This movie was dedicated to River Phoenix, who is said to have a small nameless cameo in it.

Jodie Foster wanted to play the lead.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor signed on to play Miss Adrian, but backed out.

Madonna was originally cast as Delores Del Ruby.

Gary Oldman was originally cast as Julian Gitche.

Lily Tomlin turned down the role of Miss Adrian.

The cast includes seven Oscar nominees: Sir John Hurt, Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Carol Kane, Buck Henry, and Edward James Olmos. It'd be eight if River Phoenix's cameo was confirmed.