This remake of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was made and released about twenty-six years after that movie debuted. "Big Deal on Madonna Street" is also known as "Pigeon" (France) and "Persons Unknown" (UK).
The source Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was set in 1950s Italy whereas this remake's setting was updated to the then present day 1980s San Francisco, California, USA.
This movie was the first remake of Mario Monicelli's "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)). The second would be Welcome to Collinwood (2002). Both American movies, that remake was set in Cleveland, Ohio, whereas this remake was set in San Francisco, California. The two remakes were made around eighteen years apart.
One of the film's main movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "Louis Malle. His films have touched the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere, and the critics agree. "One of the most important filmmakers of his generation," says the New York Times. "Malle's movies champion the discreet charm of unconventionality," cheers The Saturday Review. He is the popularly acclaimed director of Pretty Baby (1978) and My Dinner with Andre (1981), and received an Academy Award nomination for his directorial efforts in Atlantic City (1980). Now, Louis Malle serves up a slice of American life, and the laughs are on us. Crackers (1984). The comedy that dreams the American scheme.".