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Spy Kids (2001) Poster

(2001)

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The Thumb-Thumbs are based on a drawing that Robert Rodriguez did as a child.
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Director Robert Rodriguez edited the movie in his "garage." His garage is really a state of the art editing studio that is in his home, but he calls it his garage.
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Carla Gugino was reluctant to accept the role of Ingrid Cortez. Gugino felt she was too young, at the age of 29, to have an 8 year-old boy and a 12 year old girl as her children. Director Robert Rodriguez told her that his own mother had him and all of his siblings by the time she was thirty, and they were a similar age as the kids in the movie. Gugino was reassured and ultimately accepted the role of Ingrid Cortez.
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The last Robert Rodriguez movie shot on film. Post-production was done at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch where he introduced Rodriguez to High-Definition digital film making.
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Stayed at number 1 in the US box office charts for three straight weeks.
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The characters in the film, Gregorio, Carmen and Juni are named after family members of Robert Rodriguez.
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Gregorio Cortez was the name of a famous Texan thief in the early 1900s.
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The name of the Teri Hatcher character, Miss Gradenko, is a reference to a song by The Police on their 1983 "Synchronicity" album.
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The Organization of Super Spies (O.S.S.) has the same initials as the Office of Strategic Services, the WWII-era precursor to the modern day Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
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Carmen's full name is Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Echo Sky Brava Cortez. The DVD captioning misspell "Echo Sky" as "Costa".
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The boy in the logo for Troublemaker Studios (director Robert Rodriguez' production company) is named Pepino, which the name means "cucumber" in Spanish.
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The aerial shot of San Diablo is actually Santiago, the capital of Chile. The camera zooms in on Plaza de la Ciudadanía before it turns into Travis Park in San Antonio, Texas.
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Shot over a period of 10 weeks.
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San Diablo is a Spanish oxymoron meaning Holy Devil or Sainted Devil.
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Robert Rodriguez said he went with Alexa Vega to see Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) just before they started Spy Kids. He leaned over to her halfway through and said, "You're going to be so much cooler than Tom Cruise."
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The book Carmen reads on how to be a spy appears to actually be a copy of the "Pocket Ref" as seen by its size and the black tabs on the pages. At one point you can see a small table, which are the total contents of the book. The Pocket Ref later gained fame as the "go to" book in The Mythbusters.
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Brie Larson and Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role of Carmen Cortez.
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Angie Harmon was considered for the role of Ingrid, but her commitments on Law & Order (1990) prevented her from participating.
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First PG-rated film of Robert Rodriguez.
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Carla Gugino took on the role of the mother when Kelly Preston became unavailable, having just given birth.
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Gregorio's car is an Isuzu Trooper Limited [UBS26GW], and his 'spy car' is an Isuzu Axiom. Spy Kids and its sequel featured the Axiom as part of a promotion, even having a lenticular poster and an RC car made by RadioShack.
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Many of the exterior scenes were filmed in Chile.
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Tony Shalhoub, who plays Minion, began playing his iconic title role in Monk (2002) only a year later.
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Despite playing a Mexican-American, Daryl Sabara is Ashkenazi Jewish.
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In the initial draft of the script, the Cortez family owns a DVD copy of El Topo (1970).
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The emergency cash is from Canada, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Great Britain, the United States of America, South Korea, Italy, and Argentina.
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The helicopters in the wedding scene are Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters, which are used by the United States Army, Israeli Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, and Royal Netherlands Air Force.
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The Cortez's car is a black-and-grey 2000 Isuzu Trooper Limited Series II; the same type of car appears in Cats & Dogs (2001), another spy movie released the same year.
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Director Trademark 

Robert Rodriguez: [Actors] Danny Trejo's characters in Rodriguez films are usually named after a type of knife. Here he plays Isador "Machete" Cortez.
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