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Catherine Zeta-Jones' way of acting in this movie was modeled upon Katharine Hepburn's romantic roles.
Originally set to be helmed by Andrew Bergman as a reteaming of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
Billy Bob Thornton speaks very fast in this movie because his character in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) speaks very slowly. They did the same thing with Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996)
The screenplay was written by Robert Ramsey and Matt Stone and then refashioned by the Coen Brothers in the mid 1990s. Initially the screenplay was attached to Ron Howard and then Jonathan Demme, who had planned to cast Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the lead roles.
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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen stated that the film was nearly in the works for eight years. It initially began as a project they wrote up for Universal.
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Miles's line, "Whoever loved that loved not at first sight" is from Christopher Marlowe's poem "Hero and Leander".
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Marilyn's line, "Dismiss your vows, your feigned tears, your flattery / for where a heart is hard they make no battery" is from William Shakespeare's poem, Venus and Adonis.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was pregnant with her daughter Carys during the shooting of the movie, which was filmed immediately after Chicago (2002), Zeta-Jones' Oscar vehicle.
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The first Coen brothers film to be editing using digital technology instead of the traditional, analog Steenbeck equipment.
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The judge shares the same name as the main female character in the Coen Brothers movie The Ladykillers. The shared name is Marva Munson.
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A line from Herb's speech to Miles is inspired by the Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln said "testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." Herb said, "This firm cannot prosper... nor long endure..."
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush; and one Oscar nominee: Richard Jenkins.
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Jonathan Demme offered Will Smith the role of Miles.
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N.O.M.A.N. stands for National Organization of Matrimonial Attorneys Nationwide.
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The logo on the door handle of the Rexroth mansion is the same as the logo for the Rich company in Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) where Edward Herrmann played Richard Rich marking the second time the actor has played a character with repetitive Rs in his name. This is likely a homage from the film makers to his previous role.
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When Miles (George Clooney) gives his keynote speech to N.O.M.A.N, telling his audience that "love is good," he is adapting the line from Ivan Boesky's famous speech, in which Boesky assured his audience that "greed is good." In turn, Boesky's speech was reprised by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the movie "Wall Street."
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The slogan on the sign at the N.O.M.A.N. convention (behind the speaker's podium) is "Let N.O.M.A.N. put asunder..."
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Sarah's house is the same one from Last Action Hero
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Right before Howard Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton) rips up the Massey prenup agreement he and Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) have signed as a "present" to his bride, he tells the assembled guests that it is unusual for the groom to give his bride a wedding present. In point of fact, a large number of brides and grooms exchange wedding presents immediately upon taking their vows.
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Cameo 

Bruce Campbell: Can be seen acting alongside Billy Bob Thornton in the soap opera.

Director Trademark 

Joel Coen: [Kubrick] The "beeping" sound effects of Herb's medical equipment are taken directly from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), specifically the radar sound effects of the Jupiter pods.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Wheezy Joe shoots himself, the glass behind him has a hole in the shape of a heart where the bullet went through.

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