Oliver Stone was very displeased with how the final version of the film turned out as it had little to do with his original script, which subsequently was re-written by R. Lance Hill who reported straight to producer Mark Damon an act which offended Hal Ashby. Hill's draft of the script was not popular with the producers or the cast and contained a huge gun battle climax in an airport which would inflate the budget to at least $16 million. Robert Towne was then hired to doctor the script for a fee of $250,000 (a quarter of his usual amount) and began erasing much of Hill's work. While the producers tried to console Hill he was furious with Ashby and claimed he had been back-stabbed. Towne was highly critical of Hill's effort on the script, claiming "if it had any more clarity it might have risen to the dignity of an exploitation film." The dialogue was further revised in improvisation. Stone only visited the set once and wanted to have his name taken off the picture but it was too late as the credits were already made up for it. Hill opted to use his pseudonym of 'David Lee Henry' for his work on the film.
Producer John W. Hyde is now also producing another book-to-film version of a Matt Scudder thriller. This time he is involved in bringing author Lawrence Block's "A Walk Among the Tombstones" to the big screen. Liam Neeson will be starring as Scudder.
According to Executive Producer Mark Damon (quoted from "A Life in Film: An Interview with Mark Damon," Director Hal Ashby "threw away the script" and had the actors improvise all their dialog and actions.
The residence was where Angel Moldonado (Andy Garcia) lives is called the O'Neill House built by O'Neill in 1978. O'Neill was a fan of Gaudi. In the movie, Angel talks quite a bit about Antoni Gaudi and how he inspired the unusual home. Areas of the property that were shown in the flick include the guest house and interiors. The house is located at 507 N Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The house was also featured in a season 1 episode of Beverly Hills 90210 and was the house where Richard Gere stole a blue 1957 Thunderbird from in the 1983 movie Breathless.