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Disheartened by the films low box office opening, Paul Walker returned home from dinner, only to discover that Quentin Tarantino had left a message on his machine, praising the film and Walker's performance. Walker was relieved, and happy, that someone like Tarantino had enjoyed the film.
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Thomas Jane declined the role of Joey Gazelle due to scheduling conflicts. Paul Walker was a second choice.
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Wayne Kramer was shocked to find out that the movie got the R rating on the first submission. He states in the DVD commentary that he thought that he would get NC-17, but he luckily didn't.
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Most of the bloody gunshot wounds were done with squibs, with a handful of CGI one also added. In the commentary, Wayne Kramer mentions that Bruce Altman was terrified of the squibs because he's never been strapped to them before.
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The medicine bottle that Oleg uses to find the address of Dez and Adele's apartment is a prescription for Zovirax, a medication used to treat Cold Sores.
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Paul Walker's brother also appears in the film. In an early scene the path of a bullet is re-traced going from one house to another - the Paul Walker character appears in each house. The Paul Walker character sitting at the dinner table in one house is actually Paul Walker's brother.
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In the script, Joe (Paul Walker) plays Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" on the car radio for Oleg, but the filmmakers were unable to secure the rights.
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When Edele enters the security code at the front door of the apartment, the sound of the numbers pressed results in the first few bars of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
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Mads Mikkelsen was originally cast as Anzor 'The Duke' Yugorsky.
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The f-word is used 330 times in this movie.
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The film is not a remake of the 1986 film of the same name.
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When Oleg says he listens to "Kvasha", this is a direct reference to not only the music type, but also Oleg Kvasha who first played for the NHL team Florida Panthers back in 1996. The first name "Oleg" also happens to be Cameron Bright's character's first-name: Oleg Yugorsky.
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The last name on the prescription bottle Oleg gets the child predator's address from is 'Hansel'. In the cautionary Brothers Grimm fable: 'Hansel & Gretel', the children also barely escape the villain by outwitting them.
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One of the main characters' name (Joey Gazelle) played by actor Paul Walker could be derived from a character in the graphic novel 'Stray Bullets' where Joey (Gazelle) is a little kid in a criminal domestic environment.
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This is the second film starring Cameron Bright to feature a clip of John Wayne getting shot. In Running Scared, the clip is from The Cowboys (1972). In Thank You For Smoking (2005), the clip is from Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
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A mini comic book adaptation drawn by PJ Loughran was included in the Region 1 DVD releases by New Line Home Entertainment.
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Elizabeth Mitchell (Edele) and Michael Cudlitz (Sal) are the only two actors in the movie who were also on the TV show "Lost".
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