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Charlize Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).
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Charlize Theron cracked two teeth while filming.
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Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split (2016) and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.
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Charlize Theron spent five years developing this project.
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The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments.
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The pivotal fight on the marble stairs presented one of the most challenging sequences to film. Charlize Theron was actually slammed against a (padded) wall but her tumble down the stairs (also padded to look like marble) was executed by Canadian stunt woman Monique Ganderton.
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Charlize Theron said that the success of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) helped guide the development of Atomic Blonde (2017).
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It took 45 minutes to film Charlize Theron's sex scene with Sofia Boutella. Theron found the scene easy and attributed this fact to them both being dancers.
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The movie is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West.
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Carl F. Bucherer's watch is featured prominently in the movie. The director, David Leitch, is a brand ambassador for the watch company. The watch brand is also worn by the title character in John Wick (2014), a movie that was co-directed by Leitch.
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One character makes a brief, jaundiced reference to David Hasselhoff being in town. Hasselhoff was indeed a minor figure in German pop culture during the period surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. In a March 2013 piece in London's The Guardian, Emma Hartley reported that his song "Looking for Freedom" was number one on the German charts for eight weeks in the summer of 1989 (several months before the wall fell in November 1989); and on New Year's Eve that year, Hasselhoff performed a concert atop what was then left of the wall.
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David Leitch's first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick (2014) with Chad Stahelski.
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It was originally hoped that David Bowie would play a part in the film, although he turned down the offer shortly before his death.
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Early in the movie, where Charlize Theron is in a car fighting two escorts, the tunnel sequence in Berlin features the same tunnel in Captain America: Civil War (2016), where Black Panther chases down Bucky Barnes. It is also the same tunnel in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), where Katniss Everdeen and her team try to get to President Snow.
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Before the final fight, a Russian song is playing, "Capricious Horses" by Vladimir Vysotsky, with the words "No one is late for their meeting with God".
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With few exceptions, the soundtrack predominantly features songs released in 1983 or earlier, which is not in keeping with the film's November 1989 setting. West Berlin was a very hipster city as a result of government incentives intended to attract a young population: relocation expenses were paid, taxes were subsidized, and male residents were exempt from Germany's mandatory military service. Songs like 99 Luftballons (1983), Major Tom (1983), and Der Kommissar (1982) would have been hopelessly passé in 1989. No West Berlin nightclub at the time would have been caught dead playing The Politics of Dancing (1983), except maybe on a retro night.

Detroit techno and other early house music swept Europe in the late 1980s and would have been common in trendy Berlin clubs, but these genres have become relatively obscure, particularly in North America and Asia where they achieved very limited mainstream success. To appeal to the general moviegoing public in 2017, the filmmakers presumably chose better-known, more archetypically 80s songs.
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When credit score begin, the word "password" is displayed and "The Coldest City" is entered. The movie was previously called "The Coldest City."
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Use of the Wilhelm scream during the apartment fight as Lorraine is jumping out of the window.
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The movie playing in the cinema at Alexanderplatz is Stalker, a 1979 Soviet-made film about a professional guide who leads his clients on a clandestine trek through a surreal region called "the Zone" to reach a mysterious room where a person's innermost desire is granted. It's plausible that a ten-year-old film would be showing in East Berlin since entertainment options behind the Iron Curtain were notoriously limited. The large, colorful billboard outside the theater to advertise the film is a bit less likely.
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In both this film and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Toby Jones plays a senior British intelligence officer in the Cold War, and most of his screen time is spent seated at a table in a soundproof briefing room.
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The entire film is shot on locations throughout Europe.
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In the scene where Lorraine finds the picture of Gasciogne and herself, in the drawer, you can see a bottle of Dior foundation, which Charlize Theron is the brand ambassador for.
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This is the second film to feature Til Schweiger and play the song "Cat People" by David Bowie. The first was Inglourious Basterds (2009). Both films play "Cat People" while a woman looks in the mirror and applies makeup. Both films are about fictional government plots circling around actual historical events.
