When Jack Reacher's car crashes into some barrels, the car accidentally stalled upon the impact, but Tom Cruise was luckily able to restart the car before driving off again. Rather than do a retake, Christopher McQuarrie decided to leave it in the film, as he felt it added to the suspense of the scene.
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Rosamund Pike was pregnant with son Solo during the shooting for this film.
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Robert Duvall's character is seen using empty .38 special cartridge cases as ear plugs. This goes back to the 1950s. Since he was an old timer, he would have done this.
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Jai Courtney and Josh Helman had so much trouble with the American accent required for their roles, that several planned scenes were scrapped, and many of Courtney's lines were dropped from the sides.
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Coincidentally, the source novel, "One Shot" by Lee Child, specifically references (though not by name) the film A Few Good Men (1992), which starred Tom Cruise. In the novel, Reacher reflects upon a line of dialogue spoken by Jack Nicholson's character.
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Christopher McQuarrie stated in an interview in 2015 that the scars referenced and shown on Jack Reacher's body during the introduction to the character, were scars earned from his encounters in other Jack Reacher books.
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Reacher introduced himself as Aaron Ward, and it's obvious that Cash recognizes the name of the 1925 Yankees' second baseman (who really was Aaron Ward). Cash pauses and says the name to confirm. Cash says, "Play ball"! after Reacher is allowed his practice shot, so now the real shooting can take place. That reference to baseball is a tip-off to Reacher that his cover has been blown, even before he takes his excellent shots to reveal who he is.
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Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Vince Vaughn, Jamie Foxx, and Will Smith were considered for the role of Jack Reacher before Tom Cruise was cast.
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The "cold shot" talked about in the movie is actually a myth. Many precision shooters agree that "cold bore shot accuracy" is largely a myth.
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The character Jack Reacher from Lee Child's book series is described as 6'5" tall and weighing between two hundred ten and two hundred fifty pounds. Tom Cruise is only 5'7" tall.
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The way Reacher cycles the action of the Remington 700 on his 3rd shot during the range scene is how snipers are actually trained to cycle bolt action rifles.
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According to Dwayne Johnson, who considers himself a fan of Jack Reacher, he pursued the role around 2007.
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Originally titled "One Shot", based on Lee Child's novel of the same name.
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The bottle of prescription medicine on Barr's nightstand is for zolpidem tartrate. That is a drug used to treat insomnia (by causing sleep). Barr probably suffered from insomnia with his post-war experience.
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This marks the blossoming of a strong professional relationship between Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise. Having written the screenplay for Valkyrie (2008) (which Bryan Singer directed), McQuarrie has since penned the script to Cruise's science fiction hit Edge of Tomorrow (2014), wrote and directed Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), and Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
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It is stated that Reacher spent the bulk of his time in the army with the Military Police. Reacher tells Helen of his investigation into Barr's murders in Iraq. Military Police are not involved in murder investigations. Such crimes fall under the jurisdiction of CID (Criminal Investigation Division) in the Army, NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) in the Navy and Marine Corps, and OSI (Office of Special Investigations) in the Air Force.
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Reacher asks Helen "Drop me at the auto parts store". When she says "Which one?" he explains that he wants the one that "stands out in your mind as *the* auto part store". In the next sequence, the actual auto part store sign is visible: it is called "DeFault Auto Parts".
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Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike sourced The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) in their quest to capture the right subtle chemistry between their characters.
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The film was scheduled to be released on December 21, 2012, with its U.S. premiere gala scheduled for December 15. Originally planned at Pittsburgh's Southside Works megaplex on December 15, and to have been attended by the film's stars and Mr. Child, the premier was postponed following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which took place on December 14.
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Much has been made in online circles about the obvious prominence of Rosamund Pike's cleavage in several scenes. Truth was, Pike was pregnant with her first son during the making of the film, so a pronounced cleavage was unavoidable.
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Despite being one of the highlights of the movie, the car chase is not featured in Lee Child's book.
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Allegedly, Reacher had only entered the United States twice, once to attend West Point and again when he retired from the Army. Cash tells Reacher he once saw him "shoot for the Wimbledon Cup 10 years ago" . . . This is a 1000 yard rifle match shot at Camp Perry, Ohio every year and open to all shooters, male or female. If he saw Reacher shoot the match, then he would have had to go back to the United States again.
