Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him. Written by
The type of twin open cockpit vintage plane was a de Havilland Tiger Moth model DH 82-C which had been built in 1950. Its serial number was 1481 and its scenes were filmed in the Mojave Desert in California. Publicity for the film stated that the plane was owned by actor Cliff Robertson. The plane was painted with water soluble silver paint to camouflage its original colors which were white with orange on a strip down the sides and also on its leading edges. See more »
Obvious stunt double when Bob climbs up to the top of the train with George to retrieve the part of the professor's clothing. See more »
[George is pretending to be a black man in order to evade the police]
I don't think we're going to make it past the cops.
We'll make it past the cops. I just hope we don't see no Muslims.
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A very solid effort for the comedic duo of Wilder and Pryor
This is THE film to see, if you're a fan of either Gene Wilder or Richard Pryor. Although Pryor's stay in the film is rather short, it is perhaps his greatest comedic work outside of his monumental stand up routines. A combination, the Lady Vanishes, and slap stick, this film succeeds because it blends these elements together in a way that makes the flow easy and entertaining. These are situations and reactions to them, that we the audience can envision ourselves partaking in. They don't get crazy mad cap like in an Abbot and Costello film, and yet they don't take themselves too seriously either. A great end to the film, with a truly amazing crash through Chicago Union Station by a runaway Locomotive.
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