May 13, 2015

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway

" Don't give yourself airs, Scarlett."
— Rhett Butler (Clark Gamle), Gone with the Wind (1939)

Never kick a fresh cow pie on a hot day.
Harry S. Truman

Amistad (1997) (part 1 of 4)
  • Anthony Hopkins astounded the crew by delivering the entire seven page courtroom speech in a single take. Steven Spielberg was so overawed he couldn't bring himself to call him Tony, and insisted on addressing him as Sir Anthony throughout the shoot.
  • Djimon Hounsou learned Mende for his role as Cinque.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor's theatrical debut.
  • Shot in a very economical 31 days. Matthew McConaughey worked 28 of those days.
  • Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman's character) is a fictional creation. In real life, it was Josiah Willard Gibbs, Sr. (played by Austin Pendleton), a Yale professor of theology and sacred literature, who discovered James Covey, the Mende sailor who served as a translator for the Amistad captives. As depicted in the film, Gibbs learned to count to ten in Mende, and wandered around the docks of New York repeating the numbers, until Covey heard and recognized his own language and spoke to the professor.
  • According to Steven Spielberg some US actors were furious with him for casting a British actor as The President as they felt the role should have gone to an American performer.

  • Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
    Earl Nightingale

  • Dr. Jekyll's first name is Henry.
  • Camera shutter speed "B" stands for bulb.
  • The color black moves first in checkers.

  • Alice, Ben, Charlie, David, and Ed entered a contest to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. Alice guessed 30, Ben guessed 28, Charlie guessed 29, David guessed 25, and Ed guessed 26. Two were off the mark by 1, one was wrong by 4, and one by 3. But one was correct. How many jelly beans are in the jar at the store?

    Auntie Em, Hate you, hate Kansas, taking the dog. Dorothy.

    “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”

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