Peter Falk and Alan Arkin were the perfect choices to play an addled CIA agent and a Gotham dentist, respectively. Brought together by the impending marriage of their individual offspring (Michael Lembeck and Penny Peyser), they're quickly at one another's throats, as Falk lures Arkin into a neverending series of improbable adventures.

Peter Falk and Alan Arkin were the perfect choices to play an addled CIA agent and a Gotham dentist, respectively. Brought together by the impending marriage of their individual offspring (Michael Lembeck and Penny Peyser), they’re quickly at one another’s throats, as Falk lures Arkin into a neverending series of improbable adventures.

Script elements include stolen US treasury plates, underworld thugs, and a South American banana republic and its deranged leader.

Under Arthur Hiller’s fast-paced and engaging direction, everything keeps moving quickly enough to stymie audience qualms about plotting, character developments and a rapidly-compressed time frame.

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Production

Warner. Director Arthur Hiller; Producer Arthur Hiller; Screenplay Andrew Bergman; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor Robert E. Swink; Music John Morris; Art Director Pato Guzman

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Peter Falk Alan Arkin Richard Libertini Nancy Dussault Arlene Golonka Ed Begley Jr
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