Walter Hill's original cut of the movie was over two hours long. Before Hill edited the final theatrical version his rough cut was used to edit the trailers for the movie, which is why there is lot of alternate/deleted footage shown in them, including many alternate takes, different edits of some scenes, extended versions of scenes, some extra lines of dialogue, shots and parts of deleted scenes including additional shootout sequence between two gangs and alternate ending in which Hickey is killed by Smith in different way. Some promotional stills and pictures also show several deleted scenes.
The weapon of choice for John Smith is the government model Colt 1911 A1 45 Automatic of which he carries a brace in a double shoulder holster rig. In one scene it is evident that he also carries upwards of 25 spare 7 round magazines for his pistols.
One of the three big-budget, star-driven films that indie outfit New Line Cinema released in 1996. Like the other two films (The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)) the film underperformed at the box office.
Walter Hill later said that he and Bruce Willis "were not close when we did the film" but "I liked working with him. It was impersonal. Classic, 'I know what you mean. You want me to be a Bogart, Mitchum kind of guy' and I said 'Exactly. Let it happen.' He then took that and gave what I thought was a very good performance. I always sensed there was a kind of core resentment that Bruce felt he should be more appreciated for his talents. At the same time I think there is a limitation, that he does certain things better than others, and he hasn't always chosen so wisely."
Just before the penultimate shoot-out, John returns to the hotel. The short scene starts with a shot of a framed photograph hanging on a wall and then tracks to the outside. The photograph is of Wild Bill Hickock.
Originally, Smith's confrontation with Doyle and Hickey was going to take place in front of the Alamo Hotel (where Smith hangs a tommy gun off of the machete on the post). Smith was going to shoot Doyle in the crotch (as revenge for raping and enslaving Felina) and then blow his brains out. He would then slowly shoot down Hickey. A portion of this scene is included in the theatrical trailer which shows Hickey clutching his tommy gun and staggering as he croaks, "I'll see you in hell."