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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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Michael has to take summer class in French, a class trip to France, to graduate high school. He is, however, mistaken for an agent and people try to kill him. There are 007 style cars, cuties, crooks etc.

Director:

William Dear

Writers:

Fred Dekker (story by), Darren Star (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Michael Corben
Linda Hunt ... Ilsa Grunt
Roger Rees ... Augustus Steranko
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Grober
Gabrielle Anwar ... Mariska
Geraldine James ... Vendetta Galante
Michael Siberry ... Richardson
Carole Davis ... Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Col. Larabee
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
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Storyline

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>

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He's having the adventure of someone else's life. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Original screenwriter Fred Dekker initially conceived the story with Anthony Michael Hall in mind for the role of Michael Corbin before the producers chose to have it rewritten for Richard Grieco. See more »

Goofs

As Michael runs through the hotel room after the rocket is fired into it he doesn't have any socks on. When he emerges through the door he is putting on his trainers on over his socks. See more »

Quotes

[on the phone with the French Teacher]
Haywood: We are fully apprised of the situation. It is best if you forgot whatever it is you thought you saw.
Mrs Grober: But-But how can I? We are talking about Michael Corben!
Haywood: Mrs. Grober, are you sure you're completely aware of the full import of this situation?
Mrs Grober: Of course I am! I am the French teacher! God, I'm gonna kill that kid!
Lt. Col. Larabee: Keep her talking.
Haywood: Oh, that won't be a problem!
[Larabee summons an aide]
Lt. Col. Larabee: I want all references to the operative called "the French Teacher." You go back...
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Connections

Referenced in Class Act (1992) See more »

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All Is Fair
Written by Cy Curnin, James West-Oram, Adam Woods, Peter Greenall and Danny K. Brown
Performed by The Fixx
Produced by William Wittman
Courtesy of Impact Records
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A Pleasant Surprise
15 July 1999 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

"If Looks Could Kill" deserved to do better at the boxoffice. This is another instance of a studio throwing away a perfectly good film by giving it ZERO promotion. This spy spoof, while not a masterpiece, is fast-paced, light and consistently amusing. Perfect non-think entertainment. Richard Grieco is hip and quite likable in his role as Michael Corben, who is prevented from graduating from high school due to a flunking grade in french class. He wrangles his way onto a trip to France with another class and, through hilariously convoluted circumstances, gets mixed up in an espionage plot and mistaken for a master spy. He soon finds himself somewhat enjoying the masquerade but as the plot thickens, has to rely on his wits and ingenuity to keep himself alive and catch the bad guys.

The gags and one-liners spoofing James Bond and other spies come fast and furious, thanks to a clever script by Fred Dekker and Darren Star and fleet-footed direction by William Dear.

Had this movie been released in the Summer instead of the dead of Winter, it probably would have done better. Do yourself a favor and catch it on video now. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Looks Could Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,246,819, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$7,788,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,788,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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