Released theatrically in the USA on June 2, 1995, and had an opening weekend box office gross of $10.5 million. The film was a big hit, grossing more than $70 million domestically and $115 million overseas.
Color by Technicolor.
Shot on location in Winterset, Iowa (population: 4,200).
There was a fierce competition for the role of Francesca. Considered or mentioned for the part were: Jessica Lange, Isabella Rossellini (whom author Waller favored), Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve, Lena Olin, Sonia Braga, Cher, Anjelica Huston, Emma Thompson, Geena Davis, and Mary McDonnell. And Barbara Hershey won a poll conducted by the "Chicago Sun-Times".
Clint Eastwood, who shot the film in a brisk 42 days, replaced Bruce Beresford as director. Beresford left because he objected to Steven Spielberg's script changes (Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment produced the movie). Prior to Beresford, Sydney Pollack and then Spielberg himself were slated to direct the film, but each dropped out. Eastwood also replaced Robert Redford in the lead role.
Meryl Streep was a runner-up for best actress of 1995 in voting by the National Society of Film Critics.
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.