Trivia (20)

According to Joe Eszterhas's autobiography he hated the final film. Director William Friedkin changed Eszterhas's script so much, he threatened to remove his name from the credits. Paramount settled with him by giving him a "blind script deal" worth two to four million dollars. Later, Friedkin admitted that he did virtually rewrote the script, but Friedkin also said that this film was his most favorite film he had ever made.

Linda Fiorentino initially turned down the script because she didn't want to play a prostitute. She changed her mind when her character was changed through rewrites.

Angie Everhart originally filmed a nude scene, but changed her mind and the scene was re-shot with a body double.

David Caruso's second starring role of 1995 after Kiss of Death (1995). Both pictures were box-office disasters. Ironically, Caruso had left the highly successful NYPD Blue (1993) to star in these films.

David Caruso and Richard Crenna also appeared together in First Blood (1982).

Warren Beatty turned down the role of David Corelli.

David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino reunited 3 years later on Body Count (1998) from polygram filmed entertainment. Chazz Palminteri also did a film from polygram same year as this film which happened to be The Usual Suspects (1995).

Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Andie MacDowell, Nicole Kidman, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Emma Thompson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean young, Kim basinger, Karen Allen, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Demi Moore, Madeleine Stowe, salma hayek, Valeria golino, ashley judd and Elisabeth Shue were considered for the role of Katrina Gavin.

When O.J. Simpson's Trial of the Century ended with a Not Guilty verdict, he stated to the press that he was going to see this movie.

Kenneth Branagh was the first choice for the part of Matt Gavin.

2nd film that Michael Biehn did with William Friedkin. The first was Rampage (1987).

One of four films from William Friedkin that involve cops, criminals, the thin line between good, evil, right, wrong, etc. and car chases, the others being The French Connection (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and The Hunted (2003).

James Horner had a couple of other scores for other movies the same year as this like Braveheart (1995), Apollo 13 (1995), Jumanji (1995), Casper (1995) and Balto (1995). His score in this film is mixed with the song mystic's dream by Lorenna McKennitt and it sounds similar to his other scores in Red Heat (1988), Thunderheart (1992), etc. Horner was chosen in part by the studio who loved the score of Braveheart that he did for them and for Mel Gibson himself and also William Friedkin wanted to have a chance to work with Horner since he admired his work in other films.

This film features the film debut of Donna Murphy.

David Caruso and Michael Biehn have both worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger on The Terminator (1984) and Twins (1988).

Italian censorship visa # 90489 delivered on 9-11-1995.

Kevin Tighe who appears as district attorney Arnold "Cliff" Clifford in Jade was also in another 48 hrs when he played an internal affairs officer working with the DA looking at Nick Nolte's character Jack Cates on a manslaughter charge which turns out to be a frame up. Both movies were composed by James Horner and set in San Francisco.

JT Walsh was considered to play the governor since he worked with Friedkin a year before on Blue Chips (1994).

David Caruso's character David Corelli finds a cuff link at Kyle Medford's house when he's investigating the murder of Kyle Medford. The cuff link in the film is a clue meaning he knows or already knew who really killed Medford and that it couldn't be his ex girlfriend Katrina and it had to be none other than his friend and Katrina's husband Matt and with reasons involving Medford blackmailing his friend and Katrina with pictures of her having sex with other men. In the original, after the conversation with Corelli and the governor of California, Matt tells his wife he killed Medford cause Medford was blackmailing them with pictures of her and gets away with murder in the end, but in the directors cut, Corelli recorded the conversation between Matt and Katrina meaning he knows or already knew and had to be sure and later gets out of his car to arrest Matt for murder.

In the usual suspects Chazz Palminteri's character Dave Kujan finds out Kevin Spacey's character who is revealed to be Keyser Soze in the end but Soze disappears and gets away with murder in the end. In this film, Chazz Palminteri's character Matt Gavin gets away with murdering billionaire Kyle Medford who was revealed to have blackmailed him and wife Katrina played by Linda Fiorentino with pictures of her having sex with other men. But in the director's cut, his friend San Francisco DA David Corelli played by David Caruso had recorded the conversation between Matt and Katrina about Medford and gets out of the car with intent of arresting his best friend Matt.