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(2006)

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RZA was hired to do the films score, but was later replaced with Organized Noize.
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Michael Mann had his actors train with real-life undercover law enforcement officers. Both Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell observed undercover operations from a safe distance. Colin Farrell was told he'd learned so much, he was welcome to participate in a real sting operation. During the operation (caught on video, excerpts of which are shown in the DVD extra), guns were drawn and the officers identities questioned. Farrell reports being scared for his life. He spontaneously ripped open his shirt to demonstrate he wasn't wearing a wire, an act the agent-in-charge later commended for being realistic, quick-witted improvisation. After suffering anxiety and insomnia that night, Farrell contacted the agent-in-charge and was told that the sting operation was staged and that Farrell was never in any danger; he was to be told the next morning during a debrief.
'Sonny Crockett's Ferrari F430 is briefly shown with blue flames coming out of its exhaust tips. This is not a special effect. The F430 can produce blue exhaust flames under full throttle.
When the film version was still being developed by Michael Mann, Don Johnson was asked who he would pick to play Sonny Crockett. Johnson suggested Colin Farrell.
Filiming in Miami took place during hurricane season. While filming a scene of Crockett and Tubbs driving in a Ferrari with the top down, a windstorm blew out the windows of a tall building. The glass damaged the car and just missed the actors. Another storm damaged the production office and delayed the filming of the ending.
Filming in Dominican Republic was suspended during October 2005 due to raucous behavior from the public and a shooting where the aggressor was injured. Jamie Foxx left the country and refused to work outside of the United States. This forced Michael Mann to change the original ending which was to be filmed in Paraguay.
In all European advertising for the film, Colin Farrell got top billing, but in all American advertising, Jamie Foxx got top billing.
Just before the climactic shoot-out, "In the Air Tonight" by Nonpoint can be heard. The original Phil Collins version was featured prominently in the TV series (Unrated Director's Cut only).
Shortly before filming, Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Ray (2004). Because of this, he demanded a raise in his salary which originally was lower than Colin Farrell's. Farrell's salary was cut.
During filming in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) the crew came across bootleg and other illegal merchandise for sale in a similar fashion to that of the film's theme. Michael Mann purchased a copy of Collateral (2004) for two dollars while he was there.
Jan Hammer was asked to do a different type of score, but turned it down.
Edward James Olmos was given a chance to reprise his role as Castillo, but turned it down.
Colin Farrell admitted to Total Film: "I didn't like it so much - I thought it was style over substance and I accept a good bit of the responsibility. It was never going to be Lethal Weapon (1987), but I think we missed an opportunity to have a friendship that also had some elements of fun".
Several crew members criticized Michael Mann's decisions during production, which featured sudden script changes, filming in unsafe weather conditions, and choosing locations that "even the police avoid, drafting gang members to work as security".
In the scene in the Cuban bar, Sonny tells Isabella that his dad toured with a band that played music in the style of 'The Allman Brothers Band', because they made "THE music back then". This is a reference to the Miami Vice (1984) TV-series, and possibly also to Don Johnson, who was the original Sonny Crockett. In the pilot episode of the show, it is stated that The Allman Brothers Band is Crockett's favorite band. Don Johnson is a personal friend of the band, and in the 1970s, he co-wrote songs with now former The Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer Dickey Betts, several of which were recorded by the band.
Naomie Harris was working back to back on this picture and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). All of her scenes were shot on weekdays. She would take a shuttle airplane to St. Vincent and shoot her scenes as Tia Dalma on weekends.
Between when he was cast and the start of production, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar, greatly increasing his ego and his demands. He refused to fly commercially, forcing Universal to give him a private jet. He also wouldn't participate in scenes on boats or planes. After gunshots were fired on set in the Dominican Republic on October 24, 2005, Foxx packed up and refused to return. This forced Michael Mann to re-write the film's ending, which some crew members characterized as less dramatic than the original.
Crockett's car in the film is a Ferrari F430 Spider. In the TV series he drove a 1985 Ferrari Testarossa. The Ferrari Daytona Spyder that Crockett drove in the series' early days was really a fake Ferrari body on a Corvette chassis.
