This film marks the last leading role for Chris Farley who died five months before the film released. However it is not his last film appearance as he had a cameo for the film Dirty Work released later that same year.

Filmed in fall 1996 under the title Edwards & Hunt. It was originally intended for release in summer 1997, but was delayed for a year due to a merger.

Elias, the shop owner that Bartholomew Hunt goes to for a bath, a shave, and a tooth removal, is loosely based on Charles Willson Peale, a painter from colonial times who also practiced taxidermy and dentistry.

Lewis and Clark both had surnames that can also be first names. This is also the case with the two lead actors in this film, Chris Farley and Matthew Perry.

David Packer previously guest starred in M*A*S*H: U.N., the Night and the Music (1983) as another character who, through misfortune, loses a leg.