A rare movie jewel, quirky, funny, intelligent, interesting, with awell paced, and well-developed in-depth story line. Realisticcharacters believably conveyed by the actors and full of greatdialogue. There is no excess un-necessary fluff or overkill in thismovie! All players carry their weight and are completely believable intheir characterizations, operating, as one would expect normal peopleto communicate with each other, with intelligence and humor. All ofthis serves to amplify (Ned Beatty's) Myerson character making him lookall the more obnoxious – a lifelike caricature when compared to theother key players. This film is a creative alternative to the staleridiculous explosions, un-necessary violence and 'shoot em ups' seen inmany movies. Every aspect of the movie compliments the story line; itis shot on location in the natural settings of Europe and the U.S.,which makes it visually attractive. There are no studio backdrops, withdark unrealistic settings. It is unendingly interesting and can be seenmany times a year, without becoming old and tired. The only problem ithas is the poor picture quality as film sometimes appears out of focus.<br><br>Jackson and Matthau are brilliant foils for each other, because despitetheir obvious age difference they are well matched by intelligence andwit, therefore coming off as a believable pairing as players of equalstature, eclipsing the obvious age issue altogether. This is adelightful movie has an apparent absence of Hollywood movie politics.This is one of the very best films I have ever seen for the all ofabove reasons.
Adventure / Comedy
Adventure / Comedy
CIA agent Miles Kendig decides to get out of 'the game' and to ensure he's left alone he threatens to send his memoirs to the world's intelligence agencies. When the CIA doesn't believe him, he calls their bluff and starts writing and sending out chapters one by one. Realizing that their operations would be compromised, the CIA (led by Myerson and Cutter) set out to put an end to Kendig's plan by whatever means necessary. The heart of the movie follows a game of cat and mouse between a fumbling CIA and an artful Kendig.
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