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10 Behind The Scenes Facts & Trivia About Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a rarity for a Hollywood war movie because the operation it’s based on – the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk – didn’t involve American forces and it was a defeat for the Allies. But if anything, that made it more of a cinematic testament to the spirit and brotherhood of soldiers, because it wasn’t about a political victory; it was purely about pulling together in a bid for survival.

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Told from three different perspectives (land, air, and sea), Dunkirk is one of the most visceral, exhilarating, and beautifully crafted war movies in recent memory. Here are 10 behind-the-scenes facts about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

10 The Idea Was Rattling Around Christopher Nolan’s Head Since 1992

Although it wouldn’t hit theaters until 2017, Christopher Nolan got the idea to make a movie about the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1992. He sailed to Dunkirk with his then-girlfriend (and later wife and producing partner) Emma Thomas and decided to make a movie about Operation Dynamo.

However, he wanted to hold off until he had more experience making big-budget films. Dunkirk was Nolan’s first movie to be based on real-life events. All of his previous movies had been original stories, remakes, literary adaptations, or comic book adaptations.

9 The Premiere Was Attended By Actual Dunkirk Survivors

According to Kenneth Branagh, approximately 30 survivors from the actual evacuation of Dunkirk attended the premiere of the film in London. At the time, they were in their mid-90s, and after the film was over, they were asked about its realism.

They said that Christopher Nolan’s movie accurately depicted the events of the evacuation, but added that Hans Zimmer’s score was louder than the actual military bombardment, which Nolan thought was amusing.

8 Christopher Nolan Originally Wanted To Make The Film Without A Script

At less than two hours, Dunkirk is unusually short for a Christopher Nolan film. His script was 76 pages long – a lot shorter than the average length of a feature film screenplay (approximately 120 pages) – and when he first conceived the project, he didn’t want to use a script at all.

The initial plan was to simply restage the Dunkirk evacuation with cameras set up to capture it. All the dialogue would’ve been improvised. On another interesting note, Dunkirk was Nolan’s fifth movie to end with a character delivering a monologue over a closing montage.

7 Harry Styles’ Audition Genuinely Impressed Christopher Nolan

It would be easy to dismiss Harry Styles’ casting in Dunkirk as a marketing tool, but his audition genuinely impressed Christopher Nolan. The director claims that he auditioned thousands of young men, and Styles’ audition was the one that stood out.

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Nolan compared the backlash to Styles’ casting to the initial backlash to his casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Due to all the attention he received on the set of Dunkirk, Styles hired a personal bodyguard for the production.

6 The Ticking Sound In Hans Zimmer’s Score Is From Christopher Nolan’s Own Pocket Watch

Hans Zimmer initially wrote Dunkirk’s score as a single piece, which had never been done before. It was an hour and 40 minutes long. For practicality, this one piece was later broken up into a few different tracks, but they’re all connected by the sound of a ticking clock.

This ticking sound was taken from one of Christopher Nolan’s own pocket watches. Synthesizers were added to the ticking in order to distort it for various different points in the movie, but the base sound came from Nolan’s pocket watch.

5 Dunkirk Was One Of Four 2010s Movies To Be Shot On 65mm

There were four major movie releases in the 2010s that were shot on 65mm and released in 70mm. The first was The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s veiled critique of the Church of Scientology, in 2012. The second was The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s claustrophobic revisionist western whodunit, in 2015.

The third was Dunkirk in 2017, and the fourth was Murder on the Orient Express, also in 2017, coincidentally directed by Dunkirk actor Kenneth Branagh (although that movie’s 70mm release was more limited than the other three).

4 Christopher Nolan Wrote The Script To Work In Tandem With The Sound Design

One of the most cinematic aspects of Dunkirk is its intense sound design. Christopher Nolan used a Shepard tone – a tone in which hidden loops make ascending notes sound like they’re rising in pitch continuously – as the backbone of the film’s sound design.

He then decided to use the principle of the Shepard tone in the writing process. As he cut between the three parallel story threads, he wanted each scene to build on the suspense and anxiety. So, when one storyline peaked, he’d cut to one that still had some tension-building to go.

