Trivia: Disabled U.S. veterans would tell Gary Sinise that they were inspired by his portrayal of Lt. Dan in this film. Feeling humbled because he himself was neither a veteran or disabled, he established the Gary Sinise Foundation in order to help disabled veterans adjust to their new lives. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org.
Trivia: Hattie McDaniel's portrayal of Mammy earned her an Academy Award, the first to be given to an African American.
Trivia: The film is a remake of Shakespeare's comedy play "The Taming of the Shrew".
Trivia: Nan Martin (the unattractive Tanya/Nurse "sourpuss") was the real-life mother of Zen Gesner (who played Ralph).
Trivia: Kathleen Marshall, who plays the role of Charlotte, is the director Garry Marshall's daughter.
Trivia: The man who is getting a (fake) haircut as Akeem first enters the barber shop is played by a then-unknown Cuba Gooding Jr.
Trivia: Director Tyler Perry loves his cast so much that most of them are in all of his films. Besides changing up the main characters, he always finds a spot for his regulars.