Edit
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Cameo (1)  | Director Trademark (1)  | Spoilers (4)
As a show of support for Robert Downey Jr.'s recovery from alcohol and drugs, Val Kilmer refused to drink during the entire production.
355 of 356 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Val Kilmer met Robert Downey Jr. for the first time at a Hollywood party. A week later, he received the screenplay for this film, and agreed to do it before he'd even finished reading it. Upon agreeing, and much to his delight, he was informed that Downey had already been cast.
168 of 168 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Val Kilmer had to quickly lose the fifty pounds gained for his plump role in Alexander (2004), in order to play his fit GQ character for this film.
120 of 120 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Val Kilmer walked around in a five hundred dollar pair of Louis Vuitton driving shoes, and wore nail varnish, while experimenting with several variations of speech patterns for the role. Kilmer also noted this was done much to his son Jack's chagrin.
86 of 86 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film was given a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
184 of 187 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film was originally titled "L.A.P.I.", then "Bang!", but Val Kilmer suggested to Director Shane Black that "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" would have more appeal.
109 of 110 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Val Kilmer's depiction of Gay Perry is generally considered to be the first openly gay character to front a Hollywood action movie.
231 of 237 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Shane Black had been suffering from writer's block. It ultimately took him over a year and a half to write the script for this film. He then had enormous trouble trying to sell it. His former cachet, as being the highest paid screenwriter, meant nothing when he was shopping his screenplay around. Eventually, he took it to Producer Joel Silver, who gave him his first break back in 1987 when he bought Lethal Weapon (1987).
107 of 109 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Co-Producer of the film, Susan Downey (Susan Levin), is Robert Downey Jr.'s wife.
58 of 59 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film grossed far more outside the U.S., accounting for just over seventy percent of the film's worldwide gross.
85 of 88 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Joel Silver noted that the film was originally budgeted at ten million dollars, because Warner Brothers was not confident in the premise. The film ran over, and the final budget was fifteen million dollars. Warner Brothers loved the film when it was screened, and immediately opened it at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival in a high-profile capacity.
80 of 83 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Shane Black's directorial debut.
65 of 67 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Robert Downey Jr.'s favorite movie of his own.
50 of 51 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Warner Brothers was willing to produce the movie with a larger budget, if Harrison Ford was to play the detective. When he passed on it, several other options were briefly considered before Val Kilmer was offered the role.
64 of 66 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
One scene in the film takes place in a club exhibiting living art, which Robert Downey Jr. once worked as.
76 of 79 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In reference to the "Ike, Mike, and Mustard" quote, Ike and Mike are diner slang for salt and pepper shakers. Also, pre-1950s, an "Ike, Mike, and Mustard" joke was an off color joke, generally with sexual references, that wouldn't be told in polite or mixed company.
54 of 56 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Because of its modest budget, Warner Brothers granted Joel Silver the distinction of overseeing the film personally, allowing Shane Black to only have to answer to him, instead of numerous studio heads.
54 of 56 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Johnny Knoxville was set to star as Harry Lockhart, before being replaced by Robert Downey Jr..
66 of 70 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The movie shares its title with a song from the soundtrack of the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965). "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" was recorded first by Shirley Bassey, and then Dionne Warwick after Composer John Barry had chosen the title when he read a magazine article which mentioned that was how Bond was known in Italy. However, the producers got cold feet at the last moment, and asked him to write a title song, "Thunderball", which was performed by Tom Jones. KKBB was relegated to an instrumental-only status within the movie. Both versions of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" were released many years later, and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" has since become a slang description of the James Bond-style spy genre.
65 of 69 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Shane Black read several stories by Raymond Chandler when writing this script. As a result, the story is divided into chapters and the chapter titles come from Chandler works. Specifically: 1. "Trouble is My Business", 2. "The Lady in the Lake", 3. "The Little Sister", 4. "The Simple Art of Murder", and Epilogue: "Farewell, My Lovely".
61 of 65 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Robert Downey Jr. considered his role as Harry Lockhart his "calling card" to playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While preparing to make Iron Man (2008), Downey Jr.'s performance inspired director Jon Favreau to cast him in the title role.
22 of 22 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
WRITER TRADEMARK: (Shane Black): (disarmed gunman): While being held at gunpoint, Gay Perry demonstrates how easy it is to disarm a non-professional gunman, as most of them fail to keep a minimum distance of five feet from their targets. Shane Black often writes scenes where the hero is able to disarm a gunman who makes this mistake, most notably in The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996).
51 of 54 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The opening part, taking place at Harlan Dexter's mansion, was shot at Shane Black's mansion. In the years between Black's last produced feature, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and this one, Black had become infamous for throwing similar large, extravagant parties at that mansion, filled with the same kind of industry big-wigs and up-and-comers.
40 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Robert Downey Jr. composed music for his first music album during the production.
