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In the scene where Jack Reacher's car crashes into some barrels, the car accidentally stalled upon the impact, but Tom Cruise was luckily able to restart the car before driving off again. Rather than do a retake, Christopher McQuarrie decided to leave it in the film as he felt it added to the suspense of the scene.
Tom Cruise did all of his own stunt driving.
The sales person behind the counter selling the watch to Nancy Holt (the blonde female victim) was Tom Cruise's stand-in for the movie.
Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Vince Vaughn, Jamie Foxx and Will Smith were considered for the role of Jack Reacher before Tom Cruise was cast.
Robert Duvall's character is seen using empty .38 special cartridge cases as ear plugs. This goes back to the 1950s. Since he was an old timer, he would have done this.
Coincidentally, the source novel, "One Shot" by Lee Child, specifically references (though not by name) the film A Few Good Men (1992), which starred Tom Cruise. In the novel, Reacher reflects upon a line of dialogue spoken by Jack Nicholson's character.
Due to its commercial success, a sequel to Jack Reacher was greenlighted for production in May 2015, with Tom Cruise returning to star as the eponymous character. It is based on the Jack Reacher novel "Never Go Back." Filming commenced October 2015 in and around New Orleans, LA and the theater release was set for October 2016.
The character Jack Reacher from Lee Child's book series is described as 6'5" tall and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds. Tom Cruise is only 5'7" tall.
Originally titled "One Shot," based on Lee Child's novel of the same name.
This movie reunites Tom Cruise with Robert Duvall, who worked together in Days of Thunder (1990). In the latter, Cruise was the writer and producer in Jack Reacher (2012).
Reacher asks Helen "Drop me at the auto part store". When she says "Which one?" he explains that he wants the one that "stands out in your mind as *the* auto part store". In the next sequence the actual auto part store sign is visible: it is called "DeFault Auto Parts".
In the source novel, "One Shot," by Lee Child, the sniper in the beginning of the story refers to his kill zone as "a target rich environment." This is the exact same phrase used by Tom Cruise in an early scene in Top Gun (1986) when he and Goose enter a nightclub. Cruise would later go on to play the title role in Jack Reacher (2012).
The film was scheduled to be released on December 21, 2012, with its U.S. premiere gala scheduled for December 15. Originally planned at Pittsburgh's Southside Works megaplex on December 15, and to have been attended by the films stars and Mr. Child, the premier was postponed following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings which took place on December 14.
Leads Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike sourced The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) in their quest to capture the right subtle chemistry between their characters.
Hayley Atwell, Brit Marling and Alexa Davalos tested for the role of Helen Rodin.
Rosamund Pike was pregnant with son Solo during the shooting for this film.
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The teaser trailer debuted on Tom Cruise's 50th birthday.
Jack's birthday is 29 October, the same as Lee Child's.
Lee Child often inserts references to the football club he supports (Aston Villa) into his "Jack Reacher" stories. In "One Shot," the novel in which this film is based on, there is a character with the surname Barr, possibly named after Perry Barr, which is an area of Birmingham where Aston Villa originally played, and also a character with the surname "Holt," possibly named after the Holte End, which is one of the famous stands at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC.
On the wall in D.A. Rodin's office is a photograph of Rodin shaking hands with former President George W. Bush.
The weapon Reacher gets from the bad guy at the quarry is a SIG P556 SWAT with an Aimpoint sight.
The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Robert Duvall; and four Oscar nominees: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Werner Herzog.
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Christopher McQuarrie stated in an interview in 2015 that the scars referenced and shown on Jack Reacher's body during the introduction to the character were scars earned from his encounters in other Jack Reacher books.
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The reloading press used in the beginning of the movie is a Forster Co-Ax reloading press, made by Forster Products of Lanark, IL.
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Cameo 

Lee Child: The author of the books makes a cameo as the cop that gives Reacher his personal belongings back when he leaves jail.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The book and incidentally the film contains numerous homages to Frederick Forsyth's novel The Day of The Jackal (author Lee Child has stated that the book was one of the main influences in his career):
  • Helen (Rosamund Pike) and her father's (Richard Jenkins) surname Rodin is named after Colonel Marc Rodin, one of the three OAS men behind the fictional plot to assassinate President de Gaulle.


  • The Jackal has no real name and goes around in a common alias like Zec.


  • Both Jack and The Jackal move around and have no permanent places.


  • The bullets used in the assassination attempts are custom made.


  • Like the Jackal, Jack (Tom Cruise) used four bullets in target practice. Both men use a real bullet on the fourth shot.


  • Charlie's (Jai Courtney) smothering Sandy to death is the same way as how The Jackal smothered Madame de Montpelier as to cover their tracks.


  • Just like St. Clair who was indirectly feeding information to the OAS, Emerson was revealed to be a mole in the enforcement side.


The theatrical trailer features a large mine explosion that does not occur in the film. A New Zealand customer was successfully refunded after making a complaint that the film trailer was misleading.
Body Count: 22.
At Cash's (Robert Duvall) gun range, Reacher mentions that if Cash doesn't help Reacher, Cash could lose his gun range. As a threat, Reacher asks whether Cash would make a good soccer coach. Duvall plays a soccer coach in Kicking & Screaming (2005).
Duvall's character yells "Play ball!" at the start of Reacher's three bullet challenge on the shooting range. This mirrors Duvall yelling "Play ball!" when he judges three pitches to The Whammer by Roy Hobbs In The Natural.
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Jai Courtney and Tom Cruise, who fight one against the other in the finale scene, have twenty three years in between.
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