"T" Titled Films!
Dan Aykroyd, Julie Warner, Zach Grenier,
Lorri Bagley, Gil Filar, Rob Lowe (uncredited)
John Farley (uncredited) Kevin P. Farley (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
James Broderick, Gloria Grahame, Fay Spain,
Edward Asner, Barbara Bel Geddes, Michael Conrad,
William Lucking, Meg Foster, George Murdock,
Sugar Ray Robinson, Eve Brent, Geoffrey Lewis (uncredited)
Inspired by real-life 1965 murders orchestrated by Charles Schmid, so-called "Pied Piper of Tucson," a charismatic young Southern Arizona homicidal maniac whose crimes (involving teen followers and victims) roughly paralleled those later perpetrated by teen guru/killer Charles Manson. ” - gattonero975
Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn, Jaime Kennedy,
Saïd Taghmaoui, Mykelti Williamson, Holt McCallany,
Judy Greer, Liz Stauber, Alia Shawkat,
Jim Gaffigan, Christopher B. Duncan, Joey Naber,
Brian Bosworth, David O. Russell (uncredited)
David O. Russell: The "Hollywood actor" George Clooney strangles in the epilogue sequence. He also provides the singing voice of the helicopter pilot near the beginning.
In the scene when they torture Troy Barlow with electric shocks, they shocked Mark Wahlberg for real. He said he wanted to get into the role, and since they had all the equipment there, they hooked him up and gave him a shock.
During filming, George Clooney caught bronchitis after exposure to a spiked drink of water and turpentine. He had to wear an oxygen mask in between takes for five weeks.
At the beginning of the film there's a disclaimer explaining that the strange look of the film was intended by director David O. Russell. The vibrant color is due to the fact that they used "Ektachrome" slide transparency film instead of standard film stock, and the "bleach bypass" process actually gave the prints a much deeper black. The silver halide is completely opaque, thus a "true" black. Leaving all of that silver on the prints resulted in a much higher cost for distribution however.
Clooney worked on the film while simultaneously starring in ER (1994). He worked on the film four days a week and on the series the other three days.
In the original posters for the film, David O. Russell gets full writing credit, although the story is based on a draft written by John Ridley. It wasn't until Ridley took legal action that he received a "Story by" credit. Ridley blocked a novelization of the screenplay from being published. According to Ridley, he wrote the script as an experiment to see how fast he could write and sell a script. It took him seven days to write it, and Warner Brothers bought it 18 days later.
The procedure used to re-inflate Troy Barlow's collapsed lung is called a "needle chest decompression", and is taught in the U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver course. Although the entire procedure is not shown, the parts that do appear in the film appear to have been performed correctly.
Clooney, a notorious prankster, played a prank on Nora Dunn by putting an apple on the antenna of a Humvee and catapulting it, hitting her on the forehead. The only cast member Clooney did not prank was Ice Cube saying, "Cube's not gonna take it. He doesn't have to. He's from South Central."
The propaganda leaflet with pictograms held by the officer with the megaphone is a copy of an actual leaflet used during the Gulf War to encourage Iraqi soldiers to surrender.
In the celebratory scene in the tent back at base camp, several soldiers drink what appears to be mouthwash. During the Gulf War, soldiers followed General Order number 1, which prohibits consumption of alcohol (and currently affects soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan). In this case, they asked loved ones to send them vodka, with blue food coloring, in mouthwash bottles.
Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini, who plays an Iraqi defector who sells Maj. Gates cars stolen from Kuwait, was in real life tortured and kicked in the eye by Saddam Hussein's security forces, blinding him in that eye. Like many advisors and extras in the film, he is an actual refugee from Iraq.
During the editing stages, David O. Russell attended a fund raiser for George W. Bush at a Warner Bros. executive's house. Russell walked up to Bush and said, "Hi, I'm editing a film that will question your father's legacy in Iraq." Bush shot back, "Well I guess I'm going to have to go back there and finish the job."
