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(1985)

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Jane Fonda was originally attached to play the female lead. When she demanded that changes be made to Joe Eszterhas' script, the studio sided with Eszterhas and replaced her with Glenn Close.
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An urban folklore exists that suggests that there was an alternate ending that alters the identity of the killer. An alternate ending does not exist, but the original ending was indeed re-filmed, when the initial release audience complained that the face of the killer was not clearly shown. In the original release, the unmasked killer's face was shown for eighteen frames (less than a second). Another nine seconds was later spliced into the corrected version, clearly resolving the mystery and showing the killer.
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The typewriter is the exact same one Joe Eszterhas used to type up the script of the film.
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Kevin Costner turned down the lead role that eventually went to Jeff Bridges.
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Some weeks after Siskel and Ebert had reviewed the movie on their show, they returned to the movie to address complaints of those who were unable to recognize the face of the killer in the last scene, so they gave their viewers time to turn down the sound and then explained who the killer was.
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According to Joe Eszterhas in his book "Hollywood Animal", producer Martin Ransohoff was against the casting of Glenn Close saying she was too ugly for the part. Close eventually heard about this and said she didn't want Ransohoff on set during the time she would shoot her scenes. Director Richard Marquand stood by her side and sent Ransohoff away. Infuriated, Ransohoff went to the studio heads trying to get Close and Marquand fired from the picture. The studio denied the action stating they were pleased with their work in the film.
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Joe Eszterhas originally titled the screenplay "Hearts of Fire". Columbia disliked the title and decided it had to be changed. They assigned a secretary at the studio to go through the script in an effort to come up with another title. The secretary found "jagged edge" in the description of the murder weapon: "a knife with a jagged edge". Eszterhas and director Richard Marquand would still get to use the original title when they collaborated again on 1987's Hearts of Fire (1987).
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First part of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas's San Francisco thriller trilogy. The subsequent films were Basic Instinct (1992) and Jade (1995).
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Visible in David and Jenny Barnes' bedroom is a poster for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), also directed by Richard Marquand.
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Director Richard Marquand considered Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas for the lead roles. Turner and Douglas had starred together the comedy Romancing the Stone (1984) the year before. According to writer Joe Eszterhas in his book "Hollywood Animal", Marquand met both actors separately to talk about the parts but said the meeting with Turner was a "chemical mismatch" and Douglas wasn't interested in doing a mystery thriller at that point. 7 years later, Douglas starred the mystery thriller Basic Instinct (1992) also written by Eszterhas.
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety, the film's two leads, Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close, were both at the time "Triple Oscar Nominees" who had never won.
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This 1985 picture was the first of two consecutive suspense-thriller movies in back-to-back years for actor Jeff Bridges who would in the next year star in the suspense film The Morning After (1986) with Jane Fonda. Both motion pictures featured a knife or dagger as the murder weapon and in both films there was doubt as to whether the central female character should trust Bridges' character.
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Features Robert Loggia's only Oscar nominated performance.
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India has produced two versions of this film since it first debuted. They have been 1987's Kannada film Antima Ghatta (1987) and 2001's Bollywood movie Kasoor (2001).
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The R and B group Jagged Edge named itself after the film.
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The make, model and color of the old manual typewriter was a black 1942 Corona typewriter.
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Penultimate feature film directed by Richard Marquand whose final film would be about two years later with 1987's Hearts of Fire (1987).
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The exteriors of the court-room were really in fact San Francisco's City Hall.
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The movie was filmed around January, February and March 1985.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
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The movie makes mention of "The Baker Beach Killings". Actor Jeff Bridges about four years later would star in a movie called The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).
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A sequel was originally planned with Robert Loggia and Glenn Close reprising their roles. Eventually, the script was rewritten as a stand-alone film, Loggia and Close were replaced with Burt Reynolds and Theresa Russell respectively, and the film was eventually released as Physical Evidence (1989)
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Early in the movie when Krasny, the medical examiner and the detective are discussing the case in Krasny's office, Peter Coyote leans back in his chair, arms behind his head you can notice the right suspender is twisted.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

According to Joe Eszterhas' autobiography "Hollywood Animal", Glenn Close wasn't a fan of the ending. She felt that Teddy shooting Jack was a "vigilante" thing, a "right-wing" thing. After the premiere, Joe Eszterhas' father came to congratulate Close for her performance and said that she looked like an "avenging angel" in the ending scene. Close was pleasantly surprised by the compliment and eventually embraced the scene.
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