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Christopher Walken achieved the withdrawn, hollow look of his character by eating nothing but rice and bananas.
When Angela looks at herself in the mirror wearing her wedding gown, a mic hanging over her head is also reflected in the mirror.
In the bar before Nick, Steve and Michael are going off to Vietnam, Nick opens up a can of beer that he shook up, spraying its contents. In the next scene, Nick is opening the same can of beer a second time.
In the first hunting scene as they're changing their clothes, Michael and Stan are arguing about Mike's boots. Nicky is seen putting on a sweater and had both arms in when it cuts back to Mike who delivers his "This is this" lines. When it cuts back to Stan and Nicky, Nicky is once again putting the sweater on as if it was never on in the first place.
The level of Michael's beer while he is leaning against the post at the wedding reception goes up after he drinks.
When returning to the bar after the hunting trip, they are singing "Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life))" a Bobby Bare song released in 1976, long after the Vietnam War had ended.
In the original script, the roles of Mike and Nick were reversed in the last half of the film. Nick returns home to Linda, while Mike remains in Vietnam, sends money home to help Steven, and meets his tragic fate at the Russian roulette table.
First feature film depicting the U.S. involvement in Vietnam to be filmed on location in Thailand.
The deer hunting scene was actually shot in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The mountain shown in the background is Mount Shuksan.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #53 Greatest Movie of All Time.
CBS paid $5 million for the exclusive network television broadcast rights for the film. The network (along with NBC and ABC) later backed out when the content was deemed inappropriate. The film made its television debut on election night, 1980, but not on any major network.
The church used in the wedding sequence was the Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral located in Cleveland, Ohio. One can clearly see the name plaque in one scene.
Nick: You trying to look like a prince?
Michael: What do you mean, 'trying'?
Army Doctor: Chevotarevich, is that a Russian name?
Nick: No, it's an American name.
Axel: Lemme ask you a question: how come I never see you eat?
Nick: I like to starve myself: it keeps the fear up.
Michael: Every time he comes up, he's got no knife, he's got no jacket, he's got no pants, he's got no boots. All he's got is that stupid gun he carries around like John Wayne.
Michael: You wanna play games? All right, I'll play your fucking games.
Julien: When a man says no to champagne, he says no to life.
Michael: Stanley, see this? This is this. This ain't something else. This is this. From now on, you're on your own.
Axel: You're so full of shit, you're gonna float away.