* 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: Bullock and Jackson get top billing over [=McConaughey=], 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 Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, and Oliver Platt; and New York-born, England-raised Patrick [=McGoohan=].
* RealLifeRelative: Kiefer and Donald Sutherland appear together, although their characters aren't related.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/MatthewMcConaughey.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/WoodyHarrelson was originally to take the role of Jake, but John Grisham would not allow it as a friend of his was murdered by a ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' copycat. Other actors considered were Alec Baldwin, Brad Pitt, Bill Paxton, Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer, and Aidan Quinn.