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According to interviews, both of the film's lead stars, Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, admit that they both did not get along during the movie's filming. This has been said to have contributed to the film as the characters they play become antagonists.
Julie Hagerty was only ten years older than Kathryn Erbe who played her daughter Anna Marvin.
Director Frank Oz wanted actor Patrick Stewart to play Dr. Leo Marvin which in the end was cast with star Richard Dreyfuss.
Robin Williams was the first choice for the role of Bob Wiley, as he had just starred in an Oscar nominated performance two years earlier in screenwriter Tom Schulman's Dead Poets Society (1989), also distributed by Touchstone Pictures. However at the time filming was to begin for this movie, Williams had just barely finished filming The Fisher King (1991), and he was forced to turn down the role. Williams and Charlie Korsmo, who plays Richard Dreyfuss's son in this movie would go on to star in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991) later in 1991.
Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) is a psychiatrist whose childrens' names are "Anna" and "Sigmund". They are named respectively after the very famous psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his daughter, child psychologist Anna Freud.
The asylum where Dr. Marvin tries to have Bob committed is actually the Elks National Home in the City Bedford in Bedford County, Virginia. It is locally known because every Christmas the front lawn is lit with thousands of Christmas lights and draws nearly 100,000 spectators from the surrounding areas.
The vacation house where this was filmed was actually in Virginia on Smith Mountain Lake.
Richard Dreyfuss in an article published on 8th October 2009 by Nathan Rabin in 'The A.V. Club' said of this film : "How about it? Funny movie. Terribly unpleasant experience. We didn't get along, me and 'Bill Murray'. But I've got to give it to him: I don't like him, but he makes me laugh even now. I'm also jealous that he's a better golfer than I am. It's a funny movie. No one ever comes up to you and says, 'I identify with the patient'. They always say, 'I have patients like that. I identify with your character'. No one ever says that they're willing to identify with the other character".
When Fay Marvin was tucking in Bob and her son Sigmund (the night of the Bob sleepover), she holds the sheets up to allow Bob to climb into his bed. Bill Murray improvises in the scene and comedically crawls under the sheets head first, cracking up actress Julie Hagerty.
Both Tom Aldredge (Mr. Guttman) and Aida Turturro (the Prostitute) would later act on HBO's hit series The Sopranos as Hugh de Angelis and Janice Soprano, respectively.
The two buildings shown when Bob arrives at the Lake from New York are in Moneta, Virginia near Smith Mountain Lake. The blue building really was a general store and coffee shop. The red building was used in the movie as the bus station but in real life it was a produce warehouse called Moneta produce.
Woody Allen was suggested for the role of Dr. Leo Marvin which in the end was cast with actor Richard Dreyfuss.
Star Bill Murray said of this film as published in 'Entertainment Weekly' on 19th March 1993: "It's entertaining - everybody knows somebody like that Bob guy. [Richard Dreyfuss and I] didn't get along on the movie particularly, but it worked for the movie. I mean, I drove him nuts, and he encouraged me to drive him nuts". Dreyfuss about four years earlier had co-starred in a film called Nuts (1987) with Barbra Streisand.
At the age of twenty-six, actress Kathryn Erbe in the film played Anna Marvin, the teenager daughter of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss).
The picture was the 19th ranked box-office hit of the 1991 year at the domestic American box-office in the USA.
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Garry Marshall was considered to direct prior to Frank Oz being hired.
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The picture is ranked at the No. #43 spot on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list.
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Final credited theatrical feature film of actor Roger Bowen.
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The picture was "originally discussed as a pairing of [Bill] Murray [Bill Murray] and Woody Allen" according to show-business trade-paper 'Variety'.
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The psychiatric diagnosis of Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) diagnosed by psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) was "multi-phobic personality characterized by acute separation anxiety and extreme need for family connections".
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In a 2000 interview with IGN, director Frank Oz recalled that "...it was a tense time [shooting the film] because [Bill Murray]...and the writer and the producer...and Richard Dreyfuss...and me...and Disney (although less so Disney, I must say they were more supportive)...all had our view on how to make the script better. It wasn't out of mean-spiritedness, it was just that everybody felt strongly about how to make the movie better. That caused friction and a lot of tension, and that's what I remember, but it also caused the movie to be better. It turned out okay, I think."
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Woody Allen and Patrick Stewart were both considered to play psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin.
