncredited as the man with the bottle, who wonders whether he's drunk at seeing the Lotus Esprit drive out of the water, played the same man in the following two movies: in Moonraker he is drinking in Venice when Bond drives his gondola out of the water, and in For Your Eyes Only he is a patron of the lodge that Bond skies off the table at.

11. The original script called for Jaws to perish after Bond used an industrial magnet aboard the Super Tanker to drop him into the tanker's furnace. The scene was storyboarded using Richard Kiel and Roger Moore as models, and apparently rehearsed, but ultimately scrapped in favour of bringing Jaws back for the next film.

12. Actor Jack O'Halloran was considered to play the role of Jaws before Richard Kiel got the part..

13. Christopher Wood's novelization of the film (based on his screenplay) contains information not in the final film. Jaws, for example, is revealed to be Polish and his real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki.

Stakeout (1987)

1. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez were having a movie trivia contest on the set one day. Estevez asked Dreyfuss to identify the movie that the line “This is no boating accident” was from. Dreyfus didn't recognize the quote, despite the fact that he was the actor who said it in Jaws (1975). Deciding that this was too good to pass up, this incident was re-enacted for the film.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

1. For a previous un-produced TV series of his called "Genesis II", Roddenberry had created a story he called "Robot's Return". This was now rewritten for "Star Trek" by Alan Dean Foster under the title "In Thy Image", and proposed as the 2-hour premiere episode of "Star Trek Phase II". However, Paramount executive Michael Eisner responded, "We've been looking for the feature for five years and this is it", and made the final decision to forget the new series and produce the story as a movie.

2. The decision was made in August 1977, but in order to keep the team together during the necessary renegotiation of contracts, Paramount kept it secret until March 1978; when Rona Barrett broke the secret in December 1977, they denied it. Meanwhile, they pretended that the TV series was still going to happen, even soliciting scripts for episodes that would never be made. Sets built for the TV series were used in the movie, but modelwork had to be redone after the changeover was made public, due to the need for finer detailing in a movie.

3. The TV series was to have three new regular characters. Paramount was concerned that William Shatner might ask for too much money to continue playing Kirk if the run of the series was extended beyond the initial order of 13 episodes; the character of Decker was created so that if Kirk had to be written out, Decker could become the series' new lead role. Decker was played in the movie by Stephen Collins.

4. The character of Lieutenant Ilia, played by Persis Khambatta, was also intended as a continuing role in the TV series.

5. The V'ger prop was so large and involved so much work that one end of it was being used in scenes while the other end was still being built.

6. When Spock travels through V'ger and sees all the incredible imagery, Darth Vader and Miss Piggy can be seen. It comes right after his line "Who or what are we dealing with?".

7. Uhura's communications earpieces are the only original props from the original TV series. They were dug out of storage when it was realized someone had forgotten to make new ones for the movie.

8. Persis Khambatta became very emotional about having her head shaved for her role. She kept her shorn hair in a box for a time and asked Roddenberry to take out insurance in case her hair didn't grow back. It did.

9. The Klingon words spoken by the Klingon ship's captain were actually invented by actor James Doohan (Scotty). Later, linguist Marc Okrand devised grammar and syntax rule s for the language, along with more vocabulary words, and wrote a Klingon dictionary.

10. James Doohan also devised the Vulcan words heard during the Kolinahr sequence. The scenes were originally shot in English, and when it was decided to change the dialogue to Vulcan, Doohan wrote lines that fit the existing lip movements. Some of the subtitles were rearranged to make this less obvious.

11. All of the extras were Star Trek fans called upon to appear in the film. Most of their checks went uncashed; Harvey Bennett said that they were probably framed as souvenirs by the fans.

Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan (1982)

1. Producer Harve Bennett viewed all the original Star Trek episodes and chose 1967's "Space Seed" as the best candidate for a sequel.

2. Due to budget limitations, sets and props were re-used wherever possible. Space Station Regula 1 was the space station from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)... turned upside-down.

3. Terrell and Chekhov's environmental suits were originally Spock's suit during his spacewalk in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

4. The sets of Reliant were actually the Enterprise with different lighting, camera angles, and different seat covers.

5. Leonard Nimoy was persuaded to participate in this movie when producer Harve Bennett offered him a chance for a great death scene for Spock. Later, during shooting, Bennett asked Nimoy to do the mind-meld scene that could explain his return later in the series if they chose to do that.

