Best movie trivia of 1981

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An American Werewolf in London picture

Trivia: Makeup artist Rick Baker wanted the werewolf to be bipedal. Director John Landis refused, insisting it had to be a four-legged hound from hell.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark picture

Trivia: In the Well of Souls, you can see hieroglyphics of C3PO and R2D2 on the wall.

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The Evil Dead picture

Trivia: When they are preparing and listening to the tape you can see a bit of smoke in the air. There had been an extended scene where they had been smoking pot and joking around. However, they used real pot when filming and much of what was shot ended up being unusable as a result. This is according to Bruce Campbell's Commentary to the DVD.

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History of the World: Part I picture

Trivia: During the Roman Empire, the woman says walk this way, and they walk like she did. This joke was featured in Young Frankenstein, as well.

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Halloween II picture

Trivia: Jimmy didn't die even though it never shows him after he faints on the steering wheel in the car with Lori. He simply passed out. In some cuts it shows him alive in the ambulance at the end, but for some reason in the theatrical version, they left it out for us to 'wonder'.

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For Your Eyes Only picture

Trivia: British model Caroline Cossey, who appeared as of the women in the film was revealed after the film to be a transsexual. She was born a man.

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Mad Max 2 picture

Trivia: When Max opens the Semi's door, a dead body falls out. This body is actually the same "eye popping" dummy that was used at the end of Mad Max 1.

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Neighbors picture

Trivia: Near the end of the film, John Belushi is watching TV and a commercial for Spruce Hill Funeral Home is playing. The voice narrating the commercial is that of the film's co-star Dan Aykroyd. (01:25:10)

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Das Boot picture

Trivia: The full sized mock up of the U boat was rented by Steven Spielberg for use in the first Indiana Jone's film.

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Zorro, the Gay Blade picture

Trivia: For those "Zorro" fans who didn't already know this: 'Zorro' is Spanish for 'fox'.

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Chariots of Fire picture

Trivia: In the film, the 100 meter bronze medalist is a fictional character named Tom Watson. The real medalist was Arthur Porritt of New Zealand, who asked his name not to be used.

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The Cannonball Run picture

Trivia: When Dom gets back in the airplane after getting beer, Burt is discussing cars with him to use in the race. He says they could use a black Trans-Am. Then he says that it's been done before. It has. Remember that movie called Smokey and the Bandit?

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Escape From New York picture

Trivia: In the scene where the helicopters come in and they retrieve the President's briefcase containing a message, one of the people in the chopper points down and says "People down in the park. Can you see them?" That guy is the film's director, John Carpenter. (01:07:35)

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Clash of the Titans picture

Trivia: In Greek mythology, the winged stallion Pegasus was actually spawned in the moment when Medusa was killed by Perseus; he sprang out of her severed neck.

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Gallipoli picture

Trivia: Australian playwright David Williamson makes a cameo as the tall player in the opposing team in the football match held near the Pyramids in Egypt.

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Friday the 13th Part 2 picture

Trivia: The movie ends with a shot of Mrs. Voorhees old wrinkled head on Jason's shrine. Originally her head was supposed to open its eyes, and smile. Steve Miner comments on commentary how he decided to get rid of the idea, as he felt it would make the movie come across as more cheap and hokey than normal.

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Mommie Dearest picture

Trivia: During the rosebush/tree chopping scene, Faye Dunaway is chopping the tree, except when you see the close up. During the close up (when the tree falls), it is actually the films director Frank Perry chopping the tree.

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Scanners picture

Trivia: Scanners is identified as having the first known media depiction of psychic activity directly or indirectly causing nosebleed. This concept has since become widespread in movies, television, and comic books/graphic novels.

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The Fox and the Hound picture

Trivia: When Todd and Copper are playing hide-and-seek, look at the bush Todd is hiding in and you can see three berries which form a "Hidden Mickey."

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Time Bandits picture

Trivia: Throughout the film there are several references to a character named Horseflesh, (such as "Horseflesh would never get us into this mess"). Despite the character being credited at the end of the movie he's never properly shown onscreen. There's a paragraph devoted to him in the published "Time Bandits" screenplay: "The trouble is quite frankly that if Horseflesh had been in it he would have made seven dwarves, and we'd have libel suits from Disney and all sorts of things. But we liked the name, so he remains the mystery dwarf." According to the interview with Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam on the extras DVD (produced in 2002), Terry Gilliam states that Horseflesh is the dwarf seen with Evil, though it isn't mentioned who he is; in the original script he had quite a few lines, but they were cut, eg "The map! Evil one, the very map I promised you, is yours" (from script excerpt shown on DVD).

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