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Movie Trivia: By the Numbers

Updated on May 23, 2017

The numbers tell a different story. So, the saying goes. And its never truer in movies where numbers play an important part to provide a profound influence or an exaggerated imbalance to the story. Either way, the numbers are game-changers that make the movie much more interesting. Here are some of the most mind-blowing, number-related facts and trivia in movies:

Psycho

77 - The number of camera angles used in the shower scene of Hitchcock's Psycho

The movie: Psycho (1960)

The most famous shower scene in the history of film as Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) stabs to death unsuspecting Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). Alfred Hitchcock shot it in a period of 7 days. He had never been as meticulous: 90 shots, 77 angles and 50 cuts. The numbers just speak for themselves.

Get an in-depth look at Psycho's shower scene

Cool Hand Luke

50 - The number of eggs Paul Newman ate in "Cool Hand Luke"

The movie: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

As a bet in prison, Lucas "Luke" Jackson (Paul Newman) boasts he can eat 50 hard boiled eggs in an hour for which his disbelieving inmates gladly wager. After some preparations that included stretching his stomach, and with the encouragement of his friend and manager of sorts, Dragline (George Kennedy), Luke begins downing one egg after another towards a glorious finish and utter exhaustion.

Groundhog Day

12,395 - The number of days Bill Murray spent reliving Groundhog Day

The movie: Groundhog Day (1993)

Weather reporter Phil Connors gets stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvabia repeating the same day (Groundhog Day, Feb.2) over and over again. This is one of the most famous trivia movie geeks wondered through the years...and figured out. But, there are a number of resources with differing results. The most plausible is by Simon Gallagher of whatculture.com. The final count he came up with considered everything from visual to spoken references to probabilities: 12,395 days, or 33 years and 350 days.

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The Shawshank Redemption

500 - The number of yards which Andy Dufresne crawled through a sewer to freedom

The movie: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is wrongfully accused of murder and given 2 consecutive life sentences for each of his victims, which he serves in Shawshank Prison. In 1966, having spent 19 years inside, he escapes through the sewer by crawling through 500 yards of foul inmate excrement. According to Red's (Morgan Freeman) narration, it was the equivalent of 5 football fields, just shy of half a mile. Good thing that it was raining when he crawled out.

Ransom

2,000,0000/4,000,0000 - The ransom and bounty in dollars in the movie Ransom

The movie: Ransom (1996)

Crooked cop Jimmy Shaker (Gary Sinese) kidnaps the son of multi-millionaire Tom Mullen and demands a $2 Million ransom. But, surprise! Mullen doubles the amount to $4 Million as bounty for his head which he announces on live TV. The guy's nuts!

Ransom - the bounty

Contact

1 - The number of second Ellie Arroway travelled through the wormhole to Vega and back

The movie: Contact (1997)

A message from Vega, a star system 26-light years from Earth, is discovered by SETI scientist Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) with instructions to build a machine that will send a pod through a wormhole into space. Ellie journeys to Vega, meets an extra-terrestrial in the form of her father, and returns home. But, on Earth, Ellie was gone for only a second with no proof of her journey. A congressional hearing investigates the anomaly reveals that her video recorder shows 18 hours of static. So much for space travel.

Cast Away

17.6097,177.0337 - The island's coordinates in Cast Away

The movie: Cast Away (2000)

FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) gets stranded for 4 years in a deserted Pacific island before being rescued.The island is actually Monuruki Island in Fiji and whose exact location (latitude/longitude) is 17.609277,177.0397 (try it on Google Earth). If only Chuck had internet connection.

Marvel's Iron Man

9,300,000,000 - Tony Stark's net worth in dollars

The movies: Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

His ultra-modern digs. The fancy cars. Those Iron Man Armors. His business enterprises. Tony Stark is one of the wealthiest dudes on Earth. He even tops Bruce Wayne ($6.9 Billion) on the charts. This is according to Forbes which ranks the richest fictional characters. However, the two aren't the wealthiest by far. At $62 Billion is Smaug. One look at the dragon's horde is proof enough. Although, Stark is someone you may actually be able to reach on the phone.

How does Tony Stark stack up among the rest? Look at the chart below.

Forbes 10 Richest Fictional Characters

Name
Source
Net worth (in billions)
Smaug
Marauding
$62.0
Flintheart Glomgold
Mining, theft
$51.9
Carlisle Cullen
Compound interest
$36.3
Jed Clampett
Oil & Gas
$9.8
Tony Stark
Defense
$9.3
Richie Rich
Inheritance
$8.9
Charles Foster Kane
Media
$8.3
Bruce Wayne
Inheritance, defense
$6.9
Forrest Gump
Apple, Inc.
$5.7
Mr. Monopoly
Real Estate
$2.5

Edge of Tomorrow

26 - The number of resets in Edge of Tomorrow

The movie: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day. Major Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) gets caught in a time loop while fighting alien invaders. As the day resets like clockwork, he, along with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) find a way to defeat the enemy by perfecting their movements in battle through trial and error. 26 is only the number of times Cage resets on screen. The story suggests that it could have been from 100 to 300 to even a thousand. Well never know...for now.

Matt Damon movies

900 - The amount spent in billions of dollars to rescue Matt Damon in his movies

The movies: Courage Under Fire (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Titan A.E. (2000), Syriana (2005), The Green Zone (2010), Elysium (2013), Interstellar (2014), The Martian (2015)

In most of his movies, Matt Damon's characters often find themselves left behind, stranded and in dire need of rescuing. And the rescue missions cost big bucks. According to an Australian researcher named Kynan Eng, in Damon's most recent movie The Martian alone, $200 Billion was spent getting him back. Eng calculated all eight movies in which Damon was rescued and the total was a staggering $900 Billion (plus change)!

Damon's Damage: Full Breakdown

Movie
Year
Cost
Courage Under Fire
1996
$300,000
Saving Private Ryan
1998
$100,000
Titan A.E.
2000
$200,000,000,000
Syriana
2005
$50,000
The Green Zone
2010
$50,000
Elysium
2013
$100,000,000
Interstellar
2014
$500,000,000,000
The Martian
2015
$200,000,000,000
Total
 
$900,100,500,000

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