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(1991)

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Steve Martin's character Davis is based on real life aggressive action film producer Joel Silver.
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The scene where Mack is nearly killed by a bus, was taken from writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's own life.
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Debut cinema movie of actors Jeremy Sisto, Marley Shelton, and Clifton Collins Jr..
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One of the phrases that is uttered by the alley urchin is "Beaufort, South Carolina" which was the major setting for writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's earlier classic movie The Big Chill (1983).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Kevin Kline; and two Oscar nominees: Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard.
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Producers and screen-writers Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan are married.
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One of numerous collaborations of editor Carol Littleton and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.
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Debut cinema movie as both a screenwriter and a producer for Meg Kasdan who performed duties as an associate producer.
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The picture was Oscar nominated for an Academy Award in 1992 for Best Original Screenplay for Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan but lost out to Callie Khouri for Thelma & Louise (1991).
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The picture features a natural landscape environment as a key setting which has been the trademark of such Lawrence Kasdan written and/or directed cinema movies such as Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), Darling Companion (2012), Grand Canyon (1991), Continental Divide (1981), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
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The movie's closing credits declare that "filming over the Havasupari Indian Reservation was arranged with and approved by the Havasupari Tribal Council".
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Show-business trade paper 'Variety' stated that "the 'Steve Martin' character, who whines, 'Nobody in this town will admit that a producer is an artist,' is a wicked caricature of action pic maker 'Joel Silver'".
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The picture won the Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival in 1992.
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Two movie posters for Lawrence Kasdan's picture Grand Canyon (1991), which was made and released about eight years after his earlier film The Big Chill (1983), boasted two taglines that referenced that movie: (1) "From the director of 'The Big Chill'. A story of friendship and other natural wonders" and (2) "In the 1980's, director Lawrence Kasdan brought you 'The Big Chill'. Welcome to the 90's". Both pictures featured actor 'Kevin Kline' and both were Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay. The voice-over in the main trailer for Grand Canyon (1991) states the picture is "From Lawrence Kasdan, creator of The Big Chill (1983).
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The sixth theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
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Part of a trilogy of three films by Lawrence Kasdan which examine his "generation". The movies are [in order] The Big Chill (1983), Grand Canyon (1991), and Darling Companion (2012).
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Fourth (to date, February 2016) of six cinema movie collaborations of actor Kevin Kline and director Lawrence Kasdan. The films are Silverado (1985), Grand Canyon (1991), French Kiss (1995), The Big Chill (1983), Darling Companion (2012), and I Love You to Death (1990).
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The customized license plate on movie producer Davis (Steve Martin)' car read "GRSS PTS" meaning "gross points", a film industry term relating to how much percentage of the total box office an individual can earn.
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Comedy star Steve Martin uniquely and differently sports a white beard in this major motion picture.
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The movie was made and released about forty-two years after the earlier same-titled but unrelated picture of the same name Grand Canyon (1949).
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Cameo 

Marlee Matlin: The mom using sign language to communicate with her child as several youths are being sent off to camp.
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Randle Mell: As the Alley Baron. The real-life husband of actress Mary McDonnell as a homeless derelict man that Claire (Mary McDonnell) runs past whilst jogging.
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Director Cameo 

Lawrence Kasdan: Uncredited, as a director in the screening room, who tries to interest Davis in a film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kevin Kline has a dream sequence that he is flying above Los Angeles and that sequence was also used later on in the Joel Coen and Ethan Coens' cult classic The Big Lebowski (1998).
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In this film, Patrick Malone's character is a good kid who gets confused as a robber while in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) he played a robber who gets hailed by society as being a good kid. At the time of its release, many film reviewers compared both movies in terms of using similar plot elements (white guy makes the wrong turn and faces a dangerous situation on a black neighborhood).
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