The first Mexican Film to be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

Losely based on Brother Grimm's tale "The Death's Godson."

The scene where Macario visits Death at the Cave with the Candles, which each of them represent a human life, would inspire a similar scene on the animated film "The Book of Life" (2014). Both films use El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a main theme.