6. Although Chekhov was not yet part of the crew in the 1967 Star Trek episode Space Seed where the Enterprise first encounters Khan, Khan recognizes Chekhov in this film when they first meet on Ceti Alpha V.

7. All of Khan's men were Chippendale dancers at the time.

8. The "No Smoking Is Permitted On Bridge" sign from the first scene was removed in later bridge scenes when Gene Roddenberry complained that smoking would not exist in the future.

9. One of Admiral Kirk's antiques is a Commodore 64 computer.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

1. Leonard Nimoy's character, Spock, died at the end of the previous movie. He agreed to reincarnate the character in exchange for directing the new movie.

2. The villains of the film were originally intended to be Romulans, but upper studio management wanted Klingons to be used since they were better-known enemies. By the time the decision was made, the Romulan ship was already made and they didn't want the expense of replacing it. Fortunately, the TV show had already established that the Klingons and Romulans had shared technologies and ships in the past (for exactly the same real-world cost-cutting reasons) so the idea of Klingons using a Romulan-style vessel was not a problem.

3. The self-destruct codes for the U.S.S. Enterprise apparently haven't been changed in decades, as they are identical to those in the original series episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.

4. Tribbles - a popular creature from the original TV series - make a cameo appearance during the bar sequence where McCoy tries to hire a ship.

5. The U.S.S. Grissom bridge was the U.S.S. Enterprise bridge rearranged with pink chairs, and the Bar where McCoy tries to charter the spaceflight is the Enterprise sickbay redressed.

6. The scnee in which Kirk stumbles into his chair after hearing of the death of his son was an improvisation by William Shatner, who was told by Leonard Nimoy to do whatever reaction Shatner wanted to do. Shatner has never told whether he meant to miss the chair and slip to the ground, or if he had meant to simply hit the seat hard but missed going backwards.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

1. Some shots of the whales were in fact four foot long animatronics models. Four models were created, and were so realistic that after release of the film, US fishing authorities publicly criticized the film makers for getting too close to whales in the wild. The scenes involving these whales were shot in a high school swimming pool. The shot of the whales swimming past the Golden Gate Bridge were filmed on location, and nearly ended in disaster when a cable got snagged on a nuclear submarine and the whales were towed out to sea.

2. The film was originally supposed to have Eddie Murphy instead of Catherine Hicks. Murphy was supposed to be a professor concerned with UFO's who spots the de-cloaking Klingon ship at the Super Bowl. Apparently, all others are convinced the ship is a half-time special effect while Murphy believes it is real. Paramount declined this script for two reasons: Paramount didn't want to combine their two most profitable franchises (Star Trek and Beverly Hills Cop), and Murphy had signed on to do The Golden Child (1986) instead.

3. When Kirk, McCoy, and Gillian first enter the hospital and are walking around trying to locate Chekov, a voice on a loudspeaker in the background says "Paging Dr. Zober... Dr. Sandy Zober." Sandra Zober was director Leonard Nimoy's wife at the time.

4. The people that Chekov and Uhura ask for directions to the "nuclear wessels" are not actors, including the woman who directs him to Alameda. The scene was filmed with a hidden camera on a San Francisco street.

5. As of 2001 this is the only Star Trek movie in which absolutely no one dies.

6. The success of this film spurred American TV networks to explore the possibility of a new Trek TV series. This led to the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) the following year.

7. As part of a deal with reincarnating Spock in the previous film, Leonard Nimoy took the director's seat.

8. Towards the end of the film, the characters evacuate the Klingon ship, and end up jumping in the water and splashing around. This was not scripted - Jimmy Doohan slipped, the rest of the actors followed and the 2nd unit director kept rolling.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

1. The surface of Shaka-Ri as viewed during reconnaissance by Captain Kirk was generated from an electron microscope image of a lobster's claw.

2. The mountain James Kirk is climbing in Yosemite is named, aptly enough, El Capitan.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

1. William Shatner was distressed when he saw how wide his bottom was in the scene where he walks across the bridge (away from the camera). He had them airbrush the entire scene to make his butt look narrower.

