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(2010)

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Common, Ice Cube, and Game were all rumored for the role of B.A. Baracus.
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B.A. Baracus (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) bears the tattoos "Pity" and "Fool" on his knuckles, as a tribute to Mr. T's catchphrase from Rocky III (1982): "I pity the fool!" Contrary to popular belief, Mr. T never uttered that exact phrase on The A-Team (1983).
A sequel was planned, but Bradley Cooper and Joe Carnahan confirmed that it was cancelled, because of this film's disappointing box-office returns.
Bradley Cooper became so proficient in weapons training, that he was able to reload his M4 rifle in less than four seconds. This was actually in the film, but was left on the cutting room floor.
Sharlto Copley's mom banned him from watching The A-Team (1983) at home, due to its violent nature. He watched it at friends' houses on occasion. The first thing he did when he got the role of Murdock was phone his mom and told her "that I was just getting her back for not letting me watch the series when I was a kid."
The phrase "A-Team" is heard only twice in the film, used by the judges at the military court. It's used in its technical format, referring to the United States Army Special Forces unit (Operational Detachment Alpha, "A"). It is also heard in a voice-over at the end, saying "you can hire the A-Team".
The opening credit sequence runs twenty minutes, and takes up the entire first reel on 35mm prints. Appropriately, the reel ends with the film's title.
Sharlto Copley apparently used to hide a tape recorder behind the television in the television room, and record The A-Team (1983)'s audio. He would listen to it, when his parents thought he was asleep.
B.A. Baracus was a Sergeant in The A-Team (1983), and in this film, he is a former (dishonorably discharged) Corporal at the beginning of the movie, after the "eight years and eighty successful missions later" part, he is a Sergeant, as evidenced by the stripes on his uniform during the trial scene. Hannibal, Face, and Murdock retain their original ranks of Colonel, Lieutenant, and Captain, respectively.
When Face (Bradley Cooper) sees Lieutenant Sosa (Jessica Biel) for the first time, he asks her "Did you take my Steely Dan CD?" Later, when Face calls the cell phone he dropped on Sosa, the ringtone is "Reelin' In The Years" by Steely Dan.
The movie that plays at the Frankfurt psychiatric hospital begins with The A-Team (1983) theme music, and its credits contain names that relate to the original team's careers: The first name credited is "Reginald Barclay". Dwight Schultz, who was the original Murdock, played a character named Reginald Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and Star Trek: Elite Force II (2003). The next credit reads "Thomas Banacek". George Peppard, who was the original Hannibal, played investigator Thomas Banacek in Banacek (1972). The third and final credit reads "G.F. Starbuck". Dirk Benedict, who was the original Face, played Lieutenant Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica (1978).
When Hannibal (Liam Neeson) jumps out of the van to rescue Face (Bradley Cooper) in Mexico, he is carrying a Ruger Mini-14/F30GB semi-automatic rifle, which was carried by The A-Team (1983).
On the three occasions that subtitles appear in the film (the Mexicans, the German couple, Face screaming in German), they are in different fonts.
Murdock (Sharlto Copley) pretends to be a cameraman for the South African Broadcasting Corporation while getting items for a mission. Copley is a native of South Africa and starred in the South African movie District 9 (2009).
The red cloth "flash" on the A-Team's green berets indicate that they are part of the 7th Special Forces Group. Although the 7th SFG usually specializes in operations in Central and South America, they have been frequently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hannibal Smith is famous for smoking cigars. Liam Neeson (Hannibal) is an ex-smoker.
Jon Hamm has an uncredited cameo at the end of the film as "Agent Lynch".
When the AC-130 gunship fires at the boathouse, Lynch says that the footage seen of the explosion on the screen looks just like Call of Duty. In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007), there is a AC-130 gunship mission that takes place on the screen of the gun operator, strongly resembling the scene. In addition, Brian Bloom (Pike) is a Call of Duty voice cast regular.
Face (Bradley Cooper) wears a Philadelphia Phillies t-shirt twice in this movie. He is seen in a 1980's blue and burgundy shirt in the beginning, and later when they are planning the big fight at the end, he wears a Clearwater Phillies shirt (the Phillies are a Major League Baseball team). Cooper is a native of Philadelphia.
Dirk Benedict stated in interviews, that he regretted making a cameo in the film. He refused to watch it.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was originally scheduled to face his heated rival Rashad Evans at a December UFC event. Jackson's decision to act in this movie led to a war of words between him and Dana White, President of U.F.C. Due to the conflict, On September 22, 2009, Jackson wrote on his website that he is "done fighting", and would officially retire from the activity. However, once filming was complete, Jackson and Evans fought on May 29, 2010. Evans won via unanimous decision over Jackson.
When John Singleton was originally going to direct the film, he says the original cast included Mel Gibson as Hannibal, Christian Bale as Face, Jim Carrey as Murdock, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as B.A. Baracus.
When Murdock is in the hospital in Germany, he receives a package from Hannibal addressed as "Annabel Smith". While this alias was never used on The A-Team (1983), Hannibal being referred to as "Annabel" was used in an A-Team novel. In the 1980s, Charles Heath novelized several episodes, and did an original story for the sixth book, "Operation Desert Sun: The Untold Story" set in 1972 after the A-Team returned to Los Angeles. In the book, the Team didn't know Murdock was at the V.A. hospital until he sent Face a postcard asking how "Aunt Annabel and Uncle Baracus" were.
The "Buford" tank which is on-board the C-130 the A-Team hijacks, was a real tank which the United States Army did evaluate in the mid 1990s. Only six prototypes were built and, as of 2004, the intended role of the M8 "Buford" Armored Gun System (light armored support for airborne or reconnaissance units like the 82nd Airborne) had been largely supplanted by the Stryker MGS/AFV.
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Early in the movie, while at the Baghdad Headquarters, Hannibal refers to Pike as a "cartoon character". Brian Bloom (Pike) is known for his voice-over work in video games and cartoons.
