Trivia: At some of the theaters showing this film, when the shark explodes, the "guts" are actually E.T. dolls that were being sold.
Trivia: Contrary to longstanding rumors, Natalie Wood's death did not change the plot or threaten production of this film. At the time of her death, Wood had already completed all of her principal photography, including the ending. According to producer/director Douglas Trumbull, the truth of the matter was that Metro Goldwyn Mayer was in financial trouble and saw Wood's death as an opportunity to bail itself out of debt; so, MGM halted production of "Brainstorm" and tried to write-off the film as a loss in order to collect a sizable insurance claim from Lloyd's of London. When Lloyd's investigated the claim and deposed Douglas Trumbull, he told Lloyd's that the movie was not at all damaged or threatened by Wood's death, and that it could easily be completed. Although MGM refused to pay for the film's completion, Lloyd's of London itself gave Trumbull $5.8 million to finish production.
Trivia: When the title first appears, it says "Monty Python's Meaning Of Liff," which abruptly changes to "Life" with the title is struck by lightning. Author Douglas Adams (friend of Graham Chapman and occasional Python contributor) contacted Terry Gilliam to ask if he could use the title "The Meaning Of Liff" for a mock dictionary he was writing at about the same time. Adams and the Pythons agreed that the crossover publicity could be mutually beneficial. (00:17:35)
Trivia: During the end credits, we see a bold promise that Doctor Detroit would return in "Doctor Detroit II: The Wrath of Mom" (spoofing the title of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan). This was probably just a gag, as Universal Pictures did not have high expectations for Doctor Detroit, and the film was a critical and box office failure, so no sequels were ever discussed. but to this day, Dan Aykroyd fans still ask him about the Doctor Detroit sequel. While he quickly dismisses any notions of a sequel, Aykroyd does, in fact, consider Doctor Detroit his most important film, for personal reasons: "Obviously it's the most important movie of my career. It's the one where I met my wife. It led to three kids and 30 years of marriage, so it's a pretty important movie for me. But I don't see Universal stepping up to that particular one." (Dan Aykroyd, 2013).
Trivia: Director Bob Clark has a cameo appearance in this film as one of the KKK members.
Trivia: The original title for the film roughly translated to "Pirate Patrol." The title was changed during production, however, as Jackie Chan and the producers feared that other Hong Kong studios would rush to copy the film by making similar pirate-themed adventures. Chan later chose the much more vague title of "Project A," since it gave nothing away about the plot.
Trivia: When Warren Stacy is in the dorm he picks up a police radio and the dispatcher can be heard saying Code 6 (Code 6 Stay out of area - http://www.radiolabs.com/police-codes.html) at Florence And Normandie. This is the intersection where the Rodney King Riots (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Los_Angeles_riots) would break out nine years later. (01:33:05)
Trivia: Minnie Mouse doesn't have a single line of dialogue in the film.
Trivia: The registration number N77GH is visible on a gold placard on right surveillance camera' but only civilian aircraft are given November numbers. Military helicopters only have a series of numbers like on the tail. You aren't supposed to notice Blue Thunder's real "N" number, but it is there throughout the movie making it known it was truly a civilian helicopter.