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(1984)

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Burt Reynolds suffered a serious accident and had his jaw broken when he was hit in the face with a metal chair while filming a fight scene on this movie. Reynolds was restricted to a liquid diet and lost over thirty pounds by the time the film wrapped. This accident had dire consequences for Reynolds' next film project, Stick (1985). In that film, Reynolds looks underweight, weak and thin and this condition was because of this accident. Apparently, this accident led to Reynolds becoming addicted to painkillers.
Burt Reynolds had initially suggested Richard Kiel, his longtime friend and co-star from The Longest Yard (1974) and Cannonball Run II (1984), for the part as the villainous thug Troy Roker. But Clint Eastwood refused because he had the intention to use Kiel in his next film, Pale Rider (1985).
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According to Burt Reynolds in his memoir, Clint Eastwood actually orchestrated the removal of Blake Edwards by goading him into quitting, in favor of Richard Benjamin, a less intense, less expensive director.
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Second theatrical feature film for Robert Davi whose work had mostly been in television except for Gangster Wars (1981). Original director Blake Edwards hired Davi to play the main villain after seeing him in The Gangster Chronicles (1981). But after Edwards left the project, Davi's role was reduced considerably.
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This film is the only ever time that Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood starred together in a movie.
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Reportedly, stars Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood had been talking about doing a movie together for a number of years before this film project finally came to fruition.
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Clint Eastwood's thirteenth film for the Warner Brothers studio.
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The credits bill the film as a Malpaso/Deliverance production. The Malpaso Company is the production company of Clint Eastwood and is synonymous with many of his films as is Deliverance synonymous with Burt Reynolds whose film Deliverance (1972) is one of his most notable works. This was the second and final film though for Deliverance Productions, Reynolds' earlier movie Sharky's Machine (1981) was the first.
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Penultimate comedy for Clint Eastwood. Pink Cadillac (1989) was his last.
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This movie's stars Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood once shared something in common. The two had both once been sacked from Universal Studios.
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Blake Edwards was the original writer and director on the project. He stepped aside as director after creative differences with star Clint Eastwood. The earlier Burt Reynolds movie Rough Cut (1980) was also originally intended to be directed by Edwards who left that project too. Edwards and Reynolds did in fact work together on The Man Who Loved Women (1983), made and released about a year before this movie.
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The earlier titles of this film were original script title 'Kansas City Jazz' and working title 'Kansas City Heat'.
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Jane Alexander replaced Marsha Mason. Mason was originally cast as Addy but left the film due to creative differences. Mason eventually worked with Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge (1986).
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After director Blake Edwards was allegedly fired from this picture, numerous other directors were approached to direct the film until eventually Richard Benjamin was hired to direct.
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The time-frame of this film can be verified by identifying evidence of certain events depicted in the film. Two movies are showing at the cinema during the picture-house sequence. They are a double bill of Horse Feathers (1932) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). The former premiered on 10 August 1932 whilst the latter debuted on 27 May 1933. Prohibition was repealed on 5th December 1933. As such, the film is set during 1933.
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Original director of this movie and its story and co-screenwriter, Blake Edwards, is credited for this movie's writing under the pseudonym of Sam O.Brown, something he apparently requested after leaving the film during pre-production. This nom de plume's initials are S.O.B., which perhaps suggested Edward's feeling about his involvement on this picture. These initials also form the title of another Edwards film, the earlier comedy, S.O.B. (1981).
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When this movie was made and released, its stars, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, were two of cinema's biggest box-office stars in the world. This movie is notable for their star-teaming here.
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Madeline Kahn plays the part of Caroline Howley in a role that original writer-director Blake Edwards intended for his wife Julie Andrews.
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This movie was one of two pictures that both of this film's stars, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, had in theaters during 1984. Eastwood also was in Tightrope (1984) whilst Reynolds was also in Cannonball Run II (1984).
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Richard Benjamin replaced Blake Edwards as director. This was the third theatrical feature directed by Benjamin. He came to this film project after his My Favorite Year (1982) had recently been Oscar nominated whilst his Racing with the Moon (1984) had been well received by critics.
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When director Richard Benjamin came to this film set in 1930s Prohibition Kansas City, Benjamin had already researched the 1930s period from his development work on the then canceled film of Dick Tracy (1990).
