|On ‘The Movies that Made Us,’ the cinephile spin-off of wildly popular Netflix docuseries ‘The Toys That Made Us’ (now in its third season), creator Brian Volk-Weiss and his posse of nostalgia-obsessed, film-maker geeks turn an eye to four classics: ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’ The series features interviews with cast, creators, and crew, and explores little known facts about the classic films.
See how much of a movie expert you really are by checking out a few fun facts learned from the show:
** ‘Home Alone’ was not actually filmed in a home- The crew built a prototype of the Chicago house at New Trier Township High School, an abandoned school where, (bonus fun fact!,) John Hughes also filmed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Learn more about how this film was almost never made and what film studio saved the production.
** The role of John McClane in ‘Die Hard,’ famously played by Bruce Willis, was originally offered to none other than Frank Sinatra. Producer Joel Silver was obligated to extend the offer as the script was originally commissioned as a sequel to 1968 thriller The Detective, which starred Sinatra. Learn more about how the entire film was cast and some of the inventive special effects and stunts.
** So much of the appeal of ‘Dirty Dancing’ relies on the electric chemistry between the late Patrick Swayzee and Baby, but what would the role would have been like with Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Jessica Parker! Learn more about the DVD company who made the film, the tension between the stars and the on set injuries.
** ‘Ghostbusters’ may have just announced the long awaited sequel, but the original film script was intended for Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Learn more about how the film led to the creation of one of the leading special effects companies in Hollywood and how “Stay Puft” almost did not make the cut.
For many more, check out ‘The Movies That Made Us,’ streaming now on Netflix.