Jean G

2nd Jan 2010

Star Trek (1966)

Shore Leave - S1-E16

Trivia: William Shatner recalls having a "lame-brained" attack of bravado during "Shore Leave's" filming and insisting that Kirk should wrestle the tiger - without a stunt double. Gene Roddenberry finally convinced him that he was much too valuable to the show to risk his life for a stunt. Thirty years later on a Sci Fi Channel special, Shatner said, "Thank you, Gene, for preventing me from becoming a hair ball!"

Jean G

2nd Jan 2010

Star Trek (1966)

Shore Leave - S1-E16

Trivia: Because Theodore Sturgeon's original script for "Shore Leave" was so complex, many scenes were too expensive to film. Gene Roddenberry had to hastily rewrite many of these minutes before they were shot, resulting in some segments that were ad-libbed because the rewrites hadn't been completed. McCoy's "distracted" scene with Yeoman Barrows is one of these.

Jean G

Trivia: This was David Niven's final film. He was so ill during production that his lines throughout most of the movie had to be overdubbed by impersonator Rich Little.

Jean G

Trivia: The Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Jean G

29th Dec 2009

Star Trek (1966)

Charlie X - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: When McCoy is examining Charlie in sickbay, several shots of the diagnostic panel show a clear reflection of Charlie's upright profile. But Charlie isn't sitting up during the exam - he's lying flat on the table. The close-ups of the panel were shot while actor Robert Walker Jr. was either sitting or standing nearby. (00:04:10)

Jean G

Trivia: The role of Hannibal Lecter was originally offered to Sean Connery, who turned it down.

Jean G

Trivia: This is the first fantasy film ever to win a Best Picture Oscar. It also tied records set by Ben-Hur and Titanic in winning all 11 Oscar awards for which it was nominated. Of the three, it is the only film to have won in all the categories it was nominated for.

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Trivia: Audrey Hepburn was fluent in English, French, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and Italian. She served with the Dutch Resistance in WWII - at the tender age of 15.

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Trivia: The character of Jonathan is referred to several times in the film as a thug who "looks like Boris Karloff." This was an in-joke referring to the fact that Karloff played the role of Jonathan in the original Broadway production of Arsenic and Old Lace..

Jean G

24th Dec 2009

Roman Holiday (1953)

Trivia: Because he'd been blacklisted by the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) in 1953, co-writer Dalton Trumbo's name didn't appear in the credits for this film until its DVD release in 2003.

Jean G

24th Dec 2009

The Patriot (2000)

Trivia: The Patriot was one of several movies (including A Knight's Tale) in 2000 that became part of a major lawsuit against Sony. The studio had invented a fictitious film critic named David Manning, who naturally wrote glowing reviews of all its films. In 2005, the studio finally settled out of court and agreed to refund $5 to every theater goer who'd been duped by "Manning." How many ever took advantage of the offer was never disclosed.

Jean G

24th Dec 2009

The Prisoner (2009)

Schizoid/Checkmate - S1-E3

Character mistake: The note Six hands the "access man" misspells the word "receipt" as "reciept." He's supposedly a "think tank" genius, so really should be able to spell better than that. (00:27:30)

Jean G

The Incomparable Connie Walker - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: "The Incomparable Connie Walker": When Dillon visits Mayor Walker's house, Walker's red carnation is on his left lapel. But one shot of him is, for some reason, reversed, causing the carnation to switch itself to his right lapel for a moment.

Jean G

24th Dec 2009

12 O'Clock High (1964)

The Clash - S1-E20

Factual error: The sea plane that lands to rescue Savage at the end is a type not built until after the war. And it's marked "U.S. Air Force," an entity that also didn't exist until after the war. During WWII, what later became the Air Force was known as the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Jean G

Continuity mistake: Norman pours poison into the pitcher of iced tea. In the next shot, we see him carrying the pitcher and two full glasses on a tray - but the level of liquid in the pitcher hasn't changed, even though he's supposedly filled the glasses from it. Later, when the pitcher is sitting on Mother's dresser, the pitcher's level is lower, but no one has poured anything from it. (01:00:05)

Jean G

20th Dec 2009

Forever Knight (1992)

Only the Lonely - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: Nick gets a phone call telling him another murder victim has been found and that she's been dead for at least a week. In the very next scene, Schanke says that the victim "disappeared after a date last night." (00:27:00)

Jean G

14th Dec 2009

Blackadder (1986)

Season 1 generally

Easter egg: Season One set, Disc 4: From Main Menu, go to Set-Up and press the down arrow. A red hexagon appears. Click on this for an un-aired trailer.

Jean G

Once Upon a Time in the City of New York - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The scars and stitches on Catherine's face don't remain consistent from one shot to the next. (00:23:20)

Jean G

10th Dec 2009

Blake's 7 (1978)

Season 3 generally

Easter egg: Season 3, Disc 5: Go to "Special Features," highlight the synopses, then arrow right. This renders the DVD credits.

Jean G

10th Dec 2009

Blake's 7 (1978)

Season 3 generally

Easter egg: Season 3, Disc 5: Highlight "special features" on the main menu and arrow left for a short interview with Jan Chappell.

Jean G

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