3 Michael Caine Has An Uncredited Cameo

If Christopher Nolan can find a role for Michael Caine, he’ll give it to him. He played significant roles in The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and The Prestige, and he’s also due to show up in Nolan’s upcoming action thriller Tenet.

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Caine didn’t have a major role in Dunkirk, but he did make an uncredited cameo appearance as the voice of Fortis Leader. This was a nod to the actor’s role in Guy Hamilton’s 1969 WWII classic Battle of Britain.

2 The Movie Featured As Many Practical Effects As Possible

As with all of Christopher Nolan’s movies, Dunkirk featured as many practical effects as possible. Some CGI was needed to smooth over the rough edges of the special effects shots, but if it could be done practically, Nolan did it practically.

This included hiring thousands of extras, sourcing actual ships that were used in the war, and staging real dogfights with IMAX cameras mounted in the planes.

1 Christopher Nolan Cast Unknown Actors To Show How Young The Soldiers Were

When Christopher Nolan was first researching the evacuation of Dunkirk, what stood out to him was how young and inexperienced the soldiers on the beaches were. So, he decided to cast young, unknown actors in the beach sequences.

Older, more experienced troops were played by Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, but on the beaches, actors like Fionn Whitehead were used to show that the soldiers being evacuated were just kids.

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2020-02-23 03:02:13

Ben Sherlock

10 Most Difficult Christmas Movie Trivia Questions (& The Answers)

Now that Halloween has passed, many people’s minds have started flipping forward to Christmastime. Though Daylight Savings Time insists that we fall back in November, many are instead looking ahead to what most consider to be the most wonderful time of the year.

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However, despite the fact that so many Christmas movies are watched over, and over, and over again, by many, every single year, there are so many details that tend to slip by unnoticed. Test your own knowledge (and the knowledge of your friends and family members at Christmas parties!) with the ten most difficult Christmas movie trivia questions (and the answers, in case you wanna check).

10 What does George promise to Mary in It’s A Wonderful Life?

Though It’s A Wonderful Life was a total box office flop when it was first released in 1946, it has since become a holiday staple, and is considered by many to be their favorite Christmas movie. In the movie, George makes Mary a promise, and what does he promise to her?

He promises her the moon. “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” Mary tells him she’ll take it.

9 What’s the name of the movie Kevin watches in Home Alone?

Everyone has wanted to watch the movie that Kevin gets to watch when he’s left home alone in the accurately named 1990 film Home Alone. It’s a pretty universal childhood experience to have a forbidden movie that’s so bad adults don’t want you to watch it, and that just makes it like the apple to Eve.

Kevin’s forbidden fruit is the movie Angels with Filthy Souls, which even his Uncle Frank won’t let him watch. Kevin watches it once he’s alone — with a huge ice cream sundae he made himself — and fulfills all of our childhood dreams.

8 What does Buddy apologize for in his note when he runs away in Elf?

In the movie Elf, Buddy, played by Will Ferrell, is a human raised by elves who’s just trying to find his biological father. James Cann, best known for being the dad from Elf, has a hard time connecting with him since they have such fundamental differences. The biggest difference, of course, is that James Cann is on the naughty list.

When Buddy decides their differences are irreconcilable, he leaves and leaves a letter apologizing for the following: “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed eleven cookies into the VCR. I don’t belong here. I don’t belong anywhere. I’ll never forget you. Love, Buddy.”

7 How many characters did Tom Hanks play in The Polar Express?

There are, some say, two answers to this question. Some people think Tom Hanks only plays one character — maybe they recognize him as the Conductor, or maybe as the Narrator. There are two characters right there. Many say there are six characters he plays: the Hero Boy’s Father, the Conductor, the Hobo, the Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet, the Narrator, and, of course, Santa Claus himself.

However, these people are missing one crucial detail. The question is not how many characters did he voice, it’s how many did he play, and he did the motion-capture only for Hero Boy, too! This brings him to seven total characters.

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6 What Christmas movie villain is #6 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie villains?