David O. Russell never wanted George Clooney for the lead role, accepting him only after his first choices Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Nicolas Cage, and Dustin Hoffman all turned down the part. As a result, his relationship with Clooney was tense during filming, culminating in a fist fight after Clooney objected to the way Russell was treating an extra. Clooney claims that Russell threw an extra to the ground. Paul F. Bernard quit as a result. After the premiere, Clooney said, while he respected Russell's talent, he would never work with the director again. ” - gattonero975
R.H. Thomson, Dixie Seatle, Harvey Atkin,
Robert Joy, Stephen Markle, Timothy Webber,
Michael Wincott, ” - gattonero975
Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken,
Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport,
Saul Rubinek, Conchata Ferrell, James Gandolfini,
Victor Argo, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Frank Adonis
Maria Pitillo, Gregory Sporleder, Kevin Corrigan,
Paul Ben-Victor, Michael Beach, Eric Allan Kramer,
Ed Lauter (uncredited)
Both Dennis Hopper and Christian Slater later appeared in films written by Graham Yost: Hopper in Speed (1994) and Slater in Broken Arrow (1996) and Hard Rain (1998).
Quentin Tarantino wanted the role of Concotti to be played by Robert Forster. This role went to Christopher Walken.
Tarantino's original ending had Clarence dying in the gun battle, leaving Alabama a widow. Tarantino said that he intended Alabama to turn to crime and join with Mr. White, a character from Reservoir Dogs (1992) (which he wrote and directed). In a flashback scene in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Mr. White is asked about "Alabama".
One of three films that stars both Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman. The others are: Chattahoochee (1989) and Basquiat (1996).
Michael Rapaport was originally cast in the role of Marvin. But the casting director later thought Rapaport was right for the role of Dick Ritchie. Dick Ritchie was originally written as an African-American in the script.
The comic book that Clarence shows Alabama is "Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos" #18. In this issue, Nick has gotten a ring for his sweetheart (Pamela Hawley) that he keeps on a chain around his neck. Later in the story, he gets in a fight with a Nazi and the ring falls overboard but Fury dives into the ocean to retrieve it. What Clarence doesn't tell Alabama is that when Fury returns to give the ring to his love he finds she's been killed. On a side note, Samuel L. Jackson (who appears as Big Don) would go on to play Fury in Marvel's series of Avenger films.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken and Patricia Arquette; and three Oscar nominees: Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.
Juliette Lewis was considered for the role of Alabama Whitman. Ironically she played an analogous role in Quentin Tarantino's other original screenplay Natural Born Killers (1994).
Clarence offer to shows Alabama Spider-Man #1 at the comic book store. He probably was referring to Amazing Spider-Man #1 published in 1963, one of the most sought-after modern superhero comic books. The value is extremely dependent on condition, but as of 2009 even a well-worn issue would bring at least $1000 and a perfect pristine copy might sell at auction for close to $100,000.
Kevin Corrigan's character is listed as "Marvin" but he is never referred to as that name in the film. In one scene, Frankie calls him "Mad Dog". This was an ad-lib by Frank Adonis who felt that Corrigan bore a resemblance to an Irish mob hitman named Mad Dog Coll.
The opera piece heard during the scene with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper is from Lakmé by Léo Delibes. It is also used in The Hunger (1983), another film directed by Tony Scott.
In a 2008 Maxim article, it is revealed that the character of Lee Donowitz, played by Saul Rubinek, was envisioned as a portrayal of Hollywood producer Joel Silver by the film's director, Tony Scott. The two had just worked together on The Last Boy Scout (1991). Scott hated working with Silver during the making of that film and they both had problems with main actor Bruce Willis, Silver even called the making of The Last Boy Scout to be "one of the three worst experiences in my life". When Scott told Rubinek that he "got Joel exactly right" during his audition, Rubinek had no idea who Joel Silver even was. In the article, Scott is quoted as saying: "The Hollywood satire is affectionate, but Joel didn't talk to me for a long time after that."
Tom Sizemore was originally cast as Virgil before eventually assuming the role of Cody Nicholson. Sizemore recommended James Gandolfini for the role of Virgil.
The character of Blue Lou Boyle was originally a speaking part (with Robert De Niro as the definite favorite), but many cuts were made to Quentin Tarantino's script, including a scene featuring him. Instead, he's briefly mentioned as Vincent Coccotti's (Christopher Walken) superior.
Quentin Tarantino chose the name Alabama as an homage to Pam Grier, who was Alabama in Women in Cages (1971). The original script even had Clarence mention that the name sounded like a Pam Grier character.
Gary Oldman based the character of Drexl on an actor named Willi One Blood, who he later starred with in Luc Besson's Léon: The Professional (1994).
During the bloody motel room fight between Alabama (Patricia Arquette) and Virgil (James Gandolfini), Alabama smashes a porcelain bust of Elvis Presley over Virgil's head. In real life, Arquette later married Nicolas Cage (a huge Elvis fan); Cage later left her for Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
Bronson Pinchot ad-libbed the scene where his character was caught with the cocaine.
The scene on the roller coaster was filmed over two days. Michael Rapaport unfortunately has a fear of roller coasters, and suffers from acute motion sickness, facts which no one knew during the first day's filming. By the second day, the crew was prepared for this, and they gave him something to calm his nerves. As a result, one can easily tell from cut to cut on which day a particular moment was filmed by watching his face in the background. His expression goes back and forth from apprehensive and nauseous (the first day) to bland and oblivious of his surroundings (the second day).
The sunglasses Christian Slater wears throughout the movie can also be seen being worn by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). She takes them from Buck after she wakes from her coma and wears them to shield her eyes from the florescent hospital lights.
According to director Tony Scott, Val Kilmer had originally wanted to play the character of Clarence. Kilmer spent 8 hours in make-up being transformed into Elvis Presley. Fortunately, he was only required for two days of filming. The character is called Mentor in the closing credits so as not to face any litigation from the Presley estate.
In early versions of the script the character of Drexl had several more scenes. Many were removed and re-purposed for Pulp Fiction (1994), before being removed from that project as well.
Jack Black appears in a cameo as a theater usher in a deleted scene.
Drew Barrymore was the first choice for the role of Alabama Whitman but she was unavailable.
That's Patricia Arquette's four-year-old son Enzo Rossi in the final scene.
Although this movie was not directed by Quentin Tarantino, it is still considered part of the Tarantino universe. The two key pieces of evidence is Lee Donowitz being the son of Sgt.. Donnie Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds (2009), this being confirmed from Tarantino himself. The second pieces of evidence is the fact that Mr. White from Reservoir Dogs (1992) mentioned working with a girl named "Alabama".
The hat Brad Pitt wears in the kitchen sequence he found abandoned on the boardwalk in Venice, California. He took it, washed it, and wore it for the film.
Following the "eggplant scene", Dennis Hopper was concerned about being "shot" by Christopher Walken with the prop gun so close against his head for fear of being burned by the barrel. Director Tony Scott assured him the gun was 100% safe, and even tested it by having the prop man fire it against his (Scott's) own forehead. But upon firing the prop gun the barrel extended about a third of an inch and Scott ended up on the floor with blood pouring from the wound.
It was Brad Pitt's idea for his character to be a stoner who never leaves the couch. ” - gattonero975
Starletta DuPois, George Wallace, David Alan Grier,
Dean Norris, Meagan Good, Mo'Nique, De'aundre Bonds,
Antonio Fargas, Mike Epps, Kurt 'Big Boy' Alexander,
Vincent Schiavelli, Phil Morris, DJ Pooh, Richard Fancy,
David Leisure, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Jascha Washington,
Anthony Anderson (uncredited) Simon Rhee (stunts)
Final feature film appearance of Gerald S. O'Loughlin.
During the first part of the end credits, some outtakes are shown (the best of which is a police dog passing the suspect it's supposed to be chasing).
Performed by Tha Eastsidaz (as East Sidaz) Featuring Snoop Dogg ” - gattonero975
Tamara Toumanova, Mort Mills, Carolyn Conwell,
Wolfgang Kieling, Ludwig Donath, Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
Peter Lorre Jr. (uncredited) Gene Roth (uncredited)
In the documentary "Plotting Family Plot", Actor Bruce Dern (who worked with Alfred Hitchcock in Marnie and Family Plot) revealed that Hitchcock was very upset that he had to pay Julie Andrews and Paul Newman $750,000 apiece to do Torn Curtain. One of the reasons Alfred Hitchcock did not want to use Paul Newman and Julie Andrews was their very high fees.For the rest of his career Hitchcock would never hire performers with the same sort of fee or above.
Was reportedly one of Alfred Hitchcock's most unhappy directing jobs. Alfred Hitchcock was so unhappy with this film that he decided to not to make a trailer with his appearance in it. In Hitchcock/Truffaut Interview, Alfred Hitchcock revealed that he was dissatisfied with the performance of Paul Newman as Professor Armstrong. But Hitchcock mentioned to Truffaut that the performance of Wolfgang Kieling as Gromek was very good.
In a 1986 interview, Anthony Perkins claimed that Alfred Hitchcock wanted to cast him as Professor Armstrong, but the studio was adamantly against the idea.
Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted to cast Cary Grant in the lead role, but Grant told him he was too old. Hitchcock allegedly wanted to cast Eva Marie Saint, whom he had previously directed in North by Northwest (1959), but the studio felt 42-year-old Saint was too old for the role and thought the female lead should be played by a box office star, so they cast the younger and more popular Julie Andrews.
The Swedish actor Jan Malmsjö (who had a small uncredited role as photographer in the final scenes in Helsingborg harbour and customs) found that a lot of signs were not written in correct Swedish so he helped the film crew to correct them.
In the shot in which Alfred Hitchcock's cameo occurs, the music briefly changes to "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod, which is best known as the main theme for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955).
Bernard Herrmann recorded 9 cues for Torn Curtain before Hitchcock fired him. They are Prelude, The Ship, Radiogram, The Hotel, The Bookstore, The Book, Travel Desk, Blurring, and The Killing. Unfortunately, only 3 cues from original recording have been released on disc. Those 3 cues are Prelude, The Ship, and Radiogram. Bernard Herrmann wrote the original score, but Universal Pictures executives convinced Hitchcock that they needed a more upbeat score. Hitchcock and Herrmann had a major disagreement, the score was dropped and they never worked together again. ” - gattonero975
Costas Mandylor, Kelly Wolf, Hartmut Becker,
Kario Salem, Burkhard Heyl
This film's opening prologue states: "This film was inspired by the experiences of a young Greek boxer, Salamo Arouch, who was a prisoner in the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camps during World War II."
Shot on location at the actual Auschwitz death camp. This was first film production that was permitted to shoot at the actual camp. Some of the existing structures were utilized in the production, however, the camp's crematorium had to be recreated since the actual crematorium condition had greatly deteriorated over the years. ” - gattonero975
Adrienne Barbeau, Ben Woolf, Lisa Marie,
Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Greg Grunberg,
Sam Witwer, Caroline Williams, Barbara Crampton,
John Landis, Joe Dante, Kristina Klebe,
Adrianne Curry, Robert Rusler, John Savage,
Jose Pablo Cantillo, Stuart Gordon, ” - gattonero975
Frank Gorshin, David Morse, Jon Seda,
Christopher Meloni, Joseph McKenna, Frederick Strother,
Annie Golden, Vernon Cambell,
Bruce Willis took a lower salary than his star-status would normally entitle, partly because of budget restrictions, but mostly because he wanted to work with Terry Gilliam. Actually Bruce did the movie for free. It was only after the movie was released that he was paid.
Terry Gilliam's first choice for the lead role was Jeff Bridges, whom he had enjoyed working with on The Fisher King (1991), but the studio wanted a bigger star, so he cast Bruce Willis. Ironically, Willis had originally auditioned for "The Fisher King", but lost out to Bridges. ” - gattonero975
Harris Yulin, Raymond J. Barry, Cliff Curtis,
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray,
Eva Mendes, Jaime Gomez, Raymond Cruz,
Noel Gugliemi, Samantha Esteban, Seidy Lopez,
Kyjel N. Jolly, Terry Crews (uncredited)
Peter Greene (uncredited) Tierre Turner (stunt coordinator) ” - gattonero975
James Hong, Tracy Morgan, Tone Loc, Mark Gibbon,
and Ben Stein as Himself - The Narrator (uncredited)
Darnell: You ever break up a fight in the projects while holding a baby?
