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(1996)

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Old town Auburn, CA was used for the scenes in town. Most of the businesses there are still in operation, and thrive off of the tourism generated by the movie to this day.
at 20:41 (NTSC) the beginning of chapter 5, Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) is an Amateur Radio operator with the call sign WB6QLF. QLF is amateur shorthand for "I am sending with my left foot", a reference to someone whose Morse Code sending skill is very bad. This is normally sent as a question "QLF?" meaning "Are you sending with your left foot?" to an operator who is very difficult to understand in Morse. WB6QLF is an actual call sign belonging to a Charles B. Roblin of Victorville. There is also a QSL card in the background with the call sign K6KAP. This is a real amateur ("ham") radio call sign that belongs to a Mach Myovich of Merced, California. Much of the radio equipment shown in the movie was purchased from the Ham Radio Outlet store that he was managing in Oakland, CA.
Assuming the man in Bob's question is from California, then the question is answered at 12:12pm on July 26th, 1996.
Released on the same day as Independence Day (1996) which also featured Brent Spiner.
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Brent Spiner filmed his role in a day.
Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Jason Patric were considered for the lead role.
There is a plaque in the street in Old Town Auburn, CA where John stood and saw the "light". In 2015, the original plaque was stolen and new one was placed more securely to replace it.
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The main part of the movie was filmed in Old Town, Auburn, Ca. The Gas station was fake and built in front of the Post Office in town. The bar scenes were filmed in the old Shanghai, which is now Auburn Ale House. Robert Duval mooned John from the window of then, TSUDA's store. It is now Sierra Moon Goldsmith.
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The orchard scene was filmed at Machado's Orchards in Auburn, CA off Bowman Road.
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At one point Wolfgang Petersen was attached to direct.
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Kyra Sedgwick has also acted alongside Sean O'Brien and Tony Genaro in another film, Heart and Souls (1993).
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Released on Tom Cruise's 34th birthday.
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