History Trivia / TheExpendables

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* OldShame: Sylvester Stallone thinks that the third movie being rated PG-13 was a bad idea.


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** MMA fighter Anderson Silva was offered a cameo just like the Nogueira brothers.
9th Aug '17 9:48:55 AM Cieloazul
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** In ''2'', the abandoned military "simulation town" is clearly a Hollywood studio backlot, most likely that of Warner Bros.



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: In the third film, Stallone told Creator/AntonioBanderas to "forget he was an actor" and expressly made him act the craziest way possible. The results were awesome.
* IKnewIt: Lets see. In the sequel we get this [[RedShirt new guy]], [[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers who is full of energy and good spirit]], and lastly mentions [[{{Retirony}} is planning on leaving after finishing the month]]. What GenreSavvy fan of Action Movies didn't immediately guess he was going to be killed? Considering the audience these films are made for, [[IntendedAudienceReaction that may have been the point]].
9th Aug '17 9:46:48 AM Cieloazul
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*** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin has his climactic fight showing nothing but wrestling moves, fighting [[MixedMartialArts mixed martial artist]] and Greco-Roman wrestler Creator/RandyCouture.

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*** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin has his climactic fight showing nothing but wrestling moves, fighting [[MixedMartialArts mixed martial artist]] and Greco-Roman wrestler (as well as a fellow classically trained pro wrestler) Creator/RandyCouture.



*** In the chase scene during the first film, Creator/DolphLundgren wields one of the prop guns Thomas Jane used in ''[[Film/ThePunisher2004 The Punisher]]'', a role he had [[Film/ThePunisher1989 previously played]].
** In the sequel Gunnar shows that he is a chemistry engineer. Creator/DolphLundgren actually is one.
*** [[Creator/ChuckNorris Booker's]] nickname is Lone Wolf, a play on his film ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade''. His name itself is a reference to ''Good Guys Wear Black''. He also mentions he was once bitten by a king cobra, and after 5 painful days, the cobra died, a reference to one of the many Website/ChuckNorrisFacts (and Norris' own favorite of the lot).
*** Creator/JetLi gets to do his specialty OneManArmy routine in the sequel armed initially with his fists, then with two frying pans; while Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme gets to do his specialty jumping roundhouse kicks twice against Stallone.
*** When Caesar is ordered to lend Trench his weapon in the sequel, he tells Trench that if he doesn't get his gun back he'll [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} terminate]] his ass. During the credits, Trench is shown with the left half of his face in shadow, with a bright flash where his left eye is.
*** The Brazilian dub takes the allusion up a notch, Trench's answer is switched from "Not even in your dreams" to "Not even in the future."
*** The sequel has [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Trench]] announcing [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'm back!"]]. Cue briefly the Terminator's leitmotif. Additionally, he makes his BigDamnHeroes entrance in a tunnel borer similar to the ones in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
*** Church and Trench have this BorrowedCatchphrase exchange:
---> '''Trench''': I'm almost out. I'll be back!\\
'''Church''': You've been back enough! ''I'll'' be back! (moves off under fire)\\
'''Trench''': [[SarcasmMode Yippee-ki-yay]].\\
''[[Creator/ChuckNorris Booker]] drops in, guns blazing.''
--->'''Trench''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Who's next, Rambo]]??
*** The Russian dub added some more ActorAllusion to the above, with Trench's response being switched to [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay "Hasta la vista"]].
*** When Barney says "Rest in pieces!" in the sequel. Creator/DolphLundgren said something similar in ''Film/DarkAngel''.
*** When Billy runs straight up the mountainside in the sequel the whole team looks on in awe, with Gunnar in particular being impressed. Lee asks Barney if he could remember when he could do that and Barney says he can't. Sylvester Stallone's [[{{Franchise/Rocky}} most famous character]] has a penchant for running triumphantly up tall inclines and in one instance ran up a mountain as preparation for kicking Creator/{{Dolph Lundgren}}'s ass.
** In the third film...
*** Bonaparte's (Creator/KelseyGrammer) [[CelebrityParadox favorite show]] is ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
*** You knew it was only a matter of time before Ahnold bellowed, ''[[Film/{{Predator}} "Get to ze choppa!"]]'' He also says [[Film/{{Commando}} "I lied."]]
*** HarrisonFord [[DangerTakesABackseat hiding in the back seat]] of a truck with [[IncrediblyLamePun FORD]] spelled out in big capital letters in front. Also [[spoiler:the GunshipRescue he pulls off in the final battle]] is no doubt a reference to [[StarWars Han Solo]], complete with [[spoiler:making his entrance by blowing up an enemy chopper]]. Ford is also a certified fixed-wing and helicopter pilot in real life.
*** When Toll asks Doc why he was caught after springing him from the train in the opening of ''3'', the latter matter-of-factly replies, "Tax evasion". Wesley Snipes, who plays Doc, was found guilty and sentenced for the same thing in 2008. The whole "Doc was in prison" thing might be a reference to Snipes's prison term in general.
*** Creator/BrianTyler's score sounds a lot like the {{Film/Rambo}} theme during the end credits.
*** Creator/MelGibson reverts to [[Film/LethalWeapon Martin Riggs]] during the final throwdown with Ross.
*** Creator/AntonioBanderas hitting on Luna in a [[ChewingTheScenery rather overblown fashion]] may remind some of WesternAnimation/PussInBoots.
*** In one of Luna's first fights she gets a man in an arm bar and breaks his arm. This is pretty much Creator/RondaRousey's FinishingMove in her RealLife [=MMA=] career.
*** When Bonaparte and Barney watch Thorn scaling a sheer cliff, Barney immediately remarks [[Film/{{Cliffhanger}} "I could do that."]]
*** [[spoiler: [[Film/JudgeDredd "I am the Hague."]]]] sounds awfully familiar coming from Sly Stalone's mouth.
* ActorSharedBackground: We learn Gunnar has a degree in chemical enginering, which Creator/DolphLundgren also has. Almost all of Gunnar's backstory (Swedish, Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, leaving to become a bouncer, having a relationship with a celebrity he met as a bouncer) is taken from Lundgren's actual life.

