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She was an ordinary housewife until her trip to Paris turned into an extraordinary adventure.
Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

JoBeth Williams ... Cathy Palmer / Rebecca Ryan

Tom Conti ... Alan McMann

Giancarlo Giannini ... Victor Marchand
Coral Browne ... Margaret McMann

James Staley ... Kevin Palmer

Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Kevin Palmer Jr. (as C.B. Barnes)

Huckleberry Fox ... Karl Palmer
Jean Rougerie ... Don Carlos
Pierre Santini ... Inspector Klaus
Léon Zitrone ... Ivan Stranauvlitch
Alain Flick ... Train Passenger #1
Yassan Khan ... Train Passenger #2
Christian de Tillière ... Train Passenger #3
André Valardy ... Dimitri
Robin Coleman ... Golf Buddy #1
Alan Haufrect ... Golf Buddy #2

Jeffrey Kramer ... Gold Buddy #3
Jean-Claude Montalban ... Bellman
Fernand Guiot ... Limo Driver
Pierre Gérard ... Thief on Bike
Yanou Collart ... Marguerite Lasueur
Anna Gaylor ... Woman at Bookstore
Brian Eatwell ... Malcolm
Ginette Garcin ... Nurse
Annick Alane ... Givenchy Saleswoman
Serge Berry ... Givenchy Manager
Michel Melki ... Crillon Desk Clerk
Jacques Maury ... Crillon Manager
Guy Montagni ... Cab Driver
Hélène Hily ... Miss Bonner
Michel Bardinet ... Rafael Lesueur
Wlodzimierz Press ... Russian Diplomat #1
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Russian Diplomat #2
Mariusz Pujszo ... Russian Diplomat #3
Jerzy Rogulski ... Russian Diplomat #4
Béatrice Camurat ... Embassy Guest #1
Gilberte Géniat ... Embassy Guest #2
Alain Janey ... Embassy Guest #3
Alexandra Lorska ... Embassy Guest #4

Katia Tchenko ... Embassy Guest #5
Geneviève Omini ... Embassy Guest #6
François Viaur ... Crillon Night Doorman
Nancy Stephens ... Jacqueline
Murray Gronwall ... Gendarme
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Man With Matchbook
Pierre Olaf ... Priest
Hubert Noël ... Doctor At Nightclub
Vic Heutschy ... American Tourist #1
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... American Tourist #2
Janine Darcey ... Lady on Train
Micheline Bourday ... Doctor
Albert Augier ... Customs Inspector
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucas Belvaux ... Thief on Bike

John F. Kearney ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Woman on the Train (uncredited)

Directed by
Rick Rosenthal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ann Biderman  story
David Greenwalt 
Jim Kouf 

