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1. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Heather Donahue mentioned to Fangoria Magazine that her first question she asked the director upon arriving on the set was if he was planning on making a snuff film.

To maintain the film's fear factor, the three main actors agreed to stay in character for the entire eight days of filming. Periodically, if an actor had to break from character then the remaining two actors also had to break from character, but only after collectively reciting their safety word: taco.

When promoting the film, the producers claimed it was real footage. Some people still believe it.

The reactions from Heather, Mike and Josh when they discover they have walked south all day and ended up in the same spot are real; they were genuinely upset that they had walked all day for nothing.

The three leads believed the Blair Witch was a real legend during filming, though of course they knew the film was going to be fake. Only after the film's release did they discover that the entire mythology was made up by the film's creators.

The actors were requested to interview the townspeople, who often, unbeknownst to the actors, were planted by the directors. As a result, the expressions on the actors' faces were unrehearsed.

Numerous fans were so convinced of the Blair Witch's existence that they flocked to Maryland in hopes of discovering the legend. They apparently didn't read the closing credits of the film.
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2. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Ten days after its premiere in Milan, the film was seized by the Italian courts, and director Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murdering several actors on camera, and faced life in prison. The cast had signed contracts requiring them to disappear for a year after shooting, to maintain the illusion that they'd died. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschiand told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. When the actors appeared in court, alive and well, the murder charges were dropped.

Ruggero Deodato has said he now regrets everything he did, especially the animal deaths. He said once that he wishes he'd never made the movie.

A final subtitle at the end of the film states "Projectionist John K. Kirov was given a two-month suspended jail sentence and fined $10,000 for illegal appropriation of film material. We know that he received $250,000 for that same footage." is a reference to a distributor who screened the real cannibal footage that Ruggero Deodato based the film on.

The Yanomamo and Shamatari are real-life South American native tribes. Neither is accurately portrayed in the film.

The iconic poster image for the film shows a cannibal girl impaled on a stick. In court, Deodato explained that the girl sat on a bicycle seat attached to the pole's base, while holding a small pointed piece of balsa wood in her mouth. Fake blood was added afterward. He commented that the girl was unusually calm, and remained very still during filming.
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3. Xtro (1982)
The film was often incorrectly listed as a UK video nasty though it was never officially listed among the original 72 titles.

The creature that attacks the woman in the cottage was played by a mime they hired to crawl on his back.

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4. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
The movie's title is derived from a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson: "You think those dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you they will be there long before any of us."
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5. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Truck Driven by Jack (Kurt Russell) - the "Pork Chop Express" - is a Freightliner FLC 120.

The Chinese characters in the main title translate to "Evil Spirits Make a Big Scene in Little Spiritual State".

The characters on the front of "Egg" Shen's bus say, "Uncle Egg's Tours Guarantee a Good Time".

Kurt Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting so the sweat on his body is real, caused by the fever.

The name of the murdered gang leader, Lem Lee, is probably a reference to Tom Lee, the leader of the On Leong Tong, a crime syndicate in New York's Chinatown in the early 20th Century that fronted itself as a merchant association.
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6. Red Scorpion (1988)
The film was co written by Jack Abramoff, who was later sentenced and served 3 1/2 years and 7 months in federal prison, for fraud.
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7. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the... (1984)
When it came time to film the end titles sequence, where Buckaroo and pals are walking around a dry L.A. aqueduct in step to the music, the music wasn't ready. Composer 'Michael Boddicker' told the film crew to use "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel as a placeholder because it was the exact same tempo. Those scenes were filmed with "Uptown Girl" blaring from a boom box tied to the back of the camera truck.

The latitude and longitude recited by the technicians during the "alignment" of the Oscillation Overthruster are the coordinates of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The "jet car" shown in the film (reportedly a 1982 Ford F-350 pick-up truck) included an actual Cold War-era General Electric turbo jet engine that was borrowed from Northrop University in Inglewood, California.

