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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been ... See full summary »


William Dear


Fred Dekker (story), Darren Star (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Michael Corben
Roger Rees ... Augustus Steranko
Linda Hunt ... Ilsa Grunt
Robin Bartlett ... Patricia Grober
Gabrielle Anwar ... Mariska
Geraldine James ... Vendetta Galante
Michael Siberry ... Derek Richardson
Carole Davis ... Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ... Lieutenant Colonel Larabee
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Zigesfeld
Roger Daltrey ... Blade
Oliver Dear Oliver Dear ... Kent
Cynthia Preston ... Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Haywood
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Kelly


When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been disposed of by the evil forces of Augustus Steranko. When it's learned that Michael Corbin is alive and well, and still on his way to France, he's beseiged by both the good guys and the bad guys. British Intelligence outfits him with a series of James-Bond-like gizmos, and Steranko sends more would-be assassins after him. Can Michael stop the evil Steranko's plans for European domination? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's a student mistaken for a spy. Now all he has to do is rescue a beautiful girl, save all of Europe, and graduate from high school. No problem. See more »


Action | Comedy


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada



Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Agent See more »


Box Office

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released in the UK with the title 'Teen Agent'. See more »


When Michael is driving the car then uses the 'disable vehicle' the two back tyres go flat, then in the next shot it shows one of the back tyres fully inflated. See more »


Michael Corben: [receives his diploma] Sir, I just wanna tell you this has been the best four years of my life.
Principal: Don't overwhelm yourself. The best is yet to come.
[Michael opens his diploma to find that he had an incomplete French credit]
Michael Corben: [shocked] Oh, no!
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Referenced in NCIS: Los Angeles: Blood Brothers (2010) See more »


If Looks Could Kill (No Turning Back)
Written by Antonina Armato and Danny Sembello
Performed by Glenn Medeiros
Produced by Denny Diante
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Give it a chance...its better than it "looks."
8 May 1999 | by HiLander-4See all my reviews

For a long time, I refused to watch this flic because I thought it was just a vehicle for "teen idol" Grieco, and I usually don't enjoy stories contrived to promote TV to films career moves. Then I saw "The Man Who Knew too Little" with Bill Murray, laughed out loud, and decided to try this similar, mistaken-for-a-spy spoof. I'm glad. The plot is artless, totally ridiculous & full of contradictions. Yet, the terrific cast carries the implausible story to entertaining heights with scenery-chewing, tongue-in-cheek glee. A really hot sex scene turns into a gorefest, the villains are outrageous, and the heroics are spectacular. WB threw sfx money at this one.

I especially enjoyed Robin Bartlett as the "French Teacher".

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