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Did you know? Amazing Movie Facts.

Updated on June 14, 2013
Indiana Jones' fedora.
Indiana Jones' fedora.

Another set of these man.

After penning the original article on Amazing facts about life, I decided to do a sequel because the first was so popular among my readers.

In this hub, I focus on fun facts about MOVIES.

If you're someone like me who enjoys movies (especially classic ones), it amazes you to know all the little behind the scene tidbits about how they're made.

Oh boy, I know you guys are excited! Fun things everyone and their mother should know right? These are going to be random movies in general, let's see how many you might actually know.


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Star Wars Wilhelm Scream

George Takei

STAR WARS

  • Darth Vader......you know that guy who sounds like he has a bad case of emphysema and is one of the most well-known and popular characters in cinema history? Turns out in the original Star Wars, he only ended up having around 12 whole minutes of screen time. I guess they figured out who was going to be a shining star in the later movies!
  • In the Empire Strikes Back, during the asteroid chase scene with the Millennium Falcon, one of the asteroids flying by is actually a potato!
  • The famous "Wilhelm scream" has been used in every single Star Wars movie to date. I actually found this one quite fascinating. This scream has been used in over 225 movies and several tv shows thus far. Check the video to the right.
  • In Episode 6, when Emperor Palpatine gives the "Order 66" to exterminate the Jedi everywhere, it was based on a historical event. On Feb. 20, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 1066, which in turn interned Japanese Americans into camps until the end of World War 2. On a related note, George Takei, who most famously portrays "Captain Sulu" in the original Star Trek movies was interned as a young boy in one of these camps and is now actively spreading the word to remember what happened.

Shelob.....the ugly.
Shelob.....the ugly.
Tunnelweb.....even uglier.
Tunnelweb.....even uglier.
Saruman, the legendary Christopher Lee.....I bet Duck Dynasty would have him on!
Saruman, the legendary Christopher Lee.....I bet Duck Dynasty would have him on!

The death of Saruman.

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

This insanely popular movie trilogy is also one of my personal favorites.


  • Not only is it one of the most popular, it's got one of the longest runtimes. The DVD extended editions run 158 minutes longer than the theatrical releases. Extended edition time: 718 minutes, Theatrical release time: 560 minutes.
  • The giant spider "Shelob" is based on an actual New Zealand spider called the "tunnelweb". I lived in New Zealand for a good chunk last year and these things exist.
  • In the second film "The Two Towers", Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) actually broke his toe when he kicked a helmet across the screen during the Uruk-hai destruction in Rohan. So when you see him fall to his knees screaming out, it's real.
  • Saruman (the white wizard gone bad) ends up being stabbed in the back by his henchman and dies an awful death. Well, if you watch the extended edition "making of the movie", Christopher Lee, who portrays Saruman, actually describes to Peter Jackson the type of sound a man makes who's been stabbed in the back. The reason Christoper Lee knows this is because he served as an undercover agent for British Intelligence during World War 2. Any of you James Bond fans out there, that should perk your ears up a bit. Don't mess with Christopher Lee.

Speaking of James Bond......

Bond
Bond

Sean Connery as Bond

JAMES BOND

  • James has killed over 150 men and slept with over 44 women. STD City man.
  • Liam Neeson actually turned down the role of James Bond when it was offered to him in 1995 because he didn't want to star in "action movies". Hmmmmm.....has anyone seen his movies lately, like TAKEN for example? Just curious.
  • Sean Connery has the reputation for being a tough guy and for good reason. He once put the beatdown on an ex-marine named Johnny Stompanato for showing up on a set he was filming on and pointing a gun at him. He disarmed the dude, beat him to the ground, then proceeded to pick him up and fling him out the door. There are many to this day who understandably think that Connery was the best Bond.

INDIANA JONES

Okay, besides the newest one, most people would agree that the original trilogy is one of the greatest ones of all time. Who can forget all the snarky one-liners, world-traveling, and whip cracking of the Indy movies?

  • In the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the famous scene where Indiana is facing down a sword swinging Barbarian was actually a re-write from what it originally was supposed to be. In the original screenplay, Indiana Jones is supposed to use his whip to take the sword out of the guy's hands, but Harrison Ford had caught dysentery and was so weak that he decided to just shoot him. Take a look at the video and you'll even see he looks sick.
  • Sean Connery plays Indiana Jones' father during "The Last Crusade". What's really funny about this is that they are only 12 years apart from each other in age.
  • Also during "The Last Crusade", when Harrison and Sean are onboard the Zeppelin talking face to face, they aren't wearing any pants because it was so hot onset.
  • The violence in "The Temple of Doom" actually led to the creation of the first PG-13 rating.

Pretty cool effect.
Pretty cool effect.

HIGHLANDER

  • You know how the swords started sparking in the movie Highlander when Connor McCloud and Kurgan clashed in the final battle? The actors had wires running down their sleeves that were actually connected to car batteries to cause this special effect. They couldn't have many takes doing this because the swords kept getting too hot! Whatever you gotta do for special effects man!

First time in American cinema.
First time in American cinema.

PSYCHO

  • The very first movie to actually show a toilet flushing in America is the movie Psycho! This was considered, at the time, to be a very filthy thing to show onscreen. Oh myyyyyyy, how the times have changed.

Are you a fan of any of these movies?

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Final thoughts.

Well guys, I hope you enjoyed the tour down Memory movie lane! Hit me up with your insights and memories in the comments below!

Kasman will return with another hub soon.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Very interesting and well done. I have a friend who work making sounds for movies etc. It is an amazing and tedious process. Also, the actors do talk in movies, but then they have to re-talk all thier lines in a studio and match thier mouth movements. They sometimes have to do this over and over and over again to get it right. Funny how movies come off so slick looking, but the work that goes into every little detail is amazing. Fun hub and a nice break in my day.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Glad to hear this brought you a nice respite Sheri! I agree, I know some actors who've literally spent hundreds of hours on takes and re-takes for maybe 20 minutes of screentime! It's amazing what work does go into it!

      Thanks for stopping by as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope this becomes a series, Kas! Very cool niche to develop if you have a mind to do so. I know I have enjoyed it and I'm sure many others will as well. Well done buddy!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I'm definitely trying to make it that! I enjoy a great list of facts about fun subject myself, so I definitely learn a lot as I do research on these things. Thanks alot Bill for your support and for droppin by my friend! God bless.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thanks for your fun film facts -- didn't know that Sean Connery and Harrison Ford are only 12 years apart of each other, but they were convincing as father and son. I wonder if there's a list dedicated to that -- improbable actors with small age gap playing parents and their children.

      LOL about the first on-screen toilet hahahaha. Love the details you put into your hub.

      Voted up, interesting and funny

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Iguidenetwork, That's not a bad idea, maybe I should search that list out, do a hub on it! Yeah I can't help myself on the details. You have to see the humor in these things. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Voted way up and awesome! So many surprises and interesting tidbits of information. You have a niche going. I encourage you to carve it out and OWN IT.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot flourish. I think you're right. I'm hearing that from a few people so far......I really thought this would just be a randomized thing but I think I'm going to have to be a bit more intentional with it from now on. I have so many topics I want to write on but I think this will be one of the biggest! I appreciate your stopping by and votes!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Really cool facts. James Bond for me; Not sure if I'll vote for Connery, but he was good! Thanks for an interesting read!

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Kasman... you are a brilliant Hubber. I bow to you. Very rich article with great pics and videos. Terrific trivia which I will gladly impart on my friends and, since I'm a huge movie buff, simply have to love the knowledge here all the same. Voted up and awesome, and I'll tweet it too all the same. Seriously, really good stuff.

      Geez, Vader only 12 minutes ..... Indy with bathroom issues (I'd shoot too) great stuff

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Fascinating facts, Kasman. Neeson has always been a character actor.....hmm!!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Kasman! You really made me laugh by letting me know that a potato was actually used as an asteroids. Rest of the other facts are also fascinating.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Ms. Dora, most people have a personal favorite Bond actor, I mean, there's so many of them to choose from! It's a toss-up for me between Daniel Craig and Sean Connery personally. Thanks for dropping by and your comments.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Turtledog, I'm going to have to get back to your page soon, you keep on reading more of mine than I've had time to read yours brother! You're one-upping me!

      I know, I was actually surprised by Vader being onscreen that amount of time too. It "feels" like he's in there for most of the movie! Thanks so much for your comments, votes, and shares brother!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah midget, I think honestly those are his best movies. I was just watching a few minutes of Les Miserables last night and I was just amazed at how well he portrayed his character Jean Valjean. I haven't seen the newest one yet but I'm excited to because I love the story of redemption. It kind of reminds me of my story. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot pinto2011, I'm always having fun learning new things about topics that I thought I had down.

      Especially when you realize what kind of tricks were used in special effects before CGI really hit big. Thanks for your comment!

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      This was very interesting. Good film choices too. Who hasn't seen Star Wars? When I was in first grade you couldn't walk anywhere with out tripping over some poor wayward action figure on the playground.

      Thanks for the fun hub.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot patchofearth! I know, I pretty much grew up on Star Wars in general. I know all the catchphrases and so on and so forth. My uncle had an old collection of Star Wars figures as well that I used to play with as a kid. Thanks alot for your comment and stopping by!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great trivia and very entertaining! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much rose for dropping by. I glad it was entertaining to you. I love trivia myself, so I couldn't help but make something fun for others!

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Only 44 women for James Bond! Now that was a surprise lol. Bro I can't say enough on what an impact Indiana Jones made for action movies as far as audiences go when it first came out. It was an international talking subject as I even had folks in Europe asking about it. Really like your picks and breakdowns on here my friend.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot Alastar. I find that movies pretty much tie the world together in terms of knowledge and excitement. You can start a conversation just by naming a well known movie like Indiana or Star Wars....most of the time, someone has a favorite line or scene that the love to quote. I'm a huge old school movie buff so this is fun for me to write about. I may do another soon. Thanks for stopping by brother.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      They do indeed tie together the world for the reasons you state, Kas. We share being old school movie buffs too. I particularly enjoy the very early silent films ( talk about living history) and the years right before the full force of censorship in 1934. Of course I suppose 70s films can be included in old school nowadays as well lol. Look forward to your next one bro!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks bud, I think Charlie Chaplin's stuff was cutting edge at the time, speaking of which.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Wow. Lee already frightens us with Dracula. That he was an agent is really news! Thanks for sharing this with us, Kasman!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know, you never know who's done what these days. I didn't know Sean Connery disarmed and whooped an ex-marine. James Bond indeed. Thanks so much for the visit midget.

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