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  • This was originally thought to be Quentin Tarantino's first film to be based on a true story, but he has since debunked this claim.
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tom Cruise were in talks for roles, though Brad Pitt was ultimately cast in the role for which Cruise auditioned.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is also rumoured to have a role in this movie. If this happens then it would be his second time to cooperate with Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained 2012) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street 2013) and his first time to be in a movie with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Originally, Tarantino wanted Jennifer Lawrence to play Sharon Tate until Tate's real-life sister stated Lawrence wasn't pretty enough during a public interview. Tarantino then switched to attaching Margot Robbie to role instead.
  • Quentin Tarantino was scheduled to make the film for The Weinstein Company but severed the ties when the sexual assault allegations against co-chairman Harvey Weinstein were revealed in the press. To avoid a repeat of the script leak incident that almost cost him The Hateful Eight (2015), he wrote a memo to all theatrical studios, summoning them to send one representative to his agent's (The William Morris Endeavor) office in Beverly Hills to read his Manson script in person at an arranged time and date. The memo also mandated that each representative was required to sign a heavy non-disclosure agreement, read the script in person (they were not allowed to copy or take the script back), and present the list of demands and conditions to the studio management. This project was already one of the most anticipated and promising projects on the board at the time. After reading the script, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Annapurna Pictures, and Lionsgate were welcome to make a bid for the theatrical right before a second round of bids pitched to Tarantino himself. Sony won the theatrical rights in the bidding war outbidding its closest rival Warner Bros., making it the first David Heyman production not to be distributed by Warner.
  • The script will focus on cult leader Charles Manson and members of his "Family"
  • Margot Robbie is going to play Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski's first wife.
  • Rumours have circulated that Jennifer Lawrence was being considered for the role of Manson Family member Susan Atkins. In 2014, Quentin Tarantino considered Lawrence for the role of Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight (2015), which ultimately went to Jennifer Jason Leigh. In interviews around that film's release date, Tarantino described Daisy as "a Manson girl out West, like Susan Atkins or something," suggesting that Tarantino has had Lawrence in mind for a part like this for some time.
  • Jared Leto stated on an interview Conan in 2017 that he was offered the role of Charles Manson. Although, it's still not known yet whether Leto accepted or turned down the role.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was courted for several months to take on one of the two primary characters in the film. The role was revealed to be the character of Rick Dalton, a washed up former television western star, for which DiCaprio would eventually be convinced to sign on for his second collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, their first being Django Unchained (2012).
  • The movie is expected to shoot in 2018, with a rumoured 2019 release.
  • the film is yet to have an official title and is currently being referred to as '#9'.
  • Is set to cost a reported $100 million.
  • The working title for the film was "#9," being Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film.
  • codenamed "#9" starts production next year.
  • Quentin Tarantino Chooses Sony Pictures to Produce and Distribute His Ninth Feature Film.
  • Brings Quentin Tarantino full circle with Sony Pictures over two decades after TriStar put Pulp Fiction (1994) into turnaround, due to its supposed glamorization of violence and drugs.
  • Will be released on Aug. 9, 2019 -- exactly 50 years after the Manson family claimed the life of actress Sharon Tate on a two-night killing spree in 1969.
  • This film was originally scheduled to be released on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Tate and friends by members of Charles Manson's "Family," before Sony changed the release date to July 26, 2019. Joan Didion in her collection of essays titled "White Album" theorized that August 9, 1969 was the day the "Hippie" movement, the free love era, and the 1960s as a whole came to an abrupt end as a result of these murders.
  • Brad Pitt was reportedly in talks for an unspecified role in the film, which was rumored to be a detective investigating the murders, and was eventually turned down by Pitt. Negotiations stopped for a couple months as it was assumed Pitt wasn't interested. Quentin Tarantino then tried to consider Tom Cruise for a role as many assume it was the same role (it has not been confirmed) that Pitt declined but matters never materialized with Cruise. Tarantino then went back to Pitt months later for a role again but this time, the role was confirmed for being the stuntman character, Cliff Booth, which Pitt would sign on to do.
  • This is Leonardo DiCaprio's first film in four years since winning his first Academy Award for The Revenant (2015).
  • Quentin Tarantino claimed to have written a role specifically for Al Pacino in the film. Pacino was later cast as Marvin Schwarz, a fictitious Hollywood agent to DiCaprio's character.
  • Michael Madsen stated that he liked to play a role in the film.
  • Tom Cruise was considered to star as longtime stuntman Cliff Booth but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Top Gun Maverick. Brad Pitt took the role
  • Second movie to feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.
  • This will be the first film in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt co-star together.
  • The release of Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019) will mark the tenth anniversary of Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt's first collaboration Inglourious Basterds (2009).
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie previously starred together as a husband and wife in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
  • Will be shot on 65mm film. It isn't known whether this will project in theaters in the standard 70mm format (aspect ratio 2.2:1) or, like The Hateful Eight (2015), will project in Ultra Panavision 70mm (aspect ratio 2.76:1).
  • Quentin Tarantino described Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as "the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman."
  • This will be the 2nd time Quentin Tarantino has directed Leonardo DiCaprio (following the 2012 movie "Django Unchained").
  • This will be the first film starring both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. At one point when Good Will Hunting was making the rounds to get produced, all the studios and directors wanted "Leo and Brad" to star in it, a film since starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Damon would subsequently go on to work with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed and Brad Pitt in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy as well as cameo together in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The last two of which co-starred George Clooney, who co-starred with Quentin Tarantino in From Dusk Till Dawn, which Tarantino wrote.
  • Burt Reynolds will play George spahn who owned a ranch and housed Charles Manson and his followers in the late 60s.
  • Quentin Tarantino's third collaboration with Bruce Dern, Keith Jefferson and Craig Stark, following Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015).
  • The title is an homage to Sergio Leone, who directed both Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Quentin Tarantino has cited Leone as one of his favorite filmmakers and an influence throughout his career.
  • This is Brad Pitt and Al Pacino's first collaboration since Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
  • James Marsden and Clifton Collins Jr. previously worked together on Westworld (2016).
  • Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant and James Remar previously worked together on The Girl Next Door (2004).
