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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Death Becomes Her feels like one of the forgotten Robert Zemeckis movies. I’m actually a little afraid to revisit it because people don’t seem to hold it in any kind of high regard. All I know is that I loved it when I saw it and I loved it in my teen years for all the jet black comedy and the fantastic cat and mouse game between Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep.

 

This pic was sent to me by a reader and features two of the effects guys on the flick playing with the holey Goldie. Click for a bigger image. Hope you guys enjoy it!

 

 

See you folks tomorrow for the next installment!

-Quint
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  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    If it were me...

    by Corterville

    ...that would not be the appendage I'd be sticking through Goldie's hole.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Isabella Rossellini

    by caruso-stalker217

    That woman gave me funny feelings even at age seven.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    2 FX Guys????

    by FXArtist

    Come on, you don't know who they are? Alec Gillis (of Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.) and Greg Nicotero (of KNB FX).

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    death becomes her was weird

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and cool...surprised it hasnt been rebooted by Britney Murphy and...er wait, thats tasteless

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Awesome fucking movie some of Zemeckis's best work

    by Proman1984

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    FX

    by Quint

    You're right, that definitely looks like a young Alec Gillis, but that's absolutely not Greg Nicotero. Notice the lack of power hair from this time period.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Of course I like this film, Catherine Bell was nude in it!

    by JediTray

    It's a shame she was uncredited for the nude shot of Isabella. Such a beautiful ass. It's aggravating as fuck having to log in to this site over and over. FIX IT!

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    fake.

    by vulturess

    goldie's shoulder looks totally fake.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    i had no idea rob blagojevich and jonathan frakes worked in the prop dept.

    by water_shit_anderson

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Not everyone realizes that this was basically an episode of

    by TRON

    Tales from the Crypt

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    tron

    by Quint

    Totally, that's the vibe I got off of it as a teenager.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I have a hole in my stomach~!

    by hiperaktiv

    That's the only line I can remember from the movie...

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Where's that one pretentious dude

    by BillEmic

    from the last BtS pic to rag on Quint for calling this movie "forgotten," i.e. some variation of obscure?

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    FLAWLESS VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

    FATALITY!!!!!

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    NOW a warning?!?!

    by njscribe44

    One of the funniest lines in this black comedy, delivered by Meryl Streep after she drinks the immortality potion. Very underrated comedy, and a nice change-of-pace role for Bruce Willis as the shlubby husband. Great ending line too - "Where did you park the car?" Too funny.

  • An old college professor discovers that his "youthful" colleague from the History Dept. is actually an ancient Roman who drank an eternal youth potion. The immortal plans to marry the old professor's young daughter until he is shot and killed by an old lady he loved and abandoned in her youth.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Definitely Gillis

    by AlienFanatic

    ADI did the effects for Death Becomes Her. I'm guessing the other guy was one of the crew from ADI, but definitely not Greg Nicotero (his face is a completely different shape.) I'm guessing it's one of the other crew. Unfortunately, using the IMDB list of SFX crew members, few of them have their own sites or pictures, though Guy Himber has an interesting project out there.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Are we witnessing the birth of Kate Hudson?

    by Jeff Myers

    Just a thought. He he! :)

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    billemic

    by maxjohnson1971

    Ha ha ha!! That's the exact same thing I thought when I saw the word "forgotten" up there.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Those guys are Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr better known as...

    by teamneedle

    the guys who do all the effects for the alien in the alien films- and Tom Woodruff jr is the guy int he suit-

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    28,872 votes on IMDb

    by whiskey_dick

    Directed by the legendary Robert Zemeckis. Features one of the biggest action stars of all time, one of the most award-winning and noted actresses of her generation, both of whom are still significant box office draws, and Goldie Hawn. I guess it's "forgotten" though because you and your idiot friends aren't aware of movies made before "Cody Banks". You're a disgrace to this judicial system.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    One of the first times I noticed Bruce could act

    by lochkray

    At least, beyond the same flippant tough-guy act he seemed to be constantly doing after Die Hard. Loved that movie.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Don't be afraid Quint...

    by IMC1965

    this is a smashing little movie with some big stars in it having fun. As you say, blacker than black. Be afraid of the stonewashed denim jeans in the photo though. Makes me shudder to think I owned a pair of those once (and thought they looked cool). I am betting you did too?

