Trivia / North

  • Actor Allusion: The Amish couple is played by Alexander Godunov and Kelly McGillis, a reference to their roles in Witness.
  • Box Office Bomb: In addition to the scathing reviews including the Siskel & Ebert one, it had the misfortune of only earning $7,182,747 against a $40 million budget, being dwarfed by The Lion King, Forrest Gump, and Jim Carrey's own comedy The Mask (which was released the week after North and distributed by that movie's production company New Line Cinema), among others.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • The Perfect Child (Denmark)
    • Parents Wanted (Italy/Greece)
    • Home, Sweet Home (Israel)
    • The Guardian Angel (Brazil)
    • Talk About Mischief (Sweden)
  • Creator Killer: Surprisingly, Rob Reiner's career as a director recovered from this cinematic fiasco the following year with The American President (though he earned an instant demotion to the B-list for North). If anything, the only career this film might have permanently destroyed is that of writers Alan Zweibel and Andrew Scheinman, who also did not do another film until the end of the 90's. (In Scheinman's case, it didn't help that 1994 also saw his directorial debut, the even bigger flop Little Big League.)
  • Doing It for the Art: Reiner wanted to create a touching, personal fable; his very own The Wizard of Oz. This would be one instance where it simply was not worth it.
    • Especially considering the fact that he already had created a touching, personal fable: The Princess Bride is considered one of the best movies of all time mostly because it's a loving throwback and homage to fables of old. It's worth wondering when Reiner realized this irony.
  • Golden Raspberry Award: Nominated for six of them, at that.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: This movie's notoriety convinced Sony to try everything in its power to keep it from getting released on DVD. This meant that one had to rely on the VHS release and the occasional television broadcasts just to get their hands on the movie. After almost two decades, Sony finally relented to pleas from fans and released it on DVD as part of the Sony Pictures Choice Collection manufacture-on-demand line in 2012. There is also no Blu-ray of the film.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: As stated under Doing It for the Art, this was supposed to be Reiner's Spiritual Successor to The Wizard of Oz. It wasn't. To add insult to injury, many pointed out Reiner had already made such a movie several years earlier.
  • Old Shame: Averted with Rob Reiner. Despite the speed bump it did to his directing career, he's still proud of that movie.
  • One-Book Author: This film marked the lone acting role of Brynn Hartman, wife and eventual murderer of Phil Hartman.
  • Shoot the Money: Dan Aykroyd and Reba McEntire appear as the stereotypical Texan family, and sing the film's only song, a parody of the Bonanza theme song, despite North not being a musical (and despite Bonanza actually being set in Nevada). And it's also possibly Foreshadowing since the movie's All Just a Dream.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Jason Alexander never quite made a serious jump from Seinfeld to the big screen, and this movie, with his infamous "Loosen His Pants" line didn't help despite his limited screen time.

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