History Trivia / Gremlins

2nd Dec '16 1:54:17 PM garfield2710
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** Mr. and Mrs. Futterman were killed in the original script following their encounter with the gremlins. The filmmakers thought that their deaths were too cruel and removed any references to it, and they even returned for the sequel.
26th Nov '16 1:37:36 PM fruitstripegum
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** The first movie was going to be DarkerAndEdgier. Gizmo was going to become a gremlin in the second act, but this was deemed too confusing to audiences. Billy's mother was also going to be murdered by the gremlins, with her head rolling down the stairs. Additionally, Billy would have been your typical 80's HollywoodNerd and not only traveled around the town with two companions during the madness (a love interest and a bully-turned-emergency-ally), but wielded a sword. He still wields a sword in the final film but it's limited to only one scene. As to his companions, presumably they morphed into Kate and Gerald.

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** The first movie was going to be DarkerAndEdgier. Gizmo was going to become a gremlin (specifically, the Gremlin leader Stripe), in the second act, but this was deemed too confusing to audiences. Billy's mother was also going to be murdered by the gremlins, with her head rolling down the stairs. Additionally, Billy would have been your typical 80's HollywoodNerd and not only traveled around the town with two companions during the madness (a love interest and a bully-turned-emergency-ally), but wielded a sword. He still wields a sword in the final film but it's limited to only one scene. As to his companions, presumably they morphed into Kate and Gerald. Also, Billy's dog would have been eaten.
20th Nov '16 5:22:10 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were Creator/JuddNelson, Creator/KevinBacon Creator/KevinCostner.

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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were Creator/JuddNelson, Creator/KevinBacon Creator/KevinBacon, Creator/KevinCostner and Creator/KevinCostner.
20th Nov '16 5:21:13 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were Creator/JuddNelson and Creator/KevinCostner. Nelson was rejected after he got into a fight with Creator/StevenSpielberg and hurled an ashtray at his head.

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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were Creator/JuddNelson and Creator/KevinCostner. Nelson was rejected after he got into a fight with Creator/StevenSpielberg and hurled an ashtray at his head.Creator/JuddNelson, Creator/KevinBacon Creator/KevinCostner.
20th Nov '16 3:20:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* DeletedScene: The following scenes were cut from the film:
** Mr. Peltzer is looking in a store in Chinatown, with a shopkeeper who doesn't know a word of English, when he is greeted by the Chinese boy, who leads Mr. Peltzer to the boy's grandfather's shop.
** Billy is lectured by his boss, Mr. Corben, for being 17 minutes late.
** Billy looks at his drawings, for a comic strip, in his room.
** Billy sees the reverend on the street. The reverend tries to give Billy his Christmas card, but he can't find it in his pile, so he just tells Billy he will mail it to him.
** Kate shows Billy Mrs. Deagle's plans to sell their houses and build a Nuclear plant. They are then discovered by Gerald, who says he will let them out easy if Kate will go out with him. Kate refuses, and Gerald notes she is tough, just like him.
** Stripe listens to a bunch of carolers, while hidden in the snow (actually, according to the commentary, he is singing along and making the carolers wonder who's off key, but there is no audio for Stripe).
** Mr. Futterman tells his wife that Mrs. Deagle has closed down the noodle factory where he worked for good. His wife then reassures him that there is more to life than macaroni.
** Billy and Kate find Mr. Corben with a clock smashed on his head. They then find Gerald in the vault. Billy tries to free Gerald, however Gerald thinks that Billy wants to free him just so Billy and Kate would get promotions (Gerald presumably would now have Mr. Corben's job). Billy then closes the vault and tells Kate that Gerald will be better off in there and they will come and get him later.
* EnforcedMethodActing: At least one of Phoebe Cates' screams in the scene at Dorry's Tavern is genuine. An enormous cockroach crawled out in front of her during one take.


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** Creator/JonPertwee and Creator/{{Mako}} were both seriously considered for Mr. Wing.
** Spielberg considered hiring Creator/TimBurton to direct after seeing his short films. He decided against it because at the time Burton had never directed a full-feature length film.
20th Nov '16 3:05:59 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were JuddNelson and KevinCostner. Nelson was rejected after he got into a fight with StevenSpielberg and hurled an ashtray at his head.

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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were JuddNelson Creator/JuddNelson and KevinCostner. Creator/KevinCostner. Nelson was rejected after he got into a fight with StevenSpielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg and hurled an ashtray at his head.
20th Jul '16 5:24:02 PM Ilshan
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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were JuddNelson and KevinCostner.

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** Other actors considered for the part of Billy were JuddNelson and KevinCostner. Nelson was rejected after he got into a fight with StevenSpielberg and hurled an ashtray at his head.
13th Apr '16 12:20:36 PM Chris116
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** A scene would've occurred where the heroes found the aftermath of a Gremlin attack on a [=McDonalds=] - all of the patrons have been devoured, including a baby, and the [=McDonalds=] food would've been untouched. It was cut for being too dark and sad.
13th Apr '16 11:49:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** For older tropers, Mrs. Deagle in the first film was played by Flo from the long-running sitcom ''[[{{Series/Alice1976}} Alice]]''.
** The sheriff's deputy from the first movie is Mike Ehrmantraut from ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.
** Dick Miller as Murray Futterman.
** A young Corey Feldman played Billy's friend Pete.
** Creator/ChuckJones as, well, Mr. Jones.
** That guy riding around on the cart at the Science Fair is Creator/StevenSpielberg, and Creator/JerryGoldsmith is standing behind the phone booth [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEdDtJNNtdw (as shown here)]].
** Phoebe Cates has some experience dealing with [[Film/DropDeadFred green tricksters.]]
** Randall Peltzer is the chief role in singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton's HeAlsoDid resume.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The Brain Gremlin is [[Theatre/TheOddCouple Felix Unger]].
** Gizmo is voiced by [[Series/DealOrNoDeal Howie Mandel]] and Stripe by Creator/FrankWelker.
** In the Japanese dub, [[Creator/ToshihikoSeki Billy is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo Maxwell]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Rau La Creuset]].
2nd Mar '16 9:30:56 PM Cindylover1969
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** That guy riding around on the cart at the Science Fair is Creator/StevenSpielberg.

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** That guy riding around on the cart at the Science Fair is Creator/StevenSpielberg.Creator/StevenSpielberg, and Creator/JerryGoldsmith is standing behind the phone booth [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEdDtJNNtdw (as shown here)]].
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