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Best movie trivia of 1982

The little blonde girl Elliott kisses when the frogs are released is Erika Eleniak, who went on to become a Baywatch babe.

William Bergquist

At the end, Batty gives his 'a time to die' speech on the roof. Rutger Hauer made up the speech himself, between an hour and half an hour before filming the scene.

In the swimming pool scene with the mother near the end, the actress didn't know it, but those weren't fake skeletons.

The TV edit of this film includes lots of footage that was purposely left on the cutting room floor, such as when the dead Norwegian on the table blinks, and so on. The TV edit also has narration. This version is edited so much that director John Carpenter has publicly stated that he finds the TV edit embarrassing and a disgrace to his movie.

The pretty girl in the corvette that pulls up next to Hamilton, when he is wearing the Pirate uniform, is Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart. At the time Wilson was dating Cameron Crowe, who wrote the film's screenplay, and later got married.

William Bergquist

The theme tune to this film (played when the credits roll) also plays on the radio in the store Vera and Shelly go to.

Hamster

Mr. T was chosen for this role by Stallone himself - he spotted Mr. T in a "world's toughest bouncer" contest (which Mr. T won). What sold Stallone was Mr. T's snazzy dressing, no-nonsense attitude and spectacular lingo. Apparently, the line that solidified him on the idea of hiring T was Mr. T's answer to the question "how do you handle potential troublemakers?". Mr. T had his head shaved bald at the time, and his answer was "I tell dem fools that mah patience is as long as the hair on mah head." He was hired almost instantly. The role in Rocky III got him the spot in the A-Team, and the rest is history...

After "Comfortably Numb", Pink transforms into the "Hammer" leader, which in fact is a reference to the Nazis.

The little pesky sister, Dolores Rebchuck, does the voice for Bobby Hill on King of the Hill.

William Bergquist

In the hilarious fist-fight scene between Nolte and Murphy, they each punch each other the exact same number of times. The fight begins with Murphy landing more punches on Nolte, but then Nolte catches up by the end of the sequence. However, if you count correctly, you'll notice that Nolte is still one punch behind Murphy. That's why once they are both back sitting in the car, about to drive off, Nolte suddenly lands one last knuckle sandwich squarely on Murphy's jaw - now they are even.

Continuing a joke from the first movie, where every exterior shot of the jet is accompanied by the drone of a prop plane, the exterior shots of the shuttle feature the sound of a jet engine, even in space.

Kevin Hall

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Firefox

The movie Firefox is a Soviet built radar-invisible aircraft. In reality, the American F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was made possible by the work of a Russian physicist, Dr. Pyotr Ufimtsev. (Soviet designers thought his theories worthless!).

Grumpy Scot

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Tron

Tron mistake picture

Shortly after the lightcycles escape from the arena, we cut to Sark who is staring in anger at a blue map. On the right hand side of the map is Pac Man, complete with animation and sounds from the old arcade game.

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Gandhi

For his role in Gandhi, Kingsley became the first actor of Indian descent to win an Oscar for an acting role.

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When the crew is pulling up the grates to lower the photon torpedo into its launch track, you can see a crewman in a red jacket in the background. The way he is fidgeting, he is obviously an extra that didn't know what to do after "Action" was yelled. Though, I guess we could be charitable and say he was a green ensign unsure of what to do at Red Alert.

Grumpy Scot

Even though Mary Beth Hurt and Glenn Close played women from different generations, in reality they are only a year apart in age.

Pam-I-am

In the introduction to the 1988 Hodder Headline edition of the novel First Blood, author David Morrell says that he got the name Rambo from both a variety of apple, and the writer Rimbaud: "A French author's name and the name of an apple collided, and I recognized the sound of force."

J I Cohen

The notice board when the killer is drilling the door through to get to Linda, has a deliberate joke pinned up on it. A sign reads "Join the Drill Team." This is a reference to the killer.

In almost every story told in the movie, there is an ashtray that is used as an ashtray, as a soap dish and as a place you can put lose change, rings etc. This is done deliberately by the director, it has become his personal trademark.

The insurance people wouldn't allow Josh Milrad to be on set at the same time as any of the animals (especially the tiger), so a stand-in had to be used.

After all the men have gone off in search of the horse, Spur is left behind at Harrison's homestead to flirt with Mrs. Bailey. He playfully chases her around the kitchen table and in so doing passes a platter of chicken. Without pausing, Spur sweeps down, grabs a chunk and takes a ravenous bite, then continues his lap around the table. As he approaches the camera on the near side, he starts to speak and a small chunk of chicken is shot from his mouth directly in to his up swinging hand. He then places his hand on the table to deposit the chunk of chicken.

Arnold Schwarzenegger did his own stunts, as a believable stunt double could not be found.

Jack's Revenge

Richard Gere admitted that he really had no interest in doing An Officer and a Gentleman. He only did it because he needed money at the time.

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Tootsie

The entire party scene was improvised by Bill Murray.

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Annie

Since the mansion used in the movie belongs to Monmouth University, the pool that's in the basement had to be uncovered and converted back as it was and still is being used for administrative offices for the school.

jerimiah

Daryl Hannah's character remarks how she sometimes wishes she was a mermaid. Two years later, she played a mermaid in "Splash" (1984).

William Bergquist

The 'torpedo-digging' trick Jen Moo uses in the final fight is a standard trick of all Hong Kong ninja movies made in the 80's.

Mrs. Brisby's eldest daughter was voiced by a child Shannon Doherty, later to become famous by her role as Brenda in "Beverly Hills 90210".

The actors inside of the Skeksis had television monitors inside of their costumes, so that they could see where they were going.

gaaralover

The annoying saxaphone player on the subway when Henry Winkler writes him a check is Ron Howard, the director.

William Bergquist

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