- BFI Top 100 British Films: #85.
- Enforced Method Acting: Pete Postlethwaite's final speech was not rehearsed in front of the rest of the cast. This was because the director wanted genuine reactions from everyone on hearing it.
- Real-Life Relative: Stephen Tompkinson's parents, Brian and Josephine, appear as extras in the Halifax Piece Hall scene.
- Retroactive Recognition: This film was an early vehicle for a talented up-and-comer named Ewan McGregor.
- Talent Double: Former Grimethorpe Colliery Band member Paul Hughes provided Gloria Mullins's flugelhorn solo in the "En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor" sequence.
- What Could Have Been: Kate Winslet and Catherine Zeta-Jones were considered for Gloria.
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