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(1994)

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When Gunar (Dolph Lundgren) shoots the recoilless rifle at the enemy camp he says: "Spring, era jävlar!" which is Swedish for: "Run, you bastards!". This exclamation has become a cult classic line in Sweden.
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Released theatrically worldwide, except for the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.
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In the beginning of the movie, Warren is offered a sip of a hip flask, and chokes, wondering where the contents come from. Nick Gunar answers that it comes from Sweden, like him, an often repeated line. In a later scene, there is a passing glimpse of a bottle of OP Andersson aquavit, with its very distinctive label. As this Akvavit is from Sweden, it's likely that this is what is in the hip flask, particularly as it is something of an acquired taste.
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John Frankenheimer had been attached to direct.
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The film was shot in 2.35:1 anamorphic (not Super 35mm).
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The main character's name was Nick Riley originally, it was changed to Nick Gunar to fit Dolph Lundgren and make him Swedish (the first time the actor played a Swede in his career).
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In the very beginning of the movie, Dolph Lundgren's character Nick Gunar 'bakes' a ball of Swedish snus, and pops it in his mouth. Interestingly, he puts it under his lower lip, which is rather uncommon, with the vast majority of users putting it under the upper lip.
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It was released theatrically in France with a 12 rating certificate delivered after a plenary session that reevaluated the 16 certificate initially given by from the rating commission.
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John Sayles script remained in the final movie although it had rewrites by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. The major difference though is that Sayle's original script only had action in the last act, but once the film was about to be made (about 6 years years after it was written) with Dolph Lundgren, a requirement from the producers was to put action throughout.
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John Sayles wrote the script (based on an idea from Stan Rogow) in a plane on his way to Tokyo.
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Originally set up at Atlantic Entertainment, under the title "A Safe Place". The screenplay by John Sayles was more of a drama than action/thriller. After Atlantic went bust in the late 80's, the screenplay languished for years.
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