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Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

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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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Knock, Knock  »


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Originally titled "Knock, Knock". See more »


When Terry's apartment was broken into and Marty comes to her door, you see her door with the broken, fully engaged chain locks hanging on the inside of her door. If her apartment was broken into when she was not home, the locks would not have been engaged and both ends would be undamaged during a break in. The same thing is again shown when Lady Sara shows at her door to provide an exit key for Jack and she tries to tuck it into the door. See more »


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7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

There aren't not that many female directors around and Penny Marshall is one of the few who scored some hits with her movies in the eighties ("She's having a baby", "The hard way") and of course "Jumpin' Jack Flash", one of those delicious comedies from the eighties that aren't dated, and that aren't silly. Whoopi Goldberg who was a bit the hot "strange" spot from Hollywood since her appearance in "The color purple" did some nice comedies from which this one must be one of the finest. She plays the role of Teresa aka Terry, a weirdo who is obsessed by movies and books, and during daytime she spend eight hours in a bank behind a computer (a must for pcfreaks to see how dated they are!!!). Her hilarious boss Mr James Page (Peter Michael Goetz) forbids her to chat, she obeys till Jumpin Jack Flash knocks. She can't resist the power not to respond and soon she discovers that Jumpin Jack Flash is a CIA-agent who is somewhere in East Europe (it was still a cold war) and he begs him to help. Sooner as Teresa thinks she has become a target from the KGB as well and as you can guess she ends up in dangerous hilarious situations (or are you kidnapped any day in a phone booth?). Absolutely do not to try to understand the plot, there isn't one and if there should be some it has no meaning...it's just a CIA-agent who runs for the KGB, that's all but that's not the reason why you should watch this, it's just to see a fine comedy that stands for 90 minutes of entertainment.

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