Filmed as a musical with eight songs by Prince, but test screenings indicated they should be removed.
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In the beginning of the movie, we see a reference to Powers Boothe showing up at the Emmy Awards ceremony to collect the award he had won for playing Jim Jones in the middle of a Screen Actors Guild strike. Although Nick Nolte was not nominated for an Emmy that year, everything else shown about the incident really happened in September, 1980.
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James L. Brooks asked Joely Richardson to stay in character throughout the shoot, and to always maintain her American accent.
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The principal dancers in the songs eventually cut from this movie included Tony Azito, Hinton Battle, George De La Pena, and Scott Wise.
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