When the original director, Gary Nelson, left the project, Bruce Malmuth took over production. When he couldn't make it on his first day to shoot the train chase, Stallone directed the chase himself, so as to not miss a day of shooting. This caused trouble with the Director's Guild.
Contributed by: Kenneth Sutton
Stallone reportedly ate junk food and gained weight during filming to approximate the look of a street cop.
turned down a role in "The Spinnix" to appear in this film. Some say he wasn't too happy working on the film not only because of a low salary but also his working relationship with Stallone.
The Wulfgar character (Rutger Hauer) was based on the infamous terrorist known as "Carlos."
Both Stallone and Williams underwent two months of police training prior to the start of production.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
The British TV & DVD version is cut to a version with a bowdlerised ending in which Da Silva is seen to shoot Wulfgar only twice (instead of six times). No doubt cut by censors to reduce the amount of violent content, this alteration (a) looks ridiculous (Wolfgar is seen to have two bullet wounds after the first shot, and six after the second); (b) interferes with the discharge of tension (since Wolfgar now dies too easily and too quickly); and (c) obscures the dramatic connection with an earlier scene in which Da Silva pointedly practises shooting at a human-shaped target in such a way as would cause the maximum injury before the final, fatal shot.