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The first draft of the script included a love interest for Nicholas named Victoria. She was cut from subsequent drafts, but a good amount of her dialogue was given to Danny, often without any changes.
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The filming of Angel and Skinner's first meeting at the supermarket was filmed over the course of two days. The conversation was filmed entirely from Timothy Dalton's perspective first. The next day, early in the morning, they were to film the conversation with Angel's perspective and close-ups. Dalton, much to the surprise of the crew, showed up early the next morning, and even though he wasn't going to be on camera for that particular portion of the filming, he sat off-camera in Skinner's chair and played the role so that Simon Pegg would be able to have him to work with while filming his part as Angel. Pegg stated it really showed Dalton's professionalism.
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Nick Frost only agreed to do the film if he could get to name his character. He was also asked to watch over twenty action films to warm up for the role. He only watched one, Bad Boys II (2003).
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The judges for the Best Kept Village competition near the end of the film are played by Peter Wild and the mothers of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.
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In their DVD commentary, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg revealed that they fully expected the intentional misspellings of newspaper headlines to turn up in the IMDb's "Goofs" section.
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When in costume, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg often were assumed to be police officers. Many strangers asked them for directions, and instead of telling the truth they went along with it. They claimed it made them feel powerful.
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Edgar Wright originally wanted to name the movie "Hott Fuzz". Simon Pegg objected to the suggestion, fearing he would have to explain the additional "t" in "Hott" in every single interview about the film.
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At a Q&A session, following a screening of the film in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Edgar Wright revealed that the film featured disguised cameos by two Oscar winners: Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson. Jackson appears as the Santa Claus (Father Christmas) who stabs Nick Angel through the hand during the opening montage, and Blanchett appears masked as Angel's ex-girlfriend who is a Scene of Crime Officer (S.O.C.O.), which is the Metropolitan Police's term for an officer who collects and processes forensic evidence at the scene of a crime (roughly analogous to a C.S.I.).
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The names of the townspeople of Sandford are almost all words for occupations or activities: Cooper, Porter, Turner, Shooter, Prosser, Hatcher, Paver, Butcher, Skinner, Fisher, Walker, Thatcher, Weaver, Roper, Tiller, Reaper, Messenger, Staker, Treacher, Cocker, Blower, Draper, Merchant, Cartwright, Wainwright.
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Sampson the dog (who played Saxon the dog) was not allowed to become a real police dog, as he was considered too friendly.
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As this is the second part of the Cornetto Trilogy, the blue wrapper makes its appearance in the film. Nick and Danny are seen eating vanilla flavor ice cream. According to Edgar Wright, blue represents the police, which is the main motif in the film. For Wright's other films, Shaun of the Dead (2004), it was red and strawberry flavor, representing blood and zombies, while the final part, The World's End (2013), it was green and peppermint with chip, representing science fiction and extraterrestrial elements.
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Simon Pegg had weapons training in preparation for his role as Nick Angel, and also learned how to skid a bicycle properly along the way.
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When Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg went to Brixton Police Station hoping to get some anecdotes from serving officers, even offering to take them to the pub, every officer refused to speak to them. The liaison officer had wrongly told the officers that Mr. Wright and Mr. Pegg were journalists. The liaison officer has never been forgiven.
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While Nicholas is chasing a shoplifter through the supermarket, Danny is reading the tag lines of the cheap action films in the half-price bin. "Supercop (1992), titled "Supercop: Meet the cop that can't be stopped". When he realizes the chase is on, he throws the DVD back into the bargain bin where the viewer sees it land beside a DVD copy of Shaun of the Dead (2004), but called "Zombies Party", the release title of "Shaun of the Dead" in certain countries. The price tag covers Simon Pegg's face, to keep from breaking the fourth wall.
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According to his certificates, among the nine special commendations Sergeant Angel received were awards for Operations Shakedown, Crackdown, Showdown, and Takedown.
