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  • Director Chad Stahelski stated that John Wick: Chapter 3 isn't necessarily going to be bigger than Chapter 2, but it is going to be more intense.
  • The title "Parabellum" comes from the Latin phrase: "Si vis pacem, para bellum" which means "If you want peace, prepare for war." It is also an alternate name for the ubiquitous 9mm handgun cartridge ("9mm Parabellum"). The phrase itself appears three times in the movie: it is tattooed on the back of the ballerina girl in the beginning, it appears on the door of a bus outside the hotel, and Winston (Ian McShane) says it out loud later in the movie.
  • NBA Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic has a role in the movie.
  • Jason Mantzoukas joked about wanting to be cast in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) on his podcast How Did This Get Made, where he reviewed the Keanu Reeves movie Johnny Mnemonic (1995) with Paul Scheer and Jessica St. Clair.
  • Jennifer Beals, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Uma Thurman and Marisa Tomei were considered for the role of Sofia.
  • This film reunites former Matrix cast Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Tiger Hu Chen and Randall Duk Kim (the keymaker). John Wick trilogy director Chad Stahelski served as the martial arts stunt coordinator for the Matrix trilogy, as well as Keanu Reeves's stunt double.
  • Halle Berry had to learn dog training during the production. She spent six months learning how to train dogs.
  • The song used in the "Everyone is Waiting For John Wick" trailer is Movement 1: "Allegro Non Molto" from Concerto No. 4 in F Minor "Winter" of Vivaldi's famous "Four Seasons".
  • "Guns. Lots of Guns." (From the trailer) The same line used by Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix (1999).
  • Halle Berry broke three ribs while filming the movie.
  • This is the third time Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen fight each other after The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and Man of Tai Chi (2013).
  • This film marks Ian McShane's second of two movies with Lionsgate in 2019 after Hellboy (2019).
  • The weapon used by Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman is called a Karambit, originally a weapon from the Minangkabau heritage in Indonesia.
  • Director cameo in crosswalk, as Wick passes on horseback.
  • Despite appearing in all of the films, this is the first one where Charon's name is said on screen.
  • The two main sidearms used by John Wick are the Glock 34 and the STI 2011, both chambered in 9mm "parabellum". Both pistols are heavily modified by Taran Tactical.
  • Saïd Taghmaoui portrays "the one above the table" or rather "The Elder" despite being almost a decade younger than Keanu Reeves and even more junior in age to many of those "under the table" such as Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston and Laurence Fishburne.
  • The opening potboiler, where John hurdles through the streets of New York looking for sanctuary as the whole of Manhattan's most dangerous hunts him down, shares similarities with The Warriors (1979). John, like the titular gang, desperately stumbles across New York in order to find safe haven. The Operator in this film announcing Wick's "excommunicado" countdown serves a similar function to Lynn Thigpen's disc jockey in The Warriors (1979) as she narrates the team's attempts to survive the city.
  • Early on, Wick finds himself in a room filled with revolvers from the 19th century. Desperately, he swaps parts of the revolvers, listens to the mechanisms as he spins the cylinders and cocks the different hammers. This is a homage to the scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), when Tuco is assembling a revolver to suit his taste from a multitude of other revolvers in a gunsmith's shop.
  • First in the series not to star John Leguizamo.
  • Keanu Reeves was asked if he did his own stunts when John Wick was hit by the cars and he responded by saying, "Well, I would've, but you know, hospital. I could've maybe done it once, but that would've been it for me."
  • Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick are the only actors to appear in all the John Wick films to date (2019).
  • The glass structure where John fights Shinobi 1 and Shinobi 2 in the film's climax cost $4 million to construct.
  • Both Ian McShane and Jerome Flynn have appeared in HBO's hit TV series Game of Thrones (2011), although Ian McShane appeared in only a single episode The Broken Man (2016).
  • When John and Ernest are fighting in the library, one of the books visible on the shelves behind them is simply titled 'Ninjas,' foreshadowing the battles to come.
  • Laurence Fishburne appeared in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman vs Superman (2016) and Saïd Taghmaoui appeared in Wonder Woman (2017), both set in the DC Cinematic universe. Also, Halle Berry appeared in Catwoman (2004) put out by DC.
