Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Poster


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Director Shawn Levy told a National Public Radio interviewer that once the Smithsonian Institution agreed to lend their name to the film, their curators were very helpful and willing to share information about the real-life characters represented in the movie, but Levy had more trouble with the intellectual property-holders for the fictional characters represented. For instance, in the Darth Vader cameo, a LucasFilm employee came on set to observe the scene and tell the filmmakers what Vader would or wouldn't do.
Hank Azaria filmed test scenes (some of which are on the DVD) of his character Kahmunrah with various accents including American Southerner (from Alabama) and English Cockney, before settling on a Boris Karloff impersonation.
The first movie ever filmed in the Smithsonian Institution.
Hank Azaria modeled his voice and the lisp after Boris Karloff from his performance in the original The Mummy (1932). Karloff had a small but noticeable lisp.
Amelia says in the movie that she became a pilot for "the fun of it," the title of a 1932 autobiography by the real Amelia Earhart.
When first introduced to Napoleon and Al Capone, Ivan the Terrible says his title is mistranslated, and he calls himself Ivan the Awesome. Although obviously meant to be a comical line, it is not that far from the truth: Ivan's title is indeed a bad translation. A more accurate form of the original Russian term, Ivan Grozny, is "Ivan the Fearsome", "the Magnificent" or "The Admirable". It is important to emphasize that, in Russian, the word "grozny" does not have a bad connotation.
Amy Adams hated having to wear the skin tight pants that her character wore because it showed off her behind.
Octavius's line, "Stay alive! I will find you!" before jumping off the windowsill is a reference to Daniel Day-Lewis line in The Last of the Mohicans (1992) where Lewis's character says the same thing before jumping off a cliff.
In the original script for movie, Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) revealed that he actually murdered his brother Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) presumably for the throne. Which is also possibly the reason why Ahkmenrah is so young, and Kahmunrah looks older.
The original combination for Ahkmenrah's Tablet is 12351235657923.
In the original script for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) had come to the Smithsonian with them and had a fight about the combination of the tablet with his brother, Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) it is also revealed that in the end of the movie, it was originally Ahkmenrah who held a dagger to Kahmunrah's throat throwing him in the portal rather than Larry.
It's the ninth film with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson after The Cable Guy (1996), Permanent Midnight (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Meet the Fockers (2004) and Night at the Museum (2006).
Reese Witherspoon was originally set to play Amelia Earhart.
Jake Cherry and Jay Baruchel were both in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) as the character "Dave" at different ages.
The motorcycle that Larry uses as a getaway vehicle is a rare 1942 Harley Davidson XA Military Side Valve 750cc Flat Twin with attached sidecar. This was Harley's copy of the German BMW/Zundapp military motorcycles.
The Smithsonian does host a giant squid exhibit, but this was forgone for a giant octopus in the film. For some reason, however, the film's marketing in Japan (where the difference between a squid and an octopus is common knowledge) consistently referred to the octopus as a "squid," even though it is never directly identified as either animal in the film.
Hank Azaria and Ben Stiller had previously appeared together in Mystery Men (1999), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and Along Came Polly (2004).
This is one of four productions in which Genghis Khan and Abraham Lincoln appear together as characters, in spite of the fact that Lincoln was born 582 years after the Khan's death. The others are Star Trek: The Savage Curtain (1969), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Clone High (2002).
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The following actors appear in both this movie and The Office (2001) and/or The Office (2005): Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Amy Adams, Craig Robinson, and Ed Helms.
The dogfighting World War II era fighters are the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and Supermarine Spitfire, two famous rival aircraft flown by the Germans and British, respectively.
The majority of the film takes place in one night, giving a further meaning to the title "Night at the Museum."
The fighter jet featured on display is a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter with USAF markings. The real fighter at the museum is a F-104A with NASA markings.
The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Robin Williams, and three Oscar nominees: Amy Adams, Steve Coogan, and Jonah Hill.
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Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Hank Azaria have all appeared on Friends (1994).
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The smoke in the Air and Space Museum was created by crew members.
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The line that one of the people at the Air and Space Museum said, was made up at the end of the last take of that scene, and it's in the movie.
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Jay Baruchel (sailor Joey) and Jake Cherry (Nick Daley) would go on to play young (Jake) and older (Jay) Dave in Sorcerers Apprentice in 2010.
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When the character Joey Motorola is introduced, the rating badge on his US Navy uniform identifies him as a Yeoman (Crossed Quills). After finding the cell phone his rating badge changes to one that identifies him as a Radioman (Sparks).
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Clint Howard: Ron Howard's brother appears as a flight commander in the Aeuronautic Center. He did the same role in Apollo 13 (1995), directed by his brother.
Jonah Hill: Uncredited cameo as the Smithsonian guard Brandon/Brundon.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Near the end of the movie, Larry and Jed notice that Amelia Earhart has flown off in the wrong direction. Later, when Larry meets the human lookalike, she asks for help getting to the miniature room because she gets lost. This is a reference to Earhart's last known flight where she disappeared, not having any idea where she and her navigator were.

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