- Award Snub: While George Stevens managed to win an Oscar for his direction, the film managed to lose out Best Picture to Around the World in 80 Days (now regarded as one of the worst films ever to claim the prize). James Dean and Rock Hudson also both lost out to Best Actor to Yul Brynner (though this is more debatable), Mercedes McCambridge lost out Supporting Actress, and Elizabeth Taylor wasn't even nominated for Lead Actress.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: After Angel is killed in World war II, his body is brought back for burial. At the funeral, the honor guard presents his parents with the American flag from his casket. Then, Bick, who earlier expressed his admiration for Angel, presents them with the Texas state flag from the display case in Reata.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Jett Rink ends up becoming a conniving rich Texan who drives the rest of the characters against him. Normally, this wouldn't be too funny, but at around the 2:45 mark, when Jordy throws a bottle of alcohol at a sign with his initials, one can't help but laugh. His initials are JR.