Filmed in part aboard the M.T.S. Odysseus, a cruise ship of Greece's Epirotiki Line. First launched in 1961 as the Princesa Isabel, Odysseus ended her career as the Lucky Star, a casino ship based out of Singapore. She was scrapped in Alang, India in April 2008, some 16 years after her appearance in Bitter Moon.
Peter Coyote differs to Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas in terms of nationality. Whereas Seigner, Grant and Scott Thomas are European; French and English respectively, Coyote is American. The odd one out in the quartet of the leads.
Roman Polanski had a hand in directing The King of Ads (1991), along with a string of other film directors, one of whom was Hugh Hudson, who directed Chariots of Fire (1981). Composer Vangelis also composed the music for Bitter Moon (1992).
From an edition of Radio Times in October 1999: Roman Takes a Holiday (main title). Barry Norman on the decline of the once brilliant director Roman Polanski (title). What Norman wrote about Polanski tied in with a screening of Bitter Moon (1992) on Monday 18th October 1999.