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Ultimate Facts: The Room

 

Ultimate Facts: The Room

The Room was released on June 27, 2003 in Los Angeles.

– Runtime: 99 minutes

– Produced by Wiseau-Films.

– Written and directed by Tommy Wiseau.

– Entertainment Weekly has called the Room the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Many other publications have declared it as one of the worst films ever made.

– After a very limited theatrical run, the film has become popular as a “midnight movie,” with a cult following. Audience members dress up as the characters, throw plastic spoons at the screen, and toss footballs to each other. Tommy Wiseau attends many screenings, and holds Q&A sessions with the audience.

– As The Room as achieved cult status Tommy Wiseau has since re-branded it as a black comedy, claiming the film’s awfulness was all intentional.

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– The Room stars Tommy Wiseau as Tommy, Greg Sestero as Mark, Juliette Danielle as Lisa, and Phillip Haldman as Denny.

– Juliette Danielle was originally cast as Michelle. When the original actress cast as Lisa was fired, Danielle offered to take over the role and won it after several other actresses auditioned.

– Philip Haldiman, who was one of the oldest members of the cast, played the youngest character, Denny.

– According to Tommy Wiseau, Denny does have some sort of mental disorder, which explains his behavior in the film. Philip Haldiman was not told about this.

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– Dan Janjigian, who played Chris R., stayed in character during his entire time on set, resulting in the other actors being genuinely scared of him.

– Originally, Chris R was going to be played by Scott Holmes, who already played Mike, wearing a hat and glasses. Holmes convinced Tommy Wiseau to give the role to his roommate, Dan Janjigian, whose performance so impressed Wiseau that he thought about writing more scenes for Chris-R, but never did.

– Dan Janjigian was the only actor in the cast with no acting experience. He was a motivational speaker and serial entrepreneur.

– Tommy Wiseau actually annoyed Dan Janjigian between takes. His onscreen anger is genuine.

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– Greg Sestero, who played Mark, wrote a critically acclaimed book about his friendship with Tommy Wiseau and his experiences making the film entitled “The Disaster Artist.” The book was published in 2013, the 10th anniversary of the film’s premiere.

– Greg Sestero stated in his book The Disaster Artist that Tommy Wiseau took 32 takes to say the lines “It’s not true! I did not hit her! It’s bullshit! I did not. Oh, hi, Mark!” Wiseau sometimes needed cue cards to help him with his lines.


– Tommy Wiseau claims to have financed the film by importing and selling leather jackets from Korea. He refuses to further elaborate on this.

– The Room had a reported budget of 6 million dollars.

– Most of The Room’s budget was spent on production and marketing. Tommy Wiseau has claimed that the reason the film was relatively expensive was because many members of the cast and crew had to be replaced, and each of the cast members had several understudies.

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– The Room was shot simultaneously on 35 mm film and high-definition video. Tommy Wiseau was confused about the differences between the formats, so he used both cameras on the same mount. He also purchased the cameras, instead of renting them as film productions usually do.

– Filming took over six months. In that time, two cinematographers (along with their crews) resigned and three actors left, being either recast or replaced with a completely different character.

– Drew Caffrey, who is credited as an executive producer and casting agent, died in 1999, three years before production began.

– According to Juliette Danielle, when Tommy Wiseau said the line “In a few minutes, bitch,” everyone on the set began laughing at him. Wiseau came out of the bathroom and demanded to know what was so funny.

– The phrase “Oh, hi” is spoken nine times, and “Oh, hey” seven times.

– There are seven mentions of Johnny and Mark being best friends. Often at screenings of the film, attendees loudly count these mentions.

– Lisa says, “I don’t wanna talk about it” five times: twice to Claudette, once to Johnny, once to Michelle and Steven collectively, and once to Michelle only.

– The phrases “future wife” and “future husband” are spoken thrice and once, respectively, but neither “fiancee” nor “fiance” is.

Ultimate Facts: Interstellar

 

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Interstellar was released on November 5, 2014.

– Runtime: 169 minutes.

– Produced by Legendary PicturesSyncopyLynda Obst Productions, Paramount, and Warner Bros.

– Directed by Christopher Nolan.

– Christopher Nolan‘s seventh film to be included in the IMDb Top 250.

