To film the part where Paul McCartney dreams himself as a poor man playing guitar on the street for some food money, McCartney really did play on the street disguised in filthy clothes. He received real money from passersby.
This movie featured two of the members of The Beatles: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. George Harrison though was not involved with this production. This picture represents a big screen reunion for Starr and McCartney, as it was the first time they had both appeared in a feature film since the documentary Let It Be (1970). Moreover, both of their wives, Barbara Bach and Linda McCartney respectively, appeared in the movie. Representing The Beatles was a green apple on the lunch table during a lunch break scene in the movie. The green apple represented The Beatles' company Apple Corps Ltd.
When Paul McCartney starred in this movie, he returned to the big screen in a starring role after a gap of fourteen years. His previous lead part in a picture prior to this film had been in Let It Be (1970), a documentary.
This movie's title is a take on the title of the earlier picture Give My Regards to Broadway (1948). That movie was released in 1948, the digit reverse of this movie's release year, 1984 and a gap of thirty-six years. The title is also said to equally have come from London's Broad Street Railway Station. Paul McCartney once said regarding the film's title: "That station was like fate. It was waiting for us. I'd been searching in my mind for a title for a film and liked the idea of a parody on Give My Regards to Broadway (1948) - a New Yorkerish title that I could give a London twist to. When we filmed at Broad Street station, I knew I'd got it. It's a nice feeling when things happen naturally like that."
Broadstreet station, the train station this movie is named after, was closed and torn down in 1986 after it had become derelict in the early-'80s, as seen in the movie. The traffic from Broad Street station was moved to the nearby larger Liverpool Street station.
This film's director Peter Webb once said of this movie: "I liked the film's Runyonesque feel and its irony. It's a totally imaginary story. What I've attempted to do is to make a film that is as original as the music within it, and as inventive. There's a mystical element in McCartney's music. The movie has a dream-like quality - it's strength is its simplicity."
Paul McCartney was born on the same day as film critic [linked=nm0001170]. McCartney once approached Ebert to ask his opinion on the film. Ebert felt compelled to be honest and told him it was terrible.