In later years, Joel Schumacher admitted that he felt he was the wrong director for the film. Schumacher did the picture as a personal favor to Julia Roberts because he'd enjoyed working with her on Flatliners (1990).
Sally Field 's first film as a producer that she does not also act in. She was an uncredited producer on Punchline (1988), and co-starred in with Tom Hanks. Field's production company, Fogwood Films, produced these pictures, plus Murphy's Romance (1985) which had co-starred Field with James Garner.
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Victor Geddes actually lives at the end of the film. According to Entertainment Weekly, in the original ending, as [Julia] Roberts and a friend drive away from [Campbell] Scott's house, a gunshot is heard, suggesting he has killed himself. Several test screening audiences rejected the ending, and expressed great displeasure at Roberts' relationship with a man other than the stricken hero. "Several pages of script" were re-written, "a feel-good ending" was shot, and D'Onofrio's role was reduced, with his part in the ending removed.