It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chas McClain
Leroy Beecher
Sally Mae Giddens
Arthur Jaeger
Captain Munoz
Sergeant McClain
Lonny Chapman ...
Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
Tom McFadden ...
Col. Williams
Tim Brantly ...
Kid in Jalopy
Mary Lawson ...
Lisa Felcoski ...
Francine Joyce ...
Robin Winston
Malcolm Jones ...
C-47 Pilot
Roger Pretto ...
Commando Lieutenant


In 1961, Chas and Leroy, two fun-loving military serviceman who had enough of the service, leave Panama as stowaways in a military cargo plane flying for the States. Leroy is not satisfied with compensation for his army days, so he smuggles with him one box of military supplies, which he plans to sell in the USA. He tries out a military camera on some military base they fly over and throws away the photos. In the states, an army cleaner finds photos inside the plane and alerts his superiors. They think the stowaways are communist spies and the base starts a frantic search. Written by Anonymous

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November 1980 (USA)  »

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Actress Annie McEnroe received an 'introducing' credit. See more »


The story is set in 1961 Florida. The big yellow Ryder van the bad guys use is a late 1970s model Chevrolet moving van. See more »


Written by Frank Slay, Bob Crewe and Freddy Cannon (as Fredrick Picariello)
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A great movie over looked
23 November 2013 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

This was a good action packed movie without a lot of foul language. I watched this on HBO and can no longer find it anywhere to watch again. I fell in love with Judge Reinhold after watching this movie. Would love to own a copy of it. I am not sure why this movie was over looked and why I cannot find it when I search for it by title. I get annoyed when the only search comes up with the movie by Gregory Hines. Don,t get me wrong, that was a good movie but I would really like to find a copy of this one to own. I am wondering if this movie was so overlooked because it was released on HBO without any advertising as a couple of other movies have done. Like this movie Judge Reinhold has also been overlooked as a good actor. He is famous for his part in Fast Times at Ridgemont High but Running Scared really showed his talent as an actor.

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