This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon, from Nixon's time as Eisenhower's vice-president through his loss in ... See full summary »
Writer/director Woody Allen explains that when he was asked to supervise the making of the definitive spy thriller, what he decided to do was acquire the rights to a B-grade Japanese spy caper (Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965)) filmed with Japanese actors in Japanese, delete the existing soundtrack, and redub into English and reorder select scenes to create an entirely new movie, a comedy, having nothing to do with the original story-line. The result... International spy Phil Moscowitz, working out of the Asia bureau, is a self-professed lovable rogue with sex always on his mind. He inadvertently gets involved in a mission, the client the Grand Exalted High Majah of Raspur. The success of the mission will determine if Raspur, a non-existent country that nonetheless sounds real, will indeed become real. Moscowitz is to retrieve something stolen from the Majah by criminal Shepherd Wong: the best ever egg salad recipe. Phil is to be assisted by two of the Majah's own agents,...Written by
The project was originally offered to Lenny Bruce, but he turned it down and suggested they offer it to Woody Allen instead. See more »
A glass filter is clearly seen being pulled away from the lens as Phil wakes up in the Sheik's palace. See more »
I'm such a great piece!
I wish Phil would get here. It's getting awfully late.
[Running to answer a knock at the door]
It's Phil, bringing the promise of joy and fulfillment in its most primitive form!
I hope he brought the vibrator.
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In the closing credits, Woody Allen watches a striptease. The credits appear on the right side of the screen as the striptease goes on and at the end there is a statement: "And if you have been reading this instead of looking at the girl, then see your psychiatrist, or go to a good eye doctor." And then an eye chart appears. See more »
Over 20 years ago this film was acquired by Castle Hill Productions. The version that they have been distriburing in the U.S. has been altered from the original version distributed by American International. These changes are primarily changes in the comic dubbed dialog. For example, Kumi Mizuno chases after a car and yells "Hey! You've got my vibrator!" in the original U.S. version. This line has been changed to "Hey! That's a rented car!" See more »
It's not "Manhattan", it's not "Sleeper" and it's not "Small Time Crooks" but it's funny, it's wacky in that 60's way and it's not the bad stinker of a movie people here think it is. Watch it with a some friends or some beer (or both) and just enjoy it. Sour grapes because Woody did what a lot of film nerds want to do? And the whole "Saracen pigs! Saxon dogs! Roman cow!" when Phil Moskowitz karate chops villains is a precursor to Austin Powers' "judo chop". This movie is a one off, and a pretty good one off as well.
"Loooooooooooove has found meeeeeeeeeeeeee, and I have found the waaaaaaaaaaay!"
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