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(1999)

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It is 25 minutes into the film before Captain Boyd, who is in virtually every scene, utters his first full sentence.
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John Spencer's last film. Between its release and his death from a heart attack in December 2005, he eschewed any movie roles due to his full-time job playing Leo McGarry on The West Wing (1999).
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The writer Ted Griffin got the idea for the film while reading Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man".
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Partially, and very loosely, inspired by the "Donner Party" disaster of 1847.
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Fox's first choice for a replacement director was Raja Gosnell, but the cast mutinied against him, feeling he was an unfit choice to helm the project.
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The unusual sound in the music track when Martha is shown looking out awaiting the men's arrival is a traditional women's chant for such occasions, performed by Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme's wife.
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2 weeks into production, director Milcho Manchevski was sacked. Robert Carlyle reached out to his friend Antonia Bird to step in, having enjoyed his working relationship with her when they made Priest (1994), Safe (1995), and Face (1997).
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Director Milcho Manchevski was replaced two weeks into production.
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The tape loop used during Colqhoun's story is an archival track from the 1920s.
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Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme's chant was recorded by Damon Albarn in Quiltman's living room on the reservation. Albarn was referred to Quiltman by Joseph Runningfox.
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The part of Martha was originally written as George's brother, rather than his sister.
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Foster's Social Orchestra, which performs in the film, was founded by Michael Nyman as a group attempting to create a post-modern, avant-garde sound by having artists with a background other than music perform the works of Stephen Foster in an untrained but inspired way.
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After hiding out out in the woods from Wendigo, Boyds hikes back to camp . The music that is Playing is a Church Hymn called "Jesus is Coming Soon".
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The film takes place sometime between 1846 and 1848 during the Mexican-American War.
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Both music composers Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn were born on a March 23.
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According to Robert Carlyle's DVD commentary, vegetarian Guy Pearce stoically underwent multiple takes of him eating the life-saving Knox stew (which was in fact a very nice lamb stew prepared by the film's caterers). Chomping into large chunks of meat and then spitting them out as soon as Antonia Bird called 'cut'.
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The end fight was made up by actors Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle when the original scripted ending (which was to take place on the roof of the cabins at night while they were burning) was scrapped in favor of them just beating the hell out of each other. During this, the production ran out of fake blood.
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