On February 13, 1983, the Cinema Statuto in Turin, Italy, burned while screening the film, resulting in 64 deaths. Investigations revealed that the theater's owner locked the emergency exits to prevent people from sneaking in for free. The owner was subsequently convicted and given a 10 year prison sentence.
There are two German dubbed versions for this film. The reason for this is that the original dubbing (supervised by Rainer Brandt) which was used for the theatrical showing of the movie was drastically different from the original version in terms of humor and vulgarity, so that the German TV ordered a new language track for the TV premiere of the movie which resembles the language and atmosphere of the original version of the movie much closer.
First among three movies starring Gerard Depardieu and Pierre Richard that was remade in Hollywood. Coincidentally, his characters in the Hollywood version of this film and their third film, The Fugitives (1986), were played by actor Martin Short.
Pierre Richard's character in this film, "Francois Perrin", shares the same name as his character in the films "Le Grand Blond avec Une Chasseure Noire" and "Le Retour du Grand Blond", but other than that there is no similarity between the two characters.