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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $35 million. Box office, $20,350,171 (domestic), $64,350,171 (worldwide).
  • Cast the Expert: The announcer used in the movie is actually the Pittsburgh Penguins' real announcer Mike Lange. He also uses some of his trademark sayings such as "Scratch my back with a hacksaw" and "Call Arnold Slick in Turtle Crick". The color commentator is also the current Penguins radio play by play man, Paul Steigerwald.
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  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Netflix streaming listed this as taking place at a baseball game.
  • Creator Killer: The film's disappointing performance killed writer Gene Quintano's cinematic career for six years.
  • Short Run in Peru: It was released first in Brazil, and Jean-Claude Van Damme even visited the country to promote.
  • Technology Marches On: While the time period isn't stated, the idea of keeping a media blackout on the situation was a little ridiculous back in 1995, and even more so in the age of everywhere Internet access.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The script was initially written to have the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Los Angeles Kings instead of the Chicago Blackhawks.
    • The film would feature actual footage from a Penguins-Hawks game that would open the 1994-95 season... if the lockout didn't happen to push it forward.
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    • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis were considered for the role of Darren McCord, but all three turned it down. Schwarzenegger turned down the role because he had already filmed True Lies and Junior back to back. Stallone turned the role down because he didn't like the quality of the script. Willis turned the part down because he was already working on Die Hard with a Vengeance.
    • James Woods was originally considered for the role of Joshua Foss, but he turned down the part because he didn't like the direction of the character.
    • The role of Emily McCord was originally offered to Mara Wilson, but her parents forbade her from accepting it, due to the script's violent content.
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