  • The second time that a Buster Keaton film has featured in 'John Wick'. Early in the film, a clip from The Goat (1921) is projected on the wall as John runs during his hour-long 'grace period'; near the start of John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) , a clip from Sherlock Jr. (1924) is projected on the wall as John chases the biker.
  • The first 'John Wick' film to use the full 'Lionsgate' logo.
  • The scene when John Wick shoots at Zero standing behind bulletproof glass and then Zero waves his finger at him is reminiscent of the final scene in T2: Judgment Day when the T1000 waves his finger at Sarah Connor after she finishes blasting him with her shotgun.
  • The first movie in the series to not feature a song by "Le Castle Vania" or "Nostalghia"
  • Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian, who appear as Shinobi 1 and Shinobi 2 respectively, revealed in an interview that their Indonesian dialogue during their fight with John Wick in the glass structure was not in the script. Director Chad Stahelski thought that since the fight is quite long and consists of several rounds, it might be good to have them talk to each other between rounds and he also insisted that the dialogue be in Indonesian. After the fight, Keanu Reeves suggested that John Wick say something like a farewell phrase to the Shinobi duo in Indonesian language, as John Wick in all three movies is depicted as able to understand and speak multiple languages, at least casual conversation. Reeves then asked them, how to say "See you" in Indonesian. Cecep and Yayan said that in Indonesian it would be something like "Sampai jumpa", so Keanu then practiced before the shooting how to pronounce the phrase in Indonesian correctly.
  • Mark Dacascos, who plays Zero, and Asia Kate Dillon, who plays The Adjudicator, said in an interview that they both are fans of John Wick 1 & 2, and when they got the offer to play in John Wick 3, they instantly accepted without even reading the script.
  • On May 20th, 'John Wick: Chapter 4', along with its release date, was confirmed via a text message: "You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming - May 21st, 2021."
  • The Adjudicator stays in Room 217 in the Continental. Room 217 is the room used in the book of The Shining, while the movie adaptation changed this to Room 237.
  • John Wick heading to Casablanca to escape a criminal war in the United States mirrors the situation in Casablanca (1942) where people head to Casablanca to escape World War II in Europe and leave for the United States.
  • Cecep Arif Rahman speaks fluent English. He worked as an English teacher in elementary school before becoming an actor. Rahman translated the spontaneous Indonesian dialogue during the glass room scene so the director and crew could understand it.
  • Mark Dacascos has starred with 3 people of the Matrix Trilogy; Lawrence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves here, and Carrie Anne Moss in Sabotage/Dark Assassin.
  • This is the first "John Wick" movie to feature 3 Oscar nominees: HALLE BERRY (Best Actress - Monster's Ball 2001), LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Best Actor - What's Love Got To Do With It 1993), and ANGELICA HUSTON (Best Supporting Actress - Prizzi's Honor 1985); Berry & Huston won their Oscars.
  • The Russian book featured in the library scene is Russkye Narodniye Skazkii, published in English as Russian Fairy Tales, by Aleksandr Afanasyev, and is a prominent collection of Russian fairy tales like those of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. It includes the first known written tales of Baba Yaga, who is a central metaphor in this series. John Wick says the title and author correctly while requesting the Russian language version at the library.
  • When The Director (Anjelica Huston) is first introduced, she is watching one of her ballerinas, Rooney, rehearsing. Huston's mother Enrica 'Ricki' Soma was a professional ballet dancer.
  • The exchange; "All this because of a puppy?" "It wasn't just a puppy." is spoken in English in the trailer, but in the feature itself, it's in Russian with English subtitles.
  • The motorbikes used in the chase scene are Yamaha MT-09s
  • When the Bowery King says, "If you cut a king, you better cut him to the quick", he is rephrasing the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, "When you strike at a king, you must kill him". This was also said by DCI Tony Gates in the TV series "Line of Duty".
  • "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" was released on May 17, 2019 and has made more than 160 million dollars domestically. Each "John Wick" sequel has made more than the previous film in the franchise.
