When shooting wrapped, Liza Minnelli declared publicly (and in tears) that she would never again work with the "tyrannical" director Otto Preminger. When she was working on the film, her mother, Judy Garland, had died and Liza Minnelli suffered a period of mourning. Most critics cited this reason as the source of her highly emotional performance in the film.
Charles Schramm, who created Liza Minnelli's grotesque "scarred woman" make-up for the film, worked on her mother Judy Garland's make-up in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and also prepared Garland's face for the funeral viewing.
A scene calls for the character of Mario (played by James Coco) to drive his truck in the scene in which Mario and Junie look for the Ken Howard character. James Coco did not have a license and told Preminger this. In response, Preminger is reported to have yelled, "A grown man who doesn't have a driver's license!" Coco said he has never felt so small in his whole career.
Residents of Braintree, Massachusetts became extremely upset when they learned that Otto Preminger filmed a nude scene with Liza Minnelli in their local cemetery. Shortly after, he and his crew were accused of desecrating the graves and a lawsuit was brought against him. On 30 September 1970, Preminger was found not guilty of desecrating those graves.
Bob Dylan was slated to be the writer and performer of the song to be played during the opening titles. Dylan disliked the film and turned down the job. He does admit that he received some interesting input on interior decorating from being in Preminger's home.
After Bob Dylan bowed out from writing and recording a song for the film, star Liza Minnelli asked her soon-to-be-ex husband, singer-songwriter Peter Allen, to come up with a title tune. Allen did, and Liza recorded it for A&M Records, but Otto Preminger rejected it. A&M Records shelved the track until 2008 when it became a part of a Minnelli retrospective for the label.