A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit.

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Writers:

Francis Veber (screenplay "Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire"), Yves Robert (screenplay "Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire") | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Richard
Dabney Coleman ... Cooper
Lori Singer ... Maddy
Charles Durning ... Ross
Carrie Fisher ... Paula
Edward Herrmann ... Brown (as Ed Herrmann)
Jim Belushi ... Morris
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Virdon
Tom Noonan ... Reese
Gerrit Graham ... Carson
David L. Lander ... Stemple
Ritch Brinkley ... Hulse
Frank Hamilton ... Edgar
Dortha Duckworth ... Natalie
David Ogden Stiers ... The Conductor
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Storyline

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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The musical love theme and composition that Tom Hanks plays throughout the film on the violin was written by Michael Masser. See more »

Goofs

Two agents shot three darts into Richard's butt. An agent removes one dart but when we see Richard lying on the floor, no darts are visible. See more »

Quotes

Ross: [Closing lines] And the Man With One Red Shoe. What's going to happen to him?
Brown: He'll be just fine.
Ross: And the girl?
Brown: The deal was her testimony for her freedom. I think it was a fair exchange.
Ross: Well, I don't think so.
Brown: [as Brown get on the helicopter] Well, since you're no longer director of CIA, and I am, it doesn't matter what you think.
[Ross gives him a angry look as the helicopter takes off]
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Crazy Credits

The billing for the film's source French film The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) omits the title, stating only, "Based on the motion picture written by Francis Veber and Yves Robert". See more »

Alternate Versions

The video version in 1986 was cut by 5 seconds in order to receive a "PG" rating from the BBFC with edits made to shots of workmen sniffing white powder from a cocaine-covered car during the opening sequence. In 2004 all cuts were reinstated and the video was re-rated "15". See more »


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Scheherezade
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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induces some laughs, but the original is still better
6 October 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In this remake of the French comedy "The Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe", Tom Hanks plays a violinist who randomly gets selected as a spy, leading the government to turn his life upside down. There are certainly some really funny scenes here - namely anything involving plumbing - but it's really undesirable when Hollywood remakes a foreign movie. "The Man with One Red Shoe" is pretty characteristic of Tom Hanks's career before he got into serious roles: innocuously silly.

So, I recommend the original, but this one isn't bad. Just don't expect any kind of religious experience. Also starring Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Edward Herrmann, Carrie Fisher, James Belushi and David Ogden Stiers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Blond Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,139,015, 21 July 1985

Gross USA:

$8,645,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,645,411
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Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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