Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... Written by
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Once they have identified Janek's little black box in his office, Mother is fitting Bishop with a hidden microphone and earpiece while in the van. Mother praises the quality of the microphone and observes that it's the same one "that NASA used when they faked the Apollo moon landings. The astronauts broadcast around the world from a soundstage at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California." The Aerospace Audiovisual Service (AAVS) soundstage at Norton AFB, San Bernardino, CA, is where USAF Captain Phil Alden Robinson, cut his teeth as a Television Producer/Director in the mid 1970s. See more »
When Bishop calls the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland, he dials the 202 (Washington, D.C.) area code. See more »
Who else is going to change the world, Marty? Greenpeace?
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Next, FORT RED BORDER becomes ROBERT REDFORD. See more »
One of my favorites. Without repeating any of the other observations that have been made already, I'd just like to point out the movie's penchant for mixing high-tech gloss and low-tech grunge. Bishop's office is filled with computer equipment, but it looks like a frat house. The glass-enclosed conference room sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of the exposed brick and party favors hanging from the ceiling. The van that looks like it needs a jump every morning is filled with a mix of electronic surveillance equipment, candy wrappers and Playboy magazines in braille. Bishop's car looks like it was once a classic, but now needs a paint job. And, most obvious of all, when Bishop is breaking into Cosmo's office from the ceiling air vent, he lowers a piece of sensing equipment through the vent using, of all things, a Ronco Pocket Fisherman. The incongruous nature of the sets and props gives the film an extra layer of charm.
Also, I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but does Cosmo seem to be a latent homosexual? Among other hints, at the end, he begs with Bishop to stay with him, and seems near tears.
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