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350 Arizona State Prison inmates worked as extras in the film.
The cast and crew had to leave the prison walking in single file every night so the prison guards could ensure that no prisoners escaped. One night, Charles Weldon was mistaken for a prisoner by the guards, pulled out of the line and sent to the cell block. Weldon recalled one occasion: “As I was walking out, a guard asked me to stand to one side. I should have realized something was wrong, but I obeyed him without a second thought”. A moment later, Weldon found himself marched toward a cell block, along with the jail inmate extras. Weldon added: “The guard told me, ‘I could have sworn you were one of our guys. He was profusely apologetic. But I didn’t mind. To an actor, there couldn’t have been a higher compliment”.
The first movie directed by an African American to gross over $100 million dollars in North America.
Wilder starred in BLAZING SADDLES the 1974 classic written by Pryor and Mel Brooks. Later when he was picked up for SILVER STREAK, Wilder would only take the part if he acted across Richard Pryor.
One of five movies where actor Gene Wilder plays a man wrongly accused of committing a crime. The others? Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Hanky Panky (1982), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
Warden Walter Beatty played by Barry Corbin was frequently referred to in the movie as “Warden Beatty” as this spoofed the name of actor Warren Beatty.
This movie was the sixth film that Sidney Poitier directed but it was the first one in which he also did not star.