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What are your favorite bits of movie trivia?

Asked by Pied_Pfeffer (22662 points ) October 23rd, 2010

I read that Kevin Costner portrayed Alex, the friend who committed suicide in in The Big Chill, but his scenes were cut, other than the mortician dressing his body . Director Rob Reiner used his mother to deliver the famous line, “I’ll have what she’s having.” in When Harry Met Sally.

So, what piece of movie trivia has caught your attention?

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GeorgeGee's avatar

The Cure for Insomnia (1987) is the longest movie ever made at a total running time of 85 hours (5,220 min) . It premiered in its entirety at The School Of The Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois from January 31 to February 3, 1987, in one continuous showing.

muppetish's avatar

Buster Keaton broke his neck filming a stunt involving a water main during Sherlock, Jr. This fascinates me because he had no idea that he had sustained such a serious injury until he went to see a doctor ten years later.

(The stunt can be seen here around 2:16. The video itself is a wonderful review of the film… which is my favourite movie of all time and I recommend that everyone go watch it.)

JilltheTooth's avatar

The “Burning of Atlanta” scene in Gone With the Wind was filmed against the backdrop of burning used sets that they no longer needed for filming

kevbo's avatar

I just came across this video yesterday, which speculates that a clip from Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film “The Circus” shows a woman or a man dressed as a woman talking into what to modern eyes appears to be a cell phone.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@kevbo That is odd. Thanks for sharing the video.

Joker94's avatar

“The Wizard of Oz” has a weird amount of trivia. The coat that the Professor (Wizard) wears in the beginning of the movie was bought from secondhand shop. Turns out the coat was originally owned by L. Frank Baum, the original book, and this wasn’t done intentionally…Also, some people claim if you listen to the album “The Dark Side of the Moon” while watching the movie on mute, you will see eerie match-ups between the lyrics and the movie. Finally, and probably most well-known, there is what appears to be a munchkin hanging himself in the backround of one of the scenes.

efritz's avatar

In the temples scenes of “Apocalypse Now”, you can see skulls and human bones lying around . . . rumor has it that they were REAL. The tribe Francis Ford Coppola filmed with were one generation removed from cannibalism. (If I remember correctly)

Brian1946's avatar

In a scene from “Gladiator”, I saw Lone Pine Peak in the background.

I think the scene was supposedly set in Africa, but Lone Pine Peak is in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Kardamom's avatar

Brokeback Mountain, which was set in Wyoming, was actually filmed in Alberta, Canada.

Buddy Ebsen was first cast to play the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, but during the initial filming, Ebsen almost died because of the silver make-up they used on his face.

xxii's avatar

I looove Pixar’s trivia. For example, the Pizza Planet delivery truck has appeared in every Pixar movie made, ever. And the final shot in Toy Story 3 before the end credits is that of white clouds against a blue sky. This is a reference to the very first frame of the Toy Story trilogy, which was that of white clouds against a blue sky in the wallpaper on Andy’s room.

fundevogel's avatar

Sam Raimi’s dad’s car, known as “the Classic” has appeared in every one of his movies. It was Uncle Ben’s car in Spider-Man and under a pile of hay in The Quick and the Dead.

While directing Evil Dead Sam employed the “poke him with a stick” motivational strategy to get Bruce back to work immediately after sustaining a minor injury.

filmfann's avatar

A friend of mine worked at Pixar, and pointed out to me (before Finding Nemo was released) that at the end of Monsters, Inc., you see a Nemo toy in Boo’s bedroom. I think there was also Incredibles stuff too.

aprilsimnel's avatar

The title of the Coen Brothers’ real film O Brother, Where Art Thou? is taken from a movie that the character of John Sullivan in Sullivan’s Travels, who is a comedy film director, wants to make. He thinks his work is not noble enough, so he wants to make a “hard-hitting social drama”, not realizing that a good comedy is just as useful to humanity as a serious dramatic film. Sullivan goes on the road to do research, and, because Sullivan’s Travels is a Preston Sturges movie, hilarity ensues.

Apparently, the Coens are big fans of Sturges, as am I.

Symbeline's avatar

The cat from Pet Semetary, Winston Churchill, is actually 16 different cats throughout the whole filming.

Also in the same flick, Zelda is actually played by a man.

Symbeline's avatar

@fundevogel Ah right, the Oldsmobile. It’s a damn great car. :) I read a lot of stuff about Evil Dead’s filming, but I don’t recall most of it…but the shack they filmed it in had absolutely no heating. :/

And that shoddy bridge in the beginning was apparently truly shoddy. :/

Fucking maniac lol.

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