British rock band the Arctic Monkeys were heavily influenced by this film. The title of their debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" is a direct quote from the movie, and many of the songs were inspired by Albert Finney's character. Also the art design of the album was influenced by the realist images of British working class neighborhoods and night life in "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning".
The factory scenes were filmed in the same factory that original author Alan Sillitoe worked in during the war when he was making shells and other artillery. At the time of filming, the factory was owned by the Raleigh bicycle company.
At the end of the film, Arthur and Doreen are sitting on a grassy bank overlooking a building site where an estate of new houses is being built. This was a film set built especially for the film in Wembley, London, by Nottingham builders Simms Sons & Cooke.
The film had to go through some dialogue changes before release, mainly owing to the swear words in the original script. Although 'bastards', 'bloody', and 'bleedin' were allowed the censors refused to pass 'sod', 'christ' and 'bogger' (the latter being a script substitution for 'bugger').
When Arthur and Brenda first visit Aunt Ada about her pregnancy, a movie poster out front bills Alastair Sim in "Geordie" (1955). Sim is best known for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (1951), a roll Albert Finney would play ten years later in the musical ,"Scrooge" (1970).