“He’s an idiot. Probably no film in the camera.” – Kendig
Number of Times Seen – 2 (on video in the late 80’s and 16 Sep 2013)
Brief Synopsis – An aging CIA agent put out to pasture plays cat and mouse with his former employers while threatening to publish a book of the agency’s exploits.
My Take on it – This is a typical Walther Matthau movie that uses his wry and quirky sense of humor throughout.
The problem here is that the plot is somewhat weak and extremely unbelievable. It’s just hard to imagine an agent Matthau’s age running around the world staying one step ahead all the time. I think if they had used a younger actor it might have worked much better.
Great supporting parts by Sam Waterston, Glenda Jackson and Ned Beatty.
If you’re a fan of Matthau, you will probably enjoy this movie.
Bottom Line – Typical Matthau comedy drama. Interesting but nothing special.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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