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The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Thriller | 19 July 1985 (USA)
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A man picked randomly out of a crowd is made the target of CIA survelliance and pursuit.


Stan Dragoti


Francis Veber (screenplay "Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire"), Yves Robert (screenplay "Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire") | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Richard
Dabney Coleman ... Cooper
Lori Singer ... Maddy
Charles Durning ... Ross
Carrie Fisher ... Paula
Edward Herrmann ... Brown (as Ed Herrmann)
Jim Belushi ... Morris
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Virdon
Tom Noonan ... Reese
Gerrit Graham ... Carson
David L. Lander ... Stemple
Ritch Brinkley ... Hulse
Frank Hamilton ... Edgar
Dortha Duckworth ... Natalie
David Ogden Stiers ... The Conductor


Cooper, the deputy director of the CIA, wants to be the director. So, he tries to make it appear that the director is corrupt so that he will resign or be removed. The director appears before a committee and asks for some time to prepare his defense. The director goes home and asks his man Brown to join him. He then shows Brown that Cooper is bugging him. That's when he decides to turn the tables on Cooper by feeding him some false information. And that information is that there's a man, who might be able to clear him of the charges against him, will be arriving at the airport, so he tells Brown to meet him. The Director tells Brown to just pick someone who is arriving at the airport thus making Cooper believe that he is the man who can help the director. Brown picks Richard cause he is wearing mismatched shoes, one of them being red. So Cooper sets up surveillance on Richard and sends his femme fatale, Maddy to come on to him and find out what he knows. While Maddy is playing, ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Carrie Fisher and Tom Hanks also appeared in The 'Burbs 1989. See more »


During the two-way mirror scene, Carson calls Richard's violin 'some kind of banjo'. However earlier in the film he had no trouble identifying Drew's violin case. See more »


Carson: How'd it go, sir?
Cooper: Great. I haven't felt this good since I overthrew the government of Chile.
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Crazy Credits

The billing for the film's source French film The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) omits the title, stating only, "Based on the motion picture written by Francis Veber and Yves Robert". See more »

Alternate Versions

The video version in 1986 was cut by 5 seconds in order to receive a "PG" rating from the BBFC with edits made to shots of workmen sniffing white powder from a cocaine-covered car during the opening sequence. In 2004 all cuts were reinstated and the video was re-rated "15". See more »


Referenced in LEGO Studios Backlot (2002) See more »


Love Theme
Written by Michael Masser
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One of the first films totally starred by Tom Hanks in a bemusing spy-comedy
1 October 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an American remake from French film written by Ives Roberts and Francis Veber.An innocent concert violinist(Tom Hanks, in the role of the French, Pierre Richard) is wrongly targeted, then he's pursued by a corrupts CIA agents(Art La Flour, Tom Noonan, among others) led by a nasty chief(Dabney Coleman, in the role of Bernard Blier). It's all because an assistant(Edward Herrmann)to head(Charles Durning) of CIA picked the violinist when he was in the airport as a decoy to dupe his contender. Meanwhile he falls in love with a sexy girl(Lori Singer, role of Mireille Darc)who's spying him. But the villain boss orders his complete elimination .

This is an easy-going comedy with hearty humor, suspense, and a little of action . The tale involves murders, botchers spies,loving lies and quite amusing. Considerable comic talents act with hilarious perfection, they include Hanks, James Belushi and Dabney Coleman, among them. The film is plenty of gags, especial mention for the laughters with a director orchestra interpreted by David Odgen Steirs, arguing against his bumbling players Hanks acting at whole show, Belushi and Carrie Fisher who are playing 'Scherezade' by Rimski Korsakov. Catching musical score by Thomas Newman, though is composed by synthesizer and appropriate cinematography by Richard H Kline. The motion picture is regularly directed by Stan Dragoti. He's usual comedies director, such as, Love at first bite, Zorro gay and Mr Mom.

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Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Blond Man See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,139,015, 21 July 1985

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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1.85 : 1
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