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War Games (1983)

1. The ‘TRS-80 Model I’ used to break into NORAD was programmed to make the correct words appear on the screen, no matter which keys were pressed.

2. When David comes home the day after the NORAD computer break-in, the newscaster on the television is talking about a prophylactic recycling centre.

3. The exteriors were all filmed in western Washington state. The NORAD HQ set was built in the Cascades, the ‘Oregon’ airport was really Boeing Field, ‘Goose Island’ is really Anderson Island, WA (in the southern part of Puget Sound). The last ferry off the island really is at 6:30, and you really are stuck there if you miss it.

War of the Worlds, The (1953)

1. The bomber that drops the nuclear bomb on the Martians is a Northrop YB-49. It is stock footage from a test flight, because the type never made it to operational status, and the program was cancelled before the movie was made.

Way of the Gun, The (2000) 

1. The names of the main characters, Parker and Longbaugh, are the real last names of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Weird Science (1985)

1. Anthony Michael Hall makes a reference to an imaginary girlfriend from Canada. His character, Brian, from The Breakfast Club (1985) also makes a reference to an imaginary girlfriend from Canada.

Where Eagles Dare (1969)

1. Clint Eastwood was reluctant to receive second billing to Burton, but agreed after being paid $800,000.

2. Schaffer greets each of his intended victims with a ‘Hello’ before he kills them.

3. Despite Eastwood's reputation for violence in other films, his character kills more people in this film than any other Eastwood character.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

1. A scene where Jessica pulls on or pulls off her stocking as she was sitting cross-legged was cut.

2. Bob Hoskins watched his young daughter to learn how to act with imaginary characters. He later had problems with hallucinations. Hoskins' son was reportedly furious that his father hadn't brought any of his cartoon co-stars home to meet him.

3. Some scenes of Eddie Valiant in the taxi are actually drawings of Eddie Valliant instead of pictures of Hoskins.

4. Eddie enters a toon-town men's room which has the graffiti ‘For a Good Time, call Allyson Wonderland’ in the background.

5. The laserdisc edition of this film has a few frames of Jessica Rabbit with no panties, visible when she and Eddie are thrown out of the cab.

6. Terry Gilliam considered directing this movie, but decided it would be too difficult.

7. Benny the Cab drives across a bridge while being pursued by the Weasels. The bridge is the "Hyperion Bridge," which crosses a freeway near the OLD Disney Studio down in Hollywood; the one they had before they built the one in Burbank (around 1939).

8. Jessica Rabbit's speaking voice was performed by Kathleen Turner, and her singing voice was performed by Amy Irving. Turner was uncredited.

9. During filming, Charles Fleischer sometimes delivered Roger Rabbit's lines out of camera range while wearing a pair of rabbit ears, yellow gloves and orange cover-alls.

10. Judge Doom picks up a record and reads its label: "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". Then he says, "quite a loony selection for a bunch of drunken reprobates." The song "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" is the familiar theme song for the Looney Tunes cartoons.

11. Joel Silver's cameo as the director of the Baby Herman cartoon was a prank on Disney chief Michael Eisner by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Eisner and Silver hated each other from their days at Paramount Pictures in the early '80s, particularly after the difficulties involved in making 48 Hrs. (1982). Silver shaved off his beard, paid his own expenses, and kept his name out of all initial cast sheets. When Eisner was told, after the movie was complete, who was playing the director - Silver was nearly unrecognizable - he reportedly shrugged and said, "He was pretty good."

12. Some versions have an extra scene: Eddie Valiant had gone into Toontown, ambushed by the weasels and had a pig's head "tooned" onto his. He went home and took a shower during which Jessica walks into his apartment. This scene was cut from the original release, but did appear in theatrical trailers and a television broadcast.

13. When Baby Herman storms off the set and puts his hand up a woman's dress, the middle finger of his hand is clearly extended.

14. Although the film's title is a question, no question mark appears in the title, as this is considered bad luck in the industry.

15. Several voice actors make cameos as the voice of the character's they have played before. These are Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Wayne Allwine (Mickey Mouse) and Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety Bird). But most noticeable is Mae Questel as Betty Boop. Mae did Betty's voice from 1930 until the character was retired in 1949.

