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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.
Jack Warden's last film.
Nigel Gruff kicked a 65 yard field goal to win one of the games. The NFL record for longest field goal at the time this film was made was 63 yards (Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicked a 64-yarder in 2013), so Gruff's kick would have set - and would still be - a league record.
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 Ed Ruppert (who played college ball at Louisville) wore that number. Ruppert managed to last three seasons as an Arena Football League quarterback at Albany. 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.
The reason everyone refers to Shane Falco's meltdown in the 1996 Sugar Bowl is because there was no game in 1996. This made it easy to avoid having issues with a real player or team. The Sugar Bowl after the 1995 season was played on 12/31/95 (V-Tech def. Texas) and after the 1996 season on 1/2/97 (Florida def. Florida State).
The film is set in Washington, D.C., but was filmed in and around Baltimore, including the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.
Fumiko's war cry, "Nan desu ka!" in Japanese actually means "What is this?"
There were plans to do a sequel which never materialized.
Keanu Reeves gained 23 pounds for his role as quarterback Shane Falco.
Archie Harris, who plays Wilson Carr, was an actual replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike. He played offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos, who eventually lost in Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins.
The Japanese name Fumiko is really a female first name.
Training and practice took place at Glen Burnie High School, in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The football coach worked with the cast and crew on football plays.
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.
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 off sprinting, Walter Payton's signature move.
The football scenes were filmed on a weekend, and a company of Army trainees from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, were part of the crowd.
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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Wilkinson (Michael Jace) is afraid to go back to prison in the quicksand scene. Jace was just convicted (June 10, 2016) of murder in real-life, and heading to prison for forty years.
When coach McGinty (Gene Hackman) is interviewed at half-time 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).
Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones) is repeatedly seen tightly clutching a football in multiple off-the-field scenes, including in the cafeteria and during the chalk talk (quicksand) scene. This is because of a deleted scene, in which Coach McGinty (Gene Hackman) tells Franklin to never let go of the football, in the hopes it will help him reduce dropped passes on the field, a mistake Franklin makes alarmingly often.
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The lunch scene during the practice was filmed in the Press Lounge at PSINet Stadium.
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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.
Mark Robert Ellis and Allan Graf, who in the film play the San Diego Head Coach and Dallas Head Coach, respectively, also served as football coordinators for the film, designing plays, teaching proper technique, and running a full three-week football camp for the actors and real football players working on the film. Their intention was to make the football aspects of the film as accurate and real as possible, allowing the actors to perform almost all their own football stunts.
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Although they share the same last name, wanna-be cheerleader Mia Reeves is not related to Keanu.
Mark Steven Johnson did uncredited revisions on the script.
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Theatrical film debut of David Denman.
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When the team raises their glasses to Shane at the bar, Cochran's champagne glass is full of milk. As he's a very religious man, it's fair to assume that he doesn't drink.
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Jack Warden played Sentinels owner Edward O'Neil. He also played Head Coach/owner George Halas of the Chicago Bears in Brian's Song (1971).
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Gene Hackman and Gailard Sartain previously appeared in Mississippi Burning (1988).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Martel crosses, Shane is "done". Actually, there is no reason Shane wouldn't stay on the team as a back-up, even third string.
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