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In the source novel, "One Shot", by Lee Child, the sniper in the beginning of the story refers to his kill zone as "a target rich environment." This is the same phrase used by Tom Cruise in an early scene in Top Gun (1986), when he and Goose enter a nightclub.
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Jack's birthday is October 29, the same as Lee Child's.
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Lee Child often inserts references to the football club he supports (Aston Villa) into his "Jack Reacher" stories. In "One Shot", there is a character with the surname Barr, possibly named after Perry Barr, which is an area of Birmingham where Aston Villa originally played, and also a character with the surname "Holt", possibly named after the Holte End, which is one of the famous stands at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC.
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The movie playing on the television in Jeb's house is The Big Country (1958).
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The teaser trailer debuted on Tom Cruise's fiftieth birthday.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Robert Duvall; and four Oscar nominees: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and Werner Herzog.
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Jai Courtney and Tom Cruise, who fight each other in the finale, have twenty-four years difference in their ages.
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On the wall in District Attorney Rodin's office is a photograph of Rodin shaking hands with former President George W. Bush.
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In February 2012, Kevin J. Messick, one of the film's producers, sued Don Granger and Gary Levinsohn, two other producers, for breach of contract over a Joint Venture Agreement, claiming he had "helped to develop the film, renew Paramount's options for the rights to the book, and participated in the search for a screenwriter" but starting in July 2010, had been left out of meetings with the screenwriter and the studio and not given certain drafts of the screenplay while it was under development. Messick is suing for "unspecified damages, his producer's fees and the right to participate in any upcoming sequels.
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The weapon Reacher gets from the bad guy at the quarry is a SIG P556 SWAT with an Aimpoint sight.
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At Cash's (Robert Duvall's) gun range, Reacher mentions that if Cash doesn't help Reacher, Cash could lose his gun range. As a threat, Reacher asks whether Cash would make a good soccer coach. Duvall played a soccer coach in Kicking & Screaming (2005).
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Misconstrued as an error in continuity. When the police break into Barr's house, and the detective examines the sleeping drug, he lifts it with his right hand. He isn't shown putting it down, and in the next motion he starts to bend toward the nightstand a second time. The bottle is seen sitting in the same place as he then picks up Barr's wallet. However, the bottle is in a slightly different place, and is turned enough to show the label better than in the first shot. This false discrepancy of a continuity error is probably due to the jerky cutting of shots to hasten the pace through the scene.
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Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Cary Elwes, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Stephen Lang, Dolph Lundgren, Edward Norton, Ron Perlman, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vince Vaughn, Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis were all considered for Jack Reacher.
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Cash yells "Play ball!" at the start of Reacher's three bullet challenge on the shooting range. This mirrors Robert Duvall yelling "Play ball!" when he judges three pitches to The Whammer by Roy Hobbs in The Natural (1984).
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The first draft of the screenplay was written by Josh Olsen.
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Reacher mentions James Barr had fired 250,000 rounds in training during his years as a sniper in the Army. A normal sniper would shoot about 1500 rounds a year from his sniper rifle.
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Helen visits one of the victims father, Mr. Ferrier. Tom Cruise's character from War of the Worlds (2005) was named Farrier.
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The theatrical trailer features a large mine explosion that does not occur in the film. A New Zealand customer was successfully refunded after making a complaint that the film trailer was misleading.
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The salesman behind the counter selling the watch to Nancy Holt (the blonde female victim) was Tom Cruise's stand-in for the movie.
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Body Count: twenty-two.
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The book and the film contain numerous homages to Frederick Forsyth's novel "The Day of The Jackal" (Lee Child has stated that the book was one of the main influences in his career): Helen and her father's surname, "Rodin", is named after Colonel Marc Rodin, one of the three OAS men behind the fictional plot to assassinate President de Gaulle. The Jackal has no real name, and goes around in a common alias like Zec. Jack and The Jackal move around, and have no permanent places. The bullets used in the assassination attempts are custom made. Like the Jackal, Jack used four bullets in target practice. Both men use a real bullet on the fourth shot. Charlie's (Jai Courtney's) smothering Sandy to death is the same way as how The Jackal smothered Madame de Montpelier, as to cover their tracks. Just like St. Clair, who was indirectly feeding information to the OAS, Emerson was revealed to be a mole in the enforcement side.
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