Total Recall

Trivia: Arnie was injured twice during the making of this movie. He cut his hand badly while smashing a train window, and broke a finger during a rehearsal of the hotel room fight scene. (00:30:20 - 01:03:00)


Trivia: The Kuato model was handled by about 15 puppeteers, each controlling a different part of his face and hands. (01:15:30)


Trivia: Most of the movie was shot in Mexico because it was believed labour costs to build the sets would be cheaper there, but it turned out that the cost of importing required materials from the US negated this benefit.


Trivia: Total Recall was based on a 1966 short story from pulp-fiction writer Philip K. Dick called "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". He also wrote other mind bending novels on which futuristic films like 'Minority Report', 'Blade Runner', 'Impostor', 'Screamers' and 'Paycheck' were based. Like many movies, the plot is only loosely based on the original story. In this case, the movie follows the original story up to visit to Total Recall after which the two diverge completely.

Trivia: Kuato's voice saying 'open your mind' was sampled in early 90's Italian electronic/dance group Usura's European hit of the same name.

Trivia: The sound effect used for when Quaid presses his hand into the device to start creating air on Mars is the same as the targeting reticule in Predator. (01:43:10)


Trivia: The burly miner Quaid encounters on the train to the Mars hotelstry is Mickey Jones, who performed Michael Ironside's partner Chris Farber in the series "V". Ironside also wears the same kind of clothes he did as Ham Tyler in that series. (00:48:00)


Revealing mistake: Doug has the hologram when inside the alien nuclear reactor, and a bunch of bad guys encircle the holographic image and fire at it at point blank with automatic weapons, and not one bad guy gets hit. If they encircled the 3D image, at least a few bad guys would have been hit by their own men. (01:37:00)

More mistakes in Total Recall

Lori: Sweetheart, be reasonable. After all, we're married.
[Quaid shoots her in the head.]
Quaid: Consider that a divorce.

More quotes from Total Recall

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