The AFI, or the American Film Institute, is known for its hard-hitting opinions on film. As the American Film Institute, it is sort of their job. They keep running lists, too, of specific best-ofs, including a list of the Top 100 Movie Villains.

The first five people on this list have little to do with Christmas: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates, Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Nurse Ratched. From there, the list takes a sharp right turn: #6 on this list is Mr. Potter, from It’s A Wonderful Life! What are the odds?

5 What message does John McClane write on a dead henchman for Hans Gruber in Die Hard?

Not to be too controversial, but Die Hard ought to be considered a Christmas movie. Life is short, language is made up, and any labels we give to anything are arbitrary in the end, so everyone may as well let people enjoy silly things like action movies on Christmas.

John McClane feels strongly about getting to celebrate the holidays, too, because he decides to invoke the spirit of the season when he writes a message to villain Hans Gruber on the sweater of his dead henchman. That season’s greeting was this: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho.”

4 The song “White Christmas” first appeared in what Christmas movie?

When nostalgia comes in and time is no object, movies like White Christmas are some of the most enjoyable films that can be watched near the holidays. They remind many of a simpler time.

One of the most charming sequences in the film is when the characters in White Christmas sing the Christmas song “White Christmas” together for the first time. However, despite the fact that this is the film’s titular song, this is not the movie the song originated in. That honor goes to the earlier film Holiday Inn.

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3 Which iconic actor’s last film role was in the classic 1969 TV movie Frosty the Snowman?

While Frosty the Snowman is now aired simply as a special episode of television, when it was first released in 1969, it was considered a television movie.

Though this could be a bit of trivia in and of itself, it’s not quite difficult enough for our standards here. No, we want to dig a little bit deeper, and instead ask you: Which iconic actor’s last film role was in the classic 1969 TV movie Frosty the Snowman? That actor was Jimmy Durante, who plays the Narrator.

2 What are the names of the Griswolds’ neighbors in Christmas Vacation?

All of the movies in the Vacation franchise tend to be looked back on through a haze of comedic nostalgia, but Christmas Vacation holds up not only as a hilarious movie but also a heartwarming one. The long-suffering neighbors to the Griswolds are one of the funniest parts of the movie, but it’s easy to forget their names.

As it turns out, their names are Todd and Margo Chester, and they have one of the best parts in the movie if you want to remember their names. An icicle goes through their window and melts into the carpet, which prompts Margo to shout, “Why is the carpet all wet, Todd?” and Todd snaps back, “I don’t know, Margo.”

1 What is the name of the saber-toothed tiger sidekick to Turbo Man in Jingle All The Way?

Here’s the last question, and one of the most difficult, especially if you’ve only seen Jingle All The Way once, like most people who were asked this question during the testing trial period for these trivia questions. However, those people are wrong, because Jingle All The Way, a 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger-led Christmas movie (can’t go wrong there!), is just as essential to Christmas as the rest of the movies mentioned on this list.

And so, we ask the final question: What is the name of the saber-toothed tiger sidekick to the famous (or infamous) Turbo Man? The answer: Booster!

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2019-11-04 01:11:31

Nicole Mello

Indiana Jones: 10 Facts And Trivia You Didn’t Know About The Last Crusade

In 1989, the third Indiana Jones film titled Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was released. The film once again starred Harrison Ford as the famous archaeologist, but this time he is joined by Sean Connery, who plays his father in the film. The Last Crusade became the highest-grossing film of the series until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull topped it in 2008.

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The Last Crusade is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and even after three decades, there is a lot fans probably don’t know about the movie. Here is Indiana Jones: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Last Crusade.

10 Indiana Jones And The Monkey King

Before a storyline about the Holy Grail was conceived Indiana Jones 3 looked a lot different. Originally the film was called Indiana Jones and the Monkey King, which would have seen Indy go up against a ghost in Scotland in a haunted mansion. The Fountain of Youth would have been the legend that Indiana Jones focused on.

Things were changed up a bit in later revisions of the script, Indy instead searching for the Peaches of Immortality. Needless to say, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decided to go a completely different route, which was probably for the best.

