1990s Movies: 101 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know

21. A Guns N’ Roses track was almost used for the headbanging scene in Wayne’s World

The studio wanted to use a Guns N’ Roses track instead of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but Mike Myers fought for the inclusion of the Queen song.

Myers even threatened to quit the production if he didn’t get what he wanted, and eventually the studio gave in to his demand.

22. Francis Ford Coppola insisted on using in-camera effects for Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Audiences today have grown used to the constant presence of CGI in even the most quiet dramas. In 1992, just one year after the computer effects of Terminator 2 took the film world by storm, post-production tricks were becoming all the rage.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Not all were particularly spectacular. Most are implemented to make the filmmaker’s life easier. However, Coppola insisted that all the film’s special effects be done “in-camera,” meaning live on set (and he hired his own son to fulfill this difficult task).

He went so far as to use a hand-cranked Pathe for the scene of Dracula walking through London. These effects made Bram Stoker’s Dracula appear “both opulent and handmade.”

23. Daniel Day-Lewis took his first Hollywood film seriously

He lived as an 18th century American Indian for weeks before production of The Last of The Mohicans commenced. According to director Michael Mann: “If he didn’t shoot it, he didn’t eat it.”

24. Nelson Mandela had a small role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X

This was in 1992 before Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Madiba had a small role as a Soweto school teacher delivering a lecture on Malcolm X.

25. The White Men Can’t Jump Crew needed protection whilst shooting in some of the Los Angeles neighbourhoods

Before filming, the Fruit of Islam went to neighborhoods to negotiate with various gangs to ensure the cast and crew’s safety.

According to writer-director Ron Shelton: “They would go into neighborhoods ahead of us and navigate the gang turf wars and all that so we would know exactly where we could shoot safely. They were terrific.”

26. Michael Keaton has never watched Batman Returns

During a guest appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Michael Keaton admitted he’d never seen the full finished version of the 1992 film. The actor claimed he only took the role as he needed money at the time for a real-estate deal. Keaton was paid a whopping $10 million for his efforts.

27. Anthony Kiedis had a small role in 1991’s Point Break

In the movie he plays one of the members of the surf gang. The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman actually started acting in 1978 under the pseudonym “Cole Dammett”. He played Sylvester Stallone’s son in the movie F.I.S.T.

28. A King Kong Ride inspired Steven Spielberg’s plan for building the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park

The logistics of his original plans to bring the dinosaurs to life were inspired by the Universal Studios “King Kong Encounter” ride. Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr designed Kong as a full-size animatronic with an inflatable balloon-like skin surrounding a wire frame. Unfortunately, the plans to build all of Jurassic Park‘s dinosaurs as similarly full-size animatronics proved too costly.

29. Bill Murray was supposed to hunt down the groundhog in his lair in Groundhog Day

This was changed because it seemed too much like 1980’s Caddyshack. This is sad, because it would’ve been awesome.

Groundhog Day -1990s Movies

30. A real train hit a real bus in 1993’s The Fugitive

No miniatures were used. A total of 27 cameras were used in the scene and it was done in ONE take. Harrison Ford jumping free from it was a superimposed image. The scene was filmed in Sylva and Dillsboro, North Carolina. The wreckage is now a tourist attraction.

31. The word “man” is said 203 times in Dazed and Confused

Despite this fact and the fact that this film only earned $8 million at the box office, the film has enjoyed critical and commercial success over the years. It’s definitely one of my favourite 1990s movies.

32. Schindler’s List is the most-expensive black & white movie ever made

The previous record was held for over thirty years by another film set during World War II, 1962’s The Longest Day. Schindler’s List had a budget of $25 million.

33. Holly Hunter had one of shortest performances that was nominated for an Oscar

She is on screen for a total of 5 minutes and 59 seconds in the 1993 film, The Firm. She is in twenty scenes, for an average of eighteen seconds per scene. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

Holly Hunter

34. Cliffhanger is in the Guinness Book of World Records

The 1993 film holds the record for the costliest aerial stunt ever performed. Stuntman Simon Crane was paid $1 million to cross once between two planes at fifteen thousand feet, without the aid of any safety devices or trick photography. The stunt was filmed in the United States. Stunts like these are illegal in Europe (where most of the film was shot).

35. True Romance is considered to be part of the Tarantino Universe

This is even though the 1993 film was not directed by him. He wrote the script though. Lee Donowitz is the grandson of Sergeant Donnie Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds. Mr. White from Reservoir Dogs mentions working with a girl named “Alabama”.

36. The real-life Secret Service served as consultants for In The Line of Fire

This marked the first time that the Secret Service offered its full cooperation in the making of a movie.

Secret Service

37. The last film that Kurt Cobain watched before he died was The Piano

The Nirvana rocker saw this movie with a couple of friends one day before he committed suicide. It’s very likely that it was the last film he watched before he died.

The Piano

38. Iron Maiden‘s “Man On The Edge” is based on Falling Down

“Man on the Edge” was released on the 1995 album The X Factor. It was the first single Iron Maiden released with Blaze Bayley on vocals.

Falling Down

39. Leonardo DiCaprio got his first Oscar nomination for the 1993 film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

It was also the film’s sole nomination. DiCaprio chose to do this movie over Hocus Pocus. He played the part of Arnie Grape so well that when he showed up for the film’s premiere, many people were shocked and astonished to learn that the young actor was not actually mentally disabled.

Leonardo DiCaprio in 1993

40. Disney envisioned a different cast for Cool Runnings

Denzel Washington was considered as Derice, Eddie Murphy as Sanka, Wesley Snipes as Yul, Marlon Wayans as Junior and John Candy as Irving Blitzer. Only Candy had a role in the film (which turned out the last film featuring him that was released before he died).

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