Gary Farmer reprised his role as Nobody in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999).
Nobody (Gary Farmer) can be heard several times to exclaim, "Hootka!" or "Huht-kah!" According to Farmer, it's not an actual word, but slang for, "What the fuck?!" or simply, "Fuck!"
The lines "The vision of Christ that thou dost see / Is my vision's greatest enemy" that Nobody says to the trading post missionary are from William Blake's "The Everlasting Gospel".
Neil Young recorded the soundtrack by improvising (mostly on his electric guitar, with some acoustic guitar, piano, and organ) as he watched the newly edited movie alone in a recording studio.
The line said by Nobody, "The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the Crow", is also a William Blake quote, from the proverbs of Hell in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell".
The lines "Some are born to sweet delight and some born to the endless night" are also lyrics of a song titled "End of the Night" by The Doors.
Nobody tells William Blake, "Drag your wagon and plow over the bones of the dead." This is a passage from William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell". They are also lyrics from Tom Waits song "How's It Gonna End", which featured in several of Jim Jarmusch's movies.
The lines "Every night and every morn / Some to misery are born / Every morn and every night / Some are born to sweet delight" are from William Blake's poem "Auguries of Innocence".
The names of the two Marshals that Blake (Johnny Depp) kills are Lee and Marvin, an homage to Lee Marvin.
Robby Müller's black-and-white cinematography was influenced by the work of photographer Ansel Adams.
This is the third time Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop are involved in the same movie after Cry-Baby (1990) and Arizona Dream (1993). Iggy Pop wrote and performed three songs with Goran Bregovic for Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream (1993).
The character Thel is also taken from a William Blake poem called "The Book of Thel".
This movie contains conversations in the Cree and Blackfoot languages, which were intentionally not translated or subtitled, for the exclusive understanding of members of those nations, including several in-jokes aimed at Native American viewers.
Billy Bob Thornton's character is named Big George Drakoulious. George Drakoulias is a musician and has produced music for The Black Crowes and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Jared Harris' character is named Benmont Tench. Benmont Tench is a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Johnny Depp and Crispin Glover appeared in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Although this movie is set in the nineteenth century, Writer and Director Jim Jarmusch included several references to twentieth century American culture.
The passage Salvatore "Sally" Jenko (Iggy Pop) reads from the Bible is from 1 Samuel 17:46, "This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee ..."
Included amongst the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.