Trivia / Soldier

  • Actor Allusion: Todd's dossier (seen on a computer monitor) lists some of his commendations, including the Plissken Patch, MacReady Cross and O'Neill Ring Award.
  • Box Office Bomb: The film only grossed $15 million against a $75 million budget.
  • Development Hell: The movie had been planned for over 12 years before it finally went into pre-production.
  • Method Acting: Kurt Russell took on a vigorous workout schedule of four hours a day for over a year to get himself into military shape.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Kurt Russell hasn't said that he didn't like the movie itself, but did state that he only took another action film at his age because he wanted the paycheck... and only stuck with it after breaking an ankle and a foot because he still wanted that paycheck.
  • Real-Life Relative: One of the younger versions of Todd is played by Kurt Russell's son, Wyatt.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Due to Kurt Russell breaking his ankle early on in shooting, more scenes were filmed where Todd wasn't moving much earlier than planned. Most of the scenes where he's laying down, sitting, or standing still were early shoots.
  • Throw It In: Mekum wetting his pants when he sees Todd alive and well and back to punish him was not in the original script, it was improvised on set. The urine dripping out of Mekum's pants was actually pineapple juice.
  • What Could Have Been: According to various sources, the film was originally intended to show the Battle of the Tannhäuser Gate (referenced by Roy Batty at the end of Blade Runner). The sequence was cut for budgetary concerns (and apparently showed the Gate as a "huge planet-wide wall of metal bristling with futuristic weapons"), and the only completed remnant was shown in the theatrical trailer.
    • Kurt Russell had stated that a sequel had been planned should it have done well.
    • Keanu Reeves was signed on to play the lead originally, but had to drop out. Sylvester Stallone was also offered the role.

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