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– The film began as a Paramount production but when Christopher Nolan took the director’s chair, Warner Bros., who has released Nolan’s recent productions, sought a stake in the project. In exchange for international distribution rights, Warner gave Paramount the rights to co-finance future sequels of Friday the 13th and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut.

– Interstellar made 188 million at the box office on a budget of 165 million.

– Interstellar was the 16th highest grossing film of 2014.

– Given the movie is 169 minutes long and cost approx. $165 million to make, it carries an approximate price tag of $976,000 per minute.

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– Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand, Michael Caine as Professor Brand, Jessica Chastain as Murph Cooper, and Matt Damon as Dr. Mann.

– The film has five Oscar winners in the cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway,Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, and Matt Damon (although Damon won his award for writing rather than acting). And also includes three Oscar nominees: Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and John Lithgow.

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Matt Damon was not included in the promotion for the film to keep his appearance a surprise from audiences. His name was not mentioned and he did not attend any of the premieres. In fact, apart from an article in Variety announcing his casting as an “unspecified role,” his role was kept secret until the release of the film.

– Dr. Mann’s name is a reference to the dangers and cruelty humanity often brings upon itself.

– Anne Hathaway‘s character is named Amelia. This may be a nod to famous pilot Amelia Earhart who, like Hathaway’s on-screen persona, was a woman who went further than any other person in exploring and flying.

– This is the sixth collaboration between Michael Caine and Christopher Nolan. The other five titles are: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark KnightInception, and The Dark Knight Rises.

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– The first Christopher Nolan film where Michael Caine‘s character dies.

– Cooper tells Murph her name means, “Whatever can happen, will happen.” However, Murphy’s law actually states, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”

– In order to offer Jessica Chastain her role, Christopher Nolan sent an assistant to Ireland, where she was filming Miss Julie with a script watermarked with Chastain’s name. Chastain was not allowed to keep the script after she read it.

Ultimate Facts: Frozen

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Frozen was released on November 27, 2013.

– Runtime: 102 minutes.

– Produced by Walt Disney Pictures

– Frozen made 400 million box office on a 150 million dollar budget.

– Frozen was the 3rd highest grossing film of 2013.

– The film has made over 1.274 billion worldwide making it the highest grossing animated and musical feature of all time.

– The film spent 16 consecutive weeks as the number one film in Japan ever since it was released in that country on March 13, 2014. It eventually broke Spirited Away (2001)’s record as the highest grossing animated film in Japan on as well as the second highest grossing film in that country behind Titanic (1997).

The first non-sequel animated film to cross the $400 million mark in the United States.

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– Frozen stars Kristen Bell as the voice of Anna, Idina Menzel as the voice of Elsa, Jonathan Groff as the voice of Kristoff, Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf, and Santino Fontana as the voice of Hans.

– Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

– Frozen is Jennifer Lee’s directorial debut.

– In addition to being the first woman to direct a full-length Disney animated feature film, Jennifer Lee also became the first woman to solely write an entire screenplay for a Disney animated film since Linda Woolverton for Beauty and the Beast.

– Frozen is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios motion picture to win an Academy Award since Tarzan in 2000 (also directed by Chris Buck); their first ever motion picture to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year; and their first motion picture to win multiple Academy Awards (Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film) since Pocahontas in 1996.

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– Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have suggested that Disney’s Tarzan is actually Anna and Elsa’s long lost brother. In a Reddit AMA when asked about the fate of the girls parents lost at sea Lee said, “They didn’t die on the boat. They got washed up on a shore in a jungle island. The queen gave birth to a baby boy. They build a treehouse. They get eaten by a leopard.”

– Fans have also speculated the parent’s sunken ship is the same one that appears in The Little Mermaid.

– According to Jennifer Lee, Anna is 18 years old in the film, while both Elsa and Kristoff are 21 years old and Hans is 23 years old.

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– Frozen is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, “The Snow Queen”.

– Walt Disney Animation Studios attempted three times previously to adapt the Snow Queen in the 2000’s but was unable to make the story work each time.

– Walt Disney originally tried to develop the Snow Queen in 1939 as a short animated sequence about Hans Christian Anderson’s life, but it was never made.

– The minor characters Kai and Gerda named for the main characters of the original story of The Snow Queen.

