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Murder by Numbers (2002) Poster

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Ryan Gosling threw up as he filmed the murdering scenes.
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The characters Richard Haywood and Justin Pendleton are loosely based on real-life murderers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold.
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This is the fourth Hollywood film adaptation of the infamous 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder case. The first was Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), the second Richard Fleischer's Compulsion (1959) and the third Tom Kalin's Swoon (1992).
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Ryan Gosling was in a relationship with Sandra Bullock, having met on the set (May 2002-July 2003).
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The title refers to the song "Murder by Numbers," written by Sting and Andy Summers and performed by The Police, about planning the perfect murder.
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The old lodge on the bluff was constructed especially for the movie and was torn down after filming was completed. The interior scenes were shot on a set.
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After production wrapped Ryan Gosling kept the Jeep Cherokee used in the film.
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Richard's car, a Mustang, is the same type of car driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt (1968). Ryan Gosling suggested that the car be used, as he is a fan of McQueen.
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In one scene, the camera pans briefly across a cinema that is showing The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932). That film was directed by Frank Capra whose grandson, Frank Capra III is the first assistant director of this film.
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The high school scenes were originally slated to be filmed at San Luis Obispo High School. The superintendent changed his mind before filming could take place due to the content of the script.
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On the face of the clock seen in front of the police station, it says, "Spend Time With Those You Love".
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Henry Bean, who also directed Ryan Gosling in The Believer (2001), did several uncredited re-writes on this film.
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Justin (Michael Pitt) is quoting Arthur Rimbaud and reading Rimbaud's famous poem "The Drunken Boat" in one scene. At the beginning he is lecturing philosophy inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Todd Field's role as a murder suspect was deleted from the final print.
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Michael Pitt also starred in a movie titled "Funny Games" about 2 young accomplice murderers.
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The print of Murder by Numbers (2002) shown on a cable premium channel was 119 minutes long, not 115 as posted.
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Ryan Gosling's character has a scene where he is buying drugs and says "for 400 bucks an ounce, it better put me on the moon." In 2018 he starred in the movie First Man, where he goes to the moon.
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The scene near the end of the movie, where Ryan Gosling licks Sandra Bullock's face, was not scripted. After a few takes, Gosling asked Bullock if it would be okay if he added it in to prove his character's sick nature.
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