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(1992)

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The opening tracking shot (8 minutes) includes people talking about famous long tracking shots in other movies. The scene was rehearsed for a day, shot for half a day. Fifteen takes were done, five were printed, and the third one was used in the film. The entire sequence was unscripted, and all the dialogue is improvised.
Writer Michael Tolkin actually had a film company ring him up and try to option Habeus Corpus, the blatantly ludicrous film that is pitched within the movie.
The film has more Oscar-winning actors in the cast (12) than any other movie in history: Cher, James Coburn, Louise Fletcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Anjelica Huston, Jack Lemmon, Marlee Matlin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Rod Steiger. 13 if you count Oscar-winning producer-director Sydney Pollack who also makes a cameo appearance. Also includes 13 other personalities who received Oscar nominations: Karen Black, Dean Stockwell, Michael Tolkin, Gary Busey, Peter Falk, Teri Garr, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Buck Henry, Sally Kellerman, Burt Reynolds, Nick Nolte, Lily Tomlin.
The writer pitching The Graduate: Part II to Griffin Mill is, in fact, a cameo by Buck Henry (as himself). Buck Henry co-wrote the screenplay for The Graduate (1967)
The celebrity cameos were not written in the script. Robert Altman added them all in. No scripted dialogue was given to any celebrity with a cameo.
Julia Roberts - among others - did her cameo for nothing.
The rushes from the movie being filmed with Scott Glenn and Lily Tomlin were filmed while the actors were rehearsing the scene.
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In the scene where Tim Robbins (as Griffin) stops to say hello to Burt Reynolds in the restaurant, Reynolds improvised the scene, not knowing anything about Griffin but manages to know he's an "asshole".
The interior of Griffin Mill's office is the same as used in Barton Fink (1991).
The handwriting on the ominous death-threat letters and postcards received by Griffin Mill actually belongs to Robert Altman, who took great pleasure in writing the notes himself.
During the sessions where movies are pitched, one will always suggest certain actors for certain roles. For the female lead Julia Roberts is always mentioned, as well as Bruce Willis for the male lead. In the final scene of the in-movie movie you actually see Bruce Willis saving Julia Roberts.
Scenes with Jeff Daniels playing golf in a surgeon's gown at a hospital and Patrick Swayze showing off karate moves were filmed but cut.
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It is estimated that if all the celebrities who did cameos were to charge their normal asking prices, the budget for the film would be in excess of $100 million on salaries alone.
Cher appears at the awards ceremony in a bright red dress, despite the invitation specifying "black and white only." In real life, Cher never wears red.
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During the funeral scene, the writer giving the eulogy is wearing the same outfit as David Kahane when he was murdered (boots, blue jeans, red shirt, brown sportscoat and glasses).
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Every time Griffin Mill enters a bar, restaurant or party, he orders or is served a different brand of bottled water. He first orders San Pellegrino, but is told only Calistoga is available. Subsequent orders include Vitelle, Ramlosa, Volvic and Banning Springs; and at other times he is served Evian or Perrier.
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David Kahane is said to have written a low-key screenplay based on his experiences in Japan. This sounds somewhat similar to Sofia Coppolas movie Lost in Translation (2003), made ten years later, which was actually praised by critics as one of the best movies of that year. On a related note; Some elements in the movie-within-the-movie Habaes Corpus (including the original ending) is very similar to The Life of David Gale (2003), which opened about ten years later to negative reviews.
The lot that Griffin works on was the former site of Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios.
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At one point, Robert Altman was considering John Travolta for the lead.
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The house used as Griffin and June's home in the final scene belonged to Robert Altman.
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The banquet scene at the L.A. County Museum of Art in the movie was actually catered by a real catering company. Despite the fact that many of them were SAG members, no banquet staff who worked at the event were told that they would be filmed until they arrived for work that night at the museum. The scene was filmed a year before SAG assumed jurisdiction of extra work on the west coast, and the banquet waiters who appear in the scene were not paid for the extra work, not even non-SAG wages. The only compensation they received was their regular compensation from the real-life catering company for their hours worked during the fake "banquet".
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Chevy Chase was interested in starring in the film but Warner Bros passed on him. Chase's father, Ned, published the novel on which the film is based.
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Greta Scacchi's character's name, Gudmundsdottir, is not really a last name. In Icelandic tradition there are no family names - one takes his or her father's name and adds -son or -dottir. She is therefore "June, daughter of Gudmund." (In Icelandic, it is pronounced more or less "Gvuth-munds-dokh-teer," stressed on the first syllable.)
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In the background of the murder scene, the signs are all in Japanese. The white sign says "karaoke bar," the green sign says "bar," and the red sign says "closed."
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During the opening scene, the character Steve Reeves (played by Jeremy Piven) is seen giving a tour to a group of Japanese businesspeople meant to be visiting from Sony. In an attempt to ingratiate himself with them, he quips, "If you need someone to eat some sashimi with you, give me a ring." Many years later, in 2008, Piven was the subject of some media scrutiny after he abruptly dropped out of his role in a Broadway production of the play "Speed-the-Plow," claiming that he was suffering from mercury poisoning after years of heavy sushi consumption.
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Made its money back within its first month of release.
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The film-within-a-film, Habeas Corpus, features a prison gas chamber scene with Susan Sarandon as a saintly onlooker. Sarandon starred as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995) directed by Tim Robbins
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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997.
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Griffin Mill wears at least one item of black clothing in every scene, while June Gudmundsdottir, wears one item of white in every scene.
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Throughout his career Burt Reynolds has made a number of movies that examine movie-making and this film is one of them. The pictures include Fade-In (1968) (location filming & westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent films); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting & Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult films); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood).
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At one point, Walter (Fred Ward) asks Joel Levison (Brion James) if he's ever seen the original version of D.O.A. (1950). Levison says he has, and says "Disney did a remake in '87 or '88." James was in the remake, D.O.A. (1988). Touchstone Pictures (Disney's adult label) was one of the production and distribution companies.
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A scene with Tim Robbins and Peter Gallagher having lunch was cut from the movie. The scene featured cameos by Franco Nero, Tim Curry, Martha Plimpton, Richard D. Zanuck, Richard Edson, and Seymour Cassel.
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In the original novel by Michael Tolkin, June's second name is Mercator, not Gudmundsdottir.
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Joe Dallesandro:  Star of many Andy Warhol films, appeared as himself in a restaurant scene cut from final print.
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