At the time, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were competing against each other. Schwarzenegger faked interest in this movie, hoping Stallone would audition. When Stallone heard that Schwarzenegger was interested in headlining, he immediately dropped everything and contacted the producers, saying that he wanted to headline.
When Estelle Getty found out that the movie would involve guns, she said she would only do the movie if there were no guns. The producers lied, saying there would be no guns in the movie, to get her to sign on.
According to Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger tricked Stallone into being in this flop comedy by starting a rumor that he wanted the movie himself. Sly admitted in a conversation with journalist Sandro Monetti at Manchester Arena that he heard Arnold wanted to do the movie, and, after hearing that, said that he wanted to do it. Later he understood that Arnie tricked him.
When Estelle Getty is showing pictures of her son to people on the plane, the black and white picture of a boy in a checkered shirt is Sylvester Stallone as a young boy. The same picture was used in Rocky (1976), and sits on Rocky's mirror.
An elaborate scene of Sylvester Stallone's character crashing a garbage truck through the wall of an art gallery was cut out of this movie. Scott Shaw played the gallery owner.
On "Siskel & Ebert At The Movies", Roger Ebert said "This is one of the worst films I've ever seen. It has no funny moments. It has no interesting moments."
The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 15th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1992.
In Joe's living room there is a framed Leroy Neiman print. Neiman had painted at least two renditions of Stallone's Rocky Balboa.