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River of Death (1989) Poster

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Michael Dudikoff had to be rushed to a hospital to have needles removed from one of his eyes.
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Michael Dudikoff did his own stunts.
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Early press releases from Cannon Pictures had Robert Ginty as the lead, but for unknown reasons he was replaced by Michael Dudikoff.
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Robert Vaughn plays an exiled Nazi in this movie, the same year he played Adolf Hitler in That's Adequate (1989).
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The reactions of fear from the South African extras over the machine gun fire was genuine because they had never heard a machine gun before.
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Based on Alistair MacLean's novel published in 1981. It was his 24th novel; this was the 15th film made from one of his novels.
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First filmed adaptation of an Alistair MacLean to be made and released after the author had passed way.
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Director Steve Carver got the swastika flag seen at the end of the film from the basement of a hotel in South Africa. He was able to borrow Nazi uniforms from various Neo-Nazi groups based in South Africa.
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The "River of Death" of the film's title is the Rio Das Morte in western Brazil, in the state of Mato Grosso. It runs for 278 km.
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Final (to date, April 2012) made for cinema adaptation of an Alistair MacLean story.
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Only film to be made from an Alistair MacLean novel in the 1980s.
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First theatrical feature cinema movie film to be made from an Alistair MacLean novel since Bear Island (1979) about a decade or ten years earlier.
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Cynthia Erland was a last-minute replacement for another actress who was originally cast as Maria.
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Various crew members play POWs in the opening sequence set in 1945. The "barbed wire" shown was actually chicken wire.
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Director Steve Carver originally wanted to cast R.G. Armstrong as Eddie Hiller.
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The opening credits were originally going to be broken up.
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Cannon Films early ads for pre-sales show Christopher Walken had been attached to star.
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Nitroglycerine was used for the explosions.
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The nightclub sequence was shot in a hotel.
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The propaganda posters in the nazi headquarters in the beginning of the movie, are actually Norwegian resistance posters. One of them says "Kjemp for Norge", meaning "Fight for Norway".
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The film's opening prologue states: "Germany. The Eastern Front. April, 1945".
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