"S" Titled Films!by gattonero975 | created - 10 Dec 2012 | updated - 26 Jul 2016 | Public
These are all the movies I have seen that start with the letter 'S'. It will be continually updated as I view more and more films
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1. Stripes (1981)
R | 106 min | Comedy, War
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.
Votes: 59,280 | Gross: $85.30M
P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Larroquette,
John Diehl, Lance LeGault, Roberta Leighton,
Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, William Lucking,
Fran Ryan, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas,
Robert J. Wilke, Timothy Busfield, Bill Paxton,
Donald Gibb (uncredited) Dennis Quaid (uncredited extra)
Director Ivan Reitman admits to being embarrassed by the third act of the film. But Reitman had determined that a film about the Army needed to have a war and created a conflict with Czechoslovakia, his birthplace.
Bill Murray and Sean Young did not get along. Young did not like Murray's method of ad-libbing during scenes. Murray vowed to never work with Young again.
Lance LeGault and William Lucking were both in "The A-Team" as the team's adversaries Col. Decker and Col. Lynch respectively.
Cameo: Timothy Busfield as 'soldier with mortar.' It was also his film debut.
The Basic Training scenes were filmed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Fort Knox is home to the U.S. Army Armor Center, which trains new tank crewmen and armored cavalry troopers. The barracks in the film are still at Fort Knox, but they've been gutted and converted into an urban warfare training course. As of 2010, the United States Army Armor School is being moved to Fort Benning, Georgia as part of the United States' BRAC program.
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Final film of the late great character actor Robert J. Wilke. He had trouble remembering his lines. His shots took longer to shoot than the soldiers' graduation drill routine.
John Winger states, after doing push-ups in his apartment, "I gotta get in shape or I'll be dead before I'm 30". Bill Murray turned 30 two months before the filming of this movie.
Hulka was originally supposed to be killed in the mortar accident and replaced by his twin brother, also played by Warren Oates. But idea was discarded before filming.
Reitman requested Joe Flaherty for the part of the border guard. But due to a mix-up, Joseph X. Flaherty was accidentally cast in the role. Reitman was able to contact the Flaherty that he originally wanted. The other Flaherty was given a small role as Sgt. Crocker.
The last sentence the platoon shouts during their performance at graduation, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", is a sentence that was popularly used to test typewriters and telegraph machines because it contains every letter of the alphabet at least once.
The character nicknamed "Psycho" is actually named "Francis". Francis is Norman Bates' middle name in Psycho (1960).
Harold Ramis was initially reluctant to play the role of Russell Ziskey and Dennis Quaid auditioned for the role but Bill Murray was adamant about Ramis appearing in the film and said he would not do the film without him. Quaid, who was married to co-star P.J. Soles at the time, appears as an extra during the graduation scene.
P.J. Soles, who plays the role of Stella, also played Pvt. Wanda Winter the year before in Private Benjamin (1980). Coincidentally, she wore the same costume in both films.
According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD Commentary, Kim Basinger was offered the part of MP Officer Stella Hanson but she was turned down when her agent asked for too much money.
According to the DVD special features, the film was originally conceived as a vehicle for Cheech & Chong; Ivan Reitman has also stated that the reason this fell through was because their manager insisted (without the pair's knowledge) on a 25% share of Reitman's next five films, which he wasn't willing to give up. The script was then rewritten for Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and most of the "stoner" humor was shifted to the "Elmo" character played by Judge Reinhold.
Winger throws the keys to his cab into the Ohio River from the same bridge where boxing great Muhammad Ali claims to have thrown his Olympic gold medal.
John Larroquette broke his nose while shooting an additional take of a scene of him running through a door. The shot shown in the film is the first take. Heavy makeup was applied to Larroquette's nose for the rest of filming.
An Ivan Reitman prank to have some of the characters drag Warren Oates' character into the mud during the obstacle course scene, led to Oates chipping a tooth and Reitman getting a tongue lashing from Oates.
The scene the morning after John Winger and MP Officer Stella Hanson had sex in General Barnicky's house, when they emerge from the trunk, is actually a lift from a cut scene when the guys and girls meet up in Germany. This lift is now something of a continuity error in the Special Edition DVD where those cut scenes in the German Hotel are now restored. You can tell this because if you watch the decor of the General's bedroom and Winger and Hanson's wardrobe, it's the same clothing they're wearing in their German Hotel Suite and the General's decor and the suite are the same.
A nine-minute sequence was filmed in which John and Russell take LSD and accidentally end up on a mission to fight rebels in the Colombian jungle. Columbia Pictures thought it was the best scene in the film but Ivan Reitman deleted it because he felt that it did not fit the film's tone.
According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD Commentary, Columbia Pictures wanted to cut out the scene where Sgt. Hulka and John Winger have a confrontation in the latrine. They felt the scene was 'too serious'. But Reitman insisted that it be left in to truly establish Sgt. Hulka's strength and authority.
'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', a central theme performed by cast members, was originally recorded in the US by The Exciters in late 1963. During "The British Invasion" it was covered by Manfred Mann and rose to #1 US Pop in July 1964. The song has become a popular cadence in the US military.
According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD Commentary, the scene where Bill Murray is loading the rich woman's suitcases into the trunk and he hits himself in the crotch was accident. Murray really did hit himself in the crotch with the case, thus his very real line "Oh, my balls."
Basic training in Stripes takes place at the fictional "Fort Arnold" which was actually a fort during 18th century. It was named for General Benedict Arnold. After General Arnold was branded a traitor "Fort Arnold" was renamed "West Point".
The kitchen scene between Bill Murray and P.J. Soles was completely improvised. The cast improvised virtually all of the dialog where they sit around and tell their back stories. This includes Bill Murray's lines about 'Lee Harvey' making out with a cow and calling Sgt. Hulka a 'big toe'.
According to Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray insisted 'Harold Ramis (I)' be cast as his friend for two reasons: 1. They were long time friends in real life. 2. So Ramis could help Murray re-write his dialog or help him improvise.
2. Spartacus (1960)
PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Votes: 113,890 | Gross: $30.00M
Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch,
John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall,
Charles McGraw, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode,
Robert J. Wilke, John Hoyt, Tony Curtis
Ted de Corsia, Roy Engel, Robert Fuller,
Joe Gold, Brad Harris, Irvin 'Zabo' Koszewski,
Gordon Mitchell, Robert Stevenson,
Bill Raisch, (the "One-Armed Man" of The Fugitive (1963) fame) and Richard Farnsworth (also stunts)
Also special thanks to Anthony Hopkins who re-dubbed Laurence Olivier's lines in the 1991 restoration version
This film is often mistakenly credited as the film debut (uncredited) of George Kennedy. It is not Kennedy, but rather stuntman/actor Bob Morgan, who strongly resembles Kennedy, as one of the rebel soldiers who announces "I'm Spartacus!" towards the end of the film. Kennedy had no association with the film.
The original version included a scene where Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier) attempts to seduce Antoninus (Tony Curtis). The Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency both objected. At one point Geoffrey Shurlock, representing the censors, suggested it would help if the reference in the scene to a preference for oysters or snails was changed to truffles and artichokes. In the end the scene was cut, but it was put back in for the 1991 restoration. However, the soundtrack had been lost in the meantime and the dialogue had to be dubbed. Curtis was able to redo his lines, but Olivier had died. Joan Plowright, his widow, remembered that Anthony Hopkins had done a dead-on impression of Olivier and she mentioned this to the restoration team. They approached Hopkins and he agreed to voice Olivier's lines in that scene. Hopkins is thanked in the credits for the restored version.
At first the studio did not want to give the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo screen credit for his work. Stanley Kubrick said he would accept the credit. Kirk Douglas was so appalled by Kubrick's attempt to claim credit for someone else's work that he used his clout to make sure Trumbo received his due credit, effectively ending the Hollywood blacklist. Trumbo had already been credited as the writer of Exodus (1960), although a delay caused that film to be released two months after this one. Trumbo's family publicly disputed Douglas' version of the story, as did producer Edward Lewis and the children of writer Howard Fast. In any case, the blacklist had been greatly undermined when Cecil B. DeMille hired Edward G. Robinson for The Ten Commandments (1956), reviving Robinson's career after the star had been nearly blacklisted for his past political activism.
Both Charles Laughton (Gracchus) and Peter Ustinov (Batiatus) previously played the Roman Emperor Nero: Laughton in The Sign of the Cross (1932) and Ustinov in Quo Vadis (1951).
In reality, Spartacus' chief lieutenant Crixus broke from him and led a large faction of his army on a desultory march against Rome. Dalton Trumbo's original script depicted this, but either Kirk Douglas or Stanley Kubrick removed it from the final film, where Crixus is a loyal follower.
