* GenreKiller: Altman is said to have ''wanted'' this film to be this for the HardboiledDetective kind of FilmNoir. [[SubvertedTrope Didn't happen, though.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Elliot Gould is Phillip Marlowe;
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is one of Augustine's henchmen, though uncredited;
** David Carradine is Socrates, also uncredited.
** The Malibu Colony gate guard is played by Ken Sansom, who was a busy character actor in the 70s before turning to voice acting in the 80s, most notably [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh as Rabbit]] from 1988 to 2010.
** The piano player at the bar is [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Mr. Carlin]].
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Elliott Gould, who specialized in playing neurotic, eccentric New Yorkers, as a HardboiledDetective from LA, was of the NewHollywood era's most celebrated examples of this.
** Henry Gibson, best known at the time for his {{Adorkable}} characters on ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', as the dour, amoral Dr. Verringer.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: United Artists botched its initial release by promoting it as a straight DetectiveDrama. A few months later they re-released it but the marketing implied that it was a rollicking {{Parody}} of Literature/PhilipMarlowe, when it's really more like a darkly satiric {{Retool}}.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Altman originally wanted Dan Blocker (TV's Hoss Cartwright) whom he originally directed in early episodes of ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' to play Wade. Tragically Blocker died from a post-surgery complication at the age of 44. The film is dedicated to him.
* During filming of ''Film/{{MASH}}'', Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland approached Fox executives about removing Creator/RobertAltman from the project, but decided not to go through with it. Gould admitted to Altman that he and Sutherland almost had him removed from the filming, but Donald Sutherland never told Altman about it. Subsequently, Altman never made another movie with Donald Sutherland.

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