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I was thinking, sir...
We've got an hour 'till rendezvous, right sir?
That's sixty minutes, right sir?
Can we get a pizza? I'm starving.
No anchovies, Kopek.
[turns on siren]
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The opening credits are played in-between a montage of scenes from the film, some in alternate angles. See more »
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It's generally the case that putting together a great international cast does not a great movie make. This is borne out by this dire 'comedy' that, on paper, looks like a winner but on screen is tired, dull and yields zero laughs. The comedy element relies on lots of people falling over, especially John Candy, and a script that contains no jokes whatsoever. It's embarrassing to see the likes of Peter Cook walking through the film almost comatose. One would think the producers were trying to cash in on the 'Pink Panther' movies, with many similarities in the style and story, heavy reliance on slapstick humour, and the two bungling detectives. They don't even come close. Perhaps the only interest is to see the bizarre pairing of Mickey Rooney and Dick Emery as the films' gangster villains.
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