* AllStarCast: Creator/TomCruise, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/DemiMoore, Creator/KieferSutherland, Creator/KevinBacon, and Creator/ChristopherGuest. Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Pollak, 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!" This is mostly due to the fact that it's usually just one person making the reference where accurately quoting it takes two people.
* FollowTheLeader: ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Which makes this movie something of the step-granddaddy of the {{Franchise/Bellisarioverse}}.
* HideYourPregnancy: Creator/DemiMoore was eight months pregnant when she was cast.
* PlayingAgainstType: J.T. Walsh was well known for playing slimy shady characters. Here he plays an upstanding, ethical (if spineless) military officer.
* ProductionPosse: This marked Josh Malina's first time working on something Creator/AaronSorkin wrote; he plays Tom, Jessup's secretary.
** Second time, in fact. He was first in the Broadway play this movie is based on, as an ensemble member and understudy, later getting promoted up to play private Downey.
* RealLifeRelative:
** Aunt Ginny is played by Creator/RobReiner's sister-in-law, Maud Winchester.
** Kevin Pollak's mother is in the crowd watching the trial. According to Pollak, she hit on Creator/JackNicholson.
* ThrowItIn: Creator/TomCruise's Creator/JackNicholson impersonation (when his character is quoting Colonel Jessep) was not scripted. Creator/DemiMoore's and Kevin Pollak's reactions are genuine.
* UncreditedRole: Creator/WilliamGoldman did an uncredited re-write of the screenplay. Creator/AaronSorkin was so impressed by Goldman's new dialogue, as well as changes that tightened the story, that he re-wrote and re-published the play to incorporate the changes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/RobertDeNiro and Creator/RichardDreyfuss wanted to play Col. Jessop.
** Creator/MichellePfeiffer was the first choice for Lieutenant Commander Galloway, but the studio wanted a tougher actress. Creator/JodieFoster and Creator/LindaHamilton were also considered.
** Creator/JasonAlexander was supposed to play Sam Weinberg, but when ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' was unexpectedly renewed, he was no longer available.


* This movie spawned a trope -- YouCantHandleTheParody, after the most famous line in the film.
* The American Film Institute voted [[AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes "You can't handle the truth!"]] as #29 for greatest quotes of the century. The movie itself came in at [[AFIS10Top10 #5 on the top ten list for Courtroom Dramas]].