9 Steven Spielberg Was Worried About Monty Python

With The Last Crusade focusing on the quest for the Holy Grail, Steven Spielberg was worried people might think of another movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the most famous of the Monty Python movies and still holds up to this day.

However, despite the film coming out in 1989, Spielberg was worried people would think of the 1975 film when they watched The Last Crusade. Spielberg once told Entertainment Weekly, “Of course, I was worried that people would hear ‘Holy Grail,’ and they would immediately think about a white rabbit attacking Monty Python.

8 The Film Had The First-Ever Complete Digital Composite Shot

After Indiana Jones makes it through the three tests leading to the Holy Grail chamber, Donovan and Elsa soon enter the chamber behind him. Elsa gives Donovan a cup she thinks is the Holy Grail, so Donovan drinks holy water from it. She chose poorly, so he quickly ages before turning into a skeleton.

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The effect was incredibly complex and is actually considered the first-ever complete digital composite effect in a movie. All three of the Indiana Jones movies have had some incredible special effects, but Donovan’s death is among the most impressive.

7 The Four Horses At The End Of The Film Belonged To The King Of Jordan

There were multiple locations used for Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, but one of these locations was Petra, Jordan. At the time, King Hussein bin Talal and Queen Noor controlled the country. The King and Queen would often visit the set of The Last Crusade after Spielberg offered to let them watch production.

The Queen is said to have given Spielberg a ride to set and the King even lent them four horses. The horses that the heroes ride into the sunset on in the final scene of the movie belonged to King Hussein bin Talal.

6 Pat Roach Returned Once Again

There aren’t very many people that have starred in all four Indiana Jones movies. Harrison Ford has starred in all four of course, but before Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, Pat Roach had appeared in all three films. Roach appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark as the Giant Sherpa who gets chopped to pieces by the airplane blades. In the second film, he appears as a guard in the Temple of Doom who whips the child slaves and fights Indiana before the mine cart scene.

The actor once again appears in The Last Crusade as a Nazi character named Gestapo, who has a very brief appearance in the movie. Roach likely would have had a cameo in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but unfortunately the actor passed away in  2004 at the age of 67.

5 Amanda Redman Turned Down A Role Because Of The Rats

Alison Doody snagged the role of Elsa in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but she wasn’t the first actress to be offered the role. Originally, Amanda Redman had been offered the gig, but she turned it down. Redman would have had to do the scene in the tomb of the First Crusade Knight where Indy and Elsa are covered in rats.

Unfortunately, Redman has an extreme fear of rats so she had to decline the job offer. Redman is known for movies like Sexy Beast and Mike Bassett: England Manager, so needless to say, The Last Crusade would have been the biggest movie of her career.

4 Real Nazi Uniforms Appeared In The Film

Nazis have been antagonists in both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. The costume designers for The Last Crusade, Anthony Powell and Joanna Johnston, had to meticulously study Nazi uniforms from World War II to make sure the costumes in the film were as accurate as possible.

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While they created several Nazi costumes for the film, Powell was actually able to find several real Nazi uniforms that can be seen on screen in several scenes, including the book-burning scene.

3 Sean Connery And Harrison Ford Filmed A Scene Pant-less

Actors aren’t always comfortable while filming scenes for movies, but with as big of a star as Sean Connery was, the crew likely tried to make him as comfortable as possible. In one scene, they actually allowed Connery to film his scene without any pants on (although Connery probably didn’t ask for permission).

The set for the scene where Indiana Jones and Henry Jones Sr. are on the blimp was incredibly hot, so Connery only wore his trousers to stay cool during filming. Ford followed suit so that neither of them were sweating during the scene.

2 Spielberg Had To Pass On Rain Man To Direct Indy 3

It’s safe to say that Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful and most well-known directors in history. He has directed several films like Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park, all of which earned more than one Oscar at the Academy Awards.

Spielberg has also directed all four Indiana Jones movies, but he had to pass on Rain Man in order to direct The Last Crusade. Spielberg had worked on the script for Rain Man for nearly half a year, before having to leave the project to direct the third Indiana Jones movie.

