Filming began in 1973 and continued intermittently over the years, owing to a combination of financial problems and David Carradine's taking other acting jobs to help pay for it. It was finally completed and screened at the United States Film and Video Festival in 1981, before a wider release in 1983.
Based on the book The Perfect Round, by Henry Morton Robinson.
David Carradine's older half-brother Bruce has a role in the film as a police officer.
After reading the negative reviews of the film, David Carradine reportedly went to the bathroom of his hotel and threw up.
Some last-minute footage was still being shot in the final weeks leading up to the film's release, nearly ten years after the bulk of the scenes were shot. As a result, David Carradine's character appears much older in a few of the shots.