2. Frankie and Johnny (1991) was being filmed in the same studio, and required Al Pacino to have a surprised expression on his face after opening a door. Director Garry Marshall arranged for Kirk and Spock be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

3. After filming was through one day nearing the end of production, Kim Cattrall posed nude for some steamy photos on the bridge set.

4. When the Klingons return to their ship after the dinner on the Enterprise, Chang speaks a Klingon phrase into his communicator (without English subtitles). Chang says "daHmacheH" which, in English, means "Ready to return now."

5. Gene Roddenberry died within 48 hours of viewing this film for the first time.

6. Michael Dorn plays Colonel Worf in this film, and Lieutenant Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Colonel Worf is meant to be the grandfather of Lieutenant Worf.

7. The casting director was Mary Jo Slater, mother of Christian Slater. Thus his small role as a Communications Officer aboard the Excelsior.

8. The Klingon blood was also purple to avoid an "R" rating, according to producers. Klingon blood was and is red in the television series.

9. First Star Trek production to officially establish that Kirk's middle name is Tiberius and Sulu's first name is Hikaru.  No first (or last) name is offered for Uhura in this film, which is taken as confirmation of Roddenberry's contention that she has no other name.

Star Trek VII: Generations (1994)

1. The horse that William Shatner rides is his, as are the home and farm where the sequence takes place.

2. James T. Kirk's final two words, "Oh, my..." are a spontaneous ad lib made by William Shatner. Shatner later explained it was Kirk's reaction to eternity and truly going where Kirk had never gone before.

3. Malcolm McDowell received death threats from over obsessed Star Trek fans after his character killed Captain Kirk.

Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)

1. The eyepieces of the Borg flash the Morse code of the names of people associated with the production.

2. During the holodeck scene, as a 1940s-era big band plays in the background, director/costar Jonathan Frakes can be seen playing the trombone.

3. James Cromwell becomes the first actor in Star Trek history to actually utter the phrase "star trek".

Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)

1. The manual control column that Riker uses to steer the Enterprise is a modified Gravis Thunderbird PC joystick.

2. This is the first Star Trek movie in which absolutely no scenes take place on or near Earth.

3. One of the sound effects used during the "skin stretching" scenes is that of a recharging camera flash.

Star Trek X: Nemesis (2002)

1. Jude Law was originally considered for the role of Shinzon

2. Instead of choreographing actors throwing themselves across the sets to simulate impacts, sets like the Enterprise-E bridge were built on gimbals to provide the shudder.

3. The farewell scene in Picard's ready room, near the end of the movie, had to be re-shot after Patrick Stewart unintentionally started crying.

Star Wars: Episode I - Phantom Menace, The (1999)

1. During the senate hearing scene there is a cameo appearance by a group of ET’s

2. Natalie Portman's voice was digitally enhanced to distinguish between Padme and Queen Amidala.

3. The events of this film take place 32 years before Star Wars (1977). Ten years pass between Episodes I and II; 2 years between Episodes II and III; and 20 years between Episode III and Star Wars.

4. In the German language version of the film, the collaborating Trade Federation leaders have a French accent, while in the Italian language version they have heavy Russian accents. They also have Russian accents in the Czech version, except for the Viceroy, who speaks fluent Czech for reasons unknown.

5. Two Wookiees can be seen in the Galactic Senate meeting. For the first time in 22 years, Star Wars Wookiees were played by someone other than Peter Mayhew.

6. Fox released the first trailer with strict instructions that it not be shown before a certain date. When a Canadian movie theatre accidentally showed it a day early, they lost the rights to show the movie.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

1. Actors auditioning for the part of Anakin included Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker and Colin Hanks.

2. Like Ewan McGregor in Episode 1, Hayden Christensen made "lightsaber noises" the first time he was handed one in rehearsal. After chuckling at the young star's antics, George Lucas informed him that they probably had people in Sound Effects who could do a better job in post production.

3. Liam Neeson was to make an appearance in this film as a spirit just as Alec Guinness had done in Episode V and VI, but injuries sustained in motorcycle accident in early 2000 prevented him from working. Instead his voice can be heard in Yoda's thoughts right after Anakin kills the tribe of Tuskin Raiders.