  • Parabellum comes from the Latin "para" (from the verb "parare") meaning "to prepare" and "bellum" which means "war," so together they mean "prepare for war." There is a famous Latin saying "si vis pacem, para bellum" or "if you want peace, prepare for war." It is also the name of a type of pistol cartridge.
  • The exteriors of The Continental were filmed at the Beaver Building, which is at the intersection of Pearl, Beaver, and Wall Streets. The building is also known as the Cocoa Exchange.
  • Jason Mantzoukas is known for playing many memorable television characters including Rafi in "The League," Jay in "Big Mouth," Adrian Pimento in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and Derek in "The Good Place."
  • When the New York Public Library first opened its doors, one of the first items requested was "Nravstvennye idealy nashego vremeni" or "Moral ideas of our time." The book was requested at 9:08 am and received by the patron 7 minutes later. The book that John Wick requests is "Russian Folk Tale" by Aleksandr Afanasyev, 1864.
  • Ernest is played by Boban Marjanovic, an NBA center (currently with the Dallas Mavericks at the start of the 2019-2020 season), who is seven feet, four inches tall. He is originally from Zajecar, Serbia and actually plays on the Serbian national team for international competitions.
  • Returning from the first "John Wick" movie is Randall Duk Kim as Doctor. Kim also appeared with Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix Reloaded" in the memorable role of The Keymaker.
  • Randall Duk Kim, who plays Doctor, also appeared as Dr. Crab in "Memoirs of a Geisha." Kim also voices Oogway in the "Kung Fu Panda" movies.
  • All three of the numbers shown on the computer have real New York area codes. 212 was one of the original 86 area codes designated by AT&T in 1947. Because it is such a densely populated area, it was awarded the area code that required the fewest number of clicks to dial on a rotary phone. (The next lowest are 213, which went to Los Angeles, and 312, which went to Chicago.)
  • It is almost as if Keanu Reeves was made to play John Wick. Halle Berry says, "John Wick is a man of few words, but Keanu pulls it off because he's able to express exactly what his character is feeling without having to say a lot."
  • Director Chad Stahelski and his stunt team wanted to incorporate more large group fight scenes in this film, purposely deviating from the one-on-one fights of the previous films. Because John Wick is now a marked man, he has the potential to face more enemies with varying styles of martial arts, such as Kung fu, Wushu, and Indonesian Silat.
  • Producer Basil Iwanyk is impressed by Chad Stahelski's ability to continually innovate. He says, "It boggles the mind that he can keep inventing the way he does. He has designed so many fights you'd think he would repeat himself, but in this film, you'll see fights as cool as any created. Part of it is that Chad has a great sense for what audiences love and for what will look cool."
  • Another familiar character returning in this film is Charon, played by Lance Reddick. Reddick says, "I always saw Charon as a lot like Batman's Alfred - that unsung guy behind the scenes who keeps everything running smoothly."
  • Keanu Reeves is not just an action hero, he also appears in the Netflix romantic comedy "Always Be My Maybe" with Ali Wong and Randall Park. He also voiced a character in an animated film for the first time in Toy Story 4 (2019).
  • Director Chad Stahelski crafted the film's big set pieces around Keanu Reeves' skills. One of Reeves' skills is indeed horseback riding.
  • Anjelica Huston enjoyed working with director Chad Stahelski and was inspired by his vision. She says of Stahelski, "He's sympathetic without being soft, and I was also really struck by the beauty of the sets and all of Chad's choices. I loved the Tarkovsky Theatre with all the Caravaggio paintings on the walls. Chad's a man of grand gestures which makes for a powerful, fully-plumed kind of filmmaking."
  • One of the featured ballerinas in the film is played by New York City Ballet soloist Unity Phelan. Phelan says of the scene where The Director forces her character to perform a difficult turn repeatedly, "I can tell you that it is truly exhausting to do that kind of move over and over again." She says, "That's how a teacher breaks you down in order to build you back up and that's the dynamic between The Director and my character."
