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(1998)

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Wade Dominguez died after filming was completed. The film is dedicated to his memory.
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The two gas stations featured in the film, Geo-Fuel and M.A.R.S. are completely fictitious and are loosely based on two real life gas stations, Getty and Mobil Gas.
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The post office where Al and Romero (Joe Pantoliano and the late Wade Dominguez' characters) are staking out the P.O. Box is an actual location in Downtown Manhattan which was located one block from where the World Trade Center was located. The World Trade Center could also be seen two scenes after the final stakeout in the conference room where Al and Romero are interrogating Kenneth Green played by Fisher Stevens.
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The film was shot on location in and around New York City.
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Joe Pantoliano was also in U.S. Marshals, which was also partially shot in New York during the Spring/Summer 1997 and would begin work on this film in the Fall the same year.
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Joe Pantoliano sports the same hair style and dresses similarly to his character in U.S. Marshals, Cosmo Renfroe minus his goatee but with the addition of his glasses and the waist pack around his waist that he wears throughout the film. That film was shot during the Summer 1997 before filming would commence on this film a few months later.
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The Florida scenes where Joe Pantoliano's characters make the bust in the Marina were actually filmed in Long Island.
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The Post Office Box that contains the mystery check that both Joe Pantoliano and Wade Dominguez' characters are staking out inside the Post Office is numbered 1213.
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Elizabeth Berkeley and Michael Chiklis had to work with a dialect coach to perfect the Russian accent that they feature in the film.
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Wade Dominguez actually learned Russian for his part in the film as the NYPD beat cop Joseph Romero.
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The time it takes for Romero to get to Uniondale, Long Island to get the warrant for the KAPUSTA's arrest from Downtown Manhattan and Al's flight to Florida to follow the "KAPUSTA" was give or take, an hour and a half including all traffic in the direction he's headed towards which is why Joe Pantoliano complains to Robert Townsend about not getting the warrant sooner.
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The gun that Al (Joe Pantoliano) uses in the film is a .38 snub nose which he is seen with it twice in the film and Romero (Wade Dominguez) features a standard NYPD issued .38 revolver which he shows and only uses once in the film, which was the shootout at the skating rink.
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The film features a similar style and look to the hit television series, NYPD Blue which also includes the same styled letting in the opening of the film.
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Joe Pantoliano's character Al Benjamin is married in the film with a daughter. However, we don't see anything pertaining to them in regards to pictures except that he mentions them to both Nadia (Elizabeth Berkely's character) twice in the film and to Romero (Wade Dominguez' character) towards the end of the film and is wearing a wedding ring throughout the entire movie.
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Casey Siemaszko had to work with a dialect coach to perfect his Russian accent for his character Topolov, the Russian mobster.
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Wade Dominguez character is only seen in his NYPD uniform twice in the film, in the beginning when he first meets Joe Pantoliano's character and in Pantoliano's car. The majority of the film, he is seen wearing the same brown suit except for the final stakeout at the Post Office and the Interrogation of Kenneth Green in the conference room.
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BODY COUNT: 10 (Six of the murders taking place off screen while there's four on screen including Michael Chiklis' character, both hit men that kill Chiklis and the Russian henchman on the yacht at the end the of the film).
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The License Plate on Al's car is T44 1SK.
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The fictitious chain of gas stations owned by the "KAPUSTA" In the film is called M.A.R.S which stands for Metropolitan Amalagamate Refinery Services.
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The slogan for the fictitious petroleum conglomerate Geo-Fuel featured on the company's logo in the film is "Resources International"
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While Al is working hard on the case, we only see him working in his Tax division office only once in the film. The other times are spent arguing with his boss played by Mike Starr outside of it. Al is only seen during stakeouts, gathering information or working inside D.A. Cody's (Robert Townsend's) office.
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Al (Joe Pantoliano's character) admits to Andre that he has been married for 14 years. However, the audience does not see any pictures of him and his wife together or his wife or daughter, who is also mentioned later on in the film to both Andre's daughter, Nadia and to Romero, when he's sulking in his car. Andre also gives him a bouquet of flowers for Al to give to her after Nadia's wedding.
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Al (Joe Pantoliano's) character is seen wearing glasses throughout the entire film. However, Romeo is seen wearing glasses along with D.A. Cody and Andre in a few scenes but not for very long as they are not seen wearing them the rest of the film. The courier delivering the envelope in P.O.Box 1213 and Kenneth Green are also seen wearing glasses in their brief appearances at the end of the film.
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During the scene where Al is in Andre's home talking to him, we see a gold chain with the Star of David around Andre's neck. This means that Andre is a Russian-Jew and when he and Nadia invite Al to Nadia's wedding, they said it was bad luck if the invitee doesn't show up.
