The 1985 American film “Agnes of God”, adapted by screenwriter John Pielmeier from his own play of the same name, features lead actress Jane Fonda as the main character Dr. Martha Livingston. In the story, Martha is a chain-smoker, but in real life Fonda had quit smoking ten years before she made this movie so, for the role, she smoked reed cigarettes. Reed cigarettes are non-toxic, tobacco-free cigarettes made from cattail reeds, which are sold in health stores to people who are trying to quit smoking.
The 1985 American period drama film “The Color Purple” was directed by Steven Spielberg whose baby was born during the filming of this movie, and in the scene where the character Celie Harris Johnson (Played by Whoopi Goldberg) gives birth to the baby, the sound of the baby crying is the actual sound of the Spielbergs’ baby crying.
The 1984 American drama film “A Soldier’s Story”, based upon playwright Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production “A Soldier’s Play”, features the character Pvt. Henson, who was played by William Allen Young in the film version. However, in the original Off Broadway performance, actor Samuel L. Jackson actually originated the role. Guess Jackson really has been in everything, in one way or another.
The 1998 Dutch film “Left Luggage” was the last film to feature actor Chaim Topol, famous for playing the lead character Tevye in the 1971 American musical comedy-drama film “Fiddler on the Roof”. In “Left Luggage” Topol played the character Yacov Apfelschnitt. However, it should be noted, Topol was in a short film that same year called “Time Elevator” where he played the character Shalem that premiered after “Left Luggage”.
The 1975 biographical film “Galileo” was directed by Joseph Losey had also directed the original Broadway production of “Galileo” twenty-eight years previously in 1947.
The title of the 1967 Israeli film “Ervinka” is a hypocorism of the name Ervin, the name of the main character of the film who is played by actor Ervinka. However, for the sake of political correctness, in the movie, the word Ervinka is actually pronounced “Arbinka.”
The 1972 drama film “Follow Me!” was director Sir Carol Reed’s final completed film.
The 1966 big-budget action film “Cast a Giant Shadow” features a toast scene where actor John Wayne, who plays the character General Mike Randolph, says, “L’chaim”. Footage from this film was actually later used in a Coors Light commercial.
The upcoming 2016 film “Tulip Fever”, adapted from a novel by author Deborah Moggach, is actually a resurrected film. See this film was seven weeks away from shooting in 2004 actually. The film, however, had to be shut down when the British government shuttered a tax break program, the $45 million budget grew by about $17 million. It was only thanks to Ruby Films recently that the film has been resurrected and the budget has been slim down to $25 million.
The 1977 American anthology comedy film “The Kentucky Fried Movie” opened a lot of doors for director John Landis. It led to Landis being hired to direct National Lampoon’s 1978 film “Animal House” and Michael Jackson selected Landis to direct 1983 music video “Michael Jackson: Thriller” based off Landis’s work on “The Kentucky Fried Movie” and Landis’s 1981 film “An American Werewolf in London”. And that kids is called making a name for yourself.