Did You Know?
(MOVIE TRIVIA AND STORIES OLD AND NEW)
One thing there is no shortage of in Hollywood, (or in the movies in general), is information about the making of the films and of the people who appear in them. This section of our site will be devoted to snippets of interesting items pertaining to the cinema and all those people who contribute to the production of the entertainment we see on our screens. Enjoy.
Jane Wyman & Ronald Reagan Lew Ayres & Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in 1940, but by the time she made Johnny Belinda (1948) she wanted out. She was tired, she said, of her husband’s incessant talking, for one thing. Her unutterable boredom was palpable to everyone around them. When she started a love affair with her Johnny Belinda co-star Lew [...]
Deanna Durbin Canadian-born Deanna Durbin was just 14 when Walt Disney tested her to be the voice of Snow White in his 1937 feature-length animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He chose not to use her because her voice sounded ‘too mature’. By 1943, at the age of twenty-one, she was the highest paid woman in the United States and the highest paid female star on the planet. She was [...]
Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men – ‘You can’t handle the truth!’ Jack Nicholson only appeared in four scenes in the 1992 courtroom drama A Few Good Men. One of those was the final, ‘You can’t handle the truth’, scene which ran for twenty-one minutes of screen time. He received five million dollars for the ten days he was required to perform. This was Aaron [...]
Donald Sutherland & Jane Fonda in Klute (1971) Jane Fonda hung out with prostitutes and pimps for a week as preparation for her role as the hooker Bree in Klute (1971). She also spent time at the local morgue and emerged visibly moved by what she saw there. She and co-star Donald Sutherland entered into a non-exclusive romantic relationship off-screen that lasted until June 1972. In fact, [...]
The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is advancing up a hill and is hit by a burst of machine gun fire. In real life he fell back [...]
In my movie collection is the 1992 Sean Connery-Lorraine Bracco film Medicine Man, one of those pictures that critics in their unchallenged wisdom chose to lambast from the moment it was released. As director John McTiernan said, ‘If the press hadn’t defined it as an action movie, it probably wouldn’t have been considered a disappointment.’ An astute assessment I believe. It was never [...]
Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war annoyed those who tend to find pluses in both. Maybe, the Church exercised its considerable clout and [...]
Harvey Weinstein According to Time Magazine in 2017, Harvey Weinstein’s net worth was estimated at between $240 and $300 million. In 2012 the magazine listed him as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’. He was the recipient of an honorary CBE in the 2004 Queen’s Honours List for his services to the film industry. Eight years later he was awarded the French [...]
There was so much media hype about Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) being based on actual events that authoress Joan Lindsay played along with the story, neither confirming nor denying it. The novel and film are, in fact, entirely fictional. Peter Weir’s film is beautifully crafted, more a mood piece than anything else; it runs almost two hours, very little unfolds and nothing is solved. After [...]
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The 1998 film Primary Colors has John Travolta playing Governor Stanton, a presidential nominee who is obviously based on Bill Clinton. Emma Thompson portrays his wife, her character loosely based on Bill’s wife Hillary Clinton. During filming, Emma received a phone call in her trailer, from none other than Donald J. Trump, asking her out on a dinner date. ‘I want to offer you [...]