The end of the movie invites the viewer to watch for the upcoming film "Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League". This was the real title for a sequel that Sherwood Studios planned to make if this film had been successful. Unfortunately, it was a box-office bomb, and Sherwood Studios went bankrupt. After its release on video and cable, however, BB became a cult favorite, much in the same way as Mad Max (which crawled from obscurity to spawn two sequels). Legal wrangling due to the bankruptcy prevented any other studios from picking up the sequel rights, and even years later MGM had to fight through a pile of red tape simply to get the OK to release it on DVD.
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8. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
The "quotes" around "Crocodile" in the title were added for the American release to ensure people didn't think that Dundee was a crocodile.

When Paul Hogan gave an interview for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, he put to rest the myth that there was a real Crocodile Dundee. He assured the interviewer that there was not, and that the idea for the character came from his own head. Hogan admitted that on a trip to New York he felt like a complete fish-out-of-water and the idea began to form in his head.
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9. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
The first movie from the Disney company (produced/released under their "Touchstone" company) to receive an "R" rating from the MPAA.

Nick Nolte's character remarks that he became a bum in part because he was "pretty active politically in the '60s. Sold some draft cards." In real life, Nolte received five years' probation for selling fake draft cards in the 1960s.
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10. Alien (1979)
Many of the non-English versions of the film's title translate as something similar to "Alien: The 8th Passenger".

Many of the interior features of the Nostromo came from airplane graveyards.

Shredded condoms were used to create tendons of the beast's ferocious jaws.

Among some of the ingredients of the alien costume are Plasticine and Rolls Royce motor parts.
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11. Aliens (1986)
The title of Alien in Hungarian was "The 8th passenger: Death". Consequently, the title of Aliens was: "The name of the planet: Death".

Ripley's miniature bathroom in her apartment is actually a British Airways toilet, purchased from the airline.

According to Lance Henriksen, the adding of Hudson's hand to the knife trick was discussed with almost everyone, except Bill Paxton.

Bishop's line about him being incapable of hurting a person or letting anyone come to harm are a direct reference to Issac Assimov's Three Laws of Robotics, more specifically the first and second laws (Third one is "A robot must protect its own existence").
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12. Alien³ (1992)
Hungarian title translated back to English: "Final Solution: Death."

In wide shots, most of the refinery is actually made of cardboard.

Early versions of the script and design featured a giant rustic monastery. Also, the alien itself would not be appearing.
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13. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Milk had to be added to the underwater set as the water was simply too transparent to be convincing.

The underwater scenes took three weeks to film.

As the film progresses, the walls of the ship's corridors become darker and more ominous.
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14. Prometheus (2012)
To prepare for his role as the android David, Michael Fassbender watched Blade Runner (a Ridley Scott film), The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Servant and Lawrence of Arabia (mentioned by Peter Weyland). Fassbender also studied Olympic diver Greg Louganis, drawing inspiration from Louganis's physicality.

Director Ridley Scott named the film "Prometheus", seeing the name aptly fit the film's themes: "It's the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them." In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was a servant of the gods, who stole and gave to mankind the gift of fire, an immeasurable benefit that changed the human race forever (for better AND worse).

Ridley Scott decided against featuring Xenomorphs (the titular Alien of the film series) in the film, as "the sequels squeezed him dry, he did very well... and no way am I going back there." Instead, this being an indirect prequel to Alien, he decided to feature a Xenomorph ancestor/parent.

According to Ridley Scott, the film's plot was inspired by Erich von Däniken's writings about ancient astronauts: "Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today, without there being a little help along the way. That's what we're looking at: we are talking about gods and engineers, engineers of space. Were the Aliens designed as a form of biological warfare, or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

The first shot of the cave paintings at the beginning of the film, which showed a horse in motion, originate from the Chauvet Cave in the South of France, which was the subject of the Werner Herzog Documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, also shot in 3D.

This is not Ian Whyte's (who plays the Last Engineer) only attachment to the "Alien" films. Whyte also played the Predators in the "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" film series.

When Shaw is discussing her finds around the world in the conference, the words "Eilean a' Cheo" can be seen in the background. This means "The Island of Mist" in Scottish Gaelic, and is a nickname for the Isle of Skye, properly called "An t-Eilean Sgitheanach".

