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Oscar (1991) Poster

(1991)

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At the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991 which went to Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone in his tribute to Douglas recalled the filming of the scene where he hits Stallone in the face. After a swing and miss, Stallone jokingly told Douglas to slap him hard. "Let me have your best", whereupon Douglas proceeded to beat Stallone silly. Stallone said "I learned the hard way: never spar with Spartacus".
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One night, after filming wrapped, a fire destroyed several sets, many of the actors' trailers (among them Tim Curry's), all of the costumes, and twenty-one valuable vintage cars. Production was halted for two weeks while they were remaking all of the costumes. A Universal security guard hired to guard the cars later admitted to setting the fire.
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Appearing as the title character Oscar, this is Jim Mulholland's only film.
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This was the first feature to be shot at the MGM-Disney Studios in Orlando, Florida.
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The club where Anthony tells Angelo Provolone he met his daughter is called Club 33, which is a real private club hidden in Disneyland.
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Marisa Tomei plays the daughter of Ornella Muti in this film. Muti, born in 1955, is only nine years older than Tomei, born in 1964.
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This film is based on the 1958 French play "Oscar" by Claude Magnier.
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The name of the horse on which one of Snaps' henchmen places a bet is High Hat, the name of the horse ridden by Harpo Marx in A Day at the Races (1937).
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Victor Mature was approached for the role of Sylvester Stallone's father which eventually went to Kirk Douglas.
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Final U.S. studio film of Yvonne De Carlo.
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Kirk Douglas and Sylvester Stallone had only ever appeared in one movie together previously, and it had not been a happy experience. Douglas had started out as Colonel Trautman in First Blood (1982), but quit after a dispute over whether Rambo should live or die at the end. It was not an amicable departure.
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When Vendetti (Richard Romanus) is about to leave his office to put a hit on Snaps, he says, "Order out for pizza. We'll be back in an hour." The line is a reference to the actor's work as the "Godfather" in commercial's for Godfather's Pizza.
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In the early 80's, the film was originally proposed as another project for director John Landis and star John Belushi, who was penciled in for the Snaps Provolone role. The project was abandoned once Belushi died but resuscitated a decade later, this time with Stallone in the lead.
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When first announced, this was to be a Danny DeVito vehicle, and Charles Crichton, fresh from his success on A Fish Called Wanda (1988), was to direct.
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The poster is an homage to the iconic scene from Safety Last! (1923).
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The film takes place in 1931.
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When Anthony first appears at Snaps' door, Aldo says "it's Little Anthony" he looks behind him "and his imperial" little Anthony and the Imperials was a rock band in the 50's.
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Mark Metcalf and Peter Riegert had worked together previously in Animal House.
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The film can boast two Oscar winners, Don Ameche and Marissa Tomei, and three actors who were Oscar Nominees, Sylvester Stallone, Chazz Palminteri, and Kirk Douglas.
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