The unnamed racist police detective (Howard Picard) who orders the gang to disperse at Mr. Kool's homicide scene is/was a member of the Galveston Police Department. Det. Picard retired from the Galveston P.D. in 1988; in real life, he was an alligator wrestler at the former Sea-Arama Marineworld.
Right before the gang enters the bar where they were beaten, the former Demack's Produce building is seen in the background located at 20th and Strand. The awning seen in the film was removed in June 2009 due to saltwater corrosion damage from Hurricane Ike, which made landfall September 13, 2008. The bar which the gang enters is the former Sweet Apples Lounge.
The song playing on the transistor radio after A.P. enters the gang hideout is Say It Again by Love Unlimited - a female vocal trio for singer/composer Barry White.
In the film, there is a prostitute hangout at the corner of 27th Street and Market Street/Avenue D in Galveston. This particular location was once a department store during the turn of the 20th Century after the Galveston Storm of 1900 and during the 1970s - it became a local bar. The building sat vacant for decades and sadly, was demolished in 2002 and redeveloped. The windowed building seen in the background is owned by the Jesse Tree Ministries since 1996.
The apartment that Maria and Billy Most reside is located at 2118 Strand in The Strand Historical District; today, the entrance to the apartment via a stairwell seen in the film has a gated access door.
The street that A.P. is seen running is on 27th Street; in the film, there are billboards. This particular location (27th and Mechanic/Avenue C) is a parking lot for the Galveston Railroad Museum.
The warehouse where A.P. is seen running into (as the gang's hideout) was demolished in the mid-1980s when Harborside Drive was re-routed adjacent to the Galveston Railroad Museum; the once-vacant fields seen in the film surrounding the warehouse are now parking lots constructed for the cruise ship terminal located adjacent to the Port of Galveston.
Some scenes featured the Gus Allen Hotel located off 2800 Seawall Boulevard - the building no longer exists as of 2013. The city block where the Gus Allen Hotel (along with the Jambalaya Restaurant and the Manhattan Club) was the only area where African American beach activities took place during the segregation era. The Manhattan Club property was sold to The Southland Corporation (now 7-Eleven Inc.) and a section of the block is now a parking lot for a Country Inn and Suites hotel.
The church which held Mr. Kool's memorial service is the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church (now the Bethel Baptist Church) located at 1223 32nd Street in Galveston. It was organized back in 1890 a decade prior to the Galveston Storm of 1900.
The scene where Vega and H.J. are hiding during the gang fight scene is located at the corner of Sealy and 26th Street across from the former Galveston Police Headquarters and City Hall.
The community center that H.J. goes to see Dr. Johnson (the social worker) is the real-life St. Vincent's Episcopal House located at 2817 Postoffice Street west of Downtown Galveston.
The scene where Billy Most reveals his experience where Mr. Kool made him strip off his clothes in front of Maria and stating what he was - this scene has been suggestive to viewers that Billy Most is transgendered. This film marks the debut of transgendered character being portrayed on screen by an African American. (Both this film and Freebie and the Bean (1974) were the first feature films to incorporate transgendered characters on screen.)
The police detective is played by Howard Picard. He was a real Galveston Police Department detctive at the time of filming. He started in show business by wrestling alligators at Sea Arama Marine Park in Galveston during the lat le 1960s. At the same time he worked the night shift as a patrolman with the police department.