Guinness World Records have been around since the 1950s, when Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, argued with friends about what the fastest game bird in Europe was, but couldn't find the answer in a book (it's a golden plover). Guinness World Records, now much more than a book, covers topics far beyond fast feathered friends, and its database of 53,000-plus items includes plenty of records related to film, TV, video games, and other entertainment. And some of them are surprising.
Among the Guinness Word Records for films are things you might expect, like highest-grossing film at the global box office (as of April 2020, that would be Avengers: Endgame, with $2,797,800,564). A less lustrous but sweeter movie milestone is the first film to feature the tossing of a custard pie. (Hint, the movie came out in 1913.)
From MCU blockbusters and Hollywood classics to some truly obscure titles, here are some of the more unusual world records held by movies.
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In the 1982 historical drama Gandhi, more than 300,000 extras (200,000 volunteers; the rest contract workers), appeared during the funeral scene for Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.
According to Guinness World Records, the scene was filmed on the anniversary of the real Gandhi's funeral, and had to be done in one morning.Surprising record?
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In Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining, a scene between Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) and Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd) required 148 takes - apparently not because it was complicated, but Kubrick just really wanted it to be right.
The seven-minute conversation takes place as Hallorann tells Danny:
When I was a little boy, my grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it "shining."Surprising record?
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Universal Pictures Brasil hosted an "interspecies screening" of The Secret Life of Pets 2 at a sports complex in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 8, 2019.
The number of dogs that attended (with their humans), was 120, setting a Guinness World Record.Surprising record?
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The famed "little black dress" designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for 467,200 pounds ($924,347) to an anonymous buyer at a Christie's auction in London in December 2006.
According to Christie's, the dress was one of three designed for the film (a common movie costume practice). Although Hepburn didn't wear this dress in the opening scene, it was from Givenchy's personal collection.
Givenchy gave the dress to Dominique Lapierre, author of City of Joy, so Lapierre could donate the proceeds to his City of Joy Aid charity.Surprising record?