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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been ... See full summary »

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Ilsa Grunt
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Patricia Grober
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Michael Siberry ...
Derek Richardson
Carole Davis ...
Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ...
Lieutenant Colonel Larabee
Tom Rack ...
Zigesfeld
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Oliver Dear ...
Kent
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Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
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Haywood
Travis Swords ...
Kelly
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When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been disposed of by the evil forces of Augustus Steranko. When it's learned that Michael Corbin is alive and well, and still on his way to France, he's beseiged by both the good guys and the bad guys. British Intelligence outfits him with a series of James-Bond-like gizmos, and Steranko sends more would-be assassins after him. Can Michael stop the evil Steranko's plans for European domination? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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He's having the adventure of someone else's life. See more »

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$7,788,597 (USA)
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They actually shot the airport scenes in 2 airports. The departure was in Dorval (YUL for any aviation fan) and the arrival was shot in Mirabel (YMX). See more »

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On the plane to France the stewardess tries to wake up Agent Kramer after he has been poisoned by Ilsa Grunt. But when he slumps forward, his eyes are clearly open. See more »

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Kent: Michael, look who's here. Melissa Tyler.
Michael Corben: Well, if you want her, take her.
Kent: What, and lose my geek status?
Michael Corben: Look Kent, you're sticking with me, all right? In the daytime, we'll do the French bait. You know, look at the statues and crap. But in the nighttime when the nerd patrol crashes, it's you and me, pal, on a Parisian babe safari, ok?
Kent: What about Grober? She must've went nuts when she found out you were coming.
Michael Corben: Don't worry about Grober, I can handle her.
Mrs Grober: [Snatches Michael's sunglasses] Don't ...
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References We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (1985) See more »

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ALL IS FAIR
Written by Cy Curnin, James West-Oram, Adam Woods, Peter Greenall and Danny K. Brown
Performed by The Fixx
Produced by William Wittman
Courtesy of Impact Records
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A Pleasant Surprise
15 July 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

"If Looks Could Kill" deserved to do better at the boxoffice. This is another instance of a studio throwing away a perfectly good film by giving it ZERO promotion. This spy spoof, while not a masterpiece, is fast-paced, light and consistently amusing. Perfect non-think entertainment. Richard Grieco is hip and quite likable in his role as Michael Corben, who is prevented from graduating from high school due to a flunking grade in french class. He wrangles his way onto a trip to France with another class and, through hilariously convoluted circumstances, gets mixed up in an espionage plot and mistaken for a master spy. He soon finds himself somewhat enjoying the masquerade but as the plot thickens, has to rely on his wits and ingenuity to keep himself alive and catch the bad guys.

The gags and one-liners spoofing James Bond and other spies come fast and furious, thanks to a clever script by Fred Dekker and Darren Star and fleet-footed direction by William Dear.

Had this movie been released in the Summer instead of the dead of Winter, it probably would have done better. Do yourself a favor and catch it on video now. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised.


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