Financed by Amicus pictures in 1970 as "Romeo and Juliet '71" in an attempt to capture the ever-growing grindhouse/exploitation market. The experiment worked too well, as the final product proved to be too nihilistic for Amicus executives, who were still used to the more benign, supernatural films they had produced in the 1960s. Amicus shelved the film for two years until it was picked up for distribution by 20th Century Fox, who successfully marketed the film on the American grindhouse circuit. See more
Well here's how they figure it, Gran. The Middle-aged are like customers in a swank restaurant sitting over a slap-up meal, see? Everything's rosy so why worry about tomorrow? But the young, well they're like hungry people standing in a queue outside, noses pressed up against the glass, waiting for a table.
Gran Alice Tallent
And the old? What do they say about the old?
Ah, the old. Well, they've finished their scoff, Gran. But they just sit on and on and on; just don't know when to get up and go.