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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

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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


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Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Agent See more »


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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?


The thousands of gold coins made Steranko's metallurgists were actually chocolate coins covered in gold foil wrapping. See more »


The bullet deflector on the red Lotus is down and then up again on the following shot. See more »


[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 ...
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Black Is Beautiful (2015) See more »


Loud Guitars, Fast Cars and Wild, Wild Livin'
Written by Gregg Fulkerson, Michael Spears and Richard Black
Performed by Contraband
Produced by Kevin Beamish and Randy Nicklaus
Courtesy of Impact Records
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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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