This was Matthew Lillard's first film. When he noticed that Kathleen Turner had memorized everyone's names from the call sheets, he asked her why she did it. Her reply was, "Oh, honey, that's the first thing you do!"
The copyright holders of the song "Tomorrow," as heard when Mrs. Jenson watches Annie (1982) in her living room, charged $60,000 for the rights to use the song because of the explicit content of John Waters' past films.
Kathleen Turner asked John Waters if she could bring her friend Sandra Day O'Connor to the set. Waters expressed amazement and agreed. O'Connor spent the entire day on the set, and was photographed with the whole group at the end of the day's shoot.
Opening credits say "This film is a true story. The screenplay is based on court testimony. Sworn Declarations. And hundreds of interviews conducted by the film-makers. / Some of the innocent characters' names have been changed in the interest of a larger truth. / No one involved in the crimes received any form of financial compensation."