  • Director Chad Stahelski wanted to show more of the underground social structure that exists in John Wick's world. One way of doing this was bringing in Anjelica Huston as The Director. Keanu Reeves says, "It was fantastic to have the chance to work with Anjelica for the first time. The scenes with her character are some of the film's most dramatic - they are rooted in John Wick's past but rich in the stakes of the moment. She brings the depth you want from that."
  • In this film, it is said that John Wick is from Belarus. Belarus is bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. The capital of Belarus is Minsk.
  • The Adjudicator is a new addition to the "John Wick" universe. Producer Basil Iwanyk describes The Adjudicator as being like "an insurance investigator who in a very, cold and matter-of-fact way, investigates what rules were broken, who broke them, and what the punishment should be."
  • Ian McShane previously started as Blackbeard in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", and plays Al Swearengen on the HBO series "Deadwood," for which he has won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series.
  • Laurence Fishburne returns in this film as Bowery King. He says, "I love that he's the king of the underworld beneath the underworld."
  • The name "Bowery" has its roots in the Dutch word for "farm" and is both a street and a neighborhood in Manhattan. The bridge visible from the rooftop where The Adjudicator meets Bowery King is the Manhattan Bridge.
  • Keanu Reeves began training for this film four months before filming. He says, "There are so many different kinds of action sequences, not only more styles of martial arts and more gunplay, but also motorcycles, horses and dogs, so the training was intense. But honestly, I love it. I love this character and I love the John Wick universe we've created."
  • The filmmakers wanted to send John Wick to Morocco as an homage to the famous Humphrey Bogart noir, "Casablanca." Rick's Place from "Casablanca" inspired the idea for The Continental. Director Chad Stahelski says, "That's where we first got the idea that all assassins would go to one place all over the world, their only refuge from the dangers of the street."
  • Sofia's dogs look similar to German Shepherds, but they are actually Belgian Malinois. They are a breed often trained to do police work.
  • Halle Berry was a fan of the John Wick films before taking the part of Sofia. When she heard that this film would have a female assassin, she told the director she was on board even before the role was completely written.
  • Stahelski says that Berry also brought a lot to her character emotionally. "...she brought so much sincerity to Sofia. You really feel Sofia's sense of personal loss as well as her strength."
  • Cooking show aficionados might recognize Mark Dacascos (The Chairman) from the cooking game shows "Iron Chef America" and "Iron Chef Australia."
  • According to producer Erica Lee, Keanu Reeves had the idea for The Adjudicator. Lee says, "We wanted someone who would be really imposing yet had a bit of quirk. As fans of "Billions", we loved Asia's work and thought that they would bring a really cool vibe to the movie."
  • Unity Phelan, the principal dancer in the film, enjoyed how the movie gives the audience a peek into the ballet world. "I'm especially excited to see ballet depicted as being as intense an art form as martial arts warrior training. Ballet is not only physical but mental, so it's really cool to see it is part of the history of John Wick."
  • New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck was brought in to do the ballet choreography. She says, "The piece we created is edgy, tense and dramatic, in keeping with 'John Wick'."
  • Berrada's character is described as the "master of coin" for the High Table and the assassins, as he mints the gold coins they use throughout the movies. Berrada is played by Jerome Flynn, who also played the sellsword Bronn in the HBO series "Game of Thrones". When that series ended in 2019, the character of Bronn had been elevated to Master of Coin as a member of the Westerosi Small Council.
  • Director Chad Stahelski told Chris Lee of "Vulture" that one of the difficulties filming in the city of Essaouira, Morocco was that there were at least 1,000 feral cats roaming the city streets. The production hired 30 cat wranglers and built housing for the cats. They fed the cats at night and then set them free in the morning.
  • Director Chad Stahelski warned Halle Berry about how much one has to train for a role in a "John Wick" movie and she was still determined to do it. She says, "...I never worked harder for a film role in my entire career." Berry is proud of her work on this film, saying, "There's nothing I wanted to do more than to prove that women of my age can do exactly what we want to do. Age doesn't define us."
  • In reflecting on how she prepared for her role, Halle Berry says, "I've never trained this hard. It was tough, it was amazing, and I love that my character Sofia also brings some real heart and soul to the story as someone from John Wick's past who knows the costs of doing what he does."
