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The first movie to be set primarily or entirely in Los Angeles and win a Best Picture Oscar.

Paul Haggis had wanted Christine to drive a Lexus SUV or a similar car that reflected her social status. Since the car was to be destroyed during the accident scene, however, budget restrictions dictated otherwise and a 1992 Jeep was used instead.

Lionsgate spent $2 million to promote the film to Academy members in the run-up to the Oscars.

John Cusack was the original choice for the role of District Attorney Rick Cabot, which eventually went to Brendan Fraser.

The movie was shot in 36 days.

The Persian couple are called Shereen and Farhad. "Shereen and Farhad" is an ancient Persian love story by various poets, with Nizami Ganjavi's being the most famous.

Sandra Bullock was so committed to appearing in this film that she bought her own plane ticket to fly to the set.

First film bought in a film festival (Toronto) to win best picture at the Oscars.

With only a budget of $6m for this film, director Paul Haggis had to cut the costs by using his own house for scenes and even his own car for other scenes.

Thandie Newton was Paul Haggis' first choice for her character.

Kathleen York, who wrote the Oscar-nominated song "Into the Deep" for the film, makes a cameo appearance as the police officer giving the report to Don Cheadle at the officer shooting crime scene.

The Cabot house is actually director Paul Haggis's own house.

The story of Officer John Ryan and his father comes from a piece of hate mail Paul Haggis received while he was working as a writer in the TV series Family Law (1999).

The movie is dedicated to the late director/producer Anita W. Addison, who was the first person to read Paul Haggis' script.

Beverly Todd and Don Cheadle also played mother and son on an episode of Hill Street Blues (1981).

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