Milton's friend Webster was named after "The Devil and Daniel Webster", a short story about a man who defends a New Hampshire farmer that sold his soul to the Devil for 7 years of prosperity.
The main character, John Milton, is named after the 17th-century English poet of the same name. His most famous piece of work was Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the Fall of Man brought about by Satan.
The script was influenced by many classic car chase movies of the 70s such as Vanishing Point and Duel.
The three cars that Nicolas Cage drives in the movies are a 1964 Buick Riviera, a 1969 Dodge Charger and a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.