Darnell: Have you ever broken a Puerto Rican's arm for sweatpants money? ” - gattonero975
Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek,
Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott,
Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine,
Fraser Clarke Heston, Woody Strode, Kenneth MacDonald,
Mike Connors, Clint Walker, Frank Wilcox,
Herb Alpert (uncredited) , Michael Ansara (uncredited),
Norman Bartold (uncredited), Richard Farnsworth (uncredited),
Robert Fuller (uncredited), Kathy Garver (uncredited)
Peter Hansen (uncredited), Patricia Hitchcock (uncredited),
Norman Leavitt (uncredited), Gordon Mitchell (uncredited),
Jon Peters (uncredited), Mickey Simpson (uncredited),
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (uncredited), Robert Vaughn (uncredited),
Moses: No son could have more love for you than I.
Sethi: Then why are you forcing me to destroy you? What evil has done this to you?
Moses: The evil that men should turn their brothers into beasts of burden, to be stripped of spirit, and hope, and strength - only because they are of another race, another creed. If there is a god, he did not mean this to be so.
H.B. Warner: Played "Amminadab", an old Israeli man about to die in the desert, during the Exodus sequence. This was his last film appearance.
Mike Sill: The former Mr. America played, uncredited, one of the men helping to carry the Idol of the Golden Calf.
Julia Faye: Elisheba, Aaron's wife, was also in the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments (1923), where she played the Pharaoh's wife 33 years earlier.
The "Ten Commandments" of the title are repeated several times in the Bible. The most famous version are in Exodus 20. The King James Version of this passage is as follows: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. COMMANDMENT 1: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. COMMANDMENT 2: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. COMMANDMENT 3: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. COMMANDMENT 4: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. COMMANDMENT 5: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. COMMANDMENT 6: Thou shalt not kill. COMMANDMENT 7: Thou shalt not commit adultery. COMMANDMENT 8: Thou shalt not steal. COMMANDMENT 9: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. COMMANDMENT 10: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (They are listed in Deuteronomy 5, also).
The original script had Moses place his hands on Joshua's head to ordain him as Israel's leader, but several crew members objected because no such action was recorded in Deuteronomy, where Moses hands over leadership to Joshua. Arnold Friberg (an ordained minister himself) pointed out that the ordinance was recorded in Numbers 27 and the scene was revised back to the original script.
It was while screening Sombrero (1953), which Cecil B. DeMille was using as a screen test for Nina Foch, that he spotted Yvonne De Carlo and reportedly said, "That's the face I've been looking for as Moses' wife."
Charlton Heston's newborn son Fraser Clarke Heston appeared as the infant Moses. According to DVD commentary by Katherine Orrison (a protege and biographer of Henry Wilcoxon, who played Pentaur in the movie and served as associate producer), Cecil B. DeMille deliberately timed the filming of his scenes for when Fraser Heston was about three months old--the age of baby Moses when his mother put him in the basket on the Nile, according to the Old Testament.
According to author Simon Louvish in his Cecil B. DeMille biography "Cecil B. DeMille: A Life in Art", the role of Moses was originally intended for (and first offered to) William Boyd, who had also played the coveted role of Simon the Cyrene in DeMille's silent film The King of Kings (1927). Boyd was obliged to decline the role in "The Ten Commandments" due to his commitment to the production of his enormously popular Hopalong Cassidy (1952) television series; he could not take time off from shooting that series to appear in this film. DeMille was persuaded to hire Charlton Heston for the role after being presented with a statuette likeness of Moses by the Israeli government, and noting Heston's resemblance to the statuette.
In the initial Egyptian sequence, Nefretiri is referred to as "the throne princess" who "must marry the next Pharaoh." According to ancient Egyptian royal custom, this implies that she is Seti's daughter, who is expected to marry his successor, regardless of her kinship to that man. (The real Nefretiri's parentage is unknown.) But if Seti was explicitly identified as her father, it would be clear that in the end, Ramses married his sister in an incestuous union. This was evidently seen as inappropriate for a 1950s audience that would certainly include children. As a result, Nefretari was only called "the throne princess," without any explanation.
Gloria Swanson was originally cast as Memnet, but she was then having difficulties getting a backer for a musical stage version of Sunset Blvd. (1950) so she had to depart from the project (the musical was abandoned in the early 1960s, even after a cast album was recorded during out-of-town tryouts).