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At one point in the picture, Bob Wiley (Bill Murray thinks Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) is in Martha's Vineyard (which is located in Massachusetts, USA). Martha's Vineyard was the key filming location portraying Amity Island in the blockbuster movie Jaws (1975) which co-starred Dreyfuss.
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At one point in the film's development, Woody "Allen [was considered that he] could do triple duty as star, director and possibly co-writer if he can arrange for some freedom from his exclusive deal with Orion Pictures" according to Leonard Klady in the 25th June 1989 edition of The Los Angeles Times. Woody Allen turned down the co-starring role of the psychiatrist in this film and did not direct nor co-write it either.
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Three minor cast members in this film have appeared on PBS children's shows: Marcella Lowery (Ghostwriter (1992)), Reg E. Cathey (Square One TV (1987)) and Fran Brill (_Sesame Street_ and Reading Rainbow (1983)). Director Frank Oz himself was a member of Jim Henson's team of Muppeteers on PBS' _Sesame Street_, operating and voicing such beloved characters as Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster (amongst many others).
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According to show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', in an article "Richard Dreyfuss Sues Disney Over 'What About Bob? (1991)'", the star filed suit against the studio because 'according to a complaint filed on Thursday [09/04/2015] in [the] LA {Los Angeles] Superior Court, Disney has refused a demand by Dreyfuss . . . to hire their chosen auditor - Robinson Inc., founded by David J. Robinson''. The article goes on to say: "In a potentially watershed case from attorney Neville Johnson, the complaint lays out how profit participation auditors are called upon to find monies due to profit participants and how studios are 'make auditing as onerous as possible'. Often, when big stars do battle with studios over auditing, it never gets reported publicly because of confidentiality agreements and disputes adjudicated in closed door arbitration. According to the lawsuit, the arbitrators don't wish to upset the studios for fear of losing repeat business. 'It's a one-sided world where corporations assert their control over talent who do not have the leverage to otherwise protect themselves'."
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The movie's trailer features shots and footage that don't appear in the final finished film.
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Richard Dreyfuss' character's name is Leo Marvin which sounds similar to actor Lee Marvin whom Steven Spielberg wanted to play Quint in Jaws (1975) which starred Dreyfuss.
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The character name of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) was very similar to the name of star Hollywood screen legend tough guy Lee Marvin who had passed away in 1987 around four years prior to this film being made and released.
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Of the two pictures released in 1991 where Laura Ziskin acted as a producer, both featured medical practitioners, this film featured Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), whilst in the other movie, William Hurt portrayed The Doctor (1991) Jack MacKee.
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Debut writing credit of producer Laura Ziskin who was co-credited for the movie's story.
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The name of Bob Wiley (Bill Murray)'s pet gold-fish was "Gill".
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Both Kathryn Erbe and Reg E. Cathey would later have roles in the HBO prison drama, "Oz," Erbe as a death-row inmate and Cathey as one of the wardens.
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The place of the vacation location was the Marvin family went on holiday to was Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, USA.
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The slogan on Bob Wiley (Bill Murray)'s yellow and light-blue t-shirt read: "DON'T HASSLE ME I'M LOCAL".
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The nick-name of psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss)'s son Sigmund Marvin (Charlie Korsmo) was "Siggy" who is named after famous psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud.
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According to show-business trade-paper Variety, star "Richard Dreyfuss generally repeats the role he played in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)" which was also produced by the Touchstone Pictures division of the Walt Disney Studios.
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The name of the American television show that visited Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) whilst on vacation was Good Morning America (1975).
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Portraying psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin MD in this film was Richard Dreyfuss who had about four years earlier co-starred in a film with actress Barbra Streisand which was called Nuts (1987). In that movie, Dreyfuss played an attorney though and not a psychiatrist.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film's closing epilogue states: "Bob [Bill Murray] went back to school and became a psychologist. He then wrote a best seller: 'DEATH THERAPY'. Leo [Richard Dreyfuss] is suing him for the rights". Ironically, years later, Dreyfuss would sue the Walt Disney Pictures Studio over the picture's profit participation auditing.
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A TV Spot had an alternate reaction from Bob when Leo's house exploded. Instead of "Oops"...he yells with a smile, "Oh, my God, your house!"
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The name of the mistakenly invented psychiatric technique that cured Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) which was also later the name of the book that Bob wrote was "Death Therapy".
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