  • Keanu Reeves says that Halle Berry was "100 percent committed" to the training for this movie. She not only had to learn martial arts and weapons, but also how to train dogs because her character has two Malinois. The film's dog trainer told Reeves, "they treat Halle as their trainer now." This is important because when working with animals, the trainer is normally just out of frame giving the commands; but because Berry could command the dogs herself, it gave the filmmakers much more freedom in terms of how the scenes were shot.
  • Five different dogs portrayed Sofia's two dogs. They were trained by Andrew Simpson, who also trained the dire wolves in "Game of Thrones." The dogs were taught a one-of-a-kind form of dog martial arts that Chad Stahelski created for the film.
  • Halle Berry spent three hours a day, four days a week with the dogs doing drills in order to form a bond with them. She says, "Malinois are super smart and fiercely loyal but, at the same time, they like to play, which made it fun. I'm an animal person. I have two dogs myself, so the sweetest part of my training day was always hanging out with the dogs."
  • Halle Berry had to focus on increasing her endurance while training. She says, "Because of Chad's long takes, it's essential to have really good cardiovascular stamina so I could do lots of moves at once and then do them over and over. I also wanted to show I could keep up with Keanu Reeves, which is no easy deal."
  • Halle Berry's trainer for the film was Heidi Moneymaker, a prominent stunt woman in Hollywood. Moneymaker helped craft a variation of John Wick's judo that had a "female driven spark." Berry says of her trainer, "I think Heidi was the key for me. It was great to be trained by a woman because women have different sensibilities and our bodies actually do work a little bit differently. Plus, Heidi is so badass it's a constant inspiration."
  • Chris Lee reports on "Vulture" that director Chad Stahelski had wanted to incorporate dogs into the action in "John Wick: Chapter 2," but was unable to because of scheduling conflicts.
  • This was the first time Keanu Reeves had seen the Sahara. "What a magical, amazing, profound place it is," he remarks. "For me to be walking up those sand dunes in the dark John Wick suit definitely had its challenges but it's an amazing scene on screen."
  • Zero, played by Mark Dacascos, is one of The High Table's most dangerous assassins. In addition to being a karate and kung-fu champion, Dacascos also appeared in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and Drive (1997)
  • Before directing the "John Wick" movies, Chad Stahelski's martial arts background got him into stunt work. He first worked as a stunt double for the late Brandon Lee in "The Crow" and later doubled for Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix."
  • Cinematographer Dan Laustsen's favorite scene to shoot was the one at Grand Central Terminal. He says, "It's just so iconic New York. We wanted to light it in our own shadowy way, and it's difficult to do there because the working conditions are rough. You have to come in and get out fast. We only succeeded because we had such a fantastic lighting and grip crew in New York."
  • Keanu Reeves is a motorcycle enthusiast. He founded Arch Motorcycles, a company that creates high-end custom motorcycles, with Gard Hollinger.
  • Asia Kate Dillon recalls the confrontation between The Adjudicator and Winston as "particularly fun to play." Dillon says, "After the first two chapters, you might think that nobody can mess with John Wick or Winston, but here comes this character who is intimidating and has a power they don't. I think audiences will really enjoy that."
  • Speaking of The Adjudicator's outfits, Asia Kate Dillon says, "It's a high-femme, high-fashion look with lots of angles and deep V-necks. One thing I love about The Adjudicator is that even though they're showing skin it doesn't make them any less powerful. When I was trying to understand the emotional intention of this character, the costume became the last pieces of the puzzle that let me in."
  • Many would recognize Mark Dacascos from his role of Wo Fat in the popular CBS show "Hawaii 5-0" or from his role of Mr. Giyera on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
  • The music heard in one scene is from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". Specifically, Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter). One might also recognize it from the Netflix show "Chef's Table."
  • Producer Erica Lee has loved seeing how director Chad Stahelski continues to up the stakes with each film. She says, "With each movie, we are always asking: what can we give audiences that they haven't seen? That only works because Chad pushes harder than anyone I've ever worked with." Lee calls Stahelski "the ultimate perfectionist" and that is why "each chapter of 'John Wick' is not only more entertaining and more action packed, but more beautiful."
