The movie has a number of connections with Walter Hill's earlier film 48 Hrs. (1982). The bar in which Montgomery and Spike start a brawl is called Torchy's, the same name of the bar Eddie Murphy shook down in 48 Hrs. (1982). The Torchy's waitress in this film who phones in the brawl to the police is played by Margot Rose, who also appeared in 48 Hrs. (1982) as the girlfriend of a character who (we're told) used to tend bar at Torchy's. In yet another nod to Hill's 1982 box-office hit, the car driven by Brewster's personal photographer is a sky-blue Cadillac convertible, the same type of heap driven by Nick Nolte in that earlier film. Moreover, 48 Hrs. (1982) was originally intended to co-star Richard Pryor when it was in development at Columbia Pictures during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Among the items Monty (Richard Pryor) purchased in order to rid himself of the $30 million (as noted during a scene in which Ms. Drake is shown tabulating his expense report)--Security Guard Expenses @ $1.16 mil, Beer/Wine @ $2.1 mil, 400 lbs. of 'NY" dirt for a pitcher's mound @ $7k, a 'Rupert Horn' commemorative statue valued at $210k, Niteclub rental @ $610k, the $20k furniture deposit that Warren Cox (Stephen Collins) withholds from Monty until the end, a charge for Iceberg Search and Retrieval @ $1 mil, the rare biplane stamp (that Monty mails to Granville & Baxter) @ $1.25 mil, as well as the postcard he used to mail the rare stamp @ $1, $3k in exercise videotapes, $31,400 worth of 'dental care for baseball team' (presumably the Hackensack Bulls), $27k for the Bull's new uniforms (tailored), 27 lifetime health spa memberships (again presumably for the Bulls) valued @ 970k, $3 mil in campaign worker salaries (but only $1600 to rent the office space for his campaign), a separate charge for his campaign manager (1 week valued @ $450k), charges for renting the Rolls Royce Corniche he uses during his campaign (1 week for $1800), along with charges to give the car a 'None of the Above' paint job ($6k) and $12k to restore the car back to its original paint color.
Seventh big screen adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions". It's the eighth if one counts the 1954 Indian Telugu movie adaptation Vaddante Dabbu (1954). Since this 1985 Brewster's Millions (1985), two more Indian versions have been made [to date, August 2013]. The earlier English language versions were made and released in the following years: 1914 (lost), 1921, 1926, 1935, 1945, and 1961, with this 1985 Brewster's Millions (1985) version launching about twenty-four years after the then most recent version from 1961. All these English language films were called "Brewster's Millions" except for two, 1961's Three on a Spree (1961) and 1926's Miss Brewster's Millions (1926).
The sound of the clock (when Angela Drake furiously writes out a receipt to Monty near the end of the film) comes courtesy of the New England Digital Synclavier. The Synclavier was an extremely expensive (approx. $200,000 in 1985 USD) digital sampler used not only in the production of many pop records of the time, but in sound design for motion pictures as well.
Brewster's political party "None of the Above" (NOTA) is used in jurisdictions or organizations giving a voter who is against all choices on a ballot a chance to indicate his disapproval with all of the candidates in any voting system. The underlying principle is that legitimate consent requires the ability to withhold consent, allowing voters to withhold their consent in an election to office, just as they can by voting no on ballot questions.
The film's tagline "An American excess story" spoofed the American dream phrase of "An American success story". Moreover, another tagline, "Your Basic Riches-To-Rags Comedy", was similar to two taglines from the earlier Steve Martin comedy The Jerk (1979) which read, "From rags to riches...to rags" and "A rags to riches to rags story".
The value of the estate that Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) inherited was US $300 million. The amount of money and the amount of time that Monty had to spend in order to receive the fortune was $30 million in 30 days or not participate and take just a US $1 million settlement upfront.