Mikhail Baryshnikov hated this movie so much that he refused to do publicity for it.
Director Nicholas Meyer was reputedly so annoyed at the studio's interference with this film's East vs West plot that he recycled it on his next film, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
In his autobiography, Nicholas Meyer described his experience on this film as a catastrophe, citing an unfinished script and his battles with Gene Hackman.
Gene Hackman tried to back out of filming two weeks before production began, but begrudgingly stayed on after fearing a lawsuit from MGM, citing he had been exhausted from making three films back-to-back prior to signing on.
Writer-director Nicholas Meyer said of this film in his book 'The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood' (2009), pp. 194-197: "The film, which came to be known as Company Business (1991), was a catastrophe, and it was no one's fault but mine. Going forward without a finished script was suicide. And while on paper, the troika of Hackman, Baryshnikov, and Meyer might have appeared promising, in reality we were all pulling in different directions, and my bouts with Hackman just about wrecked me . . . There were a couple of sequences in Company Business (1991) of which I was proud, notably the tense spy swap sequence in the Berlin subway - but isolated sequences do not a good film make. A great movie is great from start to finish. Company Business (1991), alas, did not come close".
According to the book 'The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood' (2009), pp. 194-197, by writer-director Nicholas Meyer, the screenplay for this film "struggled to reflect fast-moving events in Eastern Europe, where the Berlin Wall was collapsing."
The film was originally intended as a vehicle for both Richard Dreyfuss and Elliott Gould, but both dropped out of the project before production began.
According to Box Office Flops, this picture was "rushed into production without a completed script" and "was one of many major flops for MGM/Pathe in 1991, which saw only Thelma & Louise (1991) pull in any respectable box office numbers"
One of three spy movies that feature actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The films are White Nights (1985), Company Business (1991), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
One of the film's working titles was "Dinosaurs". A line of dialogue in the film states "You're both dinosaurs" and a restaurant setting features a large dinosaur skeleton.
This was the fourth consecutive film for Gene Hackman who was exhausted after having previously made Postcards from the Edge (1990), Narrow Margin (1990), and Class Action (1991) in quick succession.
According to the book 'The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999' (2001) by Paul Mavis, this movie "was barely [theatrically] released after a troubled production and a last-minute title change".
Producer Steven-Charles Jaffe also performed the duties of the picture's second unit director.
"The movie was released in 1991 just as the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the Russian Federation was born" according to Doug Oswald at the Cinema Retro website.
One of around half a dozen feature film collaborations of director Nicholas Meyer and producer and second unit director Steven-Charles Jaffe.
The film's closing credits declare that this picture was: "Filmed on location in BERLIN, PARIS, WASHINGTON DC and ANGUILLA WEST INDIES".
"Reportedly, the studio, MGM, took final cut away from Meyer [writer-director Nicholas Meyer]" according to Jack Sommersby at E-FilmCritic.
One of two theatrical feature films directed by Nicholas Meyer that were first released in the year of 1991. The two productions are Company Business (1991) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Moreover, Meyer was sole scriptwriter on the former and co-screenwriter on the latter. The two titles are the final cinema movies directed by Meyer.
Intelligence agencies and their personnel referenced and/or featured in this espionage movie included the CIA, the KGB, the FBI, and the OSS.
The movie's MacGuffin was a silver suitcase containing US $2 million in banknote money currency.
The secret alias name of retired CIA agent Sam Boyd (Gene Hackman) was "John Jones".
"The Company" in the movie's Company Business (1991) title is a reference to the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).
The picture "is a post- glasnost spy thriller" according to Michael Wilmington in The Los Angeles Time.
Part of the picture is set in Paris, France and that city's Eiffel Tower. Star Gene Hackman is well known for portraying the Detective Jimmy Doyle aka Popeye Doyle character in The French Connection (1971) and The French Connection (1971).