An extremely profane argument between actor Bill Murray & actress Lucy Liu shut down filming for a day. Murray allegedly said: "I get why you're here (Drew Barrymore), and you've got talent (Cameron Diaz)... but what in the hell are you doing here. You can't act!" The remark is said to have prompted Liu to launch a physical attack on Murray. In recent years the Ghostbusters star has played down the incident, citing script problems as the reason for the feud. He explained: "We began rehearsing this scene and I said, 'Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy'. She got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault, but the reality is she hated these lines as much as I did... I feel very warmly for her now."
Drew Barrymore bought the screen rights to Charlie's Angels (1976) prior to the movie being filmed - a decision that earned her an estimated $40 million for the first film and a possible $80 million for the second.
After Dylan (Drew Barrymore) tumbles down a hill, she arrives practically naked at a house with two boys playing a video game. This is the same house used in the classic film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), in which Drew starred. You can even see a bowl of Reese's Pieces (E.T.'s favorite candy) and a movie poster of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
The Thin Man, played by Crispin Glover, originally had a speaking role, but Glover didn't like the lines, so he asked for them to be removed. The director and producer agreed to make it a non-speaking role to give the character a more mysterious feel.
After Cameron Diaz's character wakes up from her ballroom dance dream and dances around in her bedroom, she was asked to dance worse with each take. She found this somewhat difficult given her extensive ballroom dance training.
The secret language the Angels use is Finnish, though very poorly pronounced. They said in Finnish: Alex: "Onko sinun ja Knoxin välillä menossa jotain?" Dylan: "Ei tietenkään." Natalie: "On vain niin, että suhteet asiakkaiden kanssa ovat tosi huonoja ideoita." Dylan: "Olen samaa mieltä." Translated roughly in English: Alex: "Is there something going on between you and Knox?" Dylan: "Of course not." Natalie: "It's just that relationships with customers are very bad ideas." Dylan: "I agree." Drew Barrymore's pronunciation was the best.
At the Japanese themed party, when Natalie first meets Pete, he greets her with "konichiwa", Japanese for "Hello", and she responds "Nihongo no shaberu no sugoi ne!" which means "You speak Japanese very well!"
Drew Barrymore was a huge "Harry Potter" fan, even going so far as to read bits of the books to the cast and crew during production. At the beginning of the film, during the clips of previous jobs, she can be seen wearing a Harry Potter disguise, complete with robes, black hair and round black glasses.
The hillside house is modeled after a real California architectural landmark, the Chemosphere House created by architect John Lautner. The entire house was created on a soundstage and was actually much larger and rounder than the original.
The movie's opening montage showing the Angels undercover in various disguises includes a recreation of the original TV show's most infamous episode, Charlie's Angels: Angels in Chains (1976). In that episode, Charlie's Angels went undercover in a women's prison where they were ultimately chained together and escaped from prison guards, with Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett) uttering the line, "I am not a yo-yo!" In this film, Natalie (Cameron Diaz) repeats that line.
The speaker sitting on Bosley's desk, through which the Angels hear Charlie's assignments, is almost the same as the one used in the TV series (Charlie's Angels (1976)). The speaker in the original series had a small "Bell" in the lower corner, the movie version did not.
An in-joke in the opening scene has a character react to the in flight film "T.J. Hooker - The Movie" with "Oh no, not another movie based on an old TV show!". On Monday, July 6th, 2009 it was announced that T.J. Hooker: The Movie, was based on T.J. Hooker (1982) & in development.
The bird Natalie refers to as a pygmy nuthatch is in fact a Venezuelan troupial. While the nuthatch is found in the Carmel, California area it has a much wider range than just Carmel, and the Venezuelan troupial would only be found in Venezuela and select Caribbean islands.
Tanya Roberts said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight (1981) that although she was not asked to make a cameo appearance in the movie, producers called and asked her permission to use her photograph which can be barely seen hanging on a wall in Charles Townsend's Detective Agency office.
Cheryl Ladd, who played Kris Munroe in seasons 2-5 of the original TV show, said in interviews that she was willing to appear in the movie. However, the producers only wanted season 1's actresses 'Kate Jackson', Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith to make cameo appearances in the film. Ladd had previously co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the 1992 film Poison Ivy (1992).
When Natalie is in the Red Star mainframe, she lifts up a computer board where she installs the antenna. The computer board is the motherboard of an Apple PowerMac G3. You can see the FireWire and USB ports and the wave-design back panel.
Cheung-Yan Yuen: The film's martial arts choreographer and trainer appears as a fellow passenger on the plane in first class at the start of the film. He can be seen speaking in Cantonese to two pretty women, teaching them to say "thank you".
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The film was released the same year as another action movie which was also based on a television series - Mission: Impossible II (2000). The film however does bare only a few similarities to Mission: Impossible (1996). Dylan, Alex and Natalie wear disguises, which Dylan disguises herself as Mr. Jones in the opening sequence with a rubber mask and a device that her alters and changes her voice from female to male. Dylan, Alex and Natalie learn Roger Corwin kidnapped Eric Knox and stole his audio DNA technology and they think he's the villain. Dylan, Alex and Natalie manage to infiltrate the Red Star building in disguise which Natalie enters a colorless chamber using acrobatics to dodge the security system in the chamber and access the central computer inside. After having sex with Knox, Dylan learns Roger Corwin is innocent and that Knox's kidnapping was faked and Knox with help from Vivian Wood and the Creepy Thin Man used them to access the central computer so he can track down Charlie and Knox is killed when his helicopter explodes when Dylan, Alex and Natalie confront him and stop from killing Charlie with a heat-seeking missile.