The Mediterranean holiday the family took went to such exotic places as Tunis in Tunisia, Athens and the Parthenon in Greece, Haifa in Israel, Rome and Genoa in Italy, and Cairo, Alexandria and the Sphinx and the Great Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
Publicity for this picture frequently reported how it was the big screen comeback film of actress Millie Perkins who had starred many years ago as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). However, a check of her IMDb filmography clearly shows that Perkins had appeared in some feature films during the intervening period of over twenty years.
The film's production notes state that Jon Voight "specifically wanted to film at the Parthenon in Athens and amidst the Sphinx and Pyramids near Cairo: he felt these structures of seeming permanence would serve as useful juxtapositions in scenes dealing with the fragility of life".
The picture's central character, J. P. Tannen (Jon Voight), was a divorced father. US 'Coming Attractions' magazine reported that film's four central production sanctum of director Robert Lieberman, screenwriter David Seltzer, producer Robert Schaffel and star Jon Voight), were all divorced fathers. According to the Jan-Feb 1983 edition of US 'Coming Attractions' magazine, "their combined experience shaped and defined the movie".
The name of the ocean liner the family holidayed on was the "S.S. Vistafjord". At the time the film was made it was considered the biggest cruise ship in the Western Hemisphere". According to TV Guide, the movie was "shot mostly on the SS Vistafjord, which was actually making a cruise" at the time of principal photography.