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(1997)

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When a journalist asked Oliver Stone why he did such a film, Stone responded that he wanted to make a small film that he would enjoy seeing as a teenager.
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When Jennifer Lopez's character (Grace McKenna) flashes back at the end of the film we see lots of photographs of her as a child. These photographs are actually photos from Jennifer Lopez's private collections of herself as a child.
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When Penn tries to buy the ticket at the bus station, standing behind him in line is Liv Tyler.
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The town of Superior, Arizona exists and has also been the filming location for The Prophecy (1995), starring Christopher Walken.
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Sean Penn had originally turned down his role due to schedule conflicts, and Bill Paxton replaced him. About a week before filming, Paxton backed out; fortunately, Penn had become available.
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The role of Grace was originally intended for Sharon Stone, but salary negotiations fell through.
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Though a long shot, Oliver Stone attempted to cast Marlon Brando as the Blind Man, the eccentric Navajo character. Jon Voight, a much more realistic choice, was eventually cast.
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Billy Bob Thornton gained around fifty pounds for his role in the movie.
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Sean Penn and Oliver Stone did not get along during filming and clashed constantly. Years later, they put their differences aside and became friends.
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Loosely inspired by a true event that took place in the early 1980s, where a drifter (like Sean Penn's character) passed through a remote southwestern road-stop, only to never be heard from again.
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Joaquin Phoenix's first appearance in this film ended with the song Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. He went on to play Johnny Cash in the film Walk the Line (2005).
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Tom Savini was supposed to play the part of the second biker, after Oliver Stone saw him in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). But due to a schedule conflict, Stone cast Producer Richard Rutowski in that part instead.
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The script for the film, based on an earlier treatment by author John Ridley, was adapted by Oliver Stone and Richard Rutowski. However, because WGA rules state that a writer must contribute at least sixty percent of new material in order to justify an on-screen credit, their names were ultimately left off the picture.
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Towards the beginning, we briefly see a sign that reads "Rutowski for council". It's a reference to co-Producer Richard Rutowski, who also briefly appears as "Biker #2" around that same moment.
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This film features Billy Bob Thornton and his future father-in-law, Jon Voight. Thorton would later marry Voight's daughter, Angelina Jolie, in 2000.
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The nude sex scene between Jennifer Lopez and Powers Boothe was not in the script. Oliver Stone only decided to add it near the end of filming.
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Oliver Stone offered the leading role to Tom Cruise, who turned it down.
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Laurie Metcalf makes a cameo appearance in the film, making U Turn (1997) her second collaboration with Oliver Stone since JFK (1991).
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Shot in forty-two days.
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This movie was the eleventh and last collaboration (to date) between Director Oliver Stone and Cinematographer Robert Richardson.
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Shot with various lenses and different film stocks to create a unique look.
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Sean Penn and Nick Nolte also appeared in The Thin Red Line (1998) and Gangster Squad (2013).
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Liv Tyler and Billy Bob Thornton appeared in Armageddon (1998).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Sean Penn, Jon Voight, and Billy Bob Thornton; and three Oscar nominees: Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, and Laurie Metcalf.
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The character played by Jon Voight is a Vietnam Veteran who lost his sight during the war. Voight won an Oscar for playing a disabled Vietnam Vet in Coming Home (1978).
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In the scene where the blind vet asks Bobby to buy him a pop, the theater across the street displays the poster for the Charles Bronson film The Stone Killer (1973). The second poster displayed at the theater in that scene is still unidentified.
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Jennifer Lopez broke down in tears in front of Oliver Stone in an attempt to avoid having to film the topless sex scene with Sean Penn.
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Throughout the film, close-up shots of the ring Nick Nolte's character wears are shown. It bears a Freemasonic insignia and most likely was used in the film for the purposes of being anti-Masonic, given the character's weak moral fiber and downright repugnant behavior. Oliver Stone is a notorious conspiracy theorist and many conspiracy theories revolve around Freemasonry being at the core of such conspiracy theories.
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Jennifer Lopez and Jon Voight starred in Anaconda (1997).
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Billy Bob Thornton and Brent Briscoe appeared in A Simple Plan (1998).
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Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte appeared in Parker (2013).
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Spoilers 

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Body Count: 7.
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