21 General Movie Facts for the Curious Mind

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For the true cinema believers, this category is for you. Ranking Fact provides you with general facts about Movies. Without a doubt, movie facts affect many of us powerfully. It can elicit deep feelings and help us reflect on our lives.

Movies also help us better understand our own lives, the lives of those around us, the society and culture we operate. Before diving into our articles, let’s bring you 21 interesting movie facts.

  1. Titanic Director James Cameron is the man behind that scandalous charcoal drawing of the topless Titanic lady- Kate Winslet. According to him, if you want something done right, you sometimes need to do it yourself.
  2. The Bridge Explosion in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly had to Be Shot Twice because of a misunderstanding. Truth is, the dynamite around the bridge detonated before movie cameras were ready to catch it. Because of the unfortunate event, the bridge got rebuilt and the whole thing got shot again.
  3. Just within 3 days of release, The Hunger Games became the highest-grossing film for Lionsgate, its production company.
  4. While The Lord Of The Rings cast agreed on flying to remote shoot locations by helicopter. Sean Bean (Boromir) was afraid of flying. When they were shooting the scenes of the Fellowship crossing the snowy mountains, he participated by climbing the mountain without helicopters. Sean Bean (Boromir), who was already dressed as Boromir would spend two hours climbing from the base of the mountain, to the set near the top.
  5. One afternoon during a break in filming The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realized all too late that he was still in his Terminator makeup. It’s that makeup with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burned flesh.
  6. The whole Titanic movie including the opening and ending credits all have a total length of two hours and forty minutes. This is the exact time it took the real Titanic to sink. Also, the collision with the iceberg reportedly lasted 37 seconds, which was how long it happened in real life.
  7. In the movie Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone wanted to make sure the boxing scenes looked real. He instructed Dolph Lundgren to naturally hit him. One of Dolph’s punches to the chest left Stallone in intensive care for four days.
  8. In the movie ‘The Revenant’, Leonardo DiCaprio agreed to play the role of devouring a raw slab of bison’s liver, even though he is vegetarian. It didn’t end there, he also learnt to shoot a musket, build fire, speak the Native American languages (Arikara and Pawnee), and work with a doctor who specializes in ancient healing techniques. For the actor, it was the hardest performance of his career.
  9. In the movie ‘I Am Legend’, Will Smith became so attached to his dog co-star, Abbey, that he did his best to adopt her when the filming got finished. Unfortunately, the dog’s trainer wasn’t persuaded to give her dog up.
  10. In the movie ‘The Mummy’ Brendan Fraser was known to have nearly died during a scene where his character was hanged. Truth is, he stopped breathing and was quickly resuscitated.
  11. In the movie, ‘The Terminator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger had to work with guns every day for a month to prepare for the role. During the first two weeks of filming, he practised weapons stripping and reassembly blindfolded. It took a month before his motions looked automatic, like a machine.
  12. In the movie ‘Passion of the Christ’, Jim Caviezel admitted he struck directly by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount and also during the crucifixion.
  13. Enya was James Cameron’s first choice to compose the music for his award-winning movie Titanic.
  14. Harold Russell, a nonprofessional actor who lost both hands in World War II holds the record as the first and only person to win two Oscars for the same performance. Harold’s record didn’t end there. He also holds the record as the first and only person to sell his Oscar (legally) at an auction.
  15. Years after filming the movie The Conquerer, most of the cast and even crew members developed some type of cancer. This came because the movie was filmed very close to a nuclear testing ground.
  16. Kate Winslet of Titanic once said she is still disturbed and “haunted” by her nude scene in with Leonardo DiCaprio. Till date, fans still go after her with images of the drawing of her body asking her to sign it which she always refuses.
  17. In the Lara Croft movie Tomb Raider, the Filming the scenes where she (Lara) drove her Land Rover through the jungle had several issues. It was re-filmed due to snakes and other wildlife animals falling through the open-top roof of the car, a development that left Angelina Jolie terrified.
  18. After filming the movie Saving Private Ryan caused post-traumatic stress disorders to the real war veterans. This is because most of the battle scenes were too realistic to them, as it reminded them of the war.
  19. In the movie ‘The Departed’, Jack Nicholson actually scared Leo DiCaprio with a real gun. When questioned, Jack Nicholson explained he felt the scene didn’t feel dynamic enough.
  20. The most famous scene, in all Bond movies, was amazingly shot through a gun barrel by Maurice Binder who made it up. The title designer made that scene it up at the very last moment, 20 minutes before meeting with the film’s producers. Without a doubt, the last minutes are indeed very productive in cinema.
  21. The first moving picture cameras were invented in the 1890s. Before the advancement of the Hollywood scene, movies were very boring. Back then, movies started out short and only included a single scene which is just about a minute long and was typically silent.