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Tarzan (1999)

1. A teapot and set of teacups in the explorers' camp bears a sharp resemblance to Mrs. Potts and her teacup children from Beauty and the Beast (1991).

2. When the gorillas pick up Professor Porter and turn him upside-down, a beanbag toy of Little Brother from Disney's Mulan (1998) falls out of his clothes.

3. In the original Burroughs novel, Tantor was an old bull elephant disliked by the denizens of the jungle, Sabor was a lioness, and Terkoz (presumably "Terk") was a male ape and Tarzan's arch nemesis within the troop.

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


Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

1. In one scene a lion is supposed to crawl through the window of Tarzan's cabin to devour Jane. Tarzan grabs him and pulls him out. In fact the old and drugged lion turned on Elmo Lincoln who stabbed and killed him. “I stepped on him to beat my chest. As my foot pressed down on him, the remaining air in his lungs escaped with a loud whoosh. I was already shaken and you should have seen me jump!” The lion wound up as a lobby display when the picture opened on Broadway.

Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)

1. Gordon Scott was nearly killed by the 18-1/2 foot python with which he wrestles in this movie. It took six men to pull the snake off him.

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)

1. Cheetah appears only during one line (“So long, Cheetah”). This is because the chimpanzees brought from England to Kenya for the filming were so terrified of the jungle night noises they wouldn't perform.

2. Sean Connery was paid $5,600 for his role in this movie. When asked to play in the next Tarzan movie, he said he couldn't because “Two fellows took an option on me for some spy picture, and are exercising it. But I'll be in your next.” The ‘spy picture’ was Dr. No (1962).

Taxi Driver (1976)

1. The scene where Travis Bickle is talking to himself in the mirror was completely ad-libbed by Robert DeNiro.

2. Harvey Keitel rehearsed with actual pimps to prepare for his role. The scene where his character and Iris dance is improvised, and is one of only two scenes in the film that don't focus on Bickle.

Tears of the Sun (2003)

1. The script was considered as part of the Die Hard (1988) series.

2. (29 October 2002) A stuntman was killed filming a parachuting scene near Oceano, California. Jumping with eight other skydivers from 14,000 feet, the man was supposed to land on the beach, but actually landed about 300 yards offshore and drowned.

3. The title of this movie was the subtitle for a Die Hard 4 project the studio was making. The project needed work and Bruce Willis told the studio he would commit to Die Hard 4 if he could use the title for this movie.

Terminal, The (2004)

1. Inspired by the story of Merhan Nasseri, an Iranian refugee. In 1988, he landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris after being denied entry into England because his passport and United Nations refugee certificate had been stolen. French authorities would not let him leave the airport, and there stayed, in Terminal One, a stateless person with nowhere else to go. He has since been granted permission to either enter France or return to his own country. He instead chooses to continue to live in the terminal and tell his story to those who will listen.

2. Bernie Mac was considered for a role, but had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict

Terminator, The (1984)

1. O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the terminator, but the producers feared he wouldn't be taken seriously.

2. Lance Henriksen originally cast as the terminator, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero. Schwarzenegger read the script, and asked to play the terminator instead.

3. Schwarzenegger's voice is used in exactly 16 lines, with 17 sentences spoken. The terminator has two other lines onscreen, one with the voice of a police officer overdubbed, and one with the voice of Sarah's mother overdubbed. There are also many lines with the voice of Sarah's mother, and we learn that the terminator is actually saying them, but we don't see it.

4. Science Fiction author Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit against Cameron, claiming that Cameron plagiarized several of his short stories, namely ‘Soldier’ and ‘Demon With a Glass Hand’. Theo concept of ‘Skynet’ could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’. Newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison.

5. A scene in which a employee of the company who invented Skynet in the future picked up the CPU of the terminator after it was crushed was filmed, but not included.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back' - he got it wrong.

7. James Cameron got the idea for Terminator while shooting another film in Europe. His vision was of a metal exoskeleton emerging from flames and most of the script was written backwards from there. The exoskeleton would have to be futuristic, and Cameron couldn't afford to set the film in the future. The solution was to bring the future to the present, hence the 'time travel' aspect of the script was written in.

8. There is only time that Michael Biehn and Arnold Schwarzenegger are in the same frame together. It is when Kyle blasts The Terminator the second time at Tech Noir. When they finally meet in the factory, it is not Schwarzenegger, just a metallic puppet.

