- Award Category Fraud: Djimon Hounsou was nominated for Best Supporting Actor while Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated as Lead, despite the fact that the entire story revolves around the former's quest to rescue his son.
- California Doubling: Most of the film was shot in South Africa and Mozambique.
- The Cast Show Off: Arnold Vosloo's first language is Afrikaans, and he speaks lines in both that and English.
- Fake Nationality:
- Follow the Leader: This was one of a couple of films about modern conflict in Africa released after the success of Black Hawk Down.
- Real-Life Relative: Two women are standing in front of the airport as Danny walks by them when he arrives in South Africa. Those are his mother and grandmother.
- What Could Have Been:
- If Leonardo Di Caprio hadn't been able to play the part of Danny Archer, Russell Crowe was the next choice.
- The film's Working Title was Okavango.
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