The Nice Guys (2016) Poster



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The project was initially proposed as a TV series but was re-tooled as a film after the pilot seemed to be going nowhere.
One of the film's nods to The Rockford Files (1974) is the yellow pages ad for Holland March's detective agency. It is almost a complete copy of the ad used for Jim Rockford. Like Jim Rockford, March keeps his gun in a cookie jar.
During March's opening monologue about the downturn of society, a porno theatre in the background is playing "Bang Bang Kiss Kiss," a play on Shane Black's earlier film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
The porn star Misty Mountains is named after one of the film's production companies.
Similarly to the studio's marketing campaign for Inherent Vice (2014), Warner Bros. released a 70s-style trailer, complete with Betamax artifacts, an optical soundtrack audio crackle, and an "introducing" credit for Kim Basinger.
The film opens with the mid 1970s Warner Brothers logo.
Principal talents Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling were both child actors who dropped out of high school to pursue their careers, and never had formal training in acting.
In the elevator scene, the same music plays in the background as in the elevator scene in The Blues Brothers (1980)
The signage at the fuel station showing EVEN refers to the 1979 rationing of fuel to the vehicles with numberplates that end in even or odd number on alternating even or odd-numbered days. For instance, if today is 3 April and your numberplate has ABC-827, you can fill your car on that day. Some states allowed both even and odd numbers on 31st of month.
Dialogue between bartender and detectives "Tell us or he will do it again. Do what? BANG!" is the same line from Iron Man 3 when Rhodie and Tony interrogated Mandarin. Both directed by Shane Black.
A guest at the porno producer's party who is dressed up like Pinocchio says, "It's not my nose that grows." "It's not his nose that grows" was the tagline for Pinocchio (1971).
At the beginning, when Jackson Healy is learning a new word (equanimity) while feeding his fish and reciting it to himself to memorize it, this scene is exactly like a scene from the Asian-American film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002); even the word is the same.
The character John Boy has the same mole as his namesake on The Waltons (1971).
Jack Kilmer is the son of Val Kilmer. Shane Black directed Val in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
The party scene at Sid Shattuck's place is actually the Atlanta home of Hip Hop producer Dallas Austin. The home was also featured on MTV Cribs.
At the end of the film a marquee for the Comedy Store is shown in the background, featuring Tim Allen. "Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison's Some Semblance of Sanity. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store." [Wikipedia]
Downtown Atlanta doubled for 1970's Los Angeles during filming. Prop cars were given California plates and a car was painted to resemble a 70's era L.A. cab, "Hollywood Taxi Co."
When Healey is fighting the Older Guy at Sid's house party, Healey delivers a punch combination exactly like the combination Maximus uses on Commodus in Gladiator (2000). Both Healey and Maximus are played by Russell Crowe.
First reunion of Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger since L.A. Confidential (1997) and also second time that Crowe and Ty Simpkins are together in a movie, the first being The Next Three Days (2010).
The film takes place in 1977-78, but on Amelia's driver's license her birth year is shown to be 1979.
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The red Mustang with white convertible top is a 1967 with a 289 and factory a/c.
Just before Kim Basinger appears, Russell Crowe is asked if he's the diner guy. In L.A. Confidential (1997) he plays a cop investigating murders at a diner, his costar was Kim Basinger.
When Holland March chases mermaids in the aquarium. The scene can be seen In The Right Stuff (1983) with Deke Slayton in the aquarium doing the same, watched by Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper.
When Holland is chatting up the Bourbon Bartender while searching for Amelia, the bartender mentions that Amelia was drinking "Bourbon martinis," to which Holland replies, "Well, that's disgusting." A martini is composed of gin and vermouth with an optional dash of bitters. Changing the gin out for Bourbon makes the classic Manhattan cocktail, which is actually quite tasty.
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Jackson Healy's car is a 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado.
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The film takes place in 1977.
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The second movie that Jack Kilmer and Margaret Qualley have done together. The first one was Palo Alto (2013).
Ty Simpkins previously starred in Iron Man Three (2013) which was also directed by Shane Black.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The body of Sid Shattuck is "played' by a fake bearded Robert Downey Jr. in an uncredited cameo.
The take with Ryan Gosling sitting against the tree next to the body of Sid Shattuck is an homage to Lou Costello, who specialized in long takes where something, such as the Mummy or Frankenstein's monster, scared him so badly he couldn't make a sound, but eventually managed to yell his partner's name.
When Jackson, Holland, and Holly are in a cab surrounded by traffic after the big shoot out against John Boy at Holland's house, the black van that hit "Blue Face" can be seen next to the cab also stuck in the traffic.
Immediately after the bathroom stall scene, look closely at March's magazine, especially after Holly asks Healy to beat up her friend Janet: on the cover is Richard Nixon, who makes a cameo of sorts later on in the film.
Body Count - around 20

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