The three-triangle logo of the Weyland corporation (while visually similar to that of the actual Weinstein Group) is actually derived from a pattern appearing on the wall in the background of an early Ron Cobb production painting of the "Space Jockey" for the original Alien film. the logo can be seen as part of David's fingerprint.

The moon's name in the film (LV223) is arguably a reference to the the bible verse Leviticus 22:3 - "Say to them, 'If any man among all your descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy gifts which the sons of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from before Me; I am the LORD.'" (New American Standard Bible). This foreshadows the events of the film, including the fates of the crew.

Designer H.R. Giger, who worked on the original design of the Xenomorph Alien, was brought in to assist in reverse-engineering the design of the Aliens in the film.

Was originally conceived as a prequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, but Scott announced his decision to turn it into an original film with Noomi Rapace (who was already set to star) still in the cast as one of five main characters. Some time later it was confirmed that while the movie would take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it would mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel.
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15. The Exorcist (1973)
According to William Friedkin, the subliminal shots of the white faced demon are actually rejected makeup tests for Regan's possessed appearance.

The bedroom set had to be refrigerated to capture the authentic icy breath of the actors in the exorcising scenes. Linda Blair, who was only in a flimsy nightgown, says to this day she cannot stand being cold.

The substance that the possessed Regan (Linda Blair) hurls at Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) is thick pea soup. Specifically, it's Andersen's brand pea soup. The crew tried Campbell's but didn't like the "effect."

The studio wanted Marlon Brando for the role of Father Merrin. William Friedkin immediately vetoed this by stating that with Brando in the film it would become a Brando movie instead of the important film he wanted to make.
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16. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Christopher Walken was also considered to play Father Lamont, but the studio management was opposed to his casting.

On the night of the premiere, the movie was literally laughed off the screen. Things were tolerable until the "synchronizer" machine was introduced, and it went straight downhill from there.

The original, opening night version of this film was so poorly received that the audience at a theater on Hollywood Blvd. actually threw things at the screen to express their disgust when it was over.

Richard Burton only agreed to make the film in return for Columbia producers casting him as Dr. Martin Dysart in Equus, which he had played on stage.
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17. The Exorcist III (1990)
The lines recited by the Gemini Killer in the cell ("Death be not proud...") are from a poem by John Donne.

William Peter Blatty offered directorial responsibilities to John Carpenter. Carpenter turned him down, and Blatty ended up directing the picture himself.
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18. The Amityville Horror (1979)
The outdoor scenes of the movie were not filmed in Amityville, Long Island, but rather Toms River, New Jersey. Local police and ambulance workers played extras.

Jay Anson who wrote the book "The Amityville Horror" actually wrote out a screenplay for this film only for the producers to turn it down. Eventually they found Sandor Stern and liked his take on it so he was hired for the job.

While shooting the scene where Kathy is startled by the red eyes in the window, director Stuart Rosenberg wasn't impressed by Margot Kidder's reaction. According to Kidder, Rosenberg then tried to hold up a "a day-glo orange stuffed velour pig with glass eyes" in an attempt to startle Kidder. She said the result was only hysterical laughter, not fear.

The film was originally planned to be a made-for-TV production for the CBS network, until executive producer Sam Arkoff bought the rights after reading Jay Anson's book in one sitting.

Honey was rubbed on Rod Steiger's head to draw the flies to him.
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19. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
The explosion scene at the end of the film is real. A highly explosive chemical which produces flames that burn out instantly was used. During filming the effect reportedly backfired and burned the side of the house.
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20. Amityville 3-D (1983)
Although this film takes place at the Amityville House, it is not a sequel to The Amityville Horror or Amityville II: The Possession. The events in the first two films were supposedly "real".

The Amityville Realty phone number is 666-1818.
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21. Jaws (1975)
The producers have said that had they read the book more than once, they would have known ahead of time that there would be problems filming the movie, and thus wouldn't have made it.

In addition to the well-known nickname of "Bruce", Steven Spielberg also called the shark "the great white turd" when he really got frustrated with the troublesome animatronic fish.