1 Spielberg Used The Film To Apologize For The Temple of Doom

Before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out in 2008, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was considered the worst of the three Indiana Jones movies. Spielberg has even said in the past that Temple of Doom is his least favorite of the first three movies and regrets making the second film so dark.

He returned for the third film to make it up to fans and re-capture the spirit that made people fall in love with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Spielberg even brought back Denholm Elliott and John Rhys-Davies from Raiders of the Lost Ark to ensure that this happened.

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2019-10-27 03:10:49

Christopher Fiduccia

10 Facts & Trivia You Never Knew About Gohan’s Gi In Dragon Ball

Despite Dragon Ball Super significantly lowering his importance, Gohan still stands out as one of the franchise’s most beloved characters. That’s likely in large part due to his increased role in the anime adaptation, where Toei greatly emphasized his importance when transitioning from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z.

Even in the manga, Gohan is an incredibly important character, rivaling Goku for page time in just about every arc they appear in together. Of all the members of the cast, Gohan’s the one who changes and matures the most. He never has the same appearance or gi for long, and the constant nature of his character arc can often make it seem like Goku’s clothes are changing alongside him.

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10 The China & Chaozu Connection

Interestingly, Chaozu actually wore a very similar outfit in his introduction. Not just that, the anime’s film continuity runs with this premise for Chaozu’s character in Mystical Adventure. In truth, Chaozu’s design is based on jiangshi, Chinese hopping vampires. Aside from a few subtle differences, Gohan is introduced in one of Chaozu’s outfits.

9 Branded By The Demon Clan

The orange demon gi calls back to Goku participating in the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai all the way at the start of the series. Gohan’s experience in the gi is very different from Goku’s, however. He isn’t training to enjoy combat, he’s training to survive. The nature of his training is much harsher than Goku’s ever was, so it makes sense Gohan would carry a harsher kanji on his back.

8 Gohan’s Green Demon Gi

That’s the thing about color in a black and white manga— it isn’t always consistent. For one chapter, Gohan’s demon gi is green. The anime uses the same shade of purple as Piccolo’s gi and Gohan has a purple gi for the Namek arc in the manga, but for whatever reason, Gohan sports a green gi during the fight with Vegeta in the manga.

7 Gohan Makes His Own Demon Gi For Namek

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It’s also wordier than Dragon Ball usually is, making it a denser read. As a result, it can be difficult to catch every little detail during this portion of the series. Right before blasting off to Namek, however, Gohan mentions in passing that he actually made his own version of the demon gi— which would make sense as Piccolo wouldn’t be alive to conjure him a new one.

6 Gohan Changes His Main Gi Every Arc (In Z)

For the Saiyan arc, his main outfit ends up being his demon gi. Gohan brings the demon gi to Namek, but his main outfit ends up being Freeza Force armor. The Cell Games sees Gohan wearing the demon gi one more time, but he’s upgraded to a cape. By the end of the Buu arc, Gohan is sporting the turtle school uniform after spending most of the arc wearing his Saiyaman tunic.

5 Gohan Wears Goku’s Wristbands

It’s easier to spot in the manga where Piccolo and Gohan have red belts for the Cell Games, but Gohan’s blue wristbands are clearly modeled after Goku. As Piccolo doesn’t wear wristbands (that’s his skin,) it only makes sense that Gohan would default to his father’s. It’s a nice way of Gohan honoring both of his masters.

4 Gohan Only Wears His Own Kanji In The Future

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Except in the future, that is. In Trunks’ ruined timeline, Gohan wears “han” with pride. It’s interesting to note that he doesn’t wear “go” despite trying to honor his father. Rather, Gohan takes on the namesake of his grandfather. As he’s the Earth’s last warrior for quite a while in this timeline, it makes sense Gohan would want to represent himself.

3 Gohan Has The Most Gis In Dragon Ball

Not including his Chinese prince outfit, Gohan has two in the Saiyan arc; two in the Namek arc; four in the Cell arc; and, not including his school clothes and leisurewear, Gohan has four in the Buu arc. Between GT and Super, Gohan has even more!

