* AllStarCast: Creator/TomCruise, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/DemiMoore, Kiefer Sutherland, Creator/KevinBacon, and Christopher Guest. Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Pollack, and Noah Wyle are not this, since they weren't really known at the time, making it more a case of RetroactiveRecognition.
* BackedByThePentagon: Averted as this film wasn't.
* BeamMeUpScotty: The famous quote said on this page is often interpreted as simply just one line: "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"
* HeyItsThatGuy: Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding, Jr, and Christopher Guest each play witnesses. John M. Jackson who plays Captain West would go on to play another Navy lawyer, Admiral Chegwidden, for nine 9 years on ''Series/{{JAG}}''. See AllStarCast.
* PlayingAgainstType: J.T. Walsh was well known for playing slimy shady characters. Here he plays an upstanding, ethical (if spineless) military officer.
* This movie spawned a trope -- YouCantHandleTheParody, after the most famous line in the film.