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(1991)

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Denzel Washington worked out for three hours a day, six days a week for four months so as not to look out of shape for his shirtless scenes.
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John Lithgow almost never blinks during this film. He wore a contact lens to give the impression that his character had a glass eye.
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According to many reports, from members of the audience during the first test screening, it was originally much more violent, and it's also been reported, that the final version is heavily cut. Also, according to a foreign interview director Russell Mulcahy gave, a scene where Styles is physically abused by Blake until he pukes, and Blake gets a sponge to clean him up, was one of the scenes that was cut, after the test audience reacted negatively to watching a white man torture a black man. Some trailers show shots of scenes, which are not in the movie.
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Mary Ellen Trainor played reporter Gail Wallens, a character she also played in Die Hard (1988).
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John Lithgow wore a brace on his knee to help ensure that his limp would be believable and consistent throughout the film.
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Original screenwriter Fred Dekker intended on directing the film with Kurt Russell in mind for Nick Styles until he lost interest.
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The fight scene in the prison cafeteria between John Lithgow and Jesse Ventura recreates the final duel from Russell Mulcahy's earlier film Highlander (1986). There are multiple visual references, including the use of swords, the foley effects, the back-lit windows, and the camera angles, including the famous tracking shot of the camera rolling along the floor.
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In Australia for the film's theatrical run, newspaper ads declared that "Ricochet" passed the terror test that "Cape Fear" flunked.
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When John Lithgow enters the prison cell with Jesse Ventura, the picture on the wall is of Vincent McMahon, President of the WWE, whom Ventura worked side by side with for years, as a ringside commentator.
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The date on the camcorder time index (when Styles arrested Blake) reveals the year to be 1983. Which means by the end of the film (1991) - the incarceration, escape, and Styles' children growing older; 7 and a half years roughly passed.
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Ricochet (1991) is the first of two movies to feature Denzel Washington and John Lithgow, the next one is The Pelican Brief (1993), that time around, Lithgow isn't a villain.
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While the prison doctor is distracted by stitching Blake, Kim switches Jesse's medical and dental records. This revealed Blake and Kim had no intention of escaping with Jesse alive.
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When Odessa calls Blake to set him up, he says "You wanna find out who really got the power? Bring your punk-ass to the tower!". In 1991, the year this movie was released, Ice-T released his album "O.G.(Original Gangster)" and on it was a track called "The Tower" which shares a similar line of "I ask myself just who had the power: The Whites,The Blacks, Or just the gun tower."
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Blake's shotgun at the beginning is a "Stakeout" Ithaca 37 sawed-off pump action shotgun with a five pound slide.
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The film is supposed to take place in the same universe as the Die Hard franchise, however, some of the supporting characters went on to have different roles in later films, most notably John Amos.
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The video camera, that "The Camera Bug" is using at the fair, appears to be a two-piece Canon VC-10 series color camcorder, which was appropriate to the setting of the scene, in which it appears (1983). The camera transmitted the video signal to a VCR, which you can see in a bag slung over The Camera Bug's shoulder.
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Albie Selznick appears in this movie (as Blake's attorney) and also in Star Trek: Voyager: The Voyager Conspiracy (1999). At the carnival scene, Kevin Pollak imitates Captain Kirk from Star Trek (1966).
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After the prison cafeteria duel, Blake calls Kim (disparagingly), "Nurse Nancy." In Lithgow's "Harry and the Hendersons" (1987), his character's wife is named Nancy-and they nurse a Sasquatch back to health.
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