Director: Reeve Bailey
Countries: Germany, UK, USA
Length: Brazil:93 min
Gross: $455,615 (Mexico) (15 September 2005)
IMDb: 5.70 (803 votes)
James Purefoy (George), Piper Perabo (Princess Lunna), Patrick Swayze (Garth), Michael Clarke Duncan (Tarik), Jean-Pierre Castaldi (Father Bernard), Rollo Weeks (Wryn), Paul Freeman (Sir Robert), Stefan Jürgens (Bulchar), Phil McKee (McNally), Caroline Carver (Sister Angela), Joan Plowright (Mother Superior), Simon Callow (King Edgar), Carl Chase (Aard), Bill Treacher (Odo)
The first crusade to free the Holy Land has ended. A mass of weary knights, squires, soldiers of fortune and priests are making their way home across a Europe that has changed forever. George, a handsome English knight, unsettled by the horrendous bloodletting he witnessed in Palestine, desires to hang up his sword and settle down to a quiet, peaceful life. On returning to England, George heads north where he’s heard the land is good and the population sparse and of a kindly King named Edgaar. He finds King Edgaar in a terrible state. His beautiful daughter, Lunna has recently disappeared. In return for a small plot of land, George agrees to search for Princess Lunna. With Edgaar’s faithful servant, Elmendorf, George sets out. George discovers both the princess and the truth behind her strange disappearance. The quest now set before them ends in a love, a lie and a legend that has lasted a thousand years.
- George: [George and Tarik are walking on the beach, about to part paths] Tarik, things won’t be the same without you. What will I do with myself? When you’re not praying five times a day.
Tarik: [laughs] Do exactly the same thing you would do when I *was* praying.
George: Oh, that’s impossible.
George: Because I was stealing your food.
- George: [after father Bernard gets slashed in the belly with a sword, and blood pours out. George smells the "blood"] This isn’t blood. This is Burgundy!
Father Bernard: [Father Bernard points to the wounded wine bladder he carried under his robe] But there’s a big big hole here.
- Princess Lunna: [speaking to her nun-cousin when she's showing her the dragon egg for the first time] Dear cousin, we have a small problem.
George: Uh, it’s a big problem… We have a “small” dragon.
- Garth: And you – get me another roll of licorice!
- ‘Val Kilmer’’s cameo was filmed while on break from the Mindhunters (2004) shoot.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Length: 114 min
Languages: English, Old English
Gross: $82,161,969 (USA) (27 January 2008)
IMDb: 7.00 (11015 votes)
Ray Winstone (Beowulf/Golden Man/Dragon), Robin Wright Penn (Wealthow), Anthony Hopkins (Hrothgar), John Bilezikjian (Musician #2), Brice Martin (Musician #4), Sonje Fortag (Gitte), Sharisse Baker-Bernard (Hild), Charlotte Salt (Estrith), Julene Renee (Cille), Greg Ellis (Garmund), Rik Young (Eofor), Sebastian Roché (Wulfgar), Leslie Harter Zemeckis (Yrsa), John Malkovich (Unferth), Woody Schultz (Aesher)
The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel’s mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
- Yrsa: They say he ripped the monster’s limb off with his bare hands.
Gitte: [giggles] I wonder if Beowulf’s strength is only in his arms, or in his legs as well… all three of them [both giggle]
Wealthow: Well, after the feast tonight I’m sure you can find out, Gitte.
Gitte: Me? It’s not me he wants, my queen.
- [from trailer]
Beowulf: What do you know of me… Demon?
- Beowulf: This is not battle, Wiglaf. This is slaughter.
Wiglaf: The Frisians want to make themselves heroes, my lord. They want the bards to sing of their deeds.
Beowulf: It’s going to be a short song.
- Beowulf: [to Frisian] In a way you can’t kill me, my friend, ’cause I died many, many years ago when I was young.
- Beowulf: The sea is my mother! She would never take me back to her murky womb!
- King Hrothgar: [referring to the Royal Dragon Horn, but looking at his Queen] I wonder how many men have died for love of her beauty.
Beowulf: Can you blame them?
King Hrothgar: If you destroy my Grendel for me, she’ll be yours forever and ever and ever.
Beowulf: [takes the horn in his hands] You do me great honor.
Wealthow: [asuming they are talking about her] It is we who are honored.
- Beowulf: The time of heroes is dead: the christ god has killed it, leaving nothing but weeping martyrs and fear and shame.
- Beowulf: You want your name in The Song of Beowulf? You think it sould end with me killed by some Frisian raider with no name?
Frisian Leader: I’m Finn of Frisia and my name shall be remembered forever!
Beowulf: Only if you kill me. Otherwise you’re nothing.
- Wiglaf: [stabbing at Grendels crotch] I swear, the bastard has no pintel!
- Unferth: Good night, Beowulf. Watch out for sea monsters. I’m sure your imagination must be teeming with them.
- Beowulf: If we die… it will be for GLORY, not gold.
- Beowulf: Keep a memory of me, not as a king or a hero; but as a man: fallible and flawed.
- Beowulf: They say you have a monster here. They say your lands are cursed. I am Beowulf and I’m here to kill your monster.
- Hondshew: [to Yrsa] Come on, my mighty lust limb can transport you to paradise, to ecstacy and back. No other man will ever be able to satisfy you again.
- Wiglaf: Hondshew, make me feel you’re pretending to listen to me. It’s only been five days since you waved your wife goodbye.
Hondshew: Five days? In the name of Odin, no wonder my loins are burning!
- Wiglaf: Let’s get you to a healer.
Beowulf: Not this time, old friend.
Wiglaf: You are Beowulf. A little thing like this isn’t going to finish you off.
- Wealthow: There have been many a brave soldier come to taste my husband’s mead.
- [from trailer]
Grendel’s Mother: Are you the one they call Beowulf? Such a strong man you are. A man like you could own the greatest tale ever sung. Beowulf… Stay with me. Give me a son, and I shall make you the greatest king that ever lived. This… I swear…
- Wiglaf: [seeing the dragon for the first time] Odin’s swifan balls!
- Beowulf: [holding on to the dragon's back with his sword] I’ll have your lizard head on a spike!
- Beowulf: It’s no Earthly storm, that much is for sure. But this demon’s tempest will not hold us out if we really want in!
- Beowulf: How many monsters must I slay? Grendel’s mother, father, Grende’s uncle? Must I hack down a whole family tree of demons?
King Hrothgar: She is the last of them. Whith her gone, demonkind will slip back into the darkness from whence it came.
Wiglaf: And where it belongs.
Beowulf: And the mother’s mate? Where is Grendel’s father?
King Hrothgar: Grendel’s father can do no harm to man.
- Beowulf: Give him a gold piece and send him home. He has a story to tell.
- Beowulf: Great friend, There is something you should know.
Wiglaf: Nay! There is nothing I should know. You are Beowulf. Beowulf the mighty, the hero! The slayer and destroyer of demons! Now let us kill this flying devil where it sleeps and get on with our bloody lives!
- Beowulf: I am Ripper… Tearer… Slasher… Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength… and Lust… and Power! I AM BEOWULF!
- [from trailer]
King Hrothgar: She’s not my curse, not anymore.
- [first lines]
King Hrothgar: I want mead! Give me some mead, my queen!
- [from trailer]
Wiglaf: Do you want me to go in with you?
[Beowulf and Wiglaf look at each other]
- [last lines]
Wiglaf: He was the bravest of us. He was the prince of all warriors. His name will live forever.
Wealthow: His song shall be sung forever.
- King Hrothgar: When I am gone, Beowulf, son of Edgethow, shall be king!
- Wiglaf: [seeing the bodies of Beowulf's thanes in the mead hall] In the name of Odin! Is Grendel not dead? Has he grown his arm anew?
- Model Rachel Bernstein (uncredited) was the body double for Angelina Jolie in the film’s nude scenes.
- Grendel’s dialogue is entirely in Old English. Interestingly, he never speaks in the original poem. He only sings a song of sorrow (which most people take to be a wail) when Beowulf rips off his arm.
- According to visual effects supervisor ‘Jerome Chen’, close to 300 cameras were used, compared with 64 to 72 for The Polar Express (2004).
- The name “Beowulf” is a kenning of the Anglo-Saxon words for “Bear.” A kenning is a phrase that is substituted for the usual name of a person or thing. It is typically comprised of two terms, with the first word added to the second in a way that conveys a meaning neither word has alone. Therefore “Beowulf” comes from “Bee-Wolf,” meaning “Bear.”
- ‘Crispin Glover’’s first project with director ‘Robert Zemeckis’ since Back to the Future (1985).
- In some areas, release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake titles ‘Epic’ or ‘Sally’.
- ‘Roger Avary’ had originally intended to direct. ‘Robert Zemeckis” friend and partner ‘Steve Bing’, who produced The Polar Express (2004), purchased the script for $2 million so Zemeckis could direct
- Screenwriters ‘Neil Gaiman’ and ‘Roger Avary’ began writing the script in May 1997.
- According ‘Ray Winstone’, he and his fellow cast spent days filming in blue skintight suit, “showing up all your lumps and bumps in all the wrong places. Which can be hard when you’re standing in front of Angelina, who looks stunning in hers.”
- Paramount Pictures hired Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County, California, to produce a walk-through maze based on the new “Beowulf” movie for its 35th Annual Halloween Haunt, held every October at the theme park. Sony Pictures The Grudge 2 (2006) was the only previous maze produced at the Haunt by a major movie studio.
- Most of the time when Grendel is talking in the movie, he is not speaking in Modern English but in Old English, the language in which the original poem was written, which in sound resembles a lot the modern Swedish.
- Convex mirrors present a smaller reflection than a flat surface, but when the old Beowulf tells the queen he must fight, there is a well polished shield hanging on the wall reflecting as a flat surface, although it is slightly curved.
- In the end when Wiglaf is going into the water, the waves break in a pattern that is only present in very shallow water (1-10 cm), but he is in to his waist.
- There are no mountains in Denmark. The highest point in Denmark is 147 meters.
- “Gently As She Goes” Written by ‘Alan Silvestri’ Performed by ‘Robin Wright Penn’
- “A Hero Comes Home” Written by ‘Alan Silvestri’ Performed by ‘Robin Wright Penn’
- “A Hero Comes Home” Written by ‘Alan Silvestri’ Performed by ‘Idina Menzel’
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Length: Argentina:150 min
Languages: English, Latin
IMDb: 5.90 (2282 votes)
Noah Wyle (Flynn Carsen), Gabrielle Anwar (Emily Davenport), Bob Newhart (Judson), Jane Curtin (Charlene), Olympia Dukakis (Margie Carsen), Erick Avari (General Samir), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Jomo), Robert Foxworth (Uncle Jerry), Zahn McClarnon (Tommy Yellow Hawk), Lisa Brenner (Debra), Jonathan Frakes (Debra’s Husband), Peter Butler (Ahjmed), Tertius Meintjes (Rogan), Dawie Ackermann (Arthur Dawson), Mehboob Bawa (Moroccan Taxi Driver)
In this highly anticipated sequel to TNT’s popular action blockbuster, Noah Wyle returns as Flynn Carsen, the slightly nerdy librarian whose double life as an archaeologist leads to heart-pounding adventure and intrigue. Flynn’s sober academic life is interrupted when he’s called upon to once again save the world’s most valuable antiquities hidden within the depths of the fabled mines of King Solomon — this time with a stunning twist of fate.
- Thomas a Becket: Oh Lord, how heavy thy honor is to bear.
- Empress Matilda: You have an obsession about him that is unhealthy and unnatural!
- Thomas a Becket: God rest his soul.
King Henry II: He will, He will. He’ll be much more use to God than he ever was to me.
- King Henry II: So what in most people is morality, in you it’s just an exercise in… what’s the word?
Thomas a Becket: Aesthetics.
King Henry II: Yes, that’s the word. Always “aesthetics.”
- Thomas a Becket: Honor is a private matter within; it’s an idea, and every man has his own version of it.
King Henry II: How gracefully you tell your king to mind his own business.
- Thomas a Becket: Tonight you can do me the honor of christening my forks.
King Henry II: Forks?
Thomas a Becket: Yes, from Florence. New little invention. It’s for pronging meat and carrying it to the mouth. It saves you dirtying your fingers.
King Henry II: But then you dirty the fork.
Thomas a Becket: Yes, but it’s washable.
King Henry II: So are your fingers. I don’t see the point.
- King Henry II: [laughing in both amusement and anger] It’s funny! It’s too funny! Becket is the only intelligent man in my kingdom, and he’s against me!
- King Henry II: The die is cast, Thomas, make the most of it. And if I know you, I’m sure you will.
- King Louis VII of France: My dear man, crowned heads are free to play a little game of courtesy, but nations owe one another none.
- King Henry II: He’s read books, you know, it’s amazing. He’s drunk and wenched his way through London but he’s thinking all the time.
- King Henry II: Don’t be nervous, Bishop. I’m not asking for absolution. I’ve something far worse than a sin on my conscience: a mistake.
- Thomas a Becket: Here I am, Lord, adorned for Your festivities.
- Thomas a Becket: Nobility lies in the man, my prince, not in the towel.
- King Henry II: Are you mad? You’re Chancellor of England; you’re mine!
Thomas a Becket: I am also the Archbishop, and you have introduced me to deeper obligations.
- King Henry II: Do you ever think?
Baron: Never, sire! A gentleman has better things to do! [Henry and the four barons giggle drunkenly]
- Empress Matilda: Oh, if I were a man!
King Henry II: Thank God, madam, He gave you breasts! An asset from which I derived not the slightest benefit.
- Thomas a Becket: Lord Gilbert, Baron of England by the grace of his majesty, King Henry II, seized upon the person of a priest of the Holy Church and unlawfully did hold him in custody. Furthermore, in the presence of Lord Gilbert, and by his command, his men seized upon this priest when he tried to escape and put him to death. This is the sin of murder and sacrilege. In that Lord Gilbert has rendered no act of contrition or repentance, and is at the moment, at liberty in the land, we do, here and now, separate him from the precious body and blood of Christ, and from the society of all Christians. We exclude him from our Holy Mother Church and all her sacraments, in heaven, or on Earth. We declare him excommunicate and anathema. We cast him into the outer darkness. We judge him damned with the devil and his fallen angels and all the reprobate, to eternal fire and everlasting pain! [slams candle to the ground]
Monks: [chanting] So be it.
- King Henry II: There. That’s the Great Seal of England. Don’t lose it; without the seal, there’s no more England, and we’ll all have to pack up and go back to Normandy.
- King Henry II: Your body, madam, was a desert that duty forced me to wander in alone. But you have never been a wife to me!
- King Henry II: Here’s my royal foot up your royal buttocks!
- Brother John: I don’t mind if I am just a grain of sand in a machine. Because I know by putting more and more grains of sand in a machine, one day it’ll come grinding to a stop.
Thomas a Becket: And on that day – what then?
Brother John: Well, we’ll have a fine, new, well-oiled machine in the place of the old one. And this time we’ll put the Normans into it instead. That’s what justice means, doesn’t it?
- King Henry II: Do you know how much trouble I went through to make you a noble?
Thomas a Becket: Yes, as I recall, you lifted your finger, pointed at me and said, “Thomas Becket, you are noble.”
- King Henry II: I’m suddenly very intelligent. It probably comes from making love to that French girl last night.
- King Henry II: Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?
- Thomas a Becket: We must manage the church. One can always come to a sensible little arrangement with God.
King Henry II: Becket, you are a monster.
Thomas a Becket: You flatter me, My Lord.
- Thomas a Becket: We are both aware of the delicacy of my position. Let us trust that God will find a solution for it.
- Thomas a Becket: England is a ship. The king is captain of the ship.
King Henry II: That’s neat. I like that.
- Baron: Becket! You are a liar. You are a traitor! [draws his sword on Becket]
Thomas a Becket: Sheathe your sword, Morville, before you impale your soul upon it!
- Thomas a Becket: Yes, we have soldiers disguised in the crowd to encourage enthusiasm.
King Henry II: Why must you destroy all my illusions?
Thomas a Becket: Because you should have none, My Prince.
- Brother John: You betrayed your Saxon race, now you betray God.
Thomas a Becket: Perhaps you will succeed in teaching me humility, it’s a virtue I’ve never really mastered.
- King Henry II: [isolating one of his brawling sons from the rest] Which one are you?
Prince Henry: Henry the Third.
King Henry II: NOT YET, SIR!
- King Henry II: Let us drink, gentlemen. Let us drink, till we roll under the table in vomit and oblivion.
- King Henry II: Am I the strongest or am I not?
Thomas a Becket: You are today, but one must never drive one’s enemy to despair; it makes him strong. Gentleness is better politics, it saps virility. A good occupational force must never crush. It must corrupt.
- King Louis VII of France: The King of England and his Ambassadors can drown themselves in what they are impertinent enough to call their English channel.
- The first film of ‘Peter Jeffrey’.
- A point not mentioned in the play is that Queen Eleanor’s first marriage had been with King Louis VII of France; the marriage was later dissolved for reasons of common ancestry, although Henry was exactly as close a relation as Louis had been.
- ‘Alec Guinness’ turned down the role of King Louis, because he “didn’t believe in [Becket] as a film”.
- Final film of Sir ‘Christopher Rhodes’.
- Queen Eleanor was in actuality perhaps the wealthiest and most powerful woman in Europe, and hardly the figure portrayed in the play. Although here she remarks that she will complain to her uncle the emperor, she was not related to Frederick Barbarossa. Complaining to Frederick would have been awkward for a devout Catholic anyway, as he had himself been excommunicated in 1160 and was in a power struggle with the pope, establishing several rival antipopes before reconciling with Rome in 1177.
- ‘Peter O’Toole’ played the same character, Henry II, four years later in 1968’s The Lion in Winter (1968). He received Oscar nominations for both films.
- Becket’s tomb became a popular destination for pilgrimages for centuries, but it was looted and destroyed in the early 16th century in the Dissolution of the Monasteries during Henry VIII’s reign, as part of the Church of England’s break from Rome. A shrine was later created at the site.
- King Henry actually was very close with his son Henry, choosing to have him raised in his close friend Becket’s home – a common practice for royalty in that era. The prince’s resentment over his father’s possible causation of Becket’s death (intentional or not) was a major reason he became distanced from his father in later years, although the prince eventually died three years before his father.
- Final film of ‘Frank Pettingell’.
- ‘Richard Burton’ initially turned the film down because he felt the idea of him playing a saint would cause the press to have a field day. He also said he would be more suited to playing Henry II.
- Originally produced on Broadway in 1959 with ‘Laurence Olivier’ as Becket and ‘Anthony Quinn’ as King Henry. When Quinn left the play to make films, Olivier took over the role of Henry and ‘Arthur Kennedy’ was brought in to play Becket.
- The original Broadway play on which this filmed production is based opened at the St. James Theater in New York on October 5, 1960, ran for 193 performances and it’s script “Beckett” by ‘Jean Anouilh’ as the basis for the screenplay) won the 1961 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play.