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– Oaken, the shopkeeper may be gay as the portrait of his family shows another man in the sauna with his kids. Disney has not confirmed or denied if this is the case, but have simply said they knew what they were doing.

Chris Williams who voices Oaken, also directed Disney’s Big Hero 6.

– The characters of Hans, Kristof, Anna and Sven are all named after popular fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen who wrote “The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, and the “Ugly Duckling” among others.

– Kristen Bell stated that with this film, she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of voicing an animated character ever since she saw The Little Mermaid and Aladdin as a kid. When she was around that same age, she recorded a voice box where she sang a couple of songs from The Little Mermaid, including “Part of Your World.” Her Little Mermaid vocal tracks were part of the reason why she got the part of Anna, as director Jennifer Lee said to her that if she hadn’t recorded her own vocal tracks from Mermaid, it would’ve been very difficult to the find the right one to play Anna.

Ultimate Facts: Guardians of the Galaxy

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– Guardians of the Galaxy was released on July 21, 2014.

– Runtime: 122 minutes.

– Produced by Marvel Studios.

– The film made $774.2 million on a $195.9 million budget.

– Guardians of the Galaxy was the 3rd highest grossing film of 2014.

– Guardians was also the highest grossing summer film of 2014 at the North American box office. It became the first August release to do this since box office figures were regularly tabulated in the mid-70s.

– The first MCU film not featuring Iron Man to cross $300 million in the U.S.

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Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chis Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon.

– Directed by James Gunn.

– The Avengers (2012) director Joss Whedon, who signed a deal to creatively consult on all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, was enthusiastic about the selection of James Gunn to direct.

– James Gunn has stated several times that Rocket Raccoon was a big, if not the main reason why he wanted to make the movie. In fact, when it was confirmed that the film was a hit, Gunn put a heartfelt thank you letter online, specifically thanking everyone for letting a Raccoon make them a little more human.

– The film sets up the third phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019).

– Director James Gunn cites Iron Man (2008) as an influence on the film: “We are starting Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is Marvel Cosmic. And we’re doing exactly what they did with the first Iron Man film.”

– James Gunn once joked about how George Lucas heavily edited the original Star Wars trilogy for re-releases. After the release of this film, Gunn admitted he would like to go back to re-edit several scenes like Lucas.

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– Screenwriter, Nicole Perlman was enrolled n Marvel’s screenwriting program designed to develop Marvel’s properties into big screen adaptions. Out of the options given to her she picked to pen a Guardians of the Galaxy script because she loved space and science fiction stories.

– Nicole Perlman is the first woman to be credited for writing a Marvel Screenplay.

– One of the reasons Guardians of the Galaxy was made is to be a film to introduce cosmic characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

– The first non-Avengers Marvel property developed by Walt Disney Pictures.

– At the very end of the film, as the ship is taking off, you can see three suns in the distance; looking very much like silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s head.

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– According to James Gunn, the film’s soundtrack is composed mainly of 1970s-80s songs, as they are part of Quill’s memories of Earth: “The music is one of those touchstones we have to remind us that Quill is a real person from planet Earth who’s just like you and me, except that he’s in this big outer space adventure.”

– The soundtrack album “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1” reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, the first film soundtrack ever to reach number one without a single original song. It is also nominated at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards for Best Soundtrack.

– James Gunn reasoned that the usage of songs from the 70s would help grounding to reality and providing fun juxtaposition. In an interview, he revealed he had compiled a list of hit songs, which appear in the Billboard charts during this time, and narrowed it down to 120 to be considered for use in the film. It helped Gunn entirely throughout production, as some scenes were either filmed around the music as it played in the background, or it served as inspiration for him to write a scene around the track.

– James Gunn‘s favorite song is Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back”, and he was delighted to get a chance to feature it in the film.

– The sales of “Hooked on a Feeling” shot up by 700 percent after the release of the film’s first trailer which prominently featured the song.

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– “Cherry Bomb” was actually played on set as the characters made their epic entrance before the final battle, to help them get into character. Tyler Bates composed the original score before the filming process began so it could be played on set to also help the actors’ performance in certain scenes.

Ultimate Facts: Back to the Future Part III

 

Ultimate Facts: back to the Future Part III

– Back to the Future part III was released on May 25, 1990.

