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(1991)

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Davis (Steve Martin) is based on real-life aggressive action film Producer Joel Silver.
The scene where Mack is nearly killed by a bus, was taken from Writer and Director Lawrence Kasdan's own life.
The picture was 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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Debut cinema movie of 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 Lawrence Kasdan's earlier movie The Big Chill (1983).
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Co-Producers and co-Screenwriters Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan are married.
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The picture features a natural landscape environment as a key setting, which has been the trademark of 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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Fourth (as of February 2016) of six cinema movie collaborations of actor Kevin Kline and 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 film cast includes two Oscar winners: Kevin Kline and Marlee Matlin; and three Oscar nominees: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, and Lawrence Kasdan.
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The customized license plate on movie Producer Davis' (Steve Martin's) 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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The picture won the Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival in 1992.
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One of numerous collaborations of Editor Carol Littleton and Lawrence Kasdan.
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Debut cinema movie as a Screenwriter and a Producer for Meg Kasdan, who performed duties as an Associate Producer.
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The sixth theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
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Part of a trilogy by Lawrence Kasdan, which examine his "generation". The movies are The Big Chill (1983), Grand Canyon (1991), and Darling Companion (2012).
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Steve Martin and Kevin Kline starred in The Pink Panther (2006).
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The movie was released forty-two years after the same-titled, but unrelated picture of the same name, Grand Canyon (1949).
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Steve Martin uniquely, and differently, sports a white beard in this film.
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Two movie posters for this film boasted two taglines that referenced The Big Chill (1983): (1) "From the director of The Big Chill. A story of friendship and other natural wonders." and (2) "In the 1980s, director Lawrence Kasdan brought you The Big Chill. Welcome to the 90s." Both pictures featured Kevin Kline, and 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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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 Mary McDonnell, as a homeless derelict man that Claire (Mary McDonnell) runs past while 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. That sequence was used later in The Big Lebowski (1998).
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In this film, Otis (Patrick Malone) 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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