* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/DenzelWashington had been doing a lot of boxing before the movie. It was his idea to add the boxing montage.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/DenzelWashington took this role so he would have an opportunity to "be in there jousting with a master."
* BackedByThePentagon: Averted, as they refused a script involving a mutiny. The newscaster had to speak from the French carrier Foch instead of the originally planned American one.
* CastTheExpert: Jason Robards, who plays the admiral in the inquiry scene, actually served in the Navy during World War II and received the Navy Cross (though he is not listed in official rolls of Navy Cross winners, despite the claims some - not he - have made).
* RecycledSet:
** The Submarine set built for this movie was also used in the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Shadow".
** The set used for the bridge of the USS Alabama was also used as the USS Georgia's bridge in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/AlPacino was originally offered the role of Captain Frank Ramsey, while Creator/WarrenBeatty was interested and Creator/TommyLeeJones passed on it.
** Creator/ValKilmer was originally offered the role of Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, but turned it down, much to his regret. Creator/TomCruise, Creator/BradPitt and Andy Garcia were also considered.
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