  • Some hotel scenes were filmed at One Hanson Place in Brooklyn, which is the tallest building in that borough. It was once known as the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.
  • Anjelica Huston hadn't met Keanu Reeves before this film, but she enjoyed his work in the Matrix series. She says of the John Wick films: "they're graceful and beautifully mapped out and the action took my breath away. Keanu really understands silence as well as action like few people do. He puts it all out there physically."
  • Two of Zero's Ninja warriors are played by Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman. Both martial artists were also in "The Raid."
  • The filmmakers wanted to do the fight in the glass gallery without any effects. Director Chad Stahelski says, "We relied on choreography, lighting, and camera angles, which meant the design had to sync with the action."
  • Mark Dacascos (Zero) comments on the difficulty of filming the climactic fight scene, admitting, "A few people actually ran into the glass." He continues, "As a fighter, a glass set is very spooky, because you can't hide anything technically. You have to be super sharp, but the challenge was fun, and the final look is really cool."
  • Keanu Reeves describes John's conflict in this film as "a battle between two sides of himself: John and John Wick" He says, "John is the guy who just wants to be left alone, who seeks a quiet life in which to remember his wife. In order to do that he has to engage the side of himself that is John Wick, the side that knows how to fight to the death. John Wick is the only one who can help John survive."
  • Mark Dacascos (Zero) was a fan of the "John Wick" films from the start. "As a martial artist, I totally appreciated the beautiful choreography and I loved that you actually got to see actors doing real moves with real finishes." Dacascos continues, "Since Chad is himself such a talented, disciplined martial artist, he knows what goes into real combat. He also knows how to capture that spirit with the camera."
  • Mark Dacascos describes his character as being "a little psychotic" and he mirrors this in the way that Zero fights. "He has a broken rhythm, where he'll be smooth then suddenly frantic. It's great when you can put so much character into the physical movement."
  • Mark Dacascos' martial arts prowess inspired Keanu Reeves. Reeves says, "Mark brought Zero to life with both hard-boiled noir quality and a tongue-in-cheek humor. It was an especially good experience for me to train with Mark because he's such an expert that he pushed me that much more."
  • Asia Kate Dillon loved the looks created for The Adjudicator by costume designer Luca Mosca. Mosca incorporated couture pieces by visionary designer Thierry Mugler. Dillon says, "Luca is an incredible human being who had such a clear vision which matched how I felt about the character."
  • Asia Kate Dillon can be seen on the TV show "Billions" as Taylor. Dillon broke barriers by being the first non-binary gender identifying actor to ever cast in a major television series. Dillon also had a role on "Orange Is the New Black."
  • John Wick adopted this dog at the end of the first film. It was established in "John Wick: Chapter 2" that the dog doesn't have a name.
  • Keanu Reeves says of the "John Wick" films, "The opportunity to continue telling this story with the beauty of Chad's vision and the support of the crew's devotion is a thrill." He hopes that people enjoy the films as much as he enjoys making them.
  • In the 15th century Casablanca became known as a safe haven for pirates.
  • The repeated phrase in the movie, "be seeing you" is the same phrase used by Patrick McGoohan in the classic TV show The Prisoner.
  • Mark Dacascos (Zero) was born into the martial arts. Both his father Al Dacascos and his mother Malia Bernal are respected, accomplished, and highly trained in Kajukenbo (a Hawaiian Mixed Martial Art: Karate Judo/Jujutsu, Kenpo, Boxing). Dacascos created his own form of martial art; Won Hop Kuen Do.
  • At about the 6 minute mark in the movie, John runs up the stairs of a large Library. On the top step, there is an a capella quartet singing Frank Stallone's "Take Me Back". This is an apparent homage to the Rocky franchise as this is the only movie that has featured this arrangement - other than Rocky movies I-VI.
  • The tattoo 'einfühlsam' on the Adjudicator's neck is German for 'empathetic'.
