18 Hidden Details & BTS Facts From Spielberg’s Movies

This Hollywood legend has quite the history.

Steven Spielberg has had a long and fruitful career as a filmmaker, so he has many interesting stories beyond what he has shown on the silver screen.

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There are many remarkable things to hear about how Spielberg made his films and the problems he faced during production. In recognition of this director’s massive impact on the film world, here are 18 hidden behind-the-scenes details and facts about Spielberg’s films.



Spielberg hated the jaws theme song.

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One of the most iconic songs to hit theaters is John Williams’ haunting score jaws, but apparently Spielberg wasn’t a fan of it at first. When Williams shared his idea with him and kept playing those two notes, the director thought he was joking. To be fair, the score doesn’t sound like much when it was just played on the piano. In the end, however, Spielberg warmed to it and the song was forever in the minds of audiences around the world.


These are not the droids you are looking for.

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Considering that George Lucas created Star Wars, it’s understandable that he’d put a little Easter egg in another of his iconic franchises. In Raiders of the Lost ArkAs Indy and Sallah remove the lid from the Ark’s sarcophagus, we see some hieroglyphs of C-3PO and R2-D2 in the background. Star Wars happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, so maybe these two droids once spent some time on Earth.


A radiant tribute

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The biggest Easter egg in Ready Player One was when the heroes entered Stanley Kubrick’s The shining† This scene was originally intended as a simulation of Blade Runner, just like it was in Ernest Cline’s novel. But because they couldn’t get the rights to do it, Spielberg decided to use it The shining and pay tribute to Kubrick, whom he befriended during the making of this classic horror film.


Star Wars in Saving Private Ryan

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You may have forgotten that Ted Danson starred in Saving Private Ryan, but you won’t forget this fun fact about his character, Captain Fred Hamill. His name is a reference to actor Mark Hamill, who is famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars† But this isn’t the film’s only nod to this groundbreaking franchise. At one point, Ed Burns’ Private Reiben said, “I don’t have a good feeling about this,” which refers to Han Solo’s iconic catchphrase.


watching nedry jaws

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Since the response he received for spoofing jaws and duel in his movie 1941Spielberg has refrained from making references to his own filmography in his films. Still, he sneaks in some Easter eggs every now and then. One of them occurs in Jurassic Parkwhere we see Dennis Nedry watching jaws on his computer instead of doing his job.


Captain Hook’s hat

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Captain Hook is known for his fear of the crocodile eating his hand, but in Spielberg’s “sequel” to Peter Pan, the evil pirate is eventually killed by the crocodile’s stuffed corpse after it collapses on him. In Hookthe titular villain wears a hat resembling a crocodile’s mouth, likely foreshadowing his ironic fate at the end of the film.


Rexy in the rain

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If you thought the shark of jaws was difficult to work with, let me introduce you to Spielberg’s good friend, Rexy. While filming the iconic padlock scene in Jurassic Park, the animatronic T-Rex malfunctioned after the foam rubber exterior absorbed so much water, forcing the crew to dry the beast between shots. The damage to the dino’s hydraulics was so bad that it began to move on its own. Imagine being on that set and seeing a fake T-Rex come to life.


Falling stars

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In two different shots during the night boat attack in jaws, you see a shooting star flying across the night sky. Many people have speculated whether one of these stars, if not both, was real or not. But since then, Spielberg has trademarked shooting stars, including them in films like Close Encounters and The Temple of Doom


A failure to communicate

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During a scene in Saving Private Ryan, a few enemy soldiers surrender to the Americans, who shoot them after misunderstanding them. While she and the public assume these men were Germans, what they said translates to “Please don’t shoot me! I’m not German! I’m Czech! I didn’t kill anyone! I’m Czech!” Historians will tell you that men captured by the Nazis were forced to enlist in the German army, many of them Czech and Polish.


Fasten your seat belts

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In Jurassic Park, all dinosaurs were made female to prevent them from reproducing. Later in the film, however, it is revealed that their frog DNA allowed them to change sex and breed with each other. The film actually foreshadows this turn of events before the group even arrives at the park. When the helicopter with the scientists descends on Isla Nublar, Dr. Grant was forced to tie two female seat belts together, similar to how the dinosaurs found a way to mate despite being female.


Close encounters of the monkey species

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During the production of Close Encounters, Spielberg wanted the aliens in the film to move like aliens. What was his solution? An orangutan in a spandex suit and roller skates portray the alien. However, the crew struggled to control their primate actor during filming, so the idea was scrapped. While this would have made for a terrible ending, it sure would have been a hilarious prequel to The Wolf of Wall Street


the legacy of night sky

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Spielberg once planned to make a horror sequel to Close Encounters titled night sky, but he planned to make it more of a ghost story than a science fiction movie. The script had a group of alien scientists abducting farm animals and experimenting, with an alien befriending a young human boy. This film was eventually abandoned, but many elements of it were later used in ET the alien and poltergeist, so in a sense we have two sequels.


Spielberg did not accept payment for Schindler’s List.

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Schindler’s List is one of Spielberg’s most successful films, both critically and commercially. Nevertheless, the director refused any salary for his work, because he did not want “blood money” to be made from the horrors of the Holocaust. The film made more than $320 million in theaters, but Spielberg took his earnings at the box office and donated them to multiple Jewish organizations. About a year after the film’s release, Spielberg founded the USC Shoah Foundation to collect research and educate people about the Holocaust.


the origin of Amblin’

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You might recognize Spielberg’s production company by its logo with Elliott and ET flying in front of the moon. But you may not know that the company’s name is taken from one of Spielberg’s earliest works: Amblin’† Released in 1968, this short film follows a pair of hitchhikers who fall in love as they travel through the Mojave Desert. After winning several festival awards, Amblin’ Spielberg scored his long-term deal with Universal Television, and the rest was history.


The gun is mightier than the sword.

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Many people remember the scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark in which Indy shoots down a swordsman ready to attack him. This was supposed to be a long and complicated fight scene, but Harrison Ford suffered from dysentery during production and was unable to perform it. Instead, Ford Spielberg suggested they just let Indy shoot the man and walk away. You can’t blame him for taking the easy road, because he didn’t want to be “Han Soiled”.


That jaws line was improvised.

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The most memorable line in this landmark film was Brody’s anxious reaction to seeing the great white: “You need a bigger boat.” This quote was born after the film’s crew members repeatedly complained to producers that their support boat was too small. Since then, the line became a repeated joke for when something went wrong on set, and actor Roy Scheider eventually squeezed it into the film.


ET almost got a sequel.

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Given the outstanding success of ET the alienit was only natural that there were plans for a sequel, with a strange title Nightly Fears† With a much darker story, this sequel was supposed to show Elliott and his friends and siblings being abducted by evil aliens from the same world as ET. the other children. Spielberg understandably deleted this sequel, believing it would “rob the original.” [film] of his virginity.”


dead in the twilight zone

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One of the most infamous productions in Hollywood history was that of Twilight Zone — The Movie, which was directed by multiple directors, including Spielberg. In director John Landis’s portion of the film, a helicopter stunt accident resulted in the deaths of Vic Morrow and two other child actors. During the investigation into the accident, it was revealed that Landis had illegally hired the child actors to circumvent California’s child labor laws. Although Landis was acquitted of manslaughter, Spielberg ended their friendship and demanded an end to the New Hollywood Era of directors who had almost complete control over their films, saying, “No movie is worth dying for.”

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