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- Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong auditioned for the role of Philippe Gaston.
- Producer and director Richard DonnerRichard Donner originally wanted to cast Rutger HauerRutger Hauer as the evil Captain of the guard, while casting a younger actor, Kurt RussellKurt Russell, as Navarre. Hauer wasn't interested in that role, but expressed interest in playing Navarre. When Russell dropped out a few days before principal photography began, the part was handed to Hauer.
- The hawk featured in this movie went under the name "Spike II" and worked in the [Universal Bird Show] until 2000 when she was transfered to the National Audubon society and became an Audubon Ambassador until she died in May 2007. Several different hawks were used. One to sit on Rutger HauerRutger Hauer's arm and another for the flying scenes. A third proved to be mostly unusable, as it enjoyed Hauer's company so much, that it would ruffle its feathers when seated on his arm, making it look more like a chicken than a stately hawk.
- In one scene, Captain Etienne Navarre (Rutger HauerRutger Hauer) tells Philippe Gaston (Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick) to ride his horse to Imperius' castle and slaps the horse's rear to make it ride. However, the first time the scene was filmed, Hauer slapped the horse too hard and it took off over the hill and off into the horizon. The horse was too powerful for Broderick to stop, so all everyone could do was sit and wait for him to come back.
- Warner Brothers falsely marketed this movie as being based on a true medieval legend. Screenwriter Edward KhmaraEdward Khmara took the issue to the Writers Guild Association and was awarded a cash settlement from Warner Brothers, but the medieval legend claim wasn't dropped.
- Rutger HauerRutger Hauer has said that one of his proudest moments in this movie was being able to flip the dagger in his hand during the climactic fight without looking at it.
- This movie was released the same year as another Warner Brothers produced Richard DonnerRichard Donner adventure movie, The Goonies (1985).
- Based on geographical, historical, and astronomical facts, this movie's action presumably takes place in 1386, in Italy, thirty-six years after the Black Death. Yet, although a real total eclipse did occur across southern France into Italy on January 1, 1386, dialogue specifically references the Crusades and there is none concerning the Black Death - and movie marketing indicated that this movie takes place during the thirteenth century. However, since this movie is a work of complete fiction, none of it matters.
- After getting the role of Captain Etienne Navarre, Rutger HauerRutger Hauer surprised producer and director Richard DonnerRichard Donner by driving from The Netherlands to this movie's Italian location in a semi trailer and cab that Hauer had converted into a mobile home.
- This movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, but failed to win either one.
- When producer and director Richard DonnerRichard Donner was considering Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman for the role of Philippe Gaston, he had Sir Sean ConnerySean Connery in mind for the role of Captain Etienne Navarre.
- Producer and director Richard DonnerRichard Donner said that he had considered Mick JaggerMick Jagger for the Bishop.
- Sean PennSean Penn and Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman were offered the role of Philippe Gaston.