Jumpin’ Jack Flash

SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT BEING A SPY.

jumpinjackflashBank employee Terry Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) suddenly receives a coded message on her computer that turns out to have been written by a British spy. Whoopