Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Thriller  |  10 October 1986 (USA)
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Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Sarah Billings
Mark Van Meter (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Fred (as Phil E. Hartmann)


Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Knock, Knock  »

Box Office


$25,587,804 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Penny Marshall in her memoir 'My Mother Was Nuts', there were numerous different versions of the script. These include one written by Nancy Meyers & Charles Shyer for when Shelly Long was attached to star, and a version by David Mamet with was filled with profanity. See more »


When Mr. Van Meter is shot several times and presumably dead, he falls in the river, he surfaces next to Terry. A gasp is seen and heard, and he blinks once. The position of his head also changes completely from one moment to the next. See more »


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Worthwhile Woopi Goldberg vehicle with humor, intrigue and hilarious action.
10 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

A bank's clerk is humorously involved in international espionage when her computer terminal picks up words sent by electronic mail from a Brit spy trapped into Iron Curtain. The events break her monotony life and boring employment.

The film packs comedy, suspense, tongue in check and lots of amusement. There are still some hilarious pieces, notably the comic tryings to decipher the lyrics to the film title song by famous Rolling Stones, when her dress get caught in a shredder, Whoopi singing at the British Embassy by impersonating Diane Ross and when she's dragged by a tow truck, among others. The picture is a Woopi Goldberg recital, she plays a wacky, foul-mouthed, and wisecracking spinster with no check. This is her first big success in comedy genre, after his known drama 'Purple color' by Steven Spielberg. Abundant secondaries and cameos by noted actors, such as Jim Belushi, Annie Potts, John Wood, Jeroan Krabbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sara Bostford, John Lovitz, Phil Hartman, among them. Agreeable musical score, though with abuse synthesizer by Thomas Newman . The motion picture is middling directed by Penny Marshall, in his film debut, but she was unable to control the star's excesses. Later Marshall achieved numerous hits as producer, actress and director, such as 'Renaissance man, Preacher's wife, Awakenings, A league of their own and Big'.

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