- All-Star Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, and James Cromwell. In some ways a retroactive example, as it was both Crowe's and Pearce's Star-Making Role.
- Billing Displacement: Kevin Spacey is listed first, though Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce's roles are more substantial in the film. This is probably an effort to establish Vincennes as a Decoy Protagonist, considering he was the most famous actor in the film. Crowe was an unknown at the time, and only later became a "name" actor. The even lesser-known Pearce, whose Exley is the main protagonist, is given third billing after Crowe and Spacey. In the cover, Pearce and Crowe are barely visible, Spacey is larger but pushed to the side, and a shot of Kim Basinger dressed in Vapor Wear takes up half the space.
- Dueling Movies: In contest with Mulholland Falls (1996).
- Fake American: Of the three lead actors, only Kevin Spacey is truly American. Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe are Aussies. In the 'Making of' featurette, the producer relates his reaction to the casting decision.
You want to make a period crime film, set in Los Angeles, starring two Australians?
- Fake Irish: James Cromwell as Irish-American Dudley Smith, with a pretty decent accent.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Rollo Tomasi certainly thought so.
- Playing with Character Type: James Cromwell was cast specifically due to playing as Arthur Hoggett in Babe.
- Star-Making Role: For Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, but especially Crowe.