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(1991)

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Valeria Golino claims the scene in which she catches an olive popped out of her bellybutton was accomplished without trick photography.
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Charlie Sheen (Lt. Topper Harley), Jon Cryer (Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach) and Ryan Stiles ('Mailman' Farnham) would all later work together again in the television show Two and a Half Men (2003). The song 'The Man I Love', sang my Valeria Golino, was also sung by Charlie's mum in an episode of Two and a Half Men.
The aircraft carrier on which the movie takes place is actually a wooden deck built on the edge of a cliff at a deserted Marineland facility. The film was shot at an angle that made the deck look like a ship at sea.
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Topper Harley's name comes from Harley-Davidson's 1960's motor scooter, the Harley Topper.
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Chosen for the UK's 1991 Royal Film Performance, attended by the Queen.
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Charlie Sheen remarks before a particularly energetic fight sequence, "I learned this one from Paula Abdul." Paula Abdul was married to Charlie Sheen's brother, Emilio Estevez, at the time of the film's release.
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A gag credit at the end of the film, "Things you can do after the movie", is the same as a gag credit at the end of the Bruce Lee send-up in The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).
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Some of the previews for the film jokingly claimed that Saddam Hussein's role was played by himself.
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Several aircraft carrier scenes were taken from the movie Flight of the Intruder (1991), including the flyby of 4 planes when the pilots arrive at the aircraft carrier, when the bombs are loaded onto the planes, and when the planes launched for their final mission.
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The planes used were Folland Fo-145 Gnats, a British fighter/trainer used by the RAF's Red Arrows aerobatics team until 1979.
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Topper's real first name is Sean. This can be seen on his ID badge in Ramada's office during their first meeting.
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The aircraft used in this movie, the Folland Gnat T.Mk.1 two seat trainer, were never used in American service, neither were they ever capable of operating from aircraft carriers although the Indian Air Force, which used the single seat fighter version, did do a feasibility study of operating the type from their aircraft carriers, mainly to due to lack of options for carrier based aviation at the time. This was the first evidence that the aircraft carrier used in the movie was not real, but actually a prop. Gnats were British-made aircraft used by the Red Arrows aerobatic team. Ironically, the Gnats in the Indian Air Force earned the nickname "Sabre Slayer" after an unblemished combat record of shooting down technically superior Pakistani Air Force Canadair (license-built) F-86 Sabres during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971.
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The shot of the "S.S. Esses" back lit by the rising sun is stock footage of the U.S.S. Nimitz from the movie The Final Countdown (1980). That movie starred Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen's Father.
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The opening crowd shot of the boxing match attended by Lt. Cmdr. Block and Wilson is reused footage of the final fight scene of Rocky II. In addition both of the fighters and their corner men that are used for more close up shots filmed for this movie are dressed in exactly the same colored robes and uniforms as worn by Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith and Tony Burton in Rocky II, along with matching floor canvas and ring rope covers used to match both film footage together seamlessly.
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Some previews contain this scene, which was not in the movie: Ramada asks Kent Gregory if there's a cue ball in his pocket, or is he just glad to see her, and Kent produces a cue ball.
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In the fake Indian language the English term "curve ball" translates to "Hershiser", a reference to Los Angeles Dodgers' ace pitcher Orel Hershiser.
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Charles Barkley, Bill Laimbeer:  re-enacting their infamous on-court brawl.
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