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filmtrivia Director (Bob Clark) worked with writer (Jean Shepherd) for nearly ten years on the concept for (A Christmas Story) before the film was made◆
Wil Wheaton auditioned for the role of Ralphie. Wheaton is best known for playing (Gordie Lachance) in the film (Stand By Me)◆ Director (Bob Clark) makes a cameo as (Swede) the dim-witted neighbor, who marvels at the Leg Lamp from outside◆Jean Shepherd (co- writer/narrator) is the irate man waiting in the Santa line at the department store. The woman standing behind Shepherd is his wife, Leigh Brown◆ Jack Nicholson was given the script and was interested in the role of (Mr. Parker) Bob Clark didn't learn of this until later and the studio didn't want to pay Nicholson's fee anyway, which would have doubled the budget. Bob said that (Darren McGavin) was still the better choice and was born to play Mr. Parker◆To find an American city resembling an Indiana town in the 1940s, Bob Clark sent his location scouts to 20 cities before selecting Cleveland, Ohio. Ironically the street the (Parkers) live on is called "Cleveland Street"◆ The people of Cleveland were incredibly cooperative during filming, donating antique vehicles from every corner of the city. These vintage vehicles helped to enhance the authenticity of the production design◆
Jean Shepherd's book (In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash) which the film is partly based on, is a collection of short stories that Shepherd wrote for "Playboy" magazine during the 1960s. One if the stories was about the tongue sticking to the flagpole and eating Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant◆ The subplot of the mangy dogs constantly harassing The Old Man was taken from another of Shepherd's short story collection titled (Wanda Hickey's Night Of Golden Memories and Other Disasters). In that book, Ralph is about 17 years old◆ For the scene in which Flick's tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal◆
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  •   filmtrivia It was Bob Clark's success with the 1982 teen comedy Porky's allowed him to make a movie he wanted to make◆ Although now (A Christmas Story) is considered a Christmas classic, Peter Billingsley (Ralphie)  said at the time, not too many studios were interested in a Depression-era story about a little boy wanting a BB gun for Christmas◆ Billingsley also stated in an interview that director Bob Clark had to agree to make a horror film for the studio in order to get (A Christmas Story) made◆
    The nonsensical ramblings that Ralphie exclaims while beating up Scut Farkas (Zack Ward) were scripted, word for word◆ When the character of Scut Farkas first appears, the "Wolf" music from Sergei Prokofiev's (Peter and the Wolf) plays in the background. The name "Farkas" is derived from the Hungarian word for "wolf"◆
    The piece of music that plays after Ralphie says "fudge", and after the lamp breaks for the second time, is the opening of "Hamlet" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky◆ Ralphie says that he wanted the (Red Ryder BB Gun) 28 times in the film◆ This was the movie that inspired the creation of the TV show (The Wonder Years)◆ The 2009 documentary on A Christmas Story titled (Clarkworld) was directed by (Deren Abram). Deren worked with Bob Clark for over a decade before Clark and his 22-year old son, Ariel were killed by a drunk driver in April 2007◆
    In 2012, a staged musical adaptation of this film opened on Broadway. One of the co-producers was (Peter Billingsley) who played (Ralphie) in the movie. As an adult, Billingsley transitioned into producing such movies as (The Break-Up), (Four Christmases), and 2008's  Ironman◆ A Christmas Story: The Musical -was the first stage play or musical Billingsley produced◆ 3mon
  •   filmtrivia Although he occupies the most screen time in the film, Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) only has about 93 lines of dialogue. Ralphie was supposed to be 9 years old, but Billingsley was 12◆ Ralph's school exteriors were filmed at Victoria School in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada◆
    The department store featured in the Santa scene is really Higbee's in downtown Cleveland. There is no Higbee's in Hammond◆
    Ralphie's two friends are named Flick and Schwartz. The role of Flick is played by Scott Schwartz◆