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Why it's largely forgotten

    by alienindisguise

    Is because this flick was all about the fx. That's all I really remember about it as I'm sure most who saw it also do.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Cool film. Dark as hell!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Isabella Rossellini

    by elsewhere

    She's looking pretty haggard nowadays, but damn she was FINE in this movie. Not afraid to admit I rubbed one or two out to her back in the day.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    The effects on this movie blew my FUCKING mind.

    by Royston Lodge

    At the time, seeing them put a fuckin' hole right through Goldie Hawn's torso believably was REALLY FUCKING AMAZING. Today, people can pull the same effect off with a 10-year-old computer, but I remember seeing this flick on the big screen when it first came out and thinking, "oh my god. This whole "digital effects" stuff is REALLY going to change things."

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Illustrated what digital could do beside giant T-rex's

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and erasing stunt cables. The combination of make up and digital effects were pretty amazing for the time. I think the reason its "overlooked" is because the plot was kind of slight, and it came out between his monster hits Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Also, Bruce Willis' character was pretty weak.

    by Royston Lodge

    I think from a story point-of-view, it's Bruce Willis' character that's the weak link of the movie. On a completely different note, I think this movie was the first time anybody really had ever seen Meryl Streep being silly. Before this movie came out, she really was put up on a pedestal as "the greatest actress since Sarah Bernhardt." This movie brought her persona back down to earth a bit.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Once again leave it to Braindrain to state the absurd

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    DBH the start of Zemeckis not caring? You may debate their quality or even worth, but yea, it looked like Forrest Gump and Castaway, and even Contact and What Lies Beneath were the work of a director who didn't give a shit.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    royston - didn't Streep do that movie with Roseanne

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    before this? But you're absolutely right. This and that were efforts to show that she could play "lighter" roles.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Goldie, fisting and DP.....

    by Dark Doom

    Had to..sorry

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    That became Ripley

    by ihatetalkbacks

    That cast became a template for the Ripley cast in the scanner in Alien3. They could not get Weaver in to get a cast and had that spare. Meryl Streep did audition for the role as Ripley in 78 too!

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    if they ever make a holey me, I hope I'm not as pale

    by Tigger Tales

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    @teamneedle DEFINITELY not Woodruff

    by AlienFanatic

    Google Woodruff and put a beard on him and it's clear his face is an entirely different shape. I'm guessing the guy on the right is one of the puppeteers or fabricators in ADI's shop.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Yeah I don't re-MEMBER (heh) it well either

    by smudgewhat

    But I do recall enjoying it. And yes Bruce was good in a non-guns role. I love Isabella. She's an awesomely weird trip. That is meant as a big compliment.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    @alienfanatic definitely woodruff maybe not gillis

    by teamneedle

    woodruff is the one minus the beard- the one with the beard in theory should be gillis since they worked on the film but it doesn't seem to be him- the bearded one looks more like ricky gervais

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I'm in agreement that this film needs a more fitting release

    by Kamaji

    Every copy I've ever seen on used DVD store shelves is a full-screen copy!! It really does feel like a forgotten film. Hard to believe we get a couple okay extras with the mediocre 'What Lies Beneath,' but we can't get any decent making-of clips on how DBH revolutionized effects but in a rather subtle manner.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    This film has had an HD transfer...

    by ufoclub1977

    because I was watching it in HD on cable about 7-8 months ago.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    i still like this.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    They need to do a proper SE of this on Blu-Ray

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Not only has it NEVER, EVER been available in widescreen on DVD, but the film was obviously cut to ribbons in the editing room, as the trailer plays like a deleted scenes highlight reel. Zemeckis is a huge filmmaker, so this needs to be done right. There are SEs of I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Used Cars, so why not this? Very underrated movie, probably the last of Zemeckis' "fun" pre-Gump period before his movies got all solemn and pretentious and mocap-y (the enjoyable Hitchcock homage What Lies Beneath excepted). The late Sydney Pollack is fucking hilarious in his one-scene role as a flummoxed doctor examing a very dead Meryl Streep. And one of the rare cases of a semi-flop movie getting the Visual Effects Oscar over more well-known blockbuster types (Alien 3, Batman Returns) just because the effects were better.