According to producer Edward Lewis, Charles McGraw (Marcellus) had his jaw broken in the scene where Kirk Douglas viciously jams his head into a large vat of soup. In spite of the pain of the injury, McGraw finished the scene.
Although it has been suggested that the 42-year-old Kirk Douglas was too old to play Spartacus, it is believed the real character was about 38 when he died.
Kirk Douglas, as co-producer of the film (through his company, Bryna Productions), insisted on hiring Hollywood Ten blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to adapt the film. Douglas also hired blacklisted character actor Peter Brocco to play a supporting role.
In order to put Woody Strode in the right mood for the scene where he and Kirk Douglas wait to do combat, director Stanley Kubrick had the actor listen to a Sergei Prokofiev concerto during the filming and got the visual response he wanted.
After extensive research of music of the period, Alex North gathered a collection of antique instruments that, while not authentically Roman, provided a strong dramatic effect. These instruments included a sarrusophone, Israeli recorder, Chinese oboe, lute, mandolin, Yugoslav flute, kythara, dulcimer, and bagpipes. North's prize instrument was the ondioline, similar to an earlier version of the electronic synthesizer, which had never been used in film before.
Universal trimmed several action scenes, along with political content that was deemed subversive. Apparently the studio feared that if Spartacus had a chance of winning, viewers would perceive the film as Communist.
Charles Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone. It included such things as storming off the set and threatening to sue Kirk Douglas for trimming his part.
Richard Farnsworth and the five other stuntmen who worked for the entire filming also doubled as actors, including playing salt mine slaves, gladiators, and generals in the slave army.
Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton, much like their characters, were longtime rivals and barely on speaking terms.
Kirk Douglas was very hesitant to perform the shot of Spartacus lopping off a Roman soldier's arm. Although the arm was fake (attached to an amputee), the sword blade was real and Douglas had to hit exactly the right mark. After successfully performing the stunt once, Douglas refused a second take.
The film parallels 1950s American history, specifically the House Committee on un-American Activities hearings and the civil rights movement. The hearings, where witnesses were ordered under penalty of imprisonment to "name names" of supposed communist sympathizers, closely resembles the climactic scene when the slaves, asked by Crassus to give up their leader by pointing him out from the multitude, each stand up to proclaim, "I am Spartacus". Howard Fast, who wrote the book on which the film was based, was jailed for his refusal to testify, and wrote the novel "Spartacus" while in prison. The comment of how slavery was a central part of American history is pointed to in the beginning in the scenes featuring Draba and Spartacus. Draba, who denies the friendship of Spartacus claiming "gladiators can have no friends", sacrifices himself by attacking Crassus rather than killing Spartacus. This scene points to the fact that Americans are indebted to the suffering of black slaves, who played a major role in building the country (a fact until fairly recently that was little, if at all, mentioned in US history books). The fight to end segregation and to promote the equality of African-Americans is seen in the mixing of races within the gladiator school as well as in the army of Spartacus, where all fight for freedom.
Kirk Douglas wanted to play the titular hero in Ben-Hur (1959), but the film's director William Wyler wanted Charlton Heston to play the role. Douglas was then offered the antagonist role of Messala--which was eventually given to Stephen Boyd--but refused to play second banana. In later years Douglas admitted that he made this film as to show Wyler and his company that he could make a Roman epic that could match "Ben-Hur". He once said, "That was what spurred me to do it in a childish way, the 'I'll show them' sort of thing."
During the film Laurence Olivier gave Tony Curtis tips on acting to improve his performance, and Curtis gave Olivier tips on bodybuilding to improve his physique.
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo originally wanted Universal to get Orson Welles to play the character of the pirate, Tigranes Levantus. It was eventually played by Herbert Lom.
Kirk Douglas was unsure about casting Jean Simmons as Varinia, as she was a British actress; American actors had been cast as the slaves and British actors had been cast as the Romans. Douglas actually wanted a German actress to play Varinia (her actual portrayal in the Howard Fast novel), but since none were pretty enough he decided to go with Simmons.
The slaves' final battle was originally to be intercut with Varinia giving birth to her child, to give a contrast of destruction and creation. This idea was scrapped for running time purposes.
Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau and Elsa Martinelli rejected the role of Varinia. Sabine Bethmann was then cast, but when Stanley Kubrick arrived he fired her and offered the part to Simmons, who was initially rejected for the role because British accents were initially reserved for the actors playing Romans.
David Lean was considered to direct, but declined. Laurence Olivier was then asked to direct, but he had relinquished the directing assignment, as he felt the dual role of actor-director would prove too demanding.
When Gracchus is found guilty of orchestrating the revolt, Crassus says, "In every city and province, lists of the disloyal have been compiled." The line is a sly dig at McCarthyism by writer Dalton Trumbo, one of the group of blacklisted writers known as "The Hollywood 10". It was intended to be a jab at the watchdogs, since the blacklist was still in effect at the time.
Hedda Hopper and John Wayne, both leaders in Hollywood's powerful right-wing element, publicly condemned the film as "Marxist propaganda" before its release. This was partly because it was the first time in a decade that screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had been credited under his own name , not a pseudonym, since he was backlisted for his membership in the Communist Party USA.
The sound of the crowd cheering "Spartacus! Spartacus!" was actually recorded at a 1959 football game in Spartan Stadium, home of the Michigan State University Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State beat Notre Dame in that game, 19-0.
Sir Peter Ustinov joked about his daughter, born at the beginning of production, being in kindergarten by the time the film was finished. When asked what her father did for a living she would answer, "Spartacus."
Although some reviews noted the story's somewhat dubious correlation to actual history, many of the film's characters were derived from real figures, including Spartacus (d. 71 B.C.), Marcus Licinius Crassus (d. 53 B.C.) and Caius Sempronius Gracchus (d. 121 B.C.). As accurately depicted in the film, Spartacus was a Thracian slave who broke out of a Capuan gladiators' school to lead a revolt that was eventually suppressed by Crassus, who then crucified his captives by the hundreds. Spartacus was killed in battle--not, as stated in the film, captured and then crucified--after which Crassus ruled Rome in a triumvirate with Pompey and Gaio Giulio Cesare (aka Julius Caesar). Gracchus lived decades earlier, and helped organize a social reform movement that lasted only a few years before its reforms were repealed. He was killed in a series of riots protesting the repeals. Gen. Crassus was reported to have been put to death by the Parthians after losing the battle of Carrhae, by being forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, symbolic of his great wealth.
Stanley Kubrick was brought in as director after Kirk Douglas had a major falling out with the original director, Anthony Mann. According to Peter Ustinov, the salt mines sequence was the only footage shot by Mann.
Winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Lentulus Batiatus, Peter Ustinov stands as the only actor to win an Oscar for a Stanley Kubrick film. Peter Sellers is the only other actor to receive so much as a nomination.
Laurence Olivier, while researching on the Romans for his role, learned that the Romans rode without a saddle, so he followed likewise and rode saddleless in his horseback scenes. This proved a great hindrance, as there was no saddle to keep him steady while the horse was in even the slightest motion, and he kept wobbling throughout his horseback scenes. Eventually Kubrick forced Olivier to film his horseback scenes on a ladder.
Kirk Douglas had an unhappy time for most of the production. After a major falling out with original director Anthony Mann he asked Stanley Kubrick, with whom he had collaborated well three years previously on Paths of Glory (1957), to direct. However, he had an equally difficult time working with Kubrick. After the production Douglas claimed he would not collaborate with Kubrick again if he was given the opportunity. Douglas has often said he regretted having Mann fired from the picture and when he was offered The Heroes of Telemark (1965) he agreed to take that role on condition that Mann be hired as director.
Thirty years after filming, Jean Simmons met the baby she held in this film, who was working in the film industry as a stuntwoman.
In order to get so many big stars to play supporting roles, Kirk Douglas showed each a different script in which their character was emphasized.
Cinematographer Russell Metty walked off the set, complaining that Stanley Kubrick was not letting him do his job. Metty was used to directors allowing him to call his own shots with little oversight, while Kubrick was a professional photographer who had shot some of his previous films by himself. Subsequently, Kubrick did the majority of the cinematography work. Metty complained about this up until the release of the film and even, at one point, asked to have his name removed from the credits. However, because his name was in the credits, when the film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, it was given to Metty, although he actually didn't shoot most of it.
3. Sleeper (1973)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.
John McLiam, Don Keefer, Jackie Mason (voice) (uncredited)
Albert Popwell (uncredited), Douglas Rain (voice) (uncredited)
The film takes place in 2173.
When Luna is given a painting, she responds with what sounds like " it's keen, pure keen". The painting is shown to feature a child with big eyes, a trademark of the artist Margaret Keane.
Douglas Rain - credited as the voice of the Evil Computer - is best known for voicing HAL in "2001".
