- AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: #82
- Method Acting: Kelly McGillis lived in an Amish community for a few months to understand her character, which involved her giving up smoking the whole time. She was also kicked by a cow.
- Shout-Out: Book has some coffee, strikes a pose and says "Honey — that's great coffee!" He's clearly parodying a commercial, even if you've never seen it; of course the Lapps don't know what this is about. Early in his career, Ford had auditioned for a Folger's commercial, but couldn't say the line the way the director wanted it.
- Ebert's Glossary of Movie Terms notes this film as one of a few exceptions to his Balloon Rule (Good movies rarely contain a hot-air balloon).
- There are no actual Amish people in the film (although there are some Mennonites, who don't have the same rules about having their pictures taken) but the Amish community was very interested in the filming, a lot of them standing nearby and watching quietly.