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Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere only share one scene in the entire film. As indeed does Don Cheadle with Mr Gere.
When Richard Gere's character turns in his badge it is placed in a mold as many police officers purchase duplicate badges to wear. The mold is used to insure that they are turning in the issued badge.
Shannon Kane actually rented an apartment in Brooklyn and hung out in strip clubs to research her role of hooker Chantel.
The very real threat of Wesley Snipes' imminent arrest for tax evasion was hanging over the production throughout.
Ellen Barkin jumped at the chance at working with Don Cheadle. Director Antoine Fuqua wasn't even sure that she took payment for the part.
In Internal Affairs (1990), Richard Gere's character Dennis Peck says to his partner Van Stretch, "How many cops you know, huh? Got nothing. Divorced, alcoholic, kids won't talk to them anymore, can't get it up. Sitting there in their little apartments, alone in the dark, playing lollipop with a service revolver?". In this film Richard Gere plays an NYPD cop who is doing just that in an opening scene: sitting alone in a dark apartment and putting his service revolver in his mouth.
Wesley Snipes' first US theatrical film in over five years since his starring role in Blade: Trinity (2004). In between those years, his films had either been released straight-to-DVD or suffered distribution problems (Chaos (2005)) before being released to DVD.
This is the second film between Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua; Hawke starred in the 2001 film Training Day, which Fuqua directed.
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Antoine Fuqua had always wanted to work with Will Patton since seeing him in No Way Out (1987).
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Michael C. Martin was paid for $200,000 for this, his very first screenplay.
Antoine Fuqua wasn't keen on making another cop movie after Training Day (2001) but one read of the screenplay soon convinced him otherwise.
Writer Michael C. Martin was influenced by The Nights of Cabiria (1957), Umberto D. (1952) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) and the directors Vittorio De Sica and Jim Jarmusch when writing his screenplay.
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The ending was reworked following a grim reception at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Features a collaboration between Wesley Snipes and Ellen Barkin, reuniting them for the first time since 1996 film The Fan (1996).
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Loosely based on former P.O. Michael Dowd and events during the 1980's in the 75th Precinct in East New York Brooklyn.
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Special thanks to the volunteers of The Fuqua Film Program, 2009.
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Ellen Barkin and Don Cheadle starred in Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
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When Tango and Lt. Bill Hobarts meet for the first time in the restaurant, the song "The Great Pretender" by the Platters (1955) can be heard in the background. That can be seen as a reference to Tango's job as an undercover cop.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Towards the climax of the film, all the key Police characters in the film are in one long scene, shot with no cuts. As 'Sal' arrives to the project tower block to see the informants, he waits to cross the road as the van with the missing woman being pimped out passes him, followed by 'Eddie' tailing the van in his car. At the other side of the road, we see 'Tango' getting out of his car. All the characters are oblivious to each other however.
The original ending as shown in Sundance had Eddie (Richard Gere) committing suicide after his retirement following the climax, which serves as to bookmark the ending from the opening. Director Antoine Fuqua eventually decided to end the film instead with a freeze frame of Eddie's face with blood and eyes swollen because he pointed out that the face, in metaphor represents America, dazed and confused, but still moving forward. He added, "There's still some hope, we still have a chance. We've taken some hits, but we're still standing. It kind of came out of everything that was happening."

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