16. The song played by Daffy and Donald Duck in the Ink and Paint Club is Hungarian Rhapsody, a song featured in numerous cartoons, including an Oscar winning Tom & Jerry short.

17. The Griffith Park tunnel, which serves as the road entrance to Toontown was used as the entrance to NORAD in WarGames (1983).

Without a Paddle (2004)

1. This movie is the first to qualify for the New Zealand Government's "Large Budget Grants Scheme" where the film-makers will receive up to 12.5% of their production budget back.

2. When in his white briefs, Seth Green mysteriously ends up with a fanny pack reversed to cover his crotch. This was because the "rain" soaked clear through his briefs and made his genitals clearly defined (even with two pairs on.) There was no way to fix the continuity issue so they just hoped no one would notice.

Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

1. Buddy Ebsen was the original choice for the Scarecrow. Ray Bolger was originally brought in as the Tin Woodsman. Bolger wanted to play the Scarecrow (his childhood idol was Fred Stone who had played the original Scarecrow in the 1902 Baum play ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Bolger had seen him in ‘Jack O Lantern’ in 1919 or 1920.) He insisted and was eventually given the Scarecrow role. Ebsen was given the Tin Man. Ebsen got sick from the makeup, but that was not the sole cause: his symptoms were not consistent with aluminium powder poisoning, but were an allergic reaction to either the aluminium or the other chemicals in the makeup. The makeup method was changed when Jack Haley took over (the aluminium was originally put on as a powder, they switched to mixing the aluminium in a paste), so Haley did not inhale the aluminium as much. Haley did not find out what had happened to Ebsen until after the movie. He assumed that Ebsen had been fired. Ebsen's voice can still be heard in ‘Off to see the Wizard’.

2. ‘Over the Rainbow’ was nearly cut.

3. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) was off the film for more than a month after being severely burned during her disappearance from Munchkinland. Her stand-in was also injured when a broom exploded during a stunt shot.

4. Morgan's Professor Marvel coat was taken from a rack of second-hand clothing purchased by the studio wardrobe department; he was astounded when, just by chance, he turned out the coat's pocket and found the name L. Frank Baum (the Oz books' author) sewn into the lining. Baum's widow and the tailor who made the coat confirmed that the coat had, indeed, been his. Upon completion of filming, the coat was presented to Baum's widow.

5. The horses in Emerald City palace were coloured with Jelly crystals. The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick it off.

World Is Not Enough, The (1999)

1. "Orbis non sufficit" Latin for "the world is not enough", is the motto of the Bond family as given in both the novel and the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

2. When M.I. 6, the actual British Foreign Intelligence agency, learned that a scene from this film would shot around their headquarters building, they moved to prohibit it citing a security risk. However, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, at the urging of Arts Minister Janet Anderson moved to overrule them and allow the shoot, stating "After all Bond has done for Britain, it was the least we could do for Bond."

3. In the scene where Bond is travelling through the waterways of London on his speedboat, he soaks two officers in the process of clamping a car. They're the two stars of the BBC show The Clampers, a documentary show about real traffic wardens.

4. The Scottish Castle used as MI6's secret headquarters is the same castle used in Highlander (1986). It's called Eilean Donan Castle and is located near the Isle of Skye, West Scotland.

5. In the Scottish Headquarters castle, a portrait of Bernard Lee (the original M) hangs behind the current M's desk.

6. The pre-credit sequence runs approximately 15 minutes -- the longest of any Bond film to date.

7. Rugby player Jonah Lomu was originally asked to play Bullion, but he declined.

8. In the warehouse that Zukovsky has turned into an operations room, the girlie pictures seen on the walls are actually of former Bond girls.

Working Girl (1988)

1. Harrison Ford cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California when he was about 20. In the movie, his character says that he was piercing his ear as a teen, and fainted and hit his chin on the toilet. See also Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

2. When Catherine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) comes back to New York and gets out off the helicopter, she carries a big stuffed-toy gorilla. Weaver played the role of Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (1988) just a few months before.

 

 

 

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