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When Lorraine first visits the bar of Delfine's friend, there is a neon sign in the background that reads,"Everything you want is on the other side of fear". This is a quote from motivational speaker/author George Addair.
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Although based on a graphic novel, it shares notable similarities to Ed Brubaker's Image Comics series Velvet. Both are Cold War spy thrillers centered around veteran female agents wronged by their employer. Both works feature the protagonist entangled with an international coalition of American and British intelligence, although Velvet never mentions MI6 or the CIA by name.
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The only song on the soundtrack that was released after 1989, when the story takes place, is "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. All other songs were released before that year.
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At the end of the car fight scene, when James McAvoy (David Percival) retrieves Charlize Theron's red high heel, for a moment you can see the Christian Dior label on the inside. Charlize has been the face of Christian Dior's J'adore Perfume since 2004.
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Grossed $100 million at the box office.
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This is Sofia Boutella's second time in a spy film. She also appeared in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
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This movie was released in the USA 10211 days after the Berlin Wall fell, which is almost as long as the total amount of time the Berlin Wall was in existence (10316 days).
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The song Fastidious Horses by Vladimir Visostsky is also featured in the movie White Nights (1985), which also features an escape attempt, in that case to the American embassy in the Soviet Union.
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Meanwhile the business card of CENTRAL modified for the film, the card is almost the same as they still use in the running cafe/restaurant with the same name in Budapest. The place were used to take some shots. Even the est. date is the same: 1887.
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Wilhelm Scream at 32 minutes.
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Eddie Marsan previously worked with Charlize Theron in Hancock (2008) as well as Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
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James McAvoy and Toby Jones starred in at least two Marvel movies. McAvoy was Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, and Jones was Arnim Zola in two Captain America films.
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James Faulkner (C) and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Yuri Bakhtin) have both previously starred in Game of Thrones (2011) as Randyll Tarly and Lem Lemoncloak respectively.
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Eddie Marsan and James McAvoy previously starred together in Filth (2013).
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Italian censorship visa # 112333 delivered on 24-7-2017.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In an interview with "IMDb Originals," James McAvoy said that he learned that "MI6, post-World War II, liked to recruit alcoholics, drug addicts, and gay men because they had usable experience in holding a big secret. That was transferable into being spy. I thought, 'that's quite interesting,' so I decided to go with that hardcore, and try and make [David Percival] as alkie and as druggie as possible. I wanted to make him a gay man as well, but they wouldn't let me, because Charlize is gay in it--or at least she's bi in it. I don't know. Or maybe she's doing it just for a job? I'm not quite sure."
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When meeting Delphine's in her friend's bar, she orders Lorraine her specialty drink to which Lorraine replies "You pay attention" and then Delphine says "I look for pleasure in the details" however she seems to miss that Loraine drops her British accent and resumes her American accent.
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Broughton's character is seen throughout the movie drinking Stoli on ice, which is a Russian vodka. This reinforces the idea that she is the Russian double agent until the finale reveal.
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An MTV voiceover mentions the newest music controversy over "sampling" - a new art form or plagiarism? Near the end when Broughton walks to the plane, the song playing is "Under Pressure," a Queen/David Bowie song that in 1990 had its bassline sampled by Vanilla Ice in "Ice Ice Baby" - an accusation that he initially denied.
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The film features a bisexual subplot that was not in the original book. This came from writer Kurt Johnstad, who suggested it after Charlize Theron was "thinking about how do you make this different from other spy movies". David Leitch has insisted that the scenes are not there to be "provocative", but "more about if you are a spy you will do whatever it takes to get information," and how the main character "find[s] her intimacies and her friendships in small doses".
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The clip of MTV's Kurt Loder discussing the controversy of "sampling" hints at Lorraine cutting and mixing her taped conversations into something new; in this case, her MI6 debrief.
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In the first scene when Bill Skarsgard's character Merkel meets Lorraine, he is wearing a Yellow coat, much similar to the Yellow coat that Georgie is wearing in the first scene of IT (2017) when he meets Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise in IT.
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