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(1997)

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This movie is listed amongst the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John WIlson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
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On July 14, 2014, the original bus used in this movie was placed on permanent display at Island Harbour Marina, on the Isle of Wight, England.
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Two real world deaths after filming prompted edits to the movie. Mentions of Princess Diana and Gianni Versace were made in this movie, because they were alive when this movie was made, but died before its release.
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Stephen Fry admitted in an episode of QI (2003) that he took a role in this movie because it allowed him to get autographed posters of the Spice Girls for his nephews, which he claimed "was like ten Christmases for them."
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Gary Glitter filmed a four-minute cameo appearance as himself, but shortly before this movie was to be released, he was arrested on child pornography offenses. The Spice Girls and the production team agreed that his cameo should be deleted from the final print. The performance of Glitter's "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" was retained.
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In the photoshoot scene, the girls dress up as the same women that they sung about in their song, "The Lady Is a Vamp."
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Sir Elton John appeared in this movie. The girls are friends with him in real life. In 1997, The Spice Girls sang "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Sir Elton John on his television event An Audience with Elton John (1997).
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In the photography scene, the girls dress up as various characters, including: Jacqueline Kennedy; Charlie's Angels, Danny and Sandy from Grease (1978), Wonder Woman, Madonna, a mod girl who resembles Twiggy, and a James Bond girl. Additionally, the girls dress up as each other: Victoria dresses as Baby Spice, Mel B as Ginger Spice, Mel C as Posh Spice, Emma as Scary Spice, and Geri as Sporty Spice. Geri also dresses up like Marilyn Monroe.
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Jason Isaacs had a cameo as a very pretentious author and poet that was cut.
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"Spice Force Five" bears many similarities to the fictional television pilot "Fox Force Five" from Pulp Fiction (1994).
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Gary Oldman wanted to be in the movie, as his sons were into the Spice Girls at the time, but couldn't, due to scheduling.
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According to his memoirs, Sir Roger Moore filmed his long cameo in a single day.
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In the U.K. version, the Judge says, "Call Gary Barlow". However, since he is virtually unknown to American audiences, it was changed to "Call Hootie & the Blowfish" in the U.S. version, since they were popular in America at the time.
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Frank Bruno was originally cast as the tour bus driver, but left the movie after a security guard prevented his son Franklin from having an on-set photo taken with the girls.
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Sir Roger Moore was highly appreciative of Richard E. Grant for showing up on-set on his day off to feed him lines during their telephone conversation.
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Five months after this movie's U.K. cinema release, Geri Halliwell quit the Spice Girls.
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John Cleese turned down the Michael Barrymore cameo.
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Richard E. Grant appeared in this movie for the money, and because his pre-teen daughter was a fan of the Spice Girls.
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When asked to fix the toilets, Dennis says that he'd do anything for the girls, "but I won't do that!" This is a reference to Meat Loaf's single, "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."
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The movie (which follows a similar style to The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night (1964)) has the tagline, "You say you want a revolution?" This is a line in The Beatles' 1968 song "Revolution".
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Bob Spiers had been working in America on the Disney movie That Darn Cat (1997) at the peak of the Spice Girls' popularity. He was unaware of the group when first offered the job, until his friend Jennifer Saunders advised that he take it. He arrived at a meeting with them in a New York City hotel, unaware of what they looked like.
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The murder mystery scene with Baby Spice appears to be a spoof on Dame Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.
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This movie broke the record for the highest-ever weekend debut for Super Bowl weekend, with box-office sales of $10,527,222.
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This movie depicts the girls as previously being a group of homeless friends living in a coffee house, while aspiring for fame, even practicing their future debut single "Wannabe" for the cafe's owner (who was supposedly allowing them to stay there for free). This led many fans to believe this was the group's actual origin. This backstory, however, was entirely fictional. In reality, The Spice Girls came together when each girl individually answered an ad in the London magazine "The Stage", which called for any young woman between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three to audition for a new singing group which was to be formed. Over four hundred girls auditioned, and when the girls were chosen, the band (then called Touch) was created and they were trained at Trinity Studios. They also lived in the same house while practicing so that they would form a bond. Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) was actually a late addition to the group, as she replaced another girl after a few months.
