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(1976)

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This film was shot in 5-1/2 weeks.
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Peter Fonda insisted that Bruce Langhorne compose the music for this movie. Fonda also insisted on driving a Caterpillar bulldozer in one scene instead of having a stunt double do it for him.
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Like many other films, Peter Fonda provided his own artillery for the climatic scene where he infiltrates Crabtree's house.
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Charles Napier was also considered for the role of Pierce Crabtree.
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Harry Northup ad-libbed a lot of his own dialogue.
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The opening montage of scenes featuring Peter Fonda and Gino Franco driving home to Arkansas was shot by Tak Fujimoto, who was originally Jonathan Demme's choice of cinematographer as they worked together in a couple other films prior to this, but being this was a union picture, Fujimoto got caught by the union teamsters and was sent packing back home to California. However, his footage was used for the actual film.
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[Cameo]: George Armitage. He can be seen as the tennis player who witnesses the murder of Judge O'Connor in the park.
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Cameo: George Armitage. The tennis player who witnesses the stabbing/murder of Judge O'Connor.
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To give film editor Anthony Magro some breathing room, Jonathan Demme actually edited the entire climatic sequence where Peter Fonda's character storms Crabtree's property.
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The jail sequence was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles and was the same set used for Jackson County Jail (1976). A body double was used for Gino Franco for this scene.
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The two goons who worked for Pierce Crabtree were Peter Fain and a hulking guy only known as "cupcake". Apparently, they worked as bodyguards in real-life for Martin Scorsese back in New York and to this day, Jonathan Demme still has no idea how they made it to Arkansas to the filming location.
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