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*** In the chase scene during the first film, scene, Creator/DolphLundgren wields one of the prop guns Thomas Jane used in ''[[Film/ThePunisher2004 The Punisher]]'', a role he had [[Film/ThePunisher1989 previously played]].
** In the sequel Gunnar shows that he is a chemistry engineer. Creator/DolphLundgren actually is one.
*** [[Creator/ChuckNorris Booker's]] nickname is Lone Wolf, a play on his film ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade''. His name itself is a reference to ''Good Guys Wear Black''. He also mentions he was once bitten by a king cobra, and after 5 painful days, the cobra died, a reference to one of the many Website/ChuckNorrisFacts (and Norris' own favorite of the lot).
*** Creator/JetLi gets to do his specialty OneManArmy routine in the sequel armed initially with his fists, then with two frying pans; while Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme gets to do his specialty jumping roundhouse kicks twice against Stallone.
*** When Caesar is ordered to lend Trench his weapon in the sequel, he tells Trench that if he doesn't get his gun back he'll [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} terminate]] his ass. During the credits, Trench is shown with the left half of his face in shadow, with a bright flash where his left eye is.
*** The Brazilian dub takes the allusion up a notch, Trench's answer is switched from "Not even in your dreams" to "Not even in the future."
*** The sequel has [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Trench]] announcing [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'm back!"]]. Cue briefly the Terminator's leitmotif. Additionally, he makes his BigDamnHeroes entrance in a tunnel borer similar to the ones in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
*** Church and Trench have this BorrowedCatchphrase exchange:
---> '''Trench''': I'm almost out. I'll be back!\\
'''Church''': You've been back enough! ''I'll'' be back! (moves off under fire)\\
'''Trench''': [[SarcasmMode Yippee-ki-yay]].\\
''[[Creator/ChuckNorris Booker]] drops in, guns blazing.''
--->'''Trench''': [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Who's next, Rambo]]??
*** The Russian dub added some more ActorAllusion to the above, with Trench's response being switched to [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay "Hasta la vista"]].
*** When Barney says "Rest in pieces!" in the sequel. Creator/DolphLundgren said something similar in ''Film/DarkAngel''.
*** When Billy runs straight up the mountainside in the sequel the whole team looks on in awe, with Gunnar in particular being impressed. Lee asks Barney if he could remember when he could do that and Barney says he can't. Sylvester Stallone's [[{{Franchise/Rocky}} most famous character]] has a penchant for running triumphantly up tall inclines and in one instance ran up a mountain as preparation for kicking Creator/{{Dolph Lundgren}}'s ass.
** In the third film...
*** Bonaparte's (Creator/KelseyGrammer) [[CelebrityParadox favorite show]] is ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
*** You knew it was only a matter of time before Ahnold bellowed, ''[[Film/{{Predator}} "Get to ze choppa!"]]'' He also says [[Film/{{Commando}} "I lied."]]
*** HarrisonFord [[DangerTakesABackseat hiding in the back seat]] of a truck with [[IncrediblyLamePun FORD]] spelled out in big capital letters in front. Also [[spoiler:the GunshipRescue he pulls off in the final battle]] is no doubt a reference to [[StarWars Han Solo]], complete with [[spoiler:making his entrance by blowing up an enemy chopper]]. Ford is also a certified fixed-wing and helicopter pilot in real life.
*** When Toll asks Doc why he was caught after springing him from the train in the opening of ''3'', the latter matter-of-factly replies, "Tax evasion". Wesley Snipes, who plays Doc, was found guilty and sentenced for the same thing in 2008. The whole "Doc was in prison" thing might be a reference to Snipes's prison term in general.
*** Creator/BrianTyler's score sounds a lot like the {{Film/Rambo}} theme during the end credits.
*** Creator/MelGibson reverts to [[Film/LethalWeapon Martin Riggs]] during the final throwdown with Ross.
*** Creator/AntonioBanderas hitting on Luna in a [[ChewingTheScenery rather overblown fashion]] may remind some of WesternAnimation/PussInBoots.
*** In one of Luna's first fights she gets a man in an arm bar and breaks his arm. This is pretty much Creator/RondaRousey's FinishingMove in her RealLife [=MMA=] career.
*** When Bonaparte and Barney watch Thorn scaling a sheer cliff, Barney immediately remarks [[Film/{{Cliffhanger}} "I could do that."]]
*** [[spoiler: [[Film/JudgeDredd "I am the Hague."]]]] sounds awfully familiar coming from Sly Stalone's mouth.
* ActorSharedBackground: We learn Gunnar has a degree in chemical enginering, which Creator/DolphLundgren also has. Almost all of Gunnar's backstory (Swedish, Fulbright Scholarship to MIT, leaving to become a bouncer, having a relationship with a celebrity he met as a bouncer) is taken from Lundgren's actual life.
played]].



* AscendedMeme: The Expendables treat Creator/ChuckNorris's character with the same [[MemeticBadass reverence]] as the internet gives Norris himself, to the point where they make their own Chuck Norris Fact.



* TheDanza: Vilain's first name is Jean. Van Damme has said that he could return for the next movie as his identical twin brother, named Claude Vilain.
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme refused to be in the first film without seeing a script first (which is why he wasn't in it), and even his role in the sequel was largely based on what he wanted to do with the character. In particular, the final fight between him and Stallone was originally going to be stunt-heavy involving a helicopter, but he insisted on a straight-up fist-fight because he knew his character needed to die in a very satisfactory way. Vilain even [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] during the fight when Ross struggles to get back up to his feet. "Is that all? The people want more for their money!"



* FakeNationality:
** The "Somali" pirates that don't even look remotely Somali.
** The "Albanians" in the sequel are actually Bulgarian, and Vilain and his crew... aren't Russian, for obvious reasons.

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* FakeNationality:
**
FakeNationality: The "Somali" pirates that don't even look remotely Somali.
** The "Albanians" in the sequel are actually Bulgarian, and Vilain and his crew... aren't Russian, for obvious reasons.
Somali.



** Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme playing as a villain...magnificently.
** Creator/MelGibson, much like Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, [[Film/MacheteKills usually]] plays heroes or anti-heroes.



** Creator/HarrisonFord's best known characters were all about [[Franchise/StarWars getting paid]], or [[Franchise/IndianaJones preserving history]] - here he's the BloodKnight.
* RealitySubtext:
** Doc, much like his actor Wesley Snipes, is initially prevented from working with the Expendables due to a prison sentence.
** This is why Creator/MelGibson plays the villain of the third film. After a recording of an anti-semetic drunken rant of his became public and the resulting public backlash damaged his career, it makes sense for him to play someone as loathsome as Stonebanks.
** Possible case in that Barney's speech following [[spoiler: Billy]]'s death could also apply to the death of Stallone's son in RealLife:
-->'''Barney Ross:''' Why is it the ones who deserve to live, that want to live the most, die - and the ones that don't deserve to live, keep on going?