The Playboy centerfold shown to Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) is that of Lena Sjööblom, Miss November 1972.
According to editor Ralph Rosenblum, Woody Allen filmed and then deleted a fantasy sequence in which Miles plays a game of chess with life-sized chess pieces, and is then sentenced to death by the chess pieces after he loses the game.
Woody Allen and rock star Alice Cooper happened to meet while staying in the same hotel while Allen was filming and Cooper was on tour. Allen invited him to the set to watch the filming, but Cooper did not appear in the film.
At about 1:03 Miles is passing a 23rd Century McDonald's indicating "Over 795,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000" Served." If translated into American numeration this value would be Seven Hundred, Ninety-five sexdecillion," a value with 51 zeroes. By comparison, Avogadro's Number, 6023E23 (or 6.023^23), or "mole," is a value normally used to count atoms or molecules, and, incidentally, thought to be about the number of grains of sand on all the beaches on earth, give or take a couple orders of magnitude. The value of 795 sexdecillion is very nearly a mole of moles.
Diane Keaton's second appearance in a Woody Allen-directed film. Their personal relationship was over by the time she started appearing in his movies.
Woody Allen confirmed the scientific feasibility of his screenplay ideas in a single lunchtime meeting with Isaac Asimov. Allen also consulted with leading science fiction writer Ben Bova to make sure that some of his futuristic predictions were feasible.
The exploding bowl of "instant pudding" in Luna's kitchen was created live on the set by mixing together two liquids that reacted to create polyurethane foam. The technique is commonly used for spraying insulation inside buildings.
Miles is told that his world came to an end when a madman named Albert Shanker got hold of a nuclear device. Albert Shanker was the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
The omnipresent picture of Our Leader is actually a photo of 1960s counter-culture guru Timothy Leary.
The rebel hideout was filmed at "the Sculptured House", a residence designed and built by architect Charles Deaton in the mountains west of Denver. The home was constructed in 1963 but the interior was not yet complete at the time of filming. In 2004, the home was offered for sale for $10 million.
Woody Allen had originally hoped to shoot much of the film in Brasilia, Brazil's futuristic capital city complex designed by urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer. Budget limitations however restricted him to using locations within the continental USA.
Woody Allen originally intended the film to be three hours long, and in two parts. The first part would have him in the present day, coping with life, until his illness. And the second half, would be the futuristic part. But, United Artists rejected this concept.
Woody Allen plays clarinet in the music score.
After the movie was released in French-speaking Canadian regions as "Woody and the Robots", Woody Allen inserted a clause in all of his subsequent contracts that his movies' titles could not be changed by other parties.
4. Spring Breakers (2012)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.
Votes: 127,044 | Gross: $14.12M
James Franco, Gucci Mane, Sidney Sewell & Thurman Sewell
Faith: Grandma. It was really great. I think we found ourselves here. We finally got to see some other parts of the world. We saw some beautiful things here. Things we'll never forget. We got to let loose. God, I can't believe how many new friends we made. Friends from all over the place. I mean everyone was so sweet here. So warm and friendly. I know we made friends that will last us a lifetime. We met people who are just like us. People the same as us. Everyone was just trying to find themselves. It was way more than just having a good time. We see things different now. More colors, more love, more understanding. God, it's so nice to get a break from my uni for a little while. I know we have to go back to school, but we'll always remember this trip. Something so amazing, magical. Something so beautiful. Feels as if the world is perfect. Like it's never gonna end.
Russell Curry: James Franco's inspiration for Alien, Florida rapper Dangeruss, appears on the stage during Franco's first scene in the film. He is the performer to the left of Franco with dreadlocks.
James Franco claimed that Alien is based on underground rap artist Russell Curry alias Dangeruss. There was much speculation that his character was based around another rap artist by the name of Riff Raff. Franco dismissed those claims when speaking to GQ in 2012, yet he posted a picture of himself online with pictures of Riff Raff on his wall and referring to himself as "film game riffraff". Also, Riff Raff released e-mails between himself and Harmony Korine in which Korine offered Riff Raff the part of Alien. Riff Raff is filing a $10 million lawsuit against Korine and spoofed Franco in One Life to Live: Episode #1.6 (2013).
The gun barrel blow job scene arose form improvisation on set. Harmony Korine suggested the girls emasculate Alien by sticking the gun barrels in his mouth. It was then James Franco's idea that Alien would get turned on, leading him to perform oral sex on the guns.
Emma Roberts was originally cast but the film required her character to indulge in a three-way sex scene, causing her to drop out of the film due to unspecified "creative differences." She was replaced by Ashley Benson.
Demi Lovato, Elle Fanning and Sarah Hyland were considered for the role of Brit after Emma Roberts dropped out of the part.
5. Stagecoach (1939)
Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
Also starring: Also starring: Thomas Mitchell, George Bancroft, Louise Platt, Donald Meek, Tim Holt, and Uncredited: Dorothy Applegate, William Hopper, Theodore Lorch, Mickey Simpson, Hank Wordan ,Woody Strode.
6. Semi-Tough (1977)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.
Votes: 2,395 | Gross: $37.19M
Bert Convy, Roger E. Mosley, Lotte Lenya,
Richard Masur, Carl Weathers, Brian Dennehy,
Mary Jo Catlett, Ron Silver, Joe Kapp,
Norman Alden, Fred Stuthman
The fictional football teams in the film are generic, having no team names or mascots. They are simply known by their home cities.
Burt Reynolds character wears number 22 just like his character in both versions of "The Longest Yard" It is the same as his retired quarterback/high school coach character in the sitcom "Evening Shade".
When Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson began shooting the football scenes, they were working with actual pro athletes. They hit Kristofferson so hard, they broke a couple of his bones.
Both Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson were outstanding footballers while attending college. Reynolds almost turned pro. Kristofferson was also a Golden Gloves boxer, but quit football after he started losing his short-time memory.
7. Studs Lonigan (1960)
95 min | Drama
A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.
Jack Nicholson, Robert Casper, Dick Foran,
Jay C. Flippen, Phil Arnold (uncredited)
Stanley Adams (uncredited)
Warren Beatty was considered for the title role.
While Studs Lonigan won't be remembered as a classic (or even barely remembered by anyone except ardent cinephiles), the talent behind it would feature significantly in later decades. One of the camera crew was respected cameraman Haskell Wexler, while the editor was one Verna Fields, who would pick up an Oscar for her work on Jaws. The score was written by one of film music's all-time greats, Jerry Goldsmith, in one of his first breakout scores, with the piano solos featured in it played by one Johnny Williams, who would shorten his name to John and carve out quite a reputation for himself in film music. In the cast list, there's Jack Nicholson. No more comment required.
8. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 722,621 | Gross: $30.33M
Rade Serbedzija, Vinnie Jones, Alan Ford, Lennie James,
Ewen Bremner, Robbie Gee, Jason Flemyng, Ade
Sorcha Cusack, Adam Fogerty, Stephen Graham,
and Guy Ritchie as Man Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Turkish: [narrating] My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash. That's Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.
Brad Pitt, who was a big fan of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), approached director Guy Ritchie and asked for a role in this film. When Ritchie found Pitt couldn't master a London accent, he gave him the role of Mickey the Gypsy.
Brad Pitt's character and indecipherable speech was inspired by many critics' complaints about the accents of the characters in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Guy Ritchie decided to counter the criticisms by creating a character that not only couldn't be understood by the audience but the also couldn't be understood by characters in the movie.
When Guy Ritchie told Brad Pitt that he would be playing a boxer, Pitt became concerned because he had just finished shooting Fight Club (1999) and did not want to play the same type of role again. Pitt book the role anyway because he wanted to work with Ritchie so badly.
During the opening credits, the Hasidic-clad diamond thieves are discussing the Virgin Mary. This is a reference to Reservoir Dogs (1992), where during the opening scene the thieves are discussing the Madonna song "Like a Virgin".
According to the DVD commentary, Bow, the dog was very difficult to work with. During car scene with Vincent, Sol and Tyrone, the dog was actually attacking Lennie James, and James was actually bitten in the crotch by the dog but didn't suffer any serious injury. The dog was replaced after that incident.
When Mickey "wins" a new trailer van for his mother from Turkish, he specifically picks out "periwinkle blue" as the color. In Psycho (1960), we are told that Norman Bates helped to pick out a "periwinkle blue" dress for his dead mother. Mickey, just like Norman, is also responsible (albeit indirectly) for his own mother's death.
*Spoiler* The film's title only appears once throughout the entire movie, where Vinny (Robbie Gee) tells the dog, "Don't Snatch!" as it takes the squeaky toy. It is said to the dog because it's the dog who eats the diamond.
9. Scream 3 (2000)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery
While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, another Ghostface killer rises to terrorize them.
