Hollis P. Wood: [After seeing Captain von Kleinschmidt enter] Jesus Palomino, a Nazi. I knew it, you're all in cahoots. Well let me tell you something, Mr. Heinie Kraut, I fought your kind in the great war, and we kicked the living s**t out of you!
Captain Wild Bill Kelso: War nerves? Who said war nerves? The Patron: I heard it on that radio there. [Kelso shoots the radio.] Captain Wild Bill Kelso: Radio's wrong.
Private Foley: Now Sarge, what is the loading and firing procedure for the 75-millimeter cannon? Sergeant Frank Tree: [delirious] There are five basic components... Private Foley: This is it, pay attention. Sergeant Frank Tree: ...to the new General Electric refrigerator: one, the freon compressor, two, the freon tube...
General Joseph W. Stilwell: This isn't the state of California, it's a state of insanity.
Hollis P. Wood: You sneaky little batards aren't getting doodly s**t from me, except maybe my name, rank, and Social Security number: Wood, Hollis P., Lumberjack, Social Security 106-43-2185.
The gas station where Captain Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi) lands to refuel was the same one used in Steven Spielberg's movie Duel. Lucille Benson, who plays the gas station owner, appeared in Duel as the Snakerama owner at the same station.
Reese and Foley are the names used by Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale for any police officers or government agents in films they have written.
Spielberg has revealed that he almost made this film a musical.
Both John Wayne and Charlton Heston were offered the role of General Stilwell. Wayne phoned director Steven Spielberg, who had given him the script, and not only turned it down due to ill health but tried to get Spielberg to drop the project. Wayne felt it was unpatriotic and a slap in the face to WWII vets. Heston is thought to have turned it down for the same reasons.
End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming.
DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)
Description: Isolated music score
From the disc’s main menu go to the 'Language Selection' and there select 'Spoken Language'. As one of the entries you will then see 'Isolated music score'. Select it and you will be able to enjoy John Williams’ fabulous score in its entirety.