* Trivia fans might be interested to know that Levinson and Link, creators of Columbo (which I love!), worked on this film.
According to Wikipedia, and I think it's also used in the film, Slovik said the following to his excecutioners: 'They're not shooting me for deserting the United States Army, thousands of guys have done that. They just need to make an example out of somebody and I'm it because I'm an ex-con. I used to steal things when I was a kid, and that's what they are shooting me for. They're shooting me for the bread and chewing gum I stole when I was 12 years old.'