Most of the crew was hand picked by the director from the television series, on which he acted, Third Watch (1999). A few of the crew members got to appear in the movie as extras, or had their names mentioned in the movie. The director's brother, Timothy Ryan Hensel, made his acting debut in this movie as well.
When TJ is paying of Russ and his friends at the end of the movie, he is giving them $20 bills that would not have been in print in 1988. The new design for the twenty dollar bill wasn't in circulation until 1998. Series 1985 or older would have been in circulation in 1988.