the year: 1981

the genre: action

the cast: Michael Crawford (Woody Wilkins); Oliver Reed (Krokov); Barbara Carrera (Natalia); James Hampton (Harry Oslo)

the plot: Cartoonist Woody refuses to put anything in his comic books that couldn’t actually happen in the real world. His friend Harry (who works for the CIA) talks him into performing a simple courier operation. But when he successfully fends off hostile agents, he earns the respect of the beautiful Russian agent Natalia, who requests his assistance for her defection. Woody uses this request as leverage to use the CIA's resources to bring his comic book creation, Condorman, to life. Natalia’s old flame, KGB agent Krokov isn’t about to let Natalia get away and has his agents on the run trying to prevent “Condorman” from aiding her escape.

count: how many Porsches are used by the Prognoviach.

don’t miss: 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.

check out: the super cool lasers on Condorman’s boat!

listen for: “I... may... never... move... again.”

did you know: Henry Mancini did the music for Condorman, too?!

extra bonus points: if you can name the frontier sitcom where James Hampton played Hannibal Dobbs.


Erika said...

I did NOT know that Mancini did the music! Yet another Mancini great. And yet, ironically, Condorman is the reason why I can't even consider seriously Michael Crawford as The Phantom of the Opera.

"The triple? No on orders the triple?!?"

Poll question: Which is your favorite Condorman gadget? For me-the car transformation.

Bonus-F Troop! Dobbs and his bugle.

Scott said...

Condorman wasn't as big a blow to the Phantom as Cornelius Hackl from Hello Dolly. "No sir, I'm 28 and 3/4!"

Millie Motts said...

Erika, correct!

I'm afraid you've both hit the nail on the head.

Who would win in a fight between Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl, and Vulture of the Western World?

bporter said...

My vote is on Ditka!