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The Next Three Days (2010) Poster

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The "bump key" technique used by Russell Crowe's character does actually work as portrayed on older and cheaper (non-antibump) cylinder locks. However, the car lock tennis ball technique has been busted as a myth on MythBusters: Viewers' Special (2007)
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Elizabeth Banks met with prisoners and guards to get a better impression of what life in jail might be like. She was incarcerated in a cell for as long as she could tolerate - which amounted to about five minutes.
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The movie is a remake of the French movie 'Pour Elle'.
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Paul Haggis selected Pittsburgh as the main location as he wanted one that was relatively close to the Canadian border, figuring that would be a logical destination for someone breaking their wife out of prison. He also wanted the location to be one less cinematically familiar than New York City or Chicago.
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Russell Crowe was Paul Haggis' first choice for the lead. At the time, Crowe was working on Robin Hood (2010), and was tired of the film's lengthy production, so wasn't initially keen about jumping into another film. The script convinced him otherwise.
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Shot over a period of 52 days.
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The opening passages of this remake are almost identical to the French original.
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Mark Isham, director Paul Haggis's regular collaborator, did not compose the score to this film, due to their falling out over Haggis's highly publicized decision to leave the Church of Scientology, of which Isham is still a member.
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Daniel Stern and Liam Neeson shot all their scenes in just one day.
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Both director Paul Haggis and actor Jason Beghe are former disciples and now outspoken critics of the Church of Scientology.
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The telephone and fax numbers on the labwork are the actual numbers for Med-Health Services in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, a real medical lab facility.
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Paul Haggis based the lead character - and his devotion to his wife - on himself.
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Brian Dennehy was attracted to the film, as he relished the opportunity of playing a character who barely speaks.
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Elizabeth Banks had previously played a family woman accused of murder in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
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Two Moby songs are included in the soundtrack.
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Being a big fan of 70s thrillers like Three Days of the Condor (1975), Paul Haggis felt that Pour Elle (2008) was right in the same template.
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The labwork that John scans with his iPhone, shows the director's as "J.P. Jones, M.D.". John Paul "J.P." Jones was the property master for the film.
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Paul Haggis and Olivia Wilde share the same birthday.
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Paul Haggis was looking for an alternative film to make, when his planned biopic of Martin Luther King fell apart due to budget problems. That was when he chanced upon the French film Pour Elle (2008).
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John prints an ad for a helicopter pilot, posted on Craig's List. It was dated October 14, 2011.
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The bogus "tennis ball" technique that John follows on the Internet can be seen on YouTube exactly as presented in the movie. The idea that one can make a door lock pop up through compressed air pressure from a tennis ball - or even with an air compressor - is joke on the gullible.
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Cameo 

Aimee Mann: The Academy Award winning musician appears as an uncredited extra in the bar scene.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the family is going through airport security, a picture of Osama Bin Laden can be clearly seen on the agent's computer screen as part of a gallery of wanted criminals used to screen passengers.
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Whereas in Pour Elle (2008), it's made abundantly clear that the wife is innocent, this remake tries to make this much more of a grey area.
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The actual place, although never officially disclosed, where John is taking Lara and Luke, is Carácas, Venezuela. The destination, Carácas, can be seen on the airline ticket when John's father looks at them. The destination is disclosed when they are on the plane and you can hear an announcement on the PA: "Flight time to Carácas, Venezuela this evening is 5 hours and 32 minutes". Also, in the next scene, John's father is shown clearly looking for Venezuela in a World Atlas.
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