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(1996)

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The company name "Cyrez" was originally "Cyrex", but the real-life company Cyrix complained. The movie had been shot, but all dialogue was dubbed and company logos were digitally altered during postproduction.
Director Chuck Russell and producer Arnold Kopelson had a rocky relationship during the entire production. The only reason the film was able to go forward and ultimately be completed (albeit way over schedule and budget) was that Arnold Schwarzenegger got along with each man separately and was able to negotiate schedules and logistics at a point where the two men refused to speak to each other.
Arnold Schwarzenegger premiered the film at the Olympic Village in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Games. The Goo Goo Dolls performed a live concert before the film was shown.
When John Kruger shows up at Dr. Lee Cullen's house with the balloons, the back of his shirt says "Let's Party". Let's Party was a tagline to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Commando (1985).
Cinematographer Adam Greenberg was personally chosen for the job by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had worked with him on both Terminators. Schwarzenegger assured the production that if they wanted an experienced, professional cameraman who could capture the action on the film's hectic schedule, that Greenberg was the man for the job.
Frank Darabont and William Wisher were brought in mid-production to revise the screenplay.
In the teaser trailer, Kruger looks at the camera and says to the audience "Relax! You've been erased."
John Milius did multiple rewrites as a favor to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The movie has a sequel in the form of a video game, an FMV rail shooter with some adventure elements called Eraser - Turnabout (1996).
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The producers originally filmed a romantic ending, but it didn't test well with audiences.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger really did free-fall for about 65 feet. He was harnessed into a piece of stunt technology called a descender rig. Directly afterwards, director Chuck Russell told Schwarzenegger that there had been something wrong with the camera, and the scene had to be repeated; however, this was immediately revealed to be a prank, as to not upset Schwarzenegger any further.
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This was James Caan's first blockbuster action movie. He's usually "not really in favor of these huge pictures, but in this case there was a good story."
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James Caan recalled, "Arnold and I had fun. We did that macho stuff, but we were always poking fun at it, too."
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At Tony Two Toes' office, Arnold is referred to as the Tree Trunk. Arnold Schwarzenegger is nicknamed the Oak.
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Vanessa Williams and Arnold Schwarzenegger both have titles. She was Miss America, and he was Mr. Olympia.
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The inside of the zoo was actually filmed at an old abandoned zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The production had to ship in all of the animals themselves.
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Chuck Russell looks back fondly on his experience making the film. "It's a crowd-pleaser. It's still fun to watch."
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In total, Arnold Schwarzenegger was strapped into ten kinds of flying rigs for nearly a week of filming.
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John Kruger using two EM rail guns as weapons in the Baltimore Docks battle mirrors a Terminator using two Endo Rifles in the opening future battle sequence in Arnold Schwarzenegger's earlier film Terminator 2 (1991).
At the premiere, Vanessa Williams walked the red carpet puffing one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature cigars.
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The movie was mostly filmed on handheld to make the audience feel closer to the action. Adam Greenberg sometimes used up to seven cameras at one time.
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One scene used animatronic, CGI, and real alligators. The crew called them "crocogators" because they were a combination of gators and crocs.
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The film's rail guns are actually based on real military technology, a fact outlined at some length in Roger Ebert's thumbs up review of the film. As Ebert noted, however, the rail gun technology that actually exists was both in a very early development phase and designed to put such weapons on U.S. Navy ships instead of making for anything that an individual could carry and safely discharge.
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Vanessa Williams performed the song "Where Do We Go From Here" which is heard during the end credits.
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Two walk-on parts went for $4,500 each at a Planet Hollywood auction in 1995.
Several stunts went awry during production, including one where Arnold Schwarzenegger's hair caught fire.
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Producer Arnold Kopelson "set out to produce a movie so big that we needed a star larger than life. That star could only be Arnold Schwarzenegger."
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Reportedly, some scenes were written, lit, prepared and then never shot. This happened several times and drove up the budget of the film.
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Vanessa Williams won the role of Lee Cullen after Arnold Schwarzenegger and the producers found her screen-test outstanding.
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The shot outside of the gay bar in DC showing the US Capitol Building was actually taken outside of the Phoenix Park Hotel on North Capitol St. in DC. The front of the hotel was covered in purple and the "AC/DC" fictitious bar name prominently displayed.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was excited about exploring the secretive world of real-life agents. "No information gets out, so we wanted to show what it's all about."
