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(2006)

Trivia

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The scene in the coffee shop was improvised. On the DVD commentary, Spike Lee states that when Denzel Washington ad-libbed the line, "I'll bet you can get a cab though," he nearly ruined the take by laughing so loud at Washington's line.
According to Spike Lee, he and Willem Dafoe met in the men's room during the intermission of the play 'Julius Caesar', in which Denzel Washington appears. As they were standing side by side in the men's room, Spike said: "We should work together" and Dafoe replied: "Yeah, Spike, we should" and that was it. Later on, Spike sent him the script.
Spike Lee says that, at the time of making the movie, he was not aware that riddles had been a major part of the plot in another thriller set in New York, Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995). He said if he had known that he would have cut out the riddle scenes in his movie.
The interrogation scenes were mostly ad-libbed.
Shot in 39 days.
This marks the fourth collaboration of Spike Lee and Denzel Washington.
Spike Lee decided to cast Amir Ali Said after watching him perform in a Chappelle's Show (2003) skit.
The scene in which the boy shows the video game he is playing on his PSP to Dalton was not in the original script. Director Spike Lee added it to "make a comment on gangster rap's infatuation with violence." The game is not real but was created by an animation house. Lee asked them to come up with animation for "the most violent game ever".
Paul's (Lemon Andersen) line calling one of the detectives that were interrogating him a "wassa-wassa" was improvised. So was Detective Frazier's (Denzel Washington) answer: "Do you know how to say Rikers Island in Spanish?"
The pizza that the police give to the robbers has the name "Sal's", a reference to one of Spike Lee's earlier films, Do the Right Thing (1989).
Jodie Foster is dubbing herself in the French version (France).
Rachel Nichols, Kate Hudson and Rachael Leigh Cook were all offered the role of Madeleine but turned it down. Jennifer Jason Leigh was offered the role of Madeleine but turned it down. Marcia Cross was originally cast as Madeleine, but turned it down due to her commitment as Bree in the TV series Desperate Housewives (2004). Jennifer Love Hewitt was offered the role of Madeleine but turned it down due to her commitment with the TV series Ghost Whisperer (2005). Jennifer Connelly auditioned for the role of Madeleine but turned it down.
Marcia Jean Kurtz played a similar role as a hostage in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and Lionel Pina, who delivered pizza to the beleaguered hostages here, also performed the same task in the earlier film.
The ground scenes for the bank were filmed inside a real bank, whereas the underground scenes of the bank were filmed in a bank movie set in Brooklyn, New York.
According to an interview with Spike Lee, Ron Howard was going to direct the film. But Russell Crowe showed him Cinderella Man (2005), and Howard went off to do that instead.
Jodie Foster filmed her part in three weeks.
The barber in the scene at the exclusive men's club where Jodie Foster confronts Christopher Plummer named Vincent (his nameplate is affixed to the mirror, and Plummer addresses him by name too), is in real life the barber at the Down Town Association on Pine Street.
The line: "Detective First Grade Keith Frazier.....Yesss!!!" is a tribute to New York Knicks former long-time announcer Marv Albert. After a made basket by 1970's New York Knicks star 'Walter Frazier', Albert would say: "Walt Frazier shoots....Yesss!!!"
The ringtone on P. Hammond's mobile at the start of the movie is Kanye West's "Gold Digger".
The picture in Arthur Case's office is "Cards Player" by Paul Cézanne.

Cameo 

Shon Gables:  Real-life news reporter for WCBS channel 2.
Sandra Endo:  real-life news reporter for New York 1.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the beginning of the movie, the slogan on the thieves' stolen van offers a clue to the method of the heist: "We don't leave until the job is done!"
During the first scene in which Frazier talks to Russell on the phone ("Is this the president of Albania?") you can see the earpiece in his right ear through which he is listening to the cops.
The Cartier diamond ring is a real diamond ring, it was borrowed from Cartier for the movie for three days. The ring is valued at $1.5 million.
The shoot-out sequence between the police and the robbers was not in the original script. Spike Lee said he added it because he felt that "it was a good time to interject some action" in the movie. This scene was the last one, it was filmed on the last day so they could "shoot up" the bank movie set.
During the interrogation scenes and when the hostages are being placed on police buses to be taken to headquarters for questioning, the audience learns the real names of Dalton's robber accomplices. 'Steve' is Kenneth Damerjian, 'Stevie' is Valerie Keepsake, and 'Steve-O' is Darius Peltz.
At the end of the movie, Frazier's girlfriend is reading "Gotham Diaries", a novel co-written by Spike Lee's wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
In the shot of the bus leaving with the hostages, we can see Steve, Stevie, Chaim, and Steve-O sitting in a sequence, mixed with the rest of the hostages.
There are several instances of product placement in the film, such as an iPod seen playing propaganda messages, the Dell computer boxes covering the entrance to Dalton's 'cell', Madeline White's Apple Cinema Display and Hermès Birkin Bag, the Sony PSP owned by the little boy, the Chevrolet van used to transport the crew to the bank, and the Volkswagen SUV, which is used to pick up Russell. A North Face backpack was used to carry the diamonds out of the bank. Also, Poland Springs water, Pepsi, and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit are shown.

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