40 Sneaky Details Hidden In Your Favorite ’90s Movies That You Probably Haven’t Spotted Until Now
Ah, the 1990s. An unforgettable decade that saw some great music, TV shows and movies released that changed our lives forever. Who can forget classics such as Home Alone, The Matrix and Jurassic Park? And though most of us love those films, did you know there are some extraordinary hidden details in them? Yes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye to these fan-favorites.
The Matrix is now regarded as a 1990s classic. The Wachowskis’ mind-bending sci-fi movie hit cinema screens back in 1999 and captivated audiences with its complex, philosophical musings and exhilarating battle sequences. Among that intricate plot is some interesting symbolism, such as the moment when Neo and Morpheus perform an identical maneuver during a fight. In that instant, the dueling duo’s white and black outfits and the tops of their heads combine to create the yin-yang sign. Cool.
Jurassic Park was undoubtedly one of the movie events of the decade. A story of de-extinct dinos run amok, it was directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted from Michael Crichton’s book. The 1993 movie contained some clever hidden symbolism as well, such as when Dr. Grant attempts to connect his safety belt in the chopper. Grant binds a pair of “female” seatbelts that initially won’t join, pre-empting how the all-female dinosaurs on the island later manage to reproduce.
Who doesn’t love Mrs. Doubtfire? The 1993 comedy, which stars Robin Williams as a divorced dad posing as an old lady, is a hoot from start to finish. But did you notice that when Doubtfire loses her dentures, she responds, “Carpe Dentum... Seize the teeth”? This is a clever nod to Williams’ 1989 film Dead Poets Society, in which his professor famously tells his students, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
Hook was released back in 1991, and the Steven Spielberg film boasted a star-studded cast, with Dustin Hoffman playing the title character and Robin Williams appearing as Peter Pan. It also starred Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. But one actor not billed was Glenn Close. Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed, though, that she appeared as a male pirate who’s chucked into the “Boo Box.”