  • Leonardo Di Caprio, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt have all previously worked with Martin Scorsese.
  • On June 12, 2018, moviegoers were surprised to see that scheduled 70mm screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) inside the legendary Cinerama Dome appeared to suddenly been replaced by another film from that period, Krakatoa: East of Java (1968) In fact, 2001 had been relocated to another screen inside the ArcLight Hollywood and the marquees for Krakatoa: East of Java were part of the second unit work required for Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019) to recreate the look of 1969 Los Angeles.
  • The film features three Academy Award winners: Al Pacino, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio; and four Academy Award nominees: Tim Roth, Margot Robbie, Brenda Vaccaro and Bruce Dern.
  • This is the first collaboration for Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Cinematographer Robert Richardson has previously worked on three films starring actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The Aviator (2004), Shutter Island (2010), Django Unchained (2012). The former two were directed by Martin Scorsese, while the latter and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are films by Quentin Tarantino.
  • This is the third collaboration between Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell. Their previous ones were Death Proof (2007) and The Hateful Eight (2015) and this would have been their fourth if Russell had not been forced to drop out of Django Unchained (2012) due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Brad Pitt and James Marsden both starred in at least one X-Men movie. Pitt was Vanisher in Deadpool 2 (2018) and Marsden was Cyclops in the first X-Men trilogy and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • Manson follower Nancy Pitman was quoted as saying "We are what you have made us, we were brought up on your TV. We were brought up watching Gunsmoke [and] Have Gun Will Travel". Both of these shows were prime time, long running Western TV shows and Tarantino's film follows a faded Western TV star during the Charles Manson killings of 1969.
  • This is the first time since DeathProof(2007) where Samuel L Jackson doesn't star in a Quentin Tarantino movie
  • The romantic partners of co-stars Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio, Lucila Solá and Camila Morrone, are mother and daughter.
  • First Tarantino main movie title to include more than two words. (eg. Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio undertook a strict workout routine in order to convincingly play an action star, giving up pasta and desserts and doing hundreds of pushups a day.
  • Damon Herriman and Timothy Olyphant were both on Justified (2010). They co-starred on that show with Walton Goggins, who had previously worked with director Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015). Another co-star on that show, Jeremy Davies, had previously played Charles Manson in the 2004 TV movie Helter Skelter.
  • Tarantino is the third director to direct Leonardo DiCaprio more than once. The other two are Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.
  • Both Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio have played the lead role in a Christopher Nolan movie. Pacino did in Insomnia (2002) and DiCaprio did in Inception (2010).
  • Burt Reynolds was originally cast as George Spahn, the ranch owner, but he died before he was scheduled to shoot his scenes. Bruce Dern replaced him in the role.
  • 6th September 2018 sadly Burt Reynolds died aged 82
  • Burt Reynolds was originally signed to be in the film before he passed away in September, 2018. His family reported that he "was looking forward to being in the film".
  • Maya Hawke and Rumer Willis are the daughters of Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis, respectively. Both Thurman and Willis starred in Pulp Fiction (1994), which serves as inspiration for this film, according to Quentin Tarantino.
  • This is the first film directed by Quentin Tarantino to have more than two words in the title (excluding the word "The" and treating "Kill Bill" as one movie with no subtitles).
  • Brad Pitt, Dakota Fanning and Zoë Bell have previously co-starred in blockbuster films opposite Tom Cruise. Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds (2005) and Zoë Bell in Oblivion (2013)
  • Damon Harriman plays Charles Manson and Rafal Zawierucha plays Roman Polanski. Harriman is 16 years older than Zawierucha, though Manson was a year younger than Polanski.
  • Uma Thurman, has starred in three movies directed by Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
  • The Luke Perry character , Scott Lancer, is a homage to Wayne Maunder and his role in the TV show " Lancer ".
  • Wrapped filming on November 1st.
  • The film was originally scheduled to be released on August 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Tate and friends by members of Charles Manson's 'Family,' before Sony changed the release date to July 26, 2019.
  • Burt Reynolds was initially cast as George Spahn. Weeks before he was set to film his scenes, however, Reynolds died of a cardiac arrest, and was replaced by Bruce Dern, who already worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained and The Hateful 8.
  • Production began at The Weinstein Company, but after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal that took Hollywood by storm, Tarantino moved production elsewhere, and Columbia Pictures picked it up instead.
  • Australian Margot Robbie plays the American Sharon Tate.
  • British Damian Lewis plays American Steve McQueen.
  • This is Damon Harriman's first Leonardo DiCaprio movie since J. Edgar (2011).
  • Korean-American Mike Moh is cast as the Chinese-American Bruce Lee. In "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993), the son of a Korean Conflict veteran mistakenly confronts Bruce.
  • Russian Costa Ronin plays Polish Wojciech Frykowski.
  • Originally, Burt Reynolds was cast to portray George Spahn. However, on September 6, 2018, he died of a heart attack a few days before he was scheduled to film his scenes. He's been replaced by Bruce Dern.
  • Tom Cruise was considered to star as Cliff Booth but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Top Gun: Maverick. Brad Pitt took the role.
  • Samuel L. Jackson was in talks for a role.
  • Quentin Tarantino stated that the story consists of multiple parallel stories and is the closest thing to his earlier film Pulp Fiction (1994).
  • First Tarantino movie since Reservoir Dogs (1992) not to feature Samuel L. Jackson. While Jackson was not featured on-screen in Inglorious Basterds (2009), he narrated the flashbacks in the film.
  • Tarantino has said he worked on the screenplay for five years.
  • Quentin Tarantino has said that this film will be the closest he's gotten to replicating Pulp Fiction (1994).
  • Reunites Margot Robbie and Leonardo Dicaprio. Both appeared in The Wolf of Wallstreet.
  • Margot Robbie and Harley Quinn Smith appear together in this movie. Previously Margot Robbie played the infamous Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
  • This is Luke Perry's last film. Perry suffered a massive stroke in late February 2019, and died March 4th. Scott Lancer is a homage to Wayne Maunder and his role in Lancer (1968). Maunder died on November 11, 2018, ten days after filming wrapped on this movie.
  • Luke Perry's final film, released posthumously after his death on March 4, 2019.