– Runtime: 119 minutes

– Produced by Universal Pictures.

– The film made $244.5 million from a $40 million budget.

– Back to the Future part III was the sixth highest grossing film of 1990.

– Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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– Back to the Future Part III stars Micheal J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Emmit “Doc” Brown, Mary Steenburgen as Clara Clayton, and Thomas F. Wilson as Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen.

– Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, James Tolkan,Marc McClure (deleted scene – Part II), and J.J. Cohen are the only actors to appear in all three “Back to the Future” films.

– The part of Seamus McFly was originally written for Crispin Glover.

– Had Glover appeared in the film the original script had him marrying saloon girl Maggie McFly.

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– The role of Clara Clayton was written specifically for Mary Steenburgen.

– In the film, Clara Clayton is a 19th Century woman who falls in love with a time traveler from the 20th Century. In Time After Time (1979), Mary Steenburgen played Amy Robbins, a 20th Century woman who falls in love with a time traveler from the 19th Century.

– Mary Steenburgen‘s children were the ones who persuaded her to be in the film.

– Mary Steenburgen also voiced Clara in the short lived back to the Future cartoon series.

– The character of Clara Clayton is in reference to Clara Clemens, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain‘s daughter. Clara Clemens went on a sleigh ride with her future husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, the horse took fright from a wind-swept newspaper and bolted while Gabrilowitsch lost control. At the top of a hill, next to a 50 foot drop, the sleigh overturned, throwing Clemens out. Gabrilowitsch leaped to the ground and caught the horse by the head, stopping it as it was about to plunge over the bank, dragging Clemens with her dress caught in a runner.

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– The 1885 time setting was partly due to a suggestion by Michael J. Fox, who had commented to producers how he always thought it would be fun to act in a Western.

– Screenwriter Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis figured that for Back to the Future Part III (1990) they had already done all that they could with Marty’s family, so the focus of the film was shifted to Doc Brown.

– The second and third Back to the Future movies were shot consecutively over the course of 11 months (with a three week break between Back to the Future Part II(1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990).

– The only scene filmed during the making of Back to the Future part II was that of Marty kissing Jennifer on the porch upon returning home.

– The film takes place from November 12 to November 16, 1955, from September 2 to September 7, 1885 and on October 27, 1985.

– First movie to use Universal’s new 75th Anniversary opening studio logo. The logo ran until 1997.

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– Clint Eastwood was asked for permission about his name being used for Marty in the film. He consented and was said to be tickled by the homage.

– When Doc and Marty are at the drive-in preparing the DeLorean for the trip to 1885, Marty mentions Clint Eastwood and Doc replies, “Clint who?” In this shot, there is a movie poster on the drive-in’s wall showcasing Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula (1955), containing some of the first film appearances of a young, then-unknown Eastwood.

– Actor and former President Ronald Reagan was originally approached to play the part of Mayor Hubert because of his fondness for the first film in the trilogy. He reluctantly turned down the role, and the part went to Hugh Gillin instead.

– Doc’s kiss with Clara marks Christopher Lloyd‘s first kissing scene in his movie career.

– This film marks the only time in the trilogy when Doc Brown interacts with a member of the Tannen family.

Ultimate Facts: Back to the Future Part II

 

Ultimate Facts: Back to the Future Part II

– Back to the Future Part II was released on November 22nd, 1989 by Universal Pictures.

– Runtime: 108 minutes

– Produced by Universal Pictures

– The film made $332 million of it’s $40 million budget.

– Back to the Future II was the 3rd highest grossing film of 1989.

– Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Zemeckis considers this one of his favorite – and strangest – films.

– The production of this film (and of Back to the Future Part III was delayed for three years because Robert Zemeckis was busy making Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

– Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale have admitted on the DVD commentary that they were originally not interested in doing a sequel to their success hit Back to the Future, and that the open ending of the first movie was simply meant as a final joke. However, when plans for a sequel were made by the studio, they chose to remain involved in the continuation of their creation, and even extended it to two sequels.

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– Zemeckis has claimed that if he knew that he was going to make a sequel, he would have made sure that Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer wasn’t in the car at the end of the first film; since the movie would concentrate on Marty, there was not much for her to do and she would even get in his way. This is why Jennifer is knocked out by Doc and left behind so early in the movie.