The ship at the end of the movie is called "Die Vergeltung", which is German for "the retribution".
Woody Harrelson and Ryan Reynolds were considered for the role of Murdock.
The police officers, in the passport control scene, are using Norwegian police uniforms.
Medical equipment used in the movie: the scene where the car is being "jump-started" used a PhysioControl LifePak 7 defibrillator, and where the German doctor Dwight Schultz "zapped" Murdock, the device was a real Mecta SR1 ECT, or Electro-Convulsive Therapy, machine that is used to induce a very mild seizure under controlled conditions.
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Harrison Ford Was offered the role of Hannibal.
Brian Bloom (Brock Pike) co-wrote the script.
Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Hannibal Smith.
Director McCready bears a distinct resemblance to General Hunt Stockwell, who appeared in the last season of The A-Team (1983) to assign the Team missions in return for issuing pardons (he kept delaying the pardons however, and the Team finally lost patience and went back on the run again).
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This is the third time that Henry Czerny played a director or commander in a government service. First was as Robert Ritter, Deputy Director of Operations of the C.I.A. in Clear and Present Danger (1994). Second, he was Eugene Kittridge, director of the fictional Impossible Missions Force branch of the C.I.A. in Mission: Impossible (1996). Then in this movie as the commander of CID or USACIDC, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
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The gunship that takes the A-Team under fire in their hideout at the lake is a "Lockheed AC-130 Spectre", a modified version of the C-130 cargo plane. It usually carries a medium caliber Gatling gun and various larger ordnance. The same aircraft was used in Transformers (2007).
George Clooney and Tommy Lee Jones were considered for the part of Hannibal.
Amber Heard and Olga Kurylenko auditioned for the role of Lieutenant Sosa.
When Hannibal and B.A. Baracus meet, it is said that Hannibal is a Colonel from the 4th Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. In reality, the 4th Ranger battalion was disbanded in 1945 after suffering extremely heavy casualties in the Battle of Cisterna, and no longer existed in 2002 when the scene takes place. But, since this was a fictional story, the point is rendered moot.
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When the team busts out Murdock, the film they watch credits "Reginald Barclay". Reginald Barclay was Dwight Schultz's character on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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The name tag of one of the judges that sentences the team reads "Carnahan", a reference to Director Joe Carnahan.
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Liam Neeson dyed his hair for this movie.
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The two characters named Lynch and Pike are a tribute to William Lucking, who played Colonel Lynch in The A-Team (1983), and Harland Pike in Outlaws (1986).
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Murdock does an impression of the Phantom of the Opera. Patrick Wilson (Lynch) played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
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John Singleton was the first director, but left the film when it went into turnaround by the studio.
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Seann William Scott was considered to play Murdock.
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Joe Carnahan's first PG-13 film.
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Tom Cruise was considered for the part of Face.
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Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in an early draft of an A-Team script written for 20th Century Fox before this film was conceived. He would have directed, and played Hannibal.
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Murdock does an impression of Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995). Gibson was once considered for the role of Hannibal Smith.
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Two of the original The A-Team (1983) members make appearances in the movie: at Penascola, Face gets tips from fellow inmate Milt (played by Dirk Benedict, the original Face; and at Frankfurt, Murdock is analyzed by a German doctor (played by Dwight Schultz, the original Murdock). Mr. T was approached to make his own cameo, but declined, saying that he was so devoted to B.A. that if he did not play him again, there was no point in making the cameo. George Peppard, who played the original Hannibal, could not make a cameo as he had died in 1994.
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DIRECTOR CAMEO: (Joe Carnahan): As the guy who meets Hannibal outside the VA hospital, and they talk about Fort Bragg.
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Joe Carnahan makes a brief cameo appearance as the guy who talks to Hannibal outside of the V.A. hospital and references Fort Bragg.
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When the C.I.A. operator is giving the go ahead for the drone strike on the A-Team, he uses the call sign "Broadsword" in a shout-out to Where Eagles Dare (1968) starring Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton where Richard Burton uses the same "Broadsword" call sign.
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According to the insignia on his uniform, General Morrison is the commander of the 8th Infantry Division, also known as the "Pathfinders". However, the real 8th Infantry Division was disbanded in 1992, and so could not have been in Iraq during the film's time frame. However, the choice of using the 8th's insignia may have been a deliberate choice by the filmmakers to disassociate the A-team and the events of the film from reality.
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Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Brian Bosworth, howie long, stephen lang, Michael Biehn, Jeff Bridges, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, josh brolin, Dennis Quaid, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Ron Perlman, Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal were considered to play Hannibal Smith.
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Cameo 

John Carnahan: The father of Director Joe Carnahan played Judge Carnahan at the court-martial.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Hannibal fakes his death, the doctor's name on the body tag is Dr. Schultz, a reference to Dwight Schultz, who portrayed Murdock in The A-Team (1983).

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