The first and only silent film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The first sound film as well as the first film to use Technicolor to win the award. Today, the film only survives in black and white as the color version was lost.
German army veterans living in Los Angeles were cast for bit parts in the film, as well as for advising roles on the film.
Even though America was in the middle of the Great Depression, RKO pictures spent 1.5 million dollars to have the film made.
One of the first films to feature different plotlines that interweave and interconnect between the characters.
One of only 2 films (the other being Wings) to never be released on DVD.
The first film to win the 5 major awards (Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay)
The films is based on the true events of the mutiny on the ship HMS Bounty in 1789. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christianson against the captain, Capt. William Bligh.
Based on the career of Franz Ziegfeld and his famous Broadway productions: The Ziegfeld Follies.
Based on the life of Franch author Emile Zola and his friendship with Paul Cezanne.
Lionel Barrymore's infirmity was incorporated into the plot of the film and he was on crutches (due to arthritis) for the entire film.
Arguably the highest grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation, of course). The film is most remembered for the famous line 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'
The first American project worked on by the great Alfred Hitchcock.
Despite going up against a film considered to be the greatest of all time, 'How Green Was My Valley' beat out 'Citizen Kane' for the Oscar.
President Roosevelt had the film rushed so that it could be released and used for propoganda purposes.
The romance between Bogart's Rick Blaine and Bergman's Ilsa Lund is considered to be one of the most famous couplings in film. Known for the famous line 'Here's looking at you, kid.'
Bing Crosby presented the film to Pope Pius XII after the end of World War II.
The musical score for the film was one of the first to use theremin.
Inspired by an article in Time Magazine about the difficulty veterans had re-adjusting to life after the war.
The film was highly controversial, and even some film executives advised the cancellation of the movie due to the excessive antisemetic sentiments it contains.
Based on one of the most well known Shakespearen plays. Hamlet may be Shakespeare's most complex character, making it no surprise that it would be Oscar material.
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John Wayne was offered the lead role, but he declined as he saw the film as unpatriotic. The irony, however, was that John Wayne lost the Oscar for Best Actor to Broderick Crawford, the lead in 'All the King's Men.'
The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the most to this point. It would not be matched until 1997's Titanic.
One of the musical's ballets lasted 16 minutes and cost over $500,000. The ballet was set to the tune of 'An American in Paris' by George Gershwin and featured Gene Kelly dancing with Leslie Caron.
The film was set in the Ringlin Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, and it features the members of the Barnum and Bailey circus troupe.
Legend has it that Frank Sinatra only landed a role in the film because of mob connections, and it was also rumored that these mob actions were inspiration for a subplot in the novel 'The Godfather' (the scene with the decapitation of the horse).
The film was based on a series of articles in the New York Sun entitled 'Crime on the Waterfront.' The film is most known for Brando's famous line, 'I could've been a contender.'
One of only two films (the other being 'The Lost Weekend') to win both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d'Or
Although the filmed is title 'Around the World in 80 Days,' the filming process took only 75 days.
Based on the true events of the construction of the Burma Railway during World War II. The most memorable feature of the film was the film's main score that was whistled by the POWs called 'Colonel Bogey March.'
The film is considered the last great MGM musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed.
The film won a record 11 Academy Awards, a feat that would not be matched until 1997's 'Titanic.' It was also the last movie to win the award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor until 2003's 'Mystic River.'
In order to create the illusion of a large insurance company office, the art director Alexandre Trauner used successively smaller desks and smaller people at the back of the room.
Elvis Presley was originally approached for the role of Tony, but his manager made him decline in favor of other musical projects.
Based on the real life story of T.E. Lawrence, a British soldier sent to the Middle East to lead an Arab uprising over the Ottoman Turks during World War I.
The film is notable for its unusual comic style: the opening sequence is performed in the style of a silent movie, and characters sometimes break the fourth wall, often by looking directly into the camera and addressing the audience, and going so far as to have the character of Tom Jones suddenly appearing to notice the camera and covering the lens with his hat.
Audrey Hepburn, considered one of the greatest actresses of all time, had to be dubbed for singing scenes by Marni Nixon as Hepburn's singing was deemed inadequate.
The film helped to keep 20th Century Fox afloat, because the cost for the movie Cleopatra almost left the studio bankrupt.
