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Condorman [1981] (1 disc)

Director:Charles Jarrott
Writer:Marc Stirdivant
Composer:Henry Mancini
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
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IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:25%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West.

Reaction: A bit silly and very campy, but I loved this one growing up.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Charles Jarrott => Director
Marc Stirdivant => Writer
Henry Mancini => Composer
Robert Sheckley => Novel "The Game of X"
Barbara Carrera => Natalia
Dana Elcar => Russ Devlin
James Hampton => Harry Oslo
Jean-Pierre Kalfon => Morovich
Michael Crawford => Woody Wilkins
Oliver Reed => Krokov
Robert Arden => CIA Chief
Vernon Dobtcheff => Russian Agent

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Appearing in this espionage parody was Barbara Carrera who soon after went on to play a Bond Girl in Never Say Never Again.
  • In one scene, Barbara Carrera's character is terrorized by Oliver Reed's. A perfectionist, Oliver felt that Barbara's acting was wooden and not fully projecting the true fear her character would be feeling at that moment. Frustrated with her, he actually opened the door of the helicopter they were in and threatened to throw her out. The fear on her face is real. Getting the shot needed, Oliver shoves her back and then relaxes with a slight smile. In anger, Barbara actually elbows him painfully, which you can see in Oliver's face. But not wishing to sour the scene, he takes the punch, though his displeasure is plain on his face. (This little fight is in the film during the escape attempt from the ski lodge.)
  • During one take, when Condorman falls into the River Seine, Michael Crawford nearly drowned after the strength of the current was miscalculated. He was dragged five to ten feet under the water before two lifeguards pulled him out just in time. Crawford was willing to do the stunt again but director Charles Jarrott refused to allow it, and put a trained stuntman in his place.
  • When Woody is glamorizing Harry's job at the CIA, Harry responds, "Not everyone in the CIA is Robert Redford." This is a subtle joke regarding the 1975 movie, Three Days of the Condor in which Redford plays a CIA agent whose codename is Condor.
  • When Cartoon Condorman falls off the Notre Dame Cathedral he performs the famous "YA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOEY" Goofy holler which was first recorded by yodeler [?] Hannes Schroll for the short {The Art of Skiing}.
  • Oliver Reed was well known as a difficult actor to work with. One night after one too many alcoholic drinks, he actually tossed his tuxedo costume into the sea from a Monte Carlo hotel room. The company manager learning of this the following morning, rowed out into the Mediterranean to retrieve it before it floated away. Rather than add an additional expense to an already tight budget.
  • The movie was inspired by Robert Sheckley's novel "The Game of X".
  • One night after a long day of filming, Oliver Reed was relaxing when Michael Crawford was walking by. Oliver, in his character's Russian accent, invited Michael to sit and have a drink. When Michael declined, Oliver demanded saying, "Come here into Russian Embassy and have drink, you little feathered fart!". Needless to say, from that moment on Michael was referred to as "Condorman the Feather Fart."