  • Luke Perry's final film, released posthumously after his death on March 4, 2019.
  • Luke Perry's final starring role, released posthumously after his death on March 4, 2019.
  • Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith stars alongside Margot Robbie in this film and was named after Harley Quinn from DC Comic universe. Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016) and Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020).
  • this will be Luke Perry's final movie. he tragically died on march 4th 2019 of a stroke.
  • Brad Pitt appeared in True Romance which was written (but not directed) by Quentin Tarantino.
  • The background song in the teaser trailer is 'Bring a Little Lovin', published on 1968 by the Spanish group Los Bravos.
  • Fifth collaboration between Tim Roth and Quentin Tarantino. The two previously worked together on Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino's first film, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms and The Hateful Eight. This would've been their sixth collaboration if Roth had appeared in Inglorious Basterds, however there were scheduling conflicts with Roth's show Lie to Me.
  • Luke Perry and Rebecca Gayheart played love interests on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
  • the film stars numerous actors who have been in superhero movies. brad Pitt had a cameo in deadpool 2(2018). margot Robbie appeared in suicide squad(2016). Kurt Russell appeared in guardians of the galaxy vol. 2(2017). Tim Roth appeared in the incredible hulk(2008).
  • The song from the very beginning of the teaser trailer is 'Straight Shooter' by The Mamas and the Papas.
  • Rumer Willis appears in the film. She is the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.
  • Originally skeptical of the project, Sharon Tate's sister Debra Tate gave the film and Margot's portrayal of Sharon her blessing after Debra was embraced by Tarantino himself and became aware of how her sister would be represented within the film. Debra referred to Margot as a "dedicated craftsman," and praised the actress's research of Sharon prior to meeting with her.
  • Premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, 25 years after Tarantino brought Pulp Fiction to the festival in 1994 and won the Palme d'Or.
  • Before the film's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino begged of Cannes crowds to avoid spoilers for later audiences in a statement made on social media; "I love cinema, You love cinema. It's the journey of discovering a story for the first time. I'm thrilled to be here in Cannes to share 'Once Upon A Time...in Hollywood' with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way. Thank you."
  • Received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes premiere.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood started its life as a prospective novel written by Tarantino. However, over the years, the story morphed and the idea of making it into a movie became more obvious.
  • Tarantino spent five years writing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as a novel before realizing a film script would better suit the material.
  • Tarantino considers the screenplay of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as "probably his most personal."
  • Quentin Tarantino thinks of this movie as "his memory piece". He even compares it to Alfonso Cuaron's Roma (2018).
  • When Tarantino finished writing the screenplay, he only kept one copy of the entire finished version. Only leading actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were able to read the full script from start to finish. Everyone else on the project, including Margot Robbie, only got to read the parts of the script pertaining to their character. Both Pitt and DiCaprio had to go to Tarantino's house to read the screenplay. Because there was only one copy, Tarantino said the pages got stained and stayed that way.
  • For Quentin Tarantino, this movie is his love letter to L.A.
  • Shot on 35 mm film as with almost every Tarantino picture.
  • The Cannes premiere of the film drew stars from all over the world, including Zhang Ziyi, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Xavier Dolan, Dakota Fanning, Adrien Brody and Michelle Rodriguez.
  • The Cannes premiere of the film made such a splash that a large number of people, including film executives, weren't able to get in. Journalists queued for two hours before the film's 4:30 p.m. press screening. When the attendants came to the entrance barrier at the theater at about 3:50 p.m. to start admitting attendees, a round of applause went up from some in the crowd. The crush and jostle to get in became such a heaving mess of sharp elbows that the staffers had to admonish people not to push their way into the theater.
  • According to Quentin Tarantino, whenever he referred to the project of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he referred to it as his "Magnum Opus".
  • For Tarantino, the title of the film, in one regard, has "a fairy-tale aspect". On another level, since the film is not historical fact per se, the title is a memory piece.
  • For Quentin Tarantino, the title is a take on the fact that the film is "a Hollywood of reality-but a Hollywood of the mind at the same time".
  • At the film's world premiere screening at the Cannes film festival, the scene where Brad Pitt, 55, takes off his shirt to show off his still muscular stuntman physique, drew gasps and spontaneous applause from the audience, as reported by the BBC and Indiewire.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt got along so well during the production that they confirmed at the film's Cannes premiere that they would love to team up again on another film.
  • As the Tate party enters the El Coyote restaurant for dinner, Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring discuss a movie premiere they can see taking place further down Beverly Blvd. at an erotic movie theatre. "They have premieres for dirty movies?" asks Sharon. The theatre in question is the Eros, a real adult theatre of the time. The building still exists, though it is now a repertory cinema called The New Beverly, and it is owned by Quentin Tarantino.
  • Editor Fred Raskin's first assembly of the film was four hours, 20 minutes.
  • For Tarantino, Rick Dalton is not any one person, because Tarantino made a conscious effort not to do that. Dalton is a little bit of Edd Byrnes, Ty Hardin - the man who would be McQueen - a little William Shatner.
  • Quentin Tarantino considers himself one of the luckiest directors in the history of Hollywood for being able to cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt at the same time.
  • For Tarantino, Sharon Tate has an angelic presence throughout the movie. He even considers Tate an angelic ghost on earth, with Tarantino's own words, "to some degree, she's not in the movie, she's in our hearts".
  • Quentin Tarantino did not approach Roman Polanski, he admitted at the press conference in Cannes. But Tarantino asked for and received help from Sharon Tate's sister Debra, who is thanked in the credits. Also he gave Debra Tate a script to read early on, went to visit her in Santa Barbara and spent a weekend with her. She even came on set when the Bruin [Theatre in Westwood] sequence was being shot.
  • Tarantino stated in an interview that the director whose work most resembles this film is that of French filmmaker Claude Lelouch.
  • Bruce Dern appeared in Family Plot in a role that Alfred Hitchcock originally intended for Al Pacino.
  • 4th Quentin Tarantino / Michael Madsen collaboration. Previous were Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Hateful Eight.
  • The Cadillac in this movie belongs to Michael Madsen. It also appeared in Reservoir Dogs (1992), driven by Madsen.
