1990s Movies: 101 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know

81. Tenacious D appeared in Bio-Dome

Jack Black and Kyle Gass were invited to perform a short song in the film. The two wrote the song “5 Needs”, and this was their first on-screen appearance as Tenacious D.

Tenacious D only released their first album in 2001. They did open for Beck, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters in the late 1990s though.

82. The Omaha Beach scene in Saving Private Ryan cost $11 million to shoot

The scene involved up to 1,000 extras. Some of them were members of the Irish Army Reserve. Twenty to thirty of them were amputees, issued with prosthetic limbs, to simulate soldiers having their limbs blown off.

83. There’s Something About Mary almost had a sequel

According to Peter Farrelly, 20th Century Fox wanted a There’s Something About Mary 2, or a There’s Something More About Mary. The Farelly brothers felt that a sequel wouldn’t make sense.

84. The initial Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels budget was £20,000,000

It was reduced to £800,000, Although the big figure reflects how highly regarded Ritchie’s screenplay was, it was probably also  very unrealistic for a first-time filmmaker. Guy Ritchie made cuts (which included everyone’s salaries). His vision had turned into a scappy, low-budget production. This probably benefited the underdog tone of the story.

85. The word “Man” is said 147 times in The Big Lebowski

This is said by Jeff Bridges’ character (The Dude) That’s nearly one and a half times a minute.

86. Pleasantville was the movie with the most digital effects before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released

This was because every single scene had to be digitally altered to have all the black and white TV characters interact with the people who were in colour.

87. American History X was partly based on the life of reformed Skinhead Frank Meeink

Meeink served three years in prison for charges related to white supremacist beliefs and is an accomplished anti-skinhead author and lecturer now.

American History X - 1990s movies

88. The first draft of the Dark City script by Alex Proyas was vastly different from the finished film

The script included the appearance of the Strangers, the setting of a perennial Dark City, and the fact that John Murdoch is wanted for a series of murders that he does not recall committing.

Notable aspects of the initial script include an evil robotic puppy accompanying the Strangers (which would attack savagely with its steel jaws) and a climactic trial for John Murdoch. The reanimated corpses of the victims would testify against Murdoch in the trial, and even John’s wife would be a witness.

89. The portable video game system in Enemy of The State was a NEC Turbo Express

The video game system is used by Will Smith’s character’s son. It was a Nintendo GameBoy competitor with the ability to play TurboGrafx-16 games on a color screen. By the time the film premiered, it had faded into relative obscurity, making it the perfect piece of tech.

90. The film makers of Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas could not afford the rights to use “Sympathy For The Devil”

In the book, Hunter S. Thompson listens to the song by The Rolling Stones. The rights to play it in the film were too expensive.

91. Annette Bening and Thora Birch’s reaction to Kevin Spacey throwing a plate were real in American Beauty

That epic scene where he hurls a plate of asparagus at the wall was actually intended to be thrown at the floor. His wall-throwing-antics were improvised.

92. Fifteen mice were used in The Green Mile

Each mouse spent months being trained to do different tricks.

93. Will Smith was almost cast as Neo in The Matrix

He turned down the offer in order to star in Wild Wild West (1999). He later admitted that, at the time, he was “not mature enough as an actor” and that, if given the role, he “would have messed it up”. He had no regrets, saying that “Keanu was brilliant as Neo.”

I agree with him. This would probably not be one of my favourite 1990s Movies if Will Smith was in it.

94. Bruce Willis was the reason why Haley Joel Osment cried in a scene in The Sixth Sense

Haley couldn’t manage to cry in a scene where he was supposed to, so his father suggested to Willis that he yell his lines off-camera to his son to get the waterworks going. It worked.

95. Johnny Depp adopted the horse that was used in Sleepy Hollow

Depp did this when he found out that Goldeneye (Ichabod Crane‘s horse Gunpowder) was going to be put down.

96. The Blair Witch Project had a budget of only $60,000

This film was in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Top Budget: Box Office Ratio” (for a mainstream feature film). The film grossed $248 million (a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made).

The Blair Witch Project - 1999 movie

97. Paul Thomas Anderson designed the poster and edited the trailer for Magnolia

New Line Cinema wanted to push the film as a Tom Cruise movie but he refused, saying that it was an ensemble piece, so he did it himself.

98. The Faculty was a fresh adaptation of The Puppet Masters

The Puppet Masters (a 1951 Science Fiction novel) has been retold through film countless times: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (in 1956), The Brain Eaters (in 1958), a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (in 1978), Body Snatchers (in 1993), The Puppet Masters (in 1994) and The Invasion (in 2007) – to name just a few. The Faculty was a fresh take on it when it was released in 1999.

99. Stir of Echoes was based on a Richard Matheson novel of the same name

The 1998 film What Dreams My Come and the 2007 film I am Legend is also based on novels that were written by him.

100. Meat Loaf wore a fat suit in Fight Club

To ensure that his breasts and love handles hung correctly, his fat suit was filled with birdseed, so that it would ‘spill’ over his pants and give the impression of sagging flesh. Altogether, the suit plus the seed weighed more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms).

101. Blink-182 appeared in first American Pie film

Members of the California punk band are shown during the Internet broadcast scene. The Blink-182 song “Mutt” is playing in the background.

Well, there you have it, 101 Interesting facts about 1990s Movies that you might not have not known. Which one of these facts did you find the most interesting? Leave a comment below if you want to.

Feeling nostalgic? Feel free to check out my post featuring 101 Interesting 1990s Music Facts.

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