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(2006)

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Near the end of the car chase, Doug originally said "Jesus" after first seeing Oerstadt's face. This caused the audience at the first preview screening to erupt into laughter, as Jim Caviezel, who played Oerstadt, is famous for playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ (2004). This unintentional reference had gone overlooked by director Tony Scott; he had the line removed from the film before its release.
Scriptwriters Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii didn't feel Tony Scott recaptured everything in the screenplay. They felt he was more interested in the action scenes rather than the intricacies of time travel. They wrote a plot that was airtight, but in Scott's hands the finished product is now filled with plot holes. Rossio was so disillusioned with Deja Vu (2006) he's never seen the film. Scott also admitted he did a mediocre job directing the film, but blamed that on the 19-week production schedule, which wasn't as long as he wanted.
Jim Caviezel decided at the last minute to do the stunt where he is hit by a car himself. If injured he could have been paralyzed.
Tony Scott and Val Kilmer had shirts made for the crew that said "Malcolm X, Jesus Christ, and Jim Morrison: Deja Vu. How Can We Fail?" Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), Jim Caviezel played Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ (2004), and Kilmer played Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991).
While working on the film, first assistant cameraman Michael S. Endler learned that his father, Gerald Endler, had died. As a tribute to Gerald, a former special effects technician who had actually worked with many of this film's effects crew decades earlier on other projects, Michael was allowed, on the day of shooting the ferry explosion, to place some of his ashes on a gasoline-filled water jug that would be blown up as part of the pyrotechnics of the sequence (which was referred to on call sheets as the "Stumpf Ferry Gerald Endler Memorial Pyro Blast").
The movie went through pre-production in New Orleans. Just weeks before production was to begin, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. With the location in ruins, the movie made the decision to find a new location to shoot. Weeks after the decision, canceling the movie altogether was in talks. Finally, three months after the hurricane, the film returned to New Orleans, Louisiana and began pre-production once again.
Elle Fanning has a part in the film. Denzel Washington worked with her sister Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire (2004), also for Tony Scott.
There is almost no profanity at all in the film.
The third time Denzel Washington and Tony Scott have worked together. They would collaborate on two other films before Scott's death in 2012. Its also the first film Scott, Washington and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have worked on since Crimson Tide (1995), and the last film Scott and Bruckheimer would work on after six collaborations.
This is the second film about the past and present overlapping with one another that Jim Caviezel has been in. The first was Frequency (2000).
The ferry explosion was the biggest stunt ever filmed in New Orleans. They were very environmentally conscious about it.
Disaster relief teams who helped through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were recruited to help make the film. The end credits pay tribute to their bravery.
United States Navy personnel from several area commands served as extras.
Tony Scott, Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer and Jim Caviezel held a news conference upon their arrival to New Orleans to announce their intention to employ the local New Orleans community and incorporate post-Katrina New Orleans into the film.
The original setting for the film was Long Island before Tony Scott changed it to New Orleans.
The first Tony Scott film to be rated PG-13 since Days of Thunder (1990).
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The film makes use of surveillance technology similar to Tony Scott's earlier film Enemy of the State (1998). A lot of the equipment is real.
Val Kilmer noted one of the reasons he wanted to work with Denzel Washington was that his kids once went to the same Los Angeles school as his own two children.
Jim Caviezel was nervous about performing some of the stunts in the film but he just decided to put his trust in the stunt people.
Tony Scott wanted Paula Patton's dress to look as if it had burned its way into her skin.
Dr. Denny's line, "I need more cowbell", is a reference to the Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" sketch in Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken/Christina Aguilera (2000), during which Christopher Walken demands "more cowbell" in the song.
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The first person to see the script was Jerry Bruckheimer.
The Lab set was built on a sound stage in Los Angeles by production designer Chris Seagers. Seagers wanted to combine a raw-edged, high-tech feel in which everything is digital and state-of-the-art; yet have exposed cables, wires, and ducts to provide a sense of reality.
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Stephen Tobolowsky was considered for the role of Carroll Oerstadt.
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The ATF is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New Orleans. It is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice. They are protecting the communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use trade of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
This script, co-written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, was started by Marsilii in 1997.
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The radio disc jockey heard announcing the time (10:48) at both ends of the film is ''Shotgun Tom' Kelly' of K-Earth 101 FM, Los Angeles.
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Denzel Washington enjoyed a brief break during the production to congratulate his son on signing with the St. Louis Rams on May 1, 2006 as an undrafted free agent.
The 23rd most successful film worldwide of 2006.
New post-Katrina Louisiana legislation provided a 25% investors rebate for this film plus 10% employment credit for local hires (unless the salary exceeded one million dollars).
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Denzel Washington considers his character the voice of the audience.
The cast and crew of the movie who did not live in the immediate area stayed at two of New Orleans' signature properties, the Renaissance Pere Marquette and the Renaissance Arts for the duration of the filming.
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The crew also worked with the city's New Orleans EMS using their EMS units old and new. The EMS personal were also hired to play background extras. All but 3-4 of the EMS personnel seen in the movie are Real NOEMS personnel. The entire EMS personnel wore their own uniforms. Also the Director of EMS was used as the EMS consultant.
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The scenes with the talking technicians take up 40 minutes of the film.
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The Hummer was an all terrain vehicle during the chase scene, something Tony Scott insisted on.
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The crew worked with the Port of New Orleans, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Orleans Levee Board, West Jefferson Levee District, and numerous local residents in preparing for the production.
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The Humvee driven by Doug is based on a real-life robot H1ghlander built by Carnegie Mellon's Red Team for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Upon Doug leaving a meeting with a detective, after inspecting the shore near the attack, the detective remarks to a fellow officer "So he's a former Marine".
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The ferry scene is both at the beginning and at the end of the movie.
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