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According to Filmfacts, Going Home was shot on location in Wildwood, NJ and McKeesport, PA. A July 29, 1971 Daily Variety article stated that the bachelor party sequence in the "Graham" family home was shot at the Allegheny County Workhouse warden's house. The film marked the feature-film debut of actor Josh Mostel, son of actor Zero Mostel, and the feature-film directorial debut for television producer Herbert B. Leonard.
An December 8, 1971 Variety article noted that Leonard and the film's star, Robert Mitchum, complained about the final editing by then M-G-M president and chief executive officer James T. Aubrey, Jr., who did not give the film an opening campaign or any non-public previews. According to Filmfacts, Going Home, which was originally rated R, was quickly recut to gain a GP rating before its release. Aubrey cut twenty-one minutes from the film, including the role of actress Sylvia Miles, as a housewife involved with "Jimmy Graham"; several minutes from the rape scene; and one scene involving nudity. A modern source adds Parker McCormick to the cast. Going Home quickly closed after a brief unsuccessful release.