The types of legends that surround films are too numerous to categorize. Here is a but a small selection of tales about altered endings, ghostly images, mysterious objects, and deaths, both on-camera and off.




Back to the Future II

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The 1989 film Back to the Future II correctly predicted the outcome of the 1997
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The hoverboards used in Back to the Future II were real.


Ben-Hur
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A stuntman was killed during the filming of the chariot race scene in 1959’s Ben-Hur.


The Blair Witch Project

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The film The Blair Witch Project is based on documentary footage shot by three student filmmakers who mysteriously disappeared.*


Casablanca
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Ronald Reagan was the actor originally selected to play the role of Rick Blaine in Casablanca.


The Deer Hunter
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Showings of The Deer Hunter have inspired Russian Roulette suicides.


Deliverance
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Chance encounter between autistic child and film actor results in “dueling banjos” scene.


Dr. Zhivago
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A stuntwoman’s legs were amputated when she fell under a train.


Fargo
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The movie Fargo was based on a true story.


For Your Eyes Only
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One of the women in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only used to be a guy.


Goldfinger
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An actress in Goldfinger died from asphyxiation after being covered with gold paint.


How the West Was Won
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A stunt man was killed during the filming of a fight scene.


Key Largo
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A character in the 1948 film Key Largo makes a prescient comment about Florida politicians.


King Kong vs. Godzilla
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The Japanese and American versions of King Kong vs. Godzilla had different endings.


Labyrinth 2

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The Jim Henson company is developing a sequel to the movie Labyrinth.


The Madness of King George
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The distributors of The Madness of George III changed its title to The Madness of King George because they were afraid Americans would think it was the third installment of a “Madness of George” film series.


The Manchurian Candidate
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The film The Manchurian Candidate was withdrawn from distribution in 1963 due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


Napoleon Dynamite
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The Idaho legislature passed a resolution praising the producers of Napoleon Dynamite.


A Night in Casablanca
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Warner Bros. threatened to sue the Marx Brothers over their use of the word “Casablanca” in the film title A Night in Casablanca.


Patton
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Mules were shot during the filming of the bridge scene in the 1970 motion picture Patton.


Poltergeist
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A number of unusual deaths have occurred to the cast of the Poltergeist trilogy of films.


Pulp Fiction
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The mysterious briefcase contained Marsellus’ soul.


Raiders of the Lost Ark
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A case of the trots led to one of the film’s most memorable scenes.


Smokey and the Bandit
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The third Smokey and the Bandit film was originally shot with Jackie Gleason playing both the Sheriff and the Bandit.


Star Wars
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A Star Wars trading card was altered to depict the droid C-3PO with an oversized penis.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on a true story.


Three Men and a Baby
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The ghostly image of a dead boy appears in a window.


Twister
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A tornado ripped through a drive-in while Twister was playing on the screen.


The Wizard of Oz
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A munchkin’s on-set suicide was captured on film.

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Buddy Ebsen was slated to play the Tin Woodman but had to be replaced when the makeup made him ill.

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A second-hand coat purchased for Professor Marvel’s costume was later discovered to have been owned by L. Frank Baum.


Unfriended

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The film Unfriended was based on real-life events or found footage.


Young Frankenstein

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The reaction of horses to housekeeper Frau Blucher‘s name is a subtle in-joke.

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