杰瑞米·艾恩斯 originally turned down the role because he knew playing this character would hurt his career. After thinking it over and being convinced by 格伦·克洛斯 that working with 阿德里安·莱恩 was an experience he should not missed, he agreed to play Humbert Humbert, not before securing a good paycheck anticipating a few years of possible unemployment.
Due to considerable difficulty in securing an American distributor, the film had a very limited theatrical run in order to qualify for award contention. The final domestic gross income was over $1.1 million on a $62 million budget.
梅兰尼·格里菲斯 plays the mother of Lolita, but in real life it was a young Melanie who went off with an older man. When she was just fourteen she fell in love with her mother's co-star (唐·约翰逊) and the two pursued a relationship.
The film had a hard time in finding a distributor. When filming finally began, New Line Cinema was the distributor, but they dropped the film from distribution when they saw an early cut. It later got a limited cinema run, through a small independent distributor, before finally making a big premiere on the Showtime Entertainment TV channel.
More explicit versions of the comic book and the Lake Point Cottages scenes were submitted to the British Board of Film Classification in 2000 for inclusion as extras on the region 2 DVD. The BBFC refused certificates for the scenes, noting that they would not have been passed if they were included in the film, and were especially problematic out of context.
According to The Telegraph, Jeremy Irons, who played seducer Humbert Humbert, vocalized how uncomfortable he was shooting sex scenes with a minor. Dominique Swain was only 14 years old. "I just tried to become obsessed by her," he said. "All right, I did become obsessed by her." Although audience's mouths were left agape at the erotic scenes with a minor, it turns out, the producers found a way to keep things morally correct. Per New York Daily News, a 19-year old body double was used, so the film did not violate the Child Pornography Prevention act of 1996.
In the last motel that they stay in, Humbert hands Lolita a stack of comic books. The one that she takes off the top and starts to read is "True Love Problems" #28 (July 1954) published by Harvey Publications. The next comic in the stack is "Exposed: True Crime Cases" #1 (April 1948) published by D.S. Publishing.
弗兰克·兰格拉 discovered belatedly that director 阿德里安·莱恩 had kept a full-frontal nude-shot of him (during Quilty's death scene), and left it in the movie. Langella was furious with Lyne over what happened; he still gets embarrassed talking about it.