- Author Erich Segal based Oliver on Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones.
- Both the Cornell and Dartmouth hockey teams were played by Dartmouth's actual team. Cornell hockey coach Ned Harkness only allowed Cornell jerseys to be used in the film on the condition that Cornell win the game with Harvard.
- Author Erich Segal wrote the screenplay first, then adapted it into a novel - which was published before the film's release and became a runaway bestseller.
- Eight up-and-coming actors including 'Michael Douglas' and 'Peter Fonda' turned down the role of Oliver, despite being offered 10% of the gross.
- Incoming freshman at Harvard University, where the movie takes place, are traditionally shown a screening of the film at which they indulge in ritualized mass heckling.
- The first television showing on this film, on ABC-TV in 1972, marked the shortest time span up to then between a film's theatrical release and first showing on television.
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