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Protocol (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 21 December 1984 (USA)
The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Shyer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Sunny
Chris Sarandon ... Michael Ransome
Richard Romanus ... Emir
Andre Gregory ... Nawaf Al Kabeer (as André Gregory)
Gail Strickland ... Mrs. St. John
Cliff De Young ... Hilley
Keith Szarabajka ... Crowe
Ed Begley Jr. ... Hassler
James Staley ... Vice President Merck
Kenneth Mars ... Lou
Jean Smart ... Ella
Maria O'Brien ... Donna
Joel Brooks ... Ben
Grainger Hines ... Jerry
Kenneth McMillan ... Senator Norris
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Storyline

The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and stops a terrorist shooting at the president and his royal guest. Her naive comments charm the press, so the State Department recruits her for its Protocol. She falls in love with charming Middle East desk chief Michael Ransome, who resigns rather than help trick her into a 'contact mission' to Othar, where the emir's plan with her unexpectedly stirs a revolution. Written by KGF Vissers

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There's something funny going on in Washington. Goldie's about to become a diplomat.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Protocolo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo® in selected cinemas)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Headlines about Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn on magazines featured in the movie read: "SUNNY DAVIS: American Heroine" (TIME) ; "Sunny Davis, Not Just A Waitress" (Ms.) ; "Sunny's Secret Lovers" (National Enquirer) ; "American Heroine Sunny Davis" (Newsweek) ; "Sunny Davis: Divorced, dreamy and dangerous" (People Weekly) ; and "Sunny Davis: From the Heartland of America, to America's Heart" (LIFE). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sunny Davis realizes she's been duped and the protest begins, she is wearing a skirt and heels. As she runs up the stairs and onto the roof, she's wearing sneakers. When they escape, she's in heels again. See more »

Quotes

Man: What the hell is this place?
Policeman: Must be one of those gay, Arab, biker, sushi bars.
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Closing credits: For you, Dad Love, Kink See more »

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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Strut
Written by Charlie Dore (uncredited) and Julian Littman (uncredited)
Performed by Sheena Easton
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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Aw, Heck. This is a fun movie and nothing else!
2 February 2006 | by Enrique SanchezSee all my reviews

This is a feel-good movie and nothing more. And for that, it is great fun to watch. Sure it skims over political issues. But so what? I am sure she wasn't trying to make 'Good Night and Good Luck' here. Let's not try to make it anything else but what it is...light fare.

And very enjoyable at that!

Do we remember what 1984 was like? We've become very sophisticated according to the media as far as what we watch or not. I tend to differ on this point. Goldie knew this was fun-fluff and she went ahead and did it.

Like her lightest fare: Protocol, Overboard, Housesitter, Wildcats, Private Benjamin, Seems Like Old Times, Foul Play, Death Becomes Her, First Wives Club and the remake of Out-of-Towners, GOLDIE knows what she is doing...she plays every role for the camp that you can get out of it! Goldie just knows herself really well, and she knows what she can do really well.

She has always made me laugh cheerfully and innocently. I loved her in Laugh-In and every thing she's ever been in. She has never tried to be anything else but who she is...and that's that bubbling, giggly, girl next door who happens to be very pretty and has a smile and a laugh that will always endear me and remind me that life is pretty short and you've just got to lighten up because before you know it...you are old, wrinkled and suffering from one of life's inevitable ailments. If it even comes that late.

I appreciate Goldie for what she is: a lovable, comic actress.


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