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The ending for the film was re-shot, due to poor test audience reception.
This film was made after Kiss the Girls (1997), but the book was set before the prior film.
Morgan Freeman's second and final appearance as Dr. Alex Cross. Tyler Perry would later take over the role in Alex Cross (2012).
In the novel, Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are lovers.
When Alex is looking through Jezzie's computer, there is an article on the Casanova Killer from the previous film, Kiss the Girls (1997).
Kiss the Girls (1997) director Gary Fleder turned down the chance to direct this film, opting to make Impostor (2001) instead.
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This story takes place over the course of a few days. In the novel, the story takes place over the course of around two years. Also, in the book, Alex Cross is 38 years old with two kids, where as in the film, he is in his mid to late fifties.
The scene where Alex Cross pays the kidnapper by throwing the thermos containing the ransom from the window of a transit train is taken from James Patterson's novel "Roses Are Red", which starred Alex Cross investigating another of his "best enemies", Kyle Craig, a.k.a. "The Mastermind".
In the book, the Secret Service is protecting the young boy from the school, and Alex Cross is forced onto the case, not drawn in. Also, there is no female partner, like in the beginning of the movie, but a partner and best friend since he was nine.
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In the previous film, Kiss the Girls (1997), Cary Elwes plays an FBI agent. Elwes and Monica Potter would later co-star as husband and wife in Saw (2004).
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Mika Boorem (Megan) and Anton Yelchin (Dimitri) also appear in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), as Carol and Bobby.
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Michael Moriarty plays the father of the kidnapped girl "Megan". Moriarty previously played the part of the stepfather (Hull Barret) of a girl also named "Megan" in Pale Rider (1985), with Clint Eastwood.
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Jezzie's handgun is a Smith and Wesson 3913.
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Alex Cross's handgun is a nickel-plated Sig-Sauer P226.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Substantial changes were made from the book. For example, the Gary Soneji story arc continues for four books, and he dies under entirely different circumstances. Also, there are two kids kidnapped in the book, one of which dies in the process, which results in Jezzie Flannigan's execution via lethal injection.
The shotgun, with which Alex Cross kills Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott), is a CZ "redhead" shotgun.
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Billy Burke kidnaps a girl named Megan. In 24 (2001), he plays a father who tries to kidnap his daughter, after killing her mother. His daughter's name is Megan.
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