Final leading role in a theatrical motion picture for Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.
Originally set to take place in New York City. The movie prepped for two months and shot six weeks in New York City. On the last night of location filming, Peter Bogdanovich received a phone call from his agent at about midnight letting him know he was being replaced as director. After reviewing footage with the replacement director, it was determined that none of the New York City footage was usable, and the script was re-written to be shot entirely in Los Angeles.
Maurice Phillips replaced Peter Bogdanovich as director. Bogdanovich worked on the picture for five weeks before being replaced.
On Gilbert Gottfried's podcast in 2016, Peter Bogdanovich describes how he and Gene Wilder didn't get along because Bogdanovich devoted most of his time and energy to Richard Pryor, who had MS. Though Bogdanovich claims the film had only been green-lit because he had got Pryor involved in first place (the studio not wanting Wilder alone), he believes Wilder successfully campaigned to have him replaced with another director.
Final film to date of Ziggy Steinberg, who was a writer and producer on this picture.
Cinematographer Victor J. Kemper previously filmed the Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor movie, See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
The Swedish title on this is "Se Upp Igen Blindstyre!" (Eng: "Look Out Again, Blind Fool!"), indicating it's a sequel to a previous Richard Pryor Gene Wilder film See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), which translates into Swedish as "Hör Upp, Blindstyre!" (Eng: "Listen Up, Blind Fool!"). However, these movies have no connection except for the two main actors.
Final star teaming of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. The others being Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). Additionally, both men were involved in Blazing Saddles (1974): Pryor as a co-writer and Gene as Jim, the Waco Kid.
The worst performing picture at the box-office of the four Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder movies.
In their first two movies together, Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980), Gene Wilder received top first billing and Richard Pryor got second billing. However, in their final two movies together, this film and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Pryor got first billing with Wilder getting second.
The promotional posters that were used in video shops claimed that the picture won "72 film awards".