In an almost unprecedented move George C Scott released this film in a unique way. He would sell the theatre a print and then split advertising costs with the theatre. The theatre would then keep all and any money they made when they showed the film. Scott was a major movie star at the time and this was a major effort to buck the whole system of how films were, and are to this day, distributed. Unfortunately the film did not find an audience but remains a daring attempt to change the way filmmaker and distribution work together.
As a result of watching John David Carson's performance as a mentally handicapped young man in a television show in 1973, George C. Scott offered Carson the part in "The Savage is Loose". It is ironic because Carson had worked with Scott earlier that year and didn't think of him for the role.