9. The body bag Reese is put in at the end of the film is actually a suit bag owned by director James Cameron.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)  

1. Prior to making this film, Linda Hamilton received weapons training from technical advisor and former Israeli commando Uzi Gal, who designed the UZI submachine gun 

2. When the Terminator, Sarah and John stop at a Gas Station and Roadhouse on their Journey South, its name is Cactus Jack's, the title of an early Schwarzenegger movie 

3. Several of the resistance soldiers of the future can be seen carrying M-41a pulse rifles, a weapon from Cameron's earlier film, Aliens (1986). 

4. Given Schwarzenegger's $15 million salary and his total of 700 words of dialog, that translates to $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby" cost $85,716.

5. The original script did not call for the top of the truck to be ripped off during the chase through the storm drain beside/beneath the freeway, but when they arrived on location they found that the cab wouldn't fit under the overpass so director James Cameron decided that the roof was going to have to come off.

6. The T800's bike jump into the storm drain was performed by a stuntman Peter Kent. The motorbike was supported by 1-inch cables, so that when they hit the ground, the bike and rider only weighted 180 pounds. The cables were later digitally erased.

7. In Sarah's dream sequence, the Sarah Connor in the playground was played by Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren. The scene was originally to be shot with Linda playing both parts but she suggested using Leslie to make it easier to shoot. Leslie was subsequently used as a double in other scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (i.e., when the T1000 was imitating her).

8. Identical twins Don Stanton and Dan Stanton played the hospital security guard and the T1000.

9. The cryo-truck "Benthic Petroleum", the name of the company in The Abyss (1989), also directed by James Cameron.

10. The same videocassette that contains the infamous Rodney King beating was used earlier that day to tape the film crew shooting the exterior of the bar for the beginning scene.

11. John's foster parents are named Todd and Janelle Voight. This means that if he'd legally taken their name, he would have been John Voight.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

1. Its $170 million budget is the highest approved budget to date.

2. Edward Furlong was originally slated to reprise his role as John Connor, but due to his continuing drug problem, his role was passed onto Nick Stahl.

3. Former WWF wrestler Chyna was originally slated to play the Terminatrix

4. After viewing initial dailies, the director, Jonathan Mostow deemed Sophia Bush too young to play hero John Conner's love interest, and replaced her with Claire Danes.

5. A number of actors were supposedly in the running for the role of the T-X, including Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Famke Janssen, and Joanie Laurer. Laurer's name came into the mix when she was recommended for the part by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself during an interview prior to filming.

6. Was originally slated to be shot in Vancouver, BC, but was relocated at the last minute to LA. Speculated reasons for the move was due to rising criticisms against American productions being shot in Canada ("runaway productions") and Arnold Schwarzenegger's political aspirations, although the official reason is that LA studio space became available at the last minute to accommodate the production.

7. Claire Forlani auditioned for the part of Kate Miller.

8. Shane West was considered for the part of John Connor.

9. Aside from creating the characters, James Cameron had nothing to do with this film.

10. Ang Lee was offered to direct the film, but turned it down to direct The Hulk (2003) instead.

11. The original tagline of "The War Begins 2003" was removed from all promotional material due to the political climate of the time, and the war in Iraq. The line was changed to simply "Coming Soon".

12. Toyota Motor Corporation provided seven Toyota Tundra trucks to be destroyed in the movie. Toyota will also be selling a limited edition of Toyota Tundra T3 trucks.

13. Arnold Schwarzenegger put up $1.4 million of his salary to ensure that a key scene where a construction crane smashes into a glass building was shot. Director Jonathan Mostow, was apparently worried that the film was going to run behind schedule and over budget.

14. In an early draft of the script, Lance Henriksen's character of Detective Vukovich from The Terminator (1984) was to reprise his role, though bound to a wheelchair following the events of the first Terminator. The idea was eventually dropped.

15. For advertising purposes Indian Motorcycle Company donated eight "Chief" model motorcycles outfitted as California highway patrol bikes for use in the film, one of which was completely destroyed on purpose when crushed by a truck during a chase scene.

16. Besides Arnold Schwarzenegger, the only other actor to appear in all three Terminator movies is Earl Boen who played the character of Dr. Silberman in all three movies.

17. Arnold's signature line "I'll be back" is not uttered in this film. It's however replaced by two similar variations: referring to the T-X, he tells John Connor "She'll be back". Then, reappearing for the film's climax, he announces "I'm back!".

Three Kings (1999)

1. The scene where milk is dumped in the village was shot twice because the extras had not been told to start drinking the milk after it was dumped, so the set had to be cleaned up and reshot.