- Empress Matilda (Maud), King Henry’s mother, had been chosen by her father King Henry I to rule after his death; but the ruling Council of England decided it would be inappropriate for a woman to rule, and named her cousin Stephen as king. This set off decades of war, during which Matilda captured much of western England and was proclaimed Lady of England. Though she never became queen, she successfully established her son Henry’s claim to the throne. She died in 1167, three years before Becket’s murder.
- It is often alleged by various who’s who’s of the cinema that ‘Ronald Lacey’ has a role in this film but he is nowhere to be seen.
- The plot device of Lord Gilbert having murdered a priest is added to the film. In the play, Becket comes into conflict with the King for different, and more historically accurate reasons.
- When the Henry II’s men come to Canterbury to assassinate Becket, Becket is facing the altar. The long shot shows Becket walking toward them in the distance. The next shot shows Becket still facing the altar.
- When Hanry II’s men kill brother John, Becket turns to them. The next shot shows Becket still in prayer facing away and then begins to turn.
- SPOILER: When Henry II is accepting the lashes before Becket’s tomb, the sounds he is making do not match the visual footage of his mouth.
- Contrary to one of the film’s central plot lines, Thomas à Becket was a Norman (Thomas Bequet), not a Saxon. ‘Jean Anouilh’ admitted he discovered this after having finished his play, having based it on the outdated 1825 work “The History of the Conquest of England by the Normans”, by Augustin Thierry; but he decided that it made a better story the way he had written it.
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Length: 90 min
Gross: $479,400,000 (Worldwide)
IMDb: 7.70 (41774 votes)
Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie), Linda Larkin (Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago), Douglas Seale (Sultan), Bruce Adler (Narrator/Merchant), Brad Kane (Aladdin), Lea Salonga (Jasmine), Charles Adler (Additional Voices), Jack Angel (Additional Voices), Corey Burton (Additional Voices), Philip L. Clarke (Additional Voices), Jim Cummings (Razoul/Head Palace Guard)
Aladdin is a street-urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago with his faithful monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city, she sneaks out to the marketplace, where she accidentally meets Aladdin. Under the orders of the evil Jafar (the sultan’s advisor), Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in Jafar’s plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Legend has it that only a person who is a “diamond in the rough” can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin might fight that description, but that’s not enough to marry the princess, who must (by law) marry a prince.
- Sultan: Prince Ali Ababwa! Of course! I’m delighted to meet you.
[he shakes Aladdin's hand]
Sultan: This is my royal vizier, Jafar. He’s delighted, too.
Jafar: [*very* dryly] Ecstatic.
- Jafar: Just where did you say you were from?
Aladdin: Oh, uh-uh, much farther than you’ve traveled, I’m sure.
Jafar: Try me.
- Jafar: I think it’s time to say goodbye to Prince A-boo-boo.
- [first lines]
Merchant: Ahh! Salam and good evening to you worthy friend. Please, please come closer.
[camera hits him in the face]
Merchant: Too close! A little too close.
[camera backs up]
Merchant: There! Welcome to Agrabah!
- Genie: I’m telling you, nice to be back, ladies and gentlemen. Hi! Where you from? What’s your name?
Aladdin: Uh… A-A-Aladdin.
Genie: Aladdin! Hello, Aladdin. Nice to have you on the show. Can we call you Al, or maybe just Din? Or, how ’bout Laddie? [turns into a Scotsman] It sounds like, “Here, boy!” [whistles] C’mon, Laddie! [turns into a dog]
Aladdin: I must’ve hit my head harder than I thought.
- Merchant: Welcome to Agrabah. City of mystery, of enchantment. And the finest merchandise this side of the river Jordan! On sale today! Come on down.
- Princess Jasmine: Father, I choose Prince Ali!
Jafar: Prince Ali left!
[shows Aladdin standing in the doorway to the balcony]
Aladdin: Better check your crystal ball again, Jafar!
Princess Jasmine: Prince Ali!
Iago: How in the he- Uh, awk!
- [last lines]
Genie: Made you look.
- [leaving to go travel the world]
Genie: I’m history! No, I’m mythology! Nah, I don’t care what I am, I’m free!
- Sultan: Jasmine? Jasmine? Jasmine? [suddenly a tiger rears up in front of the sultan with a rag in his mouth] Confound it, Rajah! [takes rag out of mouth] So! This is why Prince Achmed stormed out?
Princess Jasmine: Oh, father. Rajah was just playing with him. Weren’t you, Rajah? You were just playing with that over-dressed, self-absorbed Prince Achmed, weren’t you?
- Jafar: You’re speechless, I see. A fine quality in a wife.
- Jafar: I think it’s time to say goodbye to Prince Abubu.
- Genie: [on the magic carpet] In case of emergency, the exits are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here anywhere! Keep your hands and arms inside the carpet! We’re outta here!
- Jafar: [hypnotizing the Sultan with his snake staff] You will order the Princess to marry me.
Sultan: [hypnotized] I will order the Princess to… [suddenly breaks out of the trance] But you’re so *old*!
- [Aladdin has nearly drowned, and his unconscious body falls and rubs on the lamp]
Genie: [appearing as a guy in a bathtub] Never fails! You get in the bath and there’s a rub at the lamp. [squeaks rubber duckie] Hello? [sees Aladdin] Al? Al! Kid! Snap out of it! Oh, you can’t cheat on this one. I can’t help you unless you make a wish. You have to say, “Genie, I want you to save my life,” got it? Okay! [shakes Aladdin] C’mon, Aladdin! [Aladdin's head droops] I’ll take that as a yes.
[he changes into a submarine and pulls Aladdin out of the sea]
- [Princess Jasmine is in disguise, and hanging out with Aladdin; the guards capture him]
Princess Jasmine: Let him go.
Razoul: Looky here, men. A street *mouse*.
[throws her down]
Princess Jasmine: Unhand him, [pulls off the hood of her cloak] by order of the Princess.
Razoul: Princess Jasmine.
Aladdin: The Princess?
Razoul: What are you doing outside the palace? And with this street rat?
Princess Jasmine: That’s not your concern. Do as I command. Release him.
Razoul: Well, I would, Princess, except my orders come from Jafar. You’ll have to take it up with him.
Princess Jasmine: Believe me, I will.
- Princess Jasmine: [to Jafar] At least some good will come of my being forced to marry. When I am Queen, I will have the power to get rid of *you*.
Sultan: Well, now. That’s nice. All settled then. Now, Jasmine, getting back to this suitor business… Jasmine? Jasmine!
[the Sultan notices that Jasmine is running out of the room, and runs after]
Jafar: If only I had gotten that lamp.
Iago: [mocking Jasmine] “I will have the power to get rid of you.” Grrrr. To think we gotta keep kissin’ up to that chump, and his chump daughter, for the rest of our lives…
Jafar: No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she’ll have us banished. Or… beheaded.
Jafar, Iago: Ewwww.
Iago: Oh, wait a minute, wait a minute! Jafar, what if *you* were the chump husband?
Iago: Okay, okay. *You* marry the princess, all right? And-and, uh, you- Then *you* become the sultan!
Jafar: Ah. Marry the shrew. I become sultan. The idea has merit.
Iago: Yes, merit. Yes! And then, we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff… ?Yaaaah! Kersplat!”
Jafar: [laughs] I love the way your foul little mind works.
- Aladdin: Look at that, Abu, it’s not everyday you see a horse with two rear ends.
- Genie: Al, no problem. You’ve still got one wish left. Just say the word and you’re a prince again.
Aladdin: But Genie, what about your freedom?
Genie: Hey, it’s only an eternity of servitude. This is love. Al, you’re not gonna find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know. I’ve looked.
- Genie: Enough about you, Casanova. Talk about her.
Genie: She’s smart, fun. The hair, the eyes. Anything. Pick a feature.
- Aladdin: [singing] Let’s not be too hasty!
Heavyset Harlem: [scoops Aladdin up in her arms and sings] Still I think he’s rather tasty!
- Aladdin: [hanging from the entrance of the Cave of Wonders] Help me out!
Jafar: Hand over the lamp!
Aladdin: I can’t hold on! Give me your hand!
Jafar: First give me the lamp! [Aladdin throws him the lamp] Yes! At last! [Grabs Aladdin's wrist]
Aladdin: What are you doing?
Jafar: Giving you your reward. [pulls out a dagger] Your eternal reward!
[Jafar is about to stab Aladdin when Abu bites him, forcing him to drop the dagger; He throws Abu in just as the Cave closes]
Jafar: It’s mine! it’s all mine! [searches for the lamp, but can't find it] Where is it? No. Nooo!
- Aladdin: Are you afraid to fight me yourself, you cowardly snake?
Jafar: A snake, am I? Perhaps you’d like to see how sss-snake-like I can be. [he changes into one, and his voice changes with it, too]
- Merchant: [holds up lamp] Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts. This is no ordinary lamp. It once changed the course of a young man’s life. A young man, who, like this lamp, was more than what he seemed. A diamond in the rough.
- Aladdin: Princess Jasmine, you’re very…
Genie: Wonderful! Magnificent! Glorious!… Punctual!
Princess Jasmine: Punctual?
Aladdin: Uh… uh… beautiful!
Genie: Nice recovery.
- Aladdin: Wait-wait a minute. I’m your master?
Genie: [gives Aladdin a mortar cap and diploma] That’s right! He can be taught!
- Princess Jasmine: Please, try to understand. I’ve never done a thing on my own. I’ve never had any real friends. [Rajah grumbles] Except you, Rajah. I’ve never even been outside the palace walls.
Sultan: But, Jasmine, you’re a princess.
Princess Jasmine: Then maybe I don’t wanna be a princess anymore.
Sultan: [exasperated] Ooooh! I-I- [to Rajah] Allah forbid you should have any daughters!
- Aladdin: So, three wishes. I want them to be good… what would you wish for?
Genie: Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case… ah, forget it.
Genie: No, I can’t. I…
Aladdin: Come on, tell me.
Genie: [sigh] Freedom.
- Aladdin: [saving Jasmine from an irate merchant] Thank you, kind sir. I’m so glad you found her. I’ve been looking all over for you.
Princess Jasmine: [whispering] What are you doing?
Aladdin: [whispering] Just play along.
Man in market: You, uh, know this girl?
Aladdin: Sadly, yes. She is my sister. She’s a little crazy.
Man in market: She said she knew the sultan.
Aladdin: She thinks the monkey is the sultan.
Princess Jasmine: [bowing to Abu] Oh, wise sultan, how may I serve you?
Aladdin: Tragic, isn’t it? But, no harm done. Now, come along, sis. Time to go see the doctor.
Princess Jasmine: [to a camel] Oh, hello, doctor. How are you?
Aladdin: No, no, no. Not that one.
- Woman: Getting into trouble a little early today, aren’t we, Aladdin?
Aladdin: Trouble? No way. You’re only in trouble if you get caught.
Aladdin: I’m in trouble.
- Genie: You know Al, I’m getting really – [turns and sees Jafar] I don’t think you’re him.
- Aladdin: You’re a prisoner?
Genie: It’s all part and parcel, the whole “genie gig”
:[grows to a gigantic size]
Genie: PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS!
[shrinks down inside the lamp]
Genie: Itty-bitty living space!
- Iago: Oooooh, nice shot, Jafa- [Abu whacks him over the head]
- Jafar: Get your blasted beak out of my face!
Iago: Oh, shut up, you moron!
Jafar: Don’t tell ME to shut up!
Genie: Allow me. Ten thousand years in the Cave of Wonders outta chill him out! [flicks them into the distance]
- Iago: [Jafar is just being turned into a sorceror] Ladies and gentlemen, a warm Agrabah welcome for Sorceror Jafar!
- Jafar: You little fool. You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on Earth.
Iago: Squeeze him, Jafar. Squeeze him like a…
[the Genie slaps Iago into the air]
Jafar: Without the genie, boy, you’re nothing.
Aladdin: The genie. The genie! The genie has more power than you’ll ever have.
Aladdin: He gave you your power. He can take it away.
Genie: Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?
Aladdin: Face it, Jafar. You’re still just second best.
Jafar: You’re right. His power does exceed my own. But not for long.
Genie: The boy is crazy. He’s a little punch-drunk. One too many hits with the snake.
Jafar: Slave, I make my third wish. I wish to be an all-powerful genie.
Genie: All right. Your wish is my command. Way to go, Al.
- Genie: Oh, Al. I’m gettin’ kinda fond of you, kid. Not that I wanna pick out curtains or anything.
- Princess Jasmine: It all so magical.
Princess Jasmine: It’s a shame Abu had to miss this.
Aladdin: Nah. He hates fireworks, and he really doesn’t like flying either… That is, um… Oh, no.
Princess Jasmine: [takes off Aladdin's turban] You are the boy from the market place. I knew it! Why did you lie to me?
Aladdin: Jasmine, I’m sorry!
Princess Jasmine: Did you think I was stupid?
Princess Jasmine: Did you think I wouldn’t find out?
Aladdin: No! I mean, I was hoping you wouldn’t… that’s not what I meant…
Princess Jasmine: Who are you? Tell me the truth.
Aladdin: The truth? The truth… The truth is I sometimes pass myeslf off as a commoner to escape the pressures of palace life. But I really am a prince.
Princess Jasmine: Why didn’t you tell me?
Aladdin: Well, a prince walking around the marketplace? Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?
Princess Jasmine: Not that strange.
- Iago: [taking the lamp] Boy, Jafar’s gonna be happy to see you.
Iago: [as Jafar] Excellent work, Iago.
Iago: Ah, go on.
Iago: [as Jafar] No, really. On a scale of one to ten, you are an eleven.
Iago: Oh, Jafar, you’re too kind. I’m embarrassed. I’m blushing.
- [last lines after credits]
Genie: You have been a fabulous audience! Tell you what, you’re the best audience in the whole world. Take care of yourselves! Good night, Alice! Good night, Agrabah! Adios, amigos!
- Iago: Oh, boy. He’s cracked. He’s gone nuts. Jafar. Jafar! Get a grip!
[Jafar grabs Iago by the throat]
Iago: Ack! Good grip.
- Jafar: Sire, I must intercede on Jasmine’s behalf. This boy is no different than the others. What makes him think he is worthy of the princess?
Aladdin: Your majesty, I am Prince Ali Ababwa. Just let her meet me. I will win your daughter.
Princess Jasmine: How dare you? All of you! Standing around deciding my future. I am not a prize to be won!
- [Iago is disguised as a flamingo. He turns around and finds a real flamingo smiling in his face]
Iago: You got a problem…
[he trips the flamingo with his stilts]
- Jafar: How many times do I have to kill you, boy?
- Aladdin: All this for a loaf of bread?
- Genie: I’m free. I’m free. Quick. Quick, wish for something outrageous. Say, “I-I want the Nile.” Wish for the Nile. Try that.
Aladdin: Uh, I wish for the Nile.
Genie: No way! [laughs] Oh, does that feels good!
- Aladdin: [picking up the lamp] This is it? This is what we came all the way down here to… [sees Abu taking a ruby] Abu! No!
Cave of Wonders: Infidels!
Abu the Monkey: Uh, oh.
Cave of Wonders: You have touched the forbidden treasure! Now, now you will never again see the light of day!
- Genie: [as tailor] First, that fez-and-vest combo is much too third-century. These patches. What are we trying to say? Beggar? No. Let’s work with me here.
[after taking measurements, turns Aladdin's rags into fine clothes]
Genie: Ooh, I like it! Muy macho!
- Iago: Ladies and gentlemen, a warm Agrabah welcome for Sorcerer Jafar!
Jafar: Now where were we? Ah, yes – abject humiliation! [He zaps Jasmine and the Sultan with his staff, and they both bow to him. Rajah comes running at him. He zaps Rajah, and the tiger turns into a kitty-cat] Down, boy! Oh, princess, [lifts Jasmine's chin with his staff] there’s someone I’m dying to introduce you to.
Aladdin: [Flying towards him on carpet] Jafar! Get your hands off her!
Jafar: [zaps Aladdin, Carpet flies away. Singing] Prince Ali, yes, it is he, but not as you know him. Read my lips and come to grips with reality [brings Aladdin and Jasmine closer in the air] Yes, meet a blast from your past, whose lies were too good to last! Say hello to your precious Prince Ali! [zaps Ali back to Aladdin as he says it]
Iago: Or should we say Aladdin?
Princess Jasmine: [shocked] Ali
Aladdin: Jasmine, I tried to tell you.
Jafar: [still singing] So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin [turns Abu back to his normal self] Just a con, need I go on? Take it from me his personality flaws give me adequate cause to send him packing on a one-way trip [sends Aladdin and Abu in a pillar, carpet flies in after the,] so his prospects take a terminal dip his assets frozen, the venue chosen is the ends of the earth, [sends the pillar in the air] whoopee! So long,
Iago: Good bye, see ya!
Jafar: [sings] Ex-Prince Ali! [laughs maniacly]
- Genie: [turns into a cheerleader] Rick ‘em, rack ‘em, rock ‘em, rake. Stick that sword into that snake!
Jafar: You stay out of thissss!
Genie: [Weakly] Jafar, Jafar, he’s our man. If he can’t do it, GREAT!
- [Abu is swinging a stolen sword at the guards]
Guard: [frightened] He’s got a sword.
Razoul: You idiots. We’ve all got swords.
- Aladdin: They wanna make me Sultan. No, they want to make Prince Ali Sultan. Without you, I’m just Aladdin.
Genie: Al, you won.
Aladdin: Because of you. The only reason anyone thinks I’m worth anything is because of you. What if they find out I’m not really a prince? What if Jasmine finds out? I’d lose her. Genie, I can’t keep this up on my own. I-I can’t wish you free.
Genie: Fine, I understand. [shrinking into his lamp] After all, you’ve lied to everyone else. Hey, I was beginning to feel left out. [angrily] Now, if you’ll excuse me… *master*… [disappears into his lamp resentfully]
- Merchant: Look at this! Yes! Heh, heh. Combination hookah and coffee maker, also makes Julienne fries. Will not break! [taps it on table] Will not- [it falls apart] It broke!
- [Prince Achmed is storming out of the Palace after being rejected by Princess Jasmine]
Prince Achmed: Oh, I’ve never been a so insulted Prince!
Sultan: Achmed, you’re-you’re not leaving so soon, are you?
Prince Achmed: [walks away, pants at the butt area are ripped off, revealing spotted underwear] Good luck marrying her off!
- Guard: You won’t get away so easy.
Aladdin: You think that was easy?
- [Abu goes crazy and leaps onto Aladdin's head]
Aladdin: Abu, this is no time to panic!
[sees that they're about to hit a wall]
Aladdin: Start panicking!
- [as a female tour guide]
Genie: Thank you for choosing “Magic Carpet” for all your travel needs. Don’t stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye, thank you. Goodbye.
[back to normal]
Genie: Well, how about *that*, Mr. Doubting Mustafa?
Aladdin: Oh, you sure showed me. Now about my three wishes…
Genie: Dost mine ears deceive me? “Three?” You are down by one, boy!
