Best movie trivia of 1982
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: In the swimming pool scene with the mother near the end, the actress didn't know it, but those weren't fake skeletons.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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...
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: After "Comfortably Numb", Pink transforms into the "Hammer" leader, which in fact is a reference to the Nazis.
Trivia: This movie is basically a retelling of another story. When the camera first pans the shelves of the Botany Bay it stops and centers on one book on the shelf in particular.....Moby Dick. That is what this movie is about. Khan is Ahab, The Enterprise is Moby Dick. At one point in the book the whale is circling Ahab's ship on the ocean. At one point in the movie the Enterprise is circling the Reliant (Khan's ship) in the Motara Nebula. Ahab had a scar up one entire side of his body given to him by an encounter with the Whale. At the end of the movie Khan has a burn mark/scar up one side of his body as well. Not to mention that Khan quotes from Moby Dick throughout the movie. The last quote he utters is one that Ahab uttered "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee, for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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."
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: 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.
Trivia: Poirot finds out from insurance documents that the surviving husband of the murdered Yorkshire woman in the beginning of the movie, Alice Ruber, was called "Felix Ruber." Poirot had been told by hotel guest Patrick Redfern, a Latin teacher, that "Giuseppe Verdi" means "Joe Green" when translated into English. Poirot explains during the murder's solution that this triggered him to translate the two Latin adjectives "felix" (strictly: 'filix', not 'felix') and "ruber" into "fern" and "red", respectively, and thus "red fern." It is part of the evidence that Felix Ruber and Patrick Redfern are one and the same person, meaning that Patrick was involved not only in the island murder but also in the Yorkshire murder.
New this month Trivia: Actor David Niven was, in fact, terminally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he appeared in both "Trail of the Pink Panther" and "Curse of the Pink Panther" before his death in 1983. Niven's illness was so debilitating that his voice often completely failed him while filming, such that it was necessary to hire celebrity impressionist Rich Little to overdub Niven's voice in both films.
Trivia: 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".