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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.
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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: Judgment Day (1991), which Schwarzenegger starred as The Terminator.
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In the teaser trailer, Kruger looks at the camera and says to the audience "Relax! You've been erased."
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Frank Darabont and William Wisher Jr. were brought in mid-production to revise the screenplay.
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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).
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John Milius did multiple rewrites as a favor to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At Tony Two Toes' office, Arnold is referred to as the Tree Trunk. Arnold Schwarzenegger is nicknamed the Oak.
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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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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.
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Two walk-on parts went for $4,500 each at a Planet Hollywood auction in 1995.
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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 Jr. reportedly did multiple rewrites during the production as well.
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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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The cast features John Snyder, Michael Gregory, and Dave Mallow, all three are voice actors.
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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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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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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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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: Judgment Day (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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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 film's tagline is "He will erase your past to protect your future" is the film's tagline. 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: Judgment Day (1991).
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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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Vanessa Williamsand Arnold Schwarzenegger both have titles. She was Miss America, and he was Mr. Universe.
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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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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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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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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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The producers originally filmed a romantic ending, but it didn't test well with audiences.
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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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At the premiere, Vanessa Williams walked the red carpet puffing one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature cigars.
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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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The early version by Tony Puryear was meant as an action vehicle for Robert De Niro.
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Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Nucci were directed by James Cameron: Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and True Lies (1994) and Nucci in Titanic (1997).
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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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Jonathan Pryce was considered for the role of US Marshal Robert DeGuerin.
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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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Vanessa Williams won the role of Lee Cullen after Arnold Schwarzenegger and the producers found her screen-test outstanding.
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James Caan once directed a movie about the witness-protection program: Hide in Plain Sight (1980).
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Producer Anne Kopelson was happy that Lee Cullen "is not just another damsel in distress."
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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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In total, Arnold Schwarzenegger was strapped into ten kinds of flying rigs for nearly a week of filming.
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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.
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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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Several stunts went awry during production, including one where Arnold Schwarzenegger's hair caught fire.
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The destruction of Lee Cullen's house was filmed in Valencia.
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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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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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Cameo 

Sven-Ole Thorsen: Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend and frequent collaborator appears as a gunman towards the end of the film.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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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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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