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The White House Tour Guide mentions that they're in the part that was blown up in Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, this film's director, also directed Independence Day (1996).
Apart from a couple of second unit shots of Washington DC and one scene shot in a park, all filming took place on sound stages in Montreal, Canada, with extensive blue screen techniques used to create the "world" around each set where required.
This is one of two movies released to cinemas in 2013 with the same premise: the garrisoning of the White House by criminals who hold the President hostage. The other is Olympus Has Fallen (2013).
Though it may be considered an error by some the patch on the Task Force 160's helicopter pilot's shoulder showing the symbol of the 82nd Airborne Division is correct. By military tradition any soldier is allowed to wear the insignia of a unit s/he had served in combat on the right shoulder of their uniform...their current assignment insignia would be on the left.
The ring-tone that was heard repetitively in the film on Richard Jenkins' mobile cell phone was "Spanish Flea" as performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Tatum's t-shirt in the film is a direct homage to John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
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Initially rated PG in the Canadian province of Ontario, but the Ontario Film Review Board decided to revise the rating upward to 14A on August 21st, 2013, even though the movie had been in release for almost two months by that point.
The movie shown in the White House's private cinema while the terrorists hide there is Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
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The film takes place on October 4, 2014.
When the people at the Pentagon are discussing the black ops that Stenz had been on in Pakistan, the last black and white picture that appears on the screen is cover art from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" series of video games.
Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft.
Before the Delta Force Black Hawks are flying in Washington D.C, the Commanding Officer is referred to as Lieutenant Colonel, then later referred to as Colonel. Although some think this is incorrect, a Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel in the Army can be simply referred to as "Colonel".
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They re-created 65% of the White House.
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Matt Craven says the line at one point, "Well, there's something you don't see every day." That line was also spoken by Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (1984). Matt appeared in Bill's screen debut Meatballs (1979).
Production crew built two Oval Office sets, one for stunts and one for dialogue.
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Some members of the production team and Roland Emmerich met with John McCain and got a tour of the Capitol.
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Garcelle Beauvais had also previously worked with Jamie Foxx on The Jamie Foxx Show (1996) on the WB Network.
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They had to build 45 sets in two and a half months because of the rushed production schedule, including the bulk of the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol, tanks, aircraft, Marine One, Black Hawks, etc.
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Roland Emmerich's influences on the film include Die Hard (1988), Man on Fire (2004), and a lot of Tony Scott films.
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They shot the entire film on sound stages; none of the first unit shooting was done on location. This was done so Roland Emmerich could have complete control of the exteriors onstage.
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The White House Residence is the set that they built most diligently.
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Both the good guys and the bad guys in the film are Americans.
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The period of time between when the deal was made with Sony to move forward with the film and its release will be 14 months, which is incredibly fast.
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