When Yul Brynner was told he would be playing Pharaoh Rameses II opposite of Charlton Heston's Moses and that he would be shirtless for a majority of the film, he began a rigorous weightlifting program because he did not want to be physically overshadowed by Heston. This would explains his buffer-than-normal physique during The King and I (1956), the film he made just after this one.
Martha Scott, who played Charlton Heston's mother in two Biblical epics--this film and Ben-Hur (1959)--was only ten years older than her on-screen son.
Producer/director Cecil B. DeMille had his 75th birthday during the production of this film, making him the oldest working Hollywood director at the time. He later suffered a heart attack on the set, returning only two days later. He planned on making another epic production after this film was completed, but he died in 1959, before he could direct or produce another, making this his final film.
Audrey Hepburn was originally slated for the role of "Nefretiri". Cecil B. DeMille reluctantly decided to pass on her after it was judged that she was too "slender" (i.e., flat-chested). Anne Baxter, who was eventually cast in the role, had originally been a contender for the role of "Sephora."
According to Hollywood lore, while filming the orgy sequence that precedes Moses' descent from Mount Horeb with the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments engraved, Cecil B. DeMille was perched on top of a ladder delivering his customarily long-winded directions through a megaphone to the hundreds of extras involved in the scene. After droning on to the extras for several minutes, DeMille was distracted by one young woman who was talking to another woman standing next to her. DeMille stopped his speech and directed everyone's attention to the young woman. "Here," DeMille said, "we have a young woman whose conversation with her friend is apparently more important than listening to her instructions from her director while we are all engaged in making motion picture history. Perhaps the young woman would care to enlighten us all, and tell us what the devil is so important that it cannot wait until after we make this shot." After a moment, of silence and temporary fright, she spoke up and boldly confessed, "I was just saying to my friend, 'I wonder when that bald-headed old son of a bitch is gonna call 'Lunch!'" DeMille stared at her for a moment, paused, then lifted his megaphone and shouted, "Lunch!"
When asking the Egyptian authorities for permission to film there, Cecil B. DeMille was pleasantly surprised to find out they were fans of his film The Crusades (1935). "You treated us [Arabs in the film] so well, you may do anything here you want," they told him.
Legend has it that Anne Baxter's character's name was changed from Nefertiti to Nefertiri because Cecil B. DeMille was afraid people would make "boob" jokes. In reality, DeMille was sticking to history: Rameses II's queen was actually named Nefertiri. Nefertiti, by contrast, lived about 60 years earlier and was the queen of Amenhotep IV (named Akhenaten later in his reign). Both names mean "Beautiful".
Another plague was filmed but was not used, according to the commentary on the 50th Anniversary DVD in 2006. This was the plague of frogs leaving the muddied Nile, coming up onto land, frightening and chasing Nefretiri and other Egyptians through their chambers of the palace. Cecil B. DeMille felt that the scene was not frightening enough and might even be considered somewhat humorous he omitted it from the final cut.
There is a longstanding rumor that future Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was an extra in this film, possibly playing an Egyptian soldier. In her book "My Lucky Stars", Shirley MacLaine recalls asking Castro if he indeed was in the film, and she received an ambiguous answer.
When Woody Strode reported to work, he presented Cecil B. DeMille with an antique Bible that Strode's wife had found. DeMille was so impressed with the gift he not only gave Strode two parts in the film but told Strode that if he ever wanted a part in a future DeMille film, all he had to do was ask. Unfortunately, this project was DeMille's final film due to declining health.
Considerable controversy exists over who supplied the voice of God for the film, for which no on-screen credit is given. The voice used was heavily modified and mixed with other sound effects, making identification extremely difficult. Various people have either claimed or been rumored to have supplied the voice: Cecil B. DeMille himself (he narrated the film), Charlton Heston and Delos Jewkes, to name a few. DeMille's publicist and biographer Donald Hayne maintains that Heston provided the voice of God at the burning bush, but he himself provided the voice of God giving the commandments. In the 2004 DVD release, Heston in an interview admitted that he was the voice of God.
One day in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, a casting director for this film approached Jack Peters and his son Jon Peters to ask if Jon wanted to appear in the film, as multitudes of people with dark hair and complexions were needed to cross the Red Sea. Jon was chosen to ride a donkey and lead a goat by rope. He was so excited that he refused to wash off the makeup when he went home that night, so he would not have to put it back on the next day.
