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Protocol (1984)

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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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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Trivia

The full name of Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) was "Sunny Ann Davis". See more »

Goofs

When Sunny walks into the office and speaks to Mrs. St. John, she is wearing a blue coat with an office of men behind them, when they turn to walk into the office her coat is off and it has changed to a different type of office full of women. 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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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: For you, Dad Love, Kink See more »

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

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Shangri-La
Written by Steve Miller (uncredited) and Kenny Lee Lewis (uncredited)
Performed by Steve Miller
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Goldie becomes a diplomat
2 July 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Protocol is a poor attempt at comedy with Capraesque aspirations. Goldie Hawn plays Sunny, a ditsy cocktail waitress in a sleazy bar who becomes a national heroine after inadvertently saving the life of a visiting Arab Emir and getting shot in the butt for her troubles.

The Emir takes a fancy to Sunny and the US administration wants to establish a military base in his region. The State Department plan to allow the Emir to claim Sunny as his wife. They conspire to offer Sunny a job within the Protocol Department of the Government.

The film is slap dash and Goldie's charm is wearing thin here. She is supposed to be a blonde bimbo but pretty soon she comes across as sharp as a cookie with an inkling that the State Department are up to something. The Arab men are all sleazy stereotypes lusting after blonde white women. Even when they speak Arabic it sounds gibberish.

There is a party scene set in the bar Hawn used to work in and every cliché walks in to the bar, S&M couples, bikers, gay guys, Japanese businessmen, everyone is having a great time and soon descends into farce because the film has just run out of ideas and cojones to take a satirical bite on US foreign policy

When the penny drops and Sunny realises that she is being used it then becomes more akin to Mr Smith goes to Washington but by then it just becomes mawkish as the comedy has run out of gas.


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