After the shark was built, it was never tested in the water, and when it was put in the water at Martha's Vineyard, it sank straight to the ocean floor. It took a team of divers to retrieve it.

Three mechanical "Bruces" were made, each with specialized functions. One shark was open on the right side, one was open on the left side, and the third was fully skinned. Each shark cost approximately $250,000.

As the shoot ballooned from 55 days to 159, with the budget likewise spiraling, the film earned the nickname amongst the crew of "Flaws".

When Brody is reading up about sharks, one of the books he studies is 'The Fishes', by F.D. Ommanney, published by Time-Life Books.
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22. Jaws 2 (1978)
Many scenes had to be shot in the fall/winter months. As such, the actors had to suck ice cubes prior to takes to avoid having their breath seen on camera.

In one of the boat scenes a young man is seen reading a book: "Jaws" by Peter Benchley.

Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss were approached to direct and star in the sequel but production on Close Encounters of the Third Kind was running behind and they declined to participate.
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23. Jaws 3 (1983)
Dennis Quaid would later refer to this movie in an interview as "I was in Jaws what?"

This film features the largest of the sharks featured in the "Jaws" movies. It was 35 feet long compared with its predecessors which were about 25 feet.
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24. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
According to this film, the events that occurred in Jaws 3 never took place.

Michael Caine could not accept his Oscar for Hannah and Her Sisters because he was busy filming this movie.

The Water in the tank where the climax was shot was filled with blue dye. The dye kept turning Micheal Caine's and Lorraine Gary's hair blue, this is why Michael Caine climbs aboard dry.

When Michael Caine was asked about this movie in an interview, he answered, "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
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25. The Omen (1976)
When the fishbowl falls to the ground, (dead) sardines painted orange were used in place of actual goldfish, which director Richard Donner refused to kill for the sake of making a movie.

The site used for the Megiddo archaeological dig is a real dig, just not in Megiddo. It is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the southern end of the Temple Mount.

In the closing scene, Richard Donner used reverse psychology on young Harvey Stephens telling him, "Don't you dare laugh. If you laugh, I won't be your friend." Naturally, Stephens wanted to laugh, and he instead smiled directly into the camera.
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26. Damien: Omen II (1978)
The cadets at the military academy were real students at the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin military academy the film was shooting at.

The skating scene was filmed on Catfish Lake in Eagle River, Wisconsin using local children as the skaters. The local paramedics were standing by in case any of the children fell through the ice.
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27. Rocky (1976)
Rocky is not the character's actual name. His real name is Robert Balboa - this was seen in a rough script from the second film. He took the nickname from real-life boxer Rocky Marciano.

When Bill Conti originally played "Gonna Fly Now" for John G. Avildsen, he didn't have title for it until Avildsen said, "It should be almost like Rocky is flying now."

When shooting the scenes in the meat-locker where he punches the slabs of beef, actor Sylvester Stallone punched the meat so hard for so long that he flattened out his knuckles. To this day, when he makes a fist, his knuckles are completely level.
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28. Rocky II (1979)
During his preparation for the film, Sylvester Stallone was bench-pressing 220lbs, when the weight fell and tore his right pectoral muscle. This was shortly before the fight scene was to be filmed, and ultimately, the scene was shot with Stallone still badly injured.

Sylvester Stallone began working on the Rocky III script immediately after completing Rocky II, with the intention of the series being a trilogy. Originally, he had no plans to make a fourth film.
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29. Rocky III (1982)
Before settling on the film's signature song of "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, Sylvester Stallone wanted to use the already hit song "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen.

A song titled "You're the Best" performed by Joe Esposito was recorded for the film. But Stallone rejected it in favor of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". "You're the Best" was later used in The Karate Kid.

In the scene where Rocky body-slams Thunderlips out of the ring, Sylvester Stallone admitted that he couldn't dead-lift Hulk Hogan so he had Hogan jump into his arms.
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30. Rocky IV (1985)
In reality, Soviet Heavyweights were not allowed to box professional fighters during the Cold War.