Produced by
Doug Chapin .... producer
Barry Krost .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lewis Furey 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (partly)
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Anne Goursaud 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
Art Direction by
Marc Frédérix 
Jeffrey L. Goldstein 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Conti 
Gregory Garrison 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Ronaldo Abreu .... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean Lara .... unit manager
Philippe Modave .... production manager: France
Ted Swanson .... unit production manager: USA
William Watkins .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Elvin .... second assistant director
Bernard Farrel .... assistant director
Marc Jenny .... second assistant director (as Marc Jeny)
Catherine Joubé .... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director
Bernard Seitz .... first assistant director
Dominique Tabuteau .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Bonino .... construction coordinator: USA
Bernard Gebouen .... property master
Terence Gough .... production illustrator
Emile Guerrier .... painter
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master: USA (as Gary Kieldrup)
David Moll .... property master: USA
Gary Oseransky .... lead man: USA
Pierre Thirion .... property master
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Hank Garfield .... boom operator
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr editor (as Joe Mayer)
Chuck Neely .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Stephane Van den Bergh .... boom operator
Darcy Vebber .... cable person
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Special Effects by
René Albouze .... special effects technician
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects supervisor
Jacques Martin .... special effects technician
Alain Barbier .... stunt double: Mr. Conti
Leslie Rain .... stunt double: Ms. Williams
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Anquetil .... grip
Maurice Baltel .... grip
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Luigi Bernardini .... focus puller
Luigi Bisioli .... gaffer
Jean-Pierre Bonnotte .... still photographer
Tahar Boualame .... generator operator
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer
Larry Debaun .... dolly grip: USA
Jean-François Drigeard .... electrician
Alberto Emidi .... key grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator
Jean Gava .... electrician
Jan Gould .... best boy grip: USA
George Groff .... best boy: USA
Pascal Henin .... electrician
Philippe Houdart .... assistant camera: second unit
Marcel Jaffredo .... grip
Robin P. Knight .... key grip
Thierry Labille .... electrician
Aissa Lahoucine .... electrician
Michel Loir .... Steadicam operator
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Rachid Madaoui .... electrician
Gianmaria Majorana .... clapper loader (as Gian Maria Majorana)
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator
Gus Saince .... grip (as Gustace Saince)
Michel Strasser .... grip
René Strasser .... key grip
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer
William Waldman .... first assistant camera: USA (as Bill Waldman)
Casting Department
Gilbert Caron .... extras casting
Catherine Joubé .... casting assistant
Pearl Kempton .... extras casting
Mamade .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michèle Cerf .... head wardrobe
April Ferry .... costume supervisor: USA
Mort Schwartz .... costumer: USA
Editorial Department
Yasha Aginsky .... assistant editor
Thomas R. Bryant .... apprentice editor (as Thomas Bryant)
Craig Conwell .... assistant editor
Axel Hubert .... assistant editor (as Axel Anton Hubert)
Emmanuelle Lalande .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Richard Grégoire .... orchestrator (as Richard Gregoire)
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation coordinator: USA (as Don Desmond)
Paul Shoemaker .... transportation captain: USA
Other crew
Marie-Odile Bertot .... accountant
Barbara Curtin .... dialogue coach
Isabelle Dassonville .... assistant production secretary
Jean-Luc Denechau .... assistant location manager
Anne Boutin Desvignes .... assistant to producers
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
James Fitzpatrick .... location manager
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Roz Harris .... script supervisor
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Jeanne-Marie Liron .... production secretary
Robert Monosmith .... production auditor (as Bob Monosmith)
Claude-Anne Paureilhe .... location manager
Jean-Roch Rognoni .... location manager
Mark Rubin .... craft service: USA
Irene Sergueenko .... accountant
Judy Smith .... assistant: Mr. Rosenthal
Pilar Stallworth .... production coordinator: USA
Gerard Supau .... assistant location manager
Jean-François Villemer .... assistant location manager

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105 min
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Continuity: When Cathy enters her house with her dry cleaning and groceries, her mail slot is visible to the left of her front door. When she comes through the door and falls into the mail, the mail slot is clearly visible on the right side (or left, if you are looking at it from inside the house).See more »
Kevin Palmer:The important thing, kid, is that you're doing something you like to do.See more »
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, endearing, brave, warm, surprising, 6 November 2003
Author: FastFlo from Los Angeles, California

I first saw this movie on cable and was completely impressed. How did I miss this movie in the theatre? I LOVE mysteries. And this is one. It is also a comedy, drama and love story with a twist. Or two. The characters are well defined and grow. With the slight exception of Giancarlo Giannini, who is a intentionally one dimensional but beautiful to look at, just the same.

The heroine gets trapped in a mystery lover's dream scenario. She enters a contest to write a chapter for a book about her favorite detective and wins! Then bravely take the trip she wins alone because her husband thinks little of her effort or talent and does his best to stifle her joy. She feels a little guilty but tries to have a good time. She is definitely on the "if this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium" tour. While being rushed through the sites of Paris, she is robbed and hit by a car. Resulting in amnesia. When she wakes up she has become her favorite character. In Paris. On a shopping spree. Involved in an unsuspected plot to save the world.

It is fabulous to watch all the other people who are caught up in her dilemma because she really is lost but convincing they try to help but keep getting pulled in deeper. Then her husband is told she is missing. The plot thickens. There really are double agents, drug dealers, a chase scene (running), underground passages, ghost writers. No one is what or who they seem to be. And just when you think everything has been concluded, she gets kidnapped. That was the best moment. The director could have ended the movie exactly there and I would have felt complete. But wait, there's more. The game was still afoot!!

This movie was great!! It is everything you want from a movie. Starting with entertainment. Not predictable. Some real thinking and smart people doing everything right. But once the ball started rolling, it had to finish. Best of all, every one in the family could watch it. It was smart and clean. At this point I have seen it so many times since the 80's I can sing the theme song.

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