Aladdin: Ah, no, I never actually wished to get out of the cave. Heh. You did that on your own.
[the Genie's mouth drops]
Genie: Oh. Well I feel sheepish.
[turns into a sheep]
Genie: All right, you baaaaaad boy. But no more freebies.
- Genie: So what’ll it be, master?
Aladdin: You’re gonna grant me any 3 wishes I want, right?
Genie: [imitating William F. Buckley] Uh, ah, almost. There are a few, uh, provisos. Ah, a couple of quid pro quo.
Genie: [normally] Uh, rule #1, I can’t kill anybody. [cuts his head off] So don’t ask. A-rule #2! [fixes his head] I can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else. [smooches Aladdin] You little punim there. RULE #3! [turns into a slimy Genie, and imitating Peter Lorre] I can’t bring people back from the dead. It’s not a pretty picture. I DON’T LIKE DOING IT! [he returns to normal]
Genie: Other than that, you got it!
- Iago: Look at this. I’m so ticked off that I’m molting.
- Aladdin: Provisos? You mean limitations? On wishes? Huh. Some all-powerful Genie. Can’t even bring people back from the dead. I don’t know, Abu. He probably can’t even get us out of this cave. Looks like *we’re* gonna have to find a way outta here.
Genie: Excuse me? Are you lookin’ at me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you wake me up? Did you bring me here? And all of a sudden you’re walking out on me? I don’t think so, not right now. You’re getting your wishes, so sit down!
- Merchant: Ooh, look at this. I have never seen one of these intact before. This is the famous Dead Sea Tupperware. Listen. Pbbtt! Ah, still fresh.
- Genie: [as Jack Nicholson] All right, sparky, here’s the deal. If you wanna court the little lady, ya gotta be a straight shooter. Do ya got it?
Genie: [pointing to each word on a blackboard] Tell… her… the *truth*!
- Genie: Oi! Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck.
- Genie: But oh, to be free. Not to have to go “Poof! Whaddaya need,” “Poof! Whaddaya need,” “Poof! Whaddaya need?”. To be my own master. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world. But what am I talking about? Let’s get real here, that’s never gonna happen. Genie, wake up and smell the hummus.
- Razoul: [to Aladdin] We just keep running into each other, don’t we, street rat?
- Jafar: You are late.
Gazeem: A thousand apologies, O Patient One.
- Aladdin: [singing] Riffraff. Street Rat. I don’t buy that! If only they’d look closer… Would they see a poor boy? No sir-ee! They’d find out there’s so much more to me!
Aladdin: [sighs, no longer singing] Someday, Abu, things are gonna change. We’ll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all.
- Genie: What would you wish of me? [as Arnold Schwarzenegger] The ever impressive… [as if trapped in a box]… the long-contained… [as SeÒor Wences]… the often immitated, but never… [multiplies himself]… duplicated… duplicated… duplicated… duplicated… Genie of the Lamp! [as Ed Sullivan] Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you.
- Aladdin: Wow. The palace looks pretty amazing, huh?
Princess Jasmine: [disappointed] Oh, it’s wonderful.
Aladdin: I wonder what it’d be like to live there, and have servants and valets.
Princess Jasmine: Oh, sure. People who tell you where to go and how to dress.
Aladdin: That’s better than here. You’re always scraping for food and ducking the guards.
Princess Jasmine: You’re not free to make your own choices.
Aladdin: Sometimes you feel so…
Princess Jasmine: You’re just…
Aladdin, Princess Jasmine: …trapped.
- Iago: I can’t take it anymore! If I gotta choke down on one more of those moldy, disgusting crackers… Bam! Whack!
Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago.
Iago: And then I’d grab him around the head. Whack, whack!
Jafar: Soon I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit.
Iago: And then I stuff the crackers down *his* throat.
- Genie: No matter what anyone else says, you’ll always be a prince to me.
Sultan: That’s right. You’ve certainly proven your worth as far as I’m concerned. It’s the law that’s the problem.
Princess Jasmine: Father?
Sultan: Well, am I sultan, or am I sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy!
Princess Jasmine: Him! I choose… I choose you, Aladdin.
Aladdin: Call me Al.
- [the Genie and the flying carpet are playing chess]
Genie: So, move. [the carpet makes a move] Hey! That’s a good move. [as Rodney Dangerfield] I can’t believe it. I’m losin’ to a rug.
- Prince Achmed: You are a worthless street rat. You were born a street rat, you’ll die a street rat, and only your fleas will mourn you.
Aladdin: I’m not worthless! And I don’t have fleas!
[Aladdin scratches his head]
- Genie: Rule number three, I can’t bring people back from the dead. It’s not a pretty picture. I don’t like doing it!
- Jafar: Patience Iago, patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
Iago: Oh there’s a big surprise! That’s an incredible – I think I’m going to have a heart attack and die of not surprise!
- [worried about Jasmine's refusal to choose a suitor]
Sultan: I don’t know where she gets it from. Her mother wasn’t nearly so picky.
- Aladdin: Genie, I wish for your freedom.
Genie: One bona fide prince pedigree coming up. I – what?
Aladdin: [He holds the lamp up to Genie] Genie, you’re free!
- Cave of Wonders: Who disturbs my slumber?
- Sultan: Jafar, you vile betrayer.
Iago: That’s Sultan Vile Betrayer to you.
- [Iago is powering a mystic device by footpower]
Iago: With all due respect, Your Rottenness, couldn’t we just wait for a *real* storm?
Jafar: Save your breath, Iago. Faster!
Iago: Yes, O Mighty Evil One.
- Genie: Yo, Rugman! Haven’t seen you in a few millennia. Give me some tassel.
- Genie: [looks at a script] Tonight, the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark and sinister ugly man.
- Genie: Your line is “I’m going to FREE the Genie!” Anytime!
- Jafar: [disguised as prisoner] You’ve heard of the golden rule, haven’t you? Whoever has the gold makes the rules.
[smiles showing his hideous teeth]
- Aladdin: Wish fulfillment?
Genie: Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That’s all. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds.
- Genie: I can’t help you, I work for Senor Psychopath now!
- Genie: Say, you’re a lot smaller than my last master. Either that, or I’m getting bigger. Look at me from the side. Do I look different to you?
- This film became the 14th (and the first animated movie) to gross more than $200,000,000.
- Jafar at first was more hot-tempered, while Iago was a cool, haughty British type. The filmakers felt that having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing, so the personalities of the two characters were switched around.
- A rumor circulated in late 2001 that during Aladdin’s balcony scene he says, “Take off your clothes.” He is talking to Raja at the time, and his exact words are, “Nice kitty, take off and go, go on.” This has been cut in the DVD version.
- SPOILER: When Aladdin puts Jafar back into the lamp, the spell on the other characters is broken – the Magic Carpet gets returned to normal, and Jasmine’s dress turns back from red to blue. Start watching when Jasmine’s tiger cub jumps into the Sultan’s arms. When the cub hits his arms and starts to grow back into a tiger, just before he becomes normal, the tiger’s face appears as Mickey Mouse for one frame.
- The stack of wooden toy animals that Jasmine’s father plays with is sitting on a toy of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast (1991), another Disney animated movie. Sebastian from The Little Mermaid (1989) and Pinocchio (1940) can also be spotted.
- Production designer ‘Richard Vander Wende’ devised a simple color scheme for the film, inspired by its desert setting. Blue (water) stands for good, red (heat) for evil, and yellow (sand) is neutral. For example, the villainous Jafar is clad in blacks and reds, while the virtuous Jasmine wears blue. Another example is in the Cave of Wonders, where the lamp’s chamber is blue, and the ruby that tempts Abu is bright red.
- Scheduling conflicts with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) forced ‘Patrick Stewart’ to turn down the role of Jafar. He has said in interviews that this is his biggest regret.
- In the throne scenes, the decorations at the top of the columns are the same designs used for Mrs. Potts and her teacups in Beauty and the Beast (1991).
- WILHELM SCREAM: As the villagers flee in terror when the Genie (under Jafar’s control) lifts the palace into the air.
- The idea of adapting the Aladdin story as a Disney animated musical was first proposed by ‘Howard Ashman’ in 1988 at the time that he and ‘Alan Menken’ were still working on The Little Mermaid (1989) and before work had begun on Beauty and the Beast (1991). Ashman wrote an initial treatment for the project and collaborated on six songs with Menken. When ‘John Musker’ and ‘Ron Clements’ finished directing duties on The Little Mermaid, they turned their attention to writing a first draft of this film’s script, and eventually became its directors.
- During script and storyboard development, the writers were already considering ‘Robin Williams’ for the role of the Genie but had not approached him for the project. In order to convince Williams to do the role, ‘Eric Goldberg’ animated the Genie doing several minutes of Williams’s stand-up routines and screened it for him. Williams was so impressed that he signed almost immediately.
- The Islamic cultural setting of the film is directly referenced to several times throughout the film. Such examples include when The Sultan yells “Praise Allah” when he realizes that Jasmine wants to marry Prince Ali/Aladdin, when The Sultan says “Allah forbid you have any daughters!” when he is frustrated with Jasmine, and when the thief in the beginning says “By Allah” when he sees The Cave of Wonders.
- ‘Howard Ashman’ and ‘Alan Menken’ originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. This idea was dropped when the visuals and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.
- ‘Linda Woolverton’, who had written the screenplay to Beauty and the Beast (1991), did a first draft screenplay for “Aladdin”.
- On what came to be known among the Aladdin animators as Black Friday, then Disney head ‘Jeffrey Katzenberg’ told the team to scrap virtually everything they’d been working on for months and start all over again. He also refused to move the film’s release date. Directors ‘John Musker’ and ‘Ron Clements’ were able to completely turn around the film’s new plot and screenplay in just eight days.
- ‘Alan Menken’ had tentatively written a love song for Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride called “The World at Your Feet”. When lyricist ‘Tim Rice’ came on board, he changed it to “A Whole New World”.
- The fireworks seen at the end of the film are reused special effects from The Rescuers (1977).
- Originally, the peddler who introduces the movie would be revealed to be the Genie at the end – hence the fact that ‘Robin Williams’ voiced him, too. Notice the similarities in the design of the two, especially the eyebrows, the beard and the four-fingered hands. (All the other human characters have five fingers.)
- ‘Andreas Deja’ based Jafar on ‘Marc Davis’’s design for Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959). The two villains share more than just looks: both carry a staff which they use to execute evil magic; both have bird henchman (Maleficent’s is a raven, Jafar’s a parrot), and both turn themselves into gigantic animals in their respective films – Maleficent as a dragon, Jafar as a snake. UltimateDisney.com featured Maleficent and Jafar in their Top Villain Countdown at #1 and #2, respectively.
- When the film was first released on VHS in October 1993, it sold over 10.8 million copies in its first week and went on to sell over 25 million in total. This record stood for only two years when it was beaten by the release of The Lion King (1994).
- ‘Robin Williams’ recorded most of his scenes in between filming breaks on Hook (1991) and Toys (1992).
- In the preview screenings for the movie, nobody applauded after the big song numbers. The animators wanted applause and so somebody stuck the Genie with an “Applause” sign at the end of “Friend Like Me”. The joke worked and the sign was kept for the movie.
- When ‘Howard Ashman’ began work on the movie, he developed the story as a fast-paced comic adventure about a young boy trying to prove his worth to his parents. But, in 1991, Ashman died, and the story problems stalled the movie. So, the plot was reworked to be about a teenager, Aladdin, seeking self-respect instead of the approval of others.
- The two men in the crowd that Aladdin pushes through are caricatures of a couple of the directors (‘John Musker’ and ‘Ron Clements’); the original plan was to use film critics ‘Gene Siskel’ and ‘Roger Ebert’, but they couldn’t get permission.
- The opening scene with the street merchant was completely unscripted. ‘Robin Williams’ was brought into the sound stage and was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it and a bed sheet covering them all. The animators asked him to lift the sheet, and without looking take an object from the table and describe it in character. Much of the material in that recording session was not appropriate for a Disney film.
- Crazy Hakim, the “discount fertilizer” salesman in the opening chase, is a caricature of animator ‘Tom Sito’.
- The most successful film of 1992, earning over $217 million at the US box office and over $504 million worldwide.
- Aladdin’s personality and, initially, his look, were based on that of ‘Michael J. Fox’. In the film, Aladdin is chased by burly, unintelligent louts, who end up falling into a large pile of manure, which was much the situation of Fox’s Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future (1985)’.
- To capture the movement of Aladdin’s low-cut baggy pants, animator ‘Glen Keane’ looked at videos of rap star ‘M.C. Hammer’.
- While filming this movie, ‘Robin Williams’ frequently received calls from ‘Steven Spielberg’ who at the time was working on Schindler’s List (1993). He would put him on speaker phone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up. Some of the material that he used was material that he was using for this film.
- Some of the original songs before the story was rewritten and half of the characters were cut: “Proud of Your Boy” (suppose to be sung by Aladdin to his mother – later removed from the story – while she was sleeping); “Call Me A Princess”; “Omar, Babkak, Aladdin, Kassim”; “Humiliate The Boy” (sung by Jafar, cut as it was considered too cruel for the film); “High Adventure”; “Count on Me” (which was something Aladdin sung to his friends and family, then it was changed to “A Whole New World”).
- ‘Bill Plympton’ turned down a seven-figure offer to work on this film, because any ideas and concepts he developed for his other projects while under contract with Disney would become their intellectual property.
- This is (as of 2006) the only traditionally animated film to be nominated for the MTV Movie Award for best picture.
- Eight other songs were written for the film but were later removed.
- There are 513 people listed in the credits.
- Some of the Genie’s imitations were cut from the film, including ‘John Wayne’, ‘George Bush’ and Dr. ‘Ruth Westheimer’.
- When Aladdin asks Genie if he can make him into a prince, and Genie consults his “cookbook”, one of the things he pulls out of the book is Sebastian from The Little Mermaid (1989)
- In the original folktale, Aladdin is actually Chinese.
- In early visual development, Aladdin resembled ‘Michael J. Fox’. As the film developed, ‘Jeffrey Katzenberg’ didn’t think Aladdin had enough appeal to women, so he asked that Aladdin be beefed up a bit to resemble ‘Tom Cruise’.
- The second Disney animated feature to use fully rendered and textured 3-D CGI moving backgrounds in combination with the traditionally animated character animation, a technique that was expanded upon in the Disney short Off His Rockers (1992) and previously in Beauty and the Beast (1991). This led to the creation of “Deep Canvas” a brand-new technique created by Disney 7 years later for use in Tarzan (1999), which allows 2D hand-drawn characters to exist seamlessly in a fully 3D environment.
- The fire walker in the “One Jump Ahead” number is a caricature of ‘T. Hee’, a former Disney story man who later taught caricature at CalArts, where many of the film’s artists studied.
- Layout supervisor ‘Rasoul Azadani’ traveled to his hometown of Ispahan in Iran in 1991 to get a feel for the look of the film. He took nearly 2000 pictures there. The artists videotaped capuchin monkeys at the Los Angeles Zoo to give them an understanding of the physical characteristics of Abu.
- The genie appears in the following guises: – a nightclub entertainer – a Scotsman – a Scottish terrier – ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’ – ‘Ed Sullivan’ – a slot machine – ‘Groucho Marx’ – a boxing trainer – a fireworks rocket – a French maître d’ – a roast turkey – a pink rabbit – a dragon – a certificate – a pair of lips – ‘Robert De Niro’ – a flight attendant – ‘Carol Channing’ – a sheep – a hammock – a muscle man – Pinocchio – a magician – a Frenchman in a beret and striped shirt – a chef – Julius Caesar – ‘Arsenio Hall’ – a tailor – a game-show host – a drum major – ‘Walter Brennan’ – a little boy – a fat man – TV parade hosts – a tiger – a goat – a harem girl – ‘Ethel Merman’ – ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ – ‘Jack Nicholson’ – a teacher – a talking lampshade – a bee – a submarine – a one-man band – a script prompter – a ventriloquist – a Fantasia (1940)-like devil – ‘William F. Buckley’ – Jafar – cheerleaders – a baseball pitcher – a tourist with a Goofy hat – and the moon. – a zombie which strongly resembles ‘Peter Lorre’ – For release in India, Disney replaced the game show host with a cricket commentator.
- The color design of the film was inspired by old Persian miniatures and Victorian paintings of the Middle East.
- ‘John Candy’, ‘Steve Martin’ and ‘Eddie Murphy’ were all considered at one point to provide the voice of the Genie.
- Because ‘Robin Williams’ ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination.
- Not only is the plot similar to The Thief of Bagdad (1940) but character names Jafar (Jaffar) and Abu were apparently borrowed from the 1939 script by ‘Lajos Biró’. The characters in the silent original, The Thief of Bagdad (1924) were not given names.
- In the original recording for the opening song “Arabian Nights”, part of the song originally went “where they cut off your ear, if they don’t like your face”. After the movies release Arabic Americans took offense so the line was changed to “where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense”. If you listen closely, you can hear a distinct vocal change when he sings, “it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!”
- Whenever Aladdin tells a lie, the plume on his hat falls and covers his face.
- In the first draft, Aladdin had three friends (Babkak, Omar, and Kassim), a magic ring and two genies.
- When the Genie changes Abu into a car, the license plate reads “ABU 1″.
- An IMAX version was planned but never released.
- ‘Robin Williams’ provided the voice for the Genie, at union scale rate (the lowest legal pay rate a studio can give an actor), on the provisos that his voice was not used for merchandising (i.e. toys and such) and that the Genie character not take up more than 25% of the space of a poster, ad, billboard, or trailer. When these wishes were not granted, he withdrew his support for Disney and the film. As a result, his name was not included in “The Art of Aladdin” book (it makes constant references to “the voice of the Genie”), and he was not available for the direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar (1994) (V) or the “Aladdin” (1994) TV show (‘Dan Castellaneta’ filled in as the voice of the Genie for these productions). In an attempt to get back on good terms with Williams, Walt Disney Co. CEO ‘Michael Eisner’ apologized to him with a peace offering of an original ‘Pablo Picasso’ painting. Still angered and feeling betrayed by Disney, Williams would not accept the gift. It was not until ‘Jeffrey Katzenberg’ was fired and a new producer hired did Williams return to Disney. Through this new producer, a public apology was given (by the producer). Promises were made to right wrongs, and Williams was so touched that he came back as the Genie for the second direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995) (V). Disney was so thrilled that they threw out the previously completed recording sessions with Castellaneta.
- Animator ‘Eric Goldberg’ based the Genie on the drawings of caricaturist ‘Al Hirschfeld’.
- During the course of recording the voices, ‘Robin Williams’ improvised so much they had almost 16 hours of material.
- This was the first major animated film which was advertised on the strength of having a major movie star providing one of its voices (‘Robin Williams’ in this case). This has since become the norm with animated features.
- Jasmine’s appearance was influenced by ‘Jennifer Connelly’, as well as the sister of her animator, ‘Mark Henn’.
