The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Thriller  |  19 July 1985 (USA)
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A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brown (as Ed Herrmann)
Morris (as Jim Belushi)
Irving Metzman ...
Ritch Brinkley ...
Frank Hamilton ...
Dortha Duckworth ...
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Cooper, the deputy director of the CIA, wants to be the director. So, he tries to make it appear that the director is corrupt so that he will resign or be removed. The director appears before a committee and asks for some time to prepare his defense. The director goes home and asks his man Brown to join him. He then shows Brown that Cooper is bugging him. That's when he decides to turn the tables on Cooper by feeding him some false information. And that information is that there's a man, who might be able to clear him of the charges against him, will be arriving at the airport, so he tells Brown to meet him. The Director tells Brown to just pick someone who is arriving at the airport thus making Cooper believe that he is the man who can help the director. Brown picks Richard cause he is wearing mismatched shoes, one of them being red. So Cooper sets up surveillance on Richard and sends his femme fatale, Maddy to come on to him and find out what he knows. While Maddy is playing, ... Written by <>

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Comedy | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre del zapato rojo  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$8,600,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The powdery substance thought to be cocaine in the opening sequence of the film is actually baking flour. See more »


When the agent enters the dentist's office and sprays the receptionist's face, in one shot she's holding her pen along her fingers. Change camera, the pen is across her palm. See more »


Cooper: Hulse, I want you to put a special mike on him tonight, one that isolates everything he plays from the rest of the orchestra. Carson, you link it into the GBLX 1000 computer.
Maddy: The GBLX?
Cooper: Yeah. That thing'll break any code.
Maddy: But that's in control of our entire missile defense system!
Cooper: Honey, will you please - what are the odds of the Russians attacking on a Thursday night?
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Referenced in NYPD Blue: The Man with Two Right Shoes (2000) See more »


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Great Sunday-afternoon viewing
28 March 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

OK, it's not the most brilliant piece of art in the world, but neither is it the turkey that the video guides make it out to be. It's a cute spy-cliché spoof with good performances from Hanks, Durning, Coleman, Belushi, Herrman and particularly Tom Noonan as the deadpan Agent Reese. Super music by Thomas Newman (one of his first scores), an elegant string of sight gags featuring Belushi and a couple of corpses, and a sweet ending scene more than make up for the underlying silliness of the plot and a handful of flatly delivered lines. Good to watch on a Sunday afternoon when you need to occupy your mind, but not TOO much.

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