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The movie is loosely based on the real life story of Costabile "Gus" Farace; who killed an undercover DEA agent and was the subject of manhunts by the cops and the mob. In real life, the mob found Gus Farace first.
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Gino fights a character called Sticks in the bar, played by veteran martial artist Dan Inosanto. He was one of Bruce Lee's best friends and one of the three people Bruce let train others in Jeet Kune Do. He is also a master stick fighter and has studied multiple disciplines like Escrima and Silat, and was the person who taught Bruce Lee to use nunchaku.
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According to William Forsythe, Steven Seagal told Forsythe, "You really need to work on your Brooklyn accent." Forsythe, a Brooklyn native, replied, "Trust me, YOU do."
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The only Steven Seagal movie between 1988 and 1998 to not feature a single explosion.
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Steven Seagal declared in an interview that the movie's bar brawl was his personal favorite among all fight scenes he's done.
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Whilst on the production set, Steven Seagal claimed that due to his Aikido training, he was 'immune' to being choked unconscious. It has been alleged that at some point Gene LeBell (who was a stunt coordinator for the movie) heard about the claim, and gave Seagal the opportunity to prove it. LeBell is said to have placed his arms around Seagal's neck, and once Seagal said "go", proceeded to choke him unconscious. LeBell was requested to confirm the story publicly in an interview with Ariel Helwani in 2012, but he avoided answering the question, albeit implying that the incident was true. He was quoted as "When we had a little altercation or difference of opinion, there were thirty stuntmen and cameramen that were watching. Sometimes Steven has a tendency to cheese off the wrong people, and you can get hurt doing that." On the other hand, when Seagal was asked about the incident, he directly denied the allegations, calling LeBell a "pathological scumbag liar," and offered the name of a witness who could prove Lebell had fabricated this rumor. The claim garnered a heated response from LeBell's trainee Ronda Rousey, who assured Seagal was the one lying and declared "If [Seagal] says anything bad about Gene to my face, I'd have to make him crap his pants a second time."
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The movie was originally over 30 minutes longer, which included some more plot details and character development. Steven Seagal cut some of William Forsythe's scenes because he felt that Forsythe was upstaging him. Also, editor Michael Eliot re-edited the original cut of the movie. He did the same job with some other Warner Bros movies. Some scenes were deleted and some others were cut down for pacing. This is why there are two montage scenes with no dialogue in the finished film. Re-editing also caused some minor continuity mistakes.
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Steven Seagal was difficult to work with during filming. At one point, he was driven to tears on set when a light went out in his trailer. He attempted to blame the mishap on a Teamster and have him fired, but was unsuccessful.
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Despite receiving many negative reviews, this debuted at #1 at the US Box Office, making this the third straight Steven Seagal movie to debut at #1 on its opening weekend.
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During the filming of the showdown between Gino and Richie, Steven Seagal broke William Forsythe's front tooth when he shoved his face into a brick wall.
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Julianna Marguiles was cast specifically by Steven Seagal for her role in this film, but she didn't enjoy working with him at all. She later said in an interview that she used to see Seagal working on projects for Warner Brothers while she was a regular on "ER", and he would always say "Marguiles, come over here and show me some respect". She bluntly said "he's not someone I keep in contact with."
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Steven Seagal has played several Italian-American characters in his career, including his role in this film. He has said that he is often mistaken for being Italian-American himself; however, he is of Dutch, English, German, Russian, and Jewish ancestry.
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Gino names the abandoned puppy as "Coraggio". This is Italian for courage or bravery.
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John Flynn later recalled:

I really liked working with Bill Forsythe and Jerry Orbach and all those guys in the car who played the killers. But I didn't get along with Steven. He was always about an hour late for work and caused a lot of delays. We shot until October 31, 1990, because an IATSE strike was threatened. (IATSE stands for International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts. - Ed.) Warner Bros. told us we had to be on a plane by November 1. So we shot for about a month in Brooklyn. The rest of Out for Justice was shot in and around south Los Angeles. We filmed those scenes on Lacy Street, in a slummy area of old wooden buildings that could pass for Brooklyn.
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The word 'fuck' is said 114 times throughout the movie.
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Though he speaks it here, Steven Seagal isn't fluent in Italian. But he is fluent in Japanese.
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To date, this is the only Steven Seagal movie shot in New York.
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Film debut of Julianna Margulies.
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The original script "The Price of Our Blood" was written by novelist R. Lance Hill but was completely rewritten by Steven Seagal, who felt that Hill's screenplay didn't reflect the reality of Brooklyn or took full advantage of the animosity and broken friendship between Gino and Richie.
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The theatrical trailer shows two deleted scenes; Richie shooting inside the clothing store from which he took his new shirt (in the movie he wears one shirt in first few scenes then all of a sudden he wears different one) and a scene where the police captain tells Gino that body count is going up.
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Gino drives a Chevrolet Caprice, a popular police car in the '80s and '90s.
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John Flynn later claimed the original title was The Price of Our Blood, "meaning Mafia blood. That was the title that Steven and I wanted, but Warner Bros. said no. It had to be a three-word title like the other Steven Seagal films (Above the Law (1988) and Marked for Death (1990))."
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The part of Don Vittorio's heavyset bodyguard was played by professional wrestler Bialo the Giant who died almost half a year before the movie was released.
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Gino carries an Ithaca 37. It's the only pre-World War II pump-action shotgun still used today.
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Steven Seagal went to composer David Michael Frank's house to approve all the music before it was recorded.
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Film debut of Shannon Whirry.
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Richie uses a snub-nosed colt python.
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Ronald Maccone (Don Vittorio) had just played another mobster in Goodfellas (1990).
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Gino's handgun is a customized Colt Combat Elite. Likely built on a Para-Ordinance frame. Seagal was fastidious about combat handguns and by both the number of shots fired and the size and weight of the magazines he replaces, it's pretty obvious it's a high capacity .45
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First direct-to-video (DTV) title for Steven Seagal in countries like France and Germany.
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Vinnie's pool hall features a "Spring Break" pinball machine by Gottlieb and an "8 Ball Deluxe" by Bally Midway.
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