"Against All Odds" won Phil Collins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, and it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Collins was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage, and sat in the audience as Ann Reinking performed it. His perceived negative reaction shown on the telecast is considered to be one of the most awkward moments in the history of the ceremony, and has been a favorite reference for Dennis Miller to relate someone reacting in a horrified fashion.
Jane Greer, who played the "mother" in this movie, played the "daughter," Kathie Moffat, in the original version, Out of the Past (1947). The daughter in this version was renamed Jessie Wyler and played by Rachel Ward. Paul Valentine, who played Councilman Wienberg, played Joe Stephanos in the original.
Phil Collins was contacted by director Taylor Hackford to record a song for the movie. Phil Collins had written "Against All Odds" in 1981 for his first solo album, "Face Value", and the song was originally entitled, "How Can You Just Sit There". Phil Collins left the song off of the album because he felt he had too many ballads on "Face Value" already. After Phil Collins's contact with Taylor Hackford, he recorded the song in two days, one day in New York, the other in Los Angeles.
James Woods and Jeff Bridges both loved working with Richard Widmark, and fondly remembered the late actor's love of pancakes. He used to have a plate waiting for him while shooting a scene, and Woods and Bridges would often hide it. Widmark refused to go back to shooting before the cakes had been recovered.
One of three movies directed by Taylor Hackford in the 1980's with a hit song associated with the movie. In this film , the song was "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" sung by Phil Collins whereas in Hackford's previous picture An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) the song was "Up Where We Belong" sung by Joe Cocker and in White Nights (1985) the songs were "Say You, Say Me" written and performed by Lionel Richie and "Separate Lives" written by Stephen Bishop and with Collins again as performer along with Marilyn Martin. All of those tunes were Oscar nominated for the Best Song Academy Award, the ones performed by Collins did not win but the Cocker and Richie song did take home the gold statuette.
The place where the car chase took place was on Sunset Boulevard in the western area of Los Angeles County. Specifically, the area covered West Sunset Boulevard between Roxbury Drive and South Beverly Glen Boulevard and along Holmby Hills. The production shut down this stretch of the boulevard at fifteen minute intervals for filming of the exciting car race with the two sports cars.
The image, likeness, and appearance of Jeff Bridges from this movie was used as a visual effects reference in order create a thirty-five year old version of Bridges for the CLU and Kevin Flynn characters in the 2010 sequel movie TRON: Legacy (2010). Bridges was approximately thirty-four years of age when he acted in Against All Odds (1984).
Actress Rachel Ward has said in an interview the words to the effect of how it was surreal and unreal to see her image up there on massive billboards posted all across Los Angeles when the picture came out.
Actress Rachel Ward was cast in the lead female role in this 1980s film noir mystery-suspense-drama having recently starred in two Hollywood genre related films, the Burt Reynolds urban cop thriller Sharky's Machine (1981), where Ward played a femme fatale, and the film noir detective spoof, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). For the film's passionate story elements, Ward had recently starred in the priestly forbidden love romantic-drama TV series The Thorn Birds (1983).
On the DVD commentary, actors James Woods and Jeff Bridges comment on how many audience members were returning to see the film several times for the brief, but highly effective car chase sequence at the start.
Jeff Bridges was initially director Taylor Hackford's preferred choice for the lead in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), but Bridges had a packed schedule that particular year (he starred in three big movies) and had to turn it down. Hackford kept Bridges in mind when creating the character of 'Terry Brogan' for this movie.
The film's two lead star love interests, Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward, both have a connection to novelist Newton Thornburg. Bridges had previously starred in Cutter's Way (1981), a filmed version of Thornburg's novel "Cutter and Bone", whilst Ward later on directed the feature film of Thornburg's novel Beautiful Kate (2009).
This Columbia Pictures film featured a major movie poster with Rachel Ward atop Jeff Bridges in a love scene on a beach. The same studio had once produced a movie about thirty years earlier called From Here to Eternity (1953) which had a beach love scene that became very famous. It featured Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster passionately embracing on a beach with the ocean waves tiding in. The Against All Odds (1984) love beach shot on the movie poster for this film also became very famous though it did not feature sea water like the earlier picture did.
Many movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. From one man wanting to use her. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Who was hired to find her. But instead, grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives".
The amount of money that Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward) allegedly stole off Jake Wise (James Woods) was US $50,000. The amount of money that Jake contracted Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges to find Jessie was US $10,000 with a US $20,000 bonus if successful.