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According to Variety, Emilio Estevez was far down the list of actors in consideration for the role of Frank Wyatt. The trade paper story explained that the studio's desperation to quickly cast the lead role also led to Estevez taking a much higher-than-expected payday. Actors who passed included Tom Cruise and Christian Slater.
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Screenwriter Kevin Jarre was actually the one who wrote the first spec script for the movie sometime around 1989 or earlier, and producer Lawrence Gordon, who produced films like Predator (1987) and Die Hard (1988), bought it in January of 1990 but later his script was sold to other studios and by the time the movie was going to be made Jarre's original script was drastically changed by many other writers to the point where only Lewis Colick, one of the writers who worked on re-writes, got the only writing and story credit. According to fans of Kevin Jarre who read his original script, not a single word from it stayed in the final film and his script was lot more darker and violent than the film. Same thing happened to Jarre's original scripts for films like Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and The Devil's Own (1997).

After 25th anniversary screening of the film during Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago, director Stephen Hopkins confirmed in Q&A how Jarre's script went through many different writers and versions months before they went with final script by Colick. Couple writers which Hopkins mentioned were involved in earlier versions were Gary Cunningham and John Carpenter, and he also said how one of these versions took place in desert outside L.A., and how it included biker gangs and rooftop motorcycle chases.
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Adam Carolla got his first job working as a stand-in in this film. Though he is 4 inches taller, Carolla was a stand-in for Michael DeLorenzo, according to Carolla on his March 30, 2016 podcast.
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Emilio Estevez asked for and received $4 million to star in the film. He was able to get a much larger payday than anyone expected because he was available at a point where the film needed to either go into production or have the plug pulled, and they had spent more than twice that $4 million figure on pre-production which would have been lost if he hadn't taken the lead role.
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Progressive Metal band Tool and Rap Rock group Rage Against The Machine recorded a song for the movie's soundtrack, which they were not pleased with. They ended up scrapping the track, which hasn't been given an official title, but it is usually referred to as "Revolution" or "You Can't Kill The Revolution". The song was leaked on the internet and can be found on SoundCloud, and the song lasts nearly eight minutes, and the song is very slow and the vocal duties alternate between Maynard James Keenan and Zack De La Rocha.
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Alan Silvestri's first score was rejected. The original score was entirely electronic but the film-makers asked him to beef up action with an orchestral score. Director Stephen Hopkins wanted for score to sound more like the one Silvestri did for Predator 2 (1990), which Hopkins also directed, which is why there's lot of similarities between both scores. The electronic sounds were dropped and a new score was written. Although fans of the movie and composer have expressed their wish to hear full original rejected score, only three tracks from it were released and included as bonus on official release of Silvestri's new score for the film; Judgment Night Theme (originally used in the opening of the film), Frank Takes The Wheel (originally used in the scene where group sees police car and try to chase it), and I Tried (originally used in the scene where group is hiding in the sewer and are waiting for gang members). Theatrical trailer also includes some pieces of rejected score.
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The line "Lucy, I'm home, you've got some explaining to do" was also referenced in the 1987 action comedy Stakeout (1987), which also co-starred Emilio Estevez.
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In the scene on the roof of the projects building, 'Erik Shrody' aka "Everlast"who is the former singer of Irish hip hop group House of Pain, can be seen wearing a ring with a shamrock symbol.
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During the scene where Frank is attempting to catch up to the police car, the RV passes by Paddy's Pub from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia which isn't located Chicago or Philadelphia but in Los Angeles.
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Some of the background music during the chase scene immediately following the escape from the box car is very similar to the score in Predator (1987). Both films had the music composed by Alan Silvestri. Director Stephen Hopkins also directed Predator 2 (1990) and he wanted the score to sound like the one Silvestri composed for that film, which is why he rejected Silvestri's original electronic score.
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During the filming of the rooftop confrontation between Fallon and Ray the cast and crew were stunned by the sound of a random, unexpected gunshot. The crew ran downstairs to find a 16-year-old kid with his head blown-off by another youth of the same age as part of a gang initiation by murder. The army was brought in to secure the area the next day and production was moved elsewhere.
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During the opening weekend there was a shooting at a screening in a Bronx theatre and local media blamed the movie itself for the incident. In response, it was quickly pulled from distribution and ran for only two weeks, this led to its failure at the box office and eventual cult status.
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Straight to video in the UK.
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Denis Leary and Erik Shroady aka "Everlast"of the rap group house of pain appeared in the movie Who's the Man
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Universal were so taken aback by the bleak tone of the dailies shot in Chicago that they thought the crew were using a matte painting.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Doug Wert appeared together in A Murder of Crows (1998).
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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Michael DeLorenzo previously appeared together in A Few Good Men (1992).
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Body count: 9.
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The film is considered to be a loose remake or updated version of Deliverance (1972). Both films are about 4 men whose lives are in mortal danger when they enter a dangerous area during a trip and are stalked by violent people and in both films, 1 character dies, 2 characters are wounded and the film's main antagonists die when they fall to their deaths.
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