- At the end of the movie, Aladdin faces a difficult choice because he only has 1 wish left. However, Jasmine could easily get three more wishes herself.
- Although the script on the scrolls appears to be Arabic, the Sultan and Jafar’s eyes move from left to right as they read it, not right to left as they should have.
- Prince Akmed’s pants (but not his boxers) are torn when he storms out of the palace yet immediately after this Raja has a piece of Prince Akmed’s boxers (but not his pants) in his mouth.
- When Princess Jasmine releases the birds they are not colored in white – just the outlines of them are shown. (This mistake was fixed on the 2-disc special edition DVD.)
- When Jasmine climbs the wall of the palace to leave, her tiger helps her up and we see her trouser leg. But a close-up of her foot shows her shoe and bare leg.
- While in the cave of wonders, Abu is seen jumping back and forth on the exploding stones. Before he is rescued by Aladdin, all the stones have exploded except the one he’s on. When Aladdin pulls him up, there are two more stones on his right, when in the last shot there were none.
- When Aladdin ducks into the window of the tower as it rolls over him and off the cliff, you see through the tower and clearly see that it is completely hollow. So how was Aladdin held in the tower as it was shot away from Agrabah?
- During “A Whole New World” scene, when Jasmine pets the horse, the flower on her head seems to disappear. Not until when they are flying over the water does the flower return.
- When the guards are after Aladdin and Jasmine, Aladdin holds out his right hand and asks Jasmine “Do you trust me?” Jasmine accepts his right hand, but in the next shot, Jasmine is holding Aladdin’s left hand.
- The patch on the right leg of Aladdin’s pants keeps appearing and disappearing.
- When Jafar and Iago first walk up to their hidden chamber, Jafar pulls the string on a lantern and the door opens from left to right. However, when Jasmine is confronting Jafar about the apparent ’sentencing’ of Aladdin, Jafar is seen opening the door the opposite way (from right to left) in order to sneak out.
- During the “Prince Ali” scene when Aladdin arrives in Agrabah at the Sultan’s Palace, Jafar can be seen trying to keep Aladdin out by holding the front door closed. When Aladdin’s elephant pushes the door open, we see Jafar being smashed into the wall behind the door. Then the scene cuts away to Jafar pushing the door away from his face, however, Iago is clearly smashed into the wall beside him despite not being around Jafar just seconds before the door flew open.
- Immediately after Aladdin decides not to free Genie, he upsets Abu (in elephant form) and Carpet, who then disappear from a window’s view. In doing so, they pass behind a decorative perforation pattern which borders the window, but it is not possible to see them through the holes.
- When on the balcony right before ‘A Whole New World’, Aladdin offers his hand out for Jasmine to grab. His arm is bare, which shows most of the forearm. In the previous and following shots, Aladdin is in his Prince Ali suit, which extends all the way to his wrists.
- When Gazeem is in the desert and pulls the beetle-shaped charm out of his pocket, the inside curve is concave and dips into the piece. When he holds the same piece up to match it with the other half, the connection section now comes outward to fit into the other piece.
- Jafar’s Snake Staff is constantly changing lengths from about 2 feet to about 4 feet when he is resting it on the floor.
- After “A Whole New World” when they are watching a Chinese dragon, Jasmine discovers Ali is the boy from the market and takes his hat. When she grabs his hat she squeezes it and the lamp is not there, but once dropped off at the palace when Ali is thrown into the ocean, the lamp pops out of his hat.
- After Jafar is turned into a genie and his “wishes” undo themselves, Rajah, Abu, Carpet and the Sultan return to how they were before Jafar started making wishes. Jasmine, however, returns to her original harem trousers and crop top outfit, and not to the purple dress she was wearing for the announcement.
- During the “Prince Ali” scene when Aladdin arrives in Agrabah, as Genie appears on the balcony with the three women who are admiring Aladdin the shadow of Aladdin in the procession on the wall underneath them shows that they are on Aladdin’s right-hand side. When the shot cuts to the close-up of Aladdin (where Genie gives him more muscles) Aladdin is looking to his left and Genie’s magic bolt arrives from Aladdin’s left.
- The Sultan’s cummerbund and feather keep changing colour from blue to grey and back, and the gem on his turban frequently changes colour.
- SPOILER: During the Cave of Wonders sequence, Jafar (disguised as a beggar) pulls a knife on Aladdin after the latter gives him the lamp. But after Abu bites Jafar’s arm, and Aladdin falls into the cave along with Abu, the knife is gone.
- The Cave of Wonders warns Aladdin not to touch anything except for the lamp. However, while in the Cave itself, Aladdin and Abu touch the carpet and nothing happens.
- The merchant that catches Jasmine stealing has hands so large that they completely obscure hers. In the close-up of him putting her hand on the chopping block, his hand is considerably smaller.
- During the Cave of Wonders sequence, Abu’s hat disappears for a second.
- While pole vaulting across rooftops with Aladdin, the Princess’ hair falls free from her wrap and the wrap is around her shoulders. Upon landing her hair is neatly tucked under the wrap around her head.
- In the “A Whole New World” number, the carpet picks a flower off a window sill for Aladdin to give to Jasmine. As the carpet reaches for the flower, there are only three flowers on the pot, but in the close-up there are at least twice as many.
- The Cave of Wonders says that only one may enter (and that one is Aladdin), however Aladdin enters the cave with Abu (the monkey), and so the rule does not apply to animals. Jafar could easily have sent Iago (the parrot) into the cave to get the lamp.
- During the “Whole New World” music sequence, we can see Aladdin and Jasmine descending down on their magic carpet, and we can hear Jasmine singing, “A Whole New World,” but her mouth is not moving. This is right after she sings “Through an endless diamond sky…”
- While Jafar has Jasmine enchained, she wears a snake bracelet on her right arm. After Jasmine attempts to steal Jafar’s staff, Jafar knocks her to the ground, and the bracelet can briefly be seen on her left arm. In following scenes it returns to her right arm.
- When Iago, disguised as a flamingo, calls out to Aladdin as Jasmine, he attracts the attention of a dopey-looking flamingo behind him. However, that flamingo was not there in the long shot of the garden that directly preceded the medium shot of the disguised Iago.
- When Aladdin is transformed to Prince Ali, the reflection in the mirror shows the arm held up on the wrong side.
- After Aladdin stops the merchant from chopping off Jasmine’s hand, he gives the sword to Jasmine, who hides it behind her back. In the very next scene she no longer has the sword, and there is no sign of it in later shots.
- The shadow of the window bars falling on Aladdin in the dungeon changes between shots.
- When Jasmine is pretending to be under the Genie’s spell towards the end of the movie she gets up and puts the crown Jafar made, on her head. Later when Jafar sees Aladdin reflected in the crown he knocks her to the ground, when she hits the ground and looks up, the crown is not on the floor around her as if it fell off.
- During “A Whole New World” we first see a full moon, at the end of the song the water reflects a crescent moon.
- The flower in Jasmine’s hair is on the wrong side when reflected in the stream.
- The Sultan’s blue diamond, which is on his left ring finger, doesn’t appear until a few seconds before Jafar asks for it.
- “A WHOLE NEW WORLD” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Lyrics by ‘Tim Rice’ Performed by ‘Peabo Bryson’ & ‘Regina Belle’ Courtesy of SONY Records
- “Arabian Nights” Written by ‘Alan Menken’ & ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Bruce Adler’
- “One Jump Ahead” Written by ‘Alan Menken’ & ‘Tim Rice’ Performed by ‘Brad Kane’
- “Friend Like Me” Written by ‘Alan Menken’ & ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Robin Williams’
- “Prince Ali” Written by ‘Alan Menken’ & ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Robin Williams’
- “A Whole New World” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Lyrics by ‘Tim Rice’ Performed by ‘Brad Kane’ & ‘Lea Salonga’
- “Prince Ali (Reprise)” Written by ‘Alan Menken’ & ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Jonathan Freeman’
- “Proud of Your Boy (Demo)” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Alan Menken’ (Special Edition Only)
- “Proud of Your Boy” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Clay Aiken’ (DVD Special Feature Only)
- “High Adventure (Demo)” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Alan Menken’ and ‘Howard Ashman’ (Special Edition Only)
- “Humiliate the Boy” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Jonathan Freeman’ (DVD Special Feature Only)
- “Why Me?” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Jonathan Freeman’ (DVD Special Feature Only)
- “You Can Count On Me” Music by ‘Alan Menken’ Written by ‘Howard Ashman’ Performed by ‘Brad Kane’ (DVD Special Feature Only)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Length: 91 min
Gross: $6,706,368 (USA)
IMDb: 7.40 (92627 votes)
Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), Jack Davenport (Norrington), Bill Nighy (Davy Jones), Jonathan Pryce (Governor Weatherby Swann), Lee Arenberg (Pintel), Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti), Kevin McNally (Gibbs), David Bailie (Cotton), Stellan Skarsgård (Bootstrap Bill ), Tom Hollander (Cutler Beckett), Naomie Harris (Tia Dalma), Martin Klebba (Marty), David Schofield (Mercer)
Just before their wedding, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner are arrested by Lord Cutler Beckett for helping the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, but Cutler proposes a deal to Will: their freedom per Jack’s compass. Meanwhile, Jack is afraid of the sea, because he owes his soul to the evil Davy Jones, the Captain of the Flying Dutchmen. When Will meets Jack, the pirate proposes to exchange his compass by a key owned by Davy Jones. Will goes to the Flying Dutchman without knowing how dangerous and diabolic Davy Jones and his crew are.
- Michael Moore: Mr. Smith, we just came down from Flint, where we filmed a family being evicted from their home the day before Christmas Eve. A family that used to work in the factory. Would you be willing to come up with us to see what the situation is like in Flint, so that people…?
Roger Smith: I’ve been to Flint, and I’m sorry for those people, but I don’t know anything about it, but you’d have to…
Michael Moore: Families being evicted from their homes on Christmas Eve…
Roger Smith: Well, I’m – listen, I’m sure General Motors didn’t evict them. So, you’d have to go talk to the landlord.
Michael Moore: They used to work for General Motors, and now they don’t work there anymore.
Roger Smith: Well, I’m sorry about that.
Michael Moore: Could you come up to Flint with us?
Roger Smith: I cannot come to Flint, I’m sorry.
- Eubanks: You know why Jewish girls don’t get AIDS? They only marry assholes, they don’t screw ‘em!
- GM spokesman/lobbyist Tom Kay: Well, if you’re espousing a philosophy, which apparently you are, that the corporation owes employees cradle-to-the-grave security, I don’t think that can be accomplished under a free enterprise system.
subtitles: Tom Kay laid off, office closed.
- Michael Moore: How does it feel driving through Flint Michigan today and so many people being laid off…so many plants being shut down?
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko: How does it feel? I feel like a big supporter. That’s how. Does it matter of what?
- [In closing credits]
subtitles: This film cannot be shown within the city of Flint… All the movie theaters have closed.
- Michael Moore: My favorite was the exhibit sponsored by General Motors: a puppet auto worker singing a love song to the robot replacing him on the assembly line. The song was called “Me and My Buddy”.
- Michael Moore: Well, the million tourists never came to Flint. The Hyatt went bankrupt and was put up for sale, Waterstreet Pavillion saw most of its stores go out of business, and only six months after opening, Autoworld closed due to a lack of visitors. I guess it was like expecting a million people a year to go to New Jersey to Chemicalworld, or a million people going to Valdez, Alaska for Exxonworld. Some people just don’t like to celebrate human tragedy while on vacation.
- [last lines]
Michael Moore: Well I failed to bring Roger to Flint. As we neared the end of the twentieth century, the rich were richer, the poor, poorer. And people everywhere now had a lot less lint, thanks to the lint rollers made in my hometown. It was truly the dawn of a new era.
- Michael Moore: Although most people in Flint were now too poor to afford a room at the Hyatt, the hotel allowed the public on opening day to ride the city’s only escalator.
- Michael Moore: [after massive layoffs] Meanwhile, the more fortunate in Flint were holding their annual Great Gatsby party at the home of one of GM’s founding families. To show that they weren’t totally insensitive to the plight of others, they hired local people to be human statues at the party.
- Michael Moore: So this was GM chairman Roger Smith. And he appeared to have a brilliant plan: First, close 11 factories in the U.S, then open 11 in Mexico where you pay the workers 70 cents an hour. Then, use the money you’ve saved by building cars in Mexico to take over other companies, preferably high-tech firms and weapons manufacturers. Next, tell the union you’re broke and they happily agree to give back a couple billion dollars in wage cuts. You then take that money from the workers, and eliminate their jobs by building more foreign factories. Roger Smith was a true genius.
- The unnamed San Francisco left-wing magazine that Moore goes to work for at the beginning of film is Mother Jones. Moore worked for the magazine for three months in 1985 before being fired for putting his friend on the cover. Moore sued the magazine for contract breech, and used the money he won in the settlement to partially fund Roger & Me (1989).
- SPOILER: In the film, it is suggested that the subject of the documentary, ‘Roger B. Smith’, was not available for commentary, despite several attempts. Years later, the documentary Manufacturing Dissent (2007) alleges that ‘Michael Moore (II)’ did speak with ‘Roger B. Smith’ twice in 1987 (at General Motors’ shareholders meeting) and 1988 (at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York), but ‘Michael Moore (II)’ didn’t put that footage in Roger & Me (1989). However, even ‘Roger B. Smith’ himself said in a 1990 interview with Los Angeles Times that he had never stayed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. ‘Michael Moore (II)’ himself also denied this allegation to Associated Press: Moore said that he did speak with Roger Smith at the 1987 shareholders’ meeting, but that was before he started working on Roger & Me (1989) and the conversation had nothing to do with the film.
- During the early screenings, an empty seat was reserved for ‘Roger B. Smith’. Smith never attended.
- The robot featured in the “My Buddy” segment from Autoworld is located in the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI. The Roger and Me premiere banner and original cardboard stand up sign are located just a few feet from the robot but no connection is mentioned.
- When ‘Michael Moore (II)’ decided to start a documentary about Flint, Michigan and General Motors in the mid-1980s, he knew very little about the technical side of filmmaking (camera-work, lighting, etc.). He met a fellow low-budget documentary filmmaker, ‘Kevin Rafferty (II)’, who helped him learn this side of the director’s job on the project, and served as one of the cinematographers.
- This is the only movie where there has been a successful lawsuit against ‘Michael Moore (II)’ – filed by former friend Larry Stecco who successfully argued that his portrayal in the movie was not an accurate reflection of his character (“False light invasion of privacy” is the legal term) and won. Stecco was interviewed attending a society fund raising ball and was made out to be a high-society rich pig who partied while people where starving outside. He was actually a lawyer who worked pro-bono for the poorer residents of Flint.
- In a radio interview, ‘Michael Moore (II)’ felt this film was a failure, since it did not stimulate any interest in development or investment to the town of Flint.
- DIRTRADE(‘Michael Moore (II)’): [flint]: Most of the film takes place in Flint, Michigan.
- By 1989, all movie theaters had closed in the city limits of Flint. The premiere was held at Showcase Cinemas, 5205 East Court Street, Burton, MI a small town next to Flint.
- Partially funded with $50,000 revenue generated by bingo games. Moore sold his house and held two yard sales. ‘Edward Asner’ was sent a letter requesting support and sent a check. His name appears in the credits.
- “Here He Comes, Pat Boone” Written by Jerry Seelan and Artie Malvin
- “Talk to Me Baby” Written by Jerry Seelan and Artie Malvin Performed by ‘Pat Boone’
- “California, Here I Come” Written by ‘Buddy G. DeSylva’, ‘Joseph Meyer’, and ‘Al Jolson’
- “Wouldn’t it be Nice” Written by ‘Brian Wilson’ and Terry Asher Performed by ‘The Beach Boys’ Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
- “Lucky, Lucky Me” Written by ‘Milton Berle’ and Buddy Arnold Performed by ‘Connie Francis’ Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
- “Back Home Again” Written by ‘John Denver’
- “This Guy’s In Love With You” Written by ‘Burt Bacharach’ and ‘Hal David (II)’
- “The Newlywed Game Theme” Written by ‘Chuck Barris’ Performed by Trumpets Olé Courtesy of MCA Records
- “Union Maid” Written by ‘Woody Guthrie’
- “There She Is, Miss America” Written by ‘Bernie Wayne’
- “Joy to the World” Written by ‘Hoyt Axton’ Performed by Anita Bryant
- “Put Your Hand in the Hand” Written by Gene MacLellan Performed by Anita Bryant
- “Speedy Gonzales” Written by ‘Buddy Kaye’, David Hill, and ‘Ethel Lee (II)’ Performed by ‘Pat Boone’
- “Michigan State University Fight Song” Written by F.I. Lankey Performed by The Michigan State University Marching Band Courtesy of Fidelity Sound Recordings
- “The Way It Is” Written by ‘Bruce Hornsby’ Performed by ‘Bruce Hornsby & The Range’ (as Bruce Hornsby and The Range) Courtesy of RCA Records
- “My Hometown” Written and Performed by ‘Bruce Springsteen’ Courtesy of CBS Records Music Licensing Department
- “Jailhouse Rock” Written by ‘Jerry Leiber’ and ‘Mike Stoller’ Performed by The Nighthawks
- “Jingle Bells” Arranged by Carl Weiss Performed by The Singing Dogs
- “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” Written by ‘J. Fred Coots’ and ‘Haven Gillespie’
- “Happy Birthday to You” Written by ‘Mildred J. Hill’ and ‘Patty S. Hill’ Performed by ‘Pat Boone’
- “I am Proud to be an American” Written by Albert Malotte Performed by ‘Pat Boone’ Courtesy of MCA Records
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Countries: USA, West Germany
IMDb: 7.20 (8308 votes)
Barret Oliver (Bastian Bux), Gerald McRaney (Barney Bux, Bastian’s Father), Drum Garrett (Bully #1), Darryl Cooksey (Bully #2), Nicholas Gilbert (Bully #3), Thomas Hill (Koreander), Deep Roy (Teeny Weeny), Tilo Prückner (Night Hob), Moses Gunn (Cairon), Noah Hathaway (Atreyu), Alan Oppenheimer (Falkor/G’mork/Narrator), Sydney Bromley (Engywook), Patricia Hayes (Urgl), Tami Stronach (The Childlike Empress)
Chased by school bullies, reprimanded by his father for daydreaming too much Bastian is lost in his own world. Bastian escapes school bullies one rainy day by hiding in an old used book store. After explaining his predicament to the old clerk Bastian notices a large leather bound book with a symbol of two snakes intertwined into an emblem. Soon after the clerk warns Bastian that this book is not for him Bastian, rushes away with it “borrowing” it, while the clerk is in another room. Taking refuge in the attic of his school Bastian opens the book, and a world of fantasy. Learning that the wonderous, beautiful land of Fantasia is being destroyed by a terrible “Nothing” Bastian is taken deeper into the story. Soon discovering the ChildLike Empress is deathly ill, the cause; she needs a new name. A young warrior named Atreyu is called and Bastian follows his adventures, unknowing that he, himself is slowly being written into the mysterious book. Soon realizing that he is now written in the book Bastian realizes that the only one who can save Fantasia is him.
