Best movie trivia of 1977

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Trivia: On its initial release, the film was booked in just 37 theaters. It ended up breaking 36 house records.

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Trivia: When Tony Manero's father slaps him on the back of the head during an argument at the dinner table, Tony replies, "Would you just watch the hair? You know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it! He hits my hair!" John Travolta ad-libbed this line. Director John Badham thought it was so perfect for the character of Tony Manero that he decided to leave it in the film.

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Trivia: Jackie Gleason's character is Buford T. Justice. This was the name of a real Florida Highway Patrolman known to Burt Reynolds' father who was once Chief of Police of Jupiter, Florida.

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Trivia: If you have a trained eye you can see Darth Vader's ship and R2D2 from Star Wars, and several other bits of Spielberg-Lucas memorabilia.

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Trivia: In the scene where Bianca & Bernard first fly with Orville the bird, they fly straight down beside a building. In one window that they pass, there is a topless woman in it. This was corrected about 4 years ago, and can be seen on the original VHS release if you go frame by frame.

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Trivia: The character of umbrella wielding Major Harry Carlyle was inspired by real life Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter, who said that he 'carried the umbrella because he could never remember the password, and it would be quite obvious to anyone that the bloody fool carrying the umbrella could only be an Englishman'. Unlike Carlyle in the film, Major Tatham-Warter survived the battle and was captured by the Germans. He escaped, and in the weeks that followed, aided by Dutch Resistance, helped hundreds of other soldiers in similar situations to be evacuated to safety.

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Trivia: The actor playing Dennis the Bellhop is Barry Levinson, future Oscar winning director.

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Trivia: This applies to Moonraker too - Jaws' "teeth" were so painful that actor Richard Kiel could only keep them in for a few seconds at a time, which is why you don't get too many long shots with them visible. He only wore them when he needed to open his mouth.

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Trivia: Because it had such a large beacon, Disney had to obtain special permission from the local Coast Guard to use the lighthouse seen in the movie, since doing so during production would have caused confusion to passing ships.

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Trivia: In the scene in which Alvy and Annie are watching people in the park and Alvy comments, "Oh, there goes the winner of the Truman Capote Look-Alike Contest," the passer by is actually Truman Capote, in an un-credited cameo.

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Trivia: The Billy Charlesbois character (the tall blonde guy with those knock out twins as his "groupies" throughout the movie) is played by Guido Tenisi, a real life hockey player, who among other things represented Team Italy in The World Championships in Helsinki in 1982.

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Trivia: Author Peter Benchley has a cameo as a U-boat crewman in the prologue (extended version).

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Trivia: Ian McShane was originally down to play the part of Jesus, and ended up being cast as Judas.

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Trivia: During the second to the last scene of the movie, Barbara Carrera is trying to help Michael York push a rowboat into the ocean from the shore. As one of the manbeasts runs into the surf towards them, Barbara Carrera screams "Michael, look out"! Michael York's name in the movie is Andre Braddock!

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Trivia: More than 8,000 rounds were used for the climactic shoot-out scene.

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Trivia: David Lynch has never explained how the disturbing "baby" was created for the film, even coyly suggesting at one point that it was something he found that had been "born nearby." A popular theory is that the baby is actually an animal fetus that had been hollowed out and made into a puppet, but this has never been confirmed.

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Trivia: In this movie, Penny Irving plays Young Mr. Grace's new secretary, Miss Nicholson. In the TV series, she was called Miss Bakewell.

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Trivia: Jason Robards won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role of Dashiell Hammett, even though he had only nine minutes of screen time.

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