The only one of three movies that Burt Reynolds was to make with director Blake Edwards that was completed without Edwards withdrawing. Edwards was going to direct Reynolds in Rough Cut (1980) but left. Edwards withdrew also from City Heat (1984) after various creative differences.
Website 'DVD Verdict' states that according to 'Richard Schickel's book on Clint Eastwood, "[Burt] Reynolds and [Julie] Andrews had not gotten along very well during the production of The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and of course, Reynolds had major reservations about a reprise of previous problems [on City Heat (1984) where Edwards was the original director before leaving]".
One of the women characters in the movie (who is played by actress Tracy Vaccaro) is billed in the credits only as "Legs". This reflected the fact the character was never known by a name and was noticed mainly because of her legs by David Fowler (Burt Reynolds).
The number of women the man who loved women (the character David Fowler played by Burt Reynolds) liaised with in the film was eight. However, at the funeral scene, there was considerably a great number more who are not specifically part of the film's story. Including these, the sack-count would be in the scores.
According to film critic Leonard Maltin, "Director-writer [Blake] Edwards gave co-screenplay credit to his own psychiatrist!". That was Hollywood psychoanalyst Milton Wexler. This movie was the first of two writing collaborations of Edwards and Wexler, the pair working together again around three years later for That's Life! (1986).
Movie posters for this film featured two long text preambles that read: (1) "David Fowler is respectful, sincere, considerate, communicative, kind, appreciative, thoughtful, and loving with every woman he knows. It's made him very popular. Now he's searching for the one he'd like to spend his life with. And with so many women to choose from, the question is whether he'll find her, before he loses his mind" and (2) "David Loves Louise for her passion. Nancy for her vulnerability. Svetlana for her grace. Courtney for her patience. And Marianna for her understanding. He finds something to love in all women. And that's why all of them love him back. He wants to settle down. But he can't settle on one. And deciding which woman in the world he loves most, is driving him out of his mind".
One of two 1983 movies starring actress Kim Basinger. The other film was the James Bond picture Never Say Never Again (1983). Basinger was voted 'Star of Tomorrow' by the National Association of Theater Owners for both these two movies.
François Truffaut, director of this movie's source French film, The Man Who Loved Women (1977), passed away in 1984 only about ten months after this movie first launched. This remake of that film was made within Truffaut's lifetime and was first released about just four months after Truffaut's final film Confidentially Yours (1983) [Confidentially Yours].
Burt Reynolds character has often described in reviews as being a "Lothario". Wikipedia define such as "a male first name which came to connote an unscrupulous seducer of women in The Impertinent Curiosity, a metastory in Don Quixote" which is also known by a title similar to this film's, it being "The Man Who Was Recklessly Curious". A "Lothario" has often been used as a term for a womaniser like lovers such as Don Juan and Giacomo Casanova.