Top 10 Movie Urban Legends
#10 - BIFF'S SPORTS ALMANAC
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The Florida Marlins' stunning victory in the 1997 World Series was predicted in the film Back to the Future II (1989). [The Marlins' inaugural season didn't take place until 1993. A sports broadcast in the movie does announce that in 2015 an unnamed Miami team with an alligator mascot loses to the Chicago Cubs.]

#09 - THUMBS UP
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Film critic Gene Siskel's Last Will and Testament requested him to be buried with his thumb pointing up. [Shortly after Siskel died in 1999, an Internet prankster created a phony news item about the esteemed critic's thumbs up request and emailed it everywhere.]

#08 - DEATH RACE
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A stuntman died during the filming of the chariot race scene in Ben Hur (1959) and the tragic scene was not edited out of the film. [Although at least one injury was reported during filming, no one died on the set of the classic movie, which starred Charlton Heston.]

#07 - THREE MEN AND A GHOST
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The ghost of a little boy appears in the background of a scene in the movie Three Men and a Baby (1987). [The "spirit" is actually a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson in a tuxedo in top hat used as a prop in a scene that was cut out of the final film.]

#06 - HORNY MINISTER
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The minister officiating the wedding ceremony in The Little Mermaid [1989] sports a woody. [The "erection" is "actually his knee sticking out from under the tunic," according to www.snopes.com.]  

#05 - DARK HORSE
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During the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony, Oscar presenter Jack Palance mistakenly called out Marisa Tomei's name for Best Supporting Actress in My Cousin Vinny instead of the actual winner, Vanessa Redgrave. [According to the Academy, officials of Price Waterhouse are prepared to immediately step up to the podium and announce the actual winner in the unlikely event that the wrong name is announced.]

#04 - COLOR ME DEAD
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The actress who portrayed "Jill Masterson" in Goldfinger suffocated to death from the application of gold paint. [English actress Shirley Eaton, who was born in 1937, is still alive although she retired from acting in 1969 to devote more time to her family. She even appeared on a 2003 episode of "Mythbusters" to deny the rumor.]

#03 - TRUE STORY
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The movie Fargo was based on a true story. [The movie opens with the following text: "THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred." However, the end credits announce that the film is indeed a work of fiction.]
 

#02 - PLAY IT AGAIN
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Humphrey Bogart said "Play it again, Sam" in the classic film Casablanca [1942]. [Bogie actually says, "You played it for her, you can play it for me . . . If she can stand to listen to it, I can. Play it." Woody Allen wrote and starred in a 1972 comedy called Play It Again, Sam, where his bumbling character, Allan Felix, gets dating advice from the ghost of Bogart (Jerry Lacy).]

#01 - HANGING MUNCHKIN
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A munchkin who committed suicide on the set of The Wizard of Oz [1939] can be viewed hanging from a tree during the forest scene when Dorothy and the Scarecrow discover the Tin Man. [Several large birds were reportedly borrowed from the Los Angeles Zoo and allowed to roam freely on the indoor set. The "hanging munchkin" is actually just one of the birds spreading its wings in the background.]

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Ernie - 2013-09-21 20:36:48

Re "Casablanca": While Bogie doesn't say "Play it again, Sam" anywhere in the movie, Ingrid Bergman does.