For its 20th anniversary in 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Duing Steve's duel with Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the latter quoted the Bible's warnings against pride. Steve realized the author of his story needed to do research. The duel commenced, with Steve winning, and proclaiming himself the king of the world. Privately, Steve wondered why he was quoting from a film from a decade after his "home" time.