** Also, in the first film, the seaplane was supposed to be an unarmed escape vehicle, but in between filming, Stallone noticed one of the crew climbing out from the nose hatch, learned that it was accessed from inside the plane, and was immediately inspired to turn the seaplane into a gunship.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned in the description Seagal and Van Damme were offered roles but they turned them down due to problems with the producer and a dislike of his character, respectively. Also, Terry Crews' role was written with Creator/WesleySnipes in mind. The role was almost filled by Creator/ForestWhitaker, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Creator/KurtRussell and Music/FiftyCent were offered parts but declined, and there are rumors that Creator/ChuckNorris was approached as well. Website/IMDb claims Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/DenisLeary and Alan [[{{Series/Firefly}} "Wash"]] Tudyk were approached for certain roles that were written out when they had scheduling conflicts. Stallone wanted ''all of them'' if he could so we aren't sure if he wanted the [[AwesomenessIsVolatile universe to explode]].
** That would have been one hell of a DyingMomentOfAwesome though.
** There are also rumors that Creator/BruceCampbell had been approached.
** In addition, Creator/DonnieYen and Creator/JackieChan were approached for the sequel, but Yen did not like the role he was offered and Chan had scheduling conflicts.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JackieChan, Creator/WesleySnipes, and Creator/MillaJovovich were chosen for the third movie; but out of all of them, Wesley Snipes was the one picked instead.

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** Also, in the first film, the The seaplane was supposed to be an unarmed escape vehicle, but in between filming, Stallone noticed one of the crew climbing out from the nose hatch, learned that it was accessed from inside the plane, and was immediately inspired to turn the seaplane into a gunship.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme declined to be
in the description Seagal film, as he did not like the character Stallone had created for him, but he regretted his decision and went to appear in the sequel, whose villain was largely based on what Van Damme were wanted to do with the character.
** Creator/StevenSeagal was
offered roles a cameo in the film, but they he turned them it down due to problems with the producer and a dislike of his character, respectively. Also, Avi Lerner.
**
Terry Crews' role was written with Creator/WesleySnipes in mind. The role was almost filled by Creator/ForestWhitaker, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Snipes would end up appearing in the third film.
**
Creator/KurtRussell and Music/FiftyCent were offered parts but declined, and there are rumors that Creator/ChuckNorris and Creator/BruceCampbell was approached as well. Website/IMDb claims Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/DenisLeary and Alan [[{{Series/Firefly}} "Wash"]] Tudyk were approached for certain roles that were written out when they had scheduling conflicts. Stallone wanted ''all of them'' if he could so we aren't sure if he wanted the [[AwesomenessIsVolatile universe to explode]].
** That would have been one hell of a DyingMomentOfAwesome though.
** There are also rumors that Creator/BruceCampbell had been approached.
** In addition, Creator/DonnieYen and Creator/JackieChan were approached for the sequel, but Yen did not like the role he was offered and Chan had scheduling conflicts.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JackieChan, Creator/WesleySnipes, and Creator/MillaJovovich were chosen for the third movie; but out of all of them, Wesley Snipes was the one picked instead.
explode]].
8th Jul '17 12:40:05 PM nombretomado
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* AllStarCast: ZigZaggedTrope. In casting the film, Stallone decided to go for actors who were past their glory days. No one is A-list material anymore, and some never were. But their names still cast long shadows. Per TheOtherWiki:

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* AllStarCast: ZigZaggedTrope. In casting the film, Stallone decided to go for actors who were past their glory days. No one is A-list material anymore, and some never were. But their names still cast long shadows. Per TheOtherWiki:Wiki/TheOtherWiki:
22nd Jun '17 4:28:44 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling:
** The "Albania" of the sequel was filmed in Bulgaria.
** In ''2'', the abandoned military "simulation town" is clearly a Hollywood studio backlot, most likely that of Warner Bros.
25th Feb '17 11:05:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: In the third film, Stallone told Antonio Banderas to "forget he was an actor" and expressly made him act the craziest way possible. The results were awesome.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: In the third film, Stallone told Antonio Banderas Creator/AntonioBanderas to "forget he was an actor" and expressly made him act the craziest way possible. The results were awesome.



