That is $4M, rounded. I’m a corporate financial analyst and have been number crunching the last 2 months and we round all the time in supportive notes to financial statements. Also the numbers make sense especially if they incurred a lot of overtime (48days budgeted vs 76actual!) and with all those tricky directed sequences like the fencing mentioned. Just that title sequence alone cost quite a sum.Thanks for the review. I love this film and am anxiously awaiting my copy of the blu-ray.
Regarding the film's budget I found this interesting article from the AFI which cites "the file on the film in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library". That seems to give the figures at least an air of authority. I know budgets can be framed in different ways for different audiences. So maybe it's more like "hot air" of authority . And I further know I'm supremely ignorant on these matters compared to others in this thread.
Anyway, for what it's worth, it notes an initial production budget quoted from said file of just under $2.5 million for 48 days of shooting, but then goes on to say:
So, while not a clear source for where the 4M number might have come from, it's at least approaching the neighborhood.
On another note only 2 more months left of craziness and stress for me- it will be over after the 1st quarter closes!