Ever the pioneer, with this film Coppola was one of the first directors to use a live, from-the-camera video feed, instant playback and, ultimately, using that video to enable rough cuts made of each scene shot by the next morning making this movie less of a film than a grand experiment and continuous, collaborative work-in-progress.
In order to make the signs for the minature Los Vegas scenes work, neon artists Larry Albright and Bill Concannon needed to develop a process for making neon signs where the tubing was 2mm in diameter. (By comparison, most neon signage is between 8mm and 25mm, where most of the tubing on the Las Vegas strip is 18mm.) Custom glassblowing burners, electrodes and other hardware needed to be fabricated from scratch. Amazingly enough, many of the pieces produced still work today.
This movie was set entirely in Las Vegas, but was completely filmed on a sound stage.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.