Great movie trivia

By Jon Sandys

Thu 6th Sep 2018

Even the most die-hard fan has things they never knew about their favourite films. As such I've put together a Kindle book: Great Movie Trivia, packed with over 700 bits of trivia from movies old and new. Here are just a few tasters. If you'd like a review copy, please contact me, and if you buy a copy, please leave a review!

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

When the T-1000 follows them in the helicopter, we can clearly see that he has three arms when he is loading his gun with two arms and steering with the third.

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Wall-E

When EVE is first scanning the planet, she scans the Pizza Planet truck from Pixar's Toy Story.

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Airplane

Towards the end of the credits, there is a paragraph that states "Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution. SO THERE."

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Minority Report

On the "subway" train, the man holding the USA Today paper is Cameron Crowe, and the woman in the seat behind him on his left is Cameron Diaz. Because "Vanilla Sky" and "Minority Report" were so close in shooting, the two directors (Crowe and Spielberg) agreed to put themselves as cameos in each other's films.

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Frozen

In the scene where Anna is outside the gates during "For The First Time in Forever", you can see the backs of Flynn and Rapunzel from "Tangled".

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

When Ace goes into Einhorn's office to reveal he's solved the crime, you can see a banana placed between 2 apples on the desk - a deliberate hint about Einhorn's true identity.

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Back to the Future

Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty. After filming quite a few scenes they realised his acting style was too dramatic for the humor desired, so they cast Michael J Fox (who they couldn't originally get because he was busy with the TV show Family Ties). Filming was on weekends and nights around his TV schedule and using his double at other times.

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Predator 2

Have a close look at the Predator's trophy collection on his spaceship. Taking pride of place is a skull from the creature in the Alien movies.

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

In the beginning of the movie, when the candy store owner is singing the candy man song, there's a spot towards the end of the song where he lifts up his counter to let all the kids in. Watch the little blonde girl as she gets walloped in the chin by the counter.

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

During the scene in the senate, after the shot of a Senator calling for order, we see pods with aliens in them. Towards the lower left you can see a pod full of E.T's. There's also a pod full of Wookies making their traditional noises, played for the first time in 20 years by someone other than Peter Mayhew.

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Aladdin

When the Sultan is idly building a tower of miniature animal figures, one of the figures is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Also, the king crab the genie pulls out of his cookbook is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.

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Scream

When Henry Winkler is looking for the "kids" that keep knocking on his door, he opens one door and surprises a cleaner. The cleaner is dressed like Freddy Kreuger, is called Fred, and is played by Wes Craven himself.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

After the fight in the nightclub, when Indy and Willie make their escape, the name of the club is visible as they drive away - Club Obi Wan - a reference to Star Wars, also by George Lucas.

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