– The original draft of the script by Bob Gale had Doc and Marty traveling to 1967 instead of back to 1955 to stop Biff. Marty once again encounters his mother, and accidentally prevents her from going on vacation with his father, thus stopping his own conception and endangering his existence once more. Throughout the 1967 scenes, the 1985 Doc is continuously hiding from his 1967 counterpart, but the duo requires the younger version’s help since the “Mr. Fusion” is broken.

– The original draft was re-written as Robert Zemeckis didn’t like it. Marty’s parents George and Lorraine would have been too old to be in college during the 60’s hippie movement.

– Originally only one sequel was planned. The script for this sequel, known as “Paradox” included all the elements of both Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III, but compressed to fit into one movie.

– The film takes place on October 26, 1985, October 21, 2015, from October 26 to October 27, 1985 in the alternate timeline and on November 12, 1955.

– Back to the Future II and back to the Future III were the first separate movies to be filmed simultaneously, as Micheal J. Fox had limited free time to shoot due to contract restraints due to his role on the TV show, Family Ties. His limited availability caused difficulties in filming the original Back to the Future.

– Elisabeth Shue was recast as Jennifer, and all the closing shots of Back to the Future were re-shot for the beginning of this film. Claudia Wells (Jennifer in “Back to the Future”) was unable to reprise her role as she had stopped acting because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She returned to acting for the independent film Still Waters Burn (2008).

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– The closing scenes of the first movie were re-shot line for line, as the opening scenes of this film because of Jennifer’s recasting. Several changes were made, especially in Christopher Lloyd‘s delivery of his lines.

– Elisabeth Shue is actually the 3rd person to play Marty Mcflys girlfriend Jennifer. Melora Hardin played Jennifer when Eric Stoltz played Marty in the early production of Back to the Future.. Claudia Wells played Jennifer in Back To The Future part 1 And then Elizabeth Shue.

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– Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) are the only actors who play their exact same characters young and old in four different time periods: 1955, 1985, 1985-Alternate, and 2015. Both Thompson and Wilson also appear in 1885 in Back to the Future Part III, Thompson as the wife of Hill Valley’s first McFly and Wilson as his Mad Dog Tannen, his 20th century characters ancestor.

– The principal actors had committed to the sequels before any scripts were written. However, there was a stumbling block in negotiations with Crispin Glover (George McFly in Back to the Future, who stated that he was offered a monetary amount less than half of what Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson were being paid to return. Crispin believed this was due to producer Bob Gale taking exception to Crispin voicing his disapproval of the original ending of the first film (where the McFlys viewed money and material possessions as rewards), causing a script change. During sequel negotiations, Crispin’s agent expressed to producers that Crispin wanted fair compensation, in addition to a script approval clause in his contract. Bob Gale refused to give in to either of these requests, instead offering a lower salary amount than the first offer. After Crispin turned down the lowball figure of $125,000, Gale rewrote the sequel script to lessen George McFly’s screen time. Jeffrey Weissman was cast as George, and; using molds of Crispin made on the set of the first film; was dressed in facial prosthetics to look like Crispin, so that they could incorporate excerpts from the original movie. All shots of Weissman either show him from behind, at a distance, upside down, or with sunglasses, in effect, fooling audiences into believing that Crispin had taken part in the sequel.

Ultimate Facts – Back to the Future

 

Ultimate Facts: Back to the Future

– Back to the Future was released on July 3rd 1985 by Universal Pictures

– Runtime: 116 minutes

– The film made 390 million at the box office on a budget of only 19 million.

– Back to the Future was the top grossing film of 1985.

– Directed by Robert Zemeckis. His 4th film.

Steven Spielberg was the Executive Producer.

– Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Emmett “Doc” Brown, Lea Thompson as Lorraine McFly, Crispin Glover as George McFly, and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen.

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– The inspiration for the film largely stems from writer Bob Gale discovering his father’s high school yearbook and wondering whether he would have been friends with his father as a teenager. Gale also said that if he had the chance to go back in time he would really go back and see if they would have been friends.

– Another inspiration for the film came from the irony of nagging parents who always warned their children to never develop bad habits they secretly had when they were young. Which is why 1955 Lorraine is shown drinking, smoking, and parking with boys in cars while George is a peeping Tom. There is even a deleted scene with Lorraine shown to be cheating on a test.

