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(2001)

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During the hot air balloon chase, the first cow Duane Cody bumps into has a map of the world on its side made from its own spots.
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John Cleese plays a character called Donald Sinclair. This was actually the name of the real-life hotel proprietor on which Cleese's iconic character Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers (1975) was based.
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A deleted scene further exaggerated the gambling habits of Sinclair and his associates. The scene featured them playing Monopoly with real money.
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Vince Vieluf who portrays Blaine Cody, did not appear on any of the film's posters or promotional material, even though he is one of the main characters, due to an agent who tried to secure star-billing. Vieluf has since fired the agent.
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Writer Andy Breckman came up with the idea of the bus full of Lucy impersonators after reading an article in a tabloid about an I Love Lucy (1951) convention.
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"Rat Race" has an extremely similar plot to the film It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), in which a group of strangers are caught up in a mad dash to seek out and claim $350,000 in cash. That amount adjusted in inflation from 1963 to 2001 would come out approximately to $2,000,000 - the same amount of money Donald Sinclair offered to the 6 random gamblers. Whether or not this was intentionally written into the script as an homage to the 1963 film is unknown.
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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character is based on a real-life referee.
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On a highway location, while traffic was clearing, the motorists would rubberneck to see who the star was. One day, Cuba Gooding Jr. decided to "moon" the motorists driving by.
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Rowan Atkinson's character (an Italian tourist) was originally going to be a Chinese diplomat.
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The scene in the movie where Cuba Gooding Jr. flips the coin at the football game was filmed in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) before a CFL game for the Calgary Stampeders.
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Pro wrestler Dallas Page had a cameo in the movie that was cut when test audiences failed to give his appearance any reaction. The scene is included in the DVD.
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The script originally called for one tour guide in the Barbie museum, but Jerry Zucker liked the pair who ultimately made it into the film so much that he split the role.
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Jason Alexander was originally lined up to play Zack before his Seinfeld (1989) cast-mate Wayne Knight took the role.
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This film features three Oscar winners: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire (1996)); Whoopi Goldberg (Best Supporting Actress for Ghost (1990)), and Kathy Bates (Best Actress for Misery (1990)). Bates and Goldberg won their Oscars the same year.
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Professor Ken Freedman, mentioned in the speech by the jet car driver before the women steal the car, is a reference to Ken Freedman, the station manager of WFMU where the writer and he do a weekly radio show, 7 Second Delay.
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DVD extras includes unplanned, unscripted, recorded phone calls to the main stars of the movie from Jerry Zucker and Andy Breckman, who were sitting in a sound studio working on an audio commentary for the movie. Jerry and Andy said it was simply something they came up with because they were trying to find things to include on the DVD.
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Elmer Bernstein composed a rejected score.
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The Arabic tattoo on the neck of the Klaus Barbie museum guide reads "In the limits of allowed".
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Jerry Goldsmith had originally been selected to score the movie, but had to drop out at the last minute due to health reasons.
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This is the fifth known film in which Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Najimy both had roles. A couple of those films they starred in together besides this one was Sister Act and its sequel.
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Cameo. Abdul Goznobi (of 'Old School' and 'High School High' fame) as an extra. He is in the background wearing a light green shirt as Nick checks out of the hotel in Vegas.
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When Cuba Gooding Jr.s character is sitting at the bar the gentleman next to him can be seen looking at him but trying to look forward.
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Wayne Knight, though prominently billed, his character doesn't have anything to do with the film's main plot and is only in the film for a short amount of time.
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Dean Cain plays a character named Shawn Kent. This is a reference to Cain's most famous role as Superman/Clark Kent.
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No part of this movie was filmed in New Mexico as this was filmed prior to the Hollywood boom in New Mexico.
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When the dog is on the electric fence with the heart in its mouth, the heart appears to have "fuzz" written on it. Later, when Wayne Knight is holding it, their appears to be a small face on it.
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When Tracy drags her boyfriend out of the truck and drives off in it after making him crash, you can clearly see that there are two seat belts for the driver and front passenger. The truck is an extended cab Dodge Ram, which has the seat belt upper mounts on the pillars behind the doors. The front seat came from a quad cab Dodge Ram, which required the seat belts to be mounted completely within the seats due to the way the rear doors open.
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This is the second film that both Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson have starring roles in. The first being The Lion King (1994).
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Even if the police officer were to arrest anyone in the movie, he has no cage that separates the front and back seats in the police car.
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Charlotte Zucker: Director Jerry Zucker's mother plays the elderly Lucille Ball impersonator.
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