* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/HaleyJoelOsment came up with the idea that since David is a mecha, he shouldn't be able to blink. Creator/StevenSpielberg loved the idea and extended it to all of the mechas.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Fortunately, Spielberg was Kubrick's backup director.
* BigNameFan: This film is greatly admired by film-makers like Ken Russell, Creator/BillyWilder and avant-garde maestro Stan Brakhage.
* DeFictionalization: So very many of the possibilities and problems of "lover robots" predicted in this film are [[http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/31/worlds-first-sex-robot-brothel-talks-expand/ already beginning to be realized in real life]]. Gigolo Joe's claim that "Once you've had a lover robot, you will never want a ''real'' man again" is clearly no idle boast, as [[http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/779841/Sex-robot-brothel-Lumidolls-Barcelona-prostitutes-complain-police human prostitutes have already been trying to drive out sex doll brothels]] on the grounds that [[JobStealingRobot they're unfair competition]].
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/JudeLaw worked with a choreographer for months to nail down Gigolo Joe's dancing and general mannerisms.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Kubrick read the story and hired the author to write a treatment in the early 1970s, invited Spielberg to work with him in 1985, and only decided to take the project off after Spielberg's '93 productions (''Film/SchindlersList'' made Kubrick give up on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wartime_Lies a similar adaptation]], and ''Film/JurassicPark'' convinced him that CGI could bring the project to life). Then he wanted to start the project after ''Film/EyesWideShut'', [[AuthorExistenceFailure but his eventual death]] in 1999 led Spielberg to take over and bring it to fruition.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Dr. Know is basically a public database with a fancy interface that can answer any question you have. In effect, it's just a less convenient version of Google that you have to pay to use.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/StanleyKubrick was the original director, but the film languished in DevelopmentHell until Kubrick died in 1999.
** Gigolo Joe was originally conceived by Kubrick as a GI Mecha, but screenwriter Thomas Watson suggested changing him to a male prostitute.
** Chris Cunningham was originally the special effects supervisor when the project was being developed in the early '90s. None of his work ended up in the final film.
** Part of the reason Kubrick's vision of the film languished in DevelopmentHell for so long was was because he wanted the main character to be played by an ''actual robot''. As of this writing, such robots are ''still'' impossible.
** Creator/JosephMazzello was cast as David at one point, but by the time the film was brought out of DevelopmentHell he was too old for the role.

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