Small But Clever Details From '90s Movies That Fans Uncovered

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The 1990s was a decade that offered up some of the best movies ever made. In addition to films like Fight Club and The Matrix, studios released iconic romantic comedies, action, adventure, drama, romance, war movies, and much more. Throughout the decade, studios continuously released incredible entertainment, and those movies were jam-packed with tons of small but clever details.

Plenty of movie watchers have watched and rewatched the best the '90s had to offer and found details most moviegoers missed on a first viewing. The more eagle-eyed of these fans have taken to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their findings.

This list features some of the most interesting of those small details about movies released in the 1990s. If you see something you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!

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    3,200 VOTES

    'Street Fighter' Was Raul Julia's Final Gift To His Children

    Redditor u/Shamrock5 revealed that Raul Julia's last role was a gift to his children:

    Raul Julia's final role was the villainous M. Bison in Street Fighter (1994), which he filmed while dying from stomach cancer. He took the role because his children loved the franchise and he wanted to star in a film they could enjoy.

    3,200 votes
  • 2
    2,117 VOTES

    A Couple In 'Titanic' Were A Real-World Love Story/Tragedy

    James Cameron flubbed some historical details in Titanic, but as Redditor u/Longduckdon22 noted, some aspects were true and heartbreaking:

    Titanic - 1997 The couple shown in bed together having accepted their fate is Isador and Ida Straus. They were the co-owners of Macy’s. Ida refused to leave his side when he refused a lifeboat spot b/c there were still women and children on board. They were last seen walking arm and arm together.

    2,117 votes
  • 3
    2,264 VOTES

    Jackson's Bruise In 'Saving Private Ryan' Was Historically Accurate

    A ridiculous amount of detail went into making Saving Private Ryan as authentic as possible, and as Redditor u/Bromothymol_blue noted, even bruises were accurate:

    In Saving Private Ryan (1998), Jackson has a bruise on his thumb that was a common injury during WWII from soldiers' thumbs getting caught in the loading mechanism of M1 Garands.

    2,264 votes
  • 4
    2,074 VOTES

    Bill Murray Is A Talented Bowler

    It's easy enough to fake a strike in a bowling movie, but as Redditor u/Celestial_Inferno noted, it wasn't necessary for Bill Murray in Kingpin:

    In Kingpin (1996) Bill Murray plays the infamous pro-bowler, Ernie McCracken. In addition to improvising nearly all of his lines, Murray actually bowled three strikes in a row on camera to a live audience in one take. Their thunderous applause was real.

    2,074 votes
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    1,936 VOTES

    'Mrs. Doubtfire' Featured Some Excellent Improv

    Robin Williams was a master comic, and his improvisational skills were some of his greatest abilities. As Redditor u/WaffleEnema noted, they came in handy with one of the funniest moments in Mrs. Doubtfire:

    In Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), the scene where Mrs. Sellner comes to inspect Daniel's apartment and the icing on Mrs. Doubtfire’s face is melting off was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams improvised the bulk of that scene.

    1,936 votes
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    1,868 VOTES

    Tom Hanks' Brother Did The Running In 'Forrest Gump'

    Redditor u/Tokyono pointed out that Tom Hanks didn't do all of his running in Forrest Gump:

    For Forrest Gump (1994), Tom Hanks’s brother Jim Hanks doubled for him for the sequence where Forrest jogs across America. As Jim put it: “Tom had other doubles, but they couldn’t do the run,” he says, referring to Gump’s stiff, geeky stride. “That’s a stupid Hanks thing.”

    1,868 votes