This was legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein's first major project. Bernstein had just had some success with his jazz score for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). However, he was not Cecil B. DeMille's first choice to score the film. DeMille had a long relationship with Paramount contract composer Victor Young, who had been working with DeMille since North West Mounted Police (1940). Unfortunately, Young had become very ill and could not accept the assignment.
The Paramount mountain at the beginning of the film was a stylized version of the studio's logo. The mountain retained its conical shape but with a red granite tone and a more angular summit under a red clouded sky to suggest the appearance of Mount Sinai for this single motion picture. Its circle of stars faded in with the announcement: "Paramount Presents - A Cecil B. DeMille Production."
Every year since 1973, the American TV network ABC airs this film on Easter, or Passover. In 1999, when for some reason ABC chose not to televise it, they received numerous irate phone calls from people accustomed to watching it every Easter than they have for any other film they have ever telecast.
Until the release of The Passion of the Christ (2004) in 2004, this film was the highest-grossing religious epic in history, earning over $65.5 million in 1956. This translates into a current-day value of $446 million, adjusted for inflation. ” - gattonero975
Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera,
Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz,
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Martin Starr,
Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart,
Aziz Ansari, Jason Segel (uncredited)
and The Backstreet Boys:
Nick Carter, A.J. McLean,
Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough
and Kevin Scott Richardson
Jonah Hill: [From the trailer] Can I have that Milky Way?
James Franco: You can't have the Milky Way. It's my special food, I like it.
Seth Rogen: I want some of the Milky Way!
Craig Robinson: I'd be pretty bummed if I don't get at least a bite of the Milky Way.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made the decision early on in the process to not include any significant others or family that the actors have. They felt that if they had to deal with this aspect, the movie would get too dark. For example, Danny McBride was a newly wed and had a new baby but there was no mention of this. James Franco suggested having his brother Dave Franco (who is friends with the group and is also an actor) in the early party scene, but Rogen rejected the idea, saying that he would eventually have to get killed off and it would be too depressing.
Directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen reportedly approached Cameron Diaz, Edward Norton, Mila Kunis and Elizabeth Banks to make cameos as themselves at James Franco's party. They had to turn down the offers due to scheduling conflicts on other films.
Jay Baruchel admitted that despite all of the hilarity and the over the top nature, making the movie was actually therapeutic because he felt that some of the arguments and confrontations in the movie were on some level things that the actors have actually wanted to say to each other at some point in real life.
Most of the paintings that can be seen hanging in the background were actually painted by James Franco.
Seth Rogen said that he was shocked by how much the actors would insult each other. According to him, Jonah Hill and James Franco in particular seemed to go at each other the hardest. At one point he felt like he had to intervene and remind them that they are actually friends and like each other.
According to Seth Rogen, the plot his character suggests in the movie when he is asked what Pineapple Express 2 would be about is actually his real life idea for a Pineapple Express sequel.
Evan Goldberg created a game for himself during filming. The goal of the game was to get as many cast members as possible to say, "No I can't do that" or get them to refuse to do something. According to him, the only people he wasn't able to break were James Franco and Seth Rogen.
Initially Michael Cera wasn't really slapping Rihanna's butt, but rather making the motion and stopping right before touching her. As a result, the scene wasn't working on camera because it looked too fake. Eventually Cera asked Rihanna if he could really slap her butt, she said yes but on the condition that she be allowed to really smack him across the face each time. Cera agreed.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg said in an interview that they were originally going to have an additional scene play during the end credits that would show James Franco and Danny McBride smoking marijuana with Hitler in hell, but then felt that it would be too much. ” - gattonero975
Big Pun, Kidada Jones, B-Real, WC ” - gattonero975
Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques, Jason Robards III,
Sy Richardson, Jeff Imada (also stunt coordinator),
John Carpenter (uncredited voice) Tommy Morrison (uncredited)
Al Leong (uncredited/also stunts)
Branscombe Richmond (stunts) Thomas Rosales Jr. (stunts)
Nada: I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.
Frank: Listen, man, I don't like anyone following me if I don't know why they are.
