Creator Cameo: JG Ballard, author of the book, appears as an extra in the costume party.
Deleted Role: Many of the actors in the POW camp had larger parts but those portions of the film were heavily cut down from what was shot. Robert Stephens and Paul McGann claimed they filmed larger parts of the film, but most of their scenes were cut.
Magnum Opus Dissonance: Steven Spielberg considered this one of his more important, serious works, but it remains overshadowed in the public by Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. and Schindler's List. Critics such as Joseph McBride and Andrew Sarris generally agree with Spielberg and rate it as one of his very best films.