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Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes... See full summary »

Director:

Penny Marshall

Writers:

David Franzoni (story) (as David H. Franzoni), David Franzoni (screenplay) (as David H. Franzoni) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Terry Doolittle
Stephen Collins ... Marty Phillips
John Wood ... Jeremy Talbott
Carol Kane ... Cynthia
Annie Potts ... Liz Carlson
Peter Michael Goetz ... Mr. Page
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Archer Lincoln
Sara Botsford ... Lady Sarah Billings
Jeroen Krabbé ... Mark Van Meter (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Vyto Ruginis ... Carl
Jonathan Pryce ... Jack
Tony Hendra ... Hunter
Jon Lovitz ... Doug
Phil Hartman ... Fred (as Phil E. Hartmann)
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Karen
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Storyline

Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life. Written by Rob Hartill

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knock, Knock See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,587,804
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Penny Marshall. See more »

Goofs

When Terry first contacts Van Meter, the clock on Terry's wall reads 12:15 (AM). We hear Van Meter say he can meet her in 20 minutes because he's scheduled to fly to Brussels at 3:00 AM; that would mean a meeting time of 12:35 AM. However, in the next shot, Terry is on the docks and states that it's 1:30 AM. That's over an hour later, and is not enough time (theoretically) for Van Meter to get to JFK for a 3:00 AM flight. See more »

Quotes

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Male Broadcaster: [click] ... House has issued a series of clarifications of several of the President's statements at his nationally televised news conference last night. In addition to responding to a question about abortion with a three-minute answer about taxes and confusing his Attorney General with his Chief of Staff, the President apparently forgot that Hawaii is a State, referring to it as, "one of our strongest allies in the Pacific." A White House spokesman explained that the President had ...
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Alternate Versions

A version shown sporadically on WTTG-TV in Washington is heavily edited and has numerous bits of dialogue and key scenes removed, including the conversation between Terry Dolittle and Liz Carlson in the kitchen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Window To The World
Performed by Face to Face
Written by Laurie Sargent & Angelo
Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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Worthwhile Woopi Goldberg vehicle with humor, intrigue and hilarious action.
10 July 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A bank's clerk is humorously involved in international espionage when her computer terminal picks up words sent by electronic mail from a Brit spy trapped into Iron Curtain. The events break her monotony life and boring employment.

The film packs comedy, suspense, tongue in check and lots of amusement. There are still some hilarious pieces, notably the comic tryings to decipher the lyrics to the film title song by famous Rolling Stones, when her dress get caught in a shredder, Whoopi singing at the British Embassy by impersonating Diane Ross and when she's dragged by a tow truck, among others. The picture is a Woopi Goldberg recital, she plays a wacky, foul-mouthed, and wisecracking spinster with no check. This is her first big success in comedy genre, after his known drama 'Purple color' by Steven Spielberg. Abundant secondaries and cameos by noted actors, such as Jim Belushi, Annie Potts, John Wood, Jeroan Krabbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sara Bostford, John Lovitz, Phil Hartman, among them. Agreeable musical score, though with abuse synthesizer by Thomas Newman . The motion picture is middling directed by Penny Marshall, in his film debut, but she was unable to control the star's excesses. Later Marshall achieved numerous hits as producer, actress and director, such as 'Renaissance man, Preacher's wife, Awakenings, A league of their own and Big'.


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