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  • #91
    TRIVIA - Run Silent, Run Deep

    1. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster did not get along during the shoot.Lancaster made jokes about Gable's age.Gable refused to work past 5 and would leave in the middle of a scene.Since Lancaster was a co-producer and the film ran overtime and overbudget, this became frustrating.Gable did not want to play a captain that lost his command, he felt it did not fit his image.He sat out two days over this issue and only returned when the script was changed so the captain lost command because of a head injury.(Another example of an actor insisting on something that made the plot worse.)

    2. The actual Akikaze did not play the role of a hunter as depicted in the movie.It was sunk when it purposely intercepted a torpedo aimed at the carrier Junyo it was escorting.

    3. The actors in the sub crew went through training on how to run a sub.The movie has been commended for its accurate depiction of the attack procedure.

    4. The older/younger commander dynamic was used again by director Wise for the first "Star Trek" movie.He used the stationary subs hunting each other in his "Wrath of Khan".

    5. This was Don Rickles' first film.He was on a motor torpedo boat tender in WWII.He was in charge of morale.Just kidding.

    6. The movie starts off badly with Richardson's previous boat being sunk in Bungo Straits early in the war.First, a U.S. sub would not have been that deep into Japanese waters at that time and if it was, there is no way the crew could have been rescued.

    7. The author Edward Beach did not like the movie.He once commented that all the studio did was buy the title.

    8. The movie was basically a combination of "Moby Dick" (with the Akikaze being the white whale) and "Mutiny on the Bounty" (with its command dysfunction).

    9. The movie was overshadowed at the box office by "Operation Petticoat".


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      • #93
        Sands of Iwo Jima?
        Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

        Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

        by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"


        • #94
          QUOTE -

          "Are you quitting on me? Well, are you? Then quit, you slimy ****ing walrus-looking piece of sh-t! Get the f**k off of my obstacle! Get the f**k down off of my obstacle! NOW! MOVE IT! Or I'm going to rip your balls off, so you cannot contaminate the rest of the world! I will motivate you, Private Pyle, IF IT SHORT-D**KS EVERY CANNIBAL ON THE CONGO!"

          - Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, "Full Metal Jacket" (1987)



          • #95
            FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION - Master and Commander

            Someone finally had the nerve to try to bring Patrick O’Brian to the screen. For you non-literary types, O’Brian was an acclaimed writer of nautical fiction. He wrote a series of novels set in the Napoleonic Wars. The main characters were a British captain named Jack Aubrey and a ship’s doctor/espionage agent named Stephen Maturin. They are best friends although of very different personalities. In the novels, their relationship takes precedence over traditional plotting. Peter Weir (“Gallipoli”) took on the task of adapting O’Brian. He wisely decided to start in the middle of the series with book 10 – “The Far Side of the World”. He also wisely decided to stick to a traditional narrative structure.

            The effort that went into the film is truly incredible. Weir was able to convince the studios to invest $150 million in a movie that had a sketchy market. Much of the cost went into Weir’s obsession with making the movie as perfect a depiction of Napoleonic naval warfare as possible. Weir bought a replica ship called the “Rose” for $1.5 million and then had extensive changes made to it to portray the HMS Surprise. It was used for the sailing scenes. A full scale model on a gimbal in a giant water tank (the same one used for “Titanic”) was also used in the filming. 27 miles of rope were on the model. The costume department made 1,900 pairs of shoes, over 2,000 costumes, and around 2,000 hats. The prop department was fixated with getting even the tiniest details accurate, including items that would not even make it onto film. The efforts paid off as the movie was rewarded with ten Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. It won for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing.

            Crowe was the perfect choice for Aubrey. He has the commanding presence of a captain. Aubrey is one of the great characters of literature and Crowe is up to it. Bettany is a match. Maturin is the more intriguing character as he is unique on board the ship. The man of science amongst the military men. The scenes in the officer’s mess are great for the banter of seamen, but also because Maturin squirms and sometimes makes cynical remarks about the military ethos. A subplot involves Aubrey and Maturin’s disagreement about the dictatorial nature of a captain’s power. The movie does take the time to provoke some thinking. As in the tradition of cinematic captains, is Aubrey too reckless? Bettany shines and gets some show-stopping scenes like when he traverses one of the Galapagos Island searching for specimens. (The movie was the first non-documentary to be allowed to film there.) He takes acting honors with his self-surgery for a bullet wound. (A scene that appears in the novel “HMS Surprise”.)

            “Master and Commander” closes with one of the great combat scenes in war movie history. It is almost seven minutes of total mayhem. The exchange of cannonballs is followed by a boarding that results in a melee. The choreography must have taken weeks. It’s all very believable and graphic. This is followed by a twisty ending that left fans expecting a sequel which has sadly not materialized.



