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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $22.5 million. Box office, $18,671,317.
  • California Doubling: Thailand for Vietnam.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Sean Penn was Brian De Palma's original choice for Eriksson, but the studio refused to back a picture with Penn as the star, due to him frequently getting into trouble for beating up the paparazzi.
  • Channel Hop: The film originally went into development at Paramount Pictures, but was ultimately done for Columbia Pictures.
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  • Completely Different Title: In Finland this movie is called "Sodan arvet", which means "Scars of War" in English.
  • Deleted Role: Brian De Palma regular Gregg Henry filmed scenes as a JAG prosecutor that were cut from the theatrical print. They were later restored in the extended cut.
  • Deleted Scene: One of the deleted scenes included the testimony of the murdered girl's sister, in which she tearfully displayed her dead sister's scarf, a scene made more poignant when Eriksson returns the Vietnamese American girl's scarf to her at the film's conclusion.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • For Michael J. Fox's shots, Sean Penn would be telling him that he was just a little television actor and nothing more, to get genuine reactions for Brian De Palma.
    • According to John Leguizamo in his autobiography, the scene in which Meserve smacks Diaz took fourteen takes, and Penn really smacked him every time.
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  • The Other Marty: Stephen Baldwin was cast as Hatcher, and shot several scenes before he was replaced with John C. Reilly, who was hired as a background extra.
  • What Could Have Been: John C. Reilly's role was originally only a bit part, but Brian De Palma was so impressed with his performance that he rewrote the script to expand his role and give him more dialogue.

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