2. In the celebratory scene in the tent back at base camp, several soldiers are seen to be drinking what appears to be mouthwash. During the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia's Islamic-based ban on alcohol forced many soldiers to become more ingenious in obtaining their favorite vices. In this case, they asked loved ones to send them vodka with added blue food colouring in mouthwash bottles.

Thunderball (1965)

1. Stuntman Bill Cumming was paid a $450 bonus to jump into Largo's shark infested pool.

2. Molly Peters is the first Bond girl to appear in the nude (albeit behind shower glass).

Timecop (1994)

1. While riding in the sled which will transport him into the future, Jean Claude Van Damme takes out a stick of chewing gum called ‘Black Black’, a brand of Japanese gum. During 1994, Van Damme appeared in television commercials for ‘Black Black’ chewing gum in Japan.

Titanic

1. James Cameron drew all of Jack's pictures. Those are his hands drawing Rose during the couch scene.

Tombstone (1993)

1. Director George P. Cosmatos is quoted as saying that all lightning and moustaches are real.

Total Recall (1990)

1. Johnnycab whistles the Norwegian national anthem.

2. David Cronenberg was set to direct and even wrote a few drafts of the script before Paul Verhoeven took over.

3. Jeff Bridges, Patrick Swayze and Richard Dreyfuss were considered for the role of Quaid. In other drafts of the screenplay, Quaid was a mild-mannered accountant (instead of a construction worker).

4. On the graph that Quaid is shown at Rekall, it appears that travelling by space shuttle has been getting more and more dangerous as time goes on!

Toy Story (1995)

1. First fully computer generated full-length feature film. The images required 800,000 hours generation time on a RenderFarm consisting of 87 2-CPU SparcStation 20's, 30 4-CPU Sparc-Station 20's and a SparcServer 1000.

2. When Woody is holding the staff meeting, several books are visible behind him. The names of the books refer to previous Pixar films: Red's Dream (1987), and Knickknack (1989).

3. The desk lamp and yellow ball with a blue stripe and a red star are references to the previous Pixar film Luxo Jr. (1986).

4. Syd Phillips is inspired by a former Pixar employee of the same last name who was known to disassemble toys and use the parts to build bizarre creations.

5. Syd's sister serves Buzz tea from a Utah Teapot, a famous data model seen in countless computer animations.

6. The toolbox that Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) pushes off the milk crate bears the name ‘Binford Tools’, the name of the company which sponsors Allen's character's show in ‘Home Improvements’.

7. When Woody and Buzz are in Sid's back yard there is writing which says "Julie Macbarfle has cooties!" This is a reference to a camera manager named Julie MacDonald, who was begging to get her name in the movie.

Toy Story 2 (1999)

1. When Buzz chops his way through the branches, Hemlich from A Bug's Life (1998) is on the branch.

2. The storybook Mrs. Potato Head reads to the Little Tykes is A Bug's Life.

3. The dog collar on the table at the yard sale was the centre ring in P.T. Flea's Circus in A Bug's Life (1998).

4. As Hamm flips through the TV channels, all the images seen on the television screen are from previous Pixar commercials and shorts.

5. The Cleaner who comes to AL's to repair Woody is Geri, the star of the Academy Award winning Pixar short, Geri's Game. The cleaners toolbox contains the chess pieces Geri played with in the short.

6. On the ground of the planted area the toys walk through before they cross the highway is a rusty tin can. This can was the bug bar in A Bug's Life (1998).

7. In Al's toy Barn, There are Bug' life toys on some of the shelves.

8. Hanging on the wall of Andy's room, near the desk, is a calendar from A Bug's Life (1998).

9. The artwork hanging over the couch in Al's living room is an abstract painting of character's from A Bug's Life (1998).

10. The baggage handler at the airport who shouts "Hold it! There's a couple more bags coming from the terminal!" is the voice of UK television personality Andi Peters. When filming a documentary on the making of Toy Story 2, he was offered this one small line in the film by John Lasseter himself. The recording almost didn't happen because Andi Peters did not have a US work permit, but was allowed to record the dialogue from a London studio, supervised by John Lasseter via satellite.

11. When Al is in the elevator en route to the airport, you can hear an "elevator-music" version of the theme from "A Bug's Life."

12. Wheezy the penguin is a tribute to the Linux mascot, Tux.

13. When Al hangs up the phone with the Japanese investor, he says "Don't touch my moustache." This refers to an English mnemonic for the Japanese phrase meaning "You're welcome": "Dou itashimashite."

Trading Places (1983)

1. The premise is similar to that of Hoi Polloi (1935), a Three Stooges film. Two rich guys are arguing about what matters most: breeding or upbringing. One bets the other they can take any bum off the street and make him a gentleman.

