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(1988)

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The punch line to the unfinished joke the loudmouth at the bar was telling (It's the mailman's last day on the job, he goes to a woman's house and she invites him in, makes love to him, makes him a wonderful breakfast and then gives him 5 dollars) is: Mailman: What was that for? Woman: Well I asked my husband what to do for you on your last day and he said, "Screw him, give him 5 dollars." The breakfast was my idea!
The name of the burger shop that Julie works at is called "Fat Boy". This is a nod to the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fat Man and Little Boy.
The script was considered for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) before Steven Spielberg was brought in on that project. The film would have consisted of only this story (instead of the four segments it eventually became) and would have had a slightly different ending with a Twilight Zone twist. Steve De Jarnatt did not like the change in the ending and the idea was eventually scrapped.
According to a story told by casting director Billy DaMota in the documentary I Don't Know Jack (2002), the role of Fred the Cook was originally offered to Eraserhead (1977) star Jack Nance, who refused the role because he wanted to focus on his day job as a security guard.
When the main character Harry is recounting his phone conversation to Landa, she asked him to repeat the launch code and then mentions the Rand Corporation and how someone who works there could know something about the launch code. The Rand corporation was a think tank formed in 1948 to advise the United States government on national security issues. Their most well known contribution being the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) during the cold war.
This took Steve De Jarnatt eight years to get this movie made.
Peter Berg's film debut. Moreover, Berg got his SAG card from playing a small role in this film.
Steve De Jarnatt sent a copy of the script to Carl Sagan.
The character of Harlan was named in tribute to acclaimed writer Harlan Ellison.
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The original script had Walter Cronkite appearing on television towards the end as himself.
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This movie was shot in seven weeks mostly at night.
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Wilshire Boulevard was closed for two days for the filming of the climax. Moreover, Steve De Jarnatt had to shoot additional pieces for the climax at his own expense after principal shooting on the movie had wrapped.
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O-Lan Jones worked a shift at a diner as research for her role as a waitress.
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Crispin Glover auditioned for the voice of Chip.
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Joe Turkel's small role as a man on the elevator towards the end was ultimately cut from the film.
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Wilson was white in an earlier draft of the script.
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Harry was much older in an earlier draft of the script. Moreover, Harry was an alcoholic in another draft of the screenplay.
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The first American film shot by cinematographer Theo van de Sande.
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Has three actors from the Terminator franchise: Jenette Goldstein (Terminator 2 (1991)), Earl Boen (The first three Terminator movies), and Brian Thompson (The Terminator (1984)).
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The area code for where this was filmed was changed to (323) on June 13, 1998 (13/06/1998), so if that payphone is still there today (strongly doubtful) its telephone number would be 323-254-9411.
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This film has two actors from the Star Trek franchise: Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Robert DoQui from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sons of Mogh (1996).
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Director Cameo 

Steve De Jarnatt: As the man who gets shot and falls face down onto the sewer grate.
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The first of two movies with Earl Boen which end in nuclear war. The second would be Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). This movie has a character named after Harlan Ellison who is also given a writing credit for The Terminator (1984).
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