The motel building set looked so real that passers-by dropped in to book a room. Told that it was not a real motel, they then asked if they could get a meal at the adjacent restaurant, whom they were then also told was also a movie set.
The original production of the film's source stage play by Sam Shepard premiered on 8th February 1983 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and starred Kathy Baker and Ed Harris in the lead roles of May and Eddie respectively.
Sam Shepard stars in this filmed version of his "Fool for Love" play but on stage he did not perform in it. Shepard wrote the original play as well as this film's screenplay and also directed the play's premiere season in San Francisco.
According to 'The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard' by Matthew Roudané (2002), some critics consider the film's source "Fool for Love" play by Sam Shepard as being part of a quintet of plays by Shepard. These include all three plays from Shepard's Family Trilogy, Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried Child (1979), and True West (1980), as well as Fool for Love (1983) and A Lie of the Mind (1985). Moreover, director Robert Altman actually once made a movie called Quintet (1979).