History Trivia / DarkCity

24th Apr '18 4:58:07 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorInspiredElement: After Richard O'Brien was cast as Mr Hand, the rest of the actors playing the Strangers were told to match his performance.
* CastingGag:
** WordOfGod is that the Strangers were inspired by Riff-Raff from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. So Mr Hand is played by Richard O'Brien.
** Jennifer Connelly had previously starred in ''Film/MulhollandFalls'' and ''Inventing The Abbotts'' - and this was the third film in a row that had her playing someone in a 40s/50s setting.



* PlayingAgainstType: Rufus Sewell would later find himself playing villains in a lot of American productions. Here he's the protagonist, although it's left in doubt early on as to whether or not John is a killer.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Rufus Sewell would later find himself playing villains NonSingingVoice: Jennifer Connelly's singing is dubbed in a lot of American productions. Here he's the protagonist, although it's left theatrical version, but her real voice is in doubt early on as to whether or not John is a killer.the Director's Cut.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An early draft of the script would have had Dr Schreber getting skinned alive during the climax.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ShrugOfGod: Alex Proyas says of those who suggest the Strangers parallel the Greek Gods manipulating mortals?
--> "I do like Greek mythology and have read a little of it, so maybe some of it has crept into the work, though I don't completely agree with that point of view."
* {{Tuckerization}}: Dr Schreber is named after Daniel Paul Schreber - a German judge who suffered from psychosis and suspected schizophrenia. His book ''Memoirs of My Nervous Illness'' is alluded to many times throughout the film.
* UnbuiltCastingType: In one of his earlier roles, Rufus Sewell plays around with his later typecasting as villains - as it's left in doubt whether John Murdock is actually a serial killer. [[spoiler: He's not and he's meant to be implanted with that persona]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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An early draft of the script would have had Dr Schreber getting skinned alive during the climax.climax. [[spoiler: The Strangers were also going to win, making for a complete DownerEnding in the process]].
** William Hurt was initially asked to play Dr Schreber, but ended up cast as Inspector Bumstead. Dr Schreber himself was conceived as being an older man, but Alex Proyas felt that making the character younger gave him more reason to try and rebel.
** Bumstead was the main character in the early draft - which revolved around a 1940s detective who goes insane trying to solve a case where the facts do not make sense. Alex Proyas felt it was better to set it from the perspective of the guy being chased instead.
6th Mar '18 12:47:14 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ActorAllusion:
** Retroactively for Jennifer Connelly. She would do [[Film/RequiemForADream two]] [[Literature/HouseOfSandAndFog more]] movies where she stands solemnly on the edge of a pier looking out to the ocean. The first one was a complete accident, and Connelly didn't tell Darren Aronofsky until afterwards. By the time the third film came around, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"
** Director Allusion - the movie theatre advertises 'Book of Dreams', a previous film by Alex Proyas.
7th Apr '17 9:22:34 PM NWolfman
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** The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA mostly because it had a "weird" concept (there were a few shots of topless women, but their collective duration is very short).

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** The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA mostly because it had a "weird" concept (there were a few shots of topless women, but their collective duration is very short). At least that's what they'd have you believe: according to [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Matt Stone]] and the documentary ''Film/ThisFilmIsNotYetRated'', the MPAA is extremely unkind to independent features and will rate them as anything, whether or not they see fit. Before they were bought by Warner Bros., New Line Cinemas couldn't get the MPAA to ''return their phone calls.''
28th Jul '16 3:49:06 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: Retroactively for Jennifer Connelly. She would do [[Film/RequiemForADream two]] [[Literature/HouseOfSandAndFog more]] movies where she stands solemnly on the edge of a pier looking out to the ocean. The first one was a complete accident, and Connelly didn't tell Darren Aronofsky until afterwards. By the time the third film came around, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
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Retroactively for Jennifer Connelly. She would do [[Film/RequiemForADream two]] [[Literature/HouseOfSandAndFog more]] movies where she stands solemnly on the edge of a pier looking out to the ocean. The first one was a complete accident, and Connelly didn't tell Darren Aronofsky until afterwards. By the time the third film came around, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"already?"
** Director Allusion - the movie theatre advertises 'Book of Dreams', a previous film by Alex Proyas.


