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The Night of the Generals (1967) Poster

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Because Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif were being held to contracts signed several years earlier, when they were less famous, they both had to accept smaller fees than one would expect, given how famous they were when the film was made early in 1966. Neither was very happy with this situation, but they took care to claim the lavish living expenses to which they were entitled.
The film maker Yves Boisset says in his memoirs that, on the set, Peter O'Toole arrived totally drunk for a scene, but finally made it perfectly, before getting back to his alcoholic condition, unable to even stand up.
According to one of Sam Spiegel's biographers, the fee paid to Donald Pleasence was more than double the combined fees paid to Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, although they had higher billing. This was due to their having to fulfill an old contract agreement dating from before their world fame.
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The film was one of the last to run into heavy censorship trouble before the abolition of the Production Code Administration and its replacement with the voluntary ratings system (G through X) by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 1968. According to former PCA Director Geoffrey Shurlock, this film was troublesome due to its depictions of sexual behavior, which the producers tried to get away with by using silhouettes and shadows.
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Gore Vidal and Robert Anderson are both known to have made uncredited script contributions to this film.
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On a budget of $5.2m, this had only taken in $3m by 1972.
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Christopher Plummer makes a cameo appearance as Erwin Rommel but did not feature on advertising publicity of the time.
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Donald Pleasence, Nigel Stock and Gordon Jackson all star as German soldiers in this film, which was shot just a few years after The Great Escape (1963) in which the same three played British prisoners plotting to escape from a German POW camp.
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The same year that this film was released, Charles Gray and Donald Pleasence both appeared in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967). In it, Pleasence played Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a role that Grey would later play in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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Gore Vidal originally wanted Dirk Bogarde for the role of Major (Lieutenant Colonel) Grau, but Sam Spiegel objected.
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Omar Sharif agreed to be in the film "against my political and moral beliefs" because his friend Peter O'Toole was in it.
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This movie represents the first on-screen re-teaming of stars Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif since their classic film Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a gap of five years. They would later star together on-screen again in The Rainbow Thief (1990) as well as both appearing in Gulliver's Travels (1996) and One Night with the King (2006).
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Marianne Faithfull was screen tested for the role of Ulrike von Seydlitz-Gabler.
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Despite its lurid and adult storyline, this is frequently shown on afternoon TV schedules!
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The car that Corporal Hartmann drives General Tanz around Paris in is a Hispano Suiza. French-built Hispano Suizas were always right hand drive.
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The DVD version includes multiples erroneous subtitles in English that don't match the spoken dialog. E.G. 1:29:24 Maj Grau speaks of looking for a general that thinks "he could play God in bed as well as in battle." The subtitle indicates "he could play God in bed he could play God in bed".
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Marlon Brando turned down the lead role.
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Valentine Dyall dubbed at least three small part players. Robert Rietty dubbed at least two. Harry Fowler dubbed Pierre Mondy. Other roles were dubbed by Cec Linder and Roger Delgado.
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In 1965, it was announced that Judy Garland would be making a cameo appearance.
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Christopher Plummer received a Rolls Royce from Sam Spiegel as payment for his unbilled role.
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