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Trivia / Brewster McCloud

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  • Troubled Production: Not so much troubled as hectic and chaotic, which set the stage for most of Robert Altman's future film shoots. The major crisis was when cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth (who went on to become one of the top names in the business with his work on Blade Runner) got fired halfway through filming for being too much of a perfectionist. Lamar Boren quickly flew in to replace him. A fascinating but hard-to-find book (On Making a Movie: Brewster McCloud) written by a production assistant spells out all the little issues Altman ran into with the film.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Many of the filming locations in Houston have either changed or disappeared. The Astrodome itself hasn't been used as an event venue since 2005. The AstroWorld amusement park closed in 2005 and was eventually demolished.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Altman and his occasional collaborator Brian McKay rewrote the screenplay from scratch during filming.

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