- Awesome Music: Two of Tom Waits' best songs ("Downtown Train" and "Innocent When You Dream"), plus a gorgeous cover of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Jerry Garcia Band.
- One-Scene Wonder: Ashley Judd as Felicity, Ruby's drug addict daughter.Felicity: I got born last week when some dog fucked you up the ass.
- Retroactive Recognition: Giancarlo Esposito plays one of the guys who hangs out at Auggie's shop, while Jared Harris is Auggie's employee.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Both Ruby (eye) and Cyrus (left arm) have damaged body parts in addition to the children they've (figuratively) lost.
YMMV / Smoke