- Shortly after the film's release, Bruce Dern received death threats for his character killing 'Wayne, John' by shooting him in the back.
- When John Wayne informed Bruce Dern that Dern would shoot Wayne, Wayne told Dern that they would hate him for it. Dern's responded by saying, "Yeah, but they'll sure love me in Berkeley."
- Mark Rydell originally sought George C. Scott for the role of Wil Andersen because he despised 'John Wayne' 's views on the Vietnam War and other aspects of U.S. foreign policy.
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