According to Joe Eszterhas's autobiography he hated the final film. Director William Friedkin changed Eszterhas's script so much, he threatened to remove his name from the credits. Paramount settled with him by giving him a "blind script deal" worth two to four million dollars. Later, Friedkin admitted that he did virtually rewrote the script, but Friedkin also said that this film was his most favorite film he had ever made.
Linda Fiorentino initially turned down the script because she didn't want to play a prostitute. She changed her mind when her character was changed through rewrites.
Angie Everhart originally filmed a nude scene, but changed her mind and the scene was re-shot with a body double.
David Caruso's second starring role of 1995 after Kiss of Death (1995). Both pictures were box-office disasters. Ironically, Caruso had left the highly successful NYPD Blue (1993) to star in these films.
David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino reunited 3 years later on Body Count (1998) from polygram filmed entertainment. Chazz Palminteri also did a film from polygram same year as this film which happened to be The Usual Suspects (1995).
Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Andie MacDowell, Nicole Kidman, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Emma Thompson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean young, Kim basinger, Karen Allen, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Demi Moore, Madeleine Stowe, salma hayek, Valeria golino, ashley judd and Elisabeth Shue were considered for the role of Katrina Gavin.
When O.J. Simpson's Trial of the Century ended with a Not Guilty verdict, he stated to the press that he was going to see this movie.
2nd film that Michael Biehn did with William Friedkin. The first was Rampage (1987).
One of four films from William Friedkin that involve cops, criminals, the thin line between good, evil, right, wrong, etc. and car chases, the others being The French Connection (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and The Hunted (2003).
James Horner had a couple of other scores for other movies the same year as this like Braveheart (1995), Apollo 13 (1995), Jumanji (1995), Casper (1995) and Balto (1995). His score in this film is mixed with the song mystic's dream by Lorenna McKennitt and it sounds similar to his other scores in Red Heat (1988), Thunderheart (1992), etc. Horner was chosen in part by the studio who loved the score of Braveheart that he did for them and for Mel Gibson himself and also William Friedkin wanted to have a chance to work with Horner since he admired his work in other films.
David Caruso and Michael Biehn have both worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger on The Terminator (1984) and Twins (1988).
Kevin Tighe who appears as district attorney Arnold "Cliff" Clifford in Jade was also in another 48 hrs when he played an internal affairs officer working with the DA looking at Nick Nolte's character Jack Cates on a manslaughter charge which turns out to be a frame up. Both movies were composed by James Horner and set in San Francisco.