Regular TV series topliners John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as two cops drift through Ranald Graham’s occasionally witty screenplay with no special flair following the unlikely storyline.
Oil and its sway on the world’s political and economic situation is the plot. Ian Bannen plays a steely-eyed alcoholic government minister and easily gives the best performance of the pic, while Barry Foster, an English actor, is unconvincing as an American press agent whose accent-slip is constantly showing.
David Wickes’ direction and Chris Burt’s editing produce a dull package. The TV show [created by Ian Kennedy Martin] packed a certain authenticity. This theatrical version, must put the concept back into the realms of the fairy story class.