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An aspiring mystery writer becomes accidently embroiled in an international plot during a two-week stay in Malta.

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Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman (as Peter Seaman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margot Kidder ... Mickey Raymond
Robert Hays ... Terry Leonard
David Suchet ... Inspector Stagnos
Gila von Weitershausen ... Eva Werner
Daniel Faraldo ... Nino Tenucci
Ronald Lacey ... Princess Aida
John Justin ... Marquis De Pena
Pauline Delaney ... Lizzy O'Reilly (as Pauline Delany)
P.G. Stephens P.G. Stephens ... Sean O'Reilly
Leopoldo Trieste ... Esteban Ortega
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro ... Corporal Lascaris
Martin Sorrentino Martin Sorrentino ... Afro-Dite
Luciano Crovato Luciano Crovato ... Taxi Driver
Massimo Sarchielli ... Boss Arab
Jennifer Darling ... Laurie
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San Francisco court stenographer Mickey Raymond wants to become the next great mystery crime novelist, but believes she has to experience life to find her stories. So she travels to Malta for a two week vacation to find that first story, with the plan being that she will insert herself into the story after the fact as its private detective heroine. She is unaware that the simple act of purchasing some postcards at a souvenir stand outside a museum would trigger that story, as one of those postcards was placed there by a man as a clue to the subject of a crime. Soon thereafter, she is mugged and people around her end up dead, she also knowing that people are after her to kill her. She gets little help from the local police, they believing she is trying to manufacture a story for her novel and ultimately believing that she may be a criminal herself and not a victim. Although ill-prepared to be that detective for real but not wanting to be a victim, she decides to find out why people ... Written by Huggo

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English | Italian | Latin | German | French

Release Date:

11 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esőkabát See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,192,621, 13 March 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,304,286
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The movie was both a critical and commercial failure at the box-office. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Raymond: I was kidnapped by some Arabs.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop! In the Name of Love
Music & lyrics by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
[The drag queen performs the song while Mickey is pushed on stage]
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TRENCHCOAT (Michael Tuchner, 1983) *1/ 2
11 September 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The only reason I decided to check this one out was because it’s set in Malta; the result, however, was an exceedingly feeble comedy-thriller from, of all people, the Disney stable and, needless to say, a long way behind Hitchcock.

Incidentally, this was the film which forced the studio to open a parallel label – Touchstone – so that they could make more adult-oriented fare: its few moments of violence and the appearance of a man in drag, presumably, were the offending elements in this regard! The title is the typical outfit worn by the detective hero of 1940s film noirs: here, it’s incongruously donned by the irritating would-be thriller novelist Margot Kidder(!) – while the boyish-looking Robert Hays is the typical undercover agent (whose mission is to catch a ring of plutonium-traffickers). I can’t say the script-writers/film-makers were particularly inspired by the Maltese locations – so much so that it could have been set practically anywhere else to much the same dismal effect (it’s simply not thrilling and certainly not funny)!

Most of the other characters are seen either aiding or harassing the two leads – sometimes they seem to be doing one when their intention is actually the opposite; these include clumsy assassin Leopoldo Trieste, laid-back police chief David Suchet (TV’s future Hercule Poirot!), a couple of sweet old lodgers at Kidder’s hotel, a German mystery woman, and a Sicilian stud. A notable appearance is put in by John Justin (yes, the hero of the classic Michael Powell/Alexander Korda THE THIEF OF BAGDAD [1940] in what amounted to his last feature-film role!) as the long-suffering aristocratic owner of the hotel, whose place is turned upside-down by the end of the film. By the way, I only spotted two Maltese actors of stature in bit roles – one played a guide at a museum, and the other a fishmonger who helped Kidder evade her pursuers in one scene.

For what it’s worth, the identity of the villains is ingenious (if not exactly original); in the end, though, in spite of a number of chases, the film is never as engaging (or enjoyable) as it should have been…and only manages to give a bad name to the genre it’s playing at, not to mention the people and country involved!


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