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(1993)

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The hat that Robert Downey, Jr. wears during the night barbecue scene, is the distinctive "X" from many of the posters and memorabilia of Malcolm X (1992).
The film was shot in ten weeks. Each storyline was filmed in weekly divisions.
The notorious bottom nude scene, ultimately played by Julianne Moore, deterred a lot of other actresses, including Madeleine Stowe, who switched roles in the film. Ironically, Stowe's new part required nudity too, though it was topless, rather than bottomless.
All of Jennifer Jason Leigh's phone-sex conversations are verbatim of the calls she heard when she was researching for the part.
Annie Ross and Lori Singer's segment is a Robert Altman invention, and had no connection to anything Raymond Carver had written.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Jack Lemmon, Tim Robbins, Frances McDormand, and Julianne Moore; and eight Oscar nominees: Buck Henry, Bruce Davison, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Anne Archer, Robert Downey, Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh and Huey Lewis.
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Even though he film is based on short stories by Raymond Carver, one scene is taken straight out of David Osborne's novel "Open Season" from 1974. The scene where Stuart (Fred Ward) and his two buddies, Gordon (Buck Henry) and Vern (Huey Lewis), harass Doreen (Lily Tomlin) at the breakfast diner before they head out on their fishing trip, plays almost exactly like a short chapter in that novel. Three good buddies are heading out on a hunting trip, and harass a young, sexy waitress at the diner where they went for a breakfast stop. Not only the way the characters interact is similar, even the way the friends in this film are dressed, and how they joke with one another, is exactly like Osborne wrote it. Thematically, the novel "Open Season" is linked to this film, in that it is a harsh critique of a perverted "American way of life".
Madeleine Stowe turned down the part later taken by Julianne Moore.
In preparation for her role as a phone-sex operator in the film, Leigh spent time in actual phone-sex offices researching her role, during which time she claims to have read the call logs and recognized some prominent names, including two film directors she personally knew.
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Laura Dern turned down a role in the film.
Jennifer Beals was cast in the film, but her character was cut from the script during pre-production.
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One of two 1993 releases featuring Chris Penn and Michael Beach. The other being True Romance (1993).
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One of two 1993 films featuring Matthew Modine and Lily Tomlin as part of a large ensemble cast. The other being And the Band Played On (1993).
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This film and Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999), are similarly themed (both taking place in Los Angeles and running for three hours), and both have a large ensemble cast. Anderson is a huge fan and disciple of Altman. nm0000194 appears on both movies.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Robert Altman, Robert Downey, Jr., and Robert DoQui all have the same first names.
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This film was released a year after Chaplin (1992), which also starred Robert Downey, Jr. Both have large ensemble casts.
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Anne Archer and Tim Robbins have worked with Director Adrian Lyne. Archer starred in Fatal Attraction (1987), and Robbins starred in Jacob's Ladder (1990).
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Body count: four.
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