2. The story about the Duke's cornering of the orange juice market was probably inspired by the "Silver Thursday" market crash of 27 March 1980: where the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the silver market and subsequently failed to meet a $100 million margin call.

3. Frank Oz plays a role practically identical to his role in The Blues Brothers, also by John Landis.

4. The theme of Trading Places is Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture. The Marriage of Figaro is about a servant who turns the tables on his master, which mirrors the plot of Trading Places.

5. Randolph and Mortimer Duke later appear in Eddie Murphy's movie Coming to America where, in a cameo appearance the two are homeless on the street and Prince Akeem gives them a a large amount of money to get them back off the streets.

6. Louis' (Dan Ackroyd) prison number is 7474505B, which is the same prison number as Jake (John Belushi) in The Blues Brothers, also directed by John Landis and starring Dan Ackroyd).

7. Richard Pryor was originally considered for the role of Billy Ray Valentine.

8. In the opening montage of Philadelphia there is a shot of the statue erected in Rocky III that was released the previous year

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

1. All of Peter Sellers' scenes in this movie are made up from outtakes and unused scenes from past "Pink Panther" movies. New scenes were filmed with the other cast members to provide a framework for the Sellers sequences.

2. David Niven returns to the role of Charles Lytton for the first time since 1963. The character was last played by the much younger Christopher Plummer in 1974's Return of the Pink Panther.

3. David Niven filmed his scenes for this film and Curse of the Pink Panther at the same time, due to his ill health. His voice was so weak that professional celebrity impressionist Rich Little was hired to dub Niven's voice.

4. Peter Sellers' third wife, Lynn Frederick, won a $1.475 million lawsuit against the makers of this film. She said the film insulted the memory of her late husband.

Tron (1982)

1. All the live action that occurred inside the computer was filmed in black and white, and colorized later with photographic and rotoscopic techniques.

2. Flynn's program is named "Clu''. CLU is an old programming language.

3. After Flynn escapes from the light cycles arena, it is possible to hear a "Pac-Man'' video game and see a graphic on the map he is watching.

4. In the ‘solar sailor’ sequence, you'll see, for a brief moment, the silhouette of Mickey Mouse on the ground made to look like part of the terrain.

Troy (2004)

1. The impending war in Iraq forced the production to move from Morocco to Baja California Sur, Mexico in February 2003. The movie was originally scheduled to use Malta as well as Morocco and other African countries for filming.

2. Director Wolfgang Peterson left the proposed Batman Vs. Superman project to direct, and cast member Brad Pitt left The Fountain.

3. George Camilleri, a keen bodybuilder who won the title of Mr Malta in 1989, broke his leg while filming an action sequence at Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta on 30 May 2003. He was operated on the following day but suffered complications and died on 17 June 2003.

4. Brad Pitt, who plays Achilles had a mishap during the production - he tore his left Achilles tendon.

5. While filming in Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, the production had to deal with two hurricanes in less than a month; the last hurricane came the last week of production, when everything was pretty much wrapped.

6. Warner Brothers rejected Gabriel Yared's score for Troy for being too old-fashioned.

7. Brad Pitt claimed the filming was torturous for him due to the fact that he had to quit smoking.

8. Brad Pitt and Eric Bana both did their own fighting scenes. They also made an agreement that they would pay for every hit they accidentally made. The costs were $50 for a lighter blow and $100 for a hard blow. Brad Pitt ended up paying $750 to Eric Bana, who didn't have to pay Brad Pitt anything.

9. Brad Pitt trained for six months to get into shape for the role. He trained to have his body look like that of Greek statues.

10. The character Boagrius does not exist in Greek Mythology nor in any collected editions of Homer's Iliad. Boagrius was a river.

11. Wolfgang Petersen dropped the various Greek Gods from the storyline (Zeus, etc) claiming them to be silly and unnecessary to the plot.

12. After it was announced that a big production would take place on the history of Troy, the Turkish government and Ministry of Culture and Tourism had contacted with the production suggesting the filming should be done in Canakkale, Turkey, where the real Troy was. The filmmakers didn't agree. The Turkish government even offered sponsorship if the premiere was to be made on the ancient set of Troy but the premiere took place in Berlin, where most of the historical remains were displayed after being taken from Anatolia.

13. One of the hurricanes that tore through the set during filming was during the night and it wiped out Brad Pitt's house. Pitt did wake up at about 4 in the morning but since he was so tired from the night before, he slept through the hurricane.

