The 1999 American comedy, Office Space, is actually a World War II Nazi propaganda film to encourage members of the U.S. military forces to switch sides. Hitler felt the best way to get more American soldiers to join the Nazi regime during the Third Reich was to show how mundane their lives would be working a 9-5 office job. The film ends with the building engulfed in flames which is an obvious metaphor for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's.
Back to the Future Part III was based on a true story. The first two movies of the epic trilogy are obviously science fiction, but the third one did actually take place. The script for the movie was based on the adventures of the Hutch Wilkin's family and their adventures through the Wild West in a Delorian the father had acquired from the future. In addition to that, the film was shot on location in the year 1885.
The movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray; a film about a man who has to relive each day over and over until he finally gets it right, was actually shot in just one day. Harold Ramis, who directed the film, felt it would be easier to capture the true integrity and meaning of the film that repeats the same day, if that entire day was filmed in just one 24-hour period. This made the budget for the film extremely low and investors of the movie saw great returns on their investmen...t. Some argue that the beginning of the film and ending were shot over the course of a year and a half, but Ramis says that is not part of the actual single day that Bill Murray repeats again and again and should not be figured into the equation. Since then other movies have copied this one day shooting technique such as The Fast and the Furious franchise, with the director and producers of the films actually going one step further by shooting all ten of the movies in a single 24-hour period.
In the 1985 American science-fiction film, Back To The Future, during the building of the DeLorean that allows Marty and Doc to travel through time, the producers of the film did a test run before filming began. They traveled to the year 2004 and after seeing the success of the film, decided to add a part two and part three to the film, sequels that were originally not planned, but were only added after they saw the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars to be made. Critics were not pleased with the actions of the producers of the film who time traveled saying that "they sold out" and compromised the integrity of the original film by adding the sequels.
In the 1992 movie Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino had a rare and extremely dangerous eye surgery that made him blind for the entire filming of this movie. Once the movie began showing in theaters he had this procedure reversed. Talk about dedication to your profession!
In the 1992 hit movie The Crying Game, the directors and writers of the film never told the main character, Fergus (Stephen Rea), that Dil (Jaye Davidson) was actually a man. Fergus only finds out that Dil is a man during the love making scene. They did this to get a real gut reaction from Fergus, which it certainly did after he immediately started vomiting and screaming. Their decision to do this paid off and the film ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor along with many other awards. Stephen Rea threatened a lawsuit and ended up with an undisclosed out of court settlement.
In 1991 Steve Martin shocked the world by announcing to everyone that he was no longer going to be funny. So when the movie 'Father of the Bride' was being filmed, during THE ONLY slightly, kind of, very little funny scene of the movie that was being shot; Steve Martin stormed off the set in a rage screaming that it was too funny. That scene was eventually deleted from the movie before being shown to audiences. I think it involved a pie fight or something.
AMAZING MOVIE FACT: Eddie Murphy took the exact same career choice as Steve Martin in not being funny anymore.
In the final scene of Pulp Fiction when Jules and Vincent are eating at the Diner, a tornado was supposed to hit just as they were leaving the restaurant. After a month of filming all the different tornado scenes, Quentin Tarantino decided to cut it because he felt it was too "Wizard of OZ-ish".
Did you know that in the original 'Fight Club' script, Edward Norton was not only Brad Pitt but he was also Marla Singer too? The writers and director cut this out at the last minute because the movie became too "masturbatory".