In Jim McGlynn's original Nicoll Fellowship-winning screenplay, Pat died in Bokky's arms while convincing him, in his broken gypsy dialect, not to leave the traveller family. The ending was re-written on-location at the behest of Bill Paxton and Jack Green.
Filmmaker Rick King held an option on the screenplay for this film by Jim McGlynn. However, Bill Paxton paid King handsomely to walk away from the project, so that he could produce the film himself, with Jack N. Green as director.
This was one of the first seven films, on which to be foreclosed, by the Screen Actors Guild for non-payment of wages and residuals to SAG members. On July 13, 2004, rights to the film were sold at auction.