The Reason: Information currently unavailable.
The Director: John Badham, maker of "Saturday Night Fever," "Short Circuit," "Blue Thunder," "WarGames," "Stakeout."
The Formulas: Screwball romance, action picture.
The Situation: Accidental reunion between former flames Mel & Goldie at gas station, 15 years after Mel's supposed demise in a plane crash in Mexico.
Explanation: Mel hiding under Federal Witness Protection Program for testifying against drug dealer David Carradine, now in slammer.
The Complication: Carradine now out of slammer. Carradine mad as hell at Mel and not too happy that "Kung Fu" TV show over.
Drug Dealers/Mobsters/Weapons Merchants/Psychopathic Killers/Treacherous Cops/Treacherous G-Men Roster: Carradine, Bill Duke, Stephen Tobolowsky.
Token Black Villain Category: Duke.
Token Black Cop Category: Blu Mankuma.
High-Jinks Factor: Extremely high. Action scenes on multistory hotel girder; car chase with Mel's legs dangling out of car; car chase with Goldie's legs dangling out of car; car chase into train tunnel; motorbike chase through narrow alleys full of fruit, vegetable and clothing stands; dogfight between helicopter and crop duster; climactic shootout in rain-forest exhibit at zoo.
Stuntperson Count: 17.
Star Chemistry/Box-Office Formula: Mel x Goldie = Cute . Rough-and-ready Mel in jeans, prim and prissy Goldie in cashmere. Mel on the lam. Goldie on the Gold Card.
Running Gags: Mel's derriere. Mel's "Uncle Wiggly."
Mel's Most Frequent Word: "Fun."
Goldie's Most Frequent Word: "Aaaaaah!"
Mel's Special Skills: Australian-American accent, smiling, undressing, grimacing and wincing at bullet wounds, winky one-liners, practical jokes.
Goldie's Special Skills: Fainting cross-eyed, eye-batting, tremulous screaming, crying, sinking upper teeth into lower lip during tender/sexual closeups.
Final Analysis: Summer movie.
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