The movie was a failure at the box-office earning back less than half of its production cost and making it Clint Eastwood's second worst performing picture of the 1990s after White Hunter Black Heart (1990).
Appearing in the movie as D.A. Cecilia Nussbaum is Frances Fisher, the former partner of Clint Eastwood. The pair's relationship ended in 1995 and the two worked together four years later on this film.
In the novel, the death-row inmate was white. Clint Eastwood changed his race for the film to "make it more relevant". The book author deliberately chose to make the inmate white because it would be more believable that people would fight for him as witnessed in the Illinois State Freedom Project.
Debut feature film as an actress for Dina Eastwood, wife of Clint Eastwood. Eastwood and television journalist Dina Ruiz married in 1996. This was the first of two of Eastwood's films that Dina has appeared, the second being in Blood Work (2002).