  • This movie is one of two 2019 projects in which Damon Herriman plays Charles Manson, the other one being season two of Netflix's Mindhunter (2017).
  • Margot Robbie accidentally took home one of Quentin Tarantino's "on-the-day" shot lists from one of her days of filming. She discovered it months later and was afraid to say anything in case Quentin asked for it back. When she revealed this to Quentin, he told her he practically throws them away when he's done with them, and offered her many more.
  • Margot Robbie, who portrays Sharon Tate, wears some of Sharon Tate's real jewelry. Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, gave Robbie the jewelry to wear.
  • Tim Roth and James Marsden would both see their roles cut from the final print. Tim Roth played a very English butler to Emile Hirsch's Jay Sebring.
  • Pan American Airlines is featured multiple times during the film. Leonardo DiCaprio previously played Frank Abagnale, a fraud artist who posed as a Pan Am pilot, in Catch Me If You Can (2002). Margot Robbie played a flight attendant in the 2011 television series Pan Am (2011).
  • Peter Fonda is the director of the western pilot Lancer. His father Henry Fonda starred in "Once Upon A Time In The West" directed by Sergio Leone. Peter is essentially turning Rick into a hippy biker, just as he was in Easy Rider.
  • When Sharon goes to the Bruin theatre to see the film she is in, a poster of The Mercenary (1968) can be seen. "The Mercenary" starred Franco Nero, who sat alongside Jamie Foxx at the bartop in Django Unchained (2012). Franco Nero was the original Django.
  • Sharon Tate watches her film barefoot, and Pussycat is barefoot while in the car with Cliff Booth. The Manson Family at Spahn ranch are all also barefoot.
  • In one of the clips from Rick Dalton's past movies, the 14 Fists of McCluskey, he is seen wearing an eyepatch on his left eye. Kurt Russell, who plays Randy in this film, starred as left-eyepatch-wearer Snake Plissken in Escape from New York and Escape From L.A.
  • Aside from one track, this is Quentin Tarantino's first film since Jackie Brown to not have a soundtrack comprised primarily of Ennio Morricone music.
  • When Sharon goes to a showing of her movie The Wrecking Crew (1968) the filmmakers chose to use the actual film, rather than recreating the scenes with Robbie. The real Sharon Tate briefly appears onscreen.
  • Rick Dalton's TV series, Bounty Law, is inspired by Wanted: Dead or Alive, both Western shows about bounty hunters. Steve McQueen, who is a character in this movie, starred.
  • Tim Roth is credited as being part of "The Gang" (Quentin Tarantino's regulars), even though his scenes were cut from the movie.
  • The song that Rick Dalton is singing on Hullabaloo is "The Green Door", which was a #1 hit for Jim Lowe in 1956.
  • Margot Robbie had to wear brown eye contacts to match Sharon Tate's eyes, since Robbie's eyes are blue.
  • During the mid-credits Red Apple Tobacco commercial, Rick Dalton says, "Take a bite and feel all right." Quentin Tarantino previously used this phrase in his published screenplay for From Dusk Till Dawn (1996); it is spoken by Seth Gecko (George Clooney) during that film's climactic fight, but was not included in the final cut.
  • Initially Leonardo DiCaprio was scheduled to sing either "Green Door" (a 1956 hit for radio personality Jim Lowe), or Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" (popularized by singing cowboy Roy Rogers). They went with "Green Door" in the end.
  • When Cliff Booth is goading Bruce Lee into a fight, he refers to Lee as a dancer. This is probably a reference to the fact that in addition to his martial arts prowess, Bruce Lee was an accomplished dancer, and was the Cha Cha champion of Hong Kong in 1958.
  • Rick Dalton is portrayed as a Steve McQueen wannabe. Rick Dalton starred in the fictional 1950s western TV series "Bounty Law," while Steve McQueen starred in the actual 1950s western TV series, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958), which was about a bounty hunter. In his final film The Hunter (1980), McQueen played real-life bounty hunter Ralph Thorson.
  • Very rare for a Quentin Tarantino film, some scenes contained improvisation, particularly when Rick Dalton forgets his lines in "Lancer" and rants to himself privately in his trailer afterwards. Leonardo DiCaprio had a very difficult time playing Dalton's roles as Dalton would, rather than how he himself would, especially since Dalton is supposed to be an actor of hidden range, so he suggested Dalton forgetting his lines mid-scene to ironically help him stay in character as Dalton. The following scene in the trailer was also unscripted.
  • The real Antonio Margheriti (fictionally credited as the director of Rick Dalton's film Operation Dyn-O-Mite), was a major influence on Quentin Tarantino. He was previously referenced in Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds as the undercover Italian name used by Donny Donowitz.
  • The casting of Kurt Russell and Zoë Bell as the man and wife stunt coordinators on The Green Hornet is a double inside joke to Tarantino's films. Russell previously played "Stuntman Mike" in Death Proof (2007), in which Bell, a real-life stunt performer, also appeared playing herself. Zoe Bell served as Uma Thurman's stunt double in the Kill Bill series.
  • One of the Italian films that Rick stars in is directed by Antonio Margheriti; in Inglourious Basterds (2009), "Antonio Margheriti" is the alias used by Donny Donowitz to sneak into the premiere of "Nation's Pride".
  • British Chinese martial arts actor and choreographer J. Cheung was offered the role of Bruce Lee, but turned it down, citing its lack of respect to Bruce Lee and his spirit. Cheung had previously turned down the role of Bruce Lee in Birth of the Dragon (2016) for similar reasons.
  • The character "Francesca Cappucci" was most likely named after a real-life Los Angeles media personality who gained notoriety in the 80s and 90s, first as a news reader for radio station KLOS, then as the on-air music reporter for sister station KABC.
  • To portray a hippie follower of the Manson Clan, Margaret Qualley actually let her armpit hair grow out over the course of the shoot for her 'Pussycat' character.
  • Shannon Lee, daughter of legend Bruce Lee, was most disappointed with the way her father was portrayed by actor Mike Moh under Quentin Tarantino's direction. She felt he was sorely misrepresented as an arrogant blowhard who was full of hot air.