Director: Chris Columbus
Countries: UK, USA
Length: 101 min
Gross: $484,572,835 (Worldwide)
IMDb: 7.20 (72768 votes)
John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Saunders Triplets (Harry Potter (Age 1)), Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon), Derek Deadman (Tom), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), Ben Borowiecki (Diagon Alley Boy), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick/Goblin Bank Teller), Verne Troyer (Griphook the Goblin), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Richard Bremmer (He Who Must Not Be Named)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based off the novels by J.K. Rowling. It is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted.
- Bruce Nolan: Newsflash! I’m not okay. I’m not okay with a mediocre job. I’m not okay with a mediocre apartment. I’m not okay with a mediocre life!
Grace: Is that what you think we have? A mediocre life?
Bruce Nolan: Don’t make this about you.
Grace: About me? This isn’t about me. It’s about you. It’s always about you!
Bruce Nolan: Perfect. PERFECT! I’ll have the worst day of my life with a side order of guilt please!
- [last lines]
Bruce: How was that?
Grace: That was great.
Grace: That was really great. Now you still have to go over there. The nurse is waiting
Bruce: Do I have to
Grace: Oh, it’s not going to hurt. In fact I think you’ll find it quite pleasurable.
Bruce: Hum, really.
- Grace: I’ve never seen the moon that big.
Bruce: We really shouldn’t waste it.
- Bruce: There were so many. I just gave them all what they want.
God: Yeah. But since when does anyone have a clue about what they want?
- Bruce: [sticking up his middle finger and pretending he's playing a jazz tune] I can hold that note all day, buddy.
- Bruce: What if I need you? What if I have questions?
God: That’s your problem, Bruce. That’s everybody’s problem. You keep looking up.
- [last "line" in the film]
Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “ARMAGEDON OUTA HERE”
[homeless man morphs into God]
- Bruce: I can do it, Jack. I can be like Evan.
Jack: You don’t want to be like Evan. Evan’s an asshole.
Bruce: I can be an asshole.
Jack: No Bruce, you can’t.
[Bruce knocks over Jack's sandwich]
Jack: You going to get that?
Bruce: Yeah I’m sorry.
- Bruce: [being overwhelmed with hearing prayers] Give me a break!
[Bruce is instantly transported to meet with God]
God: Really something, isn’t it?
Bruce: Is this heaven?
God: No, this is Mount Everest. You should flip on the Discovery Channel from time to time. But I guess you can’t now, being dead and all.
Bruce: I’m *dead*?
God: Naw, I’m just messing with ya.
Bruce: That’s not funny, Man! That is *not* funny.
- God: [Approaching Bruce] You’ve been doing a lot of complaining about me, Bruce. Quite frankly, I’m tired of it.
Bruce: Wait, really. I’m warning you. When I’m backed into a corner, I’m like a wild animal!
God: You haven’t won a fight since the fifth grade and that was against a girl.
Bruce: Yeah, but she was *huge*.
God: And the sun was in your eyes.
- God: You can’t kneel down in the middle of a highway and live to talk about it, son.
- Bruce: So you’re the janitor, electrician, the boss. Must be one hell of a Christmas party… don’t get drunk though, one of you may need a ride home
God: [laughing] You’ve always had a sense of humor, Bruce, just like your father.
- God: Grace. You want her back?
Bruce: No. I want her to be happy, no matter what that means. I want her to find someone who will treat her with all the love she deserved from me. I want her to meet someone who will see her always as I do now, through Your eyes.
God: Now THAT’S a prayer.
- God: Bruce, you have a divine spark. You have a gift for bringing joy and laughter to the world. I know, I created you.
Bruce: Quit bragging.
- God: Allllllrighty then.
- [after God finds the bead that Bruce had earlier threw in the lake]
Bruce: Holy sh… cow.
- Grace: It’s weird. I woke up this morning and I swear my boobs felt bigger. Do they look bigger to you?
- God: No matter how filthy something gets, you can always clean it right up.
- Bruce: [Bruce turns around from a mirror and sees the dog urinating on a chair] Grace, the dog!
Grace: I’m in the shower!
- Bruce: Okay, prayer beads, ‘God, please give me a sign.’
[Truck with Danger signs passes him]
- [as Bruce arrives late to work]
Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “R EWE BLIND”
- Bruce: [breaking out of a freeze] Hi, Susan!
Grace: Oh, thank you, God.
Bruce: Bruce Nolan here, aboard the Maid of the Mist in fabulous Niagara Falls, New York.
Bruce: First off, let me just add another congratulations to Evan Backstabber – pardon me, Bastard. Baxter, rather. It is good to see what someone with real talent can do when great opportunities are given to them instead of me. Anyway, I’m here with Katherine Hepburn’s mom. Tell me, why did you toss the “blue heart of the ocean” jewel over the railing of Titanic? Did you feel bad at all letting Leo DiCaprio drown, while you were safe floating on the big door? Could you have taken turns, or were you just too afraid to freeze your big fat ass off?
Grace: [gasps in disbelief]
Bruce: Hmm. I guess that’s how life is, isn’t it? Some people are drenched, freezing to death, on a stupid boat, with a stupid hat, while others are in a comfy news studio, suckin’ up all the glory. Oh, well. No big deal.
[mashes and discards stupid umbrella hat]
Control Booth Operator: Oh, boy.
Bruce: Oh, look! It’s the owner of the Maid of the Mist. Let’s have a talk with him, shall we? Come on in here, Bill…
Bill, Ferry Owner: That’s all right.
Bruce: No, no, no, no. No, no. Come on, let’s have a talk.
Grace: Come on. What are you *doing*?
Bruce: Bill, you’ve been running the Maid of the Mist for 23 years now. Tell me, why do you think I didn’t get the anchor job?
Bill, Ferry Owner: Hey, man, I don’t want any problems…
Bruce: [messes his hair] Is it my hair, Bill? Are my teeth not white enough? Or, like the great falls, is the bedrock
Bruce: of my life, eroding beneath me?
[sticking his face into the camera]
Bruce: Eroding, eeeeroding, eeeeerodding.
Jack: Cut the feed. Cut to black.
Control Booth Operator: I’m on it.
Bruce: I’m Bruce Nolan for Eyewitness News. Back to you, fuckers!
- Bruce: Smite me, oh mighty Smiter.
- God: Triumph is born out of struggle, faith is the alchemist. If you want pictures like these, you’ll need to use some dark colors.
- Hood: You want me and the homies to apologize right?
Hood: Okay Cool, man, the day a monkey comes out of my butt is the day you’ll get your sorry.
Bruce: What a coincidence, because that’s TODAY.
- Evan Baxter: Is your child in dire jeopardy? Find out tonight, after the game.
- [during the riot]
Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “THY KINGDUMB COME”
- Bruce: Ally, can we get a recap?
Ally Loman: You remember the Kowalskis? They’ve owned the shop for thirty years and they’re attempting to set a record by making Buffalo’s largest cookie.
- Bruce: I am Bruce Almighty. My will be done.
- Grace: [after Bruce was attacked by hoodlums] Oh, thank God you’re all right.
Bruce: Yeah, let’s thank God, shall we? For his blessings are raining down upon me. Wait, that’s not rain!
- God: [reading from a manuscript of what Bruce said the previous evening] “The gloves are off, God.”, “God has taken my bird and my bush.”, “God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass.”, “Smite me, O Mighty Smiter.” Now, I’m not big on blasphemy, but that last one made me laugh.
- Bruce and God: It’s GOOD.
- Bruce: What up with thee.
- Bruce Nolan: Vol? Vol? You want a tissue or something? Can we get Vol a tissue… or a spoon?
- Bruce: Yes, behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes, folks!
- Bruce: [the body of Jimmy Hoffa has just been exhumed] Hey kid, wanna make 10 bucks?
Bruce: [holding a video camera] You know how to work one of these?
Bruce: [blows into the eye piece like a trumpet] Seems to be in tune. Let’s do this!
- Bruce: I’m Bruce Nolan with Eyewitness Nose… Eyewitness Nose… that’s right!
- Announcer: Welcome to Eyewitness News at Six, with Susan Ortega, Evan Baxter, Fred Donahue Sports, Dallas Coleman Weather. And now, Buffalo’s Number One News Team.
Susan Ortega: Good Evening and welcome to Eyewitness News at Six. I’m Susan Ortega.
Evan Baxter: And I’m Evan Baxter and here’s what’s making news. A potential scandal with the Buffalo P.D. surfaced today when the mayor d-bow debit [choked off] [high pitched] D-bow d-bit d-bow [unintelligible chicken squawking] Bucka-bow, dee buck.
Director: Someone get him some water please.
Susan Ortega: Looks like my new co-anchor may need a glass of water.
Evan Baxter: [clears throat] Oh, there we go. Sorry about that. In other news the Prime Minister of Sweden visited Washington today and my tiny little nipples went to France.
Director: What’d he just say? Check the prompter.
Technician: The prompter’s fine.
Director: Evan, READ THE COPY. Please. The copy’s good. Just read it.
Evan Baxter: The White House reception committee greeted the Prime Ribroast Minister and… I do the cha-cha like a sissy girl. I lik-a do da cha-cha. I’m sorry we seem to be having some technical difficulties. In other news [breaks wind] Ohhhh. My apologies. Bulla blah, bulla blabity bulla bla [rapid unitelligible gibberish] Blabity blab bulla blah [explosive gibberish] [continues for 35 seconds] [vaguely Chinese] Kaa kaa poo poo. PEE PEE [nervous laugh]
- [first lines]
Bruce: God, why do you hate me?
- Bruce: Excuse me, I need a spoooo…
[a spoon appears, sliding out of his mouth]
Bruce: It’s okay, I found one.
- Bruce: [Sitting in traffic in his Saleen S7] Gee, all this horsepower, and no room to gallop!
- Stalled Car Guy: Well, thanks a million. God bless.
- [Bruce blowing so walk-by-girl's dress lifts]
Bruce Nolan: I saw it, and it was *good*!
- Grace: I’ve got a very rare blood type. I’m AB positive.
Bruce: Well I’m IB positive. I be positive they ain’t touching me with no needle.
- Bruce: [Before he drives off in his supercar] Hi-ho, Silver! Away!
- Bruce: It’s good. It’s goooooood!
- Bruce: [revving his car] Come on come on… start! [slams his hands against the steering wheel, the car starts]
Bruce: [stunned] That was luck.
- Bruce: Where are you going?
God: I’m taking a vacation.
Bruce: God doesn’t take vacations. Does he?… Do… ye?
God: Did you ever hear of the dark ages? Besides, I’m covered. You can clear everything up in five minutes, if you want to. Right?
- Bruce: How do you make so many people love you without affecting Free Will?
God: [snorts] Heh, welcome to my world, son. If you come up with an answer to that one, let me know.
- God: Parting your soup is not a miracle Bruce, it’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her son to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says “no” to drugs and “yes” to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them. What they don’t realize is *they* have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.
- Bruce: B-E-A-utiful. Come on, let’s go back inside and have a shit.
- [looking in mirror and doing a Walter Cronkite impression]
Bruce: That’s the way it was… and that’s the way the cookie crumbles… and That’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it uh HUH uh HUH.
- Jack: There he is, the man of the hour!
Bruce: Bless you, bless *all* of you! Be fruitful… and do long division or something!
- [while Bruce is looking a guy next to a broken down car]
Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “ALL FOR WON”
- Grace: Oh, God.
Bruce: You can call me Bruce.
- Bruce: And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
- [referring to the seven fingers on Bruce's right hand]
God: I did the same thing to Gandhi, he didn’t eat for three weeks.
- Bruce: Lord, feed the hungry, and bring peace to all of mankind. How’s that?
God: Great… If you wanna be Miss America.
- Bruce: Hey, little anal-dwelling butt monkey. Time for you to go home, little buddy.
- Bruce: I needed time to reassess my goals and get in touch with my true self.
Jack: You did that in a day?
Bruce: Imagine what I could do in seven…
- Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “GOD BEE GOOD HONEY”
Bruce: [holds up his own sign] “WHATEVER HE SAID – >”
- Grace: You know that everything happens for a reason.
Bruce: See, that I don’t need. That is a cliché. That is not helpful to me. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”… I have no bird, I have no bush. God has taken my bird and my bush.
- [after gang beats up Bruce]
Homeless Man: [holding up a sign] “LIFE IS JUST”
- Bruce: Who are you?
God: I’m the one. The Divine Being. Alpha and Omega.
Bruce: Oh, I see where this is going.
God: Bruce… I’m God.
Bruce: Bingo! Yahtzee! Is that your final answer? Our survey says… God! Bing bing bing bing bing! Well, it was nice to meet you, God. Thank you for the Grand Canyon, and good luck with the Apocalypse. Oh, and by the way, you SUCK!
- [at the bakery, Vol is picking his nose ]
Bruce: It’s a good thing I’m wearing this [tugs at hair net] because I wouldn’t want any stray hairs falling into the booger!
- Bruce: Bruce giveth and Bruce taketh away. Don’t like it? Megabyte me.
- [on Buffalo's biggest cookie]
Bruce: We have a new record. Cue the cheesy inspirational music.
- Bruce: Sometimes anticipation can heighten the… pleasure [growls]
Bruce: It’s a funny thing about pleasure.
Bruce: It can be quite… [yells] PLEASURABLE!
Grace: [Bruce's mind control sexually arouses Grace; Grace falls to the toilet seat; chuckles] Oh, my God. Ooh.
Bruce: [mind controlling arousing continutes] Pleasurable, pleasurable, pleasurable…
Grace: Oh, God! [moaning] Oh, Good God!
- [Bruce wakes up in the hospital and he's holding the prayer beads]
Bruce: Okay, now you’re just showing off.
- Bruce: God is a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I’m the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he’d rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm.
- Grace: Other people want idiotic crap like getting married and having babies with the man they’ve loved for five years. But not me, Bruce! Just give me the boat!
Bruce: [looks up to the sky] No wonder you stayed single!
- Bruce: What is with that?
- [from deleted scene]
Grace: I don’t want a dog that craps in a toilet!
- Bruce: The only one around here not doing his job is you!
- Grace: Debbie won the lottery.
Bruce: Oh, yeah? You’re kidding.
Grace: But I guess so did 400,000 other people, so she only won, like, $17.
- Bruce: So tell us mama, why make Buffalo’s biggest cookie?
Mama Kowolski: Well, man from health department say he find rat pellet in pastry but I say no, is big chocolate sprinkle, but he shut store down. So we clean up, make big cookie for to bring customers back.
Bruce: Let’s try that again, shall we?
Bruce: [New take] So tell us mama, why make Buffalo’s biggest cookie?
Mama Kowolski: So all the children in the neighborhood will be happy?
Bruce: And isn’t it nice to see all their smiling faces?
Vol Kowolski: I work in back. I see no smiles.
- Grace: So God is picking on you?
Bruce: No, he’s ignoring me completely!
- Bruce: Love me. Love me.
Grace: …I did.
- [repeated line]
- Bruce: Would it help if I said I was being a complete ass?
Kid: Hey. You said “ass”.
Bruce: Yeah, but it’s ok if I’m talkin’ about a donkey.
- Instead of a phone number with the unused 555 prefix, a phone number that appears on the pager carried by Bruce Nolan (‘Jim Carrey’) was an actual phone number in many US area codes, causing owners of that phone number to be bombarded with calls. For the video release this number was changed to 555-0123.
- One of the many deleted scenes on the DVD (there are ca. 30 minutes on it) has Grace with her sister in a grocery store. Grace picks up a tabloid and remarks about the fictitious actress on the cover, “She’s so talented but all they want to talk about is her hair,” an obvious reference to herself in real life.
- ‘Jim Carrey’ often insisted on doing upwards of 30 takes of some scenes.
- The supercar driven by Bruce Nolan later in the film is a Saleen S7, this car is often confused with the Mclaren F1.
- After he is bestowed with God’s powers, the license plate of Bruce’s car reads “ALMITY-1″.
- ‘Eva Mendes’ was originally cast as Susan Ortega but had to be replaced due to scheduling conflicts
- This film contains many references to previous ‘Jim Carrey’ films such as: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) (the monkey, the lines “Alrighty then”, “Sissy girl” and saying “Hi-ho silver, away!” as he takes off in a car), The Mask (1994) (the phone number, an important object being thrown out the window but magically reappearing, “Dirty Harry” impersonation, and talking to himself in the mirror)
- The picture on the “Mr Exclusive” poster is taken from a promo shot from Liar Liar (1997).
- A crane was blown over by strong winds during shooting. It was reported at the time that ‘Jennifer Aniston’, who was standing with her back to the crane, didn’t see it toppling towards her but ‘Jim Carrey’ pushed her out of the way in time to avert a serious accident. ‘Jim Carrey’ subsequently played down the extent of the peril, and said that the stories were exaggerated. ‘Jennifer Aniston’ has since denied that she was even there.
- This film has been officially banned in Egypt for “sacrilegious content”.
- At one point, ‘Jennifer Aniston’ was shooting this movie, “Friends” (1994), and Along Came Polly (2004) at the same time.
- The phone number used by Bruce to organize the calls from the believers shown in the movie happened to be used by a radio station in Colorado and a woman in Florida. After the movie released both were deluged with calls wanting to talk with God. The calls instantly stopped after the producers bought the two numbers that were causing the problems. (See also Ghajini (2008))
- The name of the weather man (Dallas Coleman) and the name of the sportscaster (Fred Donohue) are both combinations of famous Los Angeles area newscasters. Famous LA weather men ‘Dallas Raines’ and ‘Fritz Coleman’ make up the weather man’s name, and LA sportscasters ‘Fred Roggin’ and ‘Todd Donoho’ make up the sportscaster.
- When ‘Jim Carrey’ turns on the TV in the beginning of Bruce Almighty (2003) the man who appears on the screen is John Murphy, the real-life sports director for WKBW-TV in Buffalo.
- The movie is set in Buffalo, New York because ‘Jim Carrey’ grew up in Toronto just north of Buffalo and watched WKBW-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News as a kid. In those days, Eyewitness News was anchored by ‘Irv Weinstein’ who was famous for his staccato delivery and use of alliterative phrases like “Pistol Packing Punks” and “Buffalo Blaze Busters”. ‘Irv Weinstein’ was the first news anchor to use the Phrase “It’s 11 o’clock, do you know where your children are?”
- Among the many religious and Biblical allusions in the film are the following: – When exiting God’s “office”, Bruce walks right over the puddle that drenched his leg on the way in. – At the diner, while parting his tomato soup a la the Red Sea, the background music is the theme from The Ten Commandments (1956). – His prayer e-mail service is called “Yahweh.com”, a reference to God’s Biblical name. – At the party celebrating the anchor position, Bruce turns water into wine and poses next to a statue of a golden calf. – When Bruce is about to get his job back, he tells Jack that he (Bruce) needed some time to reassess his goals and find his true self. Jack astonished asks him, “You did that in a day?” Then Bruce says, “Imagine what I would do in seven!”. Obviously, that is the reference to Genesis.
