|TROUBLE WITH SPIES, THE (director/writer: Burt Kennedy; screenwriter: novel "Apple Spy In The Sky" by Marc Lovell; cinematographer:Alex Phillips ; editor: Warner E Leighton; music: Ken Thorne; cast: Donald Sutherland (Appleton Porter), Lucy Gutteridge (Mona Smith), Ned Beatty (Harry Lewis), Ruth Gordon (Mrs. Arkwright), Fima Noveck (Colonel Novikov), Robert Morley (Angus), Suzanne Danielle (Maria Sola), Gregory Sierra (Captain Sanchez), Michael Hordern (Jason Lock); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Burt Kennedy; HBO Video; 1987)|
|"An impressive cast but an awful
by Dennis Schwartz
impressive cast but an awful spy film. It sat on the
shelf for years before released. Clumsily directed and
written by Western filmmaker Burt Kennedy ("The
War Wagon"/"Support Your Local Sheriff"/"The Train
Robbers"). It's based on the novel "Apple
Spy In The Sky" by Marc Lovell. At
least it's cheerful.
Sutherland is a bumbling US agent who is
sent to Ibiza to work with the Brits to get the secret
formula for a truth serum before the Soviets get it.
He also tries to learn what happened to the spy George
Trent, who was here before on that assignment but has
vanished. The spy thwarts several attempts on his
life, talks with busybody hotel guests to get info and
strolls on a topless beach.
film, supposedly a comedy, lacks wit spoofing Brit and
Soviet spies. Even Robert Morley, as head Brit spy,
who should be a natural for such a film but
looks dumbfounded that he's in it. Ruth Gordon has a
supporting role as the cutesy old lady. She died before
the film was released. Lucy Gutteridge plays a
hotel owner where a lot of the action is set.
REVIEWED ON 1/21/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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