* ExecutiveMeddling: The film's original ending made a little more sense, but was changed for overseas prints due to the poor performance in theaters. Yes, the impaled shark ending was used in original theatrical prints.
* FranchiseKiller: One of the most infamous examples, and one of the few films on Website/RottenTomatoes to have a 0% approval rating.
** Creator/MichaelCaine and Mario Van Peebles.
** Michael Brody is played by Film/TheLastStarfighter.
** Thea Brody is played by [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Judith]] [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven Barsi]].
* MoneyDearBoy: Michael Caine only appeared because of it. And later regretted being in the Bahamas shooting it instead of picking up his Academy Award for ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters''. He's never even seen the film -- but he assures that it paid for a lovely house!
** This is also the reason for his notorious instantly dry shirt after climbing onto the boat. In the heat of the Bahamas it dried out between takes, and when no one else noticed he elected to remain comfortably dry rather than point it out.
* OldShame: Michael Caine generally prefers not to acknowledge his involvement in the film. As mentioned above, he's never even watched it, but is well aware of its terrible reputation.
** Although she had been mostly retired from acting for eight years prior to appearing in the film, and gave it up completely after its release, it was still a sad last effort for actress Lorraine Gary, who got a Worst Actress nomination for her performance.
** It was one of many box-office bombs that helped set back Michael Caine's career for a brief time, until he had a CareerResurrection in the late 1990's.
** Lance Guest had looked like he might have a promising career after playing the title character in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. After his appearance here, he's appeared in a grand total of ''two'' theatrically released films.
** Roy Scheider and Murray Hamilton were originally asked to appear in the film, but the former flat-out refused to come back, while the latter died before any serious work began on the screenplay.
** The studio considered making the film in 3D -- which would have made this the first film franchise to have two 3D sequels -- but worries about the cost of shipping the 3D film cameras to the Bahamas and keeping them working properly in the tropical climate nixed that idea.