  • The party sequence at the Playboy Mansion was actually filmed there, Tarantino having been a guest of Hugh Hefner on a number of occasions.
  • Madisen Beaty, who plays Patricia Krenwinkel (Katie) in this movie, previously played the same role on the TV series Aquarius (2015).
  • This is the second movie with Bruce Dern to feature the song "Out of Time" by The Rolling Stones, the first one being Coming Home (1978).
  • Features three Oscar winners (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, & Al Pacino) and three Oscar nominees (Bruce Dern, Brenda Vaccaro & Margot Robbie).
  • Cameo (Perla Haney-Jardine): The hippie who sells Cliff an acid-dipped cigarette. She previously appeared as B.B. in Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
  • The Mexican restaurant that Rick (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff (Brad Pitt) go to is named Casa Vega. This may be a nod to previous Tarantino characters Vic and Vincent Vega. Vic Vega aka Mr. Blonde, played by Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, 1992) and Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, 1994).
  • In an unprecedented film production move, a section of L.A.'s Hollywood Freeway (US-101) was completely shut down from 12pm to 2pm for a sequence populated with period cars. No VFX were used to create this sequence.
  • The producers had some initial difficulties convincing Hollywood Boulevard vendors to allow their premises to be fitted with period facades to better reflect the 1960s, but after the production wrapped that section of the shoot, most of these same people asked if they could leave the facades in place, since they now preferred that period 'look' much more.
  • Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson has said that one of the most gratifying experiences for him on the shoot was filming Al Pacino for the very first time. He'd seen all Pacino's films, but having the rare opportunity to shoot him with Brad and Leonardo in the same space was a milestone in his career.
  • At one point, a theater marquee can be seen advertising a movie which is Rated "M." Contrary to popular believe, this does NOT mean "Adults Only" or "Mature Audiences Only." The original MPAA ratings for film content, which would have come into effect not long before the time the film is set, were G (General Audiences, still in use today), M, R (Restricted, still in use today), and X (Adults Only). As the M rating confused audiences (they didn't know if an M or an R movie was stronger in its content), the M rating was eventually changed to GP, and not long thereafter, to PG (Parental Guidance Suggested), which is still in use today. Long story short, the M rating is the earliest incarnation of the PG rating, and most certainly DOES NOT mean "Mature Audiences Only!"
  • When Charles Manson goes to the Polanski house and Jay tells him that Terry and Candy aren't there, he was talking about Doris Day's son, record producer Terry Melcher and his then girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen. Manson also mentions Dennis Wilson.
  • Quentin Tarantino curated and presented a "Swinging Sixties Movie Marathon" of films that influenced Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was broadcast on TV in 80 countries in the run up to the film's release. Tarantino said, "Sony Pictures made their Columbia Pictures catalogue available to me so that I could select a series of films representative of the era in which Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set, The Swinging Sixties. I'm thrilled to host these movies so we can enjoy them together." The ten films included were: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Cactus Flower (1969), Easy Rider (1969), Model Shop (1969), Battle of the Coral Sea (1959), Getting Straight (1970), The Wrecking Crew (1968), Hammerhead (1968), Gunman's Walk (1958), and Arizona Raiders (1965). (Not all films were shown in all countries.)
  • Damien Lewis, who plays Steve McQueen, was the star of HBO's Band of Brothers (2001). When being cast for Band of Brothers, the casting agent thought he looked like a young Steve McQueen as mentioned in the DVD extras for that show.
  • KHJ radio advertisements are spread throughout the movie. When Cliff (Pitt) picks up Dalton (DiCaprio) from the day of shooting on "Lancer" the building seen in the background is the former headquarters of KHJ radios. It is now part of the Paramount Studios Complex.
  • Brad Pitt and Scoot McNairy previously starred together in Killing Them Softly (2012) and 12 Years a Slave (2013).
  • At one point in the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio states that he's "One step closer to headed back to Missouri." Brad Pitt is from Springfield, Missouri.
  • In the scene at Spahn Ranch the name Randi Starr can be seen as a sign on the main street buildings. Starr was a real ranch hand and stunt man who worked at the ranch. He died during the Tate La Bianca trial.
  • In the movie they show James Stacy leaving the set of Lancer on his motorcycle. On September 27, 1973, Stacy was taking his girlfriend Claire Cox for a ride on his motorcycle in the Hollywood Hills when a drunken driver struck them. She died and Stacy lost his left arm and leg.
  • On Sunday night, Rick and Cliff sit down to watch "Rick's episode" of The F.B.I. (1965). The audience is later told that the episode is All the Streets Are Silent (1965). That is a real episode of the television show, and the ensuing clip is the actual opening to that episode, with one important difference - Rick Dalton has been edited into the place of the guest star villain, "Michael Murtaugh." In reality, the role of Murtaugh in the episode was played by Burt Reynolds (likely explaining why Rick and Cliff refer to the gum chewing as "strong").
  • In one scene, a framed issue of MAD Magazine is visible in Dalton's apartment, with a drawing of Dalton himself on the cover. As a tie-in with the movie, MAD Magazine printed that issue as a full-length magazine, billing it as a "Special Tarantino Time-Warp Issue". It includes a full-length comic book parody of "Bounty Law", and all of the jokes are written with period-appropriate references to the 1960s.
  • The design on the wall in the airport is identical to the design on the wall in the airport shown in the opening scene of Jackie Brown (1997).
  • Actor Nicholas Hammond, who plays Rick's director Sam Wanamaker on his episode of Lancer, played Spider-Man/Peter Parker on the The Amazing Spider-Man television series (1977-1979).
  • In addition to his on-screen role, Kurt Russell provides the voice of the off-screen narrator.
  • Margot Robbie had previously appeared with both of the film's leads in Wall Street-themed movies: with DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Pitt in The Big Short.
  • When Michelle Philips, a member of The Mamas and the Papas, arrives at the Playboy Mansion party, she is seen meeting up with her band mate, Cass. (The band's song California Dreamin' later turns up on the soundtrack, albeit not their version.)
  • Roman Polanski calls his dog 'Dr. Sapirstein'. This was the name of a character in Rosemary's Baby (1968), his latest film at the time.
