Gene Hackman tried to back out of filming two weeks before production began, but begrudgingly stayed on after fearing a lawsuit from MGM, citing he had been exhausted from making three films back-to-back prior to signing on.
According to Box Office Flops, this picture was "rushed into production without a completed script" and "was one of many major flops for MGM/Pathe in 1991, which saw only Thelma & Louise (1991) pull in any respectable box office numbers"
Writer-director Nicholas Meyer said of this film in his book 'The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood' (2009), pp. 194-197: "The film, which came to be known as Company Business (1991), was a catastrophe, and it was no one's fault but mine. Going forward without a finished script was suicide. And while on paper, the troika of Hackman, Baryshnikov, and Meyer might have appeared promising, in reality we were all pulling in different directions, and my bouts with Hackman just about wrecked me . . . There were a couple of sequences in Company Business (1991) of which I was proud, notably the tense spy swap sequence in the Berlin subway - but isolated sequences do not a good film make. A great movie is great from start to finish. Company Business (1991), alas, did not come close".
According to the book 'The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood' (2009), pp. 194-197, by writer-director Nicholas Meyer, the screenplay for this film "struggled to reflect fast-moving events in Eastern Europe, where the Berlin Wall was collapsing."
According to the book 'The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999' (2001) by Paul Mavis, this movie "was barely [theatrically] released after a troubled production and a last-minute title change".
One of two theatrical feature films directed by Nicholas Meyer that were first released in the year of 1991. The two productions are Company Business (1991) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Moreover, Meyer was sole scriptwriter on the former and co-screenwriter on the latter. The two titles are the final cinema movies [to date, October 2016] that have been directed by Meyer.
The meaning and relevance of the film's Company Business (1991) name, as stated by the Wikipedia website, is that "the title 'Company Business' comes from the depiction in the movie of the word 'company' as meaning the CIA, so 'company business' means operations not to be revealed to anyone outside the CIA."
Mikhail Baryshnikov's birth name is Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov. In Russia, children are given the name of their father as their middle name with a masculine or feminine suffix. Mikhail Baryshnikov's father's name is Nikolai, which was the same as his character's first name in his earlier spy movie White Nights (1985).
The film features two lead stars, one who is an Academy Award winner on two occasions - Gene Hackman won Best Actor in a Leading Role for The French Connection (1971) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Unforgiven (1992), as well as being Oscar nominated for acting on three other occasions, and one Acadmey Award nominee - Mikhail Baryshnikov, who was Oscar nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Turning Point (1977).
Both of the film's two lead actors, Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov, around five years earlier, had starred in espionage movies that were first released in the year of 1985. The spy films were Target (1985) and White Nights (1985) respectively.