- The script was completed in 1970, but contained too much profanity to be shot as written. Columbia Pictures waited for two years trying to get writer Robert Towne to tone down the language. Instead, by 1972, the standards for foul language relaxed so much that all the profanity was left in.
- John Travolta was strongly in the running to play Meadows, only losing to Randy Quaid at the last minute.
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