PG | | Drama, Romance
Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.
The fictitious credits for "Sand Pirates of the Sahara," the film-within-a-film, include director Ferenc Arpad, a Hungarian translation of the first and middle name of Frank Darabont, and actor Ramon Jamon, Spanish for ham.
What about the kid?
Studio Executive: What kid?
Studio Executive: You know, the kid who rings the bell.
Studio Executive: What kid? What bell? What are you talking about?
Studio Executive: The kid. After the mine caves in. The kid. He runs up the hill. He rings the bell to alert the town.
Studio Executive: Is that in the script? What ...
Studio Executive: ...
The diesel locomotive pulling the train that Pete is riding back to Lawson near the end of the movie is a later model Electro Motive Division GP (general purpose) engine that was not available until the mid-60s. Diesel engines were certainly available in the early-1950s, but not that model.
The Hollywood executives heard in the first scene are briefly heard over the Castle Rock logo. Postcards of Lawson fall down around the opening credits.
$7,366,207 (USA) (23 December 2001)
$27,807,266 (USA) (14 March 2002)
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