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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright interviewed many real police officers while doing research for the film. Many lines in the film such as "I prefer to think my office is out on the street" came directly from those interviews. The stylized scenes of Nick doing paperwork were inspired by the officers noting that paperwork is a huge part of the job, but it is never depicted in cop shows and films. The visual style was inspired by Tony Scott's films. Roger Ebert's "Bigger" Little Movie Glossary was also used as a reference source.
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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright spent eighteen months writing the script.
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When Angel gets annoyed at the supermarket, the intercom voice is Director Edgar Wright.
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The picture of a young Danny is a real picture of Nick Frost as a child.
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Police Constable Doris Thatcher was so named, because prior to political correctness in the UK police service, female officers were all referred to as "Doris", regardless of their name.
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After the huge success of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright were given free rein to do whatever they wanted on their next film.
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Simon Pegg lost over two stone (twenty-eight pounds, thirteen-ish kilograms) in preparing for the role of Nicholas Angel.
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Somerfield used to be a real UK supermarket chain, and all of the exterior scenes were shot at one of their stores. Edgar Wright chose to use it as he worked there as a shelf-stacker as a teenager, and in a nod to this, he makes a blink-and-miss-it cameo as a shelf-stacker in the Somerfield store.
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The line, "the greater good", is never said just once. Every time a character says it, at least one other character repeats it.
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Edgar Wright said that the role of Simon Skinner was written with Timothy Dalton in mind, so they were thrilled when he signed on to play the character. Simon Pegg says that he and Wright shared a thumbs-up when Dalton first played the character in the read-through, as they both knew they'd gotten the perfect person for the part.
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While doing research for the film, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg discovered that a disproportionate number of police officers were named either Nick or Andy, which led to the character names of Nicholas Angel and the two Andys. The Angel part of Nicholas Angel was named after the film's Music Director, and the joke where the local paper misspelled Angel's name as "Angle" was based on several incidences where this happened to him.
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To indicate how behind the times Sandford police station is, the sound of a very old Apple Macintosh start-up tone is heard in the background. This start-up tone hasn't been played by any Mac for more than ten years.
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Before filming the lay-by scene, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly had an argument. Pegg claimed Frost was getting cocky and making the Assistant Directors get him coffee, whereas Pegg wanted him to get his own. As a result, they took four hours to do that scene, and they didn't talk to each other at all, except when acting.
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Danny's DVD collection is made up of the entire combined collection of Edgar Wright, his brother Oscar Wright, and his friend Joe Cornish.
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Just before the climax, two sight gags are visible briefly, an ad for Romeo and Juliet, featuring the replacement actors for Blower and Draper, and a headline from the Sandford Citizen reading "A Fete Worse Than Death" regarding the church picnic (fete).
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Sandford is the name given to the town used for most UK police training scenarios, the street plan of which is based on the street plan of Dundee, Scotland.
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Jim Broadbent was a big fan of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004) and asked them for a role in their next film. They wrote the part of Inspector Butterman for him.
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Although Bill Bailey plays two different Sergeant Turners, they both wear a uniform with service number 101, even when they are appearing in the same scene.
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In the movie, Edgar Wright's hometown of Wells, Somerset, England, doubled as Sandford. The alley down which Nicholas Angel pursues the shoplifter, is where Wright used to walk to school, and where he had his first kiss. The shot, during the chase, where Angel spots the swan, was shot outside the house of one of Wright's friends.
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When wearing his Reverend's costume, Paul Freeman was approached many times by strangers, assuming he was from the cathedral.
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In contrast to being used during the movie as the stereotypical first name in the phone book, the character named "Aaron A. Aaronson" is in fact the last one listed in the credits.
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In all of the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead (2004), this film, and The World's End (2013)), there is always the same gag about them running through and over a fence.
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Nicholas Angel's service number is 777, this is often seen as the mark of God, just as 666 is seen as the mark of the devil. The only character to call him by that number is Timothy Dalton, who played Agent 007 in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).
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It took over two hours for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to get home and to get to work on time. After a while they didn't see the point in it, and just decided to sleep in their trailers.
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Twenty-seven different sirens, including a wailer, a bell, and a whistle were mixed together for the siren at the start of the film.
