9.Even though Lou Diamond Phillips played Esai Morales' younger brother in the film, he was actually the older of the two. Morales was 23, and Phillips was 24.
10.While it's stated in the film that Steve, Ritchie's dad, drunk himself to death, the real Steve died from life-long complications after coming into contact with mustard gas during the first World War.
11.Lou Diamond Phillips was a stage actor in Fort Worth, Texas when he first auditioned for the film in Dallas. He was flown to Hollywood two weeks later and was cast as Ritchie.
12.Rosanna de Soto, who played Connie, the mother of Ritchie and Bob, was only 12 years older than Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales.