The Title Was Too Long And Had Little To Do With The Original Song
The title of this movie was too long. When it played at a local movie theater only "Night Lights Georgia" could fit on the marquee.
The movie was very loosely inspired by the 1973 Vicki Lawrence song of the same name. It shares almost no plot elements with the original song. In 1981 Tanya Tucker recorded a different version for the film's soundtrack and new lyrics related to the plot of the film were written. These altered lyrics were based on the plot line of the movie, which is not the same as the story of the original song.
Just before the movie went into production, the Hollywood trade papers were touting that rising star Kristy McNichol was to headline in a comedy-drama with country music to be entitled "Ruby Red".