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The soldiers in the film wear a unit patch with a large "22" on it. This is a fictional unit. The actual 22nd Infantry Division was a "Phantom Division" that never actually existed. It was created in World War II to fool German intelligence. The patch created is different from the one in the film, though.
Despite its critical acclaim and Oscar nominations, The Messenger (2009) didn't receive a theatrical release in the UK for nearly two years.
Director Oren Moverman had wanted to have a scene with Will and Tony singing a song but couldn't decide which song to sing, and settled on Home on the Range after hearing the song being played from an ice cream truck while scouting locations. This is then paid homage to after Will's first notification when he's sitting in Will's car and an ice cream truck passes by playing Home on the Range.
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The scene where Will and Olivia speak to each other in her kitchen is eight minutes long and was shot in one take. Oren Moverman allowed actors to improvise in certain scenes.
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Sgt. Brian Scott, who was training to deploy to Iraq at Ft. Dix in New Jersey and was a technical advisor in this film, was subsequently injured in an IED attack in Baghdad.
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During the boating & fishing scene, Woody Harrellsen's character yells out "Charlie don't surf!" The line originated from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, set during the Vietnam Conflict. It was spoken by Robert Duvall's character during the film's surfing scene.
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First film directed by Oren Moverman.
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Dominic West was considered for the role of Cpt. Tony Stone.
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At various stages in development, Sydney Pollack, Roger Michel and Ben Affleck were all attached to direct. Writer Oren Moverman was finally asked to helm the project after all these fell through.
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Actor Ben Foster appears in this film with Woody Harrelson. They also shared screen time together in Rampart (2011).
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Italian censorship visa # 103393 delivered on 15-4-2010.
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The last shot filmed was after Will finds out that Kelly's getting married and is on the floor, desperately trying to sleep, and puts the blanket over his head.
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