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According to Edgar Wright, Paddy Considine (Andy Wainwright) snuck two Robert De Niro impressions into the movie, the first, a facial mug in the incident room during Angel's "murder rant", the second, during the final stand-off in the pub.
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The Sandford Police Station has a poster on its bulletin board in the front entrance that foreshadows the cloaked killers with an image of a person all in black and the tagline; KEEP THEM OUT.
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Bill Bailey plays two different characters in the film. One of the characters reads "Complicity" by Iain Banks, while the other reads two novels by Iain M. Banks. They are in fact all written by the same author (Iain Banks), the "M" simply shows that the books are science-fiction rather than normal fiction. (One of the Iain M. Banks books is "The State Of The Art"). This split is clearly supposed to symbolize differences in the two characters' personalities.
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The fictional "Norris Avenue" is named after Chuck Norris.
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In the script, Frank's wife's name was Iris, but since Jim Broadbent had recently won an Oscar for playing the husband of a woman named Iris in Iris (2001), he thought viewers might see it as a reference to that, so he asked for her name to be changed, to Irene.
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Simon Pegg became attached to his Mossberg shotgun and named it "Sarah".
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Simon Pegg worked out for four weeks to prepare for the role.
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Nick Frost got so attached to his Winchester shotgun during filming, he named it "Emma".
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The code name "Dead Right", which the film was shipped to British cinemas with, is actually the name of a short amateur film that Edgar Wright wrote and directed, when he was a student.
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The combination for the lock of the Evidence Room is 999, the same as the telephone number of the police (and other emergency services) in Britain.
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Edgar Wright got to shoot most of the film in his hometown. And the fête scenes were shot outside the St. Cuthbert's Parish Church in the city of Wells.
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The desk sergeant is reading "Complicity" by Iain Banks, which is about a series of cruel, if rather fitting, killings.
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Nick Frost is in fact a West Ham fan and apparently hated wearing the Bristol Rovers shirt.
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Sandford police station has a staff of ten officers. These consist of one Inspector, five Sergeants, and only four Constables.
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Out of all the words written on the swear box, "cunt" (probably the most offensive word) is ironically the only word that hasn't been censored in any way.
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Danny (Frost) shoots Dr. Hatcher in the leg with an air rifle. In Shaun of the Dead (2004), Frost's character Ed is told he shouldn't use the gun, because he shot his sister in the leg with an air rifle.
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"N.W.A.", Sandford's Neighborhood Watch Alliance, is also the name of the seminal rap group "N.W.A.," whose most famous song is "Fuck Tha Police", a sentiment with obvious relevance to the film's plot.
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The song that the theatre company sings, at the end of the Romeo and Juliet play, is an Unplugged version of "Lovefool" by The Cardigans, which became popular by Romeo + Juliet (1996), which is the version they are portraying.
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Despite their homespun image, many members of the N.W.A., are actually veterans of the action genre. Paul Freeman was in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Stuart Wilson was in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and No Escape (1994), and Timothy Dalton played James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). The head of the N.W.A., Edward Woodward, was voted the greatest British action star for his roles as Secret Agents in the television series Callan (1967) and The Equalizer (1985).
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Bill Nighy filmed his scenes in a day.
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When Sergeant Angel is chasing the shoplifter, he asks Danny, "Never taken a shortcut before?" This line is used in Shaun of the Dead (2004), and is parodied in the entire Cornetto trilogy.
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Like Shaun of the Dead (2004), the starring roles were written for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
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Elements of the film are taken from a film Edgar Wright made when he was eighteen or nineteen, called "Dead Right". The film is featured on the 3-Disc Collector's Edition of this film.
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Final film of Billie Whitelaw.
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According to the front of his test booklet, Sergeant Nicholas Angel took his Police Constable's exam in 1995, twelve years before the film is set.