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Playing a 1930s detective, Clint Eastwood's lead role in this film as Lieutenant Speer spoofs and parodies his 'Dirty Harry' screen persona.
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This gangster comedy was released during a cycle of Hollywood movies during the 1980s that sent up gangster films. These pictures included Prizzi's Honor (1985), Wise Guys (1986), Harlem Nights (1989) City Heat (1984), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Little Miss Marker (1980) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982),
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This movie's soundtrack features the song "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" on its soundtrack. Clint Eastwood, about twenty years later, made an Academy Award winning movie called Million Dollar Baby (2004) which incidentally didn't feature this song, as the score was solely composed by Eastwood. The "Million Dollar Baby" song was composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose. The song is heard in this film sung by Al Jarreau.
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Julie Andrews was originally cast in the role of Caroline Howley. Clio Goldsmith was also cast in the role during pre-production. Madeline Kahn replaced Goldsmith in the part.
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Body Count: 13.
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One of a number of period comedies directed by Richard Benjamin. The films include Mermaids (1990), City Heat (1984), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), My Favorite Year (1982), Racing with the Moon (1984) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001).
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In the late 1950's (25 years before they starred together in this film), Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds were contract players at Universal Pictures. They were both fired on the same day, by the same director. Eastwood was fired because the director didn't want to use him because (reports vary) his Adam's Apple was too big and/or he had a visible wart on his upper lip. Reynolds was fired after pushing the director into a water tank in an argument over how to do a fall stunt.
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According to director Richard Benjamin, Burt was not hit with a chair but slipped in his dressing room.
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Though the setting of Kansas City was clearly indicated in two of this picture's working titles, the film's city setting remained unnamed throughout the final cut of this movie.
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Website DVD Verdict' states that "According to Richard Schickel's book Clint Eastwood', [Blake] Edwards was originally signed to direct the film from his screenplay 'Kansas City Jazz'. Problems arose over Edwards' insistence on casting his wife Julie Andrews in one of the female leads. Reynolds and Andrews had not gotten along very well during the production of The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and of course, Reynolds had major reservations about a reprise of previous problems. Eastwood supported Reynolds, and to make the long story short, Edwards quit the production. Eastwood brought in Joseph Stinson to rewrite the script..."
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Appearing together in this movie were actors Madeline Kahn and Burt Reynolds who had previously worked together in Peter Bogdanovich's At Long Last Love (1975) about nine years earlier.
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Though filmed in color, the Warner Brothers logo at the start of the picture is displayed in black-and-white, as is the opening shot, bar for the title card of the film's "City Heat" title, which is shown in bold red.
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Known mostly for her music, Irene Cara both acts in this movie and worked on three songs on the soundtrack, co-writing "City Heat" and performing "Get Happy" and "Embraceable You".
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"Fat Freddy" is also the name of a character in the underground comic book "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers".
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Kim Basinger was attached to the film as of August 1983
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This movie has been described as a parody of gangster films of the 1930s which starred the likes of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Many of these gangster movies were produced by Warner Brothers, the studio that made this picture.
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While pretending to be drunks, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds refer to each other as "Ollie" and "Stanley", the nicknames of popular comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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Clint Eastwood received top / first billing, Burt Reynolds received second billing.
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This movie has been well known for its star teaming of two big Hollywood action heroes, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. Reynolds would later play a character called "Clint" in Standby, whilst to date [July 2013], Eastwood appears to have never played a character on-screen called "Burt".
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This movie was the first theatrically released picture that Jane Alexander starred in after having been nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award Oscar for her lead performance as Carol Wetherly in Testament (1983).
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Prior to starring together in this movie, stars Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood had actually appeared together before about six years earlier, not in a film though, but on the cover of the 9th January 1978 edition of world renowned 'Time' Magazine. The cover ran a banner headline declaring "Hollywood's Honchos - Burt Reynolds - Clint Eastwood'" thus Reynolds had first billing and Eastwood second on the cover of 'Time'. This movie actually had the reverse of this billing, Eastwood being first and Reynolds second. The 'Time' story itself lead with the headline: "Good Ole Burt; Cool-Eyed Clint".
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