An aspiring mystery writer becomes accidently embroiled in an international plot during a two-week stay in Malta.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Raymond
Terry Leonard
Inspector Stagnos
Eva Werner
Nino Tenucci
Princess Aida
Marquis De Pena
Lizzy O'Reilly (as Pauline Delany)
P.G. Stephens ...
Sean O'Reilly
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Esteban Ortega
Brizio Montinaro ...
Corporal Lascaris
Martin Sorrentino ...
Luciano Crovato ...
Taxi Driver
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Boss Arab
Jennifer Darling ...


San Francisco court stenographer Mickey Raymond wants to become the next great mystery crime novelist, but believes she has to experience life to find her stories. So she travels to Malta for a two week vacation to find that first story, with the plan being that she will insert herself into the story after the fact as its private detective heroine. She is unaware that the simple act of purchasing some postcards at a souvenir stand outside a museum would trigger that story, as one of those postcards was placed there by a man as a clue to the subject of a crime. Soon thereafter, she is mugged and people around her end up dead, she also knowing that people are after her to kill her. She gets little help from the local police, they believing she is trying to manufacture a story for her novel and ultimately believing that she may be a criminal herself and not a victim. Although ill-prepared to be that detective for real but not wanting to be a victim, she decides to find out why people ... Written by Huggo

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11 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Esőkabát  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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The character name of writer Mickey Raymond (Margot Kidder) was an amalgam of both of the first names of writers Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler. See more »


Mickey Raymond: I was kidnapped by some Arabs.
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Stop! In the Name of Love
Music & lyrics by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
[The drag queen performs the song while Mickey is pushed on stage]
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The Maltese Turkey
29 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The descriptors "simple" and "uninspired" apply to both this film and its title. It's the story of a stenographer who flies to Malta to write a mystery noir novel during her two week vacation. While there, she inadvertently comes into contact with nefarious elements.

Unfortunately, "Trenchcoat" has no charm, no intrigue, no artistic value. Margot Kidder--playing the wannabe writer--looks like she is doing a walk-through. Reportedly she did not get along with the director.

The direction and everything else about the film feels amateurish. The only thing that could make it worse would be a laugh track. The main problem is the script, which offers very little that is original. Its main approach seems to be putting the "heroine" in dangerous circumstances and having her lament that no one believes her. Not funny, unless maybe the actress is someone who is intrinsically funny.

Avoid this stinker.

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