- The inspiration for this film came from D.W. Griffith's surprise at the loud protests against his previous film, The Birth of a Nation (1915). In response to those attacks, he wanted to illustrate the problem with intolerance to other people's views.
- The massive life-size of the great Wall of Babylon, seen in the fourth story of the silent film, Intolerance (1916), was placed at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard (in Hollywood, California USA) when the movie was completed. It became a notable landmark for many years during Hollywood's golden era.
- On 9 November 2001, the newly-built Kodak Theatre complex at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland (in Hollywood, California USA) had its Grand Opening. (Incidentally, the Kodak Theatre is the new permanent home for the Annual Academy Awards event beginning with the 74th Annual Academy Awards on 24 March 2002.) The tall Archway standing in the Babylon Court of the Kodak Theatre Complex is redesigned from the silent film Intolerance as are the Elephant Statues. Each Elephant Statue weighs 33,500 pounds.
- D.W Griffith was forced to re-shoot the sequence of the crucifixion because certain organizations were saying that Griffith shot too many Jewish extras around the cross, and not enough Romans. Griffith then burned the footage and re-shot the scene with more Roman extras.
- Jenkins and his foundation are modeled after John D. Rockefeller and his own foundation. The massacre of workers at the beginning of the movie is modeled after the Ludlow massacre of 1914, in which Rockefeller was involved.
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