    In 2005, the original home used for the exterior shots of the family home was put up for auction on eBay. An avid fan of the movie (Brian Jones) purchased it directly from the seller for $150,000◆ Jones then spent the following year restoring the home to the way it looked on screen. The exterior was completely restored and the interior was renovated to match the interior of the home shown in the movie (parts of the interior were actually filmed in a Toronto studio)◆On November 25, 2006, the home finally opened its doors as a tourist attraction. Jones spent close to $500,000 in preparation for this grand opening. In addition, he also purchased the house next door and converted it to a gift shop and museum dedicated to the film and the house◆The film was released just before Thanksgiving and became a surprise hit. By the time Christmas rolled around, the movie had already been pulled from most theaters because it had been "played out"◆After complaints were lodged at the theater owners and the studio, the film played on select screens until after the first of the year◆ The real house used during filming can be found at {3159 West 11th Street} in Cleveland, Ohio. Pictures and a "Street View" of the house can be seen on Google Maps◆ An elaborate fantasy sequence - in which Ralphie joins Flash Gordon to fight Ming the Merciless - was filmed but dropped from the final cut◆ 3mon

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filmtrivia Zihuatanejo (the Mexican paradise where Andy and Red go after prison) actually exists. In 1966, when Andy escaped, it was still a small fishing village which matches how Andy first described it to Red. Red describes Andy's dream as a "shitty pipe dream"◆ During his escape to live that dream, Andy crawls through the sewer pipe of the prison, literally a "shitty pipe"◆
The mugshots of a young-looking Morgan Freeman that are attached to his parole papers are pictures of Morgan's younger son (Alfonso Freeman). Alfonso also had a cameo in the movie as a con shouting "Fresh fish! Fresh fish today! We're reeling 'em in!" as Andy and the other new inmates are arriving◆ Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?", so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him. Robbins did this by learning the bird's squawking patterns◆ Robbins improvised turning up the volume of the record player in the scene where he plays the Opera music over the PA. The opera song that Andy plays is (Canzonetta sull'aria) from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (Marriage of Figaro) The song is about 2 women writing a letter to the husband of one of them inviting him to meet with the other in order to expose his infidelity◆ An officer reads the Miranda rights to Captain Hadley (Clancy Brown) because 1966 (the year Andy escapes) was the year the Supreme Court decided a defendant must be informed of their rights when put under police custody
The original title of the story is (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption)◆ It appears in (Different Seasons) which are a collection of short books by Stephen King that also includes (The Body) which became the film (Stand by Me)◆
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  •   filmtrivia Rob Reiner wanted to direct this film with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise playing Red and Andy◆ Stephen King sold the film rights for the book for 1 dollar....yes 1 dollar◆ Andy and Red's opening chat in the prison yard - in which Red is pitching a baseball - took 9 hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire 9 hours & showed up for work the next day with his arm in a sling◆There are only two women with speaking roles in the film: the customer who complains about Brooks' service at the grocery store, and the lady who attends to Andy at the bank following his escape◆ Though the film is set in Maine, the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, served as the fictional Shawshank Prison. A large portion of the prison was torn down after filming, the main administration building and two cell blocks remained; the site would be revisited later for filming parts of the film (Air Force One)◆ The prison site is a tourist attraction. In 1998, Shawshank was not listed in AFI's (100 Years...100 Movies)  by 2007, it was number 72 on the revised list, outranking both Forrest Gump, and Pulp Fiction- the two most critically acclaimed movies from the year of Shawshank's release◆The film was dedicated to Allen Greene, an agent and a close personal friend of the film's director, Frank Darabont. Greene died shortly before the film was released due to complications of HIV/AIDS. 1mon
