Nick Nolte's character remarks that he became a bum in part because he was "pretty active politically in the '60s. Sold some draft cards." In real life, Nolte received five years' probation for selling fake draft cards in the 1960s.
When the alarm goes off and police helicopters hover over Dave Whitman's (Richard Dreyfuss) house, his son runs out of the house with a video camera and says, "Close encounters of the fourth kind, take one," a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), starring Richard Dreyfuss.
When Dave (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jerry (Nick Nolte) are out to lunch, Jerry is approached by a character who asks if she had seen him at the Cannes film festival, "something to do with Nicaragua". Nick Nolte previously starred in Under Fire (1983), set in Nicaragua.
One of two 1986 movies starring actress-comedian Bette Midler. The other film was Ruthless People (1986). Both were made by Touchstone Pictures. In both flicks, Midler's character was first named Barbara, Barbara Whiteman in this movie and Barbara Stone in the other film.
Since this film is a remake of Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), which translates as "Boudu Saved From Drowning", the working title of the project was "Jerry Saved From Drowning", with Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) being the equivalent character to Priape Boudu (Michel Simon) in the original French film.
The name of Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte)'s mutt was "Kerouac" whilst the name of the Whiteman's black-and-white dog was "Matisse". The latter was portrayed by Mike the Dog who even got seventh billing in the credits. Publicity for this picture reported that it was the debut feature film performance of Mike the Dog. The film is also Mike the Dog's only ever appearance in a cinema movie.
The real-life location of the Whitemans' house is actually situated in Beverly Hills at 802 North Bedford Drive off Sunset Boulevard. The rear of the home though was shot somewhere else, actually just a block north of director Paul Mazursky's Alpine Drive house at 722 North Rexford Drive.
First of two films [to date, August 2013] that actress Bette Midler has made with director Paul Mazursky. The second was Scenes from a Mall (1991) which was made and released about five years later. That movie also had Beverly Hills as its setting, particularly the Beverly Center shopping mall on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
The customized license plate number on Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss)' car read "DAV BAR". "DAV-BAR" is also the brand name for Whiteman's line of coat-hangers which he made his fortune out of. Its product tagline read "Since 1964".
The make and model of Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss)'s luxury car was a white 1978 Corniche Series II Rolls-Royce convertible whilst the make and model of Barbara Whiteman (Bette Midler)'s luxury car was a cream 1980 Mercedes-Benz SL [R107] convertible.
According to show-business trade-paper Variety, the film is a "comedy of manners" which "continues [writer-director] Paul Mazursky's love-hate relationship with the bourgeoisie and its institutions, especially marriage".