14. Changes were made to keep the plot simple. According to the Illiad (that inspired the movie), Paris was killed during the war. Helen then married Paris' brother, Deiphobus, who was also killed. After the Greeks captured Troy, Helen and Menelaus were reunited.

15. Historians are sharply divided on the question of whether or not the Trojan War actually occurred - and if it did, which archaeological site is actually Troy. Discoveries made at the beginning of the 21st century provide new evidence of several armed battles in the right area at the right time - but definitive proof is hard to find, due largely to the historical practice of constructing one city on the ruins of another. Homer's Illiad (and other similar epics depicting the Trojan War) were written hundreds of years after the Trojan War supposedly occurred, and are of little use in determining factual historical events as they included many mythological elements: gods such as Apollo, Zeus, and Hera were central characters in the story who drastically affected the course of the war by killing and/or saving individual people during the conflict. The producers' decision to eliminate all mythological elements from the story gives their film an air of historical authenticity not present in the original works.

16. Two biologist were employed to protect the eggs of turtles on the beaches of Mexico where filming took place.

17. Wolfgang Petersen originally didn't want Helen to appear in the movie. He felt that an actress couldn't live up to the audience's expectations, but the producers insisted she appear. Petersen went with an unknown actress for the same reason.

18. As Achilles strolls along the beach and among the unpacking Greeks, he teases Odysseus about being the last one to show up. This is an in-joke for those familiar with the Odyssey, which tells the story of how, due to the animosity of various gods, Odysseus was the last Greek to return home from Troy.

19. When Paris is helping the citizens of Troy escape, he hands Priam's sword to a young man named Aeneas and tells him that as long as the sword is in the hands of a son of Troy, the Trojans will survive. This is an obvious reference to Virgil's Roman epic "Aeneid", which tells the story of a prince of Troy named Aeneas leading the survivors of Troy through a series of hardships before finally settling in Italy and founding Rome.

True Lies (1994)

1. The US Government supplied 3 Marine Harriers and their pilots for a fee of $100,736 ($2,410 per hour).

2. When Arnold Schwarzenegger is at the urinal, the song he whistles is Edelweiss, a famous Austrian song first made famous in The Sound of Music (1965).

3. James Cameron can be heard as the helicopter pilot who says, "Yeah she's got her head in his lap, Yahoo!"

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned how to land and take off a Harrier Jet for the climax of the film.

5. The tango music in the opening scene is the same as the famous tango in Scent of a Woman (1992)- "Tango Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel.

6. The place where Helen meets Simon at night is the 6th street bridge, the location used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) when we are introduced to the T-1000.


True Romance (1993)


1. Writer Quentin Tarantino sold the script to fund Reservoir Dogs (1992).

2. Tarantino's original ending had Clarence dying in the gun battle, leaving Alabama a widow. Tarantino said that he intended Alabama to turn to crime and join with Mr. White, a character from Reservoir Dogs (1992) (which he wrote and directed). In a flashback scene in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Mr. White is asked about ‘Alabama’.

3. The Chow Yun Fat film that Alabama and Clarence watch in his apartment is the John Woo film, A Better Tomorrow II

Truman Show, The (1998)

1. All of the street names in Seahaven are named after an actor or actress.

2. The part of Christof was originally cast as Dennis Hopper, but he walked off the set after his first day. Ed Harris replaced him.

Tuxedo, The (2002)

1. The "high tech" sniper rifle featured in the movie, is really a scoped competition air rifle from Steyr. Nothing is done to hide this fact, the gun is in its original state.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

1. Willis said that this is only the second film where he decided to take a role in a film after only one reading of the script. The other film was Pulp Fiction (1994).

2. Gilliam gave Willis a list of ‘Willis acting clichés’ not to be used during the film, including the ‘steely blue eyes look’.

3. The theme from Vertigo (1958) can be heard when Dr. Railly leaves the airport bathroom with a blonde wig (both trademarks of Hitchcock's).

4. The insane asylum recreation room is introduced by a shot of a TV showing a cartoon of an animal bouncing off a mattress and doing flips. Near the end, the whorehouse is introduced by a shot of kids in a vacant lot doing the same thing.

5. Terry Gilliam was afraid Brad Pitt wouldn't be able to pull off the nervous, rapid speech. He sent him to a speech coach but in the end he took away Pitt's cigarettes, and he played the part exactly as Gilliam wanted.

Twister (1996)

1. The director of Twister, Jan de Bont, is a fan of director Stanley Kubrick. One of the characters names in Twister is Stanley and another is Kubrick. Also, when the twister runs through the drive-in theatre The Shining is playing which was directed by Stanley Kubrick.

 

 

 

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