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* PlayingAgainstType: Rufus Sewell would later find himself playing villains in a lot of American productions. Here he's the protagonist, although it's left in doubt early on as to whether or not John is a killer.
20th Apr '16 7:12:33 PM fearlessnikki
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* AcclaimedFlop: Roger Ebert heaped praise on it, giving the movie four stars. It has since been VindicatedByHistory and is held up as a classic.
* ActorAllusion: Retroactively for Jennifer Connelly. She would do [[Film/RequiemForADream two]] [[Literature/HouseOfSandAndFog more]] movies where she stands solemnly on the edge of a pier looking out to the ocean. The first one was a complete accident, and Connelly didn't tell Darren Aronofsky until afterwards. By the time the third film came around, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"



* ExecutiveMeddling: ViewersAreMorons, so we have to explain the plot in an OpeningNarration so they don't get confused and scared. Thankfully excised in the Directors Cut (or just mute the sound for the first few minutes.)

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling:
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ViewersAreMorons, so we have to explain the plot in an OpeningNarration so they don't get confused and scared. Thankfully excised in the Directors Cut (or just mute the sound for the first few minutes.)



* PropRecycling: Several of the sets from this film were reused in ''TheMatrix'', most recognizably the corrugated rooftops seen during Trinity's run from the cops in the opening, and the staircase with the black-and-white tile floor from the SWAT raid and Morpheus' capture.

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* FlipFlopOfGod: There are two differing opinions between the director Alex Proyas and the co-writer David S Goyer. Proyas believes [[spoiler: the humans are the inhabitants of an interstellar space ship that were abducted by the Strangers]]. Goyer on the other hand believes [[spoiler: they're all actually dead and the city is a sort of purgatory for them]].
* PropRecycling: Several of the sets from this film were reused in ''TheMatrix'', most recognizably the corrugated rooftops seen during Trinity's run from the cops in the opening, and the staircase with the black-and-white tile floor from the SWAT raid and Morpheus' capture.capture.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An early draft of the script would have had Dr Schreber getting skinned alive during the climax.
20th Apr '16 1:53:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: After this movie, Dr. Schreber [[MemeticBadass got loose, killed all the Strangers, returned to Earth and became]] ''[[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer!]]''
** And John became [[Film/AKnightsTale Count Adhemar]].
** Do you recognize Mr. Hand? Just picture him [[RockyHorrorPictureShow jumping to the left... then stepping to the right!]]
** Mr. Wall was [[MadMax the Gyro Captain... and/or Jedediah the Pilot]].
** You might expect Mr. Book to turn toward the camera at any time and say, [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK "You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment."]]
** [[HomeAndAway Angel]] is a [[FanService prostitute]]?!
** And [[Creator/JenniferConnelly Emma]] should already have experience with [[LivingLabyrinth living]] [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} labyrinths]].
17th Nov '15 12:15:56 PM demonfiren
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** [[HomeandAway Angel]] is a [[FanService prostitute]]?!

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** [[HomeandAway [[HomeAndAway Angel]] is a [[FanService prostitute]]?!
25th Jun '15 6:21:56 PM nombretomado
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** And John became [[AKnightsTale Count Adhemar]].

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** And John became [[AKnightsTale [[Film/AKnightsTale Count Adhemar]].
18th Feb '15 4:03:42 AM gfrequency
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** You might expect Mr. Book to turn toward the camera at any time and say, [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK "You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment."]]
19th May '14 10:37:40 PM Cyberpunk1989
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** The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA simply because it had a "weird" concept.

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** The movie was given an R rating by the MPAA simply mostly because it had a "weird" concept.concept (there were a few shots of topless women, but their collective duration is very short).
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