- The set for the Courthouse Square is the same location that was in Back to the Future (1985). Both movies were filmed in the Universal Studios backlot.
- When Bruce looks at Grace’s prayers some of them can be seen on screen in two shots – all of her prayers and filtered to include only Bruce’s. In the first shot, only one of the 21 visible prayers are close to being for Grace’s own benefit: “Please Help The Day Care Kids Listen Better”. The visible prayers in the first shot are: – Please Watch Over My Sister – Please Help Day Care Center – Please Keep Debbie’s Kids Safe – Please Give My Day Care Parents Wisdom – Please Be With Mom During This Time – Please Keep Our Country Safe – Please Help Bruce To Be Happy – Please Watch Over My Day Care Kids – Please Guide Our President’s Decisions – Please Give Debbie The Energy She Needs – Please Help Mom Stay Healthy – Please Help Blood Drive Reach Their Goal – Please Help Bruce Make Good Decisions – Please Help The Day Care Kids Listen Better – Please Help Debbie Be Happy – Please Help My Relationship With Bruce – Please Watch Over Mom – Please Help Debbie And Bruce Get Along – Please Watch Over Martin From Day Care – Please Help Mom Be Happy – Please Help Bruce To Have Confidence
- The school scenes were filmed at the same school used in Liar Liar (1997)
- Grace talks about the AB+ blood type as if it’s rare and high in demand. In reality, AB+ is the very least in demand because AB+ can accept any other blood type. Blood type O- is the most in demand because it can be donated to any other blood type.
- When Bruce crashes his car and is yelling at God for ignoring him, he faces the screen and says “Answer Me!” The top two buttons of his shirt are unbuttoned. The next shot only one is unbuttoned.
- When Bruce is outside his home you can see a speed limit sign which says 35 mph. The speed limit is the city of Buffalo is 30 mph.
- When Bruce is in the diner, you can see the strings attached to the sugar and creamer when they move into his hands.
- At the end of the movie when Bruce is telling Sammy to pee outside near the tree, Sam appears to be digging a hole at the base of the tree. (The hole is clearly visible.) In the next scene when Bruce brings the flowered chair outside to train Sammy, the hole is gone (though the scene is thought to be just a moment later).
- Then number on the pager says 555-0123 but every time Bruce reads it aloud he says a completely different number.
- When Bruce is in the car and parts the traffic, the traffic control signal blinks faster while the cars are moving.
- When Bruce is typing answers to the prayer emails, the same prayers appear over and over, when they are supposed to be different prayers. The contents of the prayers do not match the subject lines. For example, one prayer that has “RE: New Car” in the subject line is actually a request to find a lost cat, a prayer that Bruce answered earlier in the scene.
- When Bruce chokes on the spoon in the diner, he removes it from his mouth with two fingers from both of his hands. When the shot moves to the old man and back to Bruce again, his hands have switched.
- In the DVD version, the pager shows the fictitious number, made to avoid privacy issues. However Bruce reads out the original number.
- In the Bakery scene, Bruce is wearing a hairnet. When Bruce spills the milk along the line of kids, his hairnet is gone. When he’s about to cut the film, his hairnet is back on.
- At the very end of the movie when the homeless man morphs into God, he is standing in front of a sign that says ‘FRANKIES’. As the camera zooms in, his head covers the ‘FRA’. When he morphs into God and he moves his head to the side, the ‘FRA’ has been covered with a repasting of the other letters. The sign now clearly says ‘NKINKIES’
- When Bruce and God are talking standing on the water, God bends over and picks up the Rosary beads. You can see fishing line making a V-shaped line in the water going from the beads to the top of the frame.
- When Bruce licks his finger and touches his hip, smoke comes out of his hip, but the smoke isn’t reflected in the window next to him.
- Bruce donates blood at the end of the movie. Because he’d recently had a blood transfusion, he wouldn’t be eligible to donate blood for 3 months.
- When Bruce arrives back at the warehouse to talk to God, who isn’t there, a shadow (not Bruce’s) is clearly visible in the background.
- In the beginning of the film, Bruce does a news story about the cookie. However, Evan copies his story in front of the same news team when Bruce is at the falls. Therefore, the team would know why Bruce was in shock and also not tell Evan his speech was amazing.
- Bruce describes the Polish bakery in his news story as home of the “cream-filled Polski Pierogi”. A pierogi is a meat or cheese dumpling, and would be sold at a deli or meat market, not a bakery. The writer probably confused the pierogi with a paczki, which is a fruit or cream-filled fried pastry.
- The line: “Imagine what I could do in seven.” is incorrect. The bible says God did everything in 6 days, and on the 7th day he rested.
- FLIPPED SHOT: Bruce’s Hair is parted on his left. When he meets God during the the town riots, his hair is parted on the other side for a split second.
- When Bruce wants all prayers organized into files, file cabinets start filling up the room he is standing in. By the time they last cabinet is put in front of Bruce, the position of his head behind the cabinet changes.
- When Bruce puts both feet on the railing to “pull in” the moon, the background around him shifts from side to side.
- When the newscaster is talking about the apocalypse, the word “Prophecy” is misspelled “Prophesy”.
- The Stanley Cup prop used in the movie is inconsistent with the actual Stanley Cup.
- In the diner, Bruce clearly pours quite a bit of cream into his coffee. In the following shots, the coffee is still black.
- Bruce is sent to cover the 156th anniversary of the Maid of the Mist. He is introduced to a woman and is told that her mother went on its maiden voyage. Assuming that her mother was no older that 46 when the woman was born, that would make the woman at least 110 years old, and that is assuming her mother was an infant on that maiden voyage.
- In the beginning when they are measuring Buffalo’s biggest cookie, the tape measure is clearly not measuring the middle (diameter) of the cookie. The measurement would only be accurate by the diameter size.
- When Bruce is drenched in the rain, his microphone is clearly visible beneath his blue shirt.
- When Bruce is looking at the pager, his hands are around the screen in the close-up. In the long shots, his hands grip the edge.
- When Bruce answers prayers at high speed (at the computer), he puts his coffee mug down on his left. When he answers all prayers “Yes”, the mug has disappeared from his left, and he picks it up from his right.
- In the scene where Bruce parts the soup, The top level of soup remains constant. If the soup in the central part of the bowl moves to sides, one would expect the soup-level to go up (Total volume of the soup is constant. If base area decreases, height must increase). In the scene it remains just the same.
- Coffee mugs on the diner table change positions between shots.
- In the scene where Bruce is sent to Niagara Falls to report, he starts by saying that he is reporting from Niagara Falls, New York. He is actually standing on the Canadian side of the Falls, which is obvious from the view.
- When Bruce picks up his pager to read the numbers, what he reads and the numbers on the pager are totally different.
- When Bruce changes the teleprompter as Evan is reading it, Evan says “and my tiny little nipples went to France.” In the next shot, the teleprompter clearly reads “and my little tiny nipples went to France.”
- Bruce sees Clint Eastwood in the mirror and covers it with his hand. In the next shot, he is not holding onto the mirror and walks out.
- During the cookie scenes, the milk on Bruce’s shirt and trousers disappears and reappears.
- When in the locker room after the Sabres win the Stanley Cup, the reporter announces that they have “won their first championship in 22 years.” The Sabres were brought into the NHL in 1970 and this movie was released in 2003. Since the Sabres had never won a championship up to this point, it would have been 32 years, not 22.
- When Bruce looks at himself in the mirror, Sam enters the room to pee on the couch. The shot changes to Bruce, then back to Sam. On the right side of the screen, you can see the hand of the dog trainer, pointing to where the dog should be looking.
- When Bruce carries the urinating dog outside, there aren’t any wet marks on the ground or on the floor where the dog is supposedly going on the chair.
- (At 28:30) As the file cabinet closes after God thumps it, the draw closes, but oddly the files within don’t move along, and the file “Doctor”, for example, stays stationary along both shots.
- When Bruce gets out of his car, you can see the black outline of the gun in his hand before he holds it up.
- At Niagara Falls, while talking to the owner of The Maid of the Mist, Bruce shakes his head, which makes his hair messy. The scene cuts to Grace. When it cuts back to Bruce, his hair is parted and neat.
- When Tony Bennett is singing at the “Blue Palm” restaurant, the piano player’s fingers and bass player are clearly not in time with the music.
- When Bruce Nolan and Jack Baylor are talking in the hallway outside of Jack’s office, Bruce’s collar changes from inside his jacket to outside of it, then inside again.
- In the diner, the ketchup and mustard bottles on the left next to the old man keep switching positions.
- When Bruce is “editing” the night sky, there are many stars that can be seen. However, he lives in downtown Buffalo, in which it would be rare to see any stars at all.
- The hood of Bruce’s car is alternately damaged and undamaged between shots.
- When Bruce and God are standing on the water, you can clearly see the platform ‘Morgan Freeman’ is standing on.
- The morning after Bruce enhances Grace’s breasts, he squirts ketchup on his toast. When the camera switches back to him as he gets up, there is no ketchup on the toast.
- When Bruce is at the chili cook-off and the meteor strikes, the smoke stops rising when Bruce runs toward it.
- After the meeting, in the hallway outside of Jack’s office, when Bruce is saying to Jack “I’m starting to get desperate man”, his hands “jump” from open to close position between the cut scene.
- Grace is prompted to drive to the party when the dog throws her the car keys. However, the key is a Ford key, and her vehicle is a Chevy Blazer.
- “Rockafeller Skank” Written by ‘Fatboy Slim’ (as Norman Cook), Terry Winford Performed by ‘Fatboy Slim’ Courtesy of Skint Records Ltd. / Astralwerks Records Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
- “God Gave Me Everything” Written by ‘Mick Jagger’, ‘Lenny Kravitz’ Performed by ‘Mick Jagger’ Courtesy of Jagged Recordings LLC and Virgin Records America Inc.
- “You’re a God” Written by ‘Matthew Scannell’ Performed by ‘Vertical Horizon’ Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music Under License from BMG Special Products, Inc.
- “God-Shaped Hole” Written by ‘Wayne Kirkpatrick’, ‘Tiffany Arbuckle’ Performed by ‘Tiffany Arbuckle’ (as Plumb) Courtesy of Essential Records
- “The Power” Written by Benito Benitez, John Garrett III, Antoinette Colandero Performed by ‘Penny Ford’, Duran Butler Produced by ‘Snap’ Courtesy of In Motion AG 2002
- “A Little Less Conversation” Written by ‘Billy Strange’, ‘Mac Davis’ (as Scott Davis) Performed by ‘Elvis Presley’ Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music Under License from BMG Special Products, Inc.
- “I’m with You” Written by ‘Avril Lavigne’, Lauren Chritsy, ‘Scott Spock’, ‘Graham Edwards’ Performed by ‘Avril Lavigne’ Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. Under License from BMG Special Products, Inc.
- “Chariots of Fire” Written by ‘Vangelis’ (as Evangelos Papathanassiou) Performed by ‘Vangelis’ Courtesy of Polydor Records, Ltd. (U.K.) Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
- “That’s the Way (I Like It)” Written by ‘Harry Wayne Casey’, ‘Richard Finch’
- “Where Could I Go” Written by James Coats Performed by ‘Elvis Presley’ Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music Under License from BMG Special Products, Inc.
- “Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)” Written by Willie Duckworth, Bernard Lentz
- “One of Us” Written by ‘Eric Bazilian’
- “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” Written by ‘Barry White (II)’ Performed by ‘Barry White (II)’ Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
- “Outtathaway” Written by ‘Craig Nicholls (II)’, David Olliffe Performed by ‘The Vines’ Courtesy of Capitol Records Under License from EMI Film & TV Music
- “If I Ruled the World” Written by ‘Cyril Ornadel’, ‘Leslie Bricusse’ Performed by ‘Tony Bennett’ Courtesy of RPM Records / Columbia Records
- “Don’t Know Much” Written by ‘Barry Mann (II)’, ‘Cynthia Weil’, ‘Tom Snow’ Performed by ‘Linda Ronstadt’, ‘Aaron Neville’ Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
- “Atomic Dog” Written by ‘George Clinton’ (as George Clinton Jr.), Garry M. Shider, David L. Spradley
- “The Candy Man” Written by ‘Leslie Bricusse’, ‘Anthony Newley’
- “Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo” Written by ‘Leslie Bricusse’, ‘Anthony Newley’
- “Japanese Garden” Written by Andy Dorfman
- “Ready for a Miracle” Written by Art Reynolds, Bunny Hull Performed by ‘Patti LaBelle’ Featured Vocalist ‘Edwin Hawkins (II)’ Produced by ‘George Duke’ Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Director: Gary Goddard
Length: 106 min
Gross: $17,336,370 (USA)
IMDb: 4.90 (5373 votes)
Dolph Lundgren (He-Man), Frank Langella (Skeletor), Meg Foster (Evil-Lyn), Billy Barty (Gwildor), Courteney Cox (Julie Winston), Robert Duncan McNeill (Kevin Corrigan), Jon Cypher (Duncan), Chelsea Field (Teela), James Tolkan (Detective Lubic), Christina Pickles (Sorceress of Castle Grayskull), Tony Carroll (Beastman), Pons Maar (Saurod), Anthony De Longis (Blade), Robert Towers (Karg), Barry Livingston (Charlie)
The once-beautiful planet Eternia lies devastated, a victim of the demonic Skeletor and his vile minions. Momentarily vanquished, Eternian hero He-Man and his forces of good escape to a land of strange creatures and customs: Earth, the next battlefront in the quest to become Masters of the Universe. Who awaits the beckon of Skeletor’s cadaverous finger? Evil-Lyn (Meg Foster), the Air Centurions and the ghastly foursome of Beastman, Saurod, Blade and Karg. And assisting He-Man? Teela,Man-at-Arms, puckish Gwildor (Billy Barty). And two small-town America kids who stumble across the lost Cosmic Key — and share an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
- Sorceress: Men who crave power look back on the mistakes of their lives, pile them all together and call it… destiny.
- Skeletor: I ache to SMASH YOU OUT OF EXISTENCE! To DRIVE your cursed face FROM MY MEMORIES FOREVER!
- Skeletor: People of Eternia! I stand before the Great Eye of the galaxy. Chosen by destiny by the powers of Greyskull! This inevitable moment will transpire before your eyes, even as He-Man himself bears witness to it. Now. I, Skeletor, am Master of the Universe! YES! Yes… I feel it, the power… fills me. Yes, I feel the universe within me! I am… I am a part of the cosmos! The power flows… Flows through me! Of what consequence are you now? This planet, these people. They are NOTHING to me! The universe is power! Real, unstoppable POWER! and I am that force! I am that power! KNEEL BEFORE YOUR MASTER! Fool! you are no longer my EQUAL! I am more than man! MORE THAN LIFE! I… am… a… GOD! Now. You… will… KNEEEEEL! KNEEEEL!
- Detective Lubic: I’m gonna put you away for 850 years.
- [Skeletor has just been fired upon by Teela and Man-At-Arms but uses his magic to shield himself]
Skeletor: Not the way to treat your beloved ruler.
- Man-At-Arms: You dare threaten her life?
Skeletor: I DARE ANYTHING! I am Skeletor!
- Robot: [regarding He-Man's allies] What about them, Sir?
Skeletor: Leave them be. As long as I let them live, He-Man is bound by his word. Let them rot. [laughs] Let them rot.
- Skeletor: I must possess all, or I possess nothing
- Skeletor: Kneel before your master… (He-Man refuses)… fool, you are no longer my equal, I am more than man, more than life… I am a GOD!
- He-Man: [after rescuing Julie, meets the other Eternians] Did you have any luck?
Teela: [looking at Julie] Not as much as you, apparently.
- Skeletor: The Alpha… and the Omega… death and rebirth… and as you die, so will I be reborn!
- Gwildor: [Gwildor has put on Earth clothing] If we dress like this, no one will recognize us.
Kevin Corrigan: [startled by Gwildor's appearance] What the hell is that?
Gwildor: See! [chuckles]
- Skeletor: I am not in a giving vein this day.
- Julie Winston: He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms…
Teela: Don’t say goodbye. Say Good Journey.
Duncan: It is an old Eternian saying. Live the journey, for every destination is but a doorway to another.
Julie Winston: Good Journey.
- Duncan: Mmm… good food.
Teela: I wonder why they put the meat on these little white sticks?
Duncan: Those are rib bones.
Teela: You mean this used to be an animal…?
Duncan: Uh huh.
Teela: Ugh! What a barbaric world…
Gwildor: It tasted good…
- Skeletor: [speaking of the Great Eye] It is my destiny! It is my right! NOTHING shall deter me from it!
Sorceress: Men who crave power look back on the mistakes of their lives. Piles them together and call it destiny.
Skeletor: [laughs] Thank you for that “bit of philosophy, Sorceress. Here is my response. [Blade brings the Sword of Greyskull forward] Yes, Sorceress! The Sword of Greyskull! Mine! Now, and forever! (He-Man is brought forward.) Your champion.
- Skeletor: Of what consequence are you now? These people, this world, they are nothing – the universe is power, pure unstoppable power – and I am that force, I am that power.
- Evil-Lyn: After all this time, Greyskull is ours.
Skeletor: NO! Mine.
- Skeletor: Your precious Sorceress, an old crone. Weak. Withering. Dying. Are you ready to kneel now, proud warrior?
- Skeletor: [to He-Man regarding his allies] I give you a choice. Surrender to me and I will spare their miserable lives, or perish with them on this primitive and tasteless planet. Surrender your sword!
- He-Man: I HAVE THE POWER!
- Skeletor: Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man. Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?
- Blade: [sword-fighting with He-Man] I’ve waited a long time for this!
- Julie Winston: I wish I could change things.
Kevin Corrigan: But you can’t. That only happens in fairy tales.
- Detective Lubic: Nobody takes pot shots at Lubic!
- Skeletor: Now I, Skeletor, am master of the universe.
- [last lines]
Skeletor: I’ll be back!
- Detective Lubic: Well what do you know? The mountain comes to Mohammed.
- Sorceress: He-Man is alive! I can feel it!
Skeletor: Really? How sensitive you are! Can you feel – THIS?
[Uses his magic to sap her strength]
- He-Man: Enough talk!
Skeletor: Yes! Let this be our final battle!
- He-Man: [preparing to face Skeletor's commando's] How do you feel?
Duncan: I’m feeling a little hungry.
- Skeletor: Everything comes to he who waits… and I have waited so very long for this moment.
- Skeletor: The people of Eternia will see you kneel before me, JUST before you die!
He-Man: I’ll NEVER kneel to you!
Skeletor: Yes you will! Yes you will! Or I shall wreak unforgettable harm upon you!
- Evil-Lyn: Outnumbered? Outclassed is more like it.
- Skeletor: You are all aware of the price of failure.
