* AdaptationDisplacement: Not many people know that the movie is based off of a play written by Sorkin himself -- even when it's stated during the early credits.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Some people take Jessup's courtroom rant as a TakeThat towards the kind of [[StrawCharacter limousine liberals]] (who would never dream of joining the military themselves) who sit back and criticize armed might and the use of violence against while living their lives under the guard of those same people who they disdain.
* HoYay: Kaffee and Ross. They seem to know each other pretty well and there's the whole scene with the former sucking on his doughnut-dust-covered finger while the latter stares him down. And then some of the final lines:
-->'''Ross:''' Strong witnesses.
-->'''Kaffee:''' And handsome too, didn't you think?
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Colonel Jessup ordered the hazing that led to Santiago's death.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: Many viewers see Jessup's "you need me on that wall" argument as true.
* MemeticMutation: "You fucking people..."
* MisaimedFandom: The number of viewers who admire Jessup's MotiveRant is staggering. Sure, he's meant to have depth and isn't a CardCarryingVillain, but when he implies that Marines shouldn't be accountable to the law, you're not supposed to ''agree'' with him. Part of the problem is that the film doesn't include Kaffee's rebuttal from the play where he points out exactly what he's saying.
* {{Narm}}: Kaffee has a tendency to explosively swear at people out of nowhere when slighted.
-->'''Kaffee:''' Cutie-pie shit will not win you points with me. I get paid no matter how much time you spend in jail.\\
'''Dawson:''' (derisively) Yes, sir. I know you do, sir.\\
'''Kaffee:''' "FUCK YOU HAROLD!!!!"
** Also:
-->'''Ross:''' You got bullied into that courtroom by the memory of a dead lawyer.\\
'''Kaffee:''' "YOU'RE A LOUSY FUCKING SOFTBALL PLAYER JACK!!!!" (Bonus points for having no bearing on the conversation whatsoever.)
* OneSceneWonder: Colonel Jessup only appears in a few scenes, but he makes the most of each of them.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Creator/KieferSutherland doesn't quite get the hang of his character's Kentucky accent.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Percy from ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' is Kaffey's supervisor in one scene. [[HilariousInHindsight He even mentions something called "Division".]]
** Also, Noah "[[{{Series/ER}} Dr. Carter]]" Wyle as Barnes.
* SignatureScene: "You can't ''handle'' the truth!"