(out of 5)

Hilarious comedy shows in top form. He plays a CIA agent who is demoted by his bullheaded boss () from field agent to desk employee against his wishes. Matthau reacts by quitting the agency, setting himself up safely in the European villa of his sexy girlfriend () and penning a tell-all book about his experiences working for the American government. Having revealed many critical state secrets in his book, Matthau then sends the manuscript to various publishing houses around the world, sparking the ire of his former boss and putting into action a cat-and-mouse chase that leads all players to various locations around the world. The story could use a little punch, but there are still plenty of laughs to be enjoyed, and Jackson is delicious as the female counterpart to Matthau’s trickster.

Edie & Ely Landau Inc., A Ronald Neame Film, International Film Investors, Sham Productions

USA, 1980

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Brian Garfield

Cinematography by ,

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 1980

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