When Chris goes to the city in Heaven where people are flying around, watch for characters from "Peter Pan" (Wendy, Michael, John) and "Mary Poppins" (Mary Poppins) among the people flying.
The director`s mother is among the people flying around in the great library.
One of a small number of films shot on Fuji Velvia (RVM) film stock. Velvia is a type of film used most frequently for still photography of landscapes and other subjects because of its very high color saturation. It is only rarely employed for cinematography, usually when special effects are required.
Chris Nielsen`s fictional grave is located in Mount View Cemetery in Oakland, California. Near the scene`s filming location is a real gravesite for an Anna Nielsen and her husband.
# # The title is derived from William Shakespeare`s "Hamlet" (Act 3, Scene 1): "To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there`s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause..."
Dawn Soler, the musical supervisor for the film has said in an interview that W. Axl Rose intended to have the unreleased Guns N` Roses song "This I Love" in this movie but for some reason the director didn`t use the song.
The original score was composed by Ennio Morricone. However, Morricone`s score was rejected after some initial screen tests. No explanation for the rejection has ever been given by the director or producers.
The original prints of the film, which were stored at a video vault in Universal Studios Hollywood`s backlot, were lost in the June 1st, 2008 backlot fire.
Annette Bening auditioned for the role of Annie Nielsen.
The "Hell" scenes were shot on the decrepit, rusted hulk of the Essex class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV-34). The ship was later sunk to make room for an artificial reef on 17 May, 2006.