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Dirty Tricks (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 6 March 1981 (USA)
A Harvard University student finds a strange letter that seems to be signed by George Washington. When trying to contact an expert (Prof. Chandler) to authenticate it, he is murdered but ... See full summary »

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Professor Chandler
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Polly Bishop
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Robert Brennan
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Professor Prosser
John Juliani ...
Roselli
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Tony
Mavor Moore ...
Mr. Underhill
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Bill Darcy
Michael McNamara ...
Thorn
Martin McNamara ...
Ozzie
Cindy Girling ...
Emily
Michael Kirby ...
FBI Agent Wicklow
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FBI Agent Jones (as Angus McInnes)
Hugh Webster ...
Mr. Darcy
Irene Kessler ...
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A Harvard University student finds a strange letter that seems to be signed by George Washington. When trying to contact an expert (Prof. Chandler) to authenticate it, he is murdered but the letter disappears. Then Chandler, who does not know anything about the case, gets chased by the mafia and haunted by a TV reporter (Polly Bishop). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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...Just good clean dirty fun. See more »

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6 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Accroche-toi, j'arrive  »

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CAD 5,200,000 (estimated)
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The discipline and university that Professor Colin Chandler (Elliott Gould) taught in and at was History and Harvard. See more »

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Paying To See This 'Was' A Dirty Trick
4 February 2016 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

Well! Apparently I am (at the moment) the only person who remembers this humiliating effort from Elliot Gould, Kate Jackson & Rich Little.

Let me say,I saw a great many films at the movies in 1981 and given my lack of knowledge about "good comedy" and "great acting",I ended up seeing a number of really bad films.

This one was the biggest case of bad judgment I ever made! I've only seen it once on late night TV since seeing it at the movies and thankfully,that was over 10 years ago.

The plot is this,Elliot Gould is a teacher of either Government or History and talks to his class about "revisionism". Changing known history to suit one's own ideas. Suddenly, a letter condemning George Washington as a traitor shows up!

Also,"suddenly" Kate Jackson,playing a reporter,finds out about Elliot Gould's discovery and wants the scoop for her news show.

Gould's friend played by Rich Little simply seems to be in the way here and adds nothing to this mess. The two of them (Gould & Jackson) are also trying to track down an expert to verify that the letter is real.

Then along come the bad guys! Almost out of nowhere Gould and Jackson are pursued by 2 men (dressed like Freddie Mercury circa 1981) looking to harm or kill them for the letter in question!

At one point they are chased through the gym of the school and for no reason,except someone thought it would be funny,Gould grabs the basketball out of a players hand and makes a shot.

One of the baddies (a mob guy) shoots a hole in the ball! The shoddy editing of that scene makes the ball appear re-inflated after going through the hoop!

In another scene Jackson is ranting on and he punches

her in the jaw to shut her up. Nice Elliot, nice...not..

In the end (and no,I don't think it matters that I'm telling you)....Elliot Gould solves the problem by eating the letter!

Well,enough said here but if you see this on video anywhere.....RUN!


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