This movie made only seventy-six pounds sterling on its U.K. cinema release, making it the lowest box-office taking of 1998.
The setting of the fictional school is actually Hatley Castle. Sir Patrick Stewart would go on to film the X-Men franchise, which also uses Hatley Castle as Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
As of May 2019, this movie is not available on DVD or Blu-ray. It is available for purchase or rental on Amazon and ITunes. VHS copies can also be purchased online at a significant markup since VHS tapes are no longer produced
Patrick Stewart's character wears a Manchester United shirt in the film. In reality, Stewart supports Huddersfield but as Man Utd is more widely known internationally, the decision was made that he should wear their shirt.
When Bentley (Sir Patrick Stewart) makes his first appearance, he asks Principal Maloney to call him by his first name, "Rafe", to which she immediately replies "Fine". This is a reference to Ralph Fiennes, whose name is pronounced "Rafe Fines."
Protagonist Ozzie (played by Vincent Kartheiser) is best known today for his role as Pete Campbell on Mad Men
Ozzie (Vincent Kartheiser) quotes the mock-Latin phrase "non illegitimi carborundum," which Principal Maloney (Brenda Fricker) translates as "don't let the bastards grind you down." Another version of this saying, "nolite te bastardes carborundorum," is a recurring motto in The Handmaid's Tale (2017), which stars Alexis Bledel, who married Kartheiser in 2014.