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This movie is included on critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. For months after seeing it, he was deeming it was the worst film of 1998, until he saw Armageddon (1998) that in the end took the title. This film still ended up on the worst of the year list.
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Shooting featured several fourteen-hour shooting sessions and a constant, heavy media presence, due to the Spice Girls' large popularity at the time.
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Geri mentioned that the largest fish in the world is the Manta Ray. That is false; the largest is the Whale shark, at forty feet long.
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PolyGram financed the film's budget and had planned on releasing it in both the U.S. and the U.K. on December 26, 1997. But they were experiencing financial difficulties and couldn't commit to releasing it in the U.S. As a cost-cutting measure, PolyGram instead decided to retain domestic rights as well as finding a distributor to release it in the U.S. A rough cut was shown to various distributiors including New Line Cinema, Miramax Films, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MGM, and Universal Pictures (who later bought PolyGram in 1999). All of whom turned it down or made unsatisfactory offers to PolyGram. Ultimately, PolyGram sold Spice World to Columbia Pictures. However, some last minute editing made by Columbia delayed its original planned U.S. release from December 26, 1997 to January 23, 1998.
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Sir Roger Moore had never heard of the Spice Girls when they approached him to be in this movie. Victoria Beckham asked him for a signed photo.
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The trailer has a couple of scenes that were cut: The girls are on the bus and Mel B complains that it's hot in there. Victoria says that she needs a fan, prompting Emma to open the door and a fangirl bursts into the room and screams in delight and then leaves. This does the trick. While talking to Bob Geldof, Mel B is offered a plate of hors d'oeuvres. She replies, "No, but I'll have one of these pie things" and eats one. Bob Hoskins' real voice is heard in the trailer, as opposed to the final movie.
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When the Spice Girls visit a boy at the hospital, Victoria suggests to Geri that she should try taking her top off. The line was written as a nod to Geri Halliwell, because Halliwell was a model who posed naked for photo shoots prior to becoming a Spice Girl.
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Comedy duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have cameos.
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This movie has two James Bond connections: Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond from 1973 to 1985 played Clifford's boss. Geri Halliwell had unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and in one scene, Victoria Beckham dressed up as Honey Rider from Dr. No (1962). Victoria Beckham got falsely rumored to star in a James Bond movie opposite Pierce Brosnan.
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In the scene in which all of the girls go their own ways only to end up at the same location, the movie, over which Geri was watching and crying, was a movie with Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). This movie also features a young handsome unknown man named Kirk Douglas.
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Jennifer Saunders makes a cameo as Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous, chatting with Victoria Beckham. Both Emma Bunton and Naoko Mori (Nicola) also appeared on Absolutely Fabulous, Bunton as herself and Mori as Sarah, Saffron's neurotic friend who eventually stalks Bunton.
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This movie was one of Dominic West's earliest acting roles, which he plays a photographer.
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According to producer Barnaby Thompson, there were plans to have British Prime Minister Tony Blair make a cameo in this movie. He'd be giving a press conference outside 10 Downing Street, where he's about to reveal who his favorite Spice Girl is, but is cut off. This never materialized.
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A scene where the Spice Girls perform "Mama" at the Albert Hall was cut from this movie.
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There's a fantasy sequence in this movie, in which the Spice Girls are all pregnant. Eventually, all of the Spice Girls got pregnant and had kids later in real-life.
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Filming took place in London, England for six of the eight filming weeks, and also inside Twickenham Studios, as well as at over forty famous British landmarks.
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Melanie C is the only Spice Girl who does not have bare feet on one of the posters.
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The Spice Girls were also recording their second album, also called "Spiceworld", during production.
