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* ActorAllusion:
** EmilyBrowning plays [[Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents an orphan in the hands of a sinister, sexual predator of a guardian. Oh, and she likes wearing her hair tied back.]] Not to mention that she is also [[Film/TheUninvited2009 sent to a psychiatric hospital after the death of her mother and sister]].
** Creator/JenaMalone [[spoiler:also dies]] in ''Film/DonnieDarko'', another movie where, at the end, [[MindScrew you have no clue what the fuck just happened]]. Additionally as [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20208_6-actors-who-play-exact-same-role-in-multiple-movies_p2.html Cracked pointed out]], she was previously in the film ''Contact'' which featured a similar shot technique to this film where the shot crosses through a mirror and appears on the other side.
** Being a SharpDressedMan, [[Creator/JonHamm The High Roller]] looks no different from [[Series/MadMen Donnie Darper]].
* AllStarCast: EmilyBrowning, Creator/AbbieCornish, Creator/JenaMalone, Music/VanessaHudgens, Jamie Chung, Creator/CarlaGugino, Creator/JonHamm and Scott Glenn are all decently known.
* ColourblindCasting: For Amber anyway. White Emma Stone was considered for the role and Indian Freida Pinto was the second choice. Korean-American Jamie Chung ended up with the part.
* DeletedScene: Almost 20 minutes worth on the special edition DVD. Extended fight sequences, the love scene, some more motivational speeches all cut, but almost always stated to make the movie better, more understandable, drill Zack's point home and generally make the film more mature and enjoyable. The love scene with the High Roller is also TheReveal, so look for that one.
* DoingItForTheArt: ''Seriously''. The studio wanted the film post-converted to 3D, but Snyder refused. [[WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole He's done 3D before]], but he didn't film ''Sucker Punch'' for 3D, and he felt converting it would make an inferior film. What makes this especially odd is that he claimed not to know why he made such an odd film, saying ''That is basically my comment on the film as well. "Why are you making this movie? You need to make a movie more commercial. It shouldn't be so dark and weird."'' Which in an odd way drives home his point about the nature of the film. It's so personal and yet so universal it had to be made "For the art" of it.
* DyeingForYourArt: EmilyBrowning bleached her hair platinum blonde. The dye ended up frying her hair and she had to cut it short immediately after filming wrapped. Pixie style.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The test screening of the film included a mild love scene [[spoiler:following Baby Doll getting knocked out by one of Blue's men while Sweet Pea escapes]] between Baby Doll and [[spoiler:the High Roller]] in his suite that is initiated by ''Baby Doll'' when he offers her freedom while in reality [[spoiler:she's getting lobotomized.]] The [=MPAA=] did not approve of it and wanted the scene cut down; Zack Snyder cut it down to the point that it looked like [[spoiler:the High Roller]] was taking advantage of Baby Doll, and then ultimately cut the scene altogether because that wasn't the message he wanted to give. However, the full uncut scene will be featured in the Director's Cut. In the original ending (that will not be included in the Director's Cut), [[spoiler:when the police shines his light on Baby Doll post-lobotomy, she starts singing "O-o-h Child," followed by the rest of the girls appearing, and they all sing it on stage before the curtains fall.]]
* FakeAmerican: Emily Browning ("Baby Doll") and Abbie Cornish ("Sweet Pea") are both Aussies. Oscar Isaac ("Blue"), although born in Guatemala, doesn't really count as he was raised in Florida.
* FakeNationality: American Creator/CarlaGugino playing the slavic Madam Gorski.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** [[Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Violet Baudelaire]], [[Film/BrightStar Fanny Brawne]], [[Film/HighSchoolMusical Gabriella Montez]], [[Film/DragonballEvolution Chi-Chi]] from ''[[Series/TheRealWorld The Real World: San Diego]]'', and [[Film/DonnieDarko Gretchen Ross]] [[GirlsWithGuns shoot shit]]. [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Silk Spectre I]] also shows up, and [[Film/RobinHood2010 King John]] and [[MadMen Don Draper]] are the film's antagonists.
** "Help me [[TheRightStuff Alan Shephard]], [[TheObiWan you're my only hope!]]"
** "Hey! [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Young Rorschach]] is the kid getting on the bus! And he was the kid in the trench!" (That's Eli Snyder, the director's son).