2 Gohan Is The Only Lead Without A Signature Gi

His only consistent outfit these days is his formal wear which… does leave a lot to be desired. It’s not a bad look, but it’s one of Gohan’s worst (at least in Super’s plasticy art style.) Super frequently teases the idea that Gohan will get back in action, but even the Moro arc has him fighting without a gi.

1 Gohan’s Relationship With The Turtle Gi

In the case of the Buu arc, it’s clear that Gohan donning the gi is meant to be Toriyama’s way to fully transitioning Gohan into the role of the hero… only to transition him out immediately. It’s a good moment in the vacuum, but Gohan wearing the turtle gi ends up having no meaningful impact in retrospect.

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2019-10-21 01:10:16

Renan Fontes

10 Facts And Trivia You Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A year after A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was released, Freddy returned to slash up more teenagers in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Freddy Krueger’s fourth film features a new group of teenagers, while also bring back Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid from Dream Warriors.

While the characters from the previous film come back for the fourth movie, The Dream Master mainly focuses on Alice (Lisa Wilcox), who is haunted by Krueger after being pulled into one of Kristen’s dreams. The film has been out for over 30 years now, but some things about the movie may still surprise you. Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

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10 Englund Wasn’t Originally Behind The Project

While the A Nightmare on Elm Street series had several directors work on the franchise, Robert Englund was always a constant. Englund was almost replaced in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, but New Line Cinema quickly realized he was a critical part of the franchise. That being said, Englund wasn’t originally behind the idea of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Englund admitted in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy that he was worn out from his other acting gigs and didn’t really like the idea that was presented for Nightmare 4. However, the director Renny Harlin won Englund and others over after the first cut of footage was put together. After that, Englund described the film as the “MTV Nightmare”, calling the film, “energetic and kinetic”.

9 They Ran Out Of Money While Shooting

At one point during the shoot for The Dream Master, the filmmakers ran out of money. This is why Rick (Andras Jones) fights an invisible Freddy for his death scene. Originally, Rick was supposed to die in a complex sequence involving the elevator seen in the movie. The bottom of the elevator was originally supposed to crumble away and have Rick fall into a dark void, but instead, they had him fight an invisible Freddy using his karate moves.

Jones said he even studied karate for a few weeks prior to filming, but once he was on set, they just wanted him to do roundhouse punches. Jones even tore his stitches from his appendix surgery and had to be rushed to the hospital.

8 The Film’s Success Was A Surprise To Everyone

Despite getting mostly positive reviews from fans and critics for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema still wasn’t quite sure they had a hit franchise on their hands. Due to lots of mishaps behind the scenes and a rushed schedule, it was a surprise to everyone when their film got glowing reviews and made a ton of money.

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Harlin revealed that at the time, The Dream Master was the highest-grossing independent film ever made. The Dream Master would hold its spot as the highest-grossing Nightmare on Elm Street film until 2003 when Freddy vs Jason took its place.

7 Englund’s Dentures Fell Into Toy Newkirk’s Mouth

Toy Newkirk played the character Sheila in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, who was a nerdy girl with asthma. During her death scene, a robotic claw comes out of Sheila’s desk, which the director now regrets. She then saw Krueger, who came over and literally sucked the life out of her, leaving behind a deflated and dried up corpse.

Newkirk has revealed that this was her first on-screen kiss, but it didn’t go exactly to plan as Englund’s Freddy dentures fell into her mouth when he kissed her. The glove that Englund had on was also the one with real blades since the shot was so up close.

6 Englund’s Favorite Scene Is In Part 4

Everybody has their favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but Robert Englund’s favorite scene of the entire franchise is in The Dream Master. The scene comes after Alice leaves The Crave Inn and rushes to Dan’s car. Alice tells Dan she’s going to drive before they get in the car and drive off.

The scene repeats a couple of times before Dan realizes that they are dreaming since the same sequence is happening over and over again. Englund has stated on the Never Sleep Again documentary that this is his favorite scene in the entire franchise because of how well the scene captures what a dream looks and feels like.

5 New Line Cinema Wasn’t Confident In The Director

By the time New Line Cinema was ready to make A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, they were scrambling to find a director. When Renny Harlin applied for the directing gig, New Line really wasn’t interested in him. He was an up and coming director from Finland, who had only made a few films in his career. Harlin was persistent and went back to New Line (unannounced and uninvited) five times before Bob Shaye gave him the job.