- Production designer ‘William Stout’ wanted the interior of Castle Greyskull to combine elements of both good and evil: the main throne room where the Sorceress thrown is being adorned with heroic statues while directly below it were bottomless pits and evil gargoyles.
- ‘Sarah Douglas’ was initially approached to play the part of Evil-Lyn, in an attempt to cash in on her success of playing wicked, evil villainesses in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and Conan the Destroyer (1984), but the interest came to nothing and ultimately ‘Meg Foster’ played the part.
- Beastman’s prosthetic teeth were so large that performer ‘Tony Carroll’ was unable to close his mouth when in costume. After a while he would begin to drool, filling his chin-piece with saliva and weighing it down.
- SPOILER: There is a scene included that is not in the film. After the final battle, the Sorceress shows Man at Arms the ancient artifacts of Castle Grayskull and reveals one of the items as an American flag, meaning that Eternia is actually Earth centuries from now. This was written out of the original script and changed, since Skeletor ultimately finds the Cosmic Key on Earth during the film. However, the alternate ending was used in the official “Masters of the Universe” comic book adaptation of the movie.
- The character of Gwildor was created to replace Orko from “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (1983).
- ‘Sylvester Stallone’ was offered the role of He-Man.
- In a deleted scene, Kevin is actually seated alone in a pizzeria and is testing out the Cosmic Key. When he pushes a button, the Key plays a musical melody and the cups, plates, and pizzas around the pizzeria all float through the air. When the musical melody stops playing, the pizza slices, cups and plates all crash to the ground and in response, Kevin says “Radical.” This scene was not filmed, but was used in novelizations and was mentioned in the official movie and poster magazine.
- Actress ‘Christina Pickles’ (the Sorceress) plays the mother of ‘Courteney Cox’ (Julie) on the TV show “Friends” (1994).
- There were plans for a sequel directed by ‘Albert Pyun’, but they collapsed, and the project somehow ended up becoming the movie Cyborg (1989), starring ‘Jean-Claude Van Damme’.
- Cannon Films originally had plans to make a Spider-Man movie but opted instead to take the money and split it in two for two other films: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Masters of the Universe. The plan was to take the profits from both movies and make a large-budget Spider-Man movie. Both movies bombed at the box-office and the Cannon-produced Spider-Man movie never materialized.
- ‘Dolph Lundgren’ does all his own stunts in the movie.
- In an alternate introduction scene for Teela, Teela is actually held captive in the dungeons of Snake Mountain, but she escapes and helps several imprisoned resistance fighters outside. This scene was not filmed, but was used in novelizations and was mentioned in the official movie and poster magazine.
- Due to financial difficulties, Cannon Cinema made a decision to discontinue all filming 3 days before its scheduled end, leaving the movie in a quandary. All the climactic scenes were completed bar the final battle and resolution between He-Man and Skeletor. After 2 months, the Cannon Cinema executives allowed director ‘Gary Goddard’ to film the ending in a complete, albeit rushed manner.
- Director ‘Albert Pyun’ had planned to film a sequel to ‘Masters of the Universe’ (with professional surfer ‘Laird John Hamilton’ replacing Dolph Lundgren as He-Man) at the same time as Spider-Man. Right before filming was to begin, Mattel and Marvel revoked the rights to both properties due to non-payment by Cannon Films. Cannon was reaching their end as a company at the time as a result of the 1987 stock market crash on junk bonds (which Cannon had used extensively to finance films) and poor overall financial management. In order to recoup some of the money spent on sets, costumes and props from both intended films, Cannon had Pyun quickly get a script written, Cyborg, for one of Cannon’s promising new action stars, ‘Jean-Claude Van Damme’; although Pyun had Cannon regular, ‘Chuck Norris’, in mind to star at first. There has been some confusion over the years in some TV listings for Cyborg (1989), with it being billed as ‘Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg’. This lead some to speculate that the script for the proposed sequel had been rewritten for Cyborg. In reality it was due to the connection of both productions during the demise of the Cannon Films studio.
- Mattel, the toy company that produced the original He-Man toys, ran a contest where the winner would get a role in the new He-Man movie. But since the movie was already under the gun to be finished in time and over budget, director ‘Gary Goddard’ had to squeeze in the contest winner into the shoot. The winner, ‘Richard Szponder’, is featured as “Pigboy” who hands Skeletor his staff when he returns from Earth.
- Many of the buildings in the downtown areas shown in the film are no longer standing, having been destroyed during major earthquakes in the 1990s.
- Director ‘Gary Goddard’ clarified in a letter to John Byrne’s ‘Next Men #26′ that Byrne was correct in his comparison of the film to Jack Kirby’s New Gods stories and characters for DC Comics, but the film was also an homage to all of Kirby’s Marvel Comics work as well. Goddard had tried to hire Kirby as a conceptual artist, and had also planned to dedicate the film in the closing credits to him, but the studio, Cannon Films, objected to both ideas. Despite one of the studio’s other licensed properties in development at the time being Spider-Man, Goddard’s vision of a “motion picture comic book” take on the film was met with the studio stance that, “Comics are just for kids.”
- Director ‘Gary Goddard’ tried to convince the producers that ‘Matthew Modine’ would be perfect for the part of He-Man after seeing his performance in Vision Quest (1985), but the producers assumed after the success of Rocky IV (1985), ‘Dolph Lundgren’ would be the next big action star and went with him instead. In what would have been a similar potential casting disagreement, Goddard had ‘Daryl Hannah’ in mind for She-Ra in a potential sequel/spin-off (if the first film had been a hit), but the producers first choice was Lundgren’s Rocky IV co-star, ‘Brigitte Nielsen’.
- Many viewers reviewed the motion picture in comparison to the cartoon, when it really was an adaptation of the toys only (which initially depicted He-Man as a barbarian in the first mini-comics (not Prince Adam or Orko). Ed Pressman was interested in the property before the cartoon was even aired and Filmation had no involvement whatsoever in the film.
- Much of the movie, including the music store battle and the scenes with the villains marching triumphantly down a street, was filmed in Whittier, California.
- With ‘Gary Goddard’, ‘Dolph Lundgren’ worked some changes from the original script – adding more action sequences, strengthening the role of He-Man and working on the choreography of the battle scenes.
- ‘Dolph Lundgren’ was the first to be cast in the film and ‘Frank Langella’ was the last to be cast.
- For the miniature shots set on earth, the special effects men at Boss Film Studios reused some buildings left over from Blade Runner (1982) and Ghost Busters (1984) to fill out the background.
- A “Masters of the Universe” sequel was actually written and cast, but was never filmed. Director ‘Albert Pyun’ proposed to producers ‘Menahem Golan’ and ‘Yoram Globus’ that he would make the sequel and a “Spider-Man” film back to back at De Laurentiis’ studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. The sets for the two movies were built, the costumes were made, both films had been fully cast, and the budget for “Masters of the Universe Part 2″ was set at $4.5 million. The Mattel toy company also gave their approval to many of the characters that would appear in the sequel. The only known actor cast for the sequel was surfer ‘Laird John Hamilton’ as He-Man and the only aspect known about the sequel’s screenplay was that He-Man would have returned to Earth and was disguised as a professional quarterback. Pyun would also be using the same high school sets for Kevin and Julie later when he would direct “Spider-Man”. It is not known, though, if there were any new characters introduced from the “Masters of the Universe” cartoon and/or toy line for the sequel. However, Cannon would be unable to make both the “Masters of the Universe” sequel and “Spider-Man” as Cannon Films would later go out of business.
- The reptilian henchman Saurod’s throat was made to expand and contract by having the performer, ‘Pons Maar’ blowing into a tube that ran from his mouth to the throat of his costume.
- Cannon executives allowed the production seven weeks of additional photography and a $ 7 million overrun on the budget, but still the plug before the climax was in the can. ‘Gary Goddard’ pleaded with them let him at least finish the final battle and was granted one more day to finish up. Originally, the fight between He-Man and Skeletor was supposed to end with Skeletor falling over the alter and through the big circular window behind it, but this could not be realized as the Castle Greyskull set had already been pulled apart. Therefor they opted to have him fall into a bottomless pit instead.
- The original idea was to have the film set on Eternia throughout and be much more faithful to the cartoon, but due to budgetary reasons the script was changed to have it set on earth and reduce the amount of sets, and strange characters they would need to create.
- After the credits, Skeletor’s head pops up from the lake and says, “I’ll be back!” which sets the stage for a sequel that was never made. However, a script for a “Masters of the Universe” sequel was written, only to be re-written and become the script for the ‘Jean-Claude Van Damme’ movie Cyborg (1989).
- At the 1987 Cannes Festival press conference, producer ‘Menahem Golan’ announced that lead actor ‘Dolph Lundgren’ was set to reprise his role as He-Man and that he had already signed on for two more movies. However, Lundgren was later fired after he said that playing He-Man was his “lowest point as an actor” in interviews after the release of the first film. Lundgren said that “Masters of the Universe” was a kids’ movie and that he couldn’t do much as an actor when he was “running around in swim trunks and chest armor”. When the time came for Cannon to film a “Masters of the Universe” sequel, Lundgren was unavailable to play He-Man and the actor was unaware of the sequel or that his role had been recast with surfer Laird Hamilton. Despite the recasting, the “Masters of the Universe” sequel ultimately never happened.
- The original budget of $17 million increased to $22 million and this became Cannon Films’ most expensive film.
- Just before Skeletor falls into the pit, his cowl falls off but it reappears on his head in the next shot
- A “stone” statue bounces on the floor when pushed over.
- Actor’s nose visible through the nostrils of Skeletor’s mask in close-ups
- At the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor, He-man yells out “I have the power!” as he pulls the sword out of the anvil. You can clearly see that he mouth does not match what he yells.
- Near the end of the movie, Det. Lubic pumps the slide on his shotgun three times before firing another shot. He does this as a) a threat, b) a fear-response and c) determination to act, but he is either emptying the gun or, as no shells come out, is using an empty weapon which, surprisingly, actually shoots when he gets around to pulling the trigger!
- When Evil-Lyn introduces the bounty hunters to Skeletor, they change position between shots.
- During the final battle in Castle Greyskull, He-Man is hiding behind one of the huge stone pillars with a laser gun he took from a trooper. He makes the motion of firing the gun three times, but only two laser shots come out.
- When Karg leads Skeletor’s troops charge into Gwildor’s home, he tells his men to “find the key”. It is impossible for him to have known about a second cosmic key as his superiors didn’t even know until shortly later on.
- During the attack on the school, Karg says, “She might know where the key is,” to his troops yet his mouth does not move.
- The keyboard that Kevin got from the music store seems to play back to front, with the high notes to the left.
- In the scene where He-man is Running from the Air centurions, when he goes in the Door to the Warehouse his sword and cape fall off his back. In the next Frame when he is running up the stairs everything is in place again.
- When Skeletor’s entourage begin to arrive through the “door”, there is a flipped shot – a “Rexall Drugs” is seen clearly in reverse behind the legion marching right to left.
- When He-Man hangs upside down while pursued by Skeletor’s troopers, his hair doesn’t hang down, making obvious that it’s an ordinary shot turned upside down.
- When the Air Centurions are attacking He-Man and his friends, He-Man turns to run through a doorway and his cloak comes loose from his shoulder armor, and the Sword of Power falls from his back. Moments later, when He-Man is giving Gwildor instructions, the cloak and Sword are once again in place.
- Just before we see Lubic on Earth and he spots Kevin driving by in a car, look closely during He-Man’s whipping scene when he is hit with Blade’s red laser whip. He-Man visibly writhes in pain before Blade’s laser whip actually hits him on the back.
- When He-man is being whipped by Blade, during one scene, he cringes in pain as if he is hit, way before before the whip actually touches him.
- When He-Man is flying through the air chasing after the Air Centurions you can see through the left side of his body to the street in front of him.
- When He-Man is riding on the hovercraft he took from one of the Air Centurions, you can see tire marks (filming truck) as he’s flying close to the wet street.
- Teila clearly does not understand the concept of humans eating meat, or what spare ribs are. The dialogue in this scene, if taken literally, seems to indicate that the humans on Eternia are a vegetarian race. Given this logic, how is it that Man-At-Arms and Gwildor have absolutely no problem eating meat?
- In the fight scene at the music store, the glass shatters before the troops touch it.
- “Purple Haze” Written and Performed by ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Courtesy of Bella Godiva Music
- “Waitin’ Up” Written and Performed by George High Hill Courtesy of Enigma Records
- “Dear Mr. Fantasy” Written by ‘Stevie Winwood’ (as Steve Winwood), ‘Jim Capaldi’ and ‘Chris Wood (IV)’ Performed by ‘Traffic’ Courtesy of Island Records
- “Living In A Box” Written by M. Verv and S. Piggot Performed by Living In A Box Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Director: John Boorman
Countries: UK, USA
Length: USA:119 min
Gross: $34,967,437 (USA)
IMDb: 7.40 (13128 votes)
Nigel Terry (King Arthur), Helen Mirren (Morgana), Nicholas Clay (Lancelot), Cherie Lunghi (Guenevere), Paul Geoffrey (Perceval), Nicol Williamson (Merlin), Robert Addie (Mordred), Gabriel Byrne (Uther Pendragon), Keith Buckley (Uryens), Katrine Boorman (Igrayne), Liam Neeson (Gawain), Corin Redgrave (Cornwall), Niall O’Brien (Kay), Patrick Stewart (Leondegrance), Clive Swift (Sir Hector)
As the title would suggest, it follows the travels of the legendary sword Excalibur through Arthurian myth, from the violent, powerful hands of Uther Pendragon, to a long-years’ rest in the stone to being redrawn by Uther’s son Arthur, who uses it to defeat the evil invaders and establish the great court of Camelot and the great Knights of the Round Table. It is there in Arthur’s glory years and in his decline, brought on by the love affair between his wife Guenevere and best friend and best knight Sir Lancelot, the Holy Grail Quest which produces many casualties among the knights, and the arrival of Mordred, the son Arthur had by his evil half-sister, the sorceress Morgana. Through it all, the magician Merlin watches over everything, always ready to throw in a Charm of Making when it’s called for.
- Perceval: I can’t lose faith, Lancelot. It’s all I have.
- Merlin: The days of our kind are numberèd. The one God comes to drive out the many gods. The spirits of wood and stream grow silent. It’s the way of things. Yes… it’s a time for men, and their ways.
- Merlin: Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon’s Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called, “love, ” this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again. Never.
- Arthur: Swear faith to me, and you shall have mercy! I need battle lords such as you!
Uryenes: [scornfully] A noble knight swear faith to a squire?
Mador: [shouting] NEVER… NEVER!
Arthur: You are right.
Arthur: You’re right… I’m not yet a knight.
[Hands Excalibur to Uyrenes and kneels]
Arthur: You, Uryenes, will make me a knight. Then as knight to knight… I can offer you mercy.
Merlin: [Alarmed] What’s this? What’s this?
Mador: Keep it, Uryenes!
Uryenes: [hesitates and then touches Excalibur to Arthur's shoulder] In the name of God, St Michael and St George, I give you the right to bear arms and the power to mete justice!
Arthur: That duty I will solemnly obey, as knight and king.
Merlin: I never saw this.
Uryenes: Rise… King Arthur.
[Uryenes kneels before Arthur]
Uryenes: I am your humble knight, and I swear allegiance to the courage in your veins. So strong it is, its source must be Uther Pendragon’s. I doubt you no more!
[kisses Arthur's hand - other knights also kneel]
- Lancelot: [Lancelot unhorses Arthur, then approaches him still on horseback with his lance held out] Yield sir, I have the advantage
Arthur: [in a fit of absolute rage] I will not! Fight me from your horse or on foot, but fight me, your avoidance mocks me!
Lancelot: I sought only not to harm you [knocks Arthur to the ground]
- Morgana: Your eyes never leave me, Merlin.
Merlin: Can’t I acknowledge beauty?
Morgana: Can’t you acknowledge… love? Perhaps you ache for what you’ve never known.
Merlin: Perhaps you lust for what you cannot have.
- Arthur: Merlin, where are you going?
Merlin: Where do you think? You have a kingdom to rule.
Arthur: But how? I don’t know how.
Merlin: You knew how to draw the sword from the stone.
Arthur: That was easy.
Merlin: Was it? I couldn’t have done it.
- Arthur: I have often thought that in the hereafter of our lives, when I owe no more to the future and can be just a man, that we may meet, and you will come to me and claim me as yours, and know that I am your husband. It is a dream I have…
- Uther Pendragon: To kill and be king, is that all?
Merlin: Perhaps not even that.
Uther Pendragon: You strike me with words hard as steel!
Merlin: You betrayed the Duke. You stole his wife. You took his castle. Now no one trusts you. You’re not the one. Give me the child. I will protect him.
- Merlin: It is a lonely life, the way of the necromancer… oh, yes. Lacrimae Mundi – the tears of the world.
- [Morgana disguised as Guinevere has seduced Arthur]
Morgana: [disguised as Guinevere] I have conceived a son; my king
[revealing herself as Morgana] my brother!
- Arthur: Now, once more, I must ride with my knights to defend what was, and the dream of what could be.
- Uther: The sword. You promised me the sword.
Merlin: And you shall have it; but to heal, not to hack. Tomorrow, a truce; we meet at the river.
Uther: Talk. Talk is for lovers, Merlin. I need the sword to be king.
- [about Lancelot]
Arthur: Will he live?
Merlin: Oh yes.
Arthur: Will Guinevere…?
Arthur: Merlin, will I ever have a son?
Arthur: No riddles? Nothing but a simple “yes”? That frightens me.
Merlin: But a King should be afraid, Arthur, always… of the enemy. Waiting, everywhere. In the corridors of his castle, on the deer-paths of his forests, or in a more tangled forest… in here.
[taps his head with his finger]
- Uther: Merlin! You come when you’re not asked… and pay no heed when I call you!
Merlin: Oh, I have slept… for nine moons. What I did for you wasn’t easy. Now you must pay me… the child is mine, Uther… you swore an oath.
Uther: They were hasty words, Merlin. This is flesh and blood!
Igrayne: Uther, is this true? Don’t let him take the child!
Uther: I swore an oath, Igrayne. I made a pact with Merlin.
Igrayne: It was you, you came to me that night!
Igrayne: You are the father!
Merlin: It’s not for you, Uther… hearth and home, wife and child.
Uther: To kill and be King… is that all?
Merlin: You betrayed the Duke, you stole his wife, you took his castle, now no-one trusts you. You’re not the one, Uther. Give me the child, I will protect him.
Uther: [shouts] Take him… Take the devil child!
- Uther: Merlin! Where are you? Call your dragon to weave a mist to hide us!
- Uther: Where have you been?
Merlin: I have walked my way since the beginning of time. Sometimes I give, sometimes I take, it is mine to know which and when!
Uther: You must help me, Merlin!
Merlin: Must I?
Uther: I am your King!
Merlin: So! You need me again now that my truce is wrecked! Years to build and moments to ruin! And all for lust!
Uther: For Igrayne! One night with her. You don’t understand, you’re not a man. Use the magic. Do it!
