Among the items Monty (Richard Pryor) purchased in order to rid himself of the thirty million dollars (as noted during a scene in which Ms. Drake is shown tabulating his expense report) - security guard expenses at 1.16 million dollars, beer and wine at 2.1 million dollars, four hundred pounds of "New York" dirt for a pitcher's mound at seven thousand dollars, a "Rupert Horn" commemorative statue, valued at two hundred ten thousand dollars, night club rental at six hundred ten thousand dollars, the twenty thousand dollar furniture deposit that Warren Cox (Stephen Collins) withholds from Monty until the end, a charge for Iceberg Search and Retrieval at one million dollars, the rare biplane stamp (that Monty mails to Granville & Baxter) at 1.25 million dollars, as well as the postcard he used to mail the rare stamp at one dollar, three thousand dollars in exercise videotapes, thirty-one thousand four hundred dollars worth of "dental care for baseball team" (presumably the Hackensack Bulls), twenty-seven thousand dollars for the Bull's new uniforms (tailored), twenty-seven lifetime health spa memberships (again presumably for the Bulls) valued at nine hundred seventy thousand dollars, three million dollars in campaign worker salaries (but only sixteen hundred to rent the office space for his campaign), a separate charge for his campaign manager (one week valued at four hundred fifty thousand dollars), charges for renting the Rolls-Royce Corniche he uses during his campaign (one week for eighteen hundred dollars), along with charges to give the car a "None of the Above" paint job (six thousand dollars) and twelve thousand dollars to restore the car back to its original paint color.
Seventh big screen adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions". It's the eighth if one counts the 1954 Indian Telugu movie adaptation Vaddante Dabbu (1954). Since this 1985 adaptation, two more Indian versions have been made (to date, December 2017). The earlier English language versions were released in the following years: 1914 (lost), 1921, 1926, 1935, 1945, and 1961. All of these English language films were called "Brewster's Millions" except for two, Three on a Spree (1961) and Miss Brewster's Millions (1926).
A couple of times in the movie, a train passes through the outfield of the stadium where the Bulls play. This was actually something common in the 1930s and 1940s at ball parks used by teams in the Texas leagues.
The movie has several connections with Walter Hill's earlier film 48 Hrs. (1982). The bar in which Montgomery and Spike start a brawl is called Torchy's, the same name of the bar Eddie Murphy shook down in 48 Hrs. (1982). The Torchy's waitress in this film, who phones in the brawl to the police is played by Margot Rose, who also appeared in 48 Hrs. (1982) as the girlfriend of a character who (we're told) used to tend bar at Torchy's. The car driven by Brewster's personal photographer is a sky-blue Cadillac convertible, the same type of heap driven by Nick Nolte. Also, 48 Hrs. (1982) was originally intended to co-star Richard Pryor when it was in development at Columbia Pictures during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Brewster's political party "None of the Above" (NOTA) is used in jurisdictions or organizations giving a voter who is against all choices on a ballot a chance to indicate his disapproval with all of the candidates in any voting system. The underlying principle is that legitimate consent requires the ability to withhold consent, allowing voters to withhold their consent in an election to office, just as they can by voting no on ballot questions.
The sound of the clock (when Angela Drake furiously writes out a receipt to Monty near the end of the film) comes courtesy of the New England Digital Synclavier. The Synclavier was an extremely expensive (approximately two hundred thousand dollars in 1985) digital sampler used not only in the production of many pop records of the time, but in sound design for motion pictures as well.
Brewster's Millions (1945) had Neil Hamilton playing one of the lawyers that informs Brewster of his situation. He played Commissioner Gordon in Batman (1966). Pat Hingle appeared in this movie in a similar role, before playing Commissioner Gordon in Batman (1989).
Walter Hill later called the movie "an aberration in the career line" being his only flat out comedy. He added that "whatever (the film's) deficiencies, I think the wistful quality was there. I was happy about that. The picture did well and made money."
The film's tagline "An American excess story" spoofed the American dream phrase of "An American success story". Also, another tagline, "Your Basic Riches-To-Rags Comedy", was similar to two taglines from the earlier Steve Martin comedy The Jerk (1979) which read, "From rags to riches...to rags" and "A rags to riches to rags story".
Roebling, New Jersey: The site of the old Roebling Steel Mill was a proposed site to film the baseball scenes in 1984 and 1985. But because it was an expensive Superfund site, the filmmakers backed out. So a less expensive and more suitable location was chosen.