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The back end of the Spicebus prominently features a large "peace" sign. This is a nod to Geri Halliwell's famous Union Jack dress which she wore while the group performed at the 1997 Brit Awards. The dress also features a large "peace" sign on the back end.
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In the scene where The Spice Girls jump their bus over the toll bridge, the movie creators made an animated scene of the Spice Bus jumping, and added recorded vocals of the girls screaming, as jumping a vehicle over a toll bridge is dangerous in real-life. A slide whistle cartoon sound effect can be heard when the bus jumps.
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The movie was chosen to be part of the famous German "SchleFaZ" series. It was aired April 2018 on German television station Tele5. "SchleFaZ" is a German abbreviation, meaning "the worst movies ever". On that show, the hosts present the whole movie and make fun of it.
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In the sequence which the Spice Girls are being trained by Mr. Step, Geri (who has red and white hair) is seen wearing a headband, with which she resembles Rogue from X-Men: The Animated Series (1992). Rogue in the X-Men cartoon has red and white hair and wears a headband. Alan Cumming played Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (2003).
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The bomb on the Spice Bus sequence, parodied Speed (1994), in which was a bus that is rigged to explode if it drops below fifty miles per hour. Keanu Reeves, who played Jack Traven in that movie, starred opposite Lori Petty in Point Break (1991). Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Horner had auditioned for the lead role in Tank Girl (1995), which went to Petty.
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In the photoshoot sequence, Victoria dresses up as Honey Ryder from Dr. No (1962). Sir Roger Moore (Chief) played James Bond from 1973 to 1985. Alan Cumming appeared in GoldenEye (1995). Geri Horner had unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
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When Emma is telling one of The Dream Boys about the toys that she has in her bed, she mentions Woody, Buzz, and the Alien. This is a reference to the characters from Toy Story (1995).
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The photography scene in this film Victoria: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kate Jackson/Sabrina Duncan (Charlie's Angels), Ursula Andress/Honey Ryder (James Bond's Dr. No) and Baby Spice Mel B.: Bob Marley, Cave Girl, Diana Ross (The Supremes) and Ginger Spice Emma: Farrah Fawcett/Jill Munroe (Charlie's Angels), Olivia Newton-John/Sandy Olsson (Grease), Twiggy/Mod Girl and Scary Spice Mel C.: Jaclyn Smith/Kelly Garrett (Charlie's Angels), David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust, John Travolta/Danny Zuko (Grease) and Posh Spice Geri: Elvis Presley, Wonder Woman, Marilyn Monroe and Sporty Spice
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Roger Moore and Alan Cumming have both starred in the James Bond movies. Roger Moore was the 3rd actor to play James Bond and Alan Cumming played Boris Kleshenko in GoldenEye (1995). In the photo shoot scene, Victoria Beckham dresses up as Honey Ryder from Dr. No (1962). Geri Horner had unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
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Richard Briers worked one day.
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A scene where the Spice Girls and Clifford dine on pizza and Pepsi at the Dogscoff Manor was taken out. Shots of this sequence are included in a sticker book based on the movie.
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In the army scene, Geri (Whom has red and white hair) is seen wearing a green headband on her forehead. A nod to the character Rogue from the X-Men (2000) comic books by Marvel. The Rogue character has red and white hair and wears a green headband on her forehead.
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The film is considered as cult, describing it as a brilliant film, even a masterpiece of the parody genre, that mocks both the starsystem and clichés of the cinema, while giving many winks to popular culture of the time
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Clifford (Richard E. Grant) is the Spice Girls' fictional manager. In real life, the Spice Girls' manager is Simon Fuller.
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Spice World is a 1997 musical comedy adventure from director Bob Spiers and stars the ground-breaking female pop group The Spice Girls. In the film which takes place in a fictional alternate reality, a corrupt newspaper owner sets out to destroy the reputation of the Spice Girls who are preparing for their concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
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