The training scenes set in Russia were actually filmed in Wyoming; the farm is located in Jackson Hole, and most of the exterior shots were filmed in the Grand Teton National Park. The fight itself was shot at the PNE Forum at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Assuming they are standard weight lifting plates, Ivan Drago is pressing (standing press) 405lbs.
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31. Rocky V (1990)
The character George Washington Duke is based on real life boxing promoter Don King; the character even uses Don King's catchphrase of "Only in America".

In an interview with Jonathan Ross, Sylvester Stallone was asked to rate each of the Rocky movies out of 10. He gave this movie zero.
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32. The Karate Kid (1984)
Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate-jutsu in Okinawa, Japan. 'Sensei Miyagi' as he was called, created his own style of karate-jutsu, which he dubbed 'Goju Ryu', which means 'hard and soft style'.

The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate. He is credited as the "fight instructor/choreographer" for the film.

The Karate Kid was the name of a character in DC Comic's "Legion Of Superheroes" who was a member of the Legion. DC Comics, which owned the name, gave special permission for the title to be used. There's a thank you to DC Comics for allowing the use of the name at the end of the credits.

According to Joe Esposito, "You're the Best" was originally written for Rocky III which explains the lyric "History repeats itself". The song had been rejected in favor of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". Ironically, Survivor also performed the theme song ("The Moment Of Truth") for The Karate Kid.

The football jersey that Daniel is wearing while talking to Mr. Miyagi on the bed is a #89 San Diego Chargers jersey, which in 1984 would have been wide receiver Wes Chandler.
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33. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
The opening scenes (Daniel in the shower, and the confrontation in the parking lot with Kreese) were in the script for The Karate Kid but contrary to urban legend never filmed. They were shot specifically for The Karate Kid, Part II.

Some scenes cut from the original script include a scene introducing a mysterious character named Webster Miyagi who waits for Miyagi outside the tournament building, to whom Miyagi reacts in an uncomfortable manner, and also a scene of Daniel and Ali breaking up because of Ali leaving for Europe for the summer.

Work on The Karate Kid, Part II started ten days after the release of The Karate Kid.
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34. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
This movie was part of a wave in the late 80's/early 90's to introduce wide screen letterbox movies to the general public. The first printing of the VHS are all in letterbox. (re-prints from 1994 claim to be in wide screen but are pan & scan). (Ghostbusters II was another big title movie released in letterbox only in the first printing, many video stores got complaints about these titles because customer's thought that there was half of the picture missing, many video store owners called RCA/Columbia to find out if there was a printing problem to only be told that they were meant to be this way.)

The final All-Valley Tournament results can be seen at the beginning of the tournament. "Sladkus" lost to "Dempsey" in the semifinals, while Barnes defeated "Orshan" in the same round. Barnes then defeated "Dempsey" to become a Finalist. As Defending Champion Larusso fights Barnes. Since he wins, Larusso is named Grand Champion.
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35. The Next Karate Kid (1994)
The fight choreographers gave Hilary Swank a "pink belt" for her mastery of the most flashy techniques, but none of the basics.

The music that Miyagi turns on when he is teaching Julie to dance is the same song that Johnny and Ali dance to at the country club in the original The Karate Kid.

The train yard that Eric worked as a security guard is the Mass Bay Transportation Authority's, Red Line's Cabot Yard located in South Boston.

The ladder that Eric and Julie climb on to the train's roof, #01737, was added for the movie. The train is still in service today.

For the first time in the series, Mr. Miyagi's first name (Kesuke) is revealed.
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36. Taxi Driver (1976)
Various studios considered producing this film; one suggested Neil Diamond for the lead role.

When Travis is talking to a Secret Service agent, he gives his address as 154 Hopper Avenue, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. There is a Hopper Avenue in Fair Lawn, but there is no 154 Hopper Avenue.

Robert De Niro worked twelve hour days for a month driving cabs as preparation for this role. He also studied mental illness.
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37. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
To get the spaceships' attention prior to their arrival at Devils Tower, the five notes the scientists play are G, A, F, (octave lower) F, C. When they arrive at the tower and are attempting communication, the notes they play are B flat, C, A flat, (octave lower) A flat, E flat.

