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Trivia

Andrew Davis was attached to direct the picture based on a different screenplay. The budget being too high and creative differences arising, Carolco hired Roland Emmerich, fresh from his low budget feature Moon 44 (1990) and a canceled Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Isobar", to deliver a new screenplay and direct the film.
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(at around 18 mins) The young couple that Luc reacts to at the Hoover Dam incident are actually the same young couple in the beginning in Vietnam.
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister had his eyepiece custom made because the regular eye piece's design was blocking his good eye.
The production script presented a much darker depiction of the U.S. Military than what eventually ends up on the screen. In the screenplay the Colonel in charge of the Unisol project orders Dolph Lundgren's character to ruthlessly kill off all the civilian witnesses to his pursuit of Jean-Claude Van Damme's character. The Colonel also informs the head scientist that the terrorists at the dam were not terrorists at all, but mercenaries hired by the army to provide fake justification for the Universal Soldier program. In the finished film, these scenes are omitted so the witnesses are left unharmed and the gunmen killed by the Unisols at the dam were genuine terrorists. The Colonel and his men are actually heroic figures with a real and valid mission who just want their multi-million dollar Unisol back. Whereas military villains were de rigeur in the post Vietnam 1970s and well into the 80s, by the time of filming the reputation of the U.S. Military was at an all time high following the first Gulf War so it was considered unlikely that the audience would accept them being shown in such a poor light.
Though they're all supposed to be American, the Universal Soldiers are played by a Belgian (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a Swede (Dolph Lundgren), and a German (Ralf Moeller).
The last film to be recorded in CDS, an early digital sound format. In the following year of the film's release, sound technicians had developed DTS. This sound format was apparently of higher audio quality than CDS and has been used in most movie theaters ever since.
The UniSol's basic sidearm seen in throughout the film is a Magnum Research Inc. .357 Magnum Desert Eagle.
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The Vietnam scenes were filmed at the Kingman, Arizona golf course with set dressings and fake foliage.
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The Grand Canyon bus chase was re-edited years later as library footage into Fred Olen Ray's Critical Mass (2001) produced by Andrew Stevens' Phoenician Entertainment (a company that specialized in shooting low budget action films around stock footage).
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The small patch worn on the left breast of many of the UniSols is a U.S. Army Air Assault Badge, signifying that the wearer is a graduate of the Air Assault School.
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The scene where Luc saves Veronica and they escape in the Blazer were shot at the Mohave County Airport. Some of the airport hangers were used to store constructed sets and the Unisol Mobile Base.
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The Kingman Police Department supplied officers as extras for the scene where Luc and Veronica are surrounded by the police.
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The first screenplay was initially called "Crystal Knights".
(at around 1h 14 mins) The street where Luc and Veronica are surrounded by police is named after the actor Andy Devine who was raised in Kingman, Arizona.
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(at around 8 mins) Only feature film as of 2012 depicting an Aero Spacelines Mini Guppy (Registration N422AU, serial 15937) transport aircraft. The Mini Guppy used in the film was used by Erickson Air Crane until its retirement in 1995 at the Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum in Tillamook, Oregon.
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The house scene was actually built at the Peck's Lake golf course in Clarkdale, Arizona. Nearby was the Clark Mansion which was built for one of Senator William Clarke's sons who died in a plane crash nearby in 1932. The mansion burned down under mysterious circumstances in June 2010.
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(at around 10 mins) The helicopter shown when the UniSols deploy at the Hoover Dam is a Sikorsky S-58T.
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Director Trademark 

Roland Emmerich: [44] Luc Deveraux's codename in the UNISOL program is GR44.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the film's unreleased first cut, the final battle between Luc and Andrew didn't include the scene in the barn, which was shot months later after the first test-screenings, featured the death of Luc's mother, and concluded with the near-murder of Luc by Dr. Gregor, followed by the revelation that he eventually died because of his injuries.
The movie has some unusual resemblance to Italian 1986 Terminator-sploitation movie Hands of Steel (1986), in which a soldier turned cyborg assassin regains some of his memories, evades his masters and falls for a woman who helps him.
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