Steve Kahan: Richard Donner's cousin plays a worker in the control room at the end of the film.
Richard Donner: a worker in the control room at the end of the film.
Four copies of Pablo Picasso's 1942 painting "Woman with an Artichoke" were made for a scene that was never shot. Three were given to crew members: director Richard Donner, production designer J. Michael Riva and original cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. Mel Gibson somehow got the fourth.
Conrad L. Hall, the film's original cinematographer, was fired five days into filming.
Keith Haring's "Free South Africa" poster is seen in a few background shots as it is in Scrooged, also directed by Richard Donner.
Sam Kinison was originally slated to play the part of Eliot Loudermilk. The part eventually went to Bobcat Goldthwait due to his friendship with Bill Murray.
On the "Frisbee" show (when Frank is in the dog suit), there is a tree on the set with a heart engraving and "Dick Loves Lauren". Director Richard Donner is married to producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
The trivia game played by Frank's brother is "what's the name of the boat on Gilligan's Island?" Director Richard Donner was one of the original directors on the show.
When the Ghost Of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) grabbed Bill Murray's lip she tore his lip so badly that filming was halted for several days.
The leader of the street carolers insulted by Bill Murray is Paul Shaffer. The others are Miles Davis, David Sanborn and Larry Carlton.
The character name Calvin Cooley is a reference to President Calvin Coolidge who was known as a man of few words.
All of Bill Murray's actor brothers - John Murray, Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray - make appearances in this film.
When The Ghost of Christmas Present first appears in the movie, she says to Frank Cross, "I'm a little muddled." This is a direct quote from Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz when she first meets Dorothy in Munchkinland.
At the end of the movie, when everybody is singing "Put a little love in your heart", Frank (Bill Murray) says (among many other things): "Feed me, Seymour!" This is a reference to Little Shop of Horrors, in which Murray has a small part.
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