  •   staygold.phoenix I read the book and I loved it. Stand By Me is my all time FAVORITE movie, I love all the stories included in Different Seasons! Thankyou for sharing this information with me 1mon
  •   __get_off_my_lawn Excellent movie one of my all time favorites 1mon
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  •   sparkee9 Definitely in my Top 5 1mon

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filmtrivia Nicolas Cage's son (Weston Cage) plays the young helicopter mechanic Vladimir. In the movie, Cage's character speaks to the mechanic in Russian and says "Son, get off there before you get hurt."◆ Monica Bellucci was originally supposed to play the role of (Ava) but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. The role eventually went to Bridget Moynahan @bridgetmoynahan ◆ The scene where Nicolas Cage asks Jared Leto @jaredleto (Why... Why... Why are you so messed up all the time) was improvised and is a direct quote from (Rumble Fish) where Mickey Rourke asks the same of Matt Dillon. Rumble Fish was directed by (Francis Ford Coppola) who is Nicolas Cage's uncle◆ Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is a composite of five real arms dealers◆ 3 in particularly: Lebanese-Armenian (Sarkis Soghanalian)◆
Russian businessman (Oleg Orlov) who was strangled in Prison in 2007◆ and the exploits of international arms dealer (Viktor Bout) a former Soviet officer, who was finally arrested by Thai authorities in March 2008◆  Viktor Bout, known as the (Merchant of Death) was trying to make a deal with American agents who were posing as FARC insurgents when he was apprehended. After languishing in a Bangkok prison awaiting extradition by the US, he was tried, found guilty and awaits sentencing in a Manhattan prison◆ Yuri Orlov's says in the film (I know that just because they needed me that day didn't mean that they wouldn't make me a scapegoat the next). A quote that mirrors (Viktor Bout's) current situation◆ No U.S. studios would back the film. International finances was secured instead◆ Before shooting the scene where tanks were lined up for sale, the filmmakers had to warn NATO, so they wouldn't think a real war was being started when they see satellite images of the set◆
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  •   filmtrivia Previously Eamonn Walker & Sammi Rotibi appeared together in (Tears Of The Sun) and which their roles were completely reversed (playing good guys) compared to their evil characters in Lord of War◆ Eamonn Walker potrayed Navy Seal (Ellis "Zee" Pettigrew) who is emotionally affected by the atrocities they see the rebels have committed against a village.  Sammi Rotibi potrayed (Arthur Azuka), the surviving son of a deposed President who plans on continuing his father's democratic dreams for Nigeria◆ The character, Colonel Oliver Southern, is a nod to (Lt Col. Oliver North) who was tried, and ultimately pardoned, for selling arms to Iran to raise money to support the Contra movement in Nicaragua◆  The film was endorsed by the human rights group (Amnesty International) for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry◆ Visibly hanging on the wall in Yuri's weapons container is a nickel-plated AK-47 rifle that was originally used in the movie Belly◆When Yuri finds Vitaly (Jared Leto) in the Bolivian boarding house, the shape Vitaly has laid the coke in represents Ukraine◆ The conflicts portrayed in the film are all real conflicts in real countries, particularly those in Lebanon, Sudan, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Liberia, Colombia and Sierra Leone. However the image of the Interpol as an acting security agency is entirely fictional◆ Right before Yuri is left with handcuff on for 24 hours a man named Mbizi potrayed by Tony Kgoroge @t4tonykgoroge almost cuts Yuri's throat with a machete but is advised not to by Ethan Hawke's character.  In the 2006 film (Blood Diamond) Tony potrayed the troop leader who arrests Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio @leonardodicaprio) after discovering that he is smuggling daimonds sewn and hidden under the skin of the goat herd. Tony also potrayed (Gregoire) in the 2004 film (Hotel Rwanda). Gregoire was the hotel worker who betrayed Don Cheadle's character (Paul Rusesabagina)◆ 1mon
  •   12000names Cool facts on this one. Keep up the great posts. : ) 1mon
  •   yue_yee I love this film 1mon
  •   ningauble Awesome movie, keep up the good work. 1mon
  •   riza_rothschild Best cage movie's ever... 1mon

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