The car which is pushed down into a gorge belonged to Jahangir Salehi's daughter. Even though she had paid for the car herself, Jahangir took the car without her permission and only told her she would never see it again. It wasn't until 20 years later when she saw the film that she learned what had happened to it.
Jahangir Salehi died in 2007 and never lived to see the movie receive a full national distribution from Drafthouse Films in 2015. However, his daughter, when later interviewed, said she was not sure he would have understood the film's place as a "so bad it's good" movie. At a midnight screening he was able to attend before his death, he referred to everyone laughing in the theater as "just a bunch of drunk people."
It was long rumored that the movie's one week run at the four Los Angeles area Laemmle's theaters grossed only $70, meaning only seven or eight tickets were sold. However, the documentary That's So John Rad (2016) was given access to the Laemmle's records and discovered it actually pulled in exactly $2,238. When later released at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in Hollywood, CA as a midnight movie, the theater was sold out.
The rumored $70 box office draw this film earned, later discovered to actually be just over $2,000, came when Jahangir Salehi paid his own money to rent four LA area cinemas to play the film for a week. This is known as a "four-wall distribution" where the theater makes their money from the rental charge and would have given all box office sales back to the director. This cost him somewhere in the high end of tens of thousands of dollars which means, whether the total box office was $70 or $2000, the director failed to make even a 1% return on his investment in the four-wall deal.
Jahangir Salehi claimed in a 2005 interview with LA Weekly (reprinted with the Drafthouse Blu-Ray) to have directed two other English language films, aside from Dangerous Men, though no record of these films seems to exist. When asked why there was no record of these movies, he only claimed it was because the films were "sold." He also repeatedly avoided to name the films.
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Melody Wiggins, who plays Mina, the would-be main character, broke her leg during filming in the 1980s and refused to return to production after Jahangir Salehi would not cover any of her medical expenses.