  • When Cliff picks up Rick Dalton from Columbia Studios, the building itself is an entrance to a Studio Tour for the public at Paramount Studios.
  • When Al Pacino's character of Marvin Schwarz is introduced, his surname is mispronounced to sound like Schultz, which is the surname of Christoph Waltz' character in Django Unchained.
  • When the narrator is listing Rick's Italian films, he mentions one by a director called Antonio Margheriti. In Inglourious Basterds (2008), during the film premier for Nation's Pride, Donny Donowitz tells Hans Landa that his name is Antonio Margheriti.
  • DIRECTOR'S TRADEMARK: female bare feet prominently featured in a shot. Twice. One when Sharon Tate watches herself in the theatre and the other when Pussycat hitches a ride with Cliff.
  • The Columbia Pictures logo at the start of the film is not the modern one, but the one in use in 1969, which is when the film is set.
  • One of the posters for Inglourious Basterds (2008), another film not based on historical fact, features the catchphrase: "Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France."
  • Rick guest stars in an episode of Lancer (1968) directed by Sam Wanamaker, played by actor Nicholas Hammond. Wanamaker's daughter, actress Zoë Wanamaker played Madame Hooch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Both that film and this one were produced by David Heyman. Coincidentally, both Hammond and Wanamaker are expatriates: Hammond lives in Australia and Wanamaker moved to England in 1951 to avoid the Hollywood Blacklist and ended up settling there.
  • Michael Madsen's yellow Cadillac has more screen time than he does in the film.
  • Actor, now director, Clint Eastwood early in his career starred in a black and white TV cowboy series, 'Rawhide', later went on to achieve major fame through starring in three Italian director Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy films: director Tarantino has oft stated his admiration for Leone's filmaking.
  • When Cliff Booth drives home from Rick Dalton's, the camera goes over a "Drive-In Theatre" while Keith Mansfield's "Funky Fanfare" is heard on the soundtrack, which is the music used behind the "Our Feature Presentation" clip seen in several other Quentin Tarantino films. This music can be heard at the start of every movie at all Alamo Drafthouse Theaters.
  • The real Sam Wannamaker starred with Kurt Russell's partner Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin (1980).
  • WILHELM SCREAM: The movie opens with a clip from the fictional Rick Dalton series "Bounty Law." A man is shot and falls off a roof, at which point he lets out a big Wilhelm scream, an inside joke in the movie industry which pops up in several other Tarantino films.
  • The cast features a number of actors from actor families: Margaret Qualley is Andie MacDowell's daughter, Dakota Fanning is Elle Fanning's sister, Bruce Dern is Laura Dern's father, Maya Hawke is Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith is Kevin Smith's daughter, Rumer Willis is Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, Spencer Garrett is the son of Kathleen Nolan, Kurt Russell is the father of Wyatt Russell, and Michael Madsen is the brother of Virginia Madsen.
  • The brand of the cigarettes "Red Apple" is the brand that Tarantino uses in every movie.
  • The Columbia Pictures Release intro at the beginning of the film is authentic for the 1960s. It was recycled from an unknown Columbia Pictures film from the same period and wasn't even remastered in order for it to keep its scratched, slightly faded look. The only nod to modernity is the (digital) addition of the Sony name at the bottom of the screen (Sony acquired Columbia Pictures in the early 1990s). As an additional piece, Columbia Pictures television arm of the era, Screen Gems, is also name-checked in the film.
  • After Rick and Cliff left the bar in the beginning of the movie, a news bulletin can be heard coming from the car radio. It is about Sirhan Sirhan, who murdered Senator Robert F. Kennedy who won the Democratic primary in California in 1968 and was shot after giving his victory speech. The events in the scene play on February 8, 1969, which was two days before Sirhan pled guilty to first-degree murder.
  • During the scene in which George Spahn is struggling to identify Cliff Booth he mishears his name as John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth was the man who assassinated president Abraham Lincoln on April 15 1865. The woman who questions Cliff before allowing him to enter, and sitting one room away from this exchange is infamous moonie acolyte Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme. On September 5 1975 Fromme attempted to unsuccessfully assassinate President Gerald Ford. Interestingly Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, and Fromme's attempt on Ford was in Capitol Park after he had entered from Lincoln street in Sacremento California.
  • One of the hippie girls is called Butterfly. Butterfly was Arlene's alias in Death Proof, given to her by Jungle Julia so that men listening to Julia's radio show would ask 'Butterfly' for a lap dance.
  • During the scene where Sharon Tate goes into the movie theater, she enters during a trailer for "C.C. and Company" (1970) a biker film starring Joe Namath, Ann Margaret and features a musical cameo by Wayne Cochran, "The White Knight of Soul", and the C.C. Riders.
  • When the casting calls went out in L.A., it was listed as 'Magnum Opus', but no other information was given.
  • During the filming of Once...Hollywood, in 2018, Tarantino was 55, but he dyed his hair and walked with a noticeable stoop.
  • Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) visits a book store to pick up a copy of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles". The real Sharon Tate gave her husband Roman Polanski a copy of the book while in Europe, just before she returned back to the USA, saying that it would make a great film in which she herself would love to star. This was the last time that Polanski saw Tate alive. He would later adapt the book as Tess (1979), dedicated to his murdered wife.
  • Schwarz (Al Pacino) mentions to Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) that he watched "14 fists of McCluskey". "McCluskey" is the last name of the police officer who punches Michael Corleone (played by Pacino) in the face in The Godfather (1972).
  • Brad Pitt ad-libbed the line, "You're Rick fucking Dalton! Don't you forget that.". Pitt based that line on an actor who told him the same thing when he was a budding actor in the early nineties.
  • Eager to work with Quentin Tarantino again and to keep within the budget, Leonardo DiCaprio took a 25% pay cut from his usual $20 million salary.
  • Another song by The Mamas and the Papas, "Twelve Thirty" ("young girls are coming to the canyon") is heard later in the film. This song is about Laurel Canyon, where a lot of 60's musicians, such as Jim Morrison, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Peter Tork, lived. There are, of course, a lot of young girls in this film. The Tate/Polanski house was in Benedict Canyon, but another massacre, the Wonderland murders, took place in Laurel Canyon in 1981.
