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(1997)

Trivia

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Harrison Ford was director Peter Hyams's first choice for the lead role of Vincent D'Agosta (played by Tom Sizemore).
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During the post-production process of the film, Paramount kept Stan Winston's Kothoga creature under wraps much like Universal had done with Jurassic Park (1993), with no one permitted to talk about the production or the creature itself.
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The character of D'agosta is actually a melding of two characters from the book. The characters combined are D'agosta and FBI agent Pendergast which is the main character in the sequel book and many books after.
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David Seltzer's name was attached to the initial promos for the movie. For an unknown reason, it had been removed by the time the film went into general release.
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The film was originally set to open in August 1996 but special effects work delayed its release till the end of the year/early 1997.
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The preparation of the fictional elixir given to John Whitney by the Amazon tribesmen, and the ceremony surrounding it, strongly parallels the real-life consumption of ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea used religiously by numerous Amazon tribes.
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The giant monster-head gate through which the Superstition exhibit is entered is an actual-size replica of the Orcus gate at Parco del Mostri (Park of the Monsters) in Bomarzo, Italy.
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The two sniffer dogs used to track down the creature in the sewer system are called "Castor" and "Pollux", sharing their names with the Troy Brothers from John Woo's Face/Off (1997), which in turn are named after the Dioscuri from Roman/Greek mythology.
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One of the sound effects is a floppy disk drive access sound from an Apple Macintosh computer (not the Silicon Graphics computers).
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The improvised explosive Margo makes using two jars is very similar to the one made by Jean-Claude Van Damme's character in Sudden Death (1995), director Peter Hyams' previous film.
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Audra Lindley's last feature film.
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Director Trademark 

Peter Hyams:  [Spota]  a character named Spota.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the book the chracters of Dr. Frock and Dr. Lee don't die and are actually major chracters in the sequel called "The Reliquary".
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The appearance of the Kothoga creature was purposely left till the last half of the film because Stan Winston's creature was not completed in time for the scenes requiring the visual and physical presence of it on set. It was also one of the reasons the film was delayed until the winter of 1996/97.
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