** [[JonHamm Mr. Draper]], [[Series/MadMen your four o'clock is here]].
** I wonder what kind of mission the [[SpyKids OSS needed to send Ingrid Cortes on]] that she needs to be a slavic Doctor/Brothel Madame.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The one who puts Babydoll into the institution? Why it's none other than [[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Turaga Dume]].[[note]]you might also recognize him as [[Series/DavincisInquest Bob Kelly]], [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Paul]] and [[Manga/MaisonIkkoku Yotsuya]].[[/note]]
** The Japanese dubbed version has some members from both ToLoveRu and {{K-ON}} in the cast:
*** Babydoll [[MinakoKotobuki is]] [[{{K-ON}} Tsumugi Kotobuki]] and [[MobileSuitGundamAGE Fram Nara]]
*** Blondie [[Creator/AkiToyosaki is]] [[{{K-ON}} Yui Hirasawa]] and [[ToLoveRu Momo Velia Deviluke]]
*** Sweet Pea [[YukoKaida is]] [[QueensBlade Risty]] and [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Marida Cruz]]
*** Rocket [[HarukaTomatsu is]] [[ToLoveRu Lala Satalin Deviluke]]
*** Amber [[Creator/AyahiTakagaki is]] [[MobileSuitGundam00 Feltd Grace]]
*** Vera Gorski [[RikaFukami is]] [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]]
* PlaneSpotting: The dragon sequence has the heroes riding in a modified Consolidated B-25 Mitchel, a WorldWarII era American medium bomber. Of course, in RealLife, the B-25 had a pair of piston-powered propeller engines, not one propeller engine and a jet engine. As a point of trivia, [[AluminumChristmasTrees there have been multiple aircraft designs that used both propeller and jet engines]], but the B-25 was not one of them.
* ShownTheirWork: In this fantasy movie you will see better, more tactical use of firearms than in any Syfy Channel original movie about or including the military. Heck, it's also better than about 50% of other movies about the military (drops to 30% after 1985). The girls keep their rifles on their shoulders, roll in their steps rather than bouncing, and never cross lines of fire when clearing a room (and clearing the room they went from cover to cover, interlocking fields of fire). The firearms savvy troper will recognize [=EoTech=] holographic sites, historically accurate firearms (even the Samurai's [[{{BFG}} 20mm version minigun]]), and a suppressed M4. Even handling a semi-automatic firearm, Baby Doll only crosses her thumbs in back once, but with hands that tiny it's believable she didn't catch the Colt Hammer Bite (when the slide comes back in the cycling of the action and cleaves any flesh in its way).
** Also, after they clear the first room in the castle, Rocket signals to Sweet Pea (who is covering the stairs leading away from the room and thus not looking back at the others behind her) that they're ready to move on by giving her a pat. [[LesYay Of course, in real life, one pats the shoulder, not the ass.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: At the time one of many films Vanessa Hudgens did to shake off her ContractualPurity from ''HighSchoolMusical''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** During the end credits, it's revealed that extensive musical and dance numbers were filmed but deleted for the theatrical release. The dance numbers are to be included on the DVD.
** In the WWI fight scene, originally there were supposed to be zombie dogs alongside the soldiers.
** Behind-the-scenes videos and various trailers show that the girls originally were shown battling through the castle courtyard, including Sweet Pea actually using the sword on her back, but the final film skips over this, instead skipping straight to the girls entering the castle.
** [[TheReveal That scene the executives meddled to the point it got taken out almost drives the point of the movie home entirely, but alas...]] [[spoiler: consensual, female lead, romantic sex featuring a female lead being loved and discovered as herself, [[SarcasmMode we can't have that]] ]] Moral Guardians shall have their way. UnfortunateImplications UpToEleven
*** [[http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/mpaa-thinks-child-rape-is-more.html Noted]]
** Creator/AmandaSeyfried was originally cast as Baby Doll [[note]] It reflects how EmilyBrowning has to dye her hair blonde [[/note]] but she was forced to turn it down when the producers of ''Series/BigLove'' refused to let her go. Also Creator/EmmaStone and Creator/EvanRachelWood were originally cast as Amber and Rocket respectively, but turned it down due to [[Film/EasyA other]] [[Series/TrueBlood commitments]].
*** After Stone, Frieda Pinto is the first choice to replace her as Amber.
* WordOfGod: Creator/ZackSnyder has had to do lots of explaining this movie to everybody, with mixed results.

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