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(1993)

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Michael Douglas considers this his favorite performance of all the movies he has been in.
Every studio in Hollywood turned down Ebbe Roe Smith's script. Producer Arnold Kopelson was getting to the stage of considering cable TV when Michael Douglas came across the script and pronounced it one of the best he'd ever read.
The movie was being shot on locations in Lynwood, California when the 1992 Los Angeles riots began. By April 30, the riots were sufficiently disruptive to force filming to stop early that day. Film crews produced more footage inside of Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank as the riots continued. By May 4, when the crew intended to resume in Pasadena, initial requests to do so were denied, causing delays. The tension around the riots something that the filmmakers deem to have an effect on the finished film
Iron Maiden's song entitled "Man on the Edge" is based on this movie.
The Foo Fighters music video for their song "Walk" is inspired by and mimics the movie.
The man who is yelling about being "not economically viable" in front of the bank is wearing the exact same clothes as D-Fens. Even the tie pattern is the same.
Detective Brian (Steve Park) says that he can't translate for Mr. Lee (Michael Paul Chan) because he is Japanese and Mr. Lee is Korean. In real life, Park is Korean and Chan is Chinese.
In the movie, D-Fens (Douglas) is referred to as being in his late 30s, but Michael Douglas was 47 at the time the movie was shot in 1992.
In the scene in which the drive-by car crashes, there is a mural of Christ on the wall. This same mural is also present in Colors (1988), also starring Robert Duvall as an LAPD cop, in the scene in which the police officer played by Sean Penn, spray paints a kid's face.
The cashier at the Whammy Burger, Sheila, is played by Michelle Pfeiffer's younger sister, Dedee. She appeared in the February 2002 issue of 'Playboy'.
"London Bridge is Falling Down" is heard several times in the film. Prendergast (Robert Duvall) sings "London Bridge" with his wife (Tuesday Weld) on the telephone. The same tune is played by the snow globe that D-Fens buys on Wilshire. The lyrics to the song are "London Bridge is falling down, falling down", a reference to the movie's title. A bridge appears on the retirement cake of Det. Pendergrast then moments later, he punches Detective Lydecker (D.W. Moffett) who falls into the bridge. Prendergast also planned to retire to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where the old London Bridge was moved to in 1971. D-Fens also says to Nick The Nazi (Frederic Forrest) "I'll fall down". See quotes section for more details.
The opening sequence of the film, in which Forrester is stuck in traffic, is a direct homage to Federico Fellini's famous opening to (1963).
The baseball bat and machine gun are the only weapons Bill Foster uses more than once
The kid who tells D-Fens how to use the rocket weapon could have learned the detailed instructions from watching Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
The stripper for Prendergast (Robert Duvall) is named "Suzie". When she starts dancing, someone says "Susie Q", a reference to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song used in Apocalypse Now (1979), which also featured Duvall.
The Korean American Coalition protested the film for its treatment of minorities as well as the Korean grocer. Because of this and the boycott threats that followed, this movie was banned in South Korea.
Lois Smith plays Michael Douglas' mother in this movie and his secretary in Fatal Attraction (1987).
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Dennis Hopper was considered to direct.
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Where D-Fens (Michael Douglas) buys the snow globe for his daughter was filmed next door to the exterior shot of the Kobra Kai school (when Daniel is having lunch with his mother) in The Karate Kid (1984).
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Joel Schumacher envisioned his friend Michael Douglas in the lead role. However, Douglas planned to take a break from acting as he had just done two films back to back and desired to spend some time with his family. Douglas agreed to read the script after Schumacher's urging and declared it one of the best he had ever read, taking the role immediately. The presence of such a popular actor as the lead allowed the film to get a much higher budget. Douglas, believing the film to be important, agreed to take a much lower salary so the film could also have more money to be made.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall; and three Oscar nominees: Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Frederic Forrest.
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Graeme Revell wrote a rejected score.
The location Bill Foster (D-FENS) (Michael Douglas) fires the rocket launcher is only ½ mile from where Robert Craig (Brian Davis) was shot in the beginning of Colors (1988) which also starred Robert Duvall as a cop.
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Although two screen legends Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall are the leads, they don't appear together until near the end of the film.
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The payphone outside of the Whammy Burger is the only one that D-Fens doesn't use.
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When the homeless man (John Fleck) tells D-Fens (Michael Douglas) that he drove down from Santa Barbara, audiences in Santa Barbara theaters cheered at the mention of their town.
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The scene where D-Fens (Michael Douglas) shoots out the phone booth is the same shopping center where Kane & Dooley (Eugene Levy and John Candy respectively go to Bruno's gym called the Sport Pit in Armed and Dangerous (1986). That scene was filmed behind the Subway and Mikasa restaurants shown in this film so it doesn't look the same, but it's the same building.
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The scene where Sandra (Rachel Ticotin) and Detective Prendergast (Robert Duvall) have lunch was filmed only 2 miles (3¼Km) from the Cunningham family home in Happy Days (1974).
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Prendergast's daughter died from S.I.D.S (sudden infant death syndrome).
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D.W. Moffett also starred with Michael Douglas in Traffic (2000).
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Robert Duvall and Jack Kehoe later appeared in The Paper (1994), another movie that also takes places in just one busy day.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As Bill Foster gets closer to home, the weapons he acquires become more lethal as do the people from whom he acquires them; First, he acquires a bat from the store owner, then a butterfly knife from the gang member, minutes later an Uzi from the same gang members car and finally a rocket launcher from the skinhead.
Body count: 6.
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