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This is the only movie in The Cornetto Trilogy where Simon Pegg's character doesn't fall off a fence. In Shaun of the Dead (2004), Shaun tried jumping over it and it fell once he was on top. In The World's End (2013), Garry jumps on the fence and knocks it over. In this film, Nicholas (Simon Pegg) jumps over all of them successfully while Danny (Nick Frost) knocks the fence down.
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For its premiere at the AFI DALLAS film festival, the film was introduced by Dolph Lundgren, who was in town directing his movie Missionary Man (2007).
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Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), the manager of the local Somerfield supermarket, was partly based on Edgar Wright's old boss Mike Stockwell, who was manager of the same Somerfield supermarket that is used in this film, where Wright used to work. But Wright decided not to name the character after him because he thought 'Stockwell' sounded too much like a punny name for a supermarket manager.
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Several members of the cast have appeared in the recent Doctor Who (2005) series. Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, Olivia Colman, Ron Cook, Anne Reid, David Bradley, and Bill Bailey. In addition, Jim Broadbent played The Doctor in a Comic Relief spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death". Nick Frost played Santa in the 2014 Christmas special.
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References to the "Popwell" character are a tribute to Albert Popwell, who played many different characters in the Dirty Harry film franchise.
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The "gingernut" child at the end of the film is named Aaron A. Aaronson, a nod to the Andys' earlier "childish" comment about calling everyone in the phone book.
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When Edgar Wright discovered that Chris Waitt's (Dave's) line needed to be redubbed, Wright did the looping himself, because he was short on time, and it was quicker than scheduling a session with Waitt.
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During the scene at the castle, Joyce says "Janice Barker has decided to name her twins Roger and Martin." This could be a direct reference to the main characters in the Lethal Weapon franchise, Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs. Additionally, Stuart Wilson, who plays Dr. Hatcher, played the primary antagonist, Jack Travis, in Lethal Weapon 3 (1992).
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Running at one hundred twenty-one minutes, this is Edgar Wright's longest film as of 2017.
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Throughout the film, Sergeant Angel uses a Vauxhall Astra Diesel and a Subaru Impreza WRX. The Subaru's markings are "HF", referring to the film title.
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In one scene, when the police are asked if they have caught the KILLERS, the album cover for HOT FUSS by THE KILLERS can be seen in the background.
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Before Somerfield was chosen to feature in the film, writers originally made a fictional store chain called "Summeraisles" referring to the island in The Wicker Man (1973) also starring Edward Woodward.
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Had an eleven-week shooting schedule.
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As a sign of how behind the times the Sanford police department is, the Bobby's helmet that Frank can be seen wearing in a climactic scene has VR on it - Ever since the reign of Queen Elizabeth it would have ER on it, VR would have been for Queen Victoria from generations past.
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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright prepared for the film by studying Roger Ebert's "Bigger" Little Movie Glossary.
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The phrase Nick Frost uses, "By the Power of Grayskull... (I Have the Power!)", was made famous by the fictional character He-Man from the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983). The same character portrayed by Dolph Lundgren on film, in 1987.
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The second in Simon Pegg's and Edgar Wright's unofficial "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy. The first was Shaun of the Dead (2004), and the third is The World's End (2013).
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There was debate of what age restriction this movie was going to be released, due to the amount of strong language and violence in it. In the U.S., the movie was released with an R-rating, and was released as a "15" in the UK, and most of Europe.
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Quite a few actors from Shaun of the Dead (2004) crop up in this movie (for example, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Bill Nighy). Also, they're both directed by Edgar Wright. As well as similar sequences and familiar sights (for example, both films have a pub in them. Cornettos. Wright uses the same rapid zooms and cross-cuts, and the scene where Shaun jumped over a fence and collapsed it, is given a comic spin in this film, where Angel perfectly clears them and even somersaults over one at the end. He even uses a similar line.
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During the scene when Nicholas and Danny respond to "some hippie types messing with the recycling bins", their police car's gear shift knob is emblazoned with "HF".
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Jim Broadbent, David Bradley, and Bill Nighy appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise. Rafe Spall is the son of Timothy Spall, who also appeared in the Potter films.