Gunshots heard outside of the film's Dominican Republic set on 24 October 2005 caused the crew to delay filming for three days.
The scenes filmed in Isabella's aunt house were actually filmed in Atlantida, Uruguay. The scene filmed outside a Geneva bank was actually filmed in the Old City in Montevideo, Uruguay
Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson were considered for the role of Ricardo Tubbs.
Jamie Foxx brought up the idea of a Miami Vice (1984) film to Michael Mann during a party for Ali (2001). This led Mann to revisit the series he helped create.
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Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey were all considered for the role of Det. Sonny Crockett.
The production drew the attention of Hollywood insiders and the Trade magazines when its budget spiraled out of control thanks to script rewrites and location changes. The controversy lead to Universal issuing a statement, defending the film and director Michael Mann.
Rather unusually for a Hollywood movie Colin Farrell is 11 years younger than his on screen female love interest Li Gong.
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The false background for Sonny Burnett shows his birthday is 09/16/62, 5'8", 147 lbs (actor Colin Farrell is actually 5'11").
Sal Magluta, the drug trafficker identified by Tubbs as running go-fast boats in the film's opening scenes, is in fact one of Miami's real-life reputed "Cocaine Cowboys" and is currently serving a life sentence for money laundering.
Production lost seven days of filming to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.
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This movie, along with Heat (1995) and Collateral (2004), all feature at one point or another, a white supremacist or supremacists. Waingro has various tattoos of his affiliation. Max is robbed while tied to the steering wheel. Apart from their boots, quilted jackets, and generally all being Caucasian, the thug holding the gun to Max, has a small and faint swastika on the corner of his lower eye.
The boat taken to Cuba by Sonny and Isabella is a MTI powerboat named "Mojo" that is on sale for $499,000.
An initial test-screening saw the film have its running time shortened to the 132 minutes from almost 150 minutes.
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The sunglasses worn by Colin Farrell are the "Slam" model made by Sama Eyewear.
Several of the firearms used in the film include the Barret M82A1 .50 sniper rifle, the Heckler & Koch G36C and G3A3 assault rifles, a Heckler & Koch HK69 40mm grenade launcher, a Benelli M4 Super 90 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun, a SIG SG 552, a Remington M24 sniper rifle, and a Colt M4A1 carbine.
Most of the film was shot with the Thomson Viper Filmstream Camera, while Super 35 was used for high-speed and underwater shots.
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The FBI computer shows Sonny's birthday is 7/2/1970 (2 July, 1970).
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The twin engine pusher/puller airplane is an Adam Aircraft A500.
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The watches, which Jamie Foxx (Ricardo Tubbs) wears, are a "Portuguese Chrono-Automatic" and an "Aquatimer Split Minute Chronograph" from the swiss watch manufacturer IWC (International Watch Company).
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The following boats are used by Crockett & Tubbs to transfer the load from the cargo ship into Miami: Donzi 38 ZR, Donzi 43 ZR, Donzi 38 ZF Daytona. Sonny also drives a white MTI 40 in daytime shots.
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The newspaper Montoya is reading is El Mundo, from Spain.
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For a short time before its release, the official website hosted the first teaser trailer for download as a High-Definition WMV download.
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Tony Curran has a small role as the red-haired Aryan Brother. He is most noticeable, when Trudy is being filmed by the AB. He's the AB holding the camera in front of Trudy when she's detained in the trailer park.
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The suits that Jamie Foxx wore in the film were designed by noted fashion designer Ozwald Boateng. He had worked with Foxx in the past and caught Michael Mann's eye, who then asked him to work on the film.
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One of the first big budget films shot on digital
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Director Trademark 

Michael Mann: [repeated line] The line that Isabella tells Sonny she got in a fortune; "life is short, time is luck" was previously used in the movie Heat (1995) in the scene where Neil McCauley is trying to convince Eady to leave with him. It was also used in Manhunter (1986) by Molly when talking to Will Graham.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body Count: 23
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This movie features both Isaach De Bankolé and Naomie Harris - despite not speaking together onscreen - they of course starred in the "rebooted" 007 films : Casino Royale (2006) with de Bankole as warlord Steven Obanno, and Harris as MI6 operative Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
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