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End of Days (1999) Poster

(1999)

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Peter Hyams: [Spota] The name of the bar on the matchbook is Spota's. The name Spota appears as a character name in several other of Hyams' movies.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film since Batman & Robin (1997). The reason for the gap was because of his heart surgery after playing Mr Freeze; the studios were anxious about whether or not they could insure him, and despite attempts to convince them he was in perfect health, he couldn't get any work until End of Days (1999). Even then, he was amazed when insurance people and executives from Universal came to the set just to watch him, to see if he was still up to the action scenes. They asked Schwarzenegger if he enjoyed this kind of punishment, but he said he was used to it. After the first week of shooting, the insurance guys backed off and not long after, the film offers started rolling in again.
Was the last movie to be pressed in the laserdisc format in the United States.
Marcus Nispel quit the project not because of creative differences but because of embarrassment when a 64-page manifesto of his on-set demands was leaked to the press.
Father Kovak says to Jericho Cane that "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man he didn't exist". This quote from the French poet Charles Baudelaire also appears in The Usual Suspects (1995), also featuring Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Pollak.
Years later, Miriam Margolyes revealed on a talk show she did not enjoy her first and only working experience with Arnold, citing the odd reason that in their scene together "He farted in my face!" (as she so eloquently put it).
Peter Hyams was recommended to direct the film by James Cameron. Both directors are proponents of night shoots, something that Arnold Schwarzenegger shares.
Udo Kier claimed in an interview that he was considered for the role of Satan in the film but the producers didn't want the hero and villain to both have German/Austrian accents, and he was eventually cast in a secondary role.
Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down.
The role of Jericho Cane was originally written for Tom Cruise, but he instead chose to work on Magnolia (1999).
Arnold Schwarzenegger found the finished film too dark - not the themes or story - but director and DOP Peter Hyams's lighting.
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After Jericho runs out of the church with Christine, the alleyway they enter is the same as that used in the TV series, Angel (1999) which is supposed to take place in the same year, 1999.
Last American studio film of Rod Steiger.
Liv Tyler was offered the role of Christine York but backed out over contractual issues.
The picture on the scroll that the cardinal consults in the beginning (the picture of the moon with the white blurred line above it) is titled "Finis Dierum", which is Latin for "End of Days".
Gabriel Byrne plays both good and evil in the same year, Satan in this film and a Catholic priest in Stigmata (1999).
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The first scene shot was when Jericho was attacked in an alley by Satanists.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's youngest daughter visited the set the day Arnold was tied to a cross and lifted over the alley. A photo of the visit exists in Schwarzenegger's biography "Total Recall" .
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The role of Christine York was initially going to be played by Kate Winslet, but she turned it down.
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Sam Raimi was offered the director's chair on this film, but he declined in order to make For Love of the Game (1999).
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One of the priests is named Thomas Aquinas. Thomas Aquinas was one of the greatest philosophers, a 13th-century proponent of natural theology and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and theology.
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There is a scene which depicts the dropping of a cigarette into a flammable liquid, which the camera follows as it burns, is similar to a scene in The Usual Suspects (1995), also featuring Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Pollak.
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In the scene where Jericho and Bobby find Thomas Aquinas crucified to the ceiling above the bed, the wall behind the bed bears the image of the Cross.
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One of a number of space / science fiction / fantasy films of writer-director Peter Hyams. The sci-fi / fantasy movies are: Outland (1981), Timecop (1994), Capricorn One (1977), End of Days (1999), Stay Tuned (1992), 2010 (1984), and The Relic (1997).
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The second of four movies with the word "day" that had Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which three of them he had a starring role and the title has a biblical reference; The others were Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The 6th Day (2000), and Around the World in 80 Days (2004).
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The film was originally going to be directed by Marcus Nispel. However, Nispel left the project when budget and script problems arose.
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Cameo 

Sven-Ole Thorsen: Arnold Schwarzenegger's friend and frequent collaborator appears as one of the thugs who breaks into Jericho's apartment.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

An alternate ending was filmed in which Jericho resurrects after impaling himself on the sword of the statue and then leaves the church with Christine. Test audiences preferred the ending where Jericho dies. Even though the "resurrection" ending was never released, it was used in a novelization of the movie.
This is the first non-Terminator film in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a character who dies, making this the first human character he plays that ends up dying.
In this film, Jericho Crane sets out to stop Satan from impregnating Christine York and giving birth to his child which must happen between 11PM and midnight on New Year's Eve. In Ghostbusters II (1989), which also takes place in NYC, the Ghostbusters set out to stop the evil sorcerer and tyrant Vigo from possessing the body of Dana Barrett's 8-month-old son Oscar and be reborn, which must happen before midnight on New Year's Eve.
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