4. There is no mystical significance in the colour of Mace Windu's lightsaber. Samuel L. Jackson, after a jokey conversation with stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, asked Lucas if he could have a purple lightsaber and Lucas agreed. In an interview on UK TV, Jackson said he "thought it would be cool".

5. When Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue Padmé's wannabe Assassin into the bar at Coruscant there's the Video Game "StarWars Episode 1 Pod Racers" running on the very left of the vidscreens.

Star Wars: Episode III (2005)

1. George Lucas announced publicly that this will be the last Star Wars film he'll make. He had plans to make Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but the 57 year-old writer/director has declined.

2. George Lucas has said Episode III will be the darkest of all the Star Wars films.

3. George Lucas allowed a short scene for Episode III to be shot in the Tunisian desert during the production of Episode II, to avoid the inconvenience of having to fly the team back out and shoot the scene three years later. It is widely rumoured to be the so-called 'Harry Potter' scene, in which Obi-Wan Kenobi delivers the infant Luke Skywalker to his aunt and uncle.

4. Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (I) are the only two actors to appear in all six Star Wars movies.

5. Actors Ewan Mcgregor and Hayden Christensen will train for two months in fencing and fitness in preparation for their one highly anticipated Anakin/Obi Wan fight sequences.

6. Samuel L. Jackson, (Mace Windu), said that he knows he must die in this film, so he told George Lucas that he'll only do the film if Mace Windu goes out in a blaze of glory.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

1. Lucas had trouble getting funding for this movie, most studios thinking that people wouldn't go to see it.

2. The Director's Guild of America (DGA) didn't like the fact that there were no specific credits at the beginning of the film. They ‘ordered’ Lucas to re-cut the film and put some credits at the beginning. Lucas refused, claiming that this would destroy the opening of the film. The DGA fined Lucas, who paid up, and promptly quit the DGA.

3. The Millennium Falcon was originally modelled after a hamburger with an olive next to it.

4. Derived from (among other things) a Japanese movie called The Hidden Fortress (1958). Obi Wan Kenobi was modelled after a Samurai warrior, and C-3PO and R2-D2 are derived from a couple of petty crooks he conscripted to help rescue a princess.

5. The word ‘Jedi’ is derived from the Japanese words ‘Jidai Geki’ which translate as ‘period drama’. A period drama is a Japanese TV soap opera program set in the samurai days. Lucas mentioned in an interview that he saw a ‘Jidai Geki’ program on TV while in Japan a year or so before the movie was made and liked the word.

6. Sissy Spacek originally cast as Leia, but when Carrie Fisher refused to do the nude scenes in Carrie (1976), so they swapped roles.

7. Christopher Walken was second in line for Han Solo. Lucas also considered Nick Nolte for the role of Solo.

8. Burt Reynolds was originally cast as Han Solo, but he dropped out.

9. Scene of escape pod leaving Leia's ship was the first ever done by ILM.

10. The sounds of the lightsabers were made by striking one of the guy wires of a power pylon.

11. A small pair of metal dice can be seen hanging in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as Chewbacca makes preparations to depart from Mos Eisley. They don't appear in subsequent scenes.

12. Harrison Ford deliberately didn't learn his lines for the intercom conversation in the cell block, so it would sound spontaneous.

13. When the storm troopers enter the room where C-3PO and R2-D2 are hiding, one of them ‘accidentally’ bumps his head on the door, complete with sound effects.

14. Mark Hamill held his breath for so long during the trash compactor scene that he broke a blood vessel in his face. Subsequent shots are from one side only.

15. Most of the crowd watching the heroes receive their medallions are cardboard cut-outs.

16. Lucas originally considered casting the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi with a Japanese actor.

17. Despite popular belief Alec Guinness NEVER uttered the line 'May the force be with you' in ANY of the Star Wars films (the closest he came was 'the force will be with you').

18. Alec Guinness reportedly hated working on Star Wars (1977) so much, that he claims that Obi-Wan's death was his idea as a means to limit his involvement in the film. Guinness also claims to throw away all Star Wars related fan mail without even opening it.

