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20 Great Movies That Were Behind-The-Scenes Nightmares

List RulesVote up the troubled movies that were totally worth it.

Even in the best circumstances, making movies is a painstaking process. There are filmmakers who practically put the lives of their crew members on the line to get the perfect shot. These great movies that were behind-the-scenes nightmares were hopefully worth all the pain and suffering. 

Films crews stricken with malaria. A teeth-cracking on-set fistfight between a writer and director. Broken bones, freezing cold water, and a potential on-set murder - none of this could stop these movie productions.

Sometimes there's a price to pay to achieve greatness. Maybe the misery wasn't worth the end product for some of these films - that's for you to decide. Vote up the troubled movies that you think were totally worth it.

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  • 1
    258 VOTES

    Toy Story 2 is widely considered one of the greatest sequels ever created. However, the 1999 animated classic almost never made it to the big screen - in fact, it was nearly entirely erased. An animator accidentally hit a command that wiped out almost 90% of the movie. Pixar co-founder Edwin Catmull said of the error, "First, Woody's hat disappeared. Then his boots. Then he disappeared entirely. Whole sequences - poof! - were deleted from the drive. Rebuilding the film would have taken 30 people a solid year."

    The crew initially didn't panic because they had backups. However, for some reason, the backup system failed - essentially meaning the film was just gone. Pixar didn't have time to remake the entire movie. Thankfully, a supervising technical director named Galyn Susman saved the day. She was working from home after having her second child. Susman had a backup program in place at her house, where files of Toy Story 2 were being sent every week. The team was able to reassemble most of the movie from Susman's home files.

    Worth the trouble?
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    Even making hilarious classic comedies can be troublesome. Monty Python and the Holy Grail's super-low budget meant there needed to be compromises. The Arthurian parody was filmed predominantly outdoors in Scotland in April. The rainy weather caused the actors' fake armor, which was made out of wool, to become soggy and uncomfortable. The actors were basically cold and wet for the duration of the film's shoot. 

    The movie's green directors, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, had never helmed a feature film before. Their camera broke on the very first shot of the film, which made for immediate chaos. The crew was able to find another camera. However, they were forced to film on the first day without the benefit of sound. 

    Actor John Cleese summed up the "miserable" making of the 1975 comedy:

    It was a miserable experience! You got up in the morning, you got up on the hillside, it started to rain immediately because it was April and it was Scotland. And the rain came down, we had so little money there were four umbrellas on the whole set, and this nasty chain-mail which was knitted string would start getting damp, by 9 o'clock you were cold and wet. And then at 6 o'clock when the first assistant said, "Wrap," there was this rush for the cars, because there was only enough hot water for 40% of the people at the hotel, so there was this scramble to get back. It was a miserable, miserable time!

    Worth the trouble?
  • 3
    130 VOTES

    John McTiernan's 1987 sci-fi/horror movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger turned out to be one of the most memorable movies of the decade. That's a good thing, because the grueling jungle shoot was a disaster on nearly every level, starting with the Predator suit. The crew waited weeks for what was supposed to be a scary monster outfit to arrive onset. When it did, the red costume "looked like a guy in a lizard suit with the head of duck." It was also dangerous to wear. Production shut down for weeks to make a more believable and less dangerous monster costume. 

    Then, wanna-be Hollywood movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme refused to perform a stunt wearing the Predator suit. The actor needed to be replaced by a much smaller stuntman, who subsequently broke his leg performing the stunt the Belgian bodybuilder refused to do. 

    The cast was also required to perform military training exercises that left them stranded 20 miles out in the middle of the jungle in the unrelenting heat. Several actors and crew members became seriously ill after consuming contaminated food and water. Schwarzenegger also got sick from eating Mexican street food and had to film one scene with an IV bottle attached to his arm. Finally, McTiernan broke his wrist after falling out of a tree during production.

    Worth the trouble?
  • 4
    110 VOTES

    The Evil Dead has become one of the most storied horror films in the genre. The filming of the 1981 classic turned out to be almost as horrific and dangerous as the events of the movie. "Every crew member got hurt at some point," Bruce Campbell said. "On low-budget movies, you're kind of on your own. There's no stunt coordinator; there's no on-set medic."

    Director Sam Raimi decided to film the movie in a remote cabin in Newport, TN. The micro-budget production could not afford to bring in water, and there was no running water in the cabin. Additionally, the cabin had no heat. Raimi revealed in an interview that he was so cold at one point during production, he went outside to lay down and die. 

    After being the staging ground for several bloody scenes, the cabin became covered in syrupy fake blood. It would get all over the camera equipment and on the crew's hands. Raimi said that in order to remove the blood from his hands, he had to wash them in hot coffee. To make matters worse, the production ran out of money. The filmmakers had to stop shooting for months in order to raise additional funds.

    Worth the trouble?