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When the two detectives Andy Wainwright and Andy Cartwright (Paddy Considine and Rafe Spall) are referred to together, they are called "the Andes," spelled in the captions like the South American mountain range, because of a brief reference to those mountains in the dialogue.
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Edward Woodward is known for his roles in the television series Callan (1967) and The Equalizer (1985). His characters were both government Agents. Robert McCall, Woodward's character in The Equalizer (1985) is a former government agent, turned vigilante.
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This is Joseph McManners (Gabriel) first feature film. Unfortunately, the minor backstory behind his character was left out of the final cut, and can only be found in the deleted scenes on the DVD.
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The two Andys also have surnames that are synonyms, Cartwright and Wainwright, both terms for someone who builds or repairs carts and wagons.
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During an interview for The Bill Podcast (2017), actor Ralph Brown revealed that he regretted turning down a role in Hot Fuzz (2007) due to feeling stereotyped for playing police officers.
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Hot Fuzz's opening is played out to the Adam Ant song Goody Two Shoes. Adam would embark on an acting career that would see him have a guest appearance on The Equalizer (1985) whose star Edward Woodward would play Tom Weaver in Hot Fuzz.
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Edgar Wright was exhausted after four weeks of shooting. Compared to Shaun of the Dead (2004), when exhaustion set in only at the end of the shoot.
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During the church festival scene, members of the Air Cadets (the largest cadet force in the UK) can be seen in the background. Six cadets and two Non-Commissioned Officers from the 1955 (City Of Wells) Squadron featured in the film.
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Some of the shoot was delayed by torrential rain.
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Lurch is named after the manservant of the Addams family in The Addams Family (1964).
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It was three weeks before any scenes were shot, with most of the cast on the same set.
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Features four cast members from various Lord of the Rings adaptations. Peter Jackson played Santa (Father Christmas) in the opening montage. Bill Nighy played Sam Gamgee in the BBC Radio broadcast. Cate Blanchett played Galadriel in Peter Jackson's films. Martin Freeman played Bilbo Baggins in Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.
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Shane Black, a veteran screenwriter of action films, thought very highly of this movie.
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Simon Pegg and Steve Coogan previously appeared together in the third episode of I'm Alan Partridge (1997). This was one of Pegg's first television and movie appearances.
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Olivia Colman (PC Doris Thatcher) & David Bradley (Arthur Webley) also worked together on five episodes of Broadchurch (2013) as Ellie Miller & Jack Marshall respectively.
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Paul Freeman, Jim Broadbent, and Cate Blanchett have all appeared in the Indiana Jones film franchise.
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The place where Angel is going to live is located on "Spencer Hill", which is probably a reference to Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, a comedy movie duo, who featured in many films during the 1970s and 1980s.
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When Nicholas first arrives in Sandford he is very fond of maintaining (and discussing) his Japanese peace lily. That species of plant is famous for being low-maintenance, requiring minimal sunlight and water approximately once a week.
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Cast requirements were fifty people for speaking and non-speaking parts.
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On the Video Diary extra on the 2-disc DVD bonus features, Simon Pegg jokingly says he could only spend up to seven minutes a day in his trailer.
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The two Sergeant Turners (both played by Bill Bailey) are possibly a nod to Courtney (Peter Whitney) and Harold (unseen) from In the Heat of the Night (1967) whom Chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger) mixes up when complaining about the gate in the police station not being fixed.
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When Sergeant Fisher is first introduced, a freeze-frame reveals that on the drawing board behind him it's possible to read the following words: "inefficient", "rude", "disloyal", "indecisive", "non commital" [sic], "late", "lack of leadership skills" and "unfit".
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Released two years before Edward Woodward's death in 2009.
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Although written as a lovingly comedic spoof of the genre, the underlying story and plot still works as a straight dark police procedural action drama film, or episode of a police procedural series.
