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(1982)

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The title 'Q' is short for Quetzlcoatl, the Aztec god who was half reptile and half bird.
The film that Larry Cohen was fired from before starting production on this movie was I, the Jury (1982). It cost 8 times as much as Q (1982) but only made one quarter as much at the box office.
Writer/director Larry Cohen, according to interviews, once looked at the Chrysler Building and said, "That'd be the coolest place to have a nest." This single thought was the idea which began the creation of this movie.
Pre-production for the movie lasted just one week. The film was conceived after Larry Cohen was fired from a big budget film shooting in New York. Cohen, determined not to waste the hotel room he had paid for, hired the actors and prepared a shooting script within six days.
Bruce Willis wanted to star in David Carradine's role but wasn't a known name at the time that Larry Cohen could depend on to be bankable. Bruce later met Larry again when Moonlighting (1985) was a hit.
The French movie poster incorrectly shows the monster covered with feathers, a wavy dinosaur frill along its back, and with large white teeth. This is because it was illustrated and printed up before copies of the film were imported into France.
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The undercover cop disguised as a mime artist is wearing an Amadeus t-shirt. This is from the popular Broadway play, which was running in 1982, and not the film version which came out two years after Q was released.
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David Carradine agreed to play Shepard even though he didn't receive a script to read prior to his first day of working on the film.
In the opening scene of the movie, a window cleaner loses his head to the monster. His name is William Pilch, and was the window cleaner for the Empire State Building at the time of the movie's filming.
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In an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air", Michael Moriarty described the scene in which he auditions as a piano player. The music he played was a self-composed and unrehearsed improvisation, and the dog's reaction was genuine.
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The jewel store that the bad guys rob in the early part of the film is called "Neil Diamonds."
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Director Larry Cohen's favorite movie of his own.
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Final film of Tony Page.
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Film debut of John Capodice.
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This was the first production for the new AIP (Arkoff International Pictures).
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The opening scene is hot at the top of the Empire State Building. The window washer is played by a real window washer.
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