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(2007)

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Jennifer Garner collapsed on the set in Phoenix twice due to the extremely high temperature, over 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
The end of the movie dedicates it to Thomas Aguilar, Lance Gunnin and Nick Papac, all crew members who died during production. Thomas Aguilar (Tom Aguilar, prop maker) died one week after being admitted to the hospital for stomach pain and subsequently discovering he had prostate cancer. Lance Gunnin (construction worker) was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to the set and Nick Papac (prop master) died in an on-set collision between his Gator all-terrain vehicle and an SUV.
Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) mentions the Terrell Tribune newspaper when discussing the terrorist attacks. Terrell, Texas also happens to be Jamie Foxx's hometown.
Originally this film was much longer and larger in scope running approximately two and half hours and this is the cut that Director Peter Berg wanted to release, which featured more character development and more dramatic overtones to the story. Universal balked at the idea and forced Berg to cut down the film to its current length much to his dismay.
The production team had originally wanted to shoot the film on location in Saudi Arabia, but political and logistical issues made this far too difficult. Instead, Tom Duffield and the production design team re-constructed exterior urban scenes for the chase and shootout on an empty lot near Mesa, Arizona, using photographs from the internet and some that director Peter Berg had taken on a visit to the country prior to filming. Some additional on location photography was shot in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This includes the Prince's palace and larger exteriors with skyscrapers, major city streets and highways.
During the intro, the scene with people playing in an outdoor pool is actual home-movie footage of the ARAMCO community pool at the Recreation Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Robert De Niro was originally pursued for the role of FBI Director Grace.
When Mayes makes a comment about the group of FBI agents being in the jungle, Leavitt calls her Axl, referring to Axl Rose the singer of the band Guns N' Roses who had a hit with "Welcome To The Jungle". "Welcome To The Jungle" is also the German title for The Rundown (2003), a previous movie by director Peter Berg.
Peter Berg gave small roles to people involved in both his film and TV versions of "Friday Night Lights". Tim McGraw, who was in Friday Night Lights (2004), plays Aaron Jackson, while two stars of Friday Night Lights (2006), Kyle Chandler and Minka Kelly play Agent Francis Manner and Miss Ross the schoolteacher, respectively.
Director, Writer and Producer Michael Mann previously directed Peter Berg in Collateral (2004). Mann is the producer of this film and Berg the director.
Reportedly, one of the extras, Austin Martin, was commended by several of the main cast, including Jamie Foxx, for his very realistic looking beard. The actors believed it to be skillful work by the costume department, when, in reality, it was entirely natural.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Sand Trap".

Director Cameo 

Peter Berg:  one of the FBI agents at the briefing about the al-Rahmah attack at the Washington DC Field Office.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

An earlier draft of the script had Sgt. Haytham being extremely disaffected after being tortured by his own government for his suspected involvement in the bombing. The earlier ending had Al-Ghazi surviving, but instead Haytham says goodbye to the FBI team at the air base with a hidden bomb strapped to his chest. Sykes tackles Haytham away from the group, but Haytham detonates it before Sykes can get clear.

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