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– One of the first companies Robert Zemeckis approached to make the film was Disney. But they turned it down as they considered the story of a mother falling in love with her son was too risqué for a film under their banner.

– Other companies Zemeckis approached thought the film was not risqué enough when compared to other teen comedies popular at the time such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984).

– In the original script, Doc Brown and Marty sell bootleg videos in order to fund the time machine. This plot point was removed at Universal’s request, as they did not want to be seen as promoting movie piracy.

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– In early draft’s Doc had a pet chimp chimp named Shemp who later would become his dog Einstein.

– The main setting, 1955, is the year that Albert Einstein, the dog’s namesake, died.

– In an early version of the script the time machine was a atomic bomb powered refrigerator. However executive producer Steven Spielberg did not like the idea of children influenced by the movie climbing into old refrigerator’s so it was changed.

– Other versions of the time machine included a laser, a large car wash like structure and a DeLorean whose flux capacitor was powered by driving into a nuclear explosion.

– The idea of the DeLorean having to drive into a nuclear explosion to power it’s time circuits would later inspire Steven Spielberg to add the infamous “nuking the fridge” scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

– Well into the editing process Marty was written as being suicidal over how horrible his life had turned out.

– The script was rejected 40 times before it was finally green-lit to be made.

– At the time the head of Universal Studios, Sid Sheinberg, did not like the title “Back to the Future”, as he insisted that nobody would see a movie with “future” in the title. He even wrote a memo to Robert Zemeckis, saying he thought the title should be changed to “Spaceman From Pluto”, to tie into the Marty/alien jokes in the film. He also suggested changing Marty’s  “I’m Darth Vader from planet Vulcan” line with “I am a spaceman from Pluto!”  Steven Spielberg wrote a response memo of his own thanking Sheinberg for the “joke memo” and that everyone on set got a kick out of it. Sheinberg was too proud to admit he was actually serious and gave in to letting the film retain its title.

Ultimate Facts – Aliens

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80 Ultimate Facts About James Cameron’s Aliens

Aliens was released on July 18, 1986 by 20th Century Fox.

– Runtime: 137 minutes

– The film had a budget of 17.5 million dollars and made 180 million at the box office.

Aliens is the highest grossing film in the Aliens franchise and one of the highest grossing R rated films of all time.

– Director James Cameron’s third movie.

-The movie stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Micheal Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks, Paul Reiser as Carter Burke, Bill Paxton as Private Hudson, and Lance Henriksen as Bishop.

– When Cameron pitched the movie to Fox executives he simply wrote the word Alien on a chalkboard. Then he wrote an S on the end of it, followed by two dramatic slashes through it to make a $ sign. The studio greenlit the project that same day.

– Cameron was hired to write the script for Aliens on the same day he was hired to write Rambo: First Blood Part II.

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– The Vietnam War has a heavy influence on the film as Cameron envisioned the movie being about a technically superior and cocky military defeated and frustrated by an unseen enemy in a hostile environment.

– After he was hired to direct the film Cameron took time off to film The Terminator. Instead of pursuing other directors to move the project forward Fox waited for Cameron to finish.

– James Cameron married producer Gale Anne Hurd during production.

– Before signing on to Aliens, Sigourney Weaver had rejected numerous offers to reprise Ripley in potential sequels to Alien but turned them all down as she was afraid poorly written sub-par sequels would harm the legacy of the original film.

– Sigourney Weaver would reprise the character of Ellen Ripley in future sequels. Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection.

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– With contract negotiations with Weaver to return faltered Fox execs asked Cameron to write a script without Ripley. Cameron refused as he believed the series was all about the character.

– Sigourney Weaver was paid 1 million dollars for the sequel. 30 times what she was paid in the original movie.

– Weaver was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for the film. The first ever for a female in an action role.

– Weaver was originally disturbed the military themes of the movie. She avoided seeing movies with guns and even donated money to anti-gun lobbies.

– She nicknamed Ripley, “Rambolina” in the film because of her warrior nature.

– There was a massive walk out of the crew on set due to high tensions revolving around a distrust of James Cameron. His first film, The Terminator hadn’t been released yet and many of the crew questioned if Cameron knew what he was doing.