* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The court system is inherently prejudiced against men when it comes to child custody battles. This was an anvil that desperately needed to be dropped back then, and we still need reminding of today. The fact Joanna came so close to getting full custody of her son even after abandoning him, and only averts this by giving up her fight, drives it home.
* StarMakingRole: For Streep.
* TearJerker: Quite possibly the UrExample of 20th century cinema.
* ThrowItIn: The scene where Ted slaps the wine glass against the wall wasn't scripted. [[EnforcedMethodActing Joanna's reaction was really Meryl Streep surprised that he did that.]]