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The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  13 June 1980 (USA)
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When Kirby inherits only one thing from his millionaire uncle: a pocket watch that can stop time. Only, the bad guys know that he has it, and will do anything to take it from him. But they ... See full summary »

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Kirby Winter
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Bonny Lee Beaumont
Zohra Lampert ...
Miss Wilma Farnham
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Joseph Locordolos
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Mr. Leroy Wintermore
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Bodyguard
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René
Macdonald Carey ...
Mr. Walton Grumby
Burton Gilliam ...
Hoover Hess
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Charla O'Rourke
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Hibber
Ed E. Carroll ...
Truck Driver
Steffen Zacharias ...
Old Man
John Roselius ...
Policeman Harris
Arthur Bernard ...
Hank
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When Kirby inherits only one thing from his millionaire uncle: a pocket watch that can stop time. Only, the bad guys know that he has it, and will do anything to take it from him. But they don't know that he's found the girl of his dreams, and she's got a sense of humor that, when combined with the watch, is devastating. Written by Kathy Li

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On the yacht, a close-up shows the wrong kind of bullet for the type of gun used. See more »

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Two Hearts in Perfect Time
Lyrics by Ayn Robbins
Music by Hod David Schudson
Performed by Richie Havens
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Fun, but astonishingly inappropriate from a modern POV
30 October 2012 | by (Woonsocket RI, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this when it came out in 1980. I was 16 at the time; that was probably the perfect age and time to see it. I'd read the novel and the sequel, and liked them quite a lot. And this adaptation lived up to the books quite nicely.

Over the years I sometimes found the catchy musical theme momentarily lodged in my head, or spotted the novel in my collection, and wondered if the show had ever been released on DVD. Thirty-two years later, I got to see it again. And - Oh. My. God.

It's a lighthearted comedy, a romp of sorts, but it's AMAZING how incredibly inappropriate it seems today. There's enough of that 16-year-old male in me to appreciate it, sort of. But as a parent and inhabitant of the 21st century, I can't help but be appalled.

Take the comic relief, the repressed secretary. Ably acted, yes, and from some perspectives she's quite funny - similar characters were doubtless popular in the days of ancient Rome. But all she wants is to be raped! And while that sort of thing may work for some people these days on South Park, there's an odd *wholesomeness* to the humor that just seems horribly out of place - now.

The humorous side of rape is pretty much one of the major themes of the story. And rape doesn't really HAVE a humorous side (well, not for most people). Yes, in its day this was entertaining. And stopping time is a really neat concept, which is why it has been used so many times since. But I suspect that a lot of people these days would simply be stunned by the juxtaposition of lighthearted humor and a subject that is viewed far more seriously now than it was then.

If you can take that sort of thing, this is a more entertaining example of it than most. And there might almost be a sort of historical value to the show; it really does demonstrate the massive change in American mores and sexism over time.

I think the show would frankly stun most people under 30. It's impossible to imagine something like this getting on the air these days, unless it was handled in a very different way. Either the humor would be MUCH darker, or the whole thing would have been turned into sheer exploitation.

One side-note: for some reason the show reminded me of The Rockford Files, not in the rape-is-funny angle, but because it seemed to have a lot of actors and settings (CA) in common. The cinematography was rather similar, too. It also reminds me a little of the old Disney "Herbie" movies, although Walt would no doubt be spinning in his frictionless ice coffin to hear it!


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