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According to multiple reports, some graphic scenes were cut down for R rating. This explains why some of the death scenes in the movie are very weirdly edited and cut, and why in the theatrical trailer there is a scene showing Seagal killing one of the Jamaican gang members by hitting him in neck during mall fight but in the movie he just hits him with his leg and apparently the gang member dies from it.
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Original script by Michael Grais and Mark Victor titled Screwface did had the same story and most of the characters but was still almost completely different than the final film, because of massive changes Steven Seagal made on the script and then still went and tried to claim how he came up with the story and wrote the entire script, but after his labor dispute and trial with the Writers Guild of America, they gave the writing credits to Grais and Victor. Some of the bigger differences between their original script and the movie are;

John Hatcher was originally called John Stefano and he and his family were Italians; instead of being a DEA agent John was free-lance trouble shooter working for various people on both sides of the law; he also had wife and a child who were killed while he was on one of his jobs; Screwface and his gang were also far more dangerous and vicious; originally in the script during the part where John and his friends attack Screwface's mansion in Jamaica they get captured and are brutally tortured for hours until they manage to break free and take out the first Screwface twin and his men; the ending fight between John and second Screwface twin was far more brutal and it took place in the warehouse belonging to Jamaican gang who were watching the entire fight until right at the moment where Screwface was ready to kill him John finally kills Screwface by shooting him in the head and in the body.
The villain Screwface was named after a Bob Marley song.
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The theatrical trailer shows some deleted scenes and extra/alternate shots of some action scenes, shots of John hitting one of the Jamaicans during the mall fight scene and hitting him again with neck chop, a shot of John sneaking around Screwface's mansion, an alternate shot of John hitting one of the Jamaican's during the hand to hand fight in mansion, and a deleted conversation scene between John and Tito Barco is also shown in which Barco asks John "Are you some kind of cop?" and John says "Nah, I'm just a concerned citizen."
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Steven Seagal said in an interview that Hatcher's final takedown of Screwface was his favourite onscreen kill of his own.
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Steven Seagal lost a labor dispute regarding the film's script. In a case brought before the Writers Guild of America, Seagal sought full credit for the script, claiming that he had rewritten 93 percent of the original draft. However, the Guild ruled in favor of Michael Grais and Mark Victor, who remain the only credited writers for the movie.
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Steven Seagal's first film released by a studio other than Warner Brothers.
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Two of the villains (Basil Wallace and Michael Ralph) have Jamaican ancestry in real life.
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Steven Seagal asked Jimmy Cliff to perform in the movie.
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The car chase was inspired by The French Connection (1971).
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Steven Seagal felt that this film has some of the best fight scenes he's ever done.
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The script was written in Jamaican dialect, but Basil Wallace added words to make it more authentic.
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The film's working title was Screwface.
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Steven Seagal shot all his scenes in the U.S.
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This was named one of the most violent movies of 1990 by the National Coalition on TV Violence.
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The film got $1 million added to the budget following the success of Hard to Kill (1990), also starring Steven Seagal.
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Steven Seagal recommended director Dwight H. Little after seeing Little's work on Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
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Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles was shut off on multiple Sundays in order to shoot the road chase.
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The antique gun used in the film is called a Chicago Palm Pistol. It's nicknamed "The Protector."
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The film uses real photos of Steven Seagal as a kid.
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Co-writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor included voodoo after talking with the LAPD. They learned more about the Jamaican gangs while doing ride alongs with the police.
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Basil Wallace gained 30 pounds to play Screwface. "They wanted me to look big next to Steven."
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Co-writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor met with one of the biggest drug dealers in Jamaica.
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Michael Grais and Mark Victor visited Jamaica before they wrote the scenes pertaining to the country.
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Michael Grais read a news story about Jamaican drug gangs taking over American suburbs. That story gave him the idea for the film.
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Steven Seagal was very particular about his wardrobe.
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Basil Wallace saw Screwface as someone who wanted to avoid getting his hands dirty.
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Peter Jason and Steven Seagal reunited on The Glimmer Man (1996).
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Steven Seagal also played a Chicago cop in his first movie, Above the Law (1988).
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Basil Wallace was born in Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. This was his first movie role.
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Dwight H. Little cast Joanna Pacula because of her performance in Gorky Park (1983).
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Steven Seagal wrote and performed the song "John Crow" together with Jimmy Cliff. This is the first singing appearance by Seagal.
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The back cover of the DVD release features a screen capture from the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989), featuring a semi performing a wheelie through the burning remains of a second semi. Obviously this scene is not in the movie, and it is made even more odd by the fact that this movie is a 20th Century Fox release while Licence to Kill is an MGM release.
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Tom Wright (Charles) was in another movie with voodoo, Weekend at Bernie's II (1993).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the film's climax, Screwface kills Charles by stabbing him with the sword through the heart. Screwface whispers "Judas!", marking Charles as a betrayer.
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