19. Guinness, when discussing how much he disliked working on Star Wars (1977) and his attempts to encourage George Lucas to kill off Obi-Wan Kenobi said "And he agreed with me. What I didn't tell him was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo." he also is reported to have said "I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars to me."

Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)

1. Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models melted.

2. The AT-AT's were based on ship loading structure in an Oakland, California shipyard. Walking patterns of elephants were studied to make the movements seem as realistic as possible.

3. Before this film was made, Mark Hamill (Luke) was driving his BMW along a highway. Realising was missing his turn; he swung sharply, but ended up rolling his car and suffering facial scarring. Despite the efforts of plastic surgeons, his appearance was noticeably different. For this reason, the scene where Luke receives facial scars from a Wampa was written.

4. Further scenes with the Wampa Ice Creatures were shot, and later cut. R2-D2 encountered one within the Rebel base, where it was killed by troopers. Later, the beasts were lured into a prison within the complex. In the completed film, a medical droid is seen examining the wounds of a Tauntaun killed by a Wampa, and Princess Leia mentions the creatures while discussing the Imperial Probe Droid. A scene filmed but cut had Han, Leia and C-3PO running through a corridor. Han went to take a short-cut through a door with a sign on it, but Leia warned him “that's where those creatures are kept”. They run off, but not before C-3PO rips off the sign, resulting in stormtroopers entering the room and getting attacked.

5. Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about leaks from actors. Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had actor David Prowse (Darth Vader) say “Obi Wan Kenobi is your father”, and dubbed it later to be “I am your father”.

6. The designers at ILM wanted a radical design for Boba Fett's ship. They ended up using the end of a lamp post from the street outside the ILM building.

7. Lucas came up with the name for Yoda at a screenwriting seminar, where met the Japanese screenwriter Yohikata Yoda.

8. In the scene were Chewbacca is picking up the pieces of C-3PO in the junk room in Cloud City, there are bits of a smashed robot in the corner. This robot is IG88 who was one of the bounty hunters sent after Han Solo and was destroyed by Boba Fett in the graphic novel, Star Wars: The Shadow Of The Empire.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

1. SFX crew have included a shoe as one of the spaceships in a complex dog-fight scene.

2. The main chamber of Jabba's palace is connected to the entrance by a short flight of steps. When filming the scene where R2-D2 enters the chamber it was discovered that the droid could not roll down the stairs. In the movie we see R2-D2 approaching the stairs, then the camera moves to the left past the steps and the droid re-enters the field of view, having been manually hauled down the stairs.

3. The dancer that Jabba drops into the Rancor pit loses her top as she falls in.

4. Rumour has it that Nien Numb speaks a Kenyan dialect, and one of his lines is “One thousand herds of elephants are standing on my foot”.

5. Lando Calrissian and The Millenium Falcon originally scripted to perish in the Death Star explosion, but this was changed after a poor preview audience reception. Note Han's line when Calrissian leaves in the Falcon: “...like I'm not going to see her again...”

6. Among the aliens in Jabba the Hutt's entourage are ones named Klaatu, Barada and Nikto, after the command given to the robot Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). The aliens are not referred to by name in the film, nor do they have any lines. Klaatu is the character who tries to push Luke into the Sarlacc pit.

7. The name Ewok is never used to refer to the teddy-bear creatures in the film, though it does appear in the credits.

8. The Endor shots were filmed near Crescent City, California. Forest work was especially hard on the Ewok actors. Production Assistant Ian Bryce arrived on the set one day to find a note from the Ewok actors saying that they had all had enough and they were on their way to the airport. Bryce tried to drive to the airport, but got a flat tire not far from the set. He found another car and was about to leave when the Ewok's bus pulled up, and all the Ewok actors got off wearing ‘Revenge of the Ewok’ t-shirts.

9. The title "Revenge of the Jedi'' was leaked early in production, so that pirated merchandise could be easily spotted when the film was released. The official reason for the change was that “...a Jedi would not take revenge”. Some authentic pre-release movie posters actually had ‘Revenge’, and are worth a lot of money today.

Striking Distance (1993)

1. Co-star Robert Pastorelli accidentally blurted out the big plot twist during an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman long before the film was released.

Super Size Me (2004)    

1. The documentary premiered at Sundance in January, 2004. Less than two months later, McDonalds announced that it will no longer sell any of their menu items in "Super Size".

