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Thomas Ian Griffith,
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn't go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. And it's up to her to get them out. Written by
When Mrs. Pollifax looks in the mirror at the reflection of her hotel door, the digits of her hotel room number(700) should all be mirror images, including the "7" digit. But although the digits are correctly reversed in their order (007), the "7" is NOT reversed, as its mirror image actually would be. This is presumably because the film-makers didn't want the audience to miss the allusion to James Bond's number, 007. See more »
Research for this film was done from a documentary picture - "The Three Faces of Communism" which was filmed in present day occupied Albania. See more »
Dorothy Gilman's book, "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax", becomes wan vehicle for the winded Rosalind Russell, who adapted the screenplay herself under the pseudonym C.A. McKnight. Small town widow with nothing but time on her hands marches into the C.I.A. one day and volunteers her services; very soon, she's on assignment as a courier in Mexico, but the pick-up gets botched and she's kidnapped and taken to Albania. After a sprightly animated credits sequence, and the potentially interesting caviat that retired persons need to be stimulated by worthwhile adventures (even going so far as to become "expendable" for their services), this turgid tale fails to give us any undercover excitement. Russell isn't the plucky heroine one might hope for; she's a bit bleary around the edges, and her motherly nagging isn't the amusement it's supposed to be. This film has some of the most ungainly cinematography I've ever seen; Joe Biroc must have been nutty for browns and tans--his whole movie looks like a beige nightmare. Odd supporting cast--including Harold Gould, Nehemiah Persoff, square-jawed John Beck, and Darrin McGavin as the proverbial girl-chasing agent--are all pretty dreary. *1/2 from ****
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