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(1998)

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One of the few films that has no heroes or heroines. Finnegan and his crew are hired for villainous reasons. Trillian is a thief. The mercenaries are simply mercenaries.
Harrison Ford turned down the role of Finnegan. The production's budget was then downsized.
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Claire Forlani was cast as Trillian St. James. She even started shooting, but walked out after just three days, due to creative differences with director Stephen Sommers. The part subsequently went to Famke Janssen.
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Famke Janssen's character Trillian is named after the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy character of the same name. Although here Trillian is her actual name, in Hitch-Hiker's it's short for Tricia McMillan.
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Captain Atherton, played by Derrick O'Connor, was named after cinematographer Howard Atherton.
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The January 1st, 1996 revised draft of the screenplay lists Robert Mark Kamen as a co-writer.
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The "Chinese M1 L1 triple-pulse assault rifles" used by the pirates are actually heavily modified Calico M-960 submachine guns fitted with 100-round magazines (as opposed to the "thousand-round capacity" mentioned by Hanover). Five non-functional rotating barrels were built around the actual barrel of each Calico and driven by a small electric motor connected to the trigger, so that whenever the gun was fired, it appeared to be firing out of the rotating barrels.
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Famke Janssen was almost not cast in this movie because the producers felt she was too recognizable from GoldenEye (1995)
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In the original script, John Finnegan's catchphrase was "what now?" In the film it was changed to "now what?"
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In the initial scene of the Argonautica Casino there can be seen some old Italian banknotes probably used to portrait an exotic foreign currency; their size is 2000 lire and 1000 lire. These were the smallest banknote sizes at the time, roughly equivalent to 1$ and 50c of 2013 - in 1998 the price of an Italian newspaper was 1200 lire.
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Stephen Sommers began writing the script, then called "Tentacle", when he worked at Hollywood Pictures in the mid-90s.
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