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Army of One (1993) Poster

(1993)

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Kristian Alfonso was body-doubled by Crystal Breeze for her nude scenes.
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During the filming of the scene when Santee sets alight the gunman with a paint sprayer, Dolph Lundgren was so shocked by the sight of Andy Armstrong in flames that it delayed his timing for the rest of the shot. As a result, Armstrong got more than a little singed.
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The script only called for Santee to kill five henchmen at the warehouse, but for the sake of more action it was changed to dozens and dozens of them.
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The gunfight in the warehouse where Santee, with a gun in either hand, mows down a small army of Asian heavies is a direct homage to the "Heroic Bloodshed" action sequences of John Woo, despite the absence of doves. At the Premiere, Vic Armstrong was horrified to encounter Woo himself. "Sorry, John," he mumbled. "I'm kind of ripping you off in one scene in this movie." Unperturbed, John Woo replied "Don't worry about it, Vic. I've been stealing from you for years."
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The slime that Santee is rubbing on Rita during their love scene is actually aloe oil, which eases sunburn.
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Released theatrically worldwide except in the United States, Germany and United Kingdom.
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The Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini Countach cars in the film are in fact kit cars built on Pontiac Fiero shells. This is especially obvious in any of the interior shots and profile shots of the F40, which has a much shorter wheelbase than the real one. However, the two cars are over-dubbed with the correct engine notes.
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A majority of the film's budget was raised through foreign sales deals, thanks to Dolph Lundgren's popularity overseas at the time.
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During production of Joshua Tree, Dolph Lundgren was involved in another movie project titled Meltdown. Based on old John Carpenter script, the movie was supposed to be action horror thriller and Lundgren was gonna play the main role of Navy officer who has to save some people inside nuclear power plant from couple unstoppable terrorists who are trying to blow it up, and it was going to be directed by Canadian director Yves Simoneau.

But by 1995, after the script was re-written many times and couple other directors, John Dahl and Jon De Jong, were each at different points in time hired to re-write the script and direct the movie, the problems with studio which involved lot of lawsuits caused for project to be cancelled and Meltdown was never filmed.
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Took 2 decades to get released in the correct aspect ratio in the US.
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All of the exotic cars are actually replicas of Ferraris and Lamborghinis-including the ones in the chase scene.
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The U.S. VHS version had its title changed to 'Army of One' so potential renters wouldn't confuse it with the U2 music video of 'Joshua Tree'. And more probably because the distributor didn't think it sounded enough like an action movie with Dolph Lundgren (which it wasn't meant to be when it was written a 'film noir' initially)...
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Roland Emmerich suggested composer Joel Goldsmith to Vic Armstrong after working with him on Moon 44 (1990). Armstrong and Emmerich worked together on Universal Soldier (1992) with Dolph Lundgren a year before this film.
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A newspaper clipping in Woody Engstrom's shack is apparently written by Andy Armstrong. Andy Armstrong is the name of the second unit director and is director Vic Armstrong's brother.
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Beau Starr claims he saw a U.F.O. while filming this movie in the desert.
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Although they are portrayed as evenly matched in the movie, the Ferrari F40 would outrun the Lamborghini Countach in a race. The F40 was built as a road going track car using ultra light material and twin turbo charging the engine. Because of that, it has 100 more horsepower and 500 fewer pounds of weight and a higher top speed. Heck, the F40 didn't even have a stereo.
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At the beginning of the movie we hear a female voice say "Unit 2-11 officer needs assistance..." over a police radio. Near the end of the film we can hear that same sentence said over another police radio but in a different voice.
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A deleted scene involves Severence and Rudy going to Woody Engstrom's ranch to question him about Santee. Rudy almost kills the guard dog for barking at him and Severence is about to kill Woody when other patrol cars arrive, forcing them back down.
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The original ending in the script had a scene in the D.A.'s office in which Sheriff Cepeda shows the video of the CCTV footage from Jimmy Shoeshine's warehouse, thus clearing Santee of Deputy Agnos' murder.
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The opening shot of the camera zooming-in on the lizard was actually filmed in reverse.
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The violence was heavily toned down by the UK censors.
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At one point, Dolph Lundgren's character watches the Humphrey Bogart classic High Sierra (1941) on TV. This film was actually shot in some of the same locations as Raoul Walsh's 1941 movie.
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Although listed high in the credits, Ken Foree's appearance in the film boils down to about a minute of screentime.
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31:57 into the film, posters advertising Double Impact starring Jean-Claude Van Damme are displayed, who has worked with Dolph several times, notably in Universal Soldier which was made shortly before this and in The Expendables 2.
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Deputy Tomay tells Sheriff Cepeda that Santee's first arrest was eleven years ago, when he was seventeen, making Santee twenty-eight years old. Dolph Lundgren was thirty-five at the time of filming.
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Released theatrically in most countries, the film premiered in the US on HBO (February 3rd 1994), and 8 months later (October 19th 1994) on VHS and laserdisc.
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Dolph Lundgren and Matt Battaglia both appeared in the Universal Soldier film franchise, albeit not in the same films. Dolph appeared in the original and two sequels years later while Matt appeared in two sequels produced for Showtime that were later labeled non-canon.
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The title was changed from Joshua Tree to Army of One to avoid confusion with the U2 album of the same name. In 2015, the British band Coldplay released an album called A Head full of Dreams, which features a song called Army of One.
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Vic Armstrong and Dolph Lundgren had previously worked together on Universal Soldier (1992).
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