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Find the Lady (1976)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 November 1976 (Canada)
Three kidnapping plots simultaneously target the same young woman.

Director:

John Trent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Dane ... Broom
John Candy ... Kopek
Ed McNamara Ed McNamara ... Kaminsky
Robert McHeady Robert McHeady ... Reilly
Harry Spiegel Harry Spiegel ... Frankel
Laurie Seto Laurie Seto ... Flanagan
Michael Kirby ... Docstetter
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Leo
Mickey Rooney ... Trigger
Peter Cook ... Lewenhak
Rummy Bishop Rummy Bishop ... Charlie the Wheel
Alexandra Bastedo ... Victoria
Tim Henry ... Rick
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Bruce La Rousse
Elizabeth Murphy Elizabeth Murphy ... Ruby
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Storyline

The daughter of a wealthy businessman has been kidnapped, and the chief of police, under a lot of pressure to find her as soon as possible, assigns officers Kopek and Broom to track her down and bring her back safe and sound. What nobody on the police force realizes is that the kidnapping was meant to be a fake: the girl's father hired a couple of mafia goons to stage a kidnapping, so that he could use the ransom money to pay off his gambling debts. Unfortunately for him, the hired thugs get the wrong girl. While this should been fairly easy to resolve, the daughter has decided to run off with her boyfriend, after which she actually does get kidnapped by someone else. To add to the complications, a third party is also claiming to be holding her for ransom. Somehow, the bumbling pair of officers has to wade through this mess and find the lady. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He's a detective and no one has a clue why.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Call the Cops! See more »

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Budget:

CAD 895,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (public domain VHS releases)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last feature film of Dick Emery. See more »

Quotes

Kopek: I was thinking, sir...
Broom: Yes, Kopek?
Kopek: We've got an hour 'till rendezvous, right sir?
Broom: Yes, Kopek.
Kopek: That's sixty minutes, right sir?
Broom: Yes, Kopek.
Kopek: Can we get a pizza? I'm starving.
Broom: No anchovies, Kopek.
Kopek: Yes, sir!
[turns on siren]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played in-between a montage of scenes from the film, some in alternate angles. See more »

Alternate Versions

Most VHS releases around the world have different running times. The "international" version runs 100 minutes, the uncut version. The Canadian version is six minutes shorter and was released in the U.S. by Continental video in 1985. The public domain VHS releases run an edited 80 minutes, presumably this was an edited for TV print that made its rounds on low-budget VHS copies. See more »

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Follows It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975) See more »

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A fruitless exercise.
2 April 2002 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

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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