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(1965)

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Sidney Lumet used three wide-angle lenses: a 24mm, a 21mm, and an 18mm. He deliberately wanted distortion in the faces, even the close-ups.
In Sidney Lumet's autobiography "Making Movies", the director recalled suffering through the horrendous heat of the location and asking Sean Connery if he was urinating at all, to which Connery's reply was "Only in the morning".
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Filming began on September 14, 1964, in Almeria, Spain. As a result, Sean Connery was unable to attend the premiere of Goldfinger (1964), which he had just completed work on.
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The five prisoners are members of the following regiments. (All identifiable via their cap-badges.) McGrath: Lancashire Fusiliers. King: Royal Pioneer Corps. Bartlett: Royal Fusiliers (KC). Stevens: Royal West Kent Regiment. Roberts: Royal Tank Regiment.
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In Robert Kahn's book "The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Cinema's Hidden Gems" and in the August 3, 2001 New York Times article, "Watching Movies With: Woody Allen," Woody Allen said that he regarded this, along with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), White Heat (1949), The Informer (1935), Double Indemnity (1944), and Shane (1953), as being among the best American movies.
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The Sergeant Major and his two Staff Sergeants, Wilson, Williams, and Harris, are members of these three regiments respectively: Scots Guard, East Surrey Regiment and Royal East Kent Regiment (A.K.A. "Buffs")
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The two prisoners being released at the beginning of the movie, are members of the Royal Tank Regiment, which is shown by their cap-badges.
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For the Almeria set, located in a sandy wasteland called Gabo de Gata, the punishment hill was constructed, utilizing 10,000 feet of imported tubular steel, and more than sixty tons of stone and timber.
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The temperatures rarely fell below 115 degrees and despite the 2,000 gallons of pure water that were shipped in for the crew, almost everyone succumbed to dysentery during the shoot.
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Despite the film's lack of commercial success, Sean Connery considered it a personal triumph, as it led to more challenging acting roles in the future.
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This was the first of five Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery films that they made together. The other four are The Anderson Tapes (1971), The Offence (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and Family Business (1989).
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Michael Caine turned down the role of Staff Sergeant Williams in order to star in Alfie (1966).
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The film is one of Angelina Jolie's favorites, and Sidney Lumet is one of Jolie's favorite directors.
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Several West Indian actors working in Britain protested against the casting of Ossie Davis, an American, in a West Indian role.
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Sean Connery took on this film in order to avoid being typecast as James Bond.
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Alexander Mackendrick was originally attached to direct.
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