The federal agent-types on stage with Lacombe during the auditorium scene where he teaches the hand signals were real federal agents. Similarly some of the extras who played scientists in the end sequence were real scientists.

The mothership appears to be covered with millions of tiny lights. This effect was achieved through utilizing aerial view images of the San Fernando Valley at night.
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38. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The animal used in the "Dawn of Man" sequence, the one that looks like a black pig with a trunk, is a tapir.

The main Discovery set was built by aircraft manufacturer Vickers-Armstrong inside a 12-meter by two-meter drum designed to rotate at five km per hour. It cost $750,000.

According to Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyd's of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie was released. Lloyd's refused. Carl Sagan commented, "In the mid-1960s, there was no search being performed for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the chances of accidentally stumbling on extraterrestrial intelligence in a few years' period was extremely small. Lloyd's of London missed a good bet."

HAL 9000 never once says, "Good Morning, Dave," despite this line being one of his most recognized quotations.

In the premier screening of the film, 241 people walked out of the theater, including Rock Hudson who said "Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?" Arthur C. Clarke once said, "If you understand '2001' completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered."

Incrementing each letter of "HAL" gives you "IBM". Writer Arthur C. Clarke claimed this was unintentional, and if he had noticed ahead of time, he would have changed it. HAL stands for Heuristic Algorithmic Computer. IBM product placements appear in the movie as well, including the computer panels in the spaceplane that docks with the space station, the forearm control panel on Dave's spacesuit, and the portable viewscreens on which Dave and Frank watch "The World Tonight".

Despite its G-rating, there are five on-screen murders: a man-ape, Frank Poole, and the three hibernating astronauts killed by HAL. The dialogue also includes the words "hell" three times and "damn" twice.
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People who added this item 292  Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
39. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
The set for Heywood Floyd's house (with dolphin pool) was constructed atop the MGM studio "saucer tank" in Culver City, California. The dolphins, named Captain Crunch and Lelani, were provided by a local aquarium.

Stanley Kubrick had all models and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey destroyed to prevent their reuse, thus the model of the spaceship Discovery had to be constructed from pictures.

The voice of the SAL 9000 computer was actually performed by Candice Bergen, though the role was credited to "Olga Mallsnerd," a pseudonym combining the surname of Bergen's spouse (director Louis Malle) and that of Mortimer Snerd, one of her father (ventriloquist Edgar Bergen)'s famous puppet characters.

During the planning stage of 2010, an email connection was provided for Peter Hyams (in Hollywood) and Arthur C. Clarke (in Colombo, Sri Lanka) so that Hyams could regularly consult with Clarke about how to adapt the novel to the movie screen. In 1983/4, such an email correspondence was practically unheard of outside the academic community, and it was certainly the first for the film world. Edited highlights of the emails were published as a book, "The Odyssey File", in 1984.

The monitor box that's on top of SAL 9000 early in the movie is shaped exactly like the Kaypro portable computer that Arthur C. Clarke used to communicate via email with Peter Hyams during the movie's production. Later, when Dr. Chandra is inputting commands to HAL 9000 in Discovery, initializing his voice recognition capability, the keyboard he is typing on is from a Kaypro portable computer.
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People who added this item 1190  Average listal rating (739 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
40. Dune (1984)
The inspiration for the design of the stillsuits was the medical textbook "Gray's Anatomy".

Number of production crew came to a total of 1,700. Dune required 80 sets built upon 16 sound stages. More than 6 years in the making, it required David Lynch's work for three and a half years.

Some special effects scenes were filmed with over a million watts of lighting, drawing 11,000 amps.

David Lynch disowned the extended television cut. The name "Judas Booth" that appears as the screenwriter in this cut, is a combination of Judas, the apostle that betrayed Jesus Christ, and John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's killer. With this in-joke, David Lynch meant that the studio betrayed him and killed the film. The director's credit is the usual in these cases Alan Smithee.
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People who added this item 2054  Average listal rating (1256 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
41. Blue Velvet (1986)
The role of Jeffrey was originally offered to Val Kilmer, who turned it down, describing the script he read as "pornography", although he says he would've done the version that finally made it to the screen.

