* AllStarCast: Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/SandraBullock, Creator/KevinSpacey, both Sutherlands ([[Creator/DonaldSutherland Donald]] and [[Creator/KieferSutherland Kiefer]]), Oliver Platt, Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/ChrisCooper, Patrick [=McGoohan=], Brenda Fricker... that's just a few of them.
* BillingDisplacement: Creator/SandraBullock and Creator/SamuelLJackson get top billing over Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, although the latter plays the film's central character and has much more screentime.
** Interestingly, this is only true of the film's opening credits (and poster art); the closing credits bill [=McConaughey=] first.
* FakeAmerican: Dublin-native Brenda Fricker; Canadians Creator/KieferSutherland, Creator/DonaldSutherland, and Oliver Platt; and New York-born, England-raised Patrick [=McGoohan=].
* RealLifeRelative: Kiefer and Creator/DonaldSutherland appear together, although their characters aren't related.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/MatthewMcConaughey.
** Creator/WoodyHarrelson was originally to take the role of Jake, but Creator/JohnGrisham would not allow it as a friend of his was murdered by a ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' copycat. Creator/KevinCostner was also considered, but he wanted complete control of the project. Other actors considered were Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/BradPitt, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/ValKilmer, and Aidan Quinn.
** Creator/PaulNewman turned down the role of Lucien Wilbanks because he found the film's message distasteful.
** Creator/BruceDern was the original choice for Judge Noose, but he had other commitments.