  • When John Wick is fighting the Shinobu duo towards the end of the movie, Keanu Reeves and/or his stunt double are clearly dramatising being kicked into the glass cases. The chest kicks from the Shinobu are not connecting in some instances, and the viewer can see that Wick is launching himself into the glass.
  • Lance Reddick is cast as "Charon" in all three John Wick films. In Greek and Roman mythology, "Charon" is "The Boatman"; after death, he took one's soul across the River Styx to the "Gates of Judgement". Coins were placed on the eyes of the departed, in order to pay "The Boatman" for passage. This is still (occasionally) done today.
  • The scene near the end which has John Wick shoot a guy in a pool was shot at Aire Ancient Spa in TriBeCa.
  • As was seen on Winston's watch in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), the global contract on Wick began at 4:54 p.m. At the beginning of this film the time on the clock tower is 5:08 p.m. and it is about twenty minutes after sunset. According to sunset tables, this would set the date at about January 11th.
  • The photo of Wick and his wife hidden in the book is a black-and-white print of the color photo he had framed in his house.
  • Wick receives one marker from Winston at the end of the previous film and he takes one from the library book, which makes two markers, one of which he redeems in this film.
  • The use of standard sutures puts the doctor beyond the time limit. In the first film Wick breaks into an animal hospital and uses a staple suture gun, which is much faster. Apparently the doctor is very old-fashioned, as can be seen by his office.
  • In all the Wick movies Winston always has three olives in his martinis.
  • The subtitles are set in variants of the Square Sans Serif 7 font.
  • The Russian ballet is entitled "Tale of Two Wolves". This is reference to a traditional Native American proverb in which a grandfather tells his grandson that there are two wolves battling inside a person - an evil wolf and a good wolf. The grandson asks which wolf will win and is told, "The one that you feed."
  • Wick's true name is Jardani Jovonovich. Jovon is the Serbian Hebrew form of the name John. His last name means "son of John". Jardani is from the Hebrew which means "of the garden". As is seen by the crucifix, his tribe was obviously formerly Jewish but had converted to Christianity at some point. He also identifies the tribes origins as being in Belarus. This is the former Soviet state which borders Poland at the west and has Minsk as its capital.
  • After being shot by Sophia, Wick seems little the worse for wear. She then compliments him on his suit. In the previous film he purchased a pair of suits - one for day and one for evening - that contained a bulletproof layer of fabric. He was told at the time that it would stop bullets but that it would be painful.
  • The first ballet sequence utilizes music from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, specifically The Waltz of the Snowflakes pas de deux. However the dancer is not rehearsing the Nutcracker or even a pas de deux.
  • When John is dropped off in the desert by Sofia, there is a shot of him climbing up a sand dune in trackless desert and the camera pans around. Just before it cuts away there is a town visible in the far distance behind John.
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  • When the adjudicator first meets Winston at the Continental they are wearing their coat and carrying their gloves which moments earlier they had left on the front counter with Charon. It is clear that during one take they dump their coat on the counter, suit jacket showing - next they are peering over the lounge balcony with the coat over their shoulders again.
  • Director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves would earn almost $12m between themselves through profit participation.

Spoilers

  • The showdown in the Continental lobby contains many intentional lighting changes, and one of them is a direct allusion and tribute to a key Matrix scene and overall Matrix Trilogy color theme.
  • The first film in the series not to feature Thomas Sadoski as Jimmy.
  • According to Chad Stahelski, when John Wick is knocked down during his fight with the two Shinobi, he was supposed to get straight back up. Keanu Reeves stumbled on the day, tired from shooting, but played it off as a comedic beat which made it into the final cut.
  • According to Rotten Tomatoes, John Wick kills 94 people in this film. This is more than he killed in the original film, where he killed 77, but less than 'Chapter 2', where he killed 128.
  • Mark Dacascos' character, Zero, uses a gun exactly once in the entire film. He points it at John Wick just before John slaps his hand onto the curb at the Continental Hotel.
  • The first film in the series to not have John Leguizamo as Aurelio.
  • When the Continental is deconsecrated, the computer used is a Commodore Vic 20, from the early 80s.
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