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Vin Diesel was originally cast in an unspecified role, but he made so many demands regarding his character that director John Frankenheimer fired him before production got underway.
In October, 2007, Charlize Theron said in an interview in Esquire magazine that "Reindeer Games" was her least favorite of all her films. She said: "That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn't lying to myself - that's why I did it."
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When Dana Stubblefield stabbed Ben Affleck, Stubbie accidentally knocked Affleck down, causing a concussion. Filming had to be halted while Affleck recovered.
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According to Danny Trejo, the real reason Vin Diesel was replaced was because Diesel was offered a starring role in The Fast and the Furious while playing the role that Donal Logue wound up playing. Vin wisely went with The Fast and the Furious and was discharged from this movie.
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John Frankenheimer's last feature-length, theatrically distributed film.
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Actor Cameo: Ashton Kutcher as the man Rudy (Ben Affleck) switches clothes with in the bathroom.
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The musical score for the film was originally composed by Jerry Goldsmith . Early TV spots showcased this but were changed due to the involvement of Alan Silvestri.
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The theatrical trailer was narrated by voice actor Hal Douglas.
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Cameo 

Isaac Hayes:  the "Monster in the Gelatin" prisoner who starts the food fight.
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Dana Stubblefield:  the convict that stabs Rudy's friend in the prison scene.
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Director Trademark 

John Frankenheimer:  [people falling through ice]  a crucial moment of drama in this film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The character names Rudy and Nick are an allusion to the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" from which this movie takes it title. Nick (St. Nicholas) orchestrates the entire plan, only to have Rudy (Rudolph) lead it.

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