- Acclaimed Flop: It was a critical darling, yet didn't make its money back due to stiff competition.
- Acting for Two: Albert Finney also plays the matron in the ladies' restroom. No, really.
- Box Office Bomb: Budget: $14 million. Box Office: $5,080,409.
- Dueling Movies: GoodFellas, The Godfather Part III, and State Of Grace were all released around the same time.
- Fake American: Englishman Albert Finney plays the Irish-American Liam "Leo" O'Bannon.
- Life Imitates Art: The Coens found it first hilarious, then infuriating, that while filming this movie full of police corruption they were repeatedly hit up for bribes by New Orleans Police Department officers.
- Production Posse: This was the Coens' first collaboration with John Turturro, Steve Buscemi and Jon Polito.
- Real-Life Relative: Joel Coen's wife Frances McDormand is the mayor's secretary.
- Star-Making Role: For Marcia Gay Harden, who has become one of the most respected actresses in the industry since her breakthrough in this film.
- What Could Have Been:
- The initial script has Tom's last name as "Duschaine" instead of Reagan, and The Dane was called Bluepoint.
- Eddie Dane was originally written for Peter Stormare and was to be named The Swede. Stormare had to decline as he was appearing as Hamlet in the Broadway production. The part was then re-written and re-cast, and became The Dane.
- Willem Dafoe and Andy García were considered for Tom Reagan.
- Ian Holm was conisdered for Leo.
- Michael Gambon was considered for Johnny Caspar.
- Gary Cole and Kevin Spacey were considered for Eddie Dane.
- Linda Fiorentino, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demi Moore and Julia Roberts auditioned to play Verna.
- Working Title: The Bighead, which was The Coen Brothers' nickname for Tom Reagan.
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