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(1983)

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On October 30, 1982, Dominique Dunne, who had been signed to play the role of Robin Maxwell, was at her house with co-star David Packer going over lines for the next day's filming, when her boyfriend John Sweeny arrived unexpectedly and choked Dunne into a coma. Five days later, on November 4, 1982, Dunne died. Blair Tefkin was cast to replace Dunne as Robin, and all of the scenes that had been shot with the late actress were re-filmed. According to the DVD commentary, however, Dunne is still visible from the back in one group scene that occurs as the Visitors arrive on Earth.
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The series was intended as a literal retelling of the Nazi takeover of various countries, and the resistance movement against them. However, because of the popularity of the Star Wars saga and other science fiction hits, as well as the belief among network executives that U.S. citizens would not believe a fascist takeover, the network executives had the producers change it to a science fiction miniseries. Other ideas were also discussed, but discarded.
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The Visitors' symbol is actually a modified swastika.
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In a massive media campaign before the V (1984) series aired, posters with the line "The Visitors Are Our Friends" appeared in subways around the United States - just as they did in the first part of the miniseries. Several days before V: Liberation Day (1984) aired, each poster was spray-painted with a bright red "V" exactly as was done in the show.
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The character Diana was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of the 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends (August 1, 2004 issue).
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The music that plays when the ship is first seen has as a major motif consisting of three short notes followed by one long note. This is the letter V in Morse code. It is also patterned after Ludwig van Beethoven's fifth symphony.
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Due to the high cost of the laser visual effects, it was decided that human resistance fighters would use regular rifles and pistols. This was explained away in the script as due to high security on the alien armories.
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The laser effects cost one thousand dollars each. The high cost was due to the lengthy post-production work by manually adding optical effects to the film.
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Daniel Bernstein's uniform is brown in color, a reference to the Sturmabteilung (Brownshirts), a paramilitary organization that aided the Third Reich.
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It is hinted that the Visitors are engaged in a war with another alien species, but this idea is never developed further. In 2008, V creator Kenneth Johnson published the novel V: The Second Generation which takes place 25 years after the original miniseries (though ignores the events depicted in V: The Final Battle and V: The Series, neither of which Johnson was involved with). In the novel, the Visitors' enemy are a race called the Zedti, who ultimately come to Earth at humanity's request but turn out to be even worse than the Visitors are.
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The company the resistance members steal medical equipment from is called Stamos Pharmaceuticals. Writer, Producer, and Director Kenneth Johnson named it after John Stamos, on whom his daughter had a crush.
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Much of the non-original music for the filming of V was a combination of motifs from Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and, more notably, motifs from the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
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This was NBC's highest-rated program in two years. It had a 40% share of the national audience, and finished in second place for the week.
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The Leader's name is never revealed.
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The vast majority of the shots of the mothership are matte paintings. A model was used for a few scenes where the mothership is in motion.
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The octagonal storage containers contain a device, with what appears to be rotating red lasers inside a long glass tube, both of which are seen on the Visitors' mother ship, later made regular appearances as set dressing and props on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and other series.
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The original TV broadcast was in 4:3 full-screen, while the DVD release is in matted 16:9 widescreen. The mini-series was filmed in open matte, with director Kenneth Johnson stating he had composed the picture to be more or less "widescreen-safe" in the event of an overseas theatrical release. Comparing the two, the 16:9 format does not just crop the top and bottom of the 4:3 format, but also includes some additional image on the sides that wasn't originally visible.
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The music during the closing credits was a combination of most, if not all, motifs of the 4th movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th Symphony closing with the final couple of measures of the 4th movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. According to Kenneth Johnson's DVD commentary, the lyrics to Beethoven's music were added with some self-admitted outrageous chutzpah and were the following translated into Latin: glory to the cause, glory to the fallen, glory to the fighters for freedom, victoria...victoria, for victory!
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Although V and the three-part sequel V: The Final Battle were screened a year apart in the US, in the UK both miniseries were screened as one over five nights in summer 1984. ITV screened them as counter-programming against the BBC's live coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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According to the New York Times, the miniseries reportedly cost $13 million to make.
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In the DC Comics' limited series "V", scientist Carl Sagan was incorporated as character, changing his name to "Earl Meagan".
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