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This film contains a scene that may be a thinly veiled spoof on the CSI story-universe, and how CSI forensic investigations are portrayed. In the real world, globally across most agencies, the equivalent CSI staff at a crime scene, and in the lab, would usually be wearing head to toe "forensic boilersuits", similar to those seen in microchip manufacturing clean rooms, to avoid contaminating evidence. A scene in the film "Hot Fuzz" spoofs the fact that the crime scene investigators would actually be virtually indistinguishable at the scene, unlike many tv and film portrayals where the CSI are dressed in normal clothes at a crime scene.
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Actors Jim Broadbent and Steve Coogan were adversaries in the movie Around the World in 80 Days (2004).
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During the early scene with the Chief Inspector (Bill Nighy) if you watch his face closely after he says 'Yes I can, I'm the chief inspector,' he gives Nicholas a sharp evil glare for a brief moment.
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In the scene where Nicholas Angel interrogates Skinner in the supermarket, you can see an exact resemblance of Skinner's facial appearance on a picture in the background wall just as he says spool through and smiles.
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Timothy Dalton is famous for playing British secret agent James Bond. Anne Reid (Leslie Tiller) starred opposite Daniel Craig, who succeeded Dalton and Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond, in The Mother (2003).
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At one point Angel is called Miss Marple. The film has many cast members who appeared in film and TV versions of Agatha Christie's novels. In addition, Timothy Dalton played Christie's husband Archie in Agatha (1979).
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Steve Coogan appears in a small role in this film. His character Alan Partridge is known to be a James Bond fan. Former Bond actor Timothy Dalton plays Simon Skinner in this film.
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At 1:02 when Angel and Butterman are standing in the rain one of the detectives refers to Butterman as a monkey. This is a direct reference to Nick Frosts scenes in Shaun of the Dead imitating Clyde from Every Which Way But Loose. Later when he walks away he is imitating a how a monkey walks.
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Cate Blanchett: Nicholas' ex-girlfriend Jeanine at the crime scene. Blanchett asked to be in the film because of her fondness for Shaun of the Dead (2004).
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Peter Jackson: Deranged Santa (Father Christmas) who stabs Nicholas.
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Stephen Merchant: As Peter Ian Staker.
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Steve Coogan: Playing a Metropolitan Police Inspector; appears on-screen to speed the transfer of Nicolas Angel out of London, and reappears near the end with Bill Nighy as Metropolitan Chief Inspector, to plead with Angel to return to London.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Timothy Dalton raises his glass to the "memory" of Eve and Martin, Dalton very briefly looks into the camera. Edgar Wright liked it so much he synchronized the sound of a cash register "ching" at the same time.
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Timothy Dalton has said this film, particularly the sequence where Skinner and Angel are shooting at each other during the chase, was the most fun he's ever had on a film. Jim Broadbent stated it was a thrill for him to be driving "James Bond" around during that sequence. Simon Pegg also stated the sequence and the fistfight between Angel and Skinner was the same type of thrill for him to shoot, stating it was very much in the front of his mind that he was being shot at, and fighting with "James Bond".
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When Inspector Frank Butterman appears at the town's council after Nick discovers them, his police uniform is a Victorian one (notice the letters VR - Victoria Regina - on his helmet). This details reinforces the idea of Sandford as a town "frozen in time", and their inhabitants reluctant to change.
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In preparation in writing the script for this film, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg read a book by film critic Roger Ebert which includes all the clichés from action movies, so they could include them all. They include: having a character wake up in a dark hotel room and flick on the light switch without having to fumble for it (Nicholas Angel does this), having a shot of the median lines on a road from a moving camera (used in the sequence when Angel is driving back to London), and having a genial person in charge, actually being the bad guy. Other clichés were taken from Mad Max (1979), Lethal Weapon (1987), Man on Fire (2004), Bad Boys (1995), and Chinatown (1974).
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The Latin phrase "bonum commune communitatis" chanted by the N.W.A. at the castle, means "for the common good of the community".
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On the day of filming the fight between Michael Armstrong (Rory McCann) (one of Skinner's thugs), and Nicholas Angel, Simon Pegg's stunt double broke his collarbone, and Pegg had to do the fight himself, though he had to be pretty careful.
