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The Alamo
The huge Alamo set took two years to construct.

The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach is similar to the life cycle of the tsetse fly. An early draft of the script had a male Ripley.

Crocodile Dundee
The wild and ferocious buffalo that Mick Dundee pacified was drugged.

The band playing during the party scene are the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The episode of "Beavis and Butt-Head" that Cher and Josh watch is called The Great Cornholio.

Wallace's real wife was named Marian, but it was changed to Murron to avoid confusion with the Robin Hood character. Real life Wallaces are extras in the movie.

Almost all of the telephones in the movie are rotary.

Pretty Woman
The opera in the movie is La Traviata, which is about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man.

Richard Gere composed the piece of music that is played on the piano.

Daryl Hannah turned down the role of Vivian as she felt it denigrates women.

My Best Friend's Wedding
There was actually an alternative ending to the movie, where Julianne and Michael end up together, but after test audiences didn't like it, the director changed ending.

Notting Hill
Anna Scott was asked how much she made on her last film, and her reply was $15 million, the the amount she was paid for her role in Notting Hill.

Independence Day
When David Levinson opens his laptop computer it greets him with the message, "Good Morning Dave." - a reference to the talking computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The fire engine seen tumbling through the air was simply a toy.

Men in Black
John Turturro was offered the role of Edgar.

The line Will Smith says after jumping on the bus, "It just be raining black people in New York", was improvised on the set, but the producers like it so much that they kept it.

The Devil's Advocate
The character of John Milton is named for the author of "Paradise Lost," the classic about man's fall from God's grace.

When Lomax is in Milton's office at the end of the film, he says "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven". That is from the epic poem "Paradise Lost" by John Milton.

The Matrix
Before Keanu Reeves starts his furious attacks on Morpheus, he rubs his nose with the thumb finger, a similar mannerism of Bruce Lee.

Will Smith was approached to play Neo but turned it down in favor of Wild Wild West.

The Big Lebowski
The screenplay was written with Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in mind.

A lot of the Dude's clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges's own clothes.

The Dude never actually bowls.

Pulp Fiction
The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe into Mia's chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then running the film backwards.

Knoxville, Tennessee, where Butch was meeting his connection and where his great-grandfather bought the gold watch, is also Quentin Tarantino's birthplace.

Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.

Vincent Vega's 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belongs to Quentin Tarantino and was stolen during the production of the film.

Kill Bill
Uma Thurman was offered the script to Kill Bill, and her role as "The Bride", as a Birthday present from Tarantino.

Uma Thurman's yellow track-suit is a direct homage to the one worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death.

The production spent $65,000 on swords.

It took six years to write the entire script before being split into two parts.

Harry Potter
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The tabby cat ran away during filming and came back two days later.

When Harry can be seen playing a wind instrument he is playing the Hedwig's Theme.

The Hogwarts motto, "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" means "never tickle a sleeping dragon".

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Hugh Grant was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart.

The train station interior used in the film is Kings Cross in North London, whereas the exterior shot is St Pancras. The two stations are adjacent to one another, but not the same building. This was done because the architecture of St Pancras is more visually appealing.

The salute Harry and Draco make during their duel in the Dueling Club scene is a modified version of the salute made in fencing.

Full-size models replaced the actors in scenes where their characters have been petrified.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Full-size models were used in scenes which required teen actors to keep completely still for long periods.

At least one full-scale dragon was constructed on set.

Features the largest underwater set ever constructed. It has the capacity of up to 500,000 liters of water.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Emma Thompson accepted the role of Professor Trelawney to impress her four-year-old daughter, Gaia.

The effects team spent six months creating the dementors.

The tattoos on Sirius Black's body and hands are borrowed from Russian prison gangs.

A fire near the Glenfinnan viaduct in Scotland delayed filming of the Hogwarts Express scenes for a day.
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