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The Double McGuffin (1979)

PG | | Mystery, Family | June 1979 (USA)
Some school kids stumble across a briefcase full of money, when they go back for it, they find a body instead. When they bring the police, neither is there, and the police refuse to believe... See full summary »


Joe Camp


Richard Baker (story), Joe Camp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dion Pride Dion Pride ... Specks
Greg Hodges Greg Hodges ... Homer
Jeff Nicholson Jeff Nicholson ... Billy Ray
Vincent Spano ... Foster (as Vinnie Spano)
Elke Sommer ... Madame Kura
Lori Lively ... Michelle Carter (as Lori Lynn Lively)
George Kennedy ... Chief Talasek (Tally)
Lisa Whelchel ... Jody
Ernest Borgnine ... Mr. Firat
Garvin Edwards Garvin Edwards ... Foorball Player
Anne Reailly Anne Reailly ... Coctail Waitress
Rod Browning Rod Browning ... Moras
Ed 'Too Tall' Jones Ed 'Too Tall' Jones ... Assassin #1
Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
Lyle Alzado ... Assassin #2


Some school kids stumble across a briefcase full of money, when they go back for it, they find a body instead. When they bring the police, neither is there, and the police refuse to believe them. Later they discover both were part of an assassination plot. Now they have to figure out how to stop the plot and put the bad guys in jail. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Mystery | Family


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June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hiányzó láncszem See more »

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Did You Know?


Despite being marketed as a "family" film, "from the creator of 'Benji", there's an alternate opening scene which contains a very brief glimpse of female nudity, seen through a sniper's rifle sight. See more »


When Arthur Honeycutt enters Specks' dorm room, Specks offers him a Coors beer. Prior to 1981 (the film is from 1979), Coors beer was available only in eleven Western states - not in Virginia, where the film is set. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] A "McGuffin" is a term coined by the world's foremost teller of suspense stories to label that secret, elusive, mysterious something that everyone in the story is trying to find or find out about. It is, in effect, the pretext of the plot; the catalyst that brings the characters together and causes them to act or interact - the vial of microfilm, the money, the missing papers, the murderer, the motive, the single reason that causes the entire story to happen. Usually, there's...
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Somebody Who Really Cares
Music by Euel Box
Lyrics by Joe Camp
Performed by Dion Pride
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Innocent Adventure
30 June 2006 | by satyamcnSee all my reviews

For me, this movie defines nostalgia, having watched almost daily as a kid. Apart from bringing back childhood memories, it also reminds us of a certain kind of naivety that kids today don't have. The story is based on a motley group of kids that stumble accidentally on a murder plot which they try to thwart. Showing determination and seriousness they are not known to have, they foil the attempt with the help of a nerd(Arthur) and a police officer, pulling all their resources together.

The build-up to the climax is good, even if its not all too dramatic as you would expect a movie to have. Quite definitely a good family movie, with a 'boys will be boys' theme.

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