Best movie trivia of 1983

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Trivia: S.E. Hinton, the author of "The Outsiders", has a cameo in the scene where Johnny is lying on his stomach in hospital, playing the nurse tending to Dally who says "what did you do with your gown?"

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Trivia: Eddie Murphy's entire scene in the jail cell with his "Karate" impersonation was ad-libbed, there was no script direction at all. (00:23:30)

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Trivia: The Playstation 2/PC game "Grand Theft Auto - Vice City" by Rockstar Games is modeled on Scarface; the mansion, cars, environment, buildings, the Babylon Club ('Malibu Club' in the game), and even some of the game scenarios are similar (for instance, taking over the mansion and chainsaw scenes).

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Trivia: When filming ROTJ, Lucas didn't want anyone to find out that they were shooting the third Star Wars movie, because pandemonium could break out. So when someone asked the crew what they were filming, they said "Blue Harvest". All of the crew had shirts and hats that said Blue Harvest on them. The fictitious film's tagline was "Horror beyond imagination."

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Trivia: A group of old college friends reunite at the funeral of Alex, another old college friend. The part of Alex, the corpse, who is only partially seen in the unusual opening credits with the undertaker, is played by Kevin Costner, in one of his first roles on film.

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Trivia: Not a mistake but a "before they were famous": little cousin Vicky with the blonde hair is Elaine on Ally McBeal (Jane Krakowski).

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Trivia: Closely listen to the TV playing in the background, when Mathew Broderick comes home from school, before all his trouble starts with the Feds. The local news is on, and is saying "a fire broke out in a prophylactic recycling factory."

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Trivia: The film is set in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the only place the directors could find that looked like a midwestern town in the 1940's.

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Trivia: Jennifer Beals never actually danced in the movie. The dancing was actually done by three different people. Marine Jahan a professional dancer did most of the dancing. The dives through the air were performed by Sharon Shapiro who was a UCLA and National Gymnastics champion. The breakdancing parts, such as the floor spin, at the audition were performed by Richard Colon known as Crazy Legs who was the leader of world renowned breakdancing troupe The Rock Steady Crew.

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Trivia: Annette O'Toole, who played Lana Lang in Superman III, plays Clark Kent's mom on Smallville.

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Trivia: Vic Morrow, one of the leading actors in the movie, and two children, Renee Chen and My-ca Le, were killed during filming when one of the helicopter stunts went wrong. For more information: http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/not_guilty/twilight_zone/.

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Trivia: The last assignment Christopher Walken gives his students before his accident is to read about the headless demon in the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Years later he played the Headless Horseman in the movie "Sleepy Hollow."

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Trivia: The bar man in Pancho's Happy Bottom Riding Club called Fed is in fact Chuck Yeager. He was on set as an adviser and was given a cameo role.

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Trivia: Clint Eastwood's friend Horace, the black male first seen sneaking up on him with a shotgun is also in other movies with Dirty Harry. His first appearance is the first "punk" where Harry gives his famous "Do you feel lucky...?" line to. He also appears in the Enforcer as Mustafa, the black militant leader. He is also in the second, Magnum Force, playing a pimp who is followed in his Cadillac with tiger skin seat off the freeway by the corrupt traffic cops. He talks a little to the officer and then, like other dodgy characters in the film, is shot a few times.

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Trivia: The film is a parody of Hamlet.

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Trivia: High Road to China was a knockoff of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was orginally supposed to star Selleck. (The shooting schedule for Magnum, PI kept him from appearing in Raiders.)

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Trivia: Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage and Timothy Hutton all auditioned for the role of Joel.

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Trivia: When Arnie and Leigh discover that the car has been trashed at Darnell's Garage and Arnie suddenly turns on Leigh, yelling at her and shoving her backwards, note the look of shock on her face - it's real. Keith Gordon (Arnie) explains on the DVD that in rehearsing the scene, he purposely didn't react as violently, so when the scene was shot, his behavior change actually shocked Alexandra Paul (Leigh). (00:57:20)

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Trivia: When Mary and Norman go into Mother's room, before Mary turns on the light look at the shadow on the wall on the right. It is a silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock, the director of the original "Psycho" (1960). (00:24:10)

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Trivia: At some of the theaters showing this film, when the shark explodes, the "guts" are actually E.T. dolls that were being sold.

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