May 16, 2015

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
Elizabeth Bowen

"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains."
— Prof. Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard), Pygmalion (1938)

Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.
Emile M. Cioran

Amistad (1997) (part 4 of 4)
  • John Quincy Adams addresses the Supreme Court and states that when faced with trouble the Mende people invoke the help of their ancestors. As he mentions this we see a portrait of his father John Adams just over his left shoulder.
  • Though he's shown sleeping through the congressional debate about the Smithson (Smithsonian) bequest, John Quincy Adams was the chief Congressional supporter of what would eventually become the Smithsonian Institute.
  • Denzel Washington and Cuba Gooding Jr. turned down the role of Cinque. Gooding later regretted his decision.
  • Producer Debbie Allen spent 14 years shopping this story around Hollywood before it entered production.
  • Harry A. Blackmun, who plays US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, served as a US Supreme Court Justice from 1970 to 1994.
  • Sirs Anthony Hopkins and Nigel Hawthorne both play former U.S. Presidents in this film. They are also both British in real life, Welsh and English respectively. They have both played rulers of England. Hawthorne played King George III in The Madness of King George (1994). Hopkins played King Richard I (The Lionheart) in The Lion in Winter (1968). He also played Prime Minister David Lloyd George in Young Winston (1972). This is also Hopkins's second film as U.S. President. He previously played the title role in Nixon
  • President Van Buren and former President Adams find themselves on opposite ends of the court case in this film. In real life, Van Buren would later run for re-election in 1848 as a member of the Free Soil party, which opposed the expansion of slavery. His Vice-Presidential running mate was John Quincy Adams's son, Charles Francis Adams.

  • Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.
    Scott Adams

  • Dennis the Menace's favorite drink is Root beer.
  • Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space.
  • The name of Superman's dog is "Krypto."

  • A "Wise King" devised a contest to see who would receive the Princess hand in marriage. The Princess was put in a 50x50 foot carpeted room. Each of her four suitors were put in one corner of the room with a small box to stand on. The first one to touch the Princess hand would be the winner and become the new King. The rules of the test were that the contestants could not walk over the carpet, cross the plane of the carpet, or hang from anything; nor could they use anything but their body and wits (i.e. no magic or telepathy, nor any items such as ladders, block and tackles etc). One suitor figured out a way and married the Princess and became the new King. How did he figure it out?

    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

    “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

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