Several of the actors who were considered for the role of Frank found the character too repulsive and intense. Dennis Hopper, by contrast, is reported to have exclaimed, "I've got to play Frank. Because I am Frank!"

Lynch originally wanted Frank to be inhaling helium during the sex scene with Dorothy.
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42. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
The studio was unhappy with "Star Wars" as a title after negative market testing. A competition was held during shooting for cast and crew to come up with a better one but nothing stuck.

When 20th Century Fox attempted to distribute the film in the U.S., fewer than 40 theaters agreed to show it. As a solution, Fox threatened that any cinema that refused to show Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope would not be given the rights to screen the potential blockbuster The Other Side of Midnight (which ended up grossing less than 10% of what Star Wars did).

Initial research from 20th Century Fox using the title and a brief synopsis came back with the results that only males under 25 were interested in seeing the film. Fox then deliberately marketed the film with a view to attracting older and female cinemagoers by pushing images of humans (including Princess Leia) centerstage and referring to the film in more mythic tones, rather than science fiction.

The final version of the opening crawl for this movie was co-written by Brian De Palma after complaining that the previous (third draft) version was too difficult to understand.

Chewbacca's "voice" is a combination of several animals including bears, badgers, walrus and camels.
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43. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
Several crates of simulated snow as seen on the Hoth Hangar set were taken along to Finse, Norway, just in case there was not enough real snow lying about.

The carbon freezing chamber is the only time in the original trilogy that Darth Vader and C3PO can be seen on screen together.

Principal photography lasted over 170 days, the longest shoot of any of the "Star Wars" movies.
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People who added this item 4692  Average listal rating (3192 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.4 
44. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct this episode of the series. He turned it down because he believed it was "Lucas' thing." He went on to direct Dune instead.

The growls and sounds of the Rancor in Jabba's Palace were actually made by a dachsund.

The word Ewok is never spoken in the movie, nor are the individuals (Wicket, Paploo, etc.) referred to by name.

Originally to be titled "Revenge of the Jedi" but producers thought Jedis wouldn't seek revenge, being so righteous and all. Some posters and theater stand-ups were made early, but pulled very soon as the title changed names. Also Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was originally to be called "Star Trek: The Revenge of Khan", but the title for that movie was changed to avoid confusion with this movie back when "Revenge of the Jedi" was being considered.

Admiral Ackbar's famous line 'It's a trap!' was originally scripted as 'It's a trick!'. The line was changed in post-production after a negative test screening.
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People who added this item 5186  Average listal rating (3502 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
45. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Battle Droids were originally supposed to be as white as the Stormtroopers from the original trilogy. During pre production George Lucas decided to change them to beige.

The name used by the Queen while in disguise (and, later, after her term as Queen ends), "Padme", is the Sanskrit word for "lotus". "Yoda" is also derived from the Sanskrit word for "warrior"

Palpatine's line "There is no civility, there is only politics" is a corruption of part of the Jedi Code which consists of a negative assertion followed by a positive one. For example: "There is no fear, there is only calm. There is no death, there is only the Force."

The name "Qui Gon" derives from an ancient Chinese system of alternative medicine called "Qigong". The "Jinn" part refers to the "Djinn" or genies of Arabian myth.

Darth Maul only speaks a total of three lines.
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People who added this item 4642  Average listal rating (3124 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.7 
46. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
The librarian at the Jedi Archives says "If an item doesn't appear in our records, it does not exist!" This is a variation of the slogan of the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages.

Jar Jar Binks, standing in for Senator Amidala, puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, the most hated character in the Star Wars canon, is indirectly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the near-annihilation of the Jedi order.

Due to much of the animosity aimed towards Jar-Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the working title of Episode II was "Jar-Jar's Big Adventure".
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People who added this item 4772  Average listal rating (3204 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
47. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The images of the volcanic eruption on Mustafar was real footage of Mt. Etna in Italy which was erupting at the time of production.

