25 Famous Movie Facts That Will Make You Think Twice

There is a lot that goes into making a blockbuster movie that a lot of people don’t realize, and for good reason. Movies have a profound effect on our lives and influence us in a variety of ways. Check out these amazing facts about famous movies and don’t forget to share them with your friends.

1. The weird barking sound the raptors use to communicate in “Jurassic Park”, is actually the sound of tortoises having sex.

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Another interesting fact is that it took 6 hours to render a single frame of the rain soaked T-Rex. (source)

2. Although not as successful as the sequels, the first “Paranormal Activity” movie cost less than $15,000 to make, but grossed over $193,000,000. That’s some return of investment.

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3. The budget to film “Titanic” was actually larger than the cost to build the actual Titanic.

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The cost to construct the Titanic in 1910-1912 was £1.5 million or $7.5 million (at the time). Adjusted to inflation this was $120-150 million in 1997. However, the movie cost around $200 million to make. (source)

4. The movie “Gravity” had a $100,000,000 budget and was more expensive than the Indian Mars Mission.

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The Indian Mars mission was the cheapest successful mission to date and cost $74 million. This was less than three quarters the cost to film the movie “Gravity”.(source)

5. The 1976 classic “Rocky” was shot in just 28 days.

6. The iconic DeLorean time machine in the movie “Back to the Future” was originally meant to be a refrigerator!

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In the original draft of “Back to the Future”, Marty was meant to climb into a fridge which was strapped to the back of a truck hurtling toward an atomic explosion. The plan was for the energy from the nuclear reaction to provide the necessary power for time travel.(source)

7. Before Keanu Reeves was offered the part of Neo in “The Matrix“, the role was also offered to Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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8. When adjusted for inflation “Gone with the Wind” is the highest grossing movie of all time.

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9. “Saving Private Ryan” depicted battle scenes of D-Day so realistically that it caused or exacerbated post traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans when they watched the movie.

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10. There is a Starbucks cup in every single scene in the movie “Fight Club“. 

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Fight Club made a huge point of the effects that consumerism has on our lives. So much so, that director David Fincher decided to hide a Starbucks cup in every single scene to make a point.(source)

11. There is a scene in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with 2 seconds of footage that took months to create. 

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The scene in which Isabel Lucas looks to seduce Shia LaBeouf but transforms into a Decepticon took 3 months to create. In fact, it was sent to a specialist team of people who created the frames by hand.(source)

12. The director of the movie “Cannibal Holocaust” was arrested for murder and had to prove his innocence by calling in all his “murdered” actors. This is because the courts could not understand how an impalement scene was done and believed an actress was murdered for the sake of the movie.

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13. There is a scene in “Matrix Reloaded” when Trinity hacks into a power station’s computer that’s actually very accurate. 

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The scene in which Trinity hacks into the power station’s computer is realistic and exposes an SSH vulnerability. While the program Trinity uses once she’s gained access is fictitious, it shows just how much research was made into filming the Matrix movies to ensure they were believable.(source)

14. Val Kilmer learned 50 “The Doors” songs in preparation for his role as Jim Morrison for the movie “The Doors(film)”. In fact, he sung them so well, real “The Doors” members couldn’t tell whether it was his, or Jim Morrison’s voice.

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15. “300” is well known as a battle-happy film, although is actually the most death-packed film ever made with an average of 5 people dying every minute.

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A survey looking at the most death-packed movies ever made shows “300” at the top of the list with around 5 people dying every minute on average. This is followed up closely by Kingdom of Heaven, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and the Last Samurai.(source)

16. Steven Callahan is a real shipwreck survivor who helped film the movie “Life of Pi” as a technical adviser.

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Steven Callahan spent 76 days at sea and drifted over 1,800 miles across the perilous Atlantic in a rubber raft – facing sharks, storms and thirst.(source)

17. The iconic roar that Godzilla made in the 1954 movie was actually created by rubbing a leather glove across the strings of a double bass instrument.

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18. There are over 24 minutes of just staring during the Twilight movies.


19. In “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts rather than use CGI.

Tim Burton made a lot of effort to ensure “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” was as real as possible. Part of this meant training squirrels to crack nuts rather than use readily available computer graphics. Some of the squirrels came from rescues and private homes, while others had to be hand reared and required bottled milk on set.(source)


20. The directors who filmed “Despicable Me” actually wrote a language that the minions speak throughout the movie. They called it “minion-ese” and every word they speak can be translated into English.

21. The Incredible Hulk’s skin was originally meant to be grey, but turned out to be green due to a printing error which Stan Lee liked.

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The world of film as we know it would be very different if everything was created from first drafts. Stan Lee wanted the Hulk’s skin to be grey so that it showed he didn’t belong to any ethnic group. However, the colorist had problems with the grey and ended up printing some issues out in green which Lee preferred.(source)

22. The famous shot featured in the Bond films’ introduction was actually filmed through the barrel of a gun.

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23. The house that Peter Parker (Spider Man) grew up at is 20 Ingram Street in Forest Hills, Queens. This is actually a real address and the family who lives there are called the Parkers.

The real Parkers have been living at the address since 1974 and had no idea they were living in a comic book landmark. Perhaps more weird is Spider Man’s enemy the Green Goblin (aka Norman Osborn) is similarly named as their neighbor who goes by the name of Terri Osborne.(source)

24. The train-top fight scene in “Skyfall” was actually filmed on top of a real moving train.

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Visual effects supervisor Steve Begg is known for using a hybrid of modern and old-school effects in the movies he helps with. In the train-top fight scene Daniel Craig was actually acting onboard a moving train – and refused to use his stunt double.(source)

25. While filming “The Passion of Christ”, multiple cast and crew members were struck by lightning, including the actor who played Jesus.

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