Votes: 114,796 | Gross: $89.14M
Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henricksen,
Matt Keeslar,Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer,
Parker Posey,Deon Richmond, Kelly Rutherford,
Patrick Warburton, Carrie Fisher, Jamie Kennedy,
Heather Matarazzo, Wes Craven, Richmond Arquette,
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Nancy O'Dell,
Beth Toussaint (voice)
and Roger Jackson as The Voice (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
Cameos: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith: Jay and Silent Bob, the popular drug dealer characters from Clerks (1994) and other movies, appear as tourists visiting Sunrise Studios who spot Gale Weathers and mistake her for Connie Chung. Wes Craven: can be seen dressed as a tourist walking behind Jay and Silent Bob, outside the "Stab 3" set.
Parker Posey plays actress Jennifer *Jolie* while Emily Mortimer portrays actress *Angelina* Tyler. These are named for Angelina Jolie.
Large amounts of footage were filmed due to the script constantly changing. Randy's video message (a 3-minute scene) had over two hours of footage filmed for it.
Jenny McCarthy, who was 27 at the time, plays a 35-year-old who complains about having to play a 21-year-old.
Kevin Williamson was unavailable to return to writing duties, but he did write an outline for the film. Ehren Kruger all but ignored the outline, and his script was written mostly on the fly, with pages usually completed the day they were to be filmed. The characters bore so little resemblance to their appearances in the prior films that Wes Craven himself did rewrites.
Patrick Dempsey and Neve Campbell play love interests in the movie, yet play siblings in Grey's Anatomy (2005). Scott Foley started in the series as well.
Jamie Kennedy, despite appearing in each of the first three films, has never appeared on any of the movie posters.
In Scream (1996), Tatum argues that a woman could be the killer, referencing Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992). The guys reply that an ice pick is not the same thing. At the end of this film, Sidney stabs the killer with an ice pick.
Lance Henriksen's director character shares the same name as the famous 17th century English writer. The author John Milton is best known for the poem "Paradise Lost". In "Paradise Lost", Satan deceives Adam and Eve to choose temptation over God's Eden. Their decision leaves them expelled from Eden and forever corrupted. Director 'John Milton' in Scream 3 (2000) dupes Maureen Prescott into believing that she can become successful in Hollywood by performing sexual favors. In a fashion similar to Adam and Eve, Maureen loses her innocence to false promises of grandeur, receiving only bit parts in Milton's films. As a result of her corruption by Milton, Maureen embraces promiscuity as revealed in the "Scream Trilogy".
In an 2009 interview, Matthew Lillard claimed that he had been contracted to reprise his role as the primary antagonist, having survived his apparent death in Scream (1996), orchestrating new Ghostface attacks from prison on high school students and ultimately targeting Sidney. Following the Columbine High School massacre shortly before production began, the script was scrapped and re-written without his character and this plot to avoid development of a film which associated violence and murder with a high school setting.
Kate Hudson was cast in Scream 3 (2000), but replaced prior to the commencement of principal photography. Scream 3 (2000) is listed among Hudson's credits on the back cover of the VHS box of Desert Blue (1998). The role in which Hudson was cast is unknown, but speculation is that it was either Christine or Sarah.
Roman Bridger (Scott Foley), the director of the 'movie within the movie', complains that he had to make a horror film before he was allowed to make a classic love story. Something similar happened to director Wes Craven himself: he had to agree to do Scream 3 (2000) before he was allowed to make the musical drama Music of the Heart (1999).
The publicity stills of young Maureen Prescott, or "Rina Reynolds," are actually early modeling photos of a young Lynn McRee, the actress who portrays the adult Maureen Prescott.
Neve Campbell was concurrently shooting Drowning Mona (2000) and Party of Five (1994) during the production of Scream 3 (2000). Because her "Drowning Mona" character had long, streaked hair, Campbell had to wear a wig to play Sidney Prescott, which required two hours application time each morning.
Another idea for Jamie Kennedy to reprise his character Randy Meeks was to have him survive the stabbing in Scream 2 (1997), his family having rescued him secretly. This was ultimately deemed to be too far-fetched so Randy was resurrected via a post-mortem video appearance instead.
David Arquette and Courteney Cox met on the set of Scream (1996), dated while shooting Scream 2 (1997), and married a month before principal photography of Scream 3 (2000) began. Cox added 'Arquette' to her name, as seen in the credits of Scream 3 (2000). Arquette and Cox cut short their honeymoon in order to film Scream 3 (2000).
The rules for a continued horror-film sequel as stated in Scream 3 (2000) are: 1. the killer must be superhuman; mere stabbing or shooting will not be enough to kill the killer; 2. anyone can die, including the main character; and 3. the past will come back to haunt someone. Later in Scream 3 (2000), Detective Mark Kincaid warns, "All I know about movie trilogies is in the third one all bets are off".
Throughout the film Sidney can be seen to be wearing the Greek letters around her neck that were given to her by her boyfriend Derek, in Scream 2 (1997), shortly before he was killed.
Neve Campbell's contract allowed her to be on the set of Scream 3 (2000) for just twenty days, which is why Sidney has less screen time than in the other films. As a result of her role being reduced, more emphasis put on the supporting characters.
Throughout Scream 3 (2000) the actors of "Stab 3", the movie-within-the-movie, complain about rewrites and three different scripts. The complaints actually originated with the actual cast of Scream 3 (2000), because of frequent rewrites and three different endings. Wes Craven filmed three different endings and didn't tell the cast which one he was going to use.
10. Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
Votes: 140,020 | Gross: $12.81M
Greg Bryk, Julian Richings, Wiley M. Pickett,
Stephen R. Hart,
Monica Bellucci's character is Donna Quintano, so her initials are "DQ". When she leaves with the baby, Smith tells her not to tell him where she'll get off the bus. He tracks her down to a "Dream Queen," a stand-in for the "Dairy Queen" or "DQ" fast food chain, as well as a play on her character being a specialized lactating prostitute.
When the villain receives phone calls from his harridan wife, the special ring tone is Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries". This piece of music was also prominently used in the BMW commercial Star (2001), in which Clive Owen (Mr. Smith) plays The Driver. Both of the cars Smith drives in the film are BMWs, another reference to Clive Owen's previous role as "The Driver" in the BMW film series.
After he misses a shot at the playground, Paul Giamatti's character says "*beep* me sideways". Giamatti was one of the lead actors in Sideways (2004).
Throughout the movie, Mr. Smith is often seen munching on a carrot. This is probably referencing the old wives' tale that eating carrots improves eyesight and thereby improves one's shooting accuracy
The music video that Mr. Smith and DQ are watching (and noting the baby's reaction to it) is "Zen" by 'Strapping Young Lad'.
There are several references to Warner Bros. animated cartoons throughout the film. Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) is wise cracking and eats carrots like Bugs Bunny, whilst Hertz (Paul Giamatti) hunts him like a darker Elmer Fudd (note the similar facial structure). Also, Hertz's cellphone plays Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", which was parodied in the cartoon What's Opera, Doc? (1957) as "Kill the Wabbit". And Owen calls Giamatti 'Doc' and Giamati calls Owen, 'Wasscally Wabbit'.
Director Michael Davis's inspiration was Yun-Fat Chow's baby-saving scene in John Woo's Hard Boiled (1992).
When writer/director Michael Davis found his original concept was being continually passed over by the movie studios, he put together a 17 minute reel of animated footage, consisting of 17,000 line drawings with the title card: "This is John Woo's wet dream".
Monica Bellucci - who speaks multiple languages - dubbed her own voice for the Italian and the French prints of the film.
The actress who gets spanked by Mr Smith because he sees her spanking her child was very excited about the prospect of being spanked by Clive Owen.
"Baby Oliver" was cast before he was even born. The producers chose a woman who was pregnant with twin boys who would deliver about the time filming began so the baby would genuinely be a newborn baby, as his character is.
The first gun Smith uses is a Walther PPK, the usual gun of James Bond. The gun jams on him, and he calls it a "piece of crap." This is an in-joke to the fact that Clive Owen was once considered for the role of James Bond (the role eventually went to Daniel Craig).
11. Sea of Love (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.
Votes: 34,867 | Gross: $58.57M
William Hickey, Richard Jenkins, Paul Calderon,
John Spencer, Christine Estabrook, Patricia Barry,
Luis Antonio Ramos, Samuel L. Jackson, Damien Leake,
Thomas Wagner, Ángel Ramírez (uncredited) and
Lorraine Bracco (scenes deleted)
The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Al Pacino; and three Oscar nominees: Richard Jenkins, William Hickey and Samuel L. Jackson, count reaching four if include Lorraine Bracco who had her scenes deleted from the movie.
In addition to the deleted scenes from the DVD and the Lorraine Bracco scenes from the TV premiere, the theatrical trailer features a glimpse at yet another scene not in the final cut. In it a guy recognizes Keller and draws a gun on him to which Keller does the same and says "Don't you move!".
First of two film collaborations of actor Al Pacino and director Harold Becker. The second movie was about seven years later with 1996's City Hall (1996).
At 1:22 59 In the restaurant scene the violinist is playing "Strangers in the Night". The song was also used in Al Pacino's Scarface (1983) during the shootout scene.
Scenes with Lorraine Bracco as Pacino's ex-wife were filmed but cut from the final product. They've been restored for TV screenings of Sea of Love (1989).
Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin would work together again nearly 20 years later in Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
Actor Michael Rooker got cast in this movie based on his title role performance in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986).
When Frank Keller is trying to convince his Lieutenant to let him try the restaurant sting operation without wearing a wire, he says "What is she gonna do, confess? Shoot me? We're in a restaurant!!" Al Pacino famously played Michael Corleone in a scene where he shot a cop in a restaurant, which was also supposed to be improbable.
Fourth of five cinema movie collaborations of actor Al Pacino and producer Martin Bregman. The films are Serpico (1973), Scarface (1983), Sea of Love (1989), Carlito's Way (1993) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
The film represented the end and the start of a four year hiatus for actor Al Pacino and director Harold Becker respectively. Pacino had not made a film for four years since 1985's Revolution (1985) whilst director Harold Becker would not direct another feature film for four years until 1993's Malice (1993).
12. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 261,993 | Gross: $103.05M
Matthew Lillard, Jaime Kennedy, Drew Barrymore,
W. Earl Brown, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber,
Linda Blair (uncredited), Wes Craven (uncredited),
Henry Winkler (uncredited)
and as "The Voice" (Roger Jackson)a
In the scene where a drunk Randy is telling Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween to turn around through the TV, he repeats, "Jamie, turn around. Turn around, Jamie!" as the killer is slowly creeping up behind him. This is somewhat of an inside joke, as the actor who plays Randy is also named Jamie (Jamie Kennedy) and the killer is behind him.
When Sidney comes out of the closet and stabs Billy with an umbrella, the stunt man was supposed to hit a pad on Skeet Ulrich's chest. The first hit got the pad but the second one slipped and hit him in the chest. Ulrich's chest has metal wiring beneath the skin from open-heart surgery he had as a child, which causes him intense pain should it be struck or have pressure applied to it. Thus, when the umbrella accidentally stuck his chest, his shocked expression and scream of pain were genuine. Wes Craven kept it in because of its authenticity.
On the movie cover which shows the cast, Skeet Ulrich has a mustache and goatee, although he is completely clean shaven in the film.
Scream pays yet another homage to the original Halloween movie by using the song 'Dont Fear the Reaper'. The Scream version is a remake and is played while Billy sneaks into Sidney's room towards the beginning of the movie. In Halloween it is playing in the car while Laurie and Annie are on their way to babysit.
When Tatum enters the garage, it is noted by many viewers that her Nipples are extremely erect through her shirt. This was not a prosthetic- this was the actresses real nipples.
When Jamie Kennedy is explaining the rules of the horror film to the group, a video case on top of the TV clearly shows 'SCREAM' as one of the videos.
Although the killer's costume is often referred to as "Ghostface" the costume is actually called "Father Death". Dewey brings a costume in the package into the police station after Sidney is first attacked.
Rebecca Gayheart auditioned for the role of Tatum Riley, but scheduling conflicts with her film Somebody Is Waiting (1996) prevented her from landing the role. She later turned up in Scream 2 (1997) playing a sorority sister.
To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty. She is a keen animal lover in real life.
The film's high school scenes were to be shot at Santa Rosa High School in California in the Santa Rosa District. However, very close to the shooting date, the school board read the script and denied the film to be shot there due to the violent nature, as they had been under the impression the film was a comedy, and production was moved to Healdsburg, CA. As payback, Wes Craven put in the end credits under the special thanks section "NO THANKS WHATSOEVER TO THE SANTA ROSA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD".
The mask is based on the painting "Scream" by Edvard Munch.
When you see the janitor, you can see a reference to Freddy Krueger. He's wearing a red and green shirt, just like Freddy, and the Principal calls him Fred. The janitor is played by director Wes Craven in a uncredited bit.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette met and fell in love on the set of this movie. They eventually married, but divorced in 2013.
These are the horror film rules as stated in the movie:
1. You will not survive if you have sex 2. You will not survive if you drink or do drugs 3. You will not survive if you say "I'll be right back" 4. Everyone is a suspect. 5. You will not survive if you ask "Who's there?" 6. You will not survive if you go out to investigate a strange noise.
13. Scream 2 (1997)
R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery
Two years after the first series of murders, as Sydney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.
Votes: 144,980 | Gross: $101.36M
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jaime Kennedy, Laurie metcalf,
Elise Neal, Jerry O'Connell, Timothy Olyphant,
Jada Pinkett, Liev Schereiber, Lewis Arquette,
Duane Martin, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia de Rossi,
Omar Epps, Heather Graham, Josh Jackson,
Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson, David Warner,
Selma Blair (uncredited voice) Wes Craven (uncredited)
Matthew Lillard (uncredited)
and "The Voice" (Roger Jackson)
Sarah Michelle Gellar's character Cici watches Nosferatu (1922) as a shot-out to her starring role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
Cameos: Matthew Lillard: Co-star of Scream (1996) is in the background at the frat party. Kevin Williamson: Cotton's interviewer on T.V. Wes Craven: man in the background at the hospital. Selma Blair: The girl to whom Cici talks on the telephone before the killer calls
Joshua Jackson, who had a very small bit, later landed the role of Pacey on "Dawson's Creek," also created by Scream writer Kevin Williamson.
Like in the 1st film, you can find a reference to Freddy Kruger's iconic sweater in Hallie and Sidneys dorm room in the beginning of the film.
Paulette Patterson, who plays the usher who hands masks to Maureen and Phil, won her role in a contest sponsored by MTV.
When Randy and Dewey are talking about the Stab movie, the character of Dewey is played by David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox's on-screen brother in the TV show "Friends".
Another "Friends" shot-out:When Randy talks about the nude pictures of Gale on the Internet, Gale says "It was Jennifer Aniston's body." Jennifer Aniston is Courteney Cox's best friend in real life.
The rules for a horror-movie sequel as stated by Randy are: 1. the death total is always greater; and 2. the murder scenes are always much more elaborate, with more blood and gore. The third rule to surviving a sequel was cut from the movie, but appears in its trailer, "And number three, never, ever under any circumstance assume that the killer is dead."
In the movie trailer and television advertisements for the movie, the scene in which Sidney talks to the killer for the first time on the Lambda house telephone is altered. In the trailers, the killer replies to her question, "It's time, girlfriend!"; and in the theatrical-release version of the movie, the killer says, "I want you. It's show time."
Shot out-out to "Party of Five:Cici is telling her friend on the phone about a TV plot, "Sarah dumped Bailey". She is referring to the TV show "Party Of Five" starring Neve Cambpell.
In Scream (1996), Tatum asks Sidney, "If they make a movie about you, who's gonna play you?" Sidney answers, "With my luck, they'd cast Tori Spelling." In "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), Tori Spelling plays Sidney.
The scene of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997), that recreates Casey Becker's death also recreates, and exaggerates, an apparent error of Scream (1996). In Scream (1996) Casey (Drew Barrymore) was stabbed in the chest with an obviously prop, retractable knife, and the wound did not bleed until the shot following the stabbing in which Casey falls to the ground. When Casey (Heather Graham) is stabbed in "Stab," the knife almost leaves her chest, revealing the sweater undamaged.
Kevin Williamson had the idea for a sequel while writing the script for Scream (1996), discovering there was more to the story. Scream 2 (1997) began principal photography just six months after the release of Scream (1996); and it was released less than a year after its predecessor.
Usually when making a motion picture when an actor is heard on screen, but not seen, such as a voice on a telephone, the actor records his part during post production, which takes place after the completion of principal photography. However, Wes Craven had Roger Jackson, The Voice, on set and actually speaking to on-screen actors by practical, not merely prop, telephone in order to create reality and fear for them. When Jackson was on set he was kept out of sight of other actors so they could not put a friendly face to The Voice. Jackson said that the actors were intimidated by him, and would not talk to him any more than was absolutely necessary, with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar, who would converse amiably with him on the telephone between takes.
Robert Rodriguez directed scenes of "Stab," the movie-within-a-movie of Scream 2 (1997). Rodriguez directed the Casey Becker scene and the Sidney and Billy scene.
14. Selma (2014)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Votes: 78,000 | Gross: $52.08M
Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Colman Domingo,
Common, Dylan Baker, Trai Byers, Henry G. Sanders,
Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola,
and Martin Sheen (uncredited)
This film marks the second time that Carmen Ejogo has played Coretta Scott King. The first was in Boycott (2001). Carmen is also married to the actor who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in that film, Jeffrey Wright.
