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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: During the trial J Edgar Hoover testifies, disguised as a black woman. While it was meant here as a joke, it would be revealed to the world after he died that Hoover liked to wear women's clothes, something that no one at the time of the movie would have ever believed.
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #69
  • California Doubling: A mild case: the film was shot in Puerto Rico.
  • Completely Different Title: In Denmark and Finland the film was released as Me And the Revolution. Woody Allen would eventually put in a clause preventing foreign markets from renaming his films.
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  • Deleted Scene: Scenes cut from the film included government troops, disguised as a rumba band, cha-cha-cha through the jungle to take the rebels by surprise and a bogus Bob Hope acting as decoy so government planes could bomb the rebels.
  • Enforced Method Acting: During the training montage when Fielding is learning how to throw a hand grenade, the pin in his hand explodes after he throws the grenade. The reaction by Woody Allen is real as he was slightly singed by the incendiary device hidden in his hand, but Woody decided against doing the scene again and left it in the film as is.
  • Romance on the Set: Woody Allen and Lousie Lasser were still married during the film's production, but would divorce shortly after the film appeared.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The musicians in the dinner scene at General Vargas' house were actually to be playing instruments, but the rented instruments hadn't arrived, and rather than wait, Woody Allen decided the miming would fit with the tone of the film.
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  • Uncredited Role: Sylvester Stallone makes an early, uncredited appearance as a subway mugger.
  • What Could Have Been: Woody Allen initially intended to end the movie with him emerging from a riot with his face darkened from soot; the black rioters would then mistakenly claim him as one of their own. As with Take the Money and Run, Allen's editor, Ralph Rosenblum, convinced him to go with an ending more organic to the story that came before it.
  • Working Title: El Weirdo.

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