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One of only two films Director William Friedkin wrote nothing about, positive or negative, in his memoir, The Friedkin Connection (see also The Guardian (1990)).
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The name comes from a bribery scandal involving Lockheed and Japanese officials in 1972.
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The name of the fictional Central American country was "San Miguel". The name is Spanish, and translates as "Saint Michael". San Miguel is the real name of numerous towns and cities around the world, but not a country.
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The character of Masaggi (Richard Libertini) was allegedly based on real-life Saudi Arabian businessman and arms-dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
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The name of the arms trade fair was "Arms For Peace '84". The show's slogan was "Faith in the Future".
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The quote from the Bible, said by Ray Kasternak (Gregory Hines), came from Romans 7.19-20. It said: "For I do not do the good that I want. But the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me."
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Robert Towne wrote a scene, but wasn't credited for it.
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The film was never shown theatrically in the UK when first released & went straight to video.
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Second comedy about arms dealers and arms dealing. Others that would follow would include War, Inc. (2008), Lord of War (2005), and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). Wrong Is Right (1982) also was a comedy, and featured arms dealers and dealing.
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The DVD's sleeve notes state that this movie is "In the absurdist tradition of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Wag the Dog (1997)".
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Eddie Muntz's (Chevy Chase's) company was Western Defense Consultants.
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The address on Eddie Muntz's (Chevy Chase's) business card was 5453 Satsuma Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601.
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The name of the pilotless combat fighter drone was "The Peacemaker".
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The name of the American defense company was Luckup Industries. It's slogan was "Preserving Our Way Of Life".
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Some scenes, involving helicopters and explosives, were shot at Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park in Valencia, California. This was the same location where, the year before, scenes involving a helicopter and explosions were being filmed for John Landis' segment for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). In that instance, tragedy struck, when the helicopter, hovering amidst explosions, had its tail rotor destroyed by the heat from the explosions, causing the chopper to spin out of control, and was sent spinning into a shallow river below, and killing Vic Morrow and two small children, who were attempting to cross the river at the time. The helicopter's main rotor struck the three, killing them instantly.
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Wallace Shawn: As Harold DeVoto.
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Richard Libertini: As arms-dealer Masaggi.
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