Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, almost 2 years ago

    Twenty-nine hundred takes must be tiresome. As for hanging ten for about four hours and 41 miles,… uh… I’m speechless; no comment.

  2. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, almost 2 years ago

    I find that Jackie Chan statement difficult to believe.


    Even if it took only 15 minutes for each complete take start to finish, that’s 30 days of continuous 24 hour a day shooting without sleep, food, or pee breaks. Not likely.

  3. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 2 years ago

    @Alexikakos

    It wouldn’t necessarily be continuous. It was likely broken up over several days.
    I think if I was Jackie Chan, I’d have kicked the director after about the hundredth take.

  4. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 2 years ago

    The Jackie Chan movie is mentioned on the IMDb site for as holding a Guiness Record for largest number of takes. It doesn’t mention how many.

  5. AussieDownUnder

    AussieDownUnder said, almost 2 years ago

    The near-death-experience thing is probably able to be faked. In essence I mean the claim that the experience occurred, not the actual closeness to death.

  6. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    That is what I was trying to illustrate.

    If everybody could live that long, there would be a minimum of 30 days of shooting, and at one take per day 2,900 days or 7 years 345 days of shooting.

    As I said, not likely.

  7. sphinx wormwood

    sphinx wormwood said, almost 2 years ago

    Canal was probably down for maintenance.

  8. R_Noonan63

    R_Noonan63 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    Jackie Chan directs his own movies.

  9. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    He’d be kicking himself, then! :-)
    And that fight scene was darn near the only one in the movie! Except for it, the movie was quite boring. Nowhere near one of his best.

  10. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean.
    It is only 48 miles long and there are several locks and a lake in it. Therefore I fail to see how surfing 41 miles in it is possible.

  11. Old Timer

    Old Timer GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Gary Saavedra has entered the Guinness Book of World Records. The surfer from Panama surfed for three hours and 55 minutes in 41.3-mile wave created by a power boat.
    Surfer FROM Panama, he did it in the Pacific Ocean.

  12. Tha_Hype

    Tha_Hype said, almost 2 years ago

    @Alexikakos Filming, depending on the movie, can go on anywhere from a few months to a few years. And the takes don’t have to be consecutive because they may do a certain number of takes of the same scene one day and at the end of the day when the director looks at the dailies he may not like what he sees and decides to retake the next day. This can go on throughout filming. It most likely lengthens the length of the shoot. Also, later scenes may make the particular scene out of place unless reshot to conform. There are a lot of different reasons to have to reshoot. Still its hard to fathom 2900 remakes on one scene.

  13. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, almost 2 years ago

    And after all that, it was just a mediocre movie.

  14. francisrossi

    francisrossi said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    Jackie was in charge of the action scenes. He wanted perfection, so he used to film ridiculous numbers of takes. And yeah, he was the credited director for Dragon Lord. He pretty much had carte blanche from Golden Harvest, as they knew his films would be hits.

  15. Marvin3

    Marvin3 said, almost 2 years ago

    Yeah, the story about surfing a wave through the Panama Canal sounds like a real crock of you know what. I don’t believe it.

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