60 of 65 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Gay Perry's cell phone ringtone is "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
61 of 67 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film's original title was "You'll Never Die in This Town Again". When Harmony is seen on the bus leaving Indiana at age sixteen, she's asleep with the Johnny Gossamer book, "You'll Never Die in This Town Again" in her lap.
41 of 44 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In its initial release, this never expanded beyond one hundred sixty-nine screens, hence its disappointing box-office numbers.
38 of 41 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
According to the DVD commentary track, Robert Downey Jr. had one of Shane Black's assistants crouching off camera jabbing him in the kidneys during the torture scene.
23 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Harry's (Robert Downey Jr.) game of Russian roulette, while asking the suspect "Where is the girl?" is a mirror of a Russell Crowe scene from L.A. Confidential (1997).
52 of 59 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The phrase "kiss kiss, bang bang" appeared in the 1960s as an overseas slang for spy movies, especially James Bond movies. It was popular in Europe and Japan. It first appeared as a film title for Kiss Kiss - Bang Bang (1966), a 1966 spy comedy made in Spain with Italian financing. It was also the title of famed critic Pauline Kael's second published collection of reviews. Kael wrote that she chose the words as her title because they are "perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies."
37 of 41 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Although the film leads us to believe that the characters played by Robert Downey Jr. and Michelle Monaghan grew up together, there is an eleven year age difference between them.
56 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In one scene, Harry Lockhart is prompted to read lines from a script sample. The first line he reads ends with the phrase "go spit", which is also a catchphrase of Danny Glover's character in the Lethal Weapon (1987) movies.
28 of 34 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Harmony's baseball bat carries the inscription "Wonder Girl", which is an homage to Robert Redford's bat in The Natural (1984), which was called "Wonder Boy".
24 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The first film produced by Public Media Works, Corbin Bernsen's production company.
18 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Early in production, Warner Brothers considered Benicio Del Toro for Harry, and Hugh Grant for Gay Perry.
21 of 28 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The (published) name of the author of the Jonny Gossamer books is Joe Chester. You can see it briefly on the first book Harmony picks up at the party.
20 of 27 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At one point in the film, Gay Perry reveals that Colin Farrell is up for the role, for which Harry is auditioning. Val Kilmer had previously played Philip, father of Alexander the Great (Farrell) in Alexander (2004).
29 of 44 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The "Johnny Gossamer" novel, Gloria Gaynor picks up at the party, opens to show the contents as "Man Beneath The Uniform" by Maureen Child.
15 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Harry's hotel room number is 714. This is also Joe Friday's badge number on Dragnet (1951).
24 of 43 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
As Robert Downey Jr.'s character walks into the hedonism party in the middle of the film, there's the unexplained statue, Pazuzu, from The Exorcist (1973) on the left bathed in red light.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film was strongly influenced on works by Raymond Chandler. Robert Downey Jr. had starred in a similar role in The Singing Detective (2003), which is also based on Chandler's books.
7 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Only got a limited theatrical release in the UK. It did become a large hit on home video.
5 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Shannyn Sossamon's character was originally "Girl with Pink Hair", but was changed after production was completed to "Pink Hair Girl".
20 of 81 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr., Gloria Gaynor, and Shane Black were all involved with DC or Marvel properties. Val Kilmer played Batman in Batman Forever (1995), Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gloria Gaynor as Wonder Woman in Justice League: War (2014), and Shane Black directed Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 (2013).
4 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Cameo 

Laurence Fishburne: Voice of the bear in the fake beer commercial.
177 of 179 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Director Trademark 

Shane Black: nde antagonist] Harlan Dexter (Corbin Bernsen) joins the ranks of Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey) in Lethal Weapon (1987), Vorstedt aka Adolf (Derrick O'Connor) in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Mr. Milo (Taylor Negron) in The Last Boy Scout (1991), Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) from Iron Man 3 (2013), and John Boy (Matt Bomer) from The Nice Guys (2016).
3 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Towards the end, Harry attributes Perry's dubious survival to when "the studio gets paranoid about a downer ending." The same rationale caused a change to the endings of Shane Black's prior screenplays for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996).
61 of 62 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There is foreshadowing with Gay Perry throughout the movie, as his cell phone plays "I Will Survive" by link=nm0310974] as his ringtone, indicating his fate at the end of the movie.
40 of 43 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Body count: thirteen: Protocop actor (falls off Harmony's balcony); Richie (shot by woman on fire escape); Veronica Dexter (the "lady in the lake"); Jenna Lane (suicide); Mr Frying Pan (shot by food stand owner); Pink Hair Girl (shot by Mr Fire); Mr Fire (shot by Harry); Dexter's Clinic guard (shot by Harry); Aurelio (shot by Perry); Dexter's goon on bridge (shot by Perry); Harlan Dexter (shot by Harry); two goons on freeway (shot by Harry).
46 of 54 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There is a clue to the murder plot in a shot of a defective hotel "No Vacancy" sign. The sign flashes "No Vac". In the Hitchcock film Vertigo (1958), Kim Novak plays a woman who doubles for a murder victim.
20 of 28 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed