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During filming, Keanu Reeves was offered a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens.
Keanu Reeves plays a former quarterback from Ohio State. In Point Break (1991), Reeves's character was also a former quarterback from Ohio State.
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Gruff kicked a 65 yard field goal to win one of the games. The NFL record for longest field goal is 63 yards and has been done twice, so Gruff's kick would have set a league record.
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Fumiko's war cry, "Nan desu ka!" in Japanese actually means "What is this?"
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Archie Harris, who plays Wilson Carr, was an actual replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike. He played OT for the Denver Broncos who eventually lost in Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins.
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Keanu Reeves gained 23 pounds for his role as quarterback Shane Falco.
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Washington Sentinels running back Walter Cochran (played by 'Troy Winbush') not only wears the same number as Chicago Bears legend and hall-of-famer Walter Payton, 34, but the first time he gets the ball he does a single long jump-stride in open field before he takes of sprinting, Walter Payton's signature move.
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There were plans to do a sequel which never materialized.
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The dance that the players are doing to the song "I Will Survive" is actually the "Electric Slide," a popular party dance, which is very easy and can be taught even to young children, which is probably the reason it was used.
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The film is set in Washington D.C. but was actually filmed in and around Baltimore including the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.
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Though the film is not supposed to be connected to the actual 1987 NFLPA strike, there are some similarities between the film depiction of the Washington team, and the actual Redskin team:
  • 1. The teams played by the Washington in the film mirror the teams the Redskins played during the 1987 scab games (including a Dallas team where all the regular starters crossed the picket line and returned).


  • 2. Shane Falco wears the number 16. Redskins replacement quarterback Edd Ruppert (who played college ball at Louisville) wore that number. Ruppert actually managed to last three seasons as the Redskins third string QB.


  • 3. The Redskins did have a player named Tony Robinson, who had just been released from prison prior to making the replacement team. The film depiction features a player who's on work release to play for the team.


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The Japanese name Fumiko is really a female first name.
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Jack Warden's last film.
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The film says Shane Falco quarterbacked Ohio State in a 1996 Sugar Bowl loss. In reality, Ohio State lost in the Citrus Bowl that year under quarterback Bobby Hoying. Florida State won the Sugar Bowl over Notre Dame.
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Training and practice took place at Glen Burnie High School, in Glen Burnie MD. The Football coach worked with the cast and crew working on football plays.
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Although they share the same last name, Wanna-be Cheerleader Mia Reeves is not related to the film's star.
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The football scenes were filmed on a weekend and a company of army trainees from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD were part of the crowd.
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When coach McGinty (Gene Hackman) is interviewed at halftime during the Dallas game, he responds with "Miles and miles and miles of heart." This is a reference to {A statement he made to Shane Falco when McGinty told Shane he was being cut. That Shane had the miles of heart necessary to be a professional quarterback} the song another hapless Washington team (the Senators) sings in the movie Damn Yankees! (1958).
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The scene filmed in O'Neil's house was filmed in one of the buildings owned by publishing company, Agora Inc, located in the historical district of Baltimore City called Mt. Vernon. The majority of the scene was filmed in the conference room.
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Mark Steven Johnson did uncredited revisions on the script.
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The lunch scene during the practice was filmed in the Press Lounge at PSINet Stadium.
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