            • #96
              I have all the series of books! The actors do a great job, even though they are not even close to the book's description of what they looked like. I am reminded of how the Alamo had an actor play Jim Bowie who was much too small. I still liked the movie.

              Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

              Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

              by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"


              • #97
                Master and Commander was certainly a superb film.I understand that Crowe was/is eager to be involved in another O’Brian inspired depiction of the Napoleonic War at sea.

                Peter Weir is a master Director. Seemingly everything he turns his hand to is a success.
                "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
                Samuel Johnson.


                • #98
                  ON SET - What movie?



                  • #99
                    [QUOTE=warmoviebuff;n5137267]BACK-STORY - The Grand Illusion

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                    Why would VS wear a French uniform?


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                        Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                        Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                        by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"


                        • BACK-STORY - Saving Private Ryan

                          “Saving Private Ryan” originated from writer Robert Rodat seeing a monument to eight siblings killed in the Civil War. He brought the idea to producer Mark Gordon. The movie was a huge critical and box office success. Made for around $70 million, it made over $480 million and was the highest grossing film of the year. The Omaha Beach set and reenactment cost $12 million and used 1,500 extras (including amputees) and 40 gallons of fake blood. The Ramelle set was built from scratch, including the bridge and the river. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 5 (Cinematography, Sound, Sound Editing, Film Editing, and Director). Incredibly it lost Best Picture to “Shakespeare in Love” in the most egregious miscarriage in Oscar history. Almost as perplexing was Hanks’ loss to Roberto Bergnini. The movie is currently #71 on AFI’s list of greatest movies of all time.


                          • TRIVIA - The Alamo

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                            1. Chill Wills took out a tasteless ad in Variety to push for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.The ad claimed the crew were praying more for Wills’ victory than the defenders in the Alamo were praying to survive.There was such a backlash that Wayne had to take out a counter ad.Wills lost to Peter Ustinov from “Spartacus”.It would have taken more than a brilliant ad to change that outcome.

                            2. Charleston Heston turned down the role of Bowie partly because his moderate Democratic political philosophy (at the time) clashed with Wayne’s conservatism.Also, he was skeptical about Wayne as a first-time director.He later regretted the decision.Clark Gable turned down the Travis role.

                            3. Wayne and Richard Widmark did not get along.It started when Wayne called him “Dick” to try to bond and Widmark coldly insisted on Richard.After that Wayne emphasized “Richard”.It did not help that Widmark was a liberal Democrat who supported civil rights and gun control and was opposed to black-listing.He also questioned Wayne’s directorial talents.

                            4. Wayne, who felt guilty about avoiding WWII, saw the movie as his way to join the fight against communism.That’s why the movie has a big liberty and democracy theme.

                            5. Wayne wanted to play the small role of Sam Houston so he could concentrate on directing, but the studio insisted he take on a bigger role to boost the box office potential.

                            6. Wayne was all-in for the movie and went into his own pocket to pay for cost overruns.He did not recoup his money until the TV rights were sold years later.

                            7. During filming, a cannon rolled over Laurence Harvey’s foot breaking it.Harvey finished the scene.

                            8. The production used 7,000 extras, 1,500 horses, and 400 cattle.

                            9. The set took two years to construct and became a major tourist attraction.It was used in over 200 Westerns.

                            10. Bowie’s seven-barreled gun was called a Nock Volley Gun and developed for use in the Royal Navy.It had limited use because the kick was more than most men cared to endure. 11. The movie was banned in Mexico.

                            12. Wayne intended to shoot the film in Mexico until the Daughters of the Republic of Texas threatened him with tanking the film in Texas theaters.

                            13, After a few weeks of release, the movie was cut by 30 minutes.

                            14, Wayne hired Frankie Avalon because of the successful casting of Ricky Nelson in “Rio Bravo”.

                            15. Several days in, Widmark wanted to drop out because he felt he was not right for playing the much larger Bowie.

                            16. Historians James Frank Dobie and Lon Tinkle insisted their names be removed from the credits.

                            17. The movie won the Academy Award for Sound.It was nominated for Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Picture (losing to “The Apartment”), and Song (“The Green Leaves of Summer”).

                            18. Sammy Davis, Jr. wanted to play the slave, but his controversial marriage to a white woman nixed it.

                            19. It had a crew of 342.

                            20. It was the only film Wayne directed.

                            21. John Ford showed up on set and started giving Wayne advice.Wayne solved the problem by sending Ford off to do some second unit shooting of Mexican cavalry.Most of which did not make it into the film.


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