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Trivia / Parting Shots

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  • Creator Breakdown: Michael Winner came up with the basic storyline after a relationship of his had ended. Speaking to Tim Sebastian of The BBC in June 1999, Winner revealed:
    We all have people we'd like to kill. Sometimes we want to kill them for a long time and sometimes it just lasts the few seconds that they're cutting you up, or being a nuisance. A girlfriend parted very nastily, and I thought "I really wouldn't mind killing you" and five or six years later I thought, "I still wouldn't mind".
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  • Creator Killer: This film's negative reception led to director Michael Winner retiring from the film industry and becoming a food critic.
  • Old Shame: At the very least, Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant are ashamed at ever having participated in the film, and reportedly several of the other cast members were as well.
  • Posthumous Credit: Oliver Reed died before the flim was released.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This was the first and last time singer Chris Rea acted in a major motion picture as well; combined with the failure of The Road to Hell: Part 2, also released in 1999, it nearly killed off his career for good, but he later recovered.
  • What Could Have Been: Early discussions for the lead role suggested Neil Morrissey or Martin Clunes, the stars of Men Behaving Badly. However, when Michael Winner met Chris Rea on a beach at Sandy Lane, he was chosen instead.


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