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Mel Gibson cast himself in the role of McLeod, only after he was unable to find any other satisfactory actor, willing to take the part.
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Mel Gibson's directorial debut.
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Nick Stahl's feature-film acting debut.
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Jeff Bridges was considered for the role of Justin McLeod.
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The film takes place in 1968.
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Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Tom Hanks, and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Justin McLeod.
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The poem about airplanes that McLeod gives to Chuck to read is "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee.
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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.
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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.
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The song that Megan is singing in the cemetery is Sarah Posey's "Born a Woman".
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William Hurt was pursued for the lead.
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Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Alec Baldwin, Ray Liotta, Sean penn and kurt Russell were considered to play Justin McLeod.
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The brief shot, supposedly of Boston, Massachusetts, in the beginning of the film, is actually the Portland, Maine waterfront.
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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).
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Second film with James Horner music, in which Gaby Hoffmann appears. The first was Field of Dreams (1989).
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Spoilers 

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."
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