One of only two films director William Friedkin wrote nothing about, positive or negative, in his memoir The Friedkin Connection (see also The Guardian (1990)).
The name comes from a bribery scandal involving Lockheed and Japanese officials in 1972.
One of two films that writer/director Paul Brickman wrote that was released by "Warner Bros." in 1983. The other was the mega hit Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise, which was released during the summer around the same time as Chevy Chase's "National Lampoon's Vacation," which was also released by the studio and was also a success.
Director William Friedkin was not the first choice to direct this film. Writer/director Paul Brickman, who adapted the novel the film is based on, was originally going to do it, but re-shoots on "Risky Business" prevented this.
This film was the third film that composer Arthur B. Rubinstein composed the music for in which the film had a storyline that involved war or special military weapons. The other films were "War Games" and "Blue Thunder," both released during the summer of 1983.
This film was one of two military based comedies that were meant to be competing with each other. "Deal Of The Century" was "Warner Bros." choice as "Paramount Pictures" had "Best Defense" in the pipeline and had already started filming in 1982 which was based on a novel by Robert Grossbach and starring Dudley Moore. However, poor test screenings forced the studio to do a last minute re-write which involved the million dollar addition of comedy megastar Eddie Murphy "Strategetic Guest Star" character delayed the film from its intended Christmas 1983 release until summer 1984. This film also suffered from problems mostly due to the departure of writer Paul Brickman due to re-shoots on "Risky Business" and Chevy Chase's problematic ego on set.
The name of the fictional Central American country was "San Miguel". The name is Spanish, and translates as "Saint Michael". San Miguel is the real name of numerous towns and cities around the world, but not a country.
The character of Masaggi (Richard Libertini) was allegedly based on real-life Saudi Arabian businessman and arms-dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
The quote from the Bible, said by Ray Kasternak (Gregory Hines), came from Romans 7.19-20. It said: "For I do not do the good that I want. But the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me."
The DVD's sleeve notes state that this movie is "In the absurdist tradition of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Wag the Dog (1997)".
CBS scheduled a broadcast of this film for December 1986. It was canceled due to the revelation of Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra arms deal scandal, and was replaced with (Risky Business (1983).
The film was never shown theatrically in the UK when first released & went straight to video.
The name of the arms trade fair was "Arms For Peace '84". The show's slogan was "Faith in the Future".
Second comedy about arms dealers and arms dealing. Others that would follow would include War, Inc. (2008), Lord of War (2005), and Charlie Wilson's War (2007). Wrong Is Right (1982) also was a comedy, and featured arms dealers and dealing.
The second of four movies in which Chevy Chase starred for "Warner Bros." within a three year period for "Warner Bros." They were "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Deal Of The Century" (1983), "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985) and "Spies Like Us" (1985). Chase would return to "Warner Bros." after a brief stint outside the studio having starred in both "Fletch" (1985) and "Three Amigos!" (1986) in the late 1980's on another four picture deal which included "Funny Farm" (1988), "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989), "Nothing But Trouble" (1991) and "Memoirs Of An Invisible Man" (1992).
The first of back to back comedies that starred Sigourney Weaver. The second of course was "Ghostbusters" in 1984.
Some scenes, involving helicopters and explosives, were shot at Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park in Valencia, California. This was the same location where, the year before, scenes involving a helicopter and explosions were being filmed for John Landis' segment for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). In that instance, tragedy struck, when the helicopter, hovering amidst explosions, had its tail rotor destroyed by the heat from the explosions, causing the chopper to spin out of control, and was sent spinning into a shallow river below, and killing Vic Morrow and two small children, who were attempting to cross the river at the time. The helicopter's main rotor struck the three, killing them instantly.
The address on Eddie Muntz's (Chevy Chase's) business card was 5453 Satsuma Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601.
The second film released by "Warner Bros." that starred Chevy Chase in 1983. The other was the hit comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation," which was released in the summer.
Chevy Chase is shot twice in the same foot (left) in the film and wearing a cast for most if it. He sports a fake cast in "Spies Like Us" during the test scene with Dan Aykroyd on left arm. So this is basically a spoof of what happened in this film.