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During the early scene of Nicholas Angel jogging in his first morning in Sanford, all of the N.W.A. members can be seen standing in the same positions they later stand in for the final showdown.
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Despite the excessive gun fighting and violence in the final act, no character dies by being shot. It is unclear if any of the victims in the underground crypt were killed with a gun.
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It's said that a swan can break a person's arm with its wing. At the end of the movie, having been made to crash by the swan in the car, you can see Jim Broadbent's arm in a sling as he's loaded onto the ambulance.
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Throughout the first half of the film, Danny asks Angel several annoying questions, like "Have you ever shot two guns at once while diving through the air?" to which Angel responds "No - you've been watching too many cop movies! The job isn't like that." Then in the second half of the film, every single thing that Danny has asked about, Angel does. He does shoot two guns while leaping through the air, et cetera. The only thing that Angel doesn't do is shooting into the air while screaming. Danny does that. Also, when the police crew are in the pub (on Nicholas' first day), the Andys mention that in small towns, everybody carries a firearm, especially farmers and their mothers. Not only are they correct (at least in Sandford), but the first people who shoot at Angel are a farmer and his mum.
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When Angel and Butterman are discussing the first four victims, trying to figure out how they might be connected, Angel actually says what the ultimate motive was in each killing. The head of the Drama club was a terrible actor, his young lover had a "distinctive laugh", the reporter was a bad speller, and the rich land developer had an ugly house.
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The character of Simon Skinner having a mustache was Timothy Dalton's idea, and was not specifically written for the character. Dalton thought that it would add an extra bit of sleaze to the character, and it hearkened back to his days of playing Prince Barin in Flash Gordon (1980).
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Although Angel shoots his firearms many times, he actually hits only two people. The rest of the people are either hit by an object that Angel shoots, or they are shot by Danny.
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The blackboard on the bar during the shoot-out at the pub says, "2 shooters 4 the price of one", while the couple that run the bar are behind shooting at Angel and Danny.
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During the climactic confrontation between Sergeant Nicholas Angel and the Sandford citizens, Angel walks in slow motion while surrounded by birds. This is a trademark used by action director John Woo in such films as Mission: Impossible II (2000), Face/Off (1997), and Just Heroes (1989), as well as the action of diving through the air while firing two guns.
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The role of Simon Skinner (played by Timothy Dalton) comes with a package of classic James Bond villain-sidekicks: a foxy female assistant, a big strong man who attacks on the criminal boss' command. Timothy Dalton played James Bond.
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When Skinner (Timothy Dalton) drives up to Angel (Simon Pegg) after the traffic collision, involving the actor and actress who appeared the night before in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", his car stereo is playing the Dire Straits song "Romeo and Juliet".
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Skinner falling and getting his chin impaled on the model of the village church is a nod to a scene from No Escape (1994), in which the chief villain Walter Marek (Stuart Wilson) falls, and is impaled on a spike. Stuart Wilson stars in this film as Dr. Robin Hatcher.
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At the beginning of the village fair scene a voice over the tannoy announces 'someone's in for a surprise at 3 o'clock'. This line foreshadows Tim Messenger's death at exactly 3 o'clock.
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When Angel fights Skinner, manager of the Somerfield supermarket, in the model village, Skinner drops his gun. It is briefly seen crashing into the front entrance of the model Somerfield supermarket. Few shots later, when Skinner attacks with a box cutter, he steps on a model Somerfield delivery-van and slips as it's rolling away.
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Unlike the antagonists in the film, Michael "Lurch" Armstrong (a henchman) is the only one who shows remorse for his actions, and is seen crying when he has his photo taken at the police station.
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When Simon Skinner passes the blown-up house, "Fire" by Arthur Brown is playing in his car.
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Despite Nicholas telling others to always have their notebook on them, the one time he doesn't have his, is when Leslie is murdered while he goes to his car to get it.
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In this film, Edward Woodward plays a conspirator against a naive police officer. In The Wicker Man (1973), he played a naive police officer, who was experiencing a conspiracy against him. In both films, his character meets a fiery end. In The Wicker Man (1973), he is burned alive inside a giant effigy. In this film, he's blown up by a sea mine.
