Ever wondered when MAX and David escape the NASA facility, in Flight of the Navigator, and travel “precisely 20 miles from point of origin” in approximately 35 seconds, what mph that equates to? Ok, so it has probably never even crossed your mind, but still you never know when you may need the answer!
To coincide with our 80s month we are supplying you with an enthralling, yet useless, 80s movie fact a day. Have your own riveting piece of 80s movie trivia? Tweet it along with the hashtag #flickfeast80s. If we like it (and it’s true….) we’ll include it below.
(btw – It’s the equivalent to a speed of 2,057 miles per hour)
1st December – Labyrinth
Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Jessica Parker auditioned alongside Jennifer Connelly for the role of Sarah in Labyrinth.
2nd December – Back to the Future
Wendie Jo Sperber, who played Linda McFly, was in fact three years older than Lea Thompson who played her mother, and six years older than Crispin Glover who played her father.
3rd December – Die Hard
Alan Rickman was dropped a second early to get his true reaction to falling from the Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
4th December – Rain Man
The scene in the airport was cut by most airlines on their plane trips… except Qantas. They even promoted one of the movie’s writers to first class once when he traveled on their airline.
5th December – The Empire Strikes Back
Yoda was originally named Buffy. Kidding you are we not.
6th December – The NeverEnding Story
The author, Michael Ende, of the novel that inspired The NeverEnding Story was unhappy with the film’s version, and refused to have his name in the opening credits. A small credit to him does appear at the end of the film.
7th December – The Shining
Stanley Kubrick considered both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams for the role of Jack Torrance in The Shining but decided against both of them. After watching De Niro’s performance in Taxi Driver, Kubrick deemed him not psychotic enough for Jack and after watching Williams’ performance in Mork & Mindy, he deemed him too psychotic for the role.
8th December – Ghostbusters
Shaving foam was used instead of marshmallow for the memorable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man explosion at the film’s end.
9th December – Gremlins
After watching his earlier short films, Steven Spielberg considered Tim Burton to direct the film. But decided against it because at the time Burton had never directed a full feature length film.
10th December – Willow
Warwick Davis’s future father-in-law and wife appeared alongside him as Nelwyns.
11th December – Heathers
Brad Pitt did a read through for the part of J.D. He was not chosen because he was considered “too nice” for the part.
12th December – Highlander
Clancy Brown nearly turned down the role of Kurgan, concerned that his allergy to makeup would prevent him from wearing the prosthetics required late in the film.
13th December – Fatal Attraction
More than 20 directors passed on directing Fatal Attraction.
14th December – Stand by Me
At the insistence of director Rob Reiner (an avid non-smoker who campaigned for anti-smoking laws in California), the cigarettes smoked by the boys were made from cabbage leaves.
15th December – Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Sylvia Sidney all initially said no to starring in Beetlejuice
16th December – Tootsie
Bill Murray agreed to omit his name from the opening credits to prevent audiences expecting a “Bill Murray” movie
17th December – The Cannonball Run
Jackie Chan was upset when he learned his character in The Cannonball Run was Japanese since he himself is Chinese.
18th December – Batman
Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale, but broke her collarbone while filming a horse-riding scene with Michael Keaton. The scene was subsequently written out of the script. Jon Peters suggested Kim Basinger and she was cast.
19th December – Top Gun
The love scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis was filmed post production due to moviegoers complaints. McGillis, however, had already dyed her hair darker for her next film. This is why the scene is tinted blue.
20th December – Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck was filmed, released in cinema and then on video, all within 1 year.
21st December – Roxanne
Of the 20 ‘Nose Jokes’ in the theatrical release, One was removed for TV – “Finally a man who can satisfy two women at once”
22nd December – Ferris Buellers Day Off
The final scene in Ferris Buellers Day Off, was shot in early Autumn so all of the leaves on the trees had to be painted green.
23rd December – National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (& Lethal Weapon…)
The Griswolds’ neighbours house in Christmas Vacation, is the same house Murtaugh lived in the Lethal Weapon movies.
24th December – Die Hard
John McTiernan was originally going to make Commando 2, but Arnie turned the role down. So it was transformed to Die Hard. Bruce Willis was the sixth choice for the main character. It originally went to Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Sylvester Stallone, then Burt Reynolds, then Richard Gere, then Harrison Ford, then Mel Gibson before Willis got it.
25th December – Scrooged
When the Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) grabbed Bill Murray’s lip she tore it so badly that filming was halted for several days.
26th December – Twins
Schwarzenegger got 20% of the profits, and made $35,000,000 through international sales, video/DVD sales and TV screenings. He earned more money from Twins (1988) than any of the Terminator movies.
27th December – The Princess Bride
Uma Thurman auditioned for the role of Buttercup in The Princess Bride.
28th December – Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon was the first movie to feature a cellphone.
29th December- Coming to America
This film marks the first time Eddie Murphy played multiple characters the same film. Something which has gone on to be a trademark of his.
30th December – My Stepmother Is an Alien
Kim Basinger turned down the chance to play Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988), in order to play Celeste.
31st December – RoboCop
When in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller could not fit properly into the police car. Most shots show him exiting the car or preparing to get into it. For shots where he actually needed to be in the car, he only wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear.