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(1992)

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Jazz musician John Zorn originally scored the entire film, complete with multiple cues and even scored both the original and alternate endings. As with many other films, Walter Hill was unhappy with the end result and hired old pal Ry Cooder to rescore the whole film.
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Walter Hill said of the film, "I wanted to make a down-and-dirty thriller. I wanted to shoot it in a fast, hard style. I wanted to work off the cuff, making it all happen right there."
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The primary interior location was in Memphis, TN. Known as the Tennessee Brewery it was the home of Goldcrest 51 beer. Development of the facility is expected in the near future.
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In the original script the character of Lucky was actually called Lucy and was King James' girlfriend. Also, Vince and Don were not from Fort Smith, Arkansas but from Ashland, Kentucky.
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The film was meant to be released on 3 July but this date was delayed due to the 1992 Los Angeles riots; the film was retitled and a new marketing campaign devised.
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The film was originally called The Looters.
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Loosely based on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
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There are no women in this movie, except for the extras visible in the background at the beginning.
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According to Walter Hill, Ice-T and Ice Cube were hired on their strength as actors and were allowed input into the dialogue. "They certainly had a lot of input in terms of, "What my guy would say is this. He wouldn't say it that way; he'd say it this way." And I gave them a very free reign on all that."
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After it was decided to change the movie's original title (The Looters), some of the titles considered by the studio and filmmakers were Point of No Return, The Intruders, Fire Trap, Burning Gold, Greed and Blood and Gold.
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Was written in the 1970's, but went unmade until producer Neil Canton showed Walter Hill the script and he loved it.
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According to Walter Hill, the idea to have so much of the movie shot through video tape came as they were getting ready to shoot. He read an article in the Washington Post about street gangs who would film a lot of their own activities:

"I simply saw it as a visual opportunity to play a lot of the movie through a viewfinder. I thought it might get you inside the gang better... I wanted everything to be rough around the edge. We shot most of the movie hand held... I wanted it to be herky-jerky. We Dutched a lot of the angles, especially as the story unfolds because the story gets crazier and crazier. We went from a less elegant-the early parts of the movie, there are no hand helds at all-but as the story gets more nervous and crazy, we go more and more to a hand held thing until, finally, the end of the movie is all entirely hand held".
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Two of the cast members appeared alongside Michael Jackson in a music video. Stoney Jackson appeared in the video for Beat It, while Tom Lister Jr. appeared in the video for Remember the Time.
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In Australia, the film received mostly negative reviews (although its high-octane action scenes were praised) with critics complaining about the lack of sympathetic or likeable characters.
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There are three actors from the "Die Hard" franchise in "Trespass":

From Die Hard (1988), De'voreaux White.

From Die Hard 2 (1990) William Sadler and Art Evans.
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Ice t and ice cube did a song the looters, for the film at the time it was called the looters.
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William Sadler and Alexis Butler both appear in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Sadler played the Grim reaper and Butler played Captain Logan.
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Walter Hill said that the film was not intentionally political.

"It is an adventure story that harkens back to a Jack London tradition. And what makes that striking, is that it is so much more real than what we presume action adventure movies to be-what they have evolved to be in the last 20 years. When I was a kid, they were all about very real people in tough circumstances, now the action movie is half science fiction movie. This movie is very much a throwback in that sense-with the permanently strained relations between blacks and whites and browns and orientals in our ghettos, our inner cities... But... just because the films intentions are not political, doesn't mean it's not political. Movies take on their own life. This is not a movie about racial confrontation in the sense that the confrontation had nothing to do with race... Inevitably, white and black attitudes spill into the movie because of the attempt to create some kind of social reality out of the situation".
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The photo of the church within the newspaper clipping with the caption St. Anthony's Catholic Church is actually Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on Garrison Ave.
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Ice Cube and Tommy "Tiny" Lister also starred in Friday (1995) and it's sequel Next Friday (2000).
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Glenn Plummer and Bryon Minns also starred together in South Central three months earlier.
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The original script took place in the winter and featured constant snowfall.
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James Pickens Jr and Bruce A. Young would both be on Grey's Anatomy. Pickens as a regular and Young would guest star.
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Tiny Lister appeared in another Walter Hill film, 1987's Extreme Prejudice as an athlete turned criminal enforcer.
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Bill Paxton and Stoney Jackson also appeared in an earlier Walter Hill film, 1984's Streets Of Fire.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The dilapidated buildings featured in the movie are actually the then vacant Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill buildings in Atlanta, Georgia. Although looking on the verge of falling down in the movie they have since been refurbished into luxury apartments in real life. In 1999 during the construction phase of their conversion, the building nearly suffered the same fate as the fictional one in the movie when a fire broke out causing severe damage to the interior of the structure. During the fire there was also a dramatic helicopter rescue of a workman trapped on a crane.
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An alternate ending was filmed in which Raymond is not killed by Savon but instead he gets shot in the leg by Vince who along with Bradlee escapes in Raymond's Jaguar and they turn the gold to the police. Even the ending that was chosen for theatrical release had to be slightly changed when black audience members during test screenings expressed dissatisfaction because both Ice-T and Ice Cube's characters died, which is why in the final theatrical version Ice Cube's death is not shown, to sort of imply that his character might have survived the explosion and fire.
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