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(1969)

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The main character was originally called "John Cassavetes" and was in fact going to be played by actor-director John Cassavetes. When he withdrew from the film due to a scheduling conflict, the character's name was changed to "John Cassellis" and Robert Forster was cast in the role.
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In the psychedelic nightclub sequence, the band seen performing on the stage is The Litter, a Minneapolis-based group. However, everything that is heard, starting when "America is Wonderful" is flashed on screen, is by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Three tracks edited together are heard: excerpts of "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" and "Are You Hung Up?" followed by most of "Who Needs The Peace Corps?"
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The line "Look out, Haskell, it's real!" was actually dubbed in after the shooting. It was supposedly what Haskell Wexler was thinking to himself and he wanted to include it.
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Film was originally rated "X", but re-rated "R" after an appeal.
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When the film was released on video, Paramount was sued by the copyright holders of the song "Merry-Go-Round" by Wild Man Fischer. Under their 1969 agreement, Paramount had rights to the song for showing the film in theaters and on television. Paramount argued that video release was the same as television broadcast. The courts ruled that the copyright holder in 1969 could not have considered videocassettes to be like television broadcast, as home videocassettes were not invented.
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Some of the background intercom chatter playing during the first scenes shown of the television station that John Cassellis works at is the same intercom chatter used in George Lucas' student film Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967). Paul Golding, who served as an editorial consultant for this film, had also been a collaborator on some of Lucas' other student films.
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Verna Bloom literally stands out in the film because of her yellow outfit. Bloom said she picked the outfit because she thought her character, a woman of modest means, would wear something like that. It just happened to contrast with what everyone else was wearing, so you notice her.
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As noted elsewhere on this page and on the soundtracks page, the music of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention was used in the nightclub scene and in the score for a couple other scenes. The individual songs were not credited. However, the band's name does appear in the end credits as "Incidental music by Mothers Of Invention."
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Available on DVD and Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.
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The white television station news vehicle is a 1968 Chevrolet Impala station wagon.
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