Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1971. Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions. Screenplay by Mickey Rose, Woody Allen. Cinematography by Andrew M. Costikyan. Produced by Jack Grossberg. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by Ed Wittstein. Costume Design by Gene Coffin. Film Editing by Ron Kalish, Ralph Rosenblum.
Woody Allen‘s hilarious comedy spoofs the Cuban Missile Crisis and Fidel Castro. He plays a regular, everyday Manhattanite who meets a beautiful political activist (Louise Lasser, who filmed this soon after their divorce) and joins a spy training program to impress her, not realizing that he will be sent to ‘San Marcos’ to infiltrate the camp of the enemy. While there, his ruse as a Castro-like leader ends up being so convincing that he becomes President of the country. Full of terrific sight gags and goofy slapstick humour, this film promises plenty of fun for anyone who watches. Look for a very young Sylvester Stallone playing a subway thug.