John Williams was the original composer attached to the film, but left the project when the film was half a year behind schedule and he had to start composing the music for both Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) immediately after that. One studio executive claimed that Ennio Morricone was also considered.
The rollerskating violinist is actually David Mansfield, the composer of the sound track.
Michael Cimino was reportedly such a perfectionist that by the fifth day of filming they were already four days behind schedule.
The James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) saved studio United Artists from fiscal ruin due to this movie's financial losses. At the time of that film's release, the studio was still reeling from the picture's massive losses, a notorious $40,000,000 bomb that was about to force UA to file bankruptcy. When the Bond film took in a worldwide gross of $194,900,000, the studio was saved and afterwards turned its focus toward blockbusters and less on personal films.
Property master Robert J. Visciglia Sr. contacted his old friend, director Sam Peckinpah, about doing second unit on the final battle sequence, not realizing the director had recently suffered a heart attack and was therefore medically unfit. Nonetheless, Peckinpah visited the set and met with Cimino, staying for four days.
The studio considered firing Michael Cimino and approached Norman Jewison to take over the project, but Jewison refused. |