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Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)

Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie H. Martinson (as Leslie Martinson)

Writers:

Rosalind Russell (screenplay) (as C.A. McKnight), Dorothy Gilman (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Mrs. Pollifax
Darren McGavin ... Farrell
Nehemiah Persoff ... Berisha
Harold Gould ... Nexdhet
Albert Paulsen ... Perdido
John Beck ... Lulash
Dana Elcar ... Carstairs
James Wellman James Wellman ... Mason
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Bishop
Nick Katurich Nick Katurich ... Stefan
Don Diamond ... DeGamez
Robert Donner ... Larrabee
Tom Hallick ... Roger
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Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn't go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. And it's up to her to get them out. Written by Kathy Li

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A Rollicking Adventure For the Whole Family! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax See more »

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Meteor Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: When the soldier falls off the cliff after seeing Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell hiding. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Pollifax looks in the mirror at the reflection of her hotel door, the digits of her hotel room number (700) should all be mirror images, including the "7" digit, but although the digits are correctly reversed in their order (007), the "7" is NOT reversed, as its mirror image actually would be. This is presumably because the film-makers didn't want the audience to miss the allusion to James Bond's number, 007. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: Research for this film was done from a documentary picture-"The Three Faces of Communism" which was filmed in present day occupied Albania. See more »

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Version of The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999) See more »

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A good career capper for Russell. Her fans should see it.
21 September 2007 | by Clothes-OffSee all my reviews

While I wouldn't necessarily say, "You gotta see this!" I enjoyed it. Just the "time warp" aspect alone made it worth watching. It would probably be a tough sell for a non-Roz-fan, but there are several good moments for her to shine (often with just her facial expressions and no dialogue).

This was filmed in 1969 by the director of the 1966 "Batman" movie, to give you an idea of style (including animated opening credits). This film is not as campy but some similarities in style can be spotted as "dynamic duo" Rosalind Russell and Darren McGavin banter back and forth while captured and held captive just like the caped crusader and boy wonder were lo so many episodes of the TV show. (And of course, the acting is better, less cartoonish.)

I liked seeing McGavin (the dad from "A Christmas Story") and Harold Gould (Miles from "The Golden Girls"--as an Albanian!) in different roles. And as a movie buff in general, I would say the animated opening credits are right up there with those of Roz's "The Trouble With Angels." I think it's great that RR adapted the screenplay herself (under a pseudonym) so that her final film could be a star vehicle and not some throwaway two-minute scene playing Raquel Welch's mother or anything along that line.

Is the movie an indisputable classic? No. But a worthwhile effort? Totally. Especially compared to some of the klunkers other screen legends made as their final bows. I was interested in what would happen to the two main characters and enjoyed their rapport with each other. Overall, a good movie I would definitely watch again.


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