Sally Field's heartfelt Oscar acceptance speech for this film is as follows: "This means so much more to me this time, I don't know why. I think the first time I hardly felt it because it was all too new. But I want to 'thank you' to you. I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it. But this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me...You really like me! Thank you."
Gennie James was cast as Possum Spalding, after the initially cast little girl couldn't stop crying when the cameras were rolling. The two girls were actually friends in their hometown of Navasota, Texas.
Sally Field's character's first name "Edna" is only said once in the entire film. During the majority of the film, she is referred to as "Mrs. Spalding". Other than that, she is referred to as "sis" or "ma'am".
Part of a mini-cycle of farming movies that all debuted in 1984. The films include Country (1984), The River (1984), and Places in the Heart (1984). All three pictures were nominated that year for the Best Actress Academy Award, with Sally Field winning the Oscar in that category for the latter, beating out Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek from the first two films respectively.
The closing waltz, which is also played throughout the film, most notably at a dance, is "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)" It was written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy for South of the Border (1939).