Merlin: [considering] Igrayne… You will swear by your true Kingship… to grant me what I wish, then you shall have it.
Uther: [kneeling] By Excalibur, I swear it!
Merlin: What issues from your lust, shall be be mine. Swear it again!
Uther: I SWEAR IT!
- Arthur: Move aside! This is the king’s road – and the knights you joined arms against were his very own.
Lancelot: I await the king himself. His knights are in need of training.
Arthur: I am King. And this [draws the sword] , is Excalibur. Sword of Kings from the dawn of time. Who are you, what do you seek?
Lancelot: I am Lancelot of the Lake, from across the sea. And I have yet to find a King worthy of my sword.
Arthur: That is a wild boast. You lack a knight’s humility!
Lancelot: Not a boast, sir. But a curse. For I have never met my match in joust or duel.
Arthur: Move aside!
Lancelot: I will not. You must retreat, or prove your worth in the test of arms under the eyes of God.
Arthur: Then may He give me the strength to unhorse you. And send you with one blow, back across the sea.
Lancelot: Then come across, sir.
- Arthur: Rise, Father, please. I was your son before I your King; if I am King.
Sir Ector: You are king, Arthur; all the more because you are not my son, and I am not your father.
Arthur: Not my father? Then Kay is not my brother?
Sir Ector: Merlin the magician, brought you to me when you were newly born, and bade me raised you as my own. At first, I did so because I feared Merlin, but later because I loved you.
Arthur: Who is my true father?
Sir Ector: Only Merlin can tell you that.
Arthur: And who is Merlin?
Merlin: [enters suddenly from the forest] I… am the Merlin.
Arthur: Whose son am I?
Merlin: You are the son of Uther, and Igrayne. You are King Arthur!
- Merlin: He who draws the sword from the stone, he shall be king. Arthur, you’re the one.
- Arthur: Any man who would be a knight and follow a king… follow me.
- Boy Mordred: You seek what Arthur wants? That thing they call the Grail?
Perceval: I do.
Boy Mordred: Then follow me.
[Mordred leads him to the tree where the decomposing bodies of some of the other quest knights are]
Boy Mordred: They were looking for it too. But they weren’t good enough.
- Merlin: Good and evil, there never is one without the other.
- Merlin: You’re not listening… well, your heart is not. Love is deaf as well as blind. That’s it.
- [Uther and Cornwall meet]
Merlin: Show the sword! Behold! The Sword of Power! Excalibur! Forged when the world was young, and bird and beast and flower were one with man, and death was but a dream! [to Uther] Speak the words!
Uther Pendragon: One land, one king! That is my peace, Cornwall!
Lord Cornwall: Lord Uther, if I yield to the Sword of Power, what will you yield?
Uther Pendragon: Me yield?
Merlin: He has given, now you must.
Uther Pendragon: The land from here to the sea shall be yours if you enforce the King’s will!
Lord Cornwall: Done!
Merlin: [to himself] Good.
Lord Cornwall: King Uther, let us feast together! To my castle!
- Merlin: Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you’ve tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it’s too late. [Arthur takes a bite] Too late.
- [the nobles are arguing over Arthur's drawing of the sword]
Uryenes: Lord Leondegrance! Join us against the boy!
Leondegrance: I saw what I saw! The boy drew the sword. If a boy has been chosen, a boy shall be King!
Uryenes: NO, I challenge that!
Sir Ector: The sword has been drawn!
Uryenes: [to Leondegrance] Are you with us, or against us?
Leondegrance: Against you!
- Merlin: Remember, there’s always something cleverer than yourself.
- Merlin: What are you afraid of?
Arthur: I don’t know.
Merlin: Shall I tell you what’s out there?
Arthur: Yes, please.
Merlin: The dragon. A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and complete in a single glance, it would burn you to cinders.
Arthur: Where is it?
Merlin: It is everywhere. It is everything. Its scales glisten in the bark of trees. Its roar is heard in the wind. And its forked tongue strikes like…
Merlin: Like lightning, yes that’s it.
Arthur: How can I…? What shall I…? Must I…?
Merlin: Do nothing. Be still. Sleep. Rest in the arms of the dragon. Dream.
- Uther: [Uther is dying after being ambushed] No-one shall wield Excalibur but me! [drives Excalibur into the stone as he dies]
Merlin: [casting a spell] Whoever pulls the sword from the stone, he shall be king! [looking at the infant Arthur] You, Arthur, you are the one.
- Mordred: Come father. Let us embrace at last.
- Arthur: I was not born to live a man’s life, but to be the stuff of future memory.
- Arthur: Where hides evil in my kingdom, then?
Merlin: Always… where you never expect it. Always.
Gawain: I know where.
Arthur: Where, Sir Gawain?
Gawain: I cannot say.
Arthur: You must speak your heart. You sit at the Round Table. Where is this evil?
Gawain: He’s our best… and our bravest… why then, is he never here? Without Lancelot, this table is nothing! Is there anyone here who doesn’t think him a god? And now to be driven from us [points to Guenevere] by a woman’s desire!
Guenevere: In the idleness that comes with peace, I see that gossip has bred its own evil! I will forgive your hasty words. Come… drink from Lancelot’s cup, and partake of his ‘goodness’. [the cup is passed to Gawain, who proceeds to slam it upside-down on the table in defiance of Guenevere]
Arthur: You DARE accuse the Queen, Gawain?
Gawain: I do!
Guenevere: I protest my innocence!
Arthur: [standing up and drawing Excalibur threateningly] WERE I NOT KING, I WOULD MAKE YOU PAY WITH YOUR LIFE FOR WHAT YOU’VE SAID!
Guenevere: Will you not champion me?
Arthur: I cannot! I am your King, and I must be your judge in this. Lancelot must do it. He also stands accused. I decree – that at sunrise, two days from now, the champions will meet, and the truth shall be known. For by the law of God, no knight who is false can win in combat with one who is true.
- Merlin: What are you afraid of?
Arthur: I don’t know!
Merlin: Shall I tell you what’s out there?
Arthur: Yes, please!
Merlin: The Dragon! A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and all complete in a single glance it would burn you to cinders!
Arthur: Where is this Dragon?
Merlin: It is everywhere! It is everything! Its scales glisten in the bark of trees, its roar is heard in the wind and its forked tongue strikes like… like… [a bolt of lightning strikes nearly at their feet] Oh, like lightning! Yes, that’s it!
- Mordred: Any message for your dear brother, my father?
Morgana: You are my message.
- Sir Ector: I remember my first joust. It looks far worse than it feels!
- Merlin: The future has taken root in the present.
- [Arthur has broken Excalibur on Lancelot's chest]
Arthur: Merlin! What have I done?
Merlin: You have broken what could not be broken! Now, hope is broken.
Arthur: My pride broke it. My rage broke it! This excellent knight, who fought with fairness and grace, was meant to win. I used Excalibur to change that verdict. I’ve lost, for all time, the ancient sword of my fathers, whose power was meant to unite all men… not to serve the vanity of a single man. I am… nothing.
- Merlin: STAND BACK! Be silent! Be still! [pause] That’s it… and look upon this moment. Savor it! Rejoice with great gladness! Great gladness! Remember it always, for you are joined by it. You are One, under the stars. Remember it well, then… this night, this great victory. So that in the years ahead, you can say, ‘I was there that night, with Arthur, the King!’ For it is the doom of men that they forget.
- Arthur: [to Kay] Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bears my sins. My knights have fought my causes. Now, my brother, I shall be… king.
- Arthur: [to Guinevere] I’ve often thought that in the hereafter of our lives, when I owe no more to the future… can be just a man… we might meet. You’d come to me, claim me yours, know that I am your husband. [He starts to leave, then turns to face her] It is a dream I have. [He leaves. She watches him go, knowing that she will never see him again]
- Mordred: I’ve come to claim what is mine father.
Arthur: Show yourself.
[Mordred takes off his mask]
Arthur: I cannot give you the land. Only my love.
Mordred: That’s the one thing of yours I don’t want! The quest knights have failed. They’re all dead. And YOU… are dead, too. I shall come back and take Camelot by force!
- Merlin: Ooh, that plan is well known. You’ll have to do better than that.
- Perceval: [holding the Grail to Arthur's lips] You and the land are one. Drink.
Arthur: I am wasting away. I cannot die and I cannot live.
Perceval: Drink from the chalice. You will be reborn and the land with you.
Arthur: [drinks] Perceval… I didn’t know how empty was my soul… until it was filled.
- Grail Figure: What is the secret of the Grail? Who does it serve?
Perceval: You, my lord.
Grail Figure: Who am I?
Perceval: You are my lord and king. You are Arthur.
Grail Figure: Have you found the secret that I have lost?
Perceval: Yes. You and the land are one.
- [Arthur and Lancelot fighting at their first encounter]
Lancelot: Your rage has unbalanced you. You sir, would fight to the death, against a knight who is not your enemy. Over a stretch of road you could easily ride around.
Arthur: So be it. To the death!
- Merlin: When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
- Merlin: You brought me back. Your love brought me back. Back to where you are now. In the land of dreams.
Arthur: Are you a dream Merlin?
Merlin: [softly] A dream to some.
Merlin: A nightmare to others.
- Arthur: [Arthur is dying] Perceval, take Excalibur. Find a pool of calm water. Throw the sword into it.
Arthur: Obey me, Perceval. Do it, and return.
Arthur: [Perceval returns after not throwing the sword in] When you cast it in, what did you see?
Perceval: I saw nothing but the wind on the water. My King, I couldn’t do it! Excalibur cannot be lost! Other men…
Arthur: [interrupting Perceval] DO… as I command! One day, a King will come, and the Sword will rise… again.
- This movie was ‘Ciarán Hinds” film debut.
- The round table was built in sections.
- The cameraman waited with a camera running for days for the shot of a crow eating an eye. They had to wait for the crow to really eat the sheep’s eye.
- Before the final battle, Arthur’s knights are camped around a “Stonehenge” like formation on a hill. The rocks were fake and part of the set. According to ‘John Boorman’, some American tourists were driving by down below and saw the formation. Thinking they were real, the tourists hiked up the hill, and Boorman had to explain to them that they were not real but part of a movie set.
- A fake crane shot was done during the discussion about creating the round table. It was achieved by walking back on a raised platform.
- It rained every single day of the shoot, causing most of the movie to be shot in dull light. The constant rain also added to the lushness of the foliage.
- Reflectors were used to give the armor its glow, and they kept having a problem with camera reflections. Every time it rained the armor had to be rubbed down so it wouldn’t leave a residue.
- The Charm of Making spoken by Merlin & Morgana is an attempt at Old Irish that translates to: “Serpent’s breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making.” The phonetic rendering, as spoken in the movie, is: /ana:l nathrakh, u:rth va:s bethud, dokhje:l djenve:/. In Irish, the phrase is: ‘An?il nathrach, ortha bh?is bheatha, do thuar dhéanamh’, which is pronounced similarly but not exactly as in the movie.
- Some of the crew agreed that ‘Gabriel Byrne’’s Irish accent made “One night with Igrayne” sound like “One night with your granny”.
- According to ‘John Boorman’’s DVD commentary, the sword prop of Excalibur itself and the Holy Grail props used in the movie are in his home.
- Polo ponies were used because they are easier to control than regular horses, and could be ridden with one hand while the other held the various weapons used in the film.
- The scene where Uther crosses on the mist used dry ice on a studio set.
- Debut of ‘Liam Neeson’.
- A pipe was used to create the mist coming out of Morgana’s mouth in the scene were Merlin creates a fog.
- Camelot shown from afar is a model reflected into camera with a mirror.
- The corridors of Camelot were extended by the use of a matte painting.
- Most of the forest scenes and Excalibur (the sword) were back lit by green lights, giving it a magical quality.
- The scene in the woods at night where Merlin is with the young Arthur was shot on a set so the animals featured could be controlled.
- Debut of ‘Gabriel Byrne’.
- United Artists told ‘John Boorman’ that he could cast anyone as Merlin except ‘Nicol Williamson’.
- Guenevere’s wedding dress was hand made from hundreds of beads. Young brides requested the dress to no avail.
- The Camelot sets were usually bigger than the stage itself. Walls had to be cut out to accommodate it.
- ‘John Boorman’ wanted the story to be the focus of the movie rather than the actors. Therefore, he cast actors who were relatively unknown at the time to American audiences. Among them were ‘Gabriel Byrne’ (Uther), ‘Patrick Stewart’ (Leondegrance), ‘Liam Neeson’ (Gawain), ‘Helen Mirren’ (Morgana) and ‘Nicholas Clay’ (Launcelot). Only ‘Nicol Williamson’ (Merlin) was relatively familiar to American moviegoers.
- ‘Helen Mirren’ and ‘Nicol Williamson’ were initially reluctant to work with each other, as they had both been in a disastrous production of “Macbeth” and were not on speaking terms.
- The location for the Duke of Cornwall’s castle is now a housing estate.
- The sky during the discussion about creating the round table has superimposed stars.
- The names of the 25 knights inscribed on the Winchester Round Table are given as: Galahad, Lancelot du Lac, Gawain, Percivale, Lionell, Bors de Ganis, Kay, Tristram de Lyones, Gareth, Bedivere, Bleoberis, La Cote Male Taile, Lucan, Palomedes, Lamorak, Safer, Pelleas, Hector de Maris, Dagonet, Degore, Brunor le Noir, Le Bel Desconneu, Alymere, and Mordred.
- The initial fight scene in the movie had to be filmed three times. It was filmed at night and the first two times, all the film came out underexposed due to a fault in the exposure meter. The cameraman had a nervous breakdown over the issue and quit.
- The Irish extras fighting each other did not want to stop after director ‘John Boorman’ yelled cut-”to settle old scores,” says Boorman.
- Morgana’s breastplate is in director ‘John Boorman’’s home. In his will it will be given to ‘Helen Mirren’.
- The black smoke in Arthur’s first siege on a castle was created by burning tires. It left black flakes on a nearby town.
- The trial by combat set in the woods was originally to be the set for the Rivendel counsel chamber in ‘John Boorman’’s version of “Lord of the Rings”, which failed to get made.
- The shot with the Grail filling itself was achieved by pumping wine through a tube stuck through the bottom of the cup.
- The red sun at the end was created with reflective disc with a lamp shining on it through a mirror. It was then superimposed.
- The flowers on the forest floor and the apple blossoms on the trees are natural. The forests were blocked off so the vegetation could not be trampled down.
- Director ‘John Boorman’ bought the horse that Percival rides to champion Guinevere.
- The roast rabbit Perceval tempts Lancelot with is real.
- When Merlin is trying to catch a fish it was trapped underwater by blocking it off with stones.
- The love scene between Guinevere and Lancelot was full of mosquitoes, causing even more discomfort.
- First film of ‘Cherie Lunghi’.
- All the forests shown in this movie are a mile away from director ‘John Boorman’’s home in Ireland.
- To make it easier to do special effects, the film was shot in 1.85:1.
- Director ‘John Boorman’ didn’t like how balance was off on Dolby sound mixes at various test screenings, so he changed the mix to mono.
- When Morgana gives birth, ‘Helen Mirren’’s head is up through a hole in the table while a real pregnant woman lies on the table with her head covered.
- ‘John Boorman’ was originally aiming at making a movie based on “The Lord of the Rings”. However, he did not acquire the rights, and decided to make this movie instead.
- Igrayne, The Lady of the Lake, and young Mordred were all played by director ‘John Boorman’’s real-life children: ‘Katrine Boorman’, ‘Telsche Boorman’ and ‘Charley Boorman’.
- The fight between Arthur and Lancelot was filmed on the Powerscourt estate. The battle scenes in ‘Laurence Olivier’’s film version of The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944) were also filmed there due to wartime restrictions in England.
- The hand that holds Excalibur belongs to director ‘John Boorman’’s daughter ‘Telsche Boorman’, lying under water.
- Baby Arthur grabbing a hold of Igrayne’s hair was a coincidence.
- Gold light was reflected on to the walls in Camelot.
- Full plate metal armor was not invented until about the year 1350, and not used in Europe until much later than that. Numerous such anachronisms (use of stirrups, weaponry) can be excused as being faithful to Malory’s book, which followed the conventions of the time of making historical characters behave in a contemporary way.
- When Lancelot is injured and Merlin heals him, Guinevere holds Lancelot’s hand up close to her but in the next shot, their hands are resting on his body.
- During Merlin’s speech to the knights, just prior to Arthur’s announcement of the round table, etc., the hose supplying the gas for his flaming staff can be seen at its base.
- Although the film’s tagline says “Forged by a God,” in fact, Excalibur is said in the movie to be a fang of the Earth Dragon; as such, the blade would have been carved – not forged – from the original fang.
- During the final battle sequence, Sir Hector can be seen wildly hacking away at an enemy in close proximity to King Arthur, when he strikes Arthur on the back of his head with a full blow from his sword. Arthur, appearing momentarily stunned, grabs the back of his head but being faced with an opponent and film rolling, continued the fight sequence with his left arm up in the air to protect his head as he tried to move away from Hector who was still wildly swinging at the other actor – completely oblivious of the blow that he had inflicted on Arthur who was standing directly behind him.
- Boom mike reflected King Arthur’s armour.
- Arthur jumps from Leondegrance’s castle wall to take Uryens off his horse, and then appears to be trampled by that horse.
- After killing Mordred, the spear in Arthur’s chest disappears.
- After casting his spell on Uther, Merlin turns toward the camera, showing the reflection of the cameraman and camera in his helmet.
- Distance between Mordred and Arthur in the spear scene.
- When Perceval is about to defend the queen in combat, he and Sir Gawain are shown bearing shields with the same device. As heraldic devices were supposed to be unique to an individual, this should not be possible. Further, the device shown is that later attributed to Sir Lancelot, therefore Sir Gawain would never use such a shield.
- SPOILER: When the dead Cornwall is first pictured within his castle, his eyes are open. Then they are shown closed. Then they are shown open just before the young Morgana closes them.
- During the wedding scene, the camera is reflected in Arthur’s armor.
- Percival says that he sees Sir Gawain’s body tied to a horse, but it is clearly not ‘Liam Neeson’, the actor who played Gawain.
- In the scene where Excalibur is returned to Arthur before the final battle, a camera, camera man, and sound man along with several lights and other crew can be clearly seen in Arthur’s armor.
- “Prelude to Parsifal” by ‘Richard Wagner’ Specially recorded by ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra’ (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra) Conducted by ‘Norman Del Mar’
- “Prelude to Tristan and Isolde” by ‘Richard Wagner’ Specially recorded by ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra’ (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra) Conducted by ‘Norman Del Mar’
- “Siegfried’s Funeral March from The Ring” by ‘Richard Wagner’ Specially recorded by ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra’ (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra) Conducted by ‘Norman Del Mar’
- “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana by ‘Carl Orff’ Performed by The Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by ‘Herbert Kagel’ Courtesy of Polygram Records
Director: Bob Gale
Countries: Canada, USA
IMDb: 7.70 (5153 votes)
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