Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Written by: Francis Veber, Yves Robert
Produced by: Victor Drai
Other cast: Dabney Coleman, Lori Singer, Charles Durning, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Ed Herrmann
Release date: July 19, 1985
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Running time: 1h 32min
As government official Cooper plays a nasty game of one-upsmanship with his rival in hopes of landing a promotion, he is deceived into believing that unassuming violinist Richard is involved in international espionage. Cooper sends his top operative, the gorgeous Maddy, to charm Richard into giving himself away. The naive musician, however, is completely clueless about political intrigue and, sadly, believes he has met the woman of his dreams.
⋄ Tom Hanks described this film as “Not a very good movie. It doesn’t have any real, clear focus to it. It isn’t about anything in particular that you can honestly understand. It made no money at all”.
• Oh, no, no, no, I’m not, I’m not tense. Well, I did pass out today… and got hit in the head by a baseball… and brushed my teeth with shampoo… then butchered Rimsky- Korsakov in front of 1,500 people, and my clothes fell apart. But I’m not *tense*.
• I know, I know, I know, he’s a percussionist, but still, that doesn’t mean he’s not a nice guy.