Best movie trivia of 1971
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Trivia: According to actor Malcolm McDowell, director Stanley Kubrick was concerned that the Droog attack on F. Alexander and his wife would become just another dark, cruel and violent scene in a movie that was already full of dark, cruel and violent scenes. Kubrick wanted the Alexander home invasion to stand out as genuinely horrifying, but he was at a creative impasse. After Kubrick shut down production for several days to ponder the problem, he thought of Alex dancing during the attack. Malcolm McDowell suggested dancing (and singing) along to "Singin' in the Rain," as it was the only song to which he knew all the words.Charles Austin Miller
Trivia: John "Biffo" Bindon (played Sid Fletcher) had numerous roles during the '60s-'70s as the gangster-type. In real-life he had a violent temper, provoked pub fights and ran a protection racket. It's been suggested that he was known to associate with organised crime leaders the Kray twins and the Richardson Gang, but the extent of his involvement in the English underworld has never really been proven. In 1968 he was awarded the Queen's Award for Bravery (a police bravery medal) for rescuing a drowning man by diving off the Putney Bridge into the River Thames. Some have said that it was Bindon who pushed the man off the bridge but was forced to rescue him when a policeman showed up. By 1971 Bindon went into organising security, which had unfortunate results when hired to be security co-ordinator for Led Zeppelin, during their U.S. concert tour. Then in 1978, Bindon was in a knife fight with London gangster John Darke, which resulted in Darke's death, and by 1979 was on trial where the prosecution claimed it was a contract killing. Defence argued that Darke's death was in self defence (there were allegations that while awaiting trial Bindon bragged to a cellmate that he was a hitman). Though Bindon was acquitted of Darke's murder, his reputation was badly damaged and he became reclusive in the 1980s, before his death in October '93, of AIDS.
Trivia: The English translations for the majority of the German dialogue towards the end of the film, as taken from recent BBC TV airings:
(Outside the house just before Mr Brown enters back in)
Guard: Yes, Yes everything is fine.
(as Mr Brown tries to stop Cosmic Creepers yowling)
Guard: What's that?
(after the guards enter Miss Price's house after hearing the yowling)
Guard: It's just a naughty cat, poor thing.
(after capture of Miss Price, the guard sees Mr Brown as a rabbit)
Guard 1: Jagged hare, this will be good.
Guard 2: Idiot, Do you want to wake up the whole village!
(on the battlefield, prior to Miss Price casting her spell)
Guard 1: Colonel, The bridge is ready to blow.
Guard 2: The railway, road and quay are ready.
Colonel: Good. We detonate in ten minutes. Get everything primed for then.
(start of the march)
Colonel: It's got to be some kind of trick.
Guard: Pretty good trick!
(first sighting of Miss Price by the Germans)
Guard: It's a witch sir!
Colonel: Don't be a fool, there's no such thing as a witch!
(after seeing the size of the army of advancing inanimate objects)
Guard: Shall we retreat sir?
Colonel: Retreat? We are German Soldiers! We do not retreat!
(as the Germans are running away)
Colonel: Hold the line or I will shoot you! You are German soldiers!
(back at the house after having been forced to retreat)
Colonel: There is the witch.
Guard: You said there was no such thing as a witch.
(prior to blowing Miss Price's house up)
Colonel: What are you waiting for, leave nothing behind. Quick, detonate it.
Trivia: For those who wonder about the sign at the lake drainage mechanism: it is actually the original Japanese wording of the warning spelled in Latin alphabet.
Trivia: Unknown at the time, two future Star Trek references are made in this film. The director, Robert Wise, would go on to direct Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and at the end of the film when discussing the cloud seeding, a caption on the video monitor reads out "Nimbus 3". This was the name of the planet on which Sybok takes prisoners in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.jbrbbt
Trivia: The little boy who has an accident in the assembly hall at the beginning of the film is future "Grange Hill" and "Eastenders" actor Todd Carty.