* DuelingStarsMovie: Creator/SeanConnery and Creator/MichaelCaine.
* FakeBrit: The Canadian Creator/ChristopherPlummer as Creator/RudyardKipling.
* OneBookAuthor: Karroom Ben Bouih, who played the high priest Kafu-Selim, was 103 years old when he made his first and only film appearance. When he saw some of the footage, he declared that now he would live on forever.
** Creator/JohnHuston had been an avid fan of Creator/RudyardKipling since childhood.
** Michael Caine had long been an admirer of John Huston's films and couldn't believe he got to work with such a legendary figure.
* RealLifeRelative: Roxanne is played by Shakira Caine, Michael's wife.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Creator/JohnHuston had been trying to make the film since the 1950s.
** This was originally going to be made in the 1950s, starring Creator/HumphreyBogart as Peachy and Creator/ClarkGable as Danny. Over the years, it was planned with Creator/BurtLancaster and Creator/KirkDouglas, then Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/PeterOToole. Creator/JohnHuston initially approached Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/RobertRedford to play the leads. Redford said the parts should be played by British actors, and suggested Connery and Caine instead.
** Burton and O'Toole were also considered to play Creator/RudyardKipling.
** Creator/ChristopherPlummer's Creator/RudyardKipling would have been dismissed early on by the producers but for Creator/SeanConnery's insistence that Plummer stay. Connery had even threatened to abandon the production if Plummer were not retained. The producers eventually relented.