"Z-rated by the muses," but:
Aram Avakian — a highly respected editor who occasionally directed — collaborated on the screenplay with his longtime friend Terry Southern, who was at the time a very hot screenwriter (“Dr. Strangelove,” “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Candy,” “The Loved One”). The cast included Stacy Keach, James Earl Jones, Harris Yulin, M. Emmet Walsh and Graham Jarvis — none of whom had been in more than one or two prior films. Just as significantly, it was the first cinematographer credit for Gordon Willis (“Manhattan,” “The Godfather”).