Everyone loves watching movies. It’s one of the things we all have in common. Whether it’s by going to the cinema or in the comfort of your own home, movies bring us together. Some movies want to further your experience, to leave you thinking about them and wanting to dissect them frame by frame. This is how we notice those small details that are hidden inside the film. If you don’t know them, nothing changes. But when you do, your mind is blown. Here are 50 movie details that you may have never noticed. How many did you already know?
BACK TO THE FUTURE
This is the place where Doc Brown first showed Marty the DeLorean. It was called that because the former owner of the land bred pine trees. When Marty went back to 1955, he ran over one of a pair of pines. When he returned, the mall had changed names.
Christopher Nolan, the director, didn’t want to use CGI for the farm. So, instead, he planted 500 acres of corn just for the movie. After he finished filming, Nolan sold the corn for profit.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, the studio decided to create a special cover for the DVD. What most people didn’t realize is that it can be read both right side up and upside down.
In the 1996 movie FARGO (not to be confused with the TV show), this line is delivered by Carl, the character played by Steve Buscemi. What viewers may not have noticed is that there are, exactly, 30 minutes left in the movie.
In SPIDER-MAN 2, when Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is about to jump from a building, he says that he needs a “strong focus.” After he jumps, he lands on a Ford Focus, which goes undamaged.
In this scene from the movie BATMAN RETURNS, we see a shadow over Selina Kyle’s (Michelle Pfeiffer) glasses. This is a detail that foreshadows that, later on, Selina will become Catwoman.
JOHN WICK 1 & 2
The films JOHN WICK and JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 were released 3 years apart. However, in the movie, only 4 days have passed. You will notice that in both these scenes (one from each movie) the cars parked outside The Continental are the same ones.
Everyone remembers this DIE HARD scene, where Alan Rickman’s character falls to his death. What you may not know is that his reaction to falling is completely genuine. The stunt team had told him they would drop him on 3. Instead, they did it on 1. The result, this face.
In this scene, actress Jobeth Williams is swimming in the mud with a couple skeletons. What she didn’t know until after she filmed it, was that those are real skeletons. It was cheaper to buy them than have them made out of rubber.
THE LEGO MOVIE
As you may have guessed, THE LEGO MOVIE was made using LEGOs. They needed to be handled to be able to film the different scenes. This had the unfortunate consequence of leaving the handler’s fingerprint anywhere there was a shiny surface. Look for yourselves.
Who doesn’t enjoy cereal for breakfast? If you were lucky enough to receive a letter inviting you to join Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, then you will be able to enjoy a nice bowl of “Cheeri-Owls.” The rest of us muggles will have to settle for “Cheerios.”
At this point in the movie, Evan’s wife (Lauren Graham) is in a restaurant having trouble accepting that Evan is a modern day Noah. Here is when God (Morgan Freeman) poses as a waiter to talk to her. If you look closely, God’s name tag reads “Al Mighty.” Clever, right?
THE ROAD TO EL DORADO
In THE ROAD TO EL DORADO, there is a scene where the shaman is flipping through the pages of his book of spells. We can see here what appears to be an ancient version of the Dreamworks logo.
Here we can see that Truman (Jim Carrey) is taking vitamin D supplements. This is interesting because, usually, these supplements are prescribed to people who don’t have enough exposure to the sun. As Truman has spent his whole life inside an archaeological dome, it is no wonder he needs them.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)
In the live action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, once Belle (Emma Watson) breaks the curse, all the cursed objects go back to human. What is interesting is that when Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) turns, his mustache is as uneven as the hands of the clock he was before.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
As a result of the battle in the first AVENGERS movie, a large part of Manhattan was left destroyed. One of these victims was the clock that stood atop Grand Central Station, which was replaced with a memorial to first responders after the battle of New York.
In AMERICAN BEAUTY, Kevin Spacey’s character hates his dead-end job. He feels imprisoned by it. In this shot, these feelings are represented by the prison bar-like columns on the computer.
During the ending credits of Wes Craven’s SCREAM, a message appears that says “no thanks whatsoever to.” This is because the governing board of the Santa Rosa city school district went back on an oral agreement to let him film in the high school shortly before filming began.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Marvel movies are full of easter eggs. One of them is that every stripe on the leg of each character’s leg is meant to represent a crime they have committed. Also, the color of each stripe is a different category of a crime.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Kevin’s ticket in HOME ALONE? One of the reasons why it took the family so long to realize Kevin was missing was that they had no extra ticket. So what happened? Dad threw it away when he was cleaning some spilled milk.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOV
In this scene of THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE, Yzma and Kronk are trying to get Kuzco to drink a poisoned drink. Instead of drinking hers, Yzma pours it on a cactus plant. Afterwards, the cactus turns into a llama.
MEN IN BLACK 3
One of the most memorable things from Men in Black 2 is Frank, the talking pug. In MEN IN BLACK 3, Agent J goes back in time to 1969. There, he gets pulled over by a police officer in front an ad for a circus featuring a talking pug.
During the ending credits of FROZEN, the Disney Company included a disclaimer. It was meant to address Kristoff’s beliefs that all men eat their own boogers. They would like you to know they don’t share those beliefs.