To keep the budget at under $2 million, the actors all took salary cuts. Only Scofield, York and Welles were paid salaries exceeding £10,000. For playing Rich, his first major film role, John Hurt was paid £3,000. Vanessa Redgrave appeared simply for the fun of it and refused to accept any money.
This film became the inspiration for the television show of the same name. The film notably beat out the film 'The Graduate' for Best Picture.
The film was based off the stage play of the same name. Many critics didn't think the film had the caliber of a Best Picture winner, and many thought the unnominated '2001:A Space Odyssey' was more deserving.
Known for the famous line 'I'm walkin here!'. a line that, although scripted, came as a surprise as the taxi cab surprised actor Dustin Hoffman who was not expecting it.
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Based on the life of the legendary U.S. army general during World War II. The film is most remembered for the speech Patton gives to his 'troops' (the filming makes it appear as if Patton is speaking directly to the viewer).
The chase scene in which Det. Popeye Doyle follows the subway train is considered to be one of the greatest chase scenes in film history.
Considered to be the greatest mafia film ever made. Marlon Brando's famous line 'I'm gonning to make him an offer he can't refuse' may be one of the most popular lines in popular culture.
Doyle Lonnegan's limp in the film, used to great effect by actor Robert Shaw, was in fact completely authentic as Shaw had slipped on a wet handball court at the Beverly Hills Hotel just a week before filming began and had split all the ligaments in his knee. He had to wear a leg brace during production which was kept hidden under the wide 1930s style trousers he wore.
The first sequel to win the award. Paramount originally didn't want to include 'Part II' in the title as they thought some people would be turned off thinking it would be more of the same from the first movie.
The title is derived from the poem: 'Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn,/Apple seed and apple thorn,/Wire, briar, limber lock/Three geese in a flock/One flew East/One flew West/And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.'
Based on the life of boxer Chuck 'The Bayonne Bleeder' Wepner whose most famous bout was a 15 round fight against Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay that ended in a split decision.
Considered to be Woody Allen's 'love letter to New York City,' the film is also known as the inspiration for a whole new kind of fashion inspired by Diane Keaton's clothing in the film.
The first deer seen to be shot was not actually harmed, despite the 'gruesome close-up', but hit with a tranquilizer dart.
Kramer vs. Kramer reflected a cultural shift which occurred during the 1970s and the period of second-wave feminism, when ideas about motherhood and fatherhood were changing. The film was widely praised for the way in which it gave equal weight and importance to both Joanna and Ted's points of view.
The film marked Mary Tyler Moore's career breakout from the personality of her other two famous roles as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
The film was slightly altered for the U.S. audience. A brief scene depicting a pre-Olympics cricket game between Abrahams, Liddell, Montague, and the rest of the British track team appears shortly after the beginning of the original film. For the American audience, this brief scene was deleted. In the U.S., to avoid the initial child's G rating, which might have hindered box office sales, a different scene was used â€” one depicting Abrahams and Montague arriving at a Cambridge railway station and encountering two World War I veterans who use an obscenity â€” in order to be given a PG rating.
Inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The film received $10 million from the Indian government and its Prime Minister Indira Ghandi.
Actor Jack Nicholson's character, astronaut Garrett Breedlove, does not appear in the novel. The part was created for Burt Reynolds, but he was already committed to another film (Stroker Ace), so it was handed to James Garner. Garner quarreled with the director over differing interpretations. The part then went to Harrison Ford who turned it down because he did not like the age difference between himself and Shirley MacLaine. The role wound up going to Nicholson.
The film had an effect on popular music and continues to influence writers and musicians. One well-known example is 'Rock Me Amadeus,' by Austrian pop artist Falco, which was a hit in 1985.
In 1985, there were no steam locomotives still operational in Kenya. Therefore, the producers and their advisors decided to assemble a simulated steam train that was, instead, pushed from behind by an available diesel locomotive, which was directly behind the steam locomotive and disguised as a box car. Due to mechanical problems, this covering had to be disassembled and reassembled after repairs. The simulated steam locomotive burned rubber tires in its simulated boiler, and liquid oxygen was used as an oxidizer to give the appearance of a coal-fired boiler.
Director Oliver Stone wrote the story based upon his experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam, as a counter to the vision of the war portrayed in John Wayne's The Green Berets.
Based on the life of Puyi, the last emperor of China.The film used over 19,000 extras, and members of the Chinese army were brought in to be extras.
