With its production budget of $26 million, this is Woody Allen's most expensive film.
Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson both turned down the role of C.W. Briggs. So Woody Allen decided to play the role himself.
According to Woody Allen, this is one of his worst movies, because he's leading it. He couldn't find anyone to play the lead, and had to do it himself, even though he felt he wasn't a good fit for the part.
Woody Allen is very secretive with his scripts when he is working. Helen Hunt was allowed to read the entire script when she was offered the part, but she had to read it in one sitting and then give it back to the courier who was waiting to take it back.
When Woody Allen says his "little man" is telling him something is fishy about a jewel robbery and insurance claim, he's referencing Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity (1944). Robinson played an insurance executive whose "little man" always tipped him off to insurance fraud.
Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
In its opening weekend, the film played at slightly over 900 screens, the largest opening engagement for any Woody Allen film. However, the box-office take that weekend was only $2.5 million.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, and Charlize Theron; and one Oscar nominee: Dan Aykroyd.
For her audition, Elizabeth Berkley had her hair done in a Veronica Lake 1940s-style. Unfortunately on the way to the audition, she got caught in a rainstorm and her hair was ruined.
"In a Persian Market" of Wilbur de Paris, the recurring theme song of the movie is played also in another Allen film: New York Stories (1989)