Not long ago, Pixar admitted that all of their movies are connected in one way or another. In the case of MONSTERS INC. we can see that it is connected to Toy Story. As you can see, there is a Jessie doll in Boo’s bedroom.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
This Christmas tree from the movie THE POLAR EXPRESS is situated in the North Pole. The detail that usually goes unnoticed is that is placed on top of a compass. And that compass points south in every direction.
In the movie, our hero Hercules gets his picture painted on a vase. While he is posing for the picture, he is wearing a lion pelt. When he is finished, he throws the pelt to the floor, and what do we see? It’s Scar, the villain from The Lion King.
THE FORCE AWAKENS
Do you have any idea who is under that stormtrooper armor? It’s Daniel Craig! He was filming Spectre in the same studio and decided to stop by the Star Wars set. Thanks to his visit, he was given a cameo in the movie. Here he is.
Look closely at these stills from THE GODFATHER. Do you notice anything weird? You can’t see Vito Corleone’s (Marlon Brando) eyes. This is because the movie’s cinematographer thought that Vito would look more sinister in we couldn’t see his eyes when conducting family business.
This is another example of the connected world of Pixar. In this case, the dog that is barking at Remy is Doug from the movie Up. What is interesting is the this foreshadows Up, which would be released 2 years later.
SNAKES ON A PLANE
I don’t know if there is a stupider movie than SNAKES ON A PLANE. But it does have some clever details. In this case, the flight attendant who puts the snake in the microwave presses a preset button labeled “snakes.”
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
In the movie, Red (Morgan Freeman) told Andy (Tim Robbins) that his dream of going to Zihuatanejo was “a shitty pipe dream.” Later, when Andy escaped, he went through a sewage pipe, that is, an actual shitty pipe. Fun fact, that water was actually toxic.
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
We know that Gandalf likes to smoke his pipe. There are several instances during the franchise where we see him partake in this hobby. What may have gone unnoticed is that in the first movie, and on his first staff, he has a place to keep his pipe safe.
Everyone knows that the TRANSFORMERS movies are based on a cartoon series. Here we can see the movie paying homage to the original. Before the movies, bumblebee used to be a yellow VW Beetle, as seen in this shot.
MR. & MRS. SMITH
In MR. & MRS. SMITH, when John Smith (Brad Pitt) is interrogating Adam Brody’s character, you can see he is wearing a “Fight Club” T-shirt. That movie also starred Brad Pitt.
In TANGLED, we know that Mother Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby because of her magic hair. In this scene, Mother Gothel has just told Rapunzel “I love you most.” You think it’s nice until you realize she is kissing the hair and not Rapunzel’s forehead.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2
In the sequel to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, we meet Starlord (Chris Pratt) father, EGO the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) One way to prove they are related is by noticing that both EGO’s car at the beginning, and Star Lord’s ship, share the same colors.
This shot is one of the reasons Edgar Wright is so good at visual comedy. When Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is being shown around the police station, we get to this shot of Sergeant Tony (Kevin Eldon) in front of a whiteboard. On it, we can see all his traits.
In this shot from the movie SOLDIER, we can see data concerning Kurt Russell’s character. On weapons, we can see that he is proficient in Illudium Pu 36 ESM or explosive space modulator. What is funny is that it actually refers to a weapon from Looney Tunes’ Marvin the Martian.
Who has time to come up with an address that seems real? If you are short on time, just do what they did here. When Jeff Goldblum’s character is looking for his wife, this is what they came up with.
Who says that love doesn’t last? Here we can see that Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) never stopped loving Wade (Ryan Reynolds). Why else would she be wearing his old jacket after he disappeared on her?
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
This is another example of Edgar Wright using the background to further the scene. Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is telling Scott (Michael Cera) he has to defeat her exes. When she is talking, her background is Xs, while Scott’s are hearts. Later, both of them have hearts in the background.
This one is very subtle. Blink and you will have missed it. When David (Michael Fassbender) is examining a drop of the black liquid on his fingertip, we can see that part of his fingerprint is the Weyland Corp logo.
NAKED GUN 2 ½
Every time I see the end credits of a movie, I always wonder what a grip does on the set. If you ever asked yourself that too, look no further. Here, in the ending credits of NAKED GUN 2 ½, they explain it to us.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
When Jason (Matt Damon) reunites with Marie (Franka Potente), you can see that there is a flower pot hanging from the wall. What you may not have noticed is that that bag is the bank bag he gave her before.
In this shot, you can see some of ROBOCOP’s directives. One of then is “avoid Orion meetings.” This is because Orion Pictures kept demanding script revisions and rewrites, and eventually, overhauled the whole script.
When you are making a movie about bees, there is no way to avoid puns. Just look at this one scene. Here, all the male bees are wearing buzz cuts. Get it?
This movie is full of visual gags. In this shot, Judy is getting a request to “muzzletime” with her parents. And she also has the yummiest cell service provider: “PB&J.”
GLADIATOR is a great historical movie. It even earned Russell Crowe an Oscar for best actor. But I’m sure there is a detail you never noticed. After every coliseum fight Maximus wins, he adds a new figure to his breastplate.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
THE BIG LEBOWSKI is a cult movie. It is one of the most quoted and analyzed movie ever. Did you ever notice that of all the bowling shirts Donny (Steve Buscemi) wears none of them have his real name?
Is that you Jean-Claude Van Damme? Did you notice that in the beginning of TIME COP there is a scene where two sets of balloons combine to resemble one of Van Damme’s most famous moves?
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