11/28/20: A Whole Bunch Of Movie Trivia

By Fred Muenz

  • The dinosaur noises in JURASSIC PARK (1993) were made from recordings of tortoises having sex.
  • Over 90% of all American movies made before 1929 are lost, no copies are known to exist.
  • The word “mafia” in never mentioned in THE GODFATHER (1972) due to threats from the real mafia.
  • Movie “trailers” were originally shown after the film.
  • The movie PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007) cost only $15,000 to make but grossed over $193,000,000.
  • It cost more to make the movie TITANIC (1997) than to build the actual ship.
  • Bruce Lee’s martial arts moves were so fast that the film had to be slowed down so they could be seen.
  • Movie theater popcorn cost more per once than Filet Mignon.
  • Nigeria makes more movies every year than the U.S.
  • The time traveling machine in BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) was originally supposed to be a refrigerator.
  • Sylvester Stallone was so broke that he had to sell his dog for $50. A week later, he sold the script for ROCKY (1976) and bought the dog back for $3,000.
  • Richard Gere’s middle name is Tiffany.
  • The movie industry moved away from New York to avoid Thomas Edison’s patents.
  • Yoda from the STAR WARS movies was modeled after Albert Einstein.
  • In the 1920’s and 30’s, most screen writers were women.
  • A movie about the Titanic sinking was released only 29 days after the actual event and featured an actress who had survived the sinking.
  • After seeing STAR WARS (1977), James Cameron quit his truck driving job to go into the movie business.
  • James Cameron was homeless when writing the script for THE TERMINATOR (1984). He sold the script for $1 on condition that he could direct the film.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $21,429 for every word he uttered in THE TERMINATOR 2 (1991).
  • Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940), mocking Hitler, with his own money because Hollywood studios were afraid to take a stand.
  • Before becoming an actor, Bruce Willis was a private investigator.
  • Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double for the first six HARRY POTTER films was paralyzed in an accident on the set of the 7th film.
  • In October, 1994, JURASSIC PARK, PULP FICTION, FORREST GUMP and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION were all in theaters at the same time.
  • Charlie Chaplin received the longest standing ovation in Oscar history, 12-minutes.
  • The script for FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) took only six days to write.
  • In the movie BORAT (2006), the character’s Kazakh lines were actually spoken in Hebrew.
  • Actor Sean Bean has died in 32% of his movies.
  • Stephen Spielberg declined an offer to direct the HARRY POTTER movies because he felt that they offered “no challenge”.
  • The “No Animals Were Harmed…” disclaimer applies only while film is actually being shot.
  • The movie TITANIC (1997) won 11 Oscars…none for acting.
  • The script for BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) was rejected by every major studio, some several times.
  • LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003) has the highest body count of any movie ever made. 836 on-screen deaths.
  • The man who co-wrote and co-directed CARS (2006), died in an auto accident while the film was still in production.
  • THE POWER OF LOVE (1922) was the first ever 3D movie.
  • The first color movie was made in 1901.
  • The “Here’s Johnny” scene from THE SHINING (1980) took three days to film and used 60 doors.
  • Donald Trump was the inspiration for the bully Biff Tannen character in the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy.
  • A two-hour movie, plus five minutes of previews uses 2.1 miles of film.
  • Charlie Chaplin’s real-life daughter, Geraldine, portrayed Chaplin’s mother in the biopic CHAPLIN (1992), based on his life.
  • The man who inspired the Tom Hanks movie THE TERMINAL (2004), spent 18 years living in the departure lounge of the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris.
  • The STAR WARS Wookie suits were made from Yak fur.
  • The original raw footage of APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) consisted of 1,250,000 feet of film (over 230 hours).
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (1960) was the first American film to show a toilet flushing.
  • The Michael Myers mask in the HALLOWEEN films was a Star Trek Captain Kirk mask which was slightly altered and painted white.
  • CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) was so gory that the director was forced to prove in court that the actors were still alive and had not been harmed during the filming.
  • The director of the movie DRIVE (2011) failed his driver’s license test eight times.
  • The floating pen in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), was not done with computers. The pen was taped to a sheet of glass.
  • In 2002, Stephen Spielberg finally finished college after a 33-year hiatus. He turned in SHINDLER’S LIST (1993) as his student film project.
  • The movie SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) was so realistic that it triggered episodes of PTSD in some World War II veterans.
  • FANTASIA (1940) was supposed to be a short subject called The Sorcerers Apprentice, but Walt Disney overspent on the musical score and decided to make it a full-length feature film rather than waste money.
  • Dan Aykroyd’s first script for GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) was set in the future and the Ghostbusters were completely normal, like paramedics or firemen.
  • The deadliest James Bond was Pierce Brosnan, who killed an average of 33.8 people per film. Brosnan was contractually forbidden from wearing a tuxedo in any non-James Bond movie from 1995 to 2002.
  • Director Sam Raimi has a lucky car that has appeared in all of his films, including the pre-automobile western THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (1995).
  • Actor Peter O’Toole was nominated for eight Oscars, without winning a single one.
  • To be legal in movies, prop money can only be printed on one side.
  • To prepare for his role in THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998), Antonio Banderas practiced with the Spanish Olympic Fencing Team for four months.
  • Michael Jackson tried to buy Marvel Comics so he could play Spiderman.
  • In different STAR WARS movies, Yoda has a different number of toes.
  • The light saber sound in the STAR WARS movies is the mix of the audio feedback of a film projector and old TV set.
  • From DR. NO (1962) to QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008), James Bond has killed 352 people and slept with 52 women.
  • In FIGHT CLUB (1999), there is a Starbucks Coffee cup placed in every scene.
  • The childish snickering during the iconic line-up scene in THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) was genuine, caused by Benicio De Toro’s persistent flatulence.
  • 20th Century Fox was contractually obligated to offer the lead role in DIE HARD (1988) to 72-year old Frank Sinatra. He turned it down.
  • In Israel, the title of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (2009) was translated to “It’s Raining Falafel”.
  • Time travel depictions in movies and TV are banned in China.



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