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(1995)

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Steve Kahan, cousin of Richard Donner, cameos in this film as Alan Branch - one of Robert Rath's targets. Kahan can be found in several of Donner's films including, and most famously, the Lethal Weapon series as Captain Ed Murphy.
During production, Brian Helgeland was brought in to rewrite the script. The Wachowski Brothers, unsatisfied with the rewrites, petitioned to have their names removed from the credits, but were denied this request by the WGA.
There is a deleted scene shown in the theatrical trailer where Antonio Banderas is walking through the graveyard looking for his "mark" and is approached by a gravedigger who asks, "Can I help you?" Banderas says he is looking for someone. The gravedigger asks for the person's name so he can check the plot map. Banderas replies, "He's not dead yet." It can be presumed that Banderas then killed him off-screen and took his uniform, which explains why he is wearing it later in the film.
For its UK release, Warners considered retitling the film "Day of Reckoning" to avoid confusion with the Bridget Fonda's film "The Assassin", which ironically had its title changed from the US moniker Point of No Return (1993).
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Richard Donner claims the film would have worked better if he swapped Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas.
Sylvester Stallone's paycheck was $15 million.
Christian Slater turned down the role of Miguel Bain.
The lead role was originally written with Sean Connery in mind but he was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
During the cemetery shootout Antonio Banderas hides behind a fake tombstone labeled RHODES, a gag reference to Morgan Rhodes, a production assistant on the film.
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Michael Kamen originally composed the score for this film. His score was rejected by director Richard Donner, who felt Kamen's score was heavy, dreary and made the film feel slow. Donner felt the film needed a fast, slick sounding score, but he didn't want to let go of Kamen as the two were close friends and had worked together on many films. Donner even tried to give Kamen a chance to recompose the score, but Kamen had already begun work on Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) for director John McTiernan. Donner then went to composer Mark Mancina, who provided him with the fast, slick score he wanted for the film. Due to time constraint Mancina couldn't come up with a main theme for the film, as he only had five weeks to produce the score for final approval. The time constraint was caused by the film's original June '95 release date, which was later pushed back to October 1995.
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The buildings used for the "bank" and the "abandoned hotel" don't really face each other. They are not even on the same street in San Juan, PR.
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Almost every gunshot in the movie is "silenced" (near the beginning in the cemetery scene a bodyguard fires an unsilenced shot at Miguel).
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Theatrical trailer shows some deleted scenes and alternate lines. These include;
  • Deleted scene where Rath is walking in the streets and looks at some store, originally in this deleted scene he stops one customer from stealing a dress, talks with female store clerk and then pretends that he wants to buy a dress for his wife/girlfriend because they had a fight but when clerk goes to the other room to wrap up the dress Rath leaves a wad of $100 bills sticking in clerk's textbook and exits the store. This scene focused on Rath's loneliness and how he doesn't have anyone to care about or anyone to care about him.


  • Extended funeral scene with original introduction of Bain where he is walking across cemetery when some caretaker asks can he help him and Bain says "I'm just looking for someone", caretaker thinks that Bain is looking for someone's grave and tells him that he can check the plot map of the cemetery but then Bain says "He's not dead yet."


  • In the scene where Bain recognizes Rath in the cab instead of saying something in Spanish Bain says "Surprise!". Trailer also includes another additional/alternate line in the same scene from Bain when he is aiming at the kids playing the soccer and says "Moving target."


  • Deleted scene between Rath and Electra in which after she is almost spotted by Bain on the cemetery during the "Day Of The Dead" scene they get back in the hotel, then after talking for a while they make love. Trailer shows couple parts of this scene, Electra telling Rath "You're a strange man, Robert Rath" and two of them hugging and kissing. In this scene they also tell each other their real names (Joseph and Anna) but in the final version they do that in the ending after Bain and Nicolai are killed, but their lines are heard off screen indicating that they were dubbed by two actors into the scene later in post production.


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Antonio Banderas only eats fruit in the film. He is seen eating apricots in one scene and an apple in another.
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Mel Gibson was initially interested in directing the film. He mentioned to his friend Richard Donner that it was a really great script. Then, when Gibson got heavily involved with Braveheart (1995), the project found its way to Donner.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger who was considered to play Robert Rath in this movie and Judge Joseph Dredd in Judge Dredd (1995) that very same year, later worked with Sylvester Stallone on The Expendables (2010) and Escape Plan (2013). Coincidently, Antonio Banderas later appeared in The Expendables 3 (2014) as Galgo who works with both Stallone and Schwarzenegger and the rest of the team to go up against Mel Gibson's character.
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With the exception of one word, the "Dutch" buyers in the Marriot hotel actually speak German (with accent) instead of Dutch. The one Dutch word is spoken when one of the buyers checks the air duct. He says 'Niks' which is Dutch for 'Nothing'. This makes sense as he sees nothing inside the air duct. The German word would be 'Nichts'
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Michael Douglas and Arnold Schwarzenegger were considered for the role of Robert Rath.
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Electra's cat seen in the film is a Maine Coon.
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Woody Harrelson and Tom Cruise were considered for the role of Miguel Bain.
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Richard Donner was talked into directing the film by Joel Silver, who really wanted him on the project.
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The pistol Robert Rath uses in this movie is a Ruger Mark I (model from 1950's) modified with a Suppressor. It fires a .22 Long rifle caliber bullet.
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Mel Gibson was considered to play Robert Rath but turned it down to do Braveheart (1995). Two years later he worked with Richard Donner on Conspiracy Theory (1997) (also written by Brian Helgeland). He also worked with lead actors from assassins Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas on The Expendables 3 (2014).
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In the scene just after Bain has shot the Dutch buyers, Electra is seen transferring the files from her laptop. The file sizes vary from 10 megabytes to over 200. This is a mistake as the capacity of the floppy disk it is being transferred to cannot exceed 1.44 megabytes. Even with compression it is impossible to write almost 700 megabytes as is seen om the laptop screen to such a disk.
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Director Trademark 

Richard Donner: [Political Statements] The buses all have anti NRA signs on them; Electra is spraying a coat made out of fur with red paint; a big sign on the front door of the pet shop writes "We won't sell pets - Please adopt one"; a female customer in the café is wearing a Pro-choice T-shirt.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Sylvester Stallone reunited with Antonio Banderas for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) in which their roles were reversed and The Expendables 3 (2014) in which they played good guys. They became good friends after the making of this film.

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