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This film was shot in real time, without breaks and, with the exception of the park scenes, in a single location.
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This film was shot near Paris, France on account of Roman Polanski's fugitive status in the United States.
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Christoph Waltz worked with a voice coach to affect an American accent for Alan, although his Austrian accent occasionally slips through such as the German pronunciation of "Walter."
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This film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz; and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly.
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Julie Adams final cinematic appearance. She announced her retirement from acting following her voice work on this film.
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This film was chosen to be the opening night feature at the New York Film Festival in September 2011.
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This is an elaborate version of the Brady Bunch episode A Fistful of Reasons. It's basically the same plot, a fight erupts between two kids in the neighborhood; and then when the Brady's try to reason with the parents of the bully, the Hintons, more fighting breaks out between the parents. It's a mixture of that Brady Bunch episode and Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf.
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Almost all of the character names are changed from the original play. Alan and Michael are simply the Anglicized versions of their French named, Alain and Michel. The couples were originally named Alain and Anette Reille, and Michael and Veronique Vallon. Their children were Ferdinand and Bruno, the client to whom Alain is speaking is Maurice. In the English translation, Alan and Anette's last name is Reilly, while the Vallons become the Novaks. Their children are not Benjamin and Henry, and Maurice becomes Murray.
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In 2017, Kate Winslet reported that she had never had any qualms about working with Roman Polanski on this film, as well as with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel (2017), despite both men being the subject of sexual misconduct investigations for years. However, in a 2020 Vanity Fair interview, she admitted that in the wake of the Me Too movement, she regretted both co-operations and said that she "shouldn't have done that".
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The London production of the play starred Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes also appeared in Red Dragon (2002), the prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which starred Jodie Foster.
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John C. Reilly previously appeared in Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999), opposite Julianne Moore. Moore previously appeared in Hannibal (2001), taking over the role played by Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He and Moore also played husband and wife in The Hours (2002), while he and Foster play those roles here.
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The scotch that Penelope, Nancy, Alan and Michael are drinking is Bruidladdich 18 year, an Isle of Islay Scotch whisky.
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Jodie Foster had been a former Disney child star, while one of Kate Winslet's first films was Disney's "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" (1995).
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