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The Nice Guys (2016) Poster

(2016)

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Downtown Atlanta doubled for 1970's Los Angeles during filming. Prop cars were given California plates and a car was painted to resemble a 70's era L.A. cab, "Hollywood Taxi Co."
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The project was initially proposed as a TV series but was re-tooled as a film after the pilot seemed to be going nowhere.
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The film opens with the mid 1970s Warner Brothers logo.
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During March's opening monologue about the downturn of society, a porno theatre in the background is playing "Bang Bang Kiss Kiss," a play on Shane Black's earlier film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
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The porn star Misty Mountains is named after one of the film's production companies.
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One of the film's nods to The Rockford Files (1974) is the yellow pages ad for Holland March's detective agency. It is almost a complete copy of the ad used for Jim Rockford. Like Jim Rockford, March keeps his gun in a cookie jar.
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Similarly to the studio's marketing campaign for Inherent Vice (2014), Warner Bros. released a 70s-style trailer, complete with Betamax artifacts, an optical soundtrack audio crackle, and an "introducing" credit for Kim Basinger.
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Principal talents Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling were both child actors who dropped out of high school to pursue their careers, and never had formal training in acting.
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The signage at the fuel station showing EVEN refers to the 1979 rationing of fuel to the vehicles with numberplates that end in even or odd number on alternating even or odd-numbered days. For instance, if today is 3 April and your numberplate has ABC-827, you can fill your car on that day. Some states allowed both even and odd numbers on 31st of month.
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At the beginning, when Jackson Healy is learning a new word (equanimity) while feeding his fish and reciting it to himself to memorize it, this scene is exactly like a scene from the Asian-American film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002); even the word is the same.
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In the elevator scene, the same music plays in the background as in the elevator scene in The Blues Brothers (1980). The song is called The Girl From Ipanema.
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The dialogue between the bartender and the detectives ("He'll stop doing it." "Doing what?") is the same line from Iron Man 3 when Rhodey and Tony interrogate Mandarin. Both films are directed and co-written by Shane Black.
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Russell Crowe put on some extra weight for the role of Jackson Healy, feeling the character, as an enforcer thug, should be a "stocky brawler type."
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A guest at the porno producer's party who is dressed up like Pinocchio says, "It's not my nose that grows." "It's not his nose that grows" was the tagline for Pinocchio (1971).
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The party scene at Sid Shattuck's place is actually the Atlanta home of Hip Hop producer Dallas Austin. The home was also featured on MTV Cribs.
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Jack Kilmer is the son of Val Kilmer. Shane Black directed Val in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
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The character John Boy has the same mole as his namesake on The Waltons (1971).
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At the end of the film a marquee for the Comedy Store is shown in the background, featuring Tim Allen. "Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison's Some Semblance of Sanity. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store." [Wikipedia]
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When Healey is fighting the Older Guy at Sid's house party, Healey delivers a punch combination exactly like the combination Maximus uses on Commodus in Gladiator (2000). Both Healey and Maximus are played by Russell Crowe.
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First reunion of Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger since L.A. Confidential (1997) and also second time that Crowe and Ty Simpkins are together in a movie, the first being The Next Three Days (2010).
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Includes several references to other Shane Black movies. A character who appears in an adult movie dies in the beginning like Lethal Weapon (1987), a character is called a f**k up by his daughter like The Last Boy Scout (1991), a duck drawing appears like The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and Robert Downey Jr. appears in an uncredited cameo. Downey Jr. also appeared in Iron Man 3 (2013) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), both of which were directed by Black.
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The script is loosely based on a 1973 pulp novel, Blue Murder, in the Michael Shayne series, by prolific writer Robert Terrall, who used the pen name Brett Halliday for those books.
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The character name Holland March may be a reference to the Holland Marsh, a wetland and agricultural area in Ryan Gosling's home province of Ontario, Canada.
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Jackson Healy's car is a 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado.
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The red Mustang with white convertible top is a 1967 with a 289 and factory a/c.
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When Holland March chases mermaids in the aquarium. The scene can be seen In The Right Stuff (1983) with Deke Slayton in the aquarium doing the same, watched by Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper.
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The film takes place in 1977.
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Despite being the film's main antagonist, Matt Bomer doesn't appear until exactly 1hr 22mins and 17sec into the movie.
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The second movie that Jack Kilmer and Margaret Qualley have done together. The first one was Palo Alto (2013).
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Ty Simpkins previously starred in Iron Man 3 (2013) which was also directed by Shane Black.
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Reunites Keith David and Russell Crowe who previously appeared together in The Quick and the Dead (1995).
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This is the second film featuring Matt Bomer and Yaya DaCosta is supporting roles. The first film is In Time (2011). Bomer and DaCosta do not have scenes together in either film.
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Margaret Qualley (Amelia) and Steve Wilder (Perry) share the same birthday, October 23rd.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The body of Sid Shattuck is "played' by Robert Downey Jr. (wearing a fake beard) in an uncredited cameo.
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The take with Ryan Gosling sitting against the tree next to the body of Sid Shattuck is an homage to Lou Costello, who specialized in long takes where something, such as the Mummy or Frankenstein's monster, scared him so badly he couldn't make a sound, but eventually managed to yell his partner's name.
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When Jackson, Holland, and Holly are in a cab surrounded by traffic after the big shoot out against John Boy at Holland's house, the black van that hit "Blue Face" can be seen next to the cab also stuck in the traffic.
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The toast which ends the movie, "To the birds!" is delivered by two men with bird-based surnames: Crowe and Gosling.
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Immediately after the bathroom stall scene, look closely at March's magazine, especially after Holly asks Healy to beat up her friend Janet: on the cover is Richard Nixon, who makes a cameo of sorts later on in the film.
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When Misty Mountains dies in the beginning she asks how do you like my car. She's alluding to the motive for her death. The movie 'How Do You Like My Car Big Boy'
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Ryan Gosling's character returns with an arm cast there is a goose or a gosling drawn on it.
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If you look closely when Healy is leaving his apartment to deliver the "message" to March, before he shuts off the power in his apartment you can hear his TV mention the character John Boy from The Waltons (1971) playing on his TV in the bottom right corner of the screen. The hit man, John Boy, shares his name with the TV character, as well as featuring the same signature mole as the character.
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Body Count: 15
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