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Although only Tony Puryear and Walon Green are credited with the film's screenplay - and the two of them along with Michael S. Chernuchin for the film's story - the film went through so many revisions from so many different writers that the final shooting script reportedly "looked like a rainbow". Frank Darabont and William Wisher reportedly did multiple rewrites during the production as well.
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Producer Anne Kopelson was happy that Lee Cullen "is not just another damsel in distress."
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James Caan once directed a movie about the witness-protection program: Hide in Plain Sight (1980).
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The original name of the Cyrez corporations was "Cyrex". However, Cyrix, a microprocessor corporation and rival of Intel, protested. The name was then changed digitally in any scenes where the name appeared in a fairly costly process for the time, and dialogue redubbed. Some instances of the "Cyrex" logo are still visible in the finished film.
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Jonathan Pryce was considered for the role of US Marshal Robert DeGuerin.
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Alan Silvestri's score in this is similar to his score on Judge Dredd (1995) a year ago. Coincidentally, Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Judge Joseph Dredd before Sylvester Stallone was cast.
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The cast features John Snyder, Michael Gregory, and Dave Mallow. All three are voice actors.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan have both starred in films about violent futuristic game shows in totalitarian societies. Caan in Rollerball (1975) as Jonathan E. and Schwarzenegger in The Running Man (1987) as Ben Richards.
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Nick Chinlund portrays WitSec Agt. Calderone, and while on the agency's jet refers to transporting dangerous felons as being "a chauffeur for degenerates". Chinlund later portrays one such degenerate, Billy Bedlam, in Con Air (1997).
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The early version by Tony Puryear was meant as an action vehicle for Robert De Niro.
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This is Arnold Schwarzenegger's third film which he plays a bodyguard. In Kindergarten Cop (1990) Schwarzenegger plays a tough Los Angeles cop whom goes undercover as a school teacher, so he can protect a woman and her son from a drug dealer and in Terminator 2 (1991), Schwarzenegger starred as a cyborg warrior from a post-apocalyptic future whom travels back through time to protect a 10 year old boy whom in that post-apocalyptic future is a rebel leader.
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In the trailer the footage from the "brooch camera" is in colour unlike in the film, which uses a grainy black and white filter. The footage is shot with a common fish eye lens.
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This is the second film where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character spends time in a drag club. The first was Raw Deal (1986).
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The film's tagline is "He will erase your past to protect your future". Arnold Schwarzenegger played two robots from a post-apocalyptic future, one as an assassin sent to back to kill a woman, which will change the future and the other sent back to protect the woman's son and prevent the post-apocalyptic future from happening in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2 (1991).
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Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Nucci were directed by James Cameron: Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2 (1991) and True Lies (1994) and Nucci in Titanic (1997).
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The same year as the film's release, Vanessa Williams made a guest role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Let He Who Is Without Sin... (1996) as Arandis and James Cromwell co-starred as Dr. Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
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A novelization of the film by Robert Tine was published by Signet on August 29th 1996.
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The destruction of Lee Cullen's house was filmed in Valencia.
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When Kruger lands on top of the car, after falling out of the jet. Kruger asks the boy and girl where he is and the girl replies "Earth, welcome." That line was written and played for a laugh.
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This is the third film in which James Caan is "hobbled" and reduced to walking with a cane, following The Killer Elite (1975) and Misery (1990).
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A house was constructed by the crew just for an explosion. It's an exact replica of a real house in the same Queens neighborhood.
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Danny Nucci later starred in Titanic (1997) which was written and directed by James Cameron whom was the writer and director of Arnold Schwarzenegger's earlier films The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and True Lies (1994).
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Cameo 

Sven-Ole Thorsen: Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend and frequent collaborator appears as a gunman towards the end of the film. He can be seen standing next to Petrofsky, wearing a blue jacket and firing a semi-automatic rifle.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The name of the Russian ship onto which the weapons are being loaded towards the end of the movie means 'Victory' in English.
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Michael Papajohn plays a hitman who gets killed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in this film. In The Last Boy Scout (1991), he played a hitman for the bad guys who gets killed by Bruce Willis.
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