Amanda Bearse, who made her debut in this film in a non-credited bit role, would one year later appear in a film with Chris Sarandon once again. But this time in a co-starring role with him, the comedy horror movie Fright Night (1985).
The film, a political comedy set in Washington D.C., was first released in 1984, also a U.S. Presidential Election year, that between Democrat and former Vice President Walter Mondale and incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan. The picture premiered stateside on 21st December 1984 which was about six weeks after the U.S. Federal Election had been held on 6th November 1984.
The movie was inspired by the old Hollywood screwball comedies such as those directed by Frank Capra, particularly Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). The film was made and released about forty-five years after that Capra comedy classic. The movie has often been labeled with unofficial titles like "Goldie Goes to Washington".
The movie, whose central character is a woman called Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn, who is a cocktail waitress in an ordinary job, was first released in the same 1984 year that Geraldine A. Ferraro became the first woman in a major American U.S. political party to be a national election nominee candidate, which was in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election race, Ferraro running as the Democrat Vice Presidential running mate to Democrat Presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate for a major American political party preceding Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the 2008 U.S. election.
Prior to this American politics political comedy actress Goldie Hawn had previously starred in the cold war politics romantic comedy drama 'The Girl from Petrovka' (1974) which had debuted approximately a decade (or ten years) earlier.
The meaning of the term "Protocol" as shown by an optically highlighted reading of a dictionary in the movie defined it as "the customs and regulations dealing with the ceremonies and etiquette of the diplomatic corps".
Sunny Ann Davis (Goldie Hawn)' position she got in government was as a Special Assistant to an Ambassador. The agency it was in was the Department of Protocol. The salary she was paid was $35,000 a year.
Headlines about Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn on magazines featured in the movie read: "SUNNY DAVIS: American Heroine" (TIME) ; "Sunny Davis, Not Just A Waitress" (Ms.) ; "Sunny's Secret Lovers" (National Enquirer) ; "American Heroine Sunny Davis" (Newsweek) ; "Sunny Davis: Divorced, dreamy and dangerous" (People Weekly) ; and "Sunny Davis: From the Heartland of America, to America's Heart" (LIFE).
At About 15 Min. And 13 Sec. You Can See An Uncredited Appearance Of Actress Mary Ellen Trainor Playing A Secretary Of Some Sort, Answering The Phone. For Those Who Would Mostly Remember Her As The Mother On The Goonies.
At one point early in the film, American waitress Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) gets shot in the behind, and lives, saving a foreign diplomat's life, and becoming a national American heroine. In real life, the current American President of the time, Ronald Reagan was shot on 30th March 1981, and lived and survived the attempted assassination.