In a scene at one of the local Milagro stores where John Heard's lawyer character is dropping off his newspapers, a woman is shopping for Newman's Own salad dressing. The store owner tells her, that's no good, buy something else - an obvious in-joke in which director Robert Redford tweaks his longtime friend and two-time co-star Paul Newman.
After the movie was first released, the film's source novelist and co-screenwriter John Nichols, wrote an essay entitled "Night of the Living Beanfield: How an Unsuccessful Cult Novel Became an Unsuccessful Cult Film in Only Fourteen Years, Eleven Nervous Breakdowns, and $20 Million".
Director Robert Redford's first film as a director in around eight years. Redford's previous directorial effort, his debut as a director, had been Ordinary People (1980), which had won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Redford.
A soundtrack for the movie has never been released despite the fact that the film won the Academy Award for Best Music Score. Instead though, tracks from the film's score have been included on composer Dave Grusin's 1989 album entitled "Migration".
Website 'Wikipedia' states that "according to an article by Patricia Rodriguez in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, [director] 'Robert Redford' was interested in filming part of the movie in the Plaza del Cerro of Chimayo, New Mexico, which is argued to be the last surviving fortified Spanish plaza in North America. Some locals responded favorably but many objected to the idea of big business changing the small community which forced Redford to film the movie in Truchas, New Mexico".