Rain Man's portrayal of the main character's condition has been seen as inaugurating a common and incorrect media stereotype that people on the autism spectrum typically have savant skills, and references to Rain Man, in particular Dustin Hoffman's performance, have become a popular shorthand for autism and savantism.
The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisy's presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective.
Much of the dialogue is in the Lakota language with English subtitles.Because of the film's popular and lasting impact, the Sioux Nation adopted Costner as an honorary member.
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The film is well known for its famous quotes 'A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti' and 'Hello Clarice.'
Eastwood delayed the project, partly because he wanted to wait until he was old enough to play his character and to savor it as the last of his western films.
Spielberg finally decided to direct the film after hearing of the Bosnian Genocide and various Holocaust deniers. With the rise of neo-Nazism after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he worried that people were too accepting of intolerance, as they were in the 1930s. In addition, Spielberg was becoming more involved with his Jewish heritage while raising his children.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaraunt chain is inspired by the film. In the film, Forrest encounters many important people and events spanning 50 years of American history.
While the crew spent six weeks shooting on location in Scotland, the major battle scenes were shot in Ireland using members of the Irish Army Reserve as extras. To lower costs, Gibson had the same extras portray both armies. The opposing armies are made up of reservists, up to 1,600 in some scenes, who had been given permission to grow beards and swapped their drab uniforms for medieval garb.
In a 1997 episode of the comedy series 'Seinfeld', Elaine Benes (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) repeatedly expresses her hatred for the movie despite everyone else she knows loving it and is ultimately broken-up with by her boyfriend, ignored by her best friends and fired by her employer, Jacopo Peterman.
Based on the true story of the RMS Titanic, the film was the first ever to exceed 1 billion dollars in the box office.
It has been reported by The Sunday Telegraph that the film had an impact on the British Royal Family in prompting the revival of the title of Earl of Wessex, which had been extinct since the 11th century. Prince Edward was originally to have been titled Duke of Cambridge following his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, the year after the film's release. However, after watching Shakespeare in Love, he reportedly became attracted to the title of the character played by Colin Firth, and asked Queen Elizabeth II to be given the title of Earl of Wessex instead.[
Ball began writing American Beauty as a play in the early 1990s, partly inspired by the media circus around the Amy Fisher trial in 1992.
In Malta, a replica of about one-third of Rome's Colosseum was built, to a height of 52 feet (15.8 meters), mostly from plaster and plywood (the other two-thirds and remaining height were added digitally). The replica took several months to build and cost an estimated $1 million.[
Many actors were considered for the role of John Nash, including Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Guy Pearce, Matthew Broderick, Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves. Cruise was lobbying for the part until Ron Howard ultimately cast Russell Crowe after he saw his performance in Gladiator.
The film was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1969. The film is based on the Kander and Ebb Broadway musical of the same name, which was based on the Maurine Watkins play, Chicago, which was in turn based on the stories of two Jazz-era killers, Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner.
The only fantasy film to win the award. Shares the Academy Award record for winning 11 Oscars.
In January and February 2005, the film sparked controversy when some disability rights activists protested against the ending. Wesley J. Smith in The Weekly Standard also criticized the film for its ending and for missed opportunities; Smith said, 'The movie could have ended with Maggie triumphing once again, perhaps having obtained an education and becoming a teacher; or, opening a business managing boxers; or perhaps, receiving a standing ovation as an inspirational speaker.' Eastwood's response: 'I've gone around in movies blowing people away with a .44 magnum. But that doesn't mean I think that's a proper thing to do.'
The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. A self-described 'passion piece' for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real life incident in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991.
Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, 'best-of' list, saying, 'If they're lucky, directors make one classic film in their career. Martin Scorsese has one per decade (Taxi Driver in the '70s, Raging Bull in the '80s, GoodFellas in the '90s). His 2006 Irish Mafia masterpiece kept the streak alive.'
Josh Brolin broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident a few days before filming was due to begin, but he and his doctor lied about the extent of his injury to the Coens and they let him continue in the role.
Following its release in India, the film faced criticism from various members of the public alleging that the film fuels Western stereotypes about poverty in India and that it peddles 'poverty porn'.
Director Kathryn Bigelow beat ex-husband James Cameron (director of 'Avatar') for Best Picture and Best Director, thus becoming the first woman to win the esteemed award.
David Seidler, the writer who himself had a stutter, wanted to make the story of King George VI into a film, but the Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, asked that it not be made during her lifetime. Seidler waited until her death to restart the project.
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