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Small Details From 1990s Sci-Fi Movies We Just Noticed That Make The Movies Even Better

June 28, 2021 481 votes 102 voters 6.7k views12 items

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Science fiction movies in the 1990s introduced some of the biggest film franchises in Hollywood history, including Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and Men in Black. Some standalone films, like Independence Day and 12 Monkeys, were hugely successful at the box office, and other '90s classics continued their franchises from origins in the 1980s, like Back to the Future II and III and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. 

From aliens to hungry dinosaurs, from computer programs to robots gone bad, '90s movies both frightened and fascinated audiences, and they remain canonical works of science fiction in popular culture. All of the films in this list are suffused with hidden details that make them even more delightful. Vote on the features you think make your favorite '90s sci-fi films even more interesting!


  • Photo: Men in Black / Sony Pictures Releasing

    The Aliens In 'Men In Black' Speak The Same Language As Jabba The Hutt From 'Star Wars'

    When Will Smith's Agent J tours the MIB offices with Tommy Lee Jones's Agent K, he is astonished by the number of aliens living on earth, as well as those residing at headquarters.

    In the breakroom, K introduces J to "the worm guys," who smoke, drink coffee, and speak to K in an alien dialect that includes the term "wanga," a reference to the language spoken by Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. 

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  • Photo: Independence Day / 20th Century Fox

    Jeff Goldblum's Ex-Wife's Address In 'Independence Day' Was Pretty Obvious

    In the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum's character, David Levinson, searches for his ex-wife's address to warn her and her boss, US President Thomas Whitmore, about a forthcoming alien invasion.

    While the address is highlighted and difficult to decipher in the split second it appears on screen, it reads “123 Heresheis Av.” Other amusing street names can also be seen.

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  • Photo: Terminator 2: Judgment Day / TriStar Pictures

    The Sound Of T-1000 Knocking On The Door Vs. A Real Person Actually Sounded Different

    The 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day utilized incredible special effects in creating the liquid metal T-1000s and retained continuity in the sound effects. Redditor u/iwasAfookenLegend noticed that when the security guard at Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane knocks on glass, it sounds completely different from when the same guard, now embodied by the liquid metal T-1000, knocks.

    This makes complete sense and demonstrates director James Cameron's dedication to detail, as the T-1000 version of the guard would be made of liquid metal rather than human flesh.

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  • Photo: The Matrix / Warner Bros.

    In 'The Matrix,' Neo And Morpheus Form A Yin-Yang Symbol While Fighting

    When Neo and Morpheus spar during a training sequence in 1999's The Matrix, they demonstrate their fighting skills and reference the philosophy behind the martial arts. 

    Redditor u/lesi20 identified that while wearing contrasting white and black clothing, Neo and Morpheus spar using the same move; seen from above, the image forms a yin-yang symbol.

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