- Executive Meddling: A legendarily notorious example in the annals of Hollywood, studio heads at Columbia abruptly cut short the film's shooting schedule and kept reducing the running time from over four hours to 156 minutes, 136 minutes at its initial release, and finally 123 minutes. As might be expected, director Sam Peckinpah wasn't pleased with these changes. Supposedly The Wild Bunch was his attempt at a semi-remake.
- Troubled Production: In addition to Peckinpah's constant battles with the studio over the film's shooting schedule, budget, content, and length, the director often antagonzied the crew and the cast to the point that Heston allegedly threatened him with a saber. Peckinpah's drinking benders didn't help things either.
- By the end, after Columbia had shortened the production schedule because of concerns over this, Heston was reportedly more or less directing the film since Peckinpah often wandered away from the set in a drunken haze. Heston kept Columbia from firing him only by agreeing to completely forego his salary (a very rare move by an actor).
- And then Columbia decided to more or less break its contract and edit the film itself instead of leaving it to Peckinpah. A cut close to what he wanted to do wasn't released until 2005, and even then it's largely guesswork.
- There were also reports that Charlton Heston and Richard Harris did not get along during filming, much like their characters - even more so that Harris simply did not get along with anyone due to his own real life rebellious nature and "alpha dog" persona as described by leading lady Senta Berger. So great was the disunity between them that Harris would jack up his boots so that he wouldn't look shorter than Heston (which he was, if not by much). Heston joked in his autobiography In The Arena that the reason he and Harris didn't get along was that Harris was an Irishman while Heston himself was of Anglo-Scot descent - while still insisting that things weren't as bad as reported.