** HarrisonFord's best known characters were all about [[Franchise/StarWars getting paid]], or [[Franchise/IndianaJones preserving history]] - here he's the BloodKnight.

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** HarrisonFord's Creator/HarrisonFord's best known characters were all about [[Franchise/StarWars getting paid]], or [[Franchise/IndianaJones preserving history]] - here he's the BloodKnight.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned in the description Seagal and Van Damme were offered roles but they turned them down due to problems with the producer and a dislike of his character, respectively. Also, Terry Crews' role was written with Wesley Snipes in mind. The role was almost filled by Creator/ForestWhitaker, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Creator/KurtRussell and Music/FiftyCent were offered parts but declined, and there are rumors that Creator/ChuckNorris was approached as well. Website/IMDb claims Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/DenisLeary and Alan [[{{Series/Firefly}} "Wash"]] Tudyk were approached for certain roles that were written out when they had scheduling conflicts. Stallone wanted ''all of them'' if he could so we aren't sure if he wanted the [[AwesomenessIsVolatile universe to explode]].

to:

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned in the description Seagal and Van Damme were offered roles but they turned them down due to problems with the producer and a dislike of his character, respectively. Also, Terry Crews' role was written with Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes in mind. The role was almost filled by Creator/ForestWhitaker, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Creator/KurtRussell and Music/FiftyCent were offered parts but declined, and there are rumors that Creator/ChuckNorris was approached as well. Website/IMDb claims Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/DenisLeary and Alan [[{{Series/Firefly}} "Wash"]] Tudyk were approached for certain roles that were written out when they had scheduling conflicts. Stallone wanted ''all of them'' if he could so we aren't sure if he wanted the [[AwesomenessIsVolatile universe to explode]].



** There are also rumors that Bruce Campbell had been approached.

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** There are also rumors that Bruce Campbell Creator/BruceCampbell had been approached.



** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JackieChan, Wesley Snipes, and Creator/MillaJovovich were chosen for the third movie; but out of all of them, Wesley Snipes was the one picked instead.

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** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JackieChan, Wesley Snipes, Creator/WesleySnipes, and Creator/MillaJovovich were chosen for the third movie; but out of all of them, Wesley Snipes was the one picked instead.
4th Feb '17 1:28:55 AM erforce
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*** When Billy runs straight up the mountainside in the sequel the whole team looks on in awe, with Gunnar in particular being impressed. Lee asks Barney if he could remember when he could do that and Barney says he can't. Sylvester Stallone's [[{{Film/Rocky}} most famous character]] has a penchant for running triumphantly up tall inclines and in one instance ran up a mountain as preparation for kicking Creator/{{Dolph Lundgren}}'s ass.

to:

*** When Billy runs straight up the mountainside in the sequel the whole team looks on in awe, with Gunnar in particular being impressed. Lee asks Barney if he could remember when he could do that and Barney says he can't. Sylvester Stallone's [[{{Film/Rocky}} [[{{Franchise/Rocky}} most famous character]] has a penchant for running triumphantly up tall inclines and in one instance ran up a mountain as preparation for kicking Creator/{{Dolph Lundgren}}'s ass.
13th Oct '16 1:30:51 PM slvstrChung
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The whole point of the film, though most of the "stars" are past their glory days.
13th Oct '16 1:28:39 PM slvstrChung
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* AllStarCast: The whole point of the film, though most of the "stars" are past their glory days.
** Explicitly done by Stallone according to the other wiki. But not so much focused on the all-star part so much as the glory part. That is...

to:

* AllStarCast: ZigZaggedTrope. In casting the film, Stallone decided to go for actors who were past their glory days. No one is A-list material anymore, and some never were. But their names still cast long shadows. Per TheOtherWiki:
The whole point of the film, though most of the "stars" are past their glory days.
** Explicitly done by Stallone according to the other wiki. But not so much focused on the all-star part so much as the glory part. That is...
days.
28th Apr '16 9:02:07 AM erforce
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*** The sequel has [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Trench]] announcing [[TheTerminator "I'm back!"]]. Cue briefly the Terminator's leitmotif. Additionally, he makes his BigDamnHeroes entrance in a tunnel borer similar to the ones in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.

to:

*** The sequel has [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Trench]] announcing [[TheTerminator [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'm back!"]]. Cue briefly the Terminator's leitmotif. Additionally, he makes his BigDamnHeroes entrance in a tunnel borer similar to the ones in ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
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