  • Steve McQueen, played in the film played by Damian Lewis, was one of the top names on Manson's kill list of high level celebrities. McQueen had planned to visit Sharon Tate on the evening she was killed but ultimately didn't.
  • The home where Tate and Polanski lived had been previously rented by Candice Bergen and her boyfriend Terry Melcher-- the producer of many 60s bands, including Paul Revere and the Raiders to whom Sharon dances in her bedroom as she packs. Mark Lindsay, lead singer of the Raiders, was also a roommate of Bergen and Melcher for a time.
  • Bruce Dern and Emile Hirsch had previously starred together in 2018's Freaks.
  • When Margot Robbie goes into the bookstore and is talking to the owner, she is seen caressing a status of the Maltese Falcon - from the John Huston movie of the same name.
  • In an interview with film critic Elvis Mitchell, Quentin Tarantino compared the characters of Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth to the famous Beat Generation duo Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. In the late '90s, Francis Ford Coppola had an "On The Road" film moving down the pipeline with Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp as the proposed two leads. With this film's casting, Tarantino just manifested two master directors' casting visions.
  • Rick Dalton takes his name from Douglas Dalton, Roman Polanski's lawyer. Polanski fled the USA in the seventies after being convicted of sex with a minor, and Dalton was his defense lawyer at the time. There is another nod to Polanski's later notoriety in the scene between Cliff Booth and Pussycat, where he asks her age and for an ID when she makes a sexual suggestion to him. Polanski has gone on to direct a number of other films but has never returned to the US.
  • The Lancer (1968) episode being filmed within the movie appears to be The High Riders (1968) with DeCaprio's character in the part played by Joe Don Baker, complete with long mustache. This episode was indeed directed by noted Shakespearean actor Sam Wanamaker (hence the reference to Hamlet).
  • In one scene, Roman Polanski walks to his car sporting a blue velour suit with ruffled white cravat. Django wears almost the exact same outfit in Tarantino's earlier film Django Unchained (2012).
  • Charlie Day was cast to play Charles Manson but didn't show up for the audition saying he would ruin the character.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio has said that he was starstruck to be on-set with one of his teenage idols Luke Perry, a star he'd felt, at the time, was the new embodiment of James Dean. Leo was particularly delighted to be able to reminisce with Luke about the Hollywood of his youth and about where their career paths had taken each of them.
  • As Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) drives from the studio lot to Rick Dalton's (Leonardo Di Caprio) house to repair the antenna, he stops at a traffic light where he makes eye contact again with Pussycat (Margaret Qualley). Right in front of his car are two trucks the one on the right being from the Carnation Milk company. Later on in the movie, right before Cliff Booth fights with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh), he is seen drinking from a Carnation Milk carton while casually sitting on a truck during lunch break.
  • Shows parts of the trailer for [link=tt0065511} Staring Joe Namath and Ann-Margaret.
  • The "Wolf's Tooth" dog food came in at least four flavors: Yellow can = Rat, blue can = Bird, Green can = Raccoon, Brown can = Lizard. There is an orange can, but the flavor is obscured.
  • Wilhelm Scream: During the interview clip while filming Bounty Law.
  • This is Leonardo DiCaprio's seventeenth film with an Academy Award Nominated Director.
  • Timothy Olyphant & Rebecca Gayheart previously co-starred in Scream 2 (1997).
  • The arrival at Playboy Mansion is accompanied by "Hush" with Deep Purple. Deep Purple performed this at the Mansion in one of their first TV appearances.
  • Retired NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar strongly criticized the film for what he felt was an offensive and insulting portrayal of Bruce Lee. Abdul-Jabbar and Lee worked together on the film "Game of Death" and remained friends up to the time Lee died.
  • China refused the film a certificate for release in the country, strongly hinting that the issue was the way the film portrayed Bruce Lee and that an edit which eliminated the Lee-related material would get approval for release. Quentin Tarantino responded by publicly stating he would not edit any of the film to ensure its release in China.
  • The Maltese Falcon seen in the book store visited by Tate is the real Maltese Falcon, now owned by Leonardo Dicaprio.
  • David Heyman, British producer of all the Harry Potter films, has said that working on this, his very first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, was the most enjoyable production experience of his career.
  • When Al Pacino enters the restaurant he speaks lovely about Gina. Gina was also the name of his sister in Scarface.
  • Given the nostalgic references to Hollywood lore threaded throughout the film, it could be implied that Cliff's killing of his wife Natalie on a boat over a drunken quarrel is a reference to the death of Natalie Wood -which is often speculated to have been caused by her actor husband under similar circumstances.
  • Charlie Day was asked to audition for the role of Charles Manson but turned down the opportunity in order to continue work on his own feature film 'El Tonto'.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's character flies PanAm Airlines throughout this film. In The Aviator, he plays Howard Hughes. Hughes owned TWA, which was a major competitor of PanAm at the time.
  • In one scene, Roman Polanski walks to his car sporting a blue velour suit with ruffled white cravat. Django wears almost the exact same Fauntleroy outfit in Tarantino's earlier film Django Unchained (2012), created by costumer Sharen Davis as a tribute to Thomas Gainsbourg's painting "The Blue Boy."

Spoilers

  • Quentin Tarantino confirmed his next film will be to certain degree be based on the Charles Manson murders and various other murders from the year of 1969.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio's western star Rick Dalton stars in an alternate version of "The Great Escape" in the role that made Steve McQueen famous.
  • Donald "Shorty" Shea was a stuntman who worked on the Spahn Ranch. He was the final victim of the Manson Family, and tried to warn Spahn about being taken advantage of by Manson and his followers. In this movie, Brad Pitt's Cliff Booth is a stuntman who, while visiting the Spahn Ranch, seeks his old acquaintance Spahn to find out about the hippies.
  • It is mistakenly believed that this is the second time (the first being the fate of Hitler and his generals in Inglorious Bastards) that Quentin Tarantino changed the fate of real notable people in his movie because Sharon Tate and her guests wind up living while members of the Manson family die at the end of the film even though the members of the Manson family murdered her and her friends in real life. However, this is not actually the case. At the end of the film, Cliff and Rick only kill three random members of Manson's cult who came to their neighborhood on their own to do Manson's bidding. Manson and the core members of his gang are still alive and free at the end of the movie to presumably return at a later date and kill everyone in Tate's house just like it happened in real life. In other words, Tate's gruesome fate is nearly postponed in the movie, not changed.
