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Bill Paxton died before the film's release. Glenne Headly, who played his wife in the film, died the same year after the film's release.
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Bill Paxton's final film.
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Re-shoots took place four months before release, aimed at making Emma Watson's character more appealing, but test audience reactions were even worse than previous test screenings.
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The scene where Annie video calls Mae was shot by Karen Gillan's crew while they were filming Gillan's feature film; The Party's Just Beginning (2018) in Scotland.
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In the U.K. this film did not get a cinema release but went straight to streaming service Netflix.
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The Circle's HQ looks very similar to Apple's new campus "Apple Park" which is scheduled to open shortly after the film's premiere.
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The logo of The Circle was created before the Uber redesign, despite them looking very similar.
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The lead role of Mae was first offered to Alicia Vikander, which according to her, was one of three roles offered simultaneously, alongside the roles of Maria in Assassin's Creed (2016) and Heather in Jason Bourne (2016). Due to fan factor, she opted to do Bourne, thus the producers moving on to casting second choice Emma Watson.
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When Mae is getting a tour of the campus facilities by Annie, she is told of the various clubs in one outside area. One of the activities pointed out by Annie was "Quidditch". Of course, the flying broomstick sport of Quidditch was made famous in the Harry Potter universe, in which Emma Watson starred. A land based version of the "sport" has since become popular among university students and tech nerds such as those in The Circle (2017).
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This is the first time Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton have worked together since Apollo 13 (1995).
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Received a "D+" CinemaScore, which is quite rare. [Variety 2017]
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The two references to Soylent aren't a reference to the movie Soylent Green (1973). Soylent is a powder consumed by coders as a full diet substitute (meal replacement).
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While The Circle's campus is computer generated when shown from a distance, many of the outdoor scenes were filmed at or around the Bandshell at Playa Vista Central Park. That area was once part of the Hughes Aircraft complex and still includes some of the original buildings.
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This is the second time that Tom Hanks has a role in an adaptation of a novel by Dave Eggers. The first was A Hologram for the King (2016).
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During the first speech that Tom Hanks' character gives, he reveals the name of the cameras are called SeeChange. Immediately following this scene they cut to a concert featuring the singer Beck. One of Beck's most famous albums is called Sea Change.
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At the beginning of the movie Mae's ringtone plays "Simple Gifts". The mid-1800s Quaker song lyrics start, "'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free." Toward the end of the movie her ringtone has changed to a simple chime.
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At one point Mae struggles to keep up with Annie and comments how incredibly long her legs are. Karen Gillan played Amy Pond on Doctor Who (2005), and at one point another character Clara commented that she, "...is made of legs, that's the most legs on any living human!"
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The auditorium scenes were filmed at Citrus Community College's Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, California.
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The Circle logo located on the back of their devices are occasionally shown to illuminate when in use, much like Apple's MacBooks, which has become a trademark for Apple devices.
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Opening bridge shot is Dumbarton Bridge in Northern California near Silicon Valley. Fake image of the Circle building located on the Coyote Point recreation park.
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When Mae is chasing after Annie, one of the messages posted by viewers is 'Run, Mae, Run !!' echoing the famous line from co-star Tom Hanks's movie Forrest Gump (1994).
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Karen Gillan and Elvy Yost had earlier worked on Alex & The List but it was released in 2018 after the release of The Circle in 2017.
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The fifth feature film by director James Ponsoldt.
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Italian censorship visa # 112097 delivered on 26-4-2017.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The ending was changed significantly for the film adaptation. In the novel, Mae, fully believing in The Circle's goals and mantras, betrays Ty in his attempt to bring down the company and he is effectively silenced.
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In the boardroom meeting, the idea of mandatory voting is brought up. In the former Soviet Union, voting was mandatory and candidates for offices were pre-selected on the ballot by the local Communist Party (one candidate per office). Most candidates received almost 100% of the vote as a result.
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When Mae is going transparent, there are many messages from people all over the world in different languages. One of the messages is in Hebrew, and says: "What channel do I need to be on to see some sex!?".
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Body count: 1.
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