During the shoot, Harlin said that Shaye was always cold towards him, but after the film was released, Shaye invited him to drive around in his limo to go watch people’s reactions to the film around town. Harlin’s career quickly took off after this and today, Renny Harlin is the most successful Finnish director in Hollywood.

4 It Isn’t Known Why Patricia Arquette Didn’t Return

Today Patricia Arquette is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in 1987, her first-ever acting gig came in the role of Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Arquette was replaced by Tuesday Knight for Nightmare 4, but it still isn’t exactly known why she didn’t return.

Rodney Eastman seemed to suggest that Bob Shaye wouldn’t pay her what her agents were asking, while Robert Englund also brought up the fact that Arquette was quickly becoming a popular actress. Eastman also mentioned that having a heartfelt reunion between his character Joey and Kristen was hard in Nightmare 4 since Tuesday Knight was acting in Arquette’s place.

3 They Build An Enormous Freddy Chest

At the end of the film, Alice is able to defeat Freddy by letting true evil (Freddy) look upon itself. This causes the souls of the children to literally rip their way free from Freddy’s chest and tear his head open. To pull the effect off, the effects department built a giant prop of Freddy’s chest of souls.

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While the effect looked cool, it wasn’t mounted properly and actually fell over during one of their takes. They had a woman named Michiko supporting the prop from the rafters of the set, who came tumbling down when the prop fell over.

2 Toy Newkirk Almost Had To Do ADR

Toy Newkirk had a memorable role as Sheila in The Dream Master, but her work behind the scenes wasn’t always the easiest. Not only did Englund’s dentures fall into her mouth, but she also almost had to redo all of her lines with ADR. Newkirk explained in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy that Renny Harlin told her she had to ADR all of her scenes because she didn’t sound black enough.

She said at the time she was really offended by the comment, but that Harlin later thanked her for calling him out on it. However, in the documentary, Harlin denied that this actually happened and jokingly blamed it on Bob Shaye.

1 They Were Filming While The Script Was Being Written

With the positive reception of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema was in a rush to get the next installment out. Most films won’t start filming until the script is finished, but that wasn’t the case for The Dream Master. William Kotzwinkle and Brian Helgeland are credited as the writers for the film, but by the time they started shooting, they only had a rough draft of the script to work with.

The  1988 Writers Guild of America Strike also affected the film, making Harlin rely on more visuals than actual storytelling. One of the makeup artists, Howard Berger, even said that they were still shooting a scene two weeks before the film was set to hit theaters.

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2019-10-01 03:10:36

Christopher Fiduccia

10 Facts And Trivia You Never Noticed From The Warriors

The phrase “cult classic” could have been coined to describe Walter Hill’s The Warriors. Indeed, Hill’s iconic tale of gangland violence and territorial toughness has only grown in popularity since its release in 1979. When it came out, the film failed to recoup its budget, earning roughly $3.5 million against a $4 million budget.

However, with the advent of home video and revival screenings, the film has gone on to gross more than $22 million in the U.S. alone. But even the biggest fans must have missed certain details. As the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, here are 10 Things You Never Noticed From The Warriors!

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10 Alternate TV Opening

Did you ever notice that a different version of The Warriors aired on TV back in the day? To extend the run time and make way for advertising, an alternate opening scene of the film was added, which drastically changed the tone of the film. Instead of taking place at night like the theatrical cut, the alternate opening takes place on Coney Island in the daytime as The Warriors gang is introduced.

A much longer introduction to gang-leader Cleon is given before heading to the Bronx to battle.

9 Marilyn Manson Lookalike

During the iconic parkland battle between The Warriors and The Baseball Furies, a gang member resembling Marilyn Manson appears. Walter Hill reportedly created this gang out of his love for the rock band KISS and his lifelong love of baseball, but who could have known the character would, in turn, inspire one of the most famous Gothic rockers of all time?