Nada: Well, I don't join up with anyone, unless I know where they're going.
Drifter: What's wrong with having it good for a change? Now they're gonna let us have it good if we just help 'em. They're gonna leave us alone, let us make some money. You can have a little taste of that good life too. Now, I know you want it. Hell, everybody does.
Frank: You'd do it to your own kind.
Drifter: What's the threat? We all sell out every day, might as well be on the winning team.
The line "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum" was ad-libbed by Roddy Piper. According to director John Carpenter, Piper had taken the line from a list of ideas he had for his pro wrestling interviews.
The fight between Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) was only supposed to last 20 seconds, but Piper and David decided to fight it out for real, only faking the hits to the face and groin. They rehearsed the fight for three weeks. Carpenter was so impressed he kept the 5 minute and 20 second scene intact.
Roddy Piper, being a married man at the time of filming, refused to take his wedding band off. That's why in several scenes you can see a wedding ring on.
The Cripple fight in episode 67 of South Park that aired on June 27, 2001. was taken blow by blow from the fight between Frank and Nada in the alley. If you watch it its a match scene for scene of the alley fight
Roddy Piper's character never gives his name nor is he referred to by name throughout the entire movie. He is simply referred to as "Nada" in the credits, which means "nothing" in Spanish. The name is most likely a reference to George Nada, the main character of Ray Nelson's short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning," which was the basis for 'They Live'.
John Carpenter wanted a truly rugged individual to play Nada. He cast wrestler Roddy Piper in the lead role after seeing him in WrestleMania III. Carpenter remembered Keith David's performance in The Thing and wrote the role of Frank specifically for the actor.
The only character given a first and last name is Holly Thompson (Meg Foster).
The communicators that the guards use are the P.K.E. meters from Ghostbusters.
There is a thinly veiled jab at Siskel & Ebert, with both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as aliens. "Siskel" is denouncing George A. Romero and John Carpenter as too violent. (In fact, Siskel had written a scathing review of Romero's Night of the Living Dead.) ” - gattonero975
Norah Jones: Actually, I'm half Indian half American, but thanks.
Ted: Thanks for 9/11!
The integrated archive footage of Ted on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" was originally first broadcast on February 29, 1984. Johnny's actual guest that night was Emmanuel Lewis. This can easily be determined by when Johnny, upon Ted's arrival, says, "I thought you'd be taller." Although Ted responded, "I thought you were gonna be funnier," Emmanuel's actual response was, "Me too."
For voice actress Tara Strong this is her first live-action role since National Lampoon's Senior Trip. She voiced Ted's "I love you" function.
At the end of the movie they narrator states that Sam J. Jones moved in with Brandon Routh. Both actors stared in a movie as the tittle characters based on a comic book with Jones in Flash Gordon and Routh in Superman Returns. There were plans for a follow up to both films, but they were scrapped when their studio was disappointed with their box office gross despite having a warm reception from fans and critics.
At one point in the movie, Ted mentions 9/11. 'Mark Wahlberg' and Seth MacFarlane both narrowly missed being on the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Wahlberg was booked on American Airlines Flight 11 but decided to drive up to New York and fly to California later. McFarlane was scheduled on the same flight but arrived to gate ten minutes late and was unable to board. He was sitting in the airport when he saw that his plane had hit the North Tower of the World trade center.
First live-action project directed by Seth MacFarlane. ” - gattonero975
William B. Davis, Anne Marie DeLuise, Kyle Schmid,
Dr. Kruipen: My name is David Kruipen. What is sacrifice? What does it mean to make a real difference? Throughout my life and career I have straddled two worlds. Increasingly I have become respected. Increasingly my books and articles are published and read. Increasingly I have been embraced by policymakers and referenced by bureaucrats, but today I realize that I have... misguided myself. Today I rediscovered what I knew when I was young.
The working title of the film was "Bed Bugs".
Since the film is shot near the Esket Reserve in Western Canada, many people of the First Nation were also involved, including Chief Charlene Belleau who blessed the production.
During his time as a teacher at the Center for Arts and Technology Director Mark A. Lewis used parts of his screenplay for The Thaw in his Directing the Actor class. ” - gattonero975