- Set in England but filmed in France, as director Roman Polanski was wanted on sex-related charges in the United States and could have been extradited from England.
- This film was dedicated to Polanski's wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered under orders from Charles Manson. Tate gave Polanski a copy of the novel as she boarded the liner back to the United States, the last time they would see each other.
- Polanski dedicated this movie to his late wife, Sharon Tate, who was killed in 1969 by the Manson Clan. Before her death, she had read the novel by Thomas Hardy and was convinced that her husband would one day make a great film based on the novel. The dedication in the beginning of the film simply states "For Sharon".
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