The actor who played the Manson lookalike Fury, Jery Hewitt, made his screen debut in The Warriors before becoming a full-time stuntman. Interestingly, Hewitt also starred in the other major 1979 gang film, The Wanderers.

8 Broken Ribs

Speaking of the battle between The Warriors and The Furies, actor Michael Beck struck a stuntman so hard during their fight that he accidentally broke three of the man’s ribs. If you look closely, you can see the Fury’s authentic reaction when he’s hit in the midriff.

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The scene occurs right after the Marilyn Manson lookalike appears, as Swan (Beck) engages with a red-faced Fury. A tussle ensues before Swan slams a baseball bat plum in the Fury’s gut, resulting in a serious onscreen injury. The kicker? Beck didn’t hear about the injury until 37 years later during a reunion event.

7 Locations

Part of the allure of The Warriors is the use of gritty, real location on the streets of New York City. But if you look closely, there are two locations in the film that stand out for being fake. When Cyrus gives his rousing speech at the beginning of the film, the location supposedly resides in the North Bronx.

However, native New Yorkers can tell you that the scene was shot in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Additionally, if you pay close attention to the fight scene inside the subway-station bathroom, you may notice it’s an artificial set rather than a real location.

6 Inspiration

If you’ve never seen Walter Hill’s Director’s Cut of The Warriors, you may have never noticed the film is based in part on the ancient Greek tome Anabasis by Xenophon. The character of Cyrus in the film is named after the Greek general Cyrus the Younger, who enlisted mercenaries to usurp the throne of Persia around 401 BC. In the film, the Warriors get trapped behind enemy lines just like the Greeks did during the Battle of Cunaxa.

This inspirational story-line is explained on the short animated prologue featured in the Director’s Cut.

5 Cleon’s Fate

Great debate has continued over what happens to the character of Cleon in The Warriors, one of the de-facto ring-leaders of the titular gang. While many fans either insist or want to believe he survived a ruthless beating at the hands of the Gramercy Riffs in the beginning of the film, it has been confirmed by Hill and others that Cleon does indeed die during this sequence.

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Cleon’s demise is easy to miss, as he is beaten to death off-screen during a chaotic melee that pulls your eyes in every direction, but the sad truth remains. RIP Cleon!

4 Real Gang Members

To be as authentic as possible, Walter Hill wanted to use real-life gang members in The Warriors. The character of Cyrus was originally cast with a gang-member but he suddenly vanished the night before filming commenced.

However, during the infamous fight that takes place at the Van Cortlandt Park conclave, real NYC gang-members were used as a kind gesture for filming on their territory. As a precaution, the NYPD planted the background extras with undercover cops to make sure the real gang members remained in check.

3 Mercy’s Hidden Injuries

Filming The Warriors was so physically demanding that actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh, who played Mercy, sustained two major injuries that were captured onscreen. In one shot, actor Michael Beck accidentally hit Deborah in the face with a baseball bat, necessitating immediate stitches at the hospital.

During the subway evasion scene, Deborah was accidentally dropped to the floor by a stuntman, resulting in a broken wrist. If you look closely, Mercy wears a black jacket for the rest of the film to hide the cast on her arm.

2 Two Different Actors Played Fox

Have you ever caught wind of the fact two different actors portray the character of Fox? Reportedly, the actor who played Fox for most of the film, Thomas G. Waites, became too difficult to work with when it was discovered he repeatedly left the set to get high.

Hill and stunt coordinator Craig Baxley decided to fire Waites but opted to film the death of Fox anyway. A passable lookalike was plucked from the crew and strapped to the subway tracks from behind so to make it look as if Waites (as Fox) was fatally run over.

1 Walter Hill’s Cameo

Are you one of the infinitesimal few who happened to spot director Walter Hill’s cameo in The Warriors? Thought not! First, you’d have to know what Hill looked like in 1979. Secondly, you’d have to know where to look.

But for all you Warriors trivia buffs, Hill can be spotted during a sequence in the middle of the movie where the Warriors are being chased through the subway terminal by the police. Hill is wearing a light blue sweater and flat-cap with a bushy beard.

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2019-09-05 01:09:46

Jake Dee