The opening shot of the film lasts 76 seconds after the disappearance of the opening crawl, the longest of any Star Wars film.

Body count: 115, the highest of any 'Star Wars' film. This only counts bodies that are seen. If we counted implied deaths, the highest would be either Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope what with the destructions of Alderaan and the Death Star, or Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi what with the destruction of another Death Star and many ships besides.
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People who added this item 2323  Average listal rating (1533 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
48. The Goonies (1985)
The pirate ship was entirely real. All the shots were filmed in the ship. After the film, it was offered to anyone who would take it. No one wanted it, so the ship was scrapped.

The last name of the brothers who are chasing the Goonies is Fratelli. Fratelli means "brothers" in Italian.

The newspaper article photo of Chester Copperpot is actor Keenan Wynn.

The bats were made of crumpled, black pieces of crepe paper that were shot out of an air cannon.

More than 900,000 gallons of water was used in the movie.

The oil substance shot out of Data's slick shoes was made of glycerin, water and food coloring.

The Goonies Oath that was cut out goes as follows: "I will never betray my goon dock friends / We will stick together until the whole world ends / Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar / In the city, or the country, or the forest, or the boonies / I am proudly declared a fellow Goony."
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People who added this item 4686  Average listal rating (3170 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
49. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ar... (1981)
Actors considered for the role of Indiana Jones included Nick Nolte, Steve Martin (who chose to do Pennies from Heaven instead), Bill Murray (who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Saturday Night Live), Chevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Nick Mancuso, Peter Coyote, and Jack Nicholson. Harrison Ford was cast less than three weeks before principal photography began.

To achieve the sound of thousands of snakes slithering, sound designer Ben Burtt stuck his fingers into a cheese casserole. This was augmented by applying wet sponges to the rubber on a skateboard.

The out-of-control airplane actually ran over Harrison Ford's knee, tearing his ligaments. Rather than submit to Tunisian health care, Ford had his knee wrapped in ice and carried on.

Indy's whip is 10 feet long, although some shorter versions were used, depending on the shot required. 

The spirit effects at the climax were achieved by shooting mannequins underwater in slow motion through a fuzzy lens to achieve an ethereal quality.

During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got sick, except director Steven Spielberg. It is thought that he avoided illness by eating only the food he'd brought with him: cans and cans of Spaghetti-O's.

Indiana Jones' name comes from the name of George Lucas' dog and is a play on Steve McQueen's eponymous character name in Nevada Smith. Indiana the dog, who was a Malamute, also served as the inspiration for Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, it is revealed by Indiana's father that Indiana is really named Henry Jr., but went by the name of his dog, Indiana.

The words that Belloq slowly recites before opening the ark are (badly pronounced) Aramaic, and are part of a paragraph recited in many Synagogues today when the Ark that holds the Sefer Torahs (the Old Testament handwritten on Parchment) is opened as part of the Sabbath service.

Steven Spielberg originally wanted Danny DeVito to play Sallah and DeVito was set for the role, but he had to drop out due to conflicts with Taxi. DeVito later appeared as a second banana to Michael Douglas in the Raiders tribute/derivative, Romancing the Stone.

Many of the snakes in the Well of Souls are not snakes but legless lizards (look for the earholes, which snakes lack).
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50. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Most of the cavernous mine where the mine cart chase takes place is miniature, with the walls made of painted aluminium foil.

The huge mineshaft was a circular construction around the largest soundstage. To make it look different, they just altered the lighting every time the carts completed a loop.

The "chilled monkey-brains" were made from custard and raspberry sauce.
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Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 27 14:25
VERY cool and interesting list! Great job.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 9 3:23
I should've known that Diane Lane wasn't singing as Ellen Aim...

And Jaws 3 was originally going to be a parody of the previous movies, but apparently, the studio changed their minds.
Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Feb 14 12:10
EPIC list man can't believe i haven't seen this before
Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Feb 14 13:02
Thanks for the comment!

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