Keanu Reeves was injured during a friendly game of hockey with his friends during spare time. His lip was split, requiring six stitches. In his next scheduled scene, a love scene with Debra Messing, he was quoted as saying to her: "please don't hurt me."
Angélica Aragón (who plays the mother) and Evangelina Elizondo (who plays the grandmother) would reunite 2 years after this movie to star together in a Mexican telenovela Mirada de mujer (1997) (Stare of a woman) in which they also play mother and daughter.
The blue and silver-colored badge that Sergeant Sutton (Keanu Reeves) wears on the top of his rows of ribbons (they represent the medals and decorations he earned during the war), on his uniform jacket, is the Combat Infantryman Badge. The U.S. Army began to award this badge by an act of Congress in 1943 to infantry soldiers who had it can be documented had come under fire by the enemy. Awardees are authorized to wear the C.I.B., and granted a monthly stipend of ten dollars in addition to their other pay factors during World War II. Its design consists of a Kentucky rifle on a blue field. By wearing the C.I.B., the filmmakers communicate that Sergeant Sutton is indeed a combat veteran - thus, his nightmares of battle, and, presumably, his affliction of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen owns and operates a Sonoma vineyard. In need of a dramatic third act, Kamen asked himself what would be the most disastrous blow to his own winery. His answer: Fire. He was advised by several associates that vineyards don't burn but less than a year after the movie's release, Kamen's vineyard indeed did burn, destroying his studio house and one third of the vines.