A large part of the picture was filmed inside the home of John Cassavetes' and Gena Rowlands.
The film featured no hand-held camera work which had been a trademark of the films that John Cassavetes had directed.
According to the 'Virgin Film Guide', John Cassavetes was not allowed by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus on this film to participate in his alleged usual self-indulgence, with the producers watching over him throughout the production.
Jon Voight originated the role of Robert Harmon in the stage play and was originally slated to reprise his role in the film, but left the production due to scheduling conflicts and "creative differences" with John Cassavetes.
The film was entered into competition at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984 where it won the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award.
Final John Cassavetes' - Gena Rowlands movie (whilst Cassavetes was alive). Rowlands though did appear in She's So Lovely (1997) which Cassavetes had written and had been produced posthumously after Cassavetes had passed away.
One of ten movies that John Cassavetes' and Gena Rowlands made together. The films were A Child Is Waiting (1963), Faces (1968), Machine Gun McCain (1969), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Two-Minute Warning (1976), Opening Night (1977), Gloria (1980), Tempest (1982) and Love Streams (1984).
In 2012, Japanese film director Shinji Aoyama selected this film as one of his Greatest Films of All Time. Aoyama has said: "When I think about Cassavetes, I always feel happy. I feel glad that I like movies. I'm sure I will always feel this way until the day I die, and I intend to feel this way too. At the end of Love Streams (1984), Cassavetes smiles as he sees the dog next to him, which turned into a naked man. I live my life always wishing I can smile like that".
The film was made and released about four years after its source play of the same name by playwright Ted Allan had been first performed in 1980.
Final produced screenplay of John Cassavetes whilst he was alive. Post-humously, Cassavetes' script for She's So Lovely (1997) was made by others and there has been a Gloria (1980) remake as well (See: Gloria (1999)).
The film was originally released with a running time of 141 minutes which then got cut back to around two hours. When released on videotape in the USA by MGM/UA, the running time was 122 minutes ("one scene was edited and several unusual visual effects (the insertion of black leader and jump cuts) were removed"). Some 1980s home-video tapes, such as the Australian release, though still had distributed the two hours and twenty minute version. The French DVD release has the film still run at its entirety at 135 minutes (PAL TV, this is the same as 141 minutes in theaters), its only current [to date, August 2013] DVD release, on a double bill with Cassavete's A Child Is Waiting (1963).
Final film as a cinematographer for Al Ruban who also acted in the film, something he had done once before, as a regular collaborator in various capacities with John Cassavetes, but more often than not, Ruban produced a Cassavetes written and directed independent film, but was not a producer on this John Cassavetes film.
Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes in real life were married. In this film they portrayed a brother and sister.
A line of dialogue is repeated several times in Love Streams (1984) which is . . . "love is a stream - it's continuous, it doesn't stop".
Star Billing: Gena Rowlands (1st), John Cassavetes (2nd), Diahnne Abbott (3rd) and Seymour Cassel (4th).
John Cassavetes performed a number of roles on this film. Cassavetes was a lead actor, a writer and the director.
Debut film of actress Margaret Abbott who played a character, Margarita, with a similar first name to her own.
Wikipedia states that, according to Boston University film scholar Ray Carney, lead actress Gena Rowlands "became involved in the screenings of [John Cassavetes'] Husbands (1970) and Love Streams (1984)", after Rowlands had attempted to allegedly suppress an early version of Cassavete's first film Shadows (1958).