- Although they play mother and son, June Carter Cash is in reality only 2 years older than Robert Duvall.
- The lines of the radio owner during the scene where Billy Bob Thornton is talked out of bulldozing the church were improvised.
- Robert Duvall had to use $4 million of his own money to complete the film. When the movie did well at the box office the distributors reimbursed him.
- Robert Duvall wrote the script in the 1980s and was turned down by many studios before he financed the film himself.