Superman (1978)

1. Marlon Brando received $4 million for his ten minutes on screen.

2. Credits sequence cost more than most films made up to that point.

3. Christopher Reeve worked out so much during the making of the film that the travelling matte shots taken of him at the beginning of the shoot did not match the later shots, and had to be re-taken.

4. Kirk Alyn plays Lois Lane's father and Noel Neill plays Lois Lane's mother. Alyn played Superman and Neill played Lois Lane in the TV serial for Superman.

5.The little girl on the train who spots Clark Kent running alongside the train, is actually a young Lois Lane (this is confirmed on the DVD version)

6. Patrick Wayne was offered to play Superman, but because of his father's (John Wayne) cancer, Patrick Wayne dropped out.

7. To obtain the musculature to convincingly play Superman, Christopher Reeve underwent a bodybuilding regime supervised by David Prowse, the man who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars (1977) trilogy.

8. Christopher Reeve worked out so much during the making of the film that the travelling matte shots taken of him at the beginning of the shoot did not match the later shots, and had to be re-taken.

9. The development of the best method to show Superman flying was a long period of experimentation. The methods attempted included simply catapulting a dummy into the air, a remote control model airplane painted as the character and simply animating the flying sequences. The producers settled for a combination of back projection and specially designed zoom lenses that could create the illusion of movement by zooming in on Christopher Reeve while making the back projection appear to recede.

10. Clark Kent's hair and Superman's part on opposite sides.

11. Marlon Brando received $4 million for his ten minutes on screen.

12. The credits sequence cost more than most films made up to that point.

13. Much of the footage for what would become Superman II (1980) was written and shot simultaneously with the original. Before shooting was complete for the sequel, however, director Richard Donner was fired and replaced with Richard Lester, who re-shot most of the footage directed by Donner.

14. At the trial of the Kryptonian villains, Jor-El accuses Ursa of planning the deaths even of Kryptonian children. Some versions of Superman II (1980) include a scene in which Ursa kills a human boy.

15. The movie's original ending had Superman saving California, restructuring the San Andreas fault and then throwing the second missile into space which cracked the Phantom Zone and releasing the three super-villains. Superman turning the world around to bring Lois back to life was originally conceived as the ending of Superman II (1980)

16. A scene in which Jor-El explains to Superman why he must keep his secret identity was included only in the DVD version.

17. Marlon Brando did not want to do this movie, and at one point suggested that Richard Donner film a 'green bagel' for which Brando would supply a voice-over. He said this was logical since "Nobody knows what Kryptonians look like anyways".

18. Numerous actors tested for the part of Superman/Clark Kent: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Kris Kristofferson, and even Ilya Salkind's wife's dentist (footage of the dentist testing for the part of Superman can, in fact, be seen in the supplemental section of the DVD). Eventually, the Salkinds cast an almost unknown actor they kept coming back to from earlier in their search - Christopher Reeve (who had only one other film to his credit).

Superman II (1980)

1. Original script had the nuclear missile from Superman (1978) releasing Zod and companions from the Forbidden Zone.

S.W.A.T. (2003)

1. An actual police chase drove through the set during filming. Seemingly a first for actual L.A. area police chases.

2. The tune that the team sings at the table in the film's trailer, is the theme from the original TV series.

3. There is a scene in which the team is watching an episode of the TV series, "S.W.A.T." (1975). Steve Forrest, who played Lt. Harrelson is shown.

4. Director Cameo: [Clark Johnson] Deke's partner, who gets hit with a pan as Deke chases a suspect.

5. Rod Perry ("Deke" in the original series) cameos as Deke's (LL Cool J ) father in the movie.

6. The opening sequence at the bank is loosely based on the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout. Several radio calls (e.g. "There's nothing we have that can stop them!") are also taken verbatim from the recording of the 1997 incident.

7. Mark Wahlberg was originally approached for the role of Jim Street.

8. When Alex is captured, he falls onto a star on the Walk of Fame. The star he falls on belongs to Alex Trebek.

Sweetest Thing, The (2002)

1. The leather-coat guy that picks-up Christina Applegate in the bar is her husband, Jonathon Schaech.

 

 

 

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