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During the shootout in the pub between Nicholas, Danny and the owners Mary and Roy, there's a brief lull as the owners reload their weapons before the officers dive through the front door guns blazing. During this silence, music from an arcade game plays. This game is featured in all three installments of the Cornetto trilogy, with Ed (Nick Frost) playing it in Shaun of the Dead in the Winchester at the beginning of the film and near the end, in which he attracts the surrounding undead mass to the group. It also briefly appears in The World's End as Gary King (Simon Pegg), Andy Knightley (Frost) and Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) make their way through The King's Head.
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One of the many instances of foreshadowing hidden in the movie: at the beginning, Nicholas tells the Inspector "With all due respect, Sir, you cannot just make people disappear", to which he replies "Yes, I can. I'm the Chief Inspector". At the end, it turns out that another Inspector (Butterman) is behind many cases of disappeared people in Sandford.
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Further adding to the cultish and conspiratorial nature of the film is the casting of Billie Whitelaw (Joyce Cooper), who played Damien's guardian in The Omen (1976).
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There is some foreshadowing at the festival air rifle scene. Dr. Hatcher is accidentally shot by Danny in his foot, and Nick says "He's a doctor, he can deal with it". This happens again later in the film, when Nick returns to Sandford near the start of the climax.
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In the final scene, as Nicholas Angel is walking through the churchyard to meet Danny, he is wearing a gun, which would be very unusual for an English police officer.
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Near the beginning of the film, Inspector Butterman says that he is "something of a Wild West nut." Near the end of the film, he confronts Nicholas and Danny dual-wielding revolvers, a common trope in Wild West movies.
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A clue to Joyce Cooper's motivations can be found in the scene where she first meets Sergeant Angel. When he provides her with the answer to the crossword clue "Fascism" she responds "Wonderful!"
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The music playing when the police officers go to arrest Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), is from The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).
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There are four Oscar winners appearing in this film. Olivia Colman, Jim Broadbent, Peter Jackson (Crazed Santa/Father Christmas), and Cate Blanchett (Nick's girlfriend).
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The film bears some plot similarities to Outland (1981), which was a remake of the classic western High Noon (1952). Nicholas Angel is transferred to Sanford and begins investigating the gruesome deaths of members of the community, believed to be accidents, and he begins to believe that the deaths were no accidents, but murders, and uncovers a conspiracy behind it, and discovers Inspector Frank Butterman and other residents of the village are behind it.
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This is the second time Jim Broadbent has played a dodgy cop who eventually gets arrested. The first was in Only Fools and Horses (1981) where he played DCI Slater, who got arrested for diamond smuggling.
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This is the first time that Olivia Colman (Police Constable Doris Thatcher) played a cop. The second time is in the television series Broadchurch (2013). She played Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller with David Tennant, who played Detective Inspector Alec Hardy. David and Olivia also played in Doctor Who (2005), as the Tenth Doctor and Prisoner Zero respectively, even though they weren't in the same season as Olivia was in Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor)'s first main episode.
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During the shootout scene, Nicholas shoots the tyre of a delivery truck, causing the beer kegs to roll off and knock out Mr. Treacher. The name of the drinks company is Cascade Drinks, reflecting the cascade of kegs.
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In the film, when Martin Blower and Eve Draper are murdered, the murderer makes it look as if they were killed in traffic collision and yet, in the pub scene which Nick and Danny decide to get drunk, Danny tells Nicholas that his mother was killed in a traffic collision. This foreshadows Frank Butterman being revealed as the mastermind and chief conspirator behind the murders.
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The wood-handled knife Danny (Nick Frost) uses to stab Nicholas (Simon Pegg) is a French-made Opinel.
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The film has a similar plot to Outland (1981): Sean Connery stars a policeman who is transferred to the mining colony on Io, one of Jupiter's moons. Sean Connery was the first actor to play James Bond. Timothy Dalton (Simon Skinner) was the 4th actor to play Bond.
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