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(1989)

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The majority of the film was shot in Canada for budget and locale.
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This film was the first major starring role for Don Johnson as a leading actor just as his hit TV series, Miami Vice was nearing it's end. Like the show, he also plays a cop in this film.
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Composer Michael Kamen was brought in to beef up the musical score as the producers felt that they needed an edgy, yet low key Die Hard-sound to the tone of the film.
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Jerry Beck (portrayed by Don Johnson) is a real life LAPD Homicide detective who at the time had worked some 30 years in the department. He was seen on the television series COPS during this time with his long time partner Ray Verdugo, who has also has been seen in films such as Heat (1995) during the 90's.
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Throughout the movie Bobby Burnes uses a Browning 9mm, When he tries to kidnap Beck in his car he again has the Browning. During the Shootout after Beck crashes his car into the police car to get away from Burnes, Burnes opens fire on him with a Berreta 92F 9mm.
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A final scene between Don Johnson and Penelope Ann Miller was shot where her character picks up Beck at the closing press conference and there's a hint that the two may reconcile. This scene was cut from the released version.
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Director John Frankenheimer hired his usual composer, Gary Chang, to score the film, but much of his work was replaced by Michael Kamen - at the behest of the studio.
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Don Johnson was originally considered for his friend Bruce Willis's role in Die Hard and his other friend Kevin Costner's role in the untouchables but turned it down due to his commitment to miami vice. This and Harley Davidson and the marlboro man are the closest he came to appearing in movies like Die Hard and The untouchables.
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Final film of William Traylor.
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