This film was the brainchild of Alexis Kanner. He and Patrick McGoohan met via Kanner's performance in an episode of McGoohan's popular British television show The Prisoner (1967). Kanner worked on the idea and polished it for a few years before finally calling up McGoohan to ask him to star in the film.
The film was played at the London Film Festival in 1984. This engagement was followed by a special Six of One reception at the London ICA. Six of One is an association for fans of the TV show The Prisoner (1967).
The film received a very scattered release (Canada in 1981, England in 1984, the U.S. in 1989). Its most successful run was its 1984 showing in London. It premiered there at the London Film Festival and was heralded by a few London-based critics.
Director Alexis Kanner met the film's co-writer Edmund Ward on the set of Goodbye Gemini (1970) (a.k.a. Twinsanity), with which both were involved. When Kanner was planning to seriously progress with pre-production, he remembered Ward and called him into to collaborate on the script.