60 movie trivia facts you (probably) don't know

You know the scene - you're busy playing it cool, biding your time and hoping against hope that no one else knows the answer. Then, all of sudden you snap into action, lazily suggesting the correct response before sitting back to bask in the warm glow of loving adoration. "Just how did you know that?", "you're a genius!", "I'm not even mad that you made us wait for 45 minutes before telling us!". Now just imagine a world in which you hadn't had that answer. It almost doesn't bear thinking about.

Fortunately, you need never tempt fate again, thanks to this epic rundown of handy, informative and massively interesting movie trivia. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll even become a better person - these are the 60 greatest movie trivia facts of all time! *none of the above may actually occur, reading list does not ensure against memory lapses, smarter companions or untrustworthy people googling the answer.*

60. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Did you know? Buddy Ebsen, the original Tin Man, had to abandon the part after being hospitalised. The cause: a reaction to the aluminium powder in his make-up.

59. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Did you know? The gag where wheelchair-bound Dr Scott smashes through a wall only happened because the production department forgot to put a door in the set.

58. Wild At Heart (1990)

Did you know? Not counting Twin Peaks, this is the only one of David Lynch's films to have a sequel - 1997's Perdita Durango, directed by lex de la Iglesia and starring Rosie Perez as the titular anti-heroine, originally played by Isabella Rossellini.

57. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Did you know? Who needs movie trickery? Sigourney Weaver really does pull off that basketball shot.

56. Gremlins (1984)

Did you know? Hoyt Axton, who plays inventor Rand Peltzer, was a renowned folk singer/songwriter in the 1960s. His most famous song, The Pusher, was covered by Steppenwolf and used in the soundtrack to Easy Rider.

55. Witness (1985)

Did you know? Surprisingly, David Cronenberg was amongst the directors approach to helm the thriller but refused because of the story's "idealized" treatment of the Amish: "to me they were a very repressive, sort of cultish group that I didnt have much affection for."

54. Straw Dogs (1971)

Did you know? June Brown, aka Eastenders' Dot Cotton, was cast in the role of Mrs Hedden, but her scenes were chopped from the script before shooting started.

53. The Matrix (1999)

Did you know? Hugo Weaving discovered a polyp on his leg that had to be surgically removed, forcing the schedule to be re-arranged to put all of his stuntwork at the end of the shoot.

52. Fantasia (1940)

Did you know? The film came about after the ambitious Walt Disney overspent on short The Sorcerer's Apprentice by hiring revered conductor Leopold Stokowski to handle the score. Rather than writing off the debt, Disney decided to spend more by making a whole feature.