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One particular device that Chevy Chase had to wear for the film was a set of blue, eyeball-sized, contact lenses, so his eyes would appear invisible with his face looking like a mask, but with empty eye sockets. To wear them, his eyes first had to be numbed with sedative medication. The lenses had special miniature pinholes so Chase could see through them. However, after about fifteen minutes of wearing them, Chase said they gave him a headache.
John Carpenter replaced Ivan Reitman as director.
According to "Variety", the "film departs from past explorations of the subject in two specific areas: the hero's clothes are rendered invisible as well, meaning he doesn't have to run about in the nude like cinematic predecessor Claude Rains, and anything he ingests stays visible within him, creating the rare opportunity at one point to see an invisible man upchuck."
Ivan Reitman was originally set to direct the film, but when he and Chevy Chase couldn't agree on the tone, Reitman demanded the studio choose either he or Chase. They chose Chase.
This was John Carpenter's first film during the 1990s, and also his first major studio film since Big Trouble in Little China (1986). The reason he'd had not done one, was due to the fact that he'd received a lot of studio interference on that film, and felt restrained to do the films he would've liked independently. Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988) were made during that time independently.
An alternate ending was shot showing the birth of the child of Alice Monroe (Daryl Hannah) and invisible man Nick Halloway (Chevy Chase), but this was not used.
William Goldman originally wrote several drafts of the screenplay, all of which were rejected, as he wrote it as a simple comedy, and the producers preferred to use the film to "explore the loneliness of invisibility". Eventually, he left the project, though he still receives a screenplay credit. He claims never to have seen the movie, and thus cannot say for sure how much of his material is actually in the film.
The title was not prefixed by the words "John Carpenter's", which had been the Director's practice for some time. Carpenter withdrew his next-to-the-title credit of co-titling the film with his name as "John Carpenter's" because Carpenter knew Warner Brothers would not agree to it. According to the story "John Carpenter: Prince of Darkness" by Bill Chambers at Film Freak Central, Warner Brothers would not allow Carpenter full artistic control, Carpenter saying that the studio "is in the business of making audience-friendly, non-challenging movies."
One of few John Carpenter directed movies in which Carpenter did not also act as Composer.
DIRECTOR_CAMEO(John Carpenter): As a helicopter pilot. Billed as Rip Haight, Carpenter plays one of the S.W.A.T. team members flying the helicopter chasing Chevy Chase.
Reportedly, Warner Brothers paid 1.35 million dollars for the film rights to H.F. Saint' source 1987 novel "Memoirs of an Invisible Man".
In order to achieve the film's visual effects, Chevy Chase had to wear a hooded blue bodysuit for much of principal photography.
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The soundtrack by Shirley Walker was the first major Hollywood studio picture with a complete orchestral score written by a woman.
The newscast seen on television, is from a television station in San Francisco, with one of its real anchors. It is KTVU Channel 2 with anchor Elaine Corral.
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Nick uses the alias Harvey - the name of the invisible rabbit in Harvey (1950).
The film was released about five years after its source novel of the same name by H.F. Saint had been published.
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Kirstie Alley was considered for the role of Alice Monroe.
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Film debut of Patricia Heaton.
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Composer Jack Nitzsche, who previously worked with Carpenter on Starman (1984), was the first choice of composer, but he was unavailable. Producer Chevy Chase remembered seeing Shirley Walker conducting the orchestra when he was attending the scoring stage to his film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), so he suggested that they use Walker to score this film.
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The DVD contains some deleted scenes. For example, some guys going into the Magnatronic building or another of Nick's dream sequences.
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When David Jenkins (Sam Neill) asks Nick Halloway (Chevy Chase) his name, Nick answers "Harvey". This is a reference to the invisible rabbit from the James Stewart movie Harvey (1950).
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When Nick reveals himself to Alice in the beach house, his bandages and wardrobe are very much akin to Jack Griffin's in The Invisible Man (1933).
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First of two collaborations between Sam Neill and John Carpenter. The second one is In the Mouth of Madness (1994).
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The picture is a multi-genre movie consisting of comedy, action, drama, suspense, romance, and science fiction.
The name of the high-tech research facility was "Magnascopic Laboratories".
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When Alice Monroe is introduced, it is mentioned she has just returned from Brazil. Daryl Hannah's previous film to this one was At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), filmed in Brazil.
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The picture was not the first science fiction and fantasy comedy, in which Chevy Chase had starred. Just over about a decade before, Chase had starred in the telekinesis comedy Modern Problems (1981).
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One of two early 1990s science fiction and fantasy films starring Daryl Hannah. The other movie was Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993). The movies were also consecutive back-to-back projects, that film being first broadcast in 1993, and this film debuting in theaters in 1992. Similarly, in 1993, also, co-star Sam Neill co-starred in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993).
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The picture was not the first invisible man comedy. Disney's Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) preceded it.
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Chevy Chase appears in brown-face in this picture in one sequence where he disguises himself as an Indian cab driver.
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Star Billing: Chevy Chase (first), Daryl Hannah (second), Sam Neill (third) and Michael McKean (fourth).
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