  • This is the first of Quentin Tarantino's films in which Michael Madsen plays a character who doesn't die. Madsen claimed that after filming The Hateful Eight (2015) he jokingly complained to Tarantino about how every character he has him play ends up dying. Tarantino gave him a brief cameo in this film as a response.
  • Director's trademark: Mexican standoff. Many Tarantino films have featured Mexican standoffs (scenes where characters point guns at each other at the same time). This film has one too, but with a twist: Tex points his revolver at a stoned Cliff, who responds by making a mock gun with his hand and pointing it back at Tex.
  • A flashback shows Rick Dalton training to use a flamethrower, and recoiling from the heat it generates. This was Leonardo DiCaprio's genuine reaction to the flamethrower. Tarantino thought it was funny, and left it in the movie.
  • When Cliff recognizes the Manson Family members from his visit to the Spahn Ranch, he can't remember Tex Watson's name. Tex responds saying, "I'm the devil, and I came to do the devil's business." The real-life Tex Watson said this exact phrase to the victims at Sharon Tate's house before they were murdered.
  • The scenes of Di Caprio's character in the The Great Escape (1963) digitally inserted. Tarantino is not known to be a lover of CGI effects but this was the only practical way to accomplish this iconic scene as there was no realistic way to recreate it due to the age of the film and death of all the original actors in the scene.
  • The final version of the film is slightly longer than the cut that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Most notably, the scene where Rick Dalton appears in a clip from The Great Escape (1963) (which required the use of digital effects and thus could not be completed in time for Cannes) and the mid-credits Red Apple commercial were absent at the world premiere.
  • The movie establishes that Sharon and friends aren't killed by Charles Manson's followers after these ones decide to attack Dalton's house instead Polanski's house, creating an alternate reality. In the previous Tarantino's movie, Inglourious Basterds (2009), it establishes that Aldo Raine's squad kills Adolf Hilter and the main staff of the Third Reich, creating an alternate reality. Oddly enough, both movies are starred by Brad Pitt.
  • Dalton questions Wanamaker about how the public will recognize him as villain Caleb DeCoteau due to the disguise created for it. It's loosely inspired by Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), where Henry Fonda tried to disguise himself to avoid the public recognizing him as villain Frank.
  • The character "Flower Child," who is shown having cold feet on going through with the murders, and who flees the scene in the Rambler, is based on Linda Kasabian, who became a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Susan Atkins. In real-life Kasabian was ordered by Tex Watson to wait in the car, during which she heard the murders inside the Tate residence take place and witnessed the murder of Wojciech Frykowski outside the house. Kasabian claimed she wanted to drive away, but was too scared.
  • The movie can be seen as revisionist fiction, with several made-up characters interacting with existing ones, thereby changing the course of real-life history. In this case, the infamous Sharon Tate murders by members of Charles Manson's 'Family' are disrupted by the presence of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). The film accurately shows Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) visiting Tate's house early in the film, looking for music producer Terry Melcher (the previous renter) because he felt that Melcher owed him the record deal that he was once promised. Frustrated that Melcher no longer lived there, Manson instructed four of his followers to go to the house six months later, to incite a slaughter. The four indeed drove over there, briefly parked on the driveway to cut the phonelines to Tate's house, then proceeded to park the car at the bottom of the hill, went back to the house on foot and killed five people (Tate, three of her friends who happened to be at the house, and one friend who just came visiting). Probably the first significant point of divergence between the real and fictional account is the fact that Dalton notices the four as they are parked on the driveway. He gets out, verbally abuses them and sends them away. This angers Tex (Austin Butler) and the three women to the point where they decide to come back and invade Dalton's house instead. This incident also causes the woman called Flower Child (Maya Hawke) to get cold feet, and leave with the car (in real-life, this was Linda Kasabian, who accompanied the others all the way but did not participate in the killings). In the end, the fatal mistake on the part of the killers is invading Dalton's house, not counting on the resistance of Booth and his dog, and Dalton himself.
  • Originally, Cliff was to win the rubber match between him and Bruce Lee. However it was changed to a tie as Quentin Tarantino didn't want to belittle further an actor whom he admired. However the scene also hints that Cliff was a Green Beret with deadly fighting skills during World War II, which he uses when he beats up Clem at the Spahn ranch and the two of the hippies at Rick's house.
  • The ending was deliberately omitted from copies of scripts in order to keep it secret from everyone including the studio. The only persons who really knew the ending right at the beginning of production apart from Quentin Tarantino were the lead actors themselves and a close friend of Roman Polanski whom Tarantino showed the entire script. Robert Richardson said that he and other main crew members were only told of it two months prior to filming the climax. Others knew much later into filming or during post-production; an example would be that Margaret Qualley only found out through Brad Pitt while filming at the Spahn Ranch set.
  • Cliff Boothe is suspected of killing his wife, while KHJ boss jock Humble Harv Miller, heard on the car radio in several scenes, actually did kill his wife in 1971.
  • When Cliff Booth enters Rick's shed to pick up tools for the broken antenna, the flamethrower that Dalton would later use is fully visible by the door - foreshadowing the end of the film.
  • One of the spaghetti Western's Rick Dalton stars in while in Italy is directed by Antonio Margheriti. In Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds (2009), Eli Roth uses the alias "Antonio Margheriti" while undercover as a member Italian film crew that is planning to infiltrate the premier of a Nazi propaganda film in Paris. Roth's character is part of a unit nicknamed the "Basterds," commanded by Lt. Aldo Raine, played by Brad Pitt
  • As Cliff eats his dinner in his trailer home, he is watching Mannix. The episode is titled "Death in a Minor Key", and actually aired the same night set in the film, February 8 1969. Mannix is heard saying "you know musicians. they're a temperamental catch; who knows what got into him", drawing close parallels to Manson's musical affinity and erratic behavior.
  • Quentin Tarantino's only film where none of the characters are shot by a gun. This only occurs in the fictional television shows and films within the film.
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