Producer and Director Steven Seagal filmed almost forty minutes of footage for the environmental message at the end of this movie, and planned to use it all in the final cut. After pressure from Warner Brothers, and a disastrous preview screening, where audience members booed, laughed, and made obscene gestures for the entire sequence, Seagal cut the final scene down to about seven minutes.
The final scene, when Forrest Taft gives the speech about the oil companies and air pollution, was originally eleven minutes long. Audiences complained that it was overlong and preachy. The scene was re-edited before release.
There were allegations that Sir Michael Caine and Producer and Director Steven Seagal didn't get along. In Caine's memoir, "The Elephant To Hollywood", he said he liked working with Seagal and the crew, but hated filming in Alaska, even joking that "On Deadly Ground" was an apt title.
When Danish stuntman and actor Sven-Ole Thorsen met Producer and Director Steven Seagal on the set, Seagal asked Thorsen to kick him, to show what Thorsen was capable of. Thorsen hesitantly kicked Seagal, who caught his leg and threw him to the ground. Seagal asked Thorsen to kick him again, giving it his best shot. Thorsen kicked Seagal as fast and hard as he could, and Seagal fell to the ground. When shooting a scene together a day or two later, Seagal hit Thorsen in the throat, leaving Thorsen unconscious for three or four seconds. It looked so realistic, that Seagal decided that Thorsen's character, Otto, had died, and his remaining scenes were cut from this movie.
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw had been Producer and Director Steven Seagal's uncredited stunt double in the past, and was set to do it again. He left the movie over a dispute about this movie's Stunt Coordinator, a job Dashnaw claims Seagal promised him.
The January 1994 Los Angeles earthquake almost caused this movie to be delayed. The roof at Technicolor collapsed from the quake, and damaged the negative. Luckily, a Technicolor technician was able to carefully repair the damage.
After Warner Brothers offered Steven Seagal the directorial reins for this movie, then titled "Rainbow Warrior", the budget blew out when bigger and more explosive action scenes were written into the screenplay. Warner Brothers turned to indie production company Largo Entertainment to share some of the cost. In return, Largo would get the international rights to the movie. After Under Siege (1992) performed beyond Warner Brothers' expectations, they decided to fully finance this movie.
In 2010, it emerged that Derrick Bird, the Cumbrian gunman who went on a killing spree before taking his own life, had watched this movie the night before. Some people speculated that he may have been influenced by the numerous scenes of Seagal dispatching opponents with a pump-action shotgun.
Forrest Taft asks the question, "What does it take to change the essence of a man?" to an oil worker. A similar question is posed and answered in an aftershave commercial by Kelly LeBrock. Steven Seagal and LeBrock were married at that time.
This movie wasn't Steven Seagal's first choice for his directorial debut. Twentieth Century Fox and Morgan Creek Productions initially offered him the Mafia drama "Man of Honor" as a starring/director/writer vehicle. Fox didn't want to pay over thirty million dollars, so production shut down a few weeks before filming.
In a 2018 article for thewrap.com, Regina "Peachy" Simons, an uncredited extra, claimed that Producer and Director Steven Seagal raped her following production, after inviting her to a non-existent wrap party at his house. Simons additionally states that for several weeks afterwards, Seagal called her residence and ask to speak with her.