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(1998)

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The opening 20 minute Steadicam sequence is not really one continuous shot - there are numerous hidden edits. At least 12 minutes of the sequence was done in one take.
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The original ending, which was a massive special effects sequence created by Industrial Light and Magic, involved a huge tidal wave going through the casino. This ending was cut out in post-production. Numerous references to it still remain in the final film; a shot near the end of the film shows an ambulance driving down an oceanside road with a wave about to crash into it before the film cuts to another shot, Nicolas Cage's character talks about almost drowning at the very end of the film, and references to a storm are made throughout the entire film, which were all meant to build up to the action-packed climax that was cut out.
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According to Kevin Dunn, the fact that Gary Sinise's character was named "Kevin Dunne" caused confusion between the two actors. According to Dunn, much to his surprise, he was given a penthouse suite in a fancy hotel to stay in during filming. The crew realized that they had accidentally given Sinise's suite to Dunn. Dunn had to leave and stayed at a hotel chain.
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The role of Commander Kevin Dunne was originally written for and offered to Will Smith.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) The mayor who presents the award at the end of the film is played by the real mayor of Atlantic City, Jim Whelan.
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Gilbert Powell is based on Donald Trump.
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Al Pacino turned down the role of Commander Kevin Dunne.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) The voice that is heard saying "What about the cocaine?" is that of director Brian De Palma.
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The ringside drunk says, "Here comes the pain," a line also spoken in another Brian De Palma film, Carlito's Way (1993).
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Will Smith was originally set to play the role later taken by Gary Sinise. Paramount balked at Smith's $12 million asking price.
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According to the L.A. Times, before the movie was set to come out the studio wanted a ratings change from R to PG-13. However in the end the movie got its R rating.
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Filming was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
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Snake Eyes was the last Brian De Palma film for which Steven Spielberg viewed the rough cut.
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Brian De Palma has stated that Rashomon (1950) was an influence on this film.
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This film is presented in real time.
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Of the three films Brian De Palma has directed for Paramount, this is the only one that is not an adaptation of a television series.
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Brian De Palma's second film set in Atlantic City, the first being Wise Guys (1986).
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Will Smith turned down the role of Commander Kevin Dunne to star in another conspiracy thriller that was also released that year, Enemy of the State (1998) which Smith starred as a lawyer whom finds himself hunted by NSA agents when he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy when he falls into possession of videotape containing footage of the assassination of a politician whom refused to support the Telecommunications Security and Privacy act.
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Stan Shaw (Lincoln Tyler) also played a boxer in Harlem Nights (1989). He also played a boxer in Rocky 2
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(at around 24 mins) Rick Santoro seemingly refused to politely address the boxer Lincoln Tyler as "Mr. Tyler". Santoro replies, "I'll call him Mr. T! The night he beat Rocky Balboa, if he wants." He refers to the movie Rocky III (1982), directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring Stallone himself as the titular character, in which Rocky fights Mr. T's character Clubber Lang. In reality, Stan Shaw, who played Lincoln Tyler, have also starred with Stallone in the 1996 disaster movie Daylight (1996), where Shaw played a cop entrapped inside a damaged tunnel and Stallone played a former EMS chief who attempts to rescue all the entrapped people from the tunnel.
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Gary Sinise plays Naval Commander Kevin Dunne, who is attempting to get the Navy to pick up a new weapons system. Actor Kevin Dunn, who plays the PPV announcer, was in the movie Hot Shots! (1991) playing a Naval Commander attempting to get the Navy to pick up a new superfighter.
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(at around 6 mins) In one scene Nicolas Cage says the line "My lucky number 7". And in fact he was born on January 7th.
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Lisa Spoonauer auditioned for the role of Julia Costello.
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Nicolas Cage's character has the same last name that Joe Pesci's character has in Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995).
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(at around 8 mins) When Commander Dunne (a naval officer) shows Santoro the tracking device. Santoro calls Dunne "007". An obvious nod to James Bond. In the James Bond spy novels by Ian Fleming, James Bond was a Commander in the British Royal Navy before becoming a spy.
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Pino Donaggio wrote a score for this film, but it was rejected.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

(at around 1h 18 mins) There's only one f word in the film and it's said by Nicolas Cage.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) Dunne tells Santoro that the press will start digging up dirt on him and that he will lose his job, his wife, his girlfriend and that he should start thinking about jail, foreshadowing what was going to happen to Santoro at the end of the movie.
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There are similarities between this movie and Mission: Impossible (1996). Both movies are directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Koepp. The villains in the films, Kevin Dunne and Jim Phelps are involved in a conspiracy and they betray and set up their friends Rick Santoro and Ethan Hunt, who find out the shocking truth of the conspiracy and who are the heroes of the stories. Both of them get knocked out in a fight by their friends and get back up. The outcome of the endings are Kevin Dunne commits suicide after being caught by the cops red handed trying to murder a whistle blower and Santoro stops him, Santoro is declared a hero but has a downfall because of his police corruption and goes to jail. Jim Phelps gets blown up along with his getaway helicopter and Ethan Hunt is cleared and goes back to work in IMF.
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