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(1996)

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Wesley Snipes originally wanted to play the role of Gil Renard (Robert De Niro).
Robert De Niro took the Yankees bobblehead doll as a souvenir. The production company paid collector Anne Wells, who loaned it to the movie, four hundred dollars for the doll.
Cal Ripken, Jr., who served as a consultant on the film, recalled in Sports Illustrated having lunch with Robert De Niro, with De Niro asking him about the Red Sox fans. Ripken also said it was a little creepy meeting De Niro at first, since when he did, the method actor was listening to an audio tape of Robert John Bardo, who stalked, and later murdered Rebecca Schaefer.
Cal Ripken, Jr. was Wesley Snipes personal batting instructor during filming.
Tony Scott turned down The Rock (1996) to direct this film.
In the novel, on which the movie was based, Bobby Rayburn played for the Red Sox, and the story was set primarily in and around Boston.
Brad Pitt turned down the role of Bobby Rayburn, wishing rather to play the role of Gil Renard.
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Gil Renard.
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Frank Darabont contributed an uncredited draft of the script.
Al Pacino was considered for the role of Gil Renard.
Former San Francisco Giant Mike Sadek served as a body double for Robert De Niro in scenes where he was throwing a baseball.
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In some countries, the movie was released around the same time as the similarly-titled The Van (1996), which led to a lot of confusion at ticket offices.
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John Kruk, a longtime pro baseball player with San Diego and Philadelphia, was an extra in the film. He was critical of the production in several pre-release interviews, stating that while he liked Wesley Snipes, he couldn't swing a baseball bat in a remotely convincing way, and that Director Tony Scott knew nothing about baseball, and made no effort to learn (when Kruk pointed out to Scott that the film's presentation of rows of books in the dugout was totally ridiculous, Scott told him to go away and ignored it).
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Average Shot Length and Median Shot Length = three seconds.
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The San Francisco Giants' number 11 is retired (Carl Hubbell). But, recently Omar Visquel of the Chicago White Sox was given a retired number of (ironically) 11, which was worn by shortstop Luis Aparicio.
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This was Wesley Snipes' second role as a baseball player. He also played Willie Mays Hayes in Major League (1989).
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Major League baseball player Mike Piazza was turned down for a role in this movie.
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At the time of the film's production and release, it was speculated that Bobby Rayburn's portrayal as an African-American and playing for the San Francisco Giants was to draw parallels with Barry Bonds.
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In the novel, there's a scene where Bobby Rayburn is shooting a television commercial for Motrin. After delivering his line, the Director says, "De Niro couldn't have done it any better."
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The knife that Gil gives to Bobby Rayburn's son to pose with is a Gerber EZ-Out.
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In the novel, on which this movie is based, baseball star Bobby Rayburn is white.
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Wesley Snipes played Rayburn in this movie. In Man on Fire (2004), Christopher Walken played a friend to Creasy (Denzel Washington) named Rayburn.
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Wesley Snipes played a fictional big league ballplayer in Major League (1989).
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The film was released one day before Robert De Niro's fifty-third birthday.
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Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin starred in This Boy's Life (1993), which also featured Leonardo DiCaprio. John Leguizamo also appeared with DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
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Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, and Robert De Niro appeared in movies dealing with men dressed in drag. Snipes and Leguizamo appeared in To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), and De Niro appeared in Flawless (1999).
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Charles Hallahan and John Leguizamo appeared in Executive Decision (1996) and The Pest (1997).
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Benicio Del Toro and Ellen Barkin appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
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When this movie was reviewed in Radio Times, as part of This Week's Top 10 Satellite Films Reviews By Adrian Turner, he wrote, "Director Tony Scott's film explores themes of baseball and stalking, but has little to say about either."
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This is one of two films directed by Tony Scott with a sports theme, plus a white actor and a black actor who shared top billing. The other was The Last Boy Scout (1991).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: three.
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Though Gil and Bobby cross paths and spoke to each other over the phone several times throughout the film, they don't officially meet each other until one hour and fourteen minutes into the film.
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