- Henry Fonda turned down the role of Howard Beale, saying that it was "too hysterical."
- When Max and Diana discuss their one-night stand, they refer to it as a "many-splendored thing." 'Holden, William' starred in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955).
- Throughout the entire movie, we never actually see Diana speak to Howard.
- MGM agreed to make the movie to settle screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's lawsuit over receipts for his previous film, Hospital, The (1971).
- Director Sidney Lumet said that he shot the film using a specific lighting scheme. He said in the film's opening scenes, he shot with as little light as possible, almost shooting the film like a documentary. As the film progressed, he added more light and more camera moves and by the end of the film, it was as brightly lit and "slick" as he could make it.
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