The scene between Justin and Charles on the mountain overlooking the water, was filmed on Bradbury Mountain, located in Pownal, Maine. Because of the steep fall to the water, the mountain has had, for many years, a protective fence on the side facing the water. The filmmakers took down the fence prior to filming and replaced it afterward.
The poetry Justin recites to himself as he is sitting alone by the fire is a translation of the first four lines of the Aeneid, an epic poem written in Latin, in the first century B.C. by Publius Vergilius Maro, better known in English as Virgil. The same lines are inscribed on the plaque on the clock Chuck had admired earlier, but with the words in a different order from the lines as written by Virgil.
One of three Mel Gibson and James Horner collaborations. This movie being the first, along with Braveheart (1995) and Apocalypto (2006). James Horner also composed for Ransom (1996), which starred Mel Gibson, and was directed by Ron Howard, with whom Horner also worked, on movies like Cocoon (1985), Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and The Missing (2003).
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
While the film suggests Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson) is wholly innocent of pedophilia, the novel, on which the film was based, contains a scene strongly implying that the tutor does molest his student, Chuck. Gibson chose to remove this element from the story, in order "to say something more positive."