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The World Trade Center is seen twice throughout the film. The first is when Al is visiting the M.A.R.S. refinery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn during his investigation and the second is when Al and Romero confront Kenneth Green in the board room in which the towers are completely visible in the background.
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The KAPUSTA is seen driving a 1983 Porchcese Turbo Cabriolet seen during his getaway to JFK airport from the Black Sea Tuna plant.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The MacGuffin character that Joe Pantoliano and Wade Dominguez are looking for is named "KAPUSTA" which means "nobody" or "nothing" in Russian.
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Michael Chiklis' character, Andre is shot twice and eventually killed in the film by the same two Russian hit men and the same area of the body. Chiklis was almost killed in the Russian spa and then shot and eventually killed at the ice skating rink.
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The character Misha Burkan is actually the gas station attendant that Joe Pantoliano's character smiles at during the raid at the M.A.R.S. station after finding the real "KAPUSTA" who set up the entire gas scam itself. His name was used as the sole Chief Executive Officer on all the legal documents that Al and Cody played by Robert Townsend had mentioned in the deposition scene with Geo-Fuel's executives.
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The identity of the main villain behind the murders that happened on Brighton Beach during the opening of the film as well as the attempt and eventual murder of Michael Chiklis' character Andre Rubikov is named Sergei Rudisov.
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The companies involved in gas scam in the film are: Geo-Fuel, M.A.R.S and Black Sea Tuna.
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The other MacGuffin character, Misha Brukan who is frequently mentioned periodically throughout the film, does not appear until the very end.
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The money being laundered by Geo-Fuel through a bank account on a daily basis is approximately over 25 Million dollars with only 50 dollars remaining in it.
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The third company involved in the money laundering in the film is named Black Sea Tuna, which is probably a fictitious version of the real life, Bumble Bee Tuna.
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The fourth company involved in the money laundering conspiracy in the film is named El Dorado Petroleum. The company is mentioned in conjunction Geo-Fuel, M.A.R.S and Black Sea Tuna during Al and Romero's investigation.
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The name that is listed as the corporate officer of the oil company, El Dorado Petroleum is listed as Misha Brukan and the address listed 121 16th Street, Brooklyn, New York in which Joe Pantoliano and Wade Dominguez' characters find out that the company is registered to an empty lot. Brukan is a MacGuffin character that doesn't appear until the very end of the film.
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In the envelope in the Post Office box 1213 which Al and Romero are staking out waiting for a pick up, contains two checks of roughly more than half a million dollars each which are supposed to go into the bank account to Geo-Fuel which is handled by Kenneth Green, who they catch in the act of receiving them at the end of the movie.
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The reason that Andre (Michael Chiklis)' character has a hit out on him is because he was the owner of 16 gas stations around the Brooklyn/Brighton Beach area only a couple of which are seen in the film while Andre and later Nadia (Elizabeth Berkley) make their rounds to. Andre is seen with Topolov (Casey Siemaszko's) character at his gas station rejecting the M.A.R.S. offer made to him and is trying to muscle him out of his businesses.
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Like the Misha Brukan character, the real KAPUSTA behind the tax stealing and money laundering in the film, Sergei Utisov also does not appear until the final twenty minutes of the film. He is briefly mentioned by Romero (Wade Dominguez's character) in Cody's office while he's reading the paperwork that was subpoenaed.
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The real KAPUSTA is tipped off to make his escape to Florida in the last half of the film. The person tipping him off may have been Kenneth Green's lawyer friend who he'd talked to on the phone while Al and Romero were confronting him in the Broad Room of Green's offices. This may have been the "blown cover" as stated by Al in his narration moments later as he was doing surveillance on the KAPUSTA.
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The money that the KAPUSTA tries to bribe Al with on the boat during the bust is in fact some of the money that was being laundered/stolen as part of the Geo Fuel deal.
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As well as money laundering for the Russian mob, M.A.R.S. is also stealing the money occurred in taxes from paying customers using those gas stations under their conglomerate as well as Geo Fuel and El Dorado Petroleum who then used Black Sea Tuna to complete the theft and cover of millions of dollars under the scheme.
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The money that was in the KAPUSTA's suitcase which he attempted to bribe Al with on the boat is part of the money that was laundered through the two checks contained in the post office box 1213 which was delivered to Kenneth Green towards the end of the film.
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The net worth of the KAPUSTA is roughly130 Million Dollars through his scheme. Also included was where houses in Germany and properties in Sierra Leone. This is mentioned when Romero makes the call to Cody that they had finally identified who set up the entire deal involving Geo Fuel.
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