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  • All-Star Cast: Almost everyone in the main cast was a big name for filmgoers in The '70s, with the exception of Ian McShane (whose stardom wouldn't come until later), and Joan Hackett (who was still a recognizably-prolific character actress).
  • Development Hell: A plan for a remake has been kicking around Hollywood for the last few years.
  • He Also Did: One of the quirks of the film is its co-writers: The oddball duo of Anthony Perkins, best known as playing Norman Bates in Psycho, and Stephen Sondheim, best known as the creator of Broadway musicals. It is the only screenwriting credit either Perkins or Sondheim ever received.
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  • Hostility on the Set: Raquel Welch alienated most of her castmates, leading James Mason to call her "the rudest, most unprofessional actress I've ever had the displeasure of working with," which led to his infamous statement of "If I could, I would spank her from here to Aswan."
  • Hollywood Pudgy: meta-wise. In her frequent bikini or otherwise scantily-dressed scenes, Dyan Cannon looks like she could walk straight onto a Victoria's Secret runway. Dyan Cannon said later that she had to gain eighteen pounds for the role.
  • Troubled Production: The logistics of filming in a yacht far from Hollywood created numerous problems that delayed production, and most of the movie ended up being filmed on sets. Also, Raquel Welch clashed with director Herbert Ross and, as mentioned before, alienated most of her castmates.
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  • Write What You Know: Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins used to hold parties for friends featuring elaborately-staged games, so they adapted that concept into this screenplay.

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