Carmen Ejogo met her husband Jeffrey Wright when she played Coretta Scott King and he played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Boycott (2001). Both he and David Oyelowo played Muddy Waters in the year 2008. David played him in Who Do You Love (2008) and Jeffrey played him in Cadillac Records (2008)
The film has caused a minor controversy regarding its depiction of President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson). Various historians, critics and journalists have disputed the film's depiction of Johnson as a reluctant supporter of Voting Rights and an opponent of the Selma March. By most accounts, Johnson was in fact a strong ally of the Civil Rights movement and supporter of the march, albeit with a good deal of pressure from Martin Luther King and other activists.
This is the second film to co-star David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding Jr. The three previously co-starred in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013). Both films are about the Civil Rights Movement.
Directors who were at one point interested in directing the script include Steven Spielberg, Stephen Frears, Paul Haggis, Spike Lee, Lee Daniels and Michael Mann.
Lee Daniels was originally set to direct. The cast for his film included Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark, Liam Neeson portraying Lyndon Johnson, Robert De Niro attached to star as segregationist governor George Wallace, Cedric the Entertainer as minister and activist Ralph Abernathy while Lenny Kravitz was also on board as activist Andrew Young. David Oyelowo was attached to star as Martin Luther King Jr. and was the only actor the previous selections that Ava DuVernay kept in the film when she took over as director.
15. Snowpiercer (2013)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
Votes: 241,706 | Gross: $4.56M
John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner,
Kang-ho Song, Steve Park,
Curtis: Want to know what I hate about myself? I know what people taste like. And I know that babies taste the best.
This is based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige". Director Joon-ho Bong discovered the comic in late 2004 during pre-production of The Host (2006), and was fascinated by the concept of people struggling on the train for survival.
Director Joon-ho Bong says he got the idea from 70s nuclear-powered submarine. The train and nuclear-powered submarine in 70's have similar average speed of 50km per hour.
Director Joon-ho Bong explained that 'protein block' from the movie was made by seaweed, tangle, sugar and gelatin.
The drawings in the tail section of Snowpiercer were illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, the original comic artist of the graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
According to Director Joon-ho Bong, Tilda Swinton played another role as well as Mason - and that would be the woman trying to snatch the wine bottle from Yona when she and her dad are collecting Kronole lumps from the clubbers.
16. Stargate (1994)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Votes: 166,148 | Gross: $71.57M
Leon Rippy, John Diehl, Djimon Hounsou,
Erick Avari, French Stewart, Richard Kind,
Frank Welker (voice)
Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil: Give my regards to King Tut, *beep*
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were sued for stealing the storyline from a student of Egyptology named Omar Zuhdi who submitted the story to them about ten years before the movie was made (they "rejected" the story at the time). Zuhdi even had a well-respected Egyptologist from Johns Hopkins University vouch for him, since he put his own theories into the story. The only differences between the story and the movie are slight name variations. The issue was finally settled out of court.
One of the skeptics at Daniel Jackson's lecture asks who built the Egyptian Pyramids: "Men from Atlantis? Or Martians, perhaps?" Given the plots of this movie, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis, he was, in fact, correct on both counts.
French Stewart (Lieutenant Ferretti) is the only actor to appear in both Stargate and SGU (Stargate: Universe). In SGU he played Dr. Andrew Covel (s02e13 "Alliances"}.
James Brown's scream from "I Feel Good" was used as a sound effect in the scene demonstrating the alien taking control of the young boy's body.
The eye glowing effect that Ra has was actually added in Post Production because the test audiences didn't think that he was alien enough. This trait was continued in Stargate SG-1 as an identifier to people who are taken over by the Goa'uld.
The horse like creatures on the planet were in fact real horses, with an external costume draped over them.
Ra's former host's race was never identified throughout the movie. While the TV series Stargate SG-1 would later identify the entity of Ra as a Goa'uld, his former host was still never identified, but it does bear a strong resemblance to the Asgards (Thor's race)--so much so that the Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game would even go on to identify Ra's former host as an Asgard known as "Famrir".
Although the planet visited through the Stargate is never referred to by name throughout the length of the movie, its spin-off TV series Stargate SG-1 would later reveal the planet's name to be Abydos.
Richard Kind (Dr. Gary Meyers) is the only actor to appear in both Stargate and Stargate: Atlantis.
Alexis Cruz (Skaara) and Erick Avari (Kasuf) are the only actors to appear in both Stargate and Stargate SG-1.
French Stewart's film debut.
Jaye Davidson's dislike of the attention that he received after The Crying Game made him reluctant to take the role of Ra in Stargate. He didn't want to just turn the offer down so made what he expected to be an unacceptable demand of $1 million. This was accepted and he appeared.
Jaye Davidson despised the costumes he wore so much, on the last day of shooting his scenes, after hearing the final "cut", he stripped naked on the set without going to his trailer. Moreover, Davidson retired from acting after completion of this film. Since 1994, as of 2010, he has only appeared since in The Borghilde Project, a 17-minute film.
Dr. Jackson (James Spader) says disdainfully that the translators have obviously been using Budge, and wonders why "they keep reprinting him". He is referring to noted Egyptologist Sir E.A. Wallis Budge (1857 - 1934).
This was the first movie to ever have an official website. It was set up by Dean Devlin in 1994 and featured images, trailers and behind the scenes clips and actor information.
17. Something of Value (1957)
Approved | 113 min | Drama, War
Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band... See full summary »
Henry's Son - Peter: Kimani's guilty of only one thing, Captain. Guilty of being born black.
Some shots were filmed in the Nairobi National Park. The film crew were met at the game park entrance and were told they could not bring in their own trees, hay and lucerne. The park warden said that thorn trees were a permanent feature and that the crew could get close enough to the animals to film them without having to feed them first.
Rock Hudson himself drove the film crew round the Nairobi National Park, with the stand-in for his co-star next to him. The crew and game warden were in the back of the semi-open Land Rover. Although all the animals in the park were wild they were used to vehicles. Many shots of various animals were taken, including baboons. For the latter Hudson threw peanuts onto the front of the vehicle. One half-grown male, seeing the actual source of this food, jumped through the half-door onto Hudson's lap, stole some extra peanuts and even snatched a lipstick from the hand of the stand-in. Hudson grabbed the baboon by the scruff of the neck, calmly took back the lipstick and threw the animal out.
Although shooting animals and getting out of the vehicle were forbidden in the Nairobi National Park, Rock Hudson was allowed out of the Land Rover to aim his gun at a zebra. The actual shooting of a zebra was filmed by the second unit in the Nanyuki area about 100 miles away.
The storming of the Naivasha Police Station by the Mau Mau was an actual event used by Robert C. Ruark in his book, on which the film was based. The incident was needed for the film but, rather than travel the 50 miles to Naivasha for the original building, a mock-up of the police station was made in the industrial area of Nairobi. Before the actual filming started chickens were thrown into the road outside the mock-up to give some authenticity.
18. Spun (2002)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.
Votes: 35,347 | Gross: $0.41M
Mickey Rourke, Mena Suvari, Chloe Hunter
Nicholas Gonzalez, Deborah Harry, China Chow,
Charlotte Ayanna, Josh Peck, Eric Roberts,
Larry Drake, Peter Stormare, Alexis Arquette,
Rob Halford, Billy Corgan, Ron Jeremy
The Cook: [telling a story to Ross, whose asleep in the passenger seat] I tell ya, I remember a time when I was about... I was little, I don't know... 4, 5 something like that. We had this old dog that had a litter of puppies. And I walked in the bathroom one day and my Mother was standing there, kneeling down... Dog had a litter of about 8, and my Mother was bending over killing each one of these little puppies in the bathtub. I remember I said 'why?'... She said 'Im just killing what I can't take care of' - Then my momma said to me, she looked at me and she said 'I wish I could do that to you'. - Maybe she, maybe she shoulda.
Originally intended to be a documentary entitled "The Cook" about Methamphetamine cooks (makers of the drug) and its dealers and abusers. Instead, the project became a screenplay based on three days in the life of the film's creator/writer/co-producer, Will De Los Santos as he drove a methamphetamine cook around Eugene, Oregon, for three days in the winter of 1995.
Madonna was originally cast as The Neighbor, then porn star then Ginger Lynn. The role eventually went to Deborah Harry. Madonna backed out because of scheduling conflicts with her 2001 North American tour. Lynn backed out for unknown reasons, and was replaced by Harry.
One of the characters is watching a video by Norwegian black metal band Satyricon. The song is called "Mother North". The group agreed to Jonas Åkerlund using the video upon condition that he direct their next video clip "Fuel for Hatred". He shot the video in 2003.
The wrestling video playing in Mickey Rourke's room is the Insane Clown Posse's "Juggalo Championsh*t Wrestling" (JCW).
The doctor who says, "That's gotta hurt," to Frisbee after he is shot is played by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame, who also wrote some of the songs for the movie.
Mena Suvari wore resin on her teeth to make them look grungier. She had to get her teeth professionally cleaned afterwards to remove it.
The original cut was 3-1/2 hours long!
The turd that appears to drop out of Mena Suvari is actually a softened up Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Originally Spider Mike was to be completely naked when he masturbates but John Leguizamo refused to do it. He compromised by wearing a sock over his penis.
Chloe Hunter previously appeared in the poster for American Beauty as the navel which many assumed belonged to Mena Suvari.
Director Cameo Jonas Åkerlund: Hippie bumming a quarter at the bus station.
19. The Signal (2007)
R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
Votes: 19,626 | Gross: $0.60M
Rod: Did you kill anybody last night?
[Mya shakes her head]
Rod: How am I supposed to know? Tell me. Wait, where did you go? Where were you?
Mya Denton: [slowly] I hid in the apartment across the hall.
[Rod unties Mya]
Rod: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I couldn't trust anybody. I went looking for you. I couldn't find *beep* Everybody's either dead, dying, or completely flipped. Mad. Crazy.
Mya Denton: Why did Lewis hurt Jerry?
Rod: Hurt? Jerry's dead, lady. Lewis got it. *beep* snapped. I couldn't get any sense into him. I got his bat, knocked him out, I taped him up so that he couldn't hurt anybody else. I had no choice. Then I saw the hallway. I've never seen anything like that. One out of two people just started killing each other. They just decided to kill people! I mean, what do I do? I've never killed anybody before. What do I do? I'm not going to *beep* around. What do I do?
The opening sequence is an excerpt from "The Hap Hapgood Story," a winning entry in the 48-hour film festival directed by Jacob Gentry.
The name of the city in the film is Terminus. The movie was filmed entirely in Atlanta, Georgia which was originally called Terminus when it was settled in 1837.
No one knows for sure what exists in the signal. Although many people have heard newscasts(possibly about murder or terrorism) and have seen faces and woodlike structures within the transmission of the signal. Some people also believe that the signal is the 70's style opening sequence of the movie, shown on Ben's tv in the beginning, that has been scrambled. The scrambled version of the broadcast has created a superfear of paranoia that subliminally enters the mind and makes a person think everyone is out to get them. The only problem with this theory is that not everyone was tuned into the same channel that was on Ben's tv.
According to the ending credits, Transmission 1 "Crazy in Love" was directed by David Bruckner. Transmission 2 "The Jealousy Monster" was directed by Jacob Gentry and Transmission 3 "Escape from Terminus" was directed by Dan Bush.
The signal created hallucinations, created a defected perception of danger, and rewrote parts of a person's memory to a negative effect. Hallucinations include anything to do with paranoia, such as seeing someone with a weapon, or hearing someone threaten you, while in reality that wasn't happening. As said by Ben, it was a "trick" to create chaos and create extreme fear and paranoia for most people with prolongued exposure to the signal.
20. Scary or Die (2012)
R | 94 min | Horror
The creation of filmmaker Michael Emanuel, SCARY OR DIE tells five interwoven horror stories that take place in and around the "City of Angels". A flesh-eating clown desperately trying to ... See full summary »
21. Silent Running (1972)
G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.
Anderson: On this first day of a new century we humbly beg forgiveness and dedicate these last forests of our once beautiful nation to the hope that they will one day return and grace our foul earth. Until that day may God bless these gardens and the brave men who care for them.
This film is considered by many scholars to be the first environmentalist film.
In an interview with Starlog magazine in the late 1970s, Douglas Trumbull revealed that the plot of the movie in the original version of the script was quite a bit different from what was actually filmed. In this version, the Space Freighters were on permanent duty carrying biological domes. When they're finally told to blow the domes and return to earth, it is because the freighters are going to be scrapped. The Freeman Lowell character in this version was an older, more curmudgeonly man who simply doesn't want to return to earth and forced into retirement, so he steals the Valley Forge, "Shoots the rapids" through Saturn's Rings to make it look like his ship is destroyed, and heads off into deep space. As in the filmed version, he reprograms the robots for some companionship, and the subplot involving the plants dying due to a lack of light were involved, but his main interest in the plants was simply as a means of extending his limited food supplies on the ship. In the second half of the film, he receives a signal which he realizes is from an alien ship passing through the solar system, and decides to approach it - humanity's first contact with aliens - around the same time, his superiors on earth have realized what he did, and are trying to re-capture the ship. The last act of the movie was to have been a race against time, with Lowell trying to contact the aliens, and the recovery force trying to re-take the ship. Finally, in desperation, Lowell detaches one of the domes with one of the robots aboard only seconds before he's killed by the forces that have boarded the Valley Forge. The dome drifts off into deep space, where it's spotted by the as-yet-unseen aliens, who board it and find the robot. The robot, unsure what to do, pulls out a snapshot of itself, the other two robots, and Freeman Lowell taken earlier in the film, a "Family Portrait" after a fashion, and shows it to the aliens, who look at it and the robot confusedly, and there the film ends.
Although only three "space freighters" are visible ("Valley Forge", "Berkshire", and "Sequoia"), several other freighters are mentioned in radio communications. They are "Yellowstone", "Acadia", "Blue Ridge", "Glacier" and "Mojave" (each freighter is asked to report the final jettisons of their domes). Each freighter's name refers to an American National Park or Preserve.
The three drone robots Huey, Dewey, and Louie (named after Donald Duck's nephews) were operated by four multiple-amputee actors: Mark Persons, Steve Brown, Cheryl Sparks, and Larry Whisenhunt.
The decommissioned Essex-class aircraft carrier "Valley Forge," a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, served as the interior of the space freighter "Valley Forge." The flight control area and hangar deck of the carrier were modified and painted to represent the space freighter in the film. The carrier was scrapped after filming was complete.
The model of the "Valley Forge" space freighter was 26 feet in length and was constructed of steel, wood, plastic, and over 650 army tank model kits. This model no longer exists, as it was disassembled and destroyed several years after filming. At least one original "dome" from the model has survived in good condition, and was offered on an Internet auction site in 2003 - it sold for $11,000, and currently rests in a science fiction museum in Seattle, Washington, USA.
22. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,095,912 | Gross: $96.07M
Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great - so called - told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.
Steven Spielberg's first R-rated film.
As a producer, Steven Spielberg shopped directing duties on this film to numerous colleagues, because he was afraid he couldn't do the story justice. He was turned down by Martin Scorsese (who was interested but ultimately felt it was a subject that should be done by a Jewish director), Roman Polanski (who didn't feel he was yet ready to tackle the Holocaust after surviving it in childhood), and Billy Wilder (who wanted to make this as his last film). Apparently, it was Wilder who convinced Spielberg to direct it himself.
In October 1980, author Thomas Keneally was on his way back to Australia after a book signing when he stopped en route to the airport to buy a new briefcase in a Beverly Hills luggage shop owned by Leopold Pfefferberg - who had been one of the 1200 saved by Oskar Schindler. In the 50 minutes Keneally spent waiting for his credit card payment to clear, Pfefferberg persuaded him to go to the back room where the shopkeeper kept two cabinets filled with documents he had collected. Pfefferberg - who had told his story to every writer and producer who ever came into his store - eventually wore down Keneally's reluctance, and the writer chose to make the story into his next book.
The most expensive black & white film ever made to date. The previous record was held for over 30 years by another film about World War II, The Longest Day.
Director Steven Spielberg was able to get permission to film inside Auschwitz, but chose not to out of respect for the victims, so the scenes of the death camp were actually filmed outside the gates on a set constructed in a mirror image of the real location on the other side.
The most expensive black & white film ever made to date. The previous record was held for over 30 years by another film about World War II, The Longest Day.
Stellan Skarsgård was considered for the role of Oskar Schindler. The role went to Liam Neeson. Neeson was originally set to play Father Frank Merrin in Exorcist: The Beginning, but dropped out and was replaced with Skarsgård.
Harrison Ford was offered the title role but declined, saying that some people would not be able to look past him as a star to see the importance of the film.
In the epilogue, all actors accompany the original Schindlerjuden they portray in the movie in pairs.
There is a Jewish tradition that when one visits a grave, one leaves a small stone on the marker as a sign of respect. This is why the cast and the Schindlerjuden cover Oskar Schindler's grave with stones at the end of the movie.
The original missing list of Schindler's Jews was found in a suitcase together with his written legacy hidden in the attic of Schindler's flat in Hildesheim in 1999. Oskar Schindler stayed there during the last few months before his death in 1974.
In reality it was not Itzhak Stern who helped Oskar Schindler put the list together, but Marcel Goldberg. Many survivors who speak of Goldberg do so with disdain, as he was unscrupulous in deciding who ended up on the list, reportedly accepting bribes from some Survivors, taking names off the list to add theirs instead.
In real life, Oskar Schindler was not arrested for kissing the Jewish girl at his birthday party. He was arrested three times for dealings in the black market.
The film's tagline "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire" is a quotation from the Talmud.
During filming, Ben Kingsley, who played Itzhak Stern, kept a picture of Anne Frank, the young girl who died in a concentration camp and whose personal diary was published after the Holocaust, in his coat pocket. Some years later, Kingsley played Otto Frank, Anne's father, in the telefilm "Anne Frank: The Whole Story."
During the liquidation scene, one man stops to remove something from the door post of his residence. What he removes is a Mezuzah, a case containing a passage from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), which Jews traditionally affix to the door frames of their houses as a constant reminder of God's presence.
Ralph Fiennes put on 13kg by drinking Guinness for his role. Steven Spielberg cast him because of his "evil sexuality".
The Krakow ghetto "liquidation" scene was only a page of action in the script, but Steven Spielberg turned it into 20 pages and 20 minutes of screen action "based on living witness testimony". For example, the scene in which the young man escapes capture by German soldiers by telling them he was ordered to clear the luggage from the street was taken directly from a survivor's story.
The person who places the flower on top of the stones in the closing credits is Liam Neeson and not Steven Spielberg, as some people think.
Steven Spielberg was not paid for this film. He refused to accept a salary citing that it would be "blood money".
Steven Spielberg offered the job of director to Roman Polanski. Polanski turned it down because the subject was too personal. He had lived in the Krakow ghetto until the age of 8, when he escaped on the day of the liquidation. His mother later died at Auschwitz concentration camp. Polanski would later direct his own film about the Holocaust, The Pianist.
Steven Spielberg watched Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg six times before the shooting.
It is said that, during the filming, the atmosphere was so grim and depressing that Steven Spielberg asked his friend Robin Williams if he could film some comedy sketches.
At his insistence, all royalties and residuals from this film that would normally have gone to director Steven Spielberg instead are given to the Shoah Foundation, which records and preserves written and videotaped testimonies from survivors of genocide worldwide, including the Holocaust.
Steven Spielberg initially intended to make the film in Polish and German with English subtitles, but rethought the idea because he felt he wouldn't be able to accurately assess performances in unfamiliar languages.
Juliette Binoche was offered a role, which she has described in interviews as a woman who was to be raped and then murdered, but she turned it down. She had already turned Steven Spielberg down once that same year, passing on the role of Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park to make Three Colors: Blue.
When Survivor Mila Pfefferberg was introduced to Ralph Fiennes on the set, she began shaking uncontrollably, as he reminded her too much of the real Amon Goeth.
Both Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson offered their services, but Steven Spielberg decided to go with less familiar names, as the presence of a major star would be too distracting.
During the night time raid on the Krakow ghetto by the SS, two officers see a man playing a piano and wonder if the music is Johann Sebastian Bach or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The piece is actually Bach's "English Suite No.2 in A Minor" despite the one officer's conclusion that it was Mozart.
Ironically, the set decorator on the film's Polish crew is named Ewa Braun, which is almost the same name as Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's wife.
"Schindler's List" and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial are the two films Steven Spielberg would like to be remembered for.
Steven Spielberg waited 10 years to make the film because he felt he wasn't ready to tackle the Holocaust in 1983 at the age of 37.
The film that finally netted Steven Spielberg the Oscar for best director, something that had eluded him in the past.
The Amblin logo, showing the bike flying past the moon from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a regular sight at the end of every Steven Spielberg film, isn't present here, perhaps because of the somber subject matter.
Spielberg had to make Jurassic Park before "Schindler's List". It was even written into his contract because if he made "Schindler's List" first, he would have been too drained to make "Jurassic Park".
According to Czech filmmaker Juraj Herz, the scene where a group of women confuse a shower for a gas chamber was taken direct from his own The Night Overtake Me shot for shot. Herz wanted to sue but he couldn't come up with the money to fund it.
Steven Spielberg refuses to autograph any materials related to this film.
After filming this movie, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes became very good friends.
When the film was to be shown in the Philippines, the censors decided to cut out certain scenes of nudity and violence. When Steven Spielberg learned of this he wanted to pull the film out unless it was shown as it is. So Philippine President Fidel Ramos intervened and overruled the censors and the film was shown without any cuts.
Saul Bass was asked to design the poster for this film. Eventually, his version consisting of an image of barb wire spiking paper containing the names of the people, Schindler saved, was refused.
Director Cameo Steven Spielberg: a liberated Schindler Jew among the hundreds crossing a field near the end of the film.
23. Shooter (I) (2007)
R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
Votes: 292,799 | Gross: $47.00M
Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Louis Ferreira,
Tate Donovan, Rade Serbedzija, Ned Beatty,
Tom Butler, Levon Helm, John Tench,
Bob Lee Swagger: Suppose I was looking for man who could make a 2200 yard cold bore shot, who's alive that could do that? Mr. Rate: Seems I heard about a shot like that being made not too long ago, said the guy's name was Bob Lee Swagger. Never met the man, so I wouldn't know. Bob Lee Swagger: Ya, they said that alright. Mr. Rate: They also said that artificial sweeteners were safe, WMDs were in Iraq and Anna Nicole married for love! Would've been a bad job to take, though. Nick Memphis: How come? Mr. Rate: Whoever took that shot's probably dead now. That's how conspiracy works. Them boys on the grassy knoll, they were dead within three hours. Buried in the damn desert. Unmarked graves out past Terlingua. Nick Memphis: And you know this for a fact? Mr. Rate: Still got the shovel! Bobby Lee Swagger: Sake of argument, somebody other than him? Mr. Rate: There was a guy in Russia. They locked his ass up. Another one in France. I know he's dead. There was one guy, but he don't shoot no more. A brutal son of a bitch. Most boys shoot to kill. He'd shoot to wound, wait till his friends come to help, kill them too. Turned one target into four. Men, women, children. Killed them by the hundreds. The other side wanted him. Bad. Finally narrowed his hide down to an abandoned six-story building. They quit the subtle tactics. They called in an artillery strike. Leveled a square block. Brought the building down on his ass. Some say he crawled out of there. Some say he died. Never heard from him no more. Bobby Lee Swagger: [recalling the man in the wheelchair, Michael Sandor] *beep* me. Nick Memephis: What? Bobby Lee Swagger: I met the son of a bitch!
The high caliber rifle that Swagger owns and is framed with is a Cheyenne Tactical M200 Intervention. It fires a .408 caliber projectile accurately out to and beyond 2000 meters. The CheyTac M200 is also available with a Long Range Rifle System, which consists of a laser range finder, magnifying scope with night vision capability, and a weather-sensing module, all of which interface with a PDA running ballistics calculation software.
In the scene after Sarah Fenn first talks to Nick Memphis, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is seen standing outside with a Philadelphia Eagles hat and jacket on. Wahlberg plays for the Eagles in the movie Invincible.
Swagger's wristwatch is a Suunto Vector, a digital watch made in Finland. Besides telling time, it also has an altimeter, barometer, and digital compass.
Mark Wahlberg had to lose 20 pounds to give Bob Lee Swagger the slim and ripped look of a field sniper to make the film more realistic.
Keanu Reeves was the original choice to play Bob Lee Swagger.
According to the movie's script doctor William Goldman, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Harrison Ford passed on the movie. These men would have fit the literary Bob Lee Swagger's age a bit more closely than 'Mark Wahlberg' (born in 1971); Stephen Hunter introduced Swagger as a Vietnam veteran in a 1993 novel taking place in 1992. However, to accommodate Wahlberg's age, this film has Swagger active in Africa in the 1990's instead of Vietnam in the 1970's.
During the mountain top confrontation, Swagger kills one of the snipers by shooting the counter-sniper through his rifle scope. This is likely based upon an infamous kill by renowned U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock during the Viet Nam War.
The character name of Bob Lee Swagger is a homage to the conspiracy theory that assassins have three names such as Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, Mark David Chapman and James Earl Ray.
Swagger's name maybe be a play on the term "SWAG". In sniping terms it stands for "Sophisticated Wild Ass Guess", a quick calculation made on the fly.
24. Scarecrows (1988)
R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller
Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows.
Corbin: God to Bert - your birthday has been cancelled!
Jack: Hey Curry, how are we going to live in Mexico, when we're dead?
In the final credits the cast is listed in two sections: Crows and Scarecrows.
Excellent Eerie Music composed, orchestrated and conducted by Terry Plumeri