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(1983)

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The titles that Mickey Raymond (Margot Kidder) gave to the novel that she started writing were "Untitled Mystery" and "Malta Wants Me Dead".
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The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, known for its family fare. Yet, since it contains adult themes that some felt were inappropriate for the studio's image, the Disney name appears nowhere on the film. Disney ultimately created the Touchstone Pictures brand in order to release more adult fare.
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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.
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Actor David Suchet, famous for playing the detective Hercule Poirot on television in Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989), played Inspector Stagnos. This was Suchet's first ever big screen role as a detective.
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The final film of John Justin.
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American / Hollywood directorial debut of German born British director Michael Tuchner.
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The movie's Walt Disney Pictures logo was put back on the film in 2011 when the movie was released for digital rental, the first time it had been since the film's original theatrical release.
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Actor Ronald Lacey appears in drag in this film.
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First produced screenplay of writers Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman who previously had worked together as advertising copywriters.
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The movie is considered as being the film that lead to the Disney studio's creation of its adult production arm Touchstone Pictures.
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The movie was both a critical and commercial failure at the box-office.
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Leonard Maltin commented that the film was "another attempt by the Disney studio to change its image" but was also "reminiscent of the company's outings of the '50s and '60s".
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This spoof of detective, mystery and film noir movies was predominantly set in Malta where it was also filmed, Malta being home of the famous bird The Maltese Falcon (1941).
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The movie's central character was a female budding mystery writer Mickey Raymond (Margot Kidder). The movie was released about a year before another picture about a woman writer, that being Romancing the Stone (1984), where Kathleen Turner played a romance novelist.
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This Walt Disney studios picture, a spoof of detective, film noir and mystery movies, followed on the heels of Disney's Condorman (1981) , a spoof of super-hero movies, released a couple of years earlier.
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According to "Coming Attractions" magazine, the film's secondary characters were in the mold of such film noir, mystery and detective film icons as Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.
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The film's "Trenchocat" title refers to the overcoat frequently associated with detective, mystery and film noir films, frequently worn in 1940s era movies by a gumshoe such as those played by Humphrey Bogart.
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This Walt Disney studios picture, a spoof of detective, film noir and mystery movies, followed on the heels of Disney's Condorman (1981), a spoof of super-hero movies, released a couple of years earlier.
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The message on the postcard on the film's main movie poster read: "Having a wonderful time! Already met a real murderer,a possible double agent, a canary, a couple of crooked flatfeet, and a great looking guy who may be trying to kill me - How are things at the office?".
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According to Margot Kidder, she and Michael Tuchner did not get along.
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The movie was cast with two leads who had both starred in both a box-office smash as well as a respective first sequel for each. Robert Hays had starred in both Airplane! (1980) and it sequel Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) whilst Margot Kidder had portrayed Lois Lane in both Superman (1978) and it sequel Superman II (1980) [note Superman III (1983) was released after Trenchcoat (1983)].
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The movie's MacGuffin was a cache of ten kilograms of plutonium.
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