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Author Lorenzo Carcaterra has claimed that his book on which the film is based was a true story of his childhood. When the New York legal community went on record stating that no cases resembling the events of his book could be found in any court records, Carcaterra refused to discuss the discrepancy. His claims have been neither proven nor disproven.
The code name "Edmund" that is used in the paper to notify Micheal that he needed to contact Shakes is the name of the main character, Edmund Dantes, from "The Count of Monte Cristo".
During filming both Brad Renfro and Joe Perrino wore colored contact lenses so they would have the same colored eyes as Brad Pitt and Jason Patric who played the characters as adults.
Kevin Bacon never actually met his co-stars Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman during the production because of the logistics of the shoot.
This was Billy Crudup's film debut.
In the end of the movie they sing the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song "Walk Like a Man". In the scene where Shakes is in Carol's home (at around 1h 17 mins) he is picking up a record from the shaft of that same single.
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At one time Sandra Bullock was attached to play Carol.
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The movie was filmed at the former psychiatric hospital, Fairfield Hills, located in Newtown, CT, right after the state took possession of the property.
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Roger Ebert criticized the movie as homophobic.
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Devon Sawa was offered the role of Young Michael Sullivan, but passed because he was in production with Wild America (1997).
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Director Trademark 

Barry Levinson:  [Ralph Tabakin]  Ralph (Warden) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).
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