- All-Star Cast: Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, and Bruno Kirby.
- Billing Displacement: Kevin Bacon is billed first, despite a Small Role, Big Impact as Sean Nokes. He's only in the first half of the film, and is killed off after the Time Skip. While the story divides the cast into the child and adult versions of the protagonists, Robert De Niro appears more prominently in both halves.
- The Danza: Robert De Niro as Father Robert Carrillo.
- Fake American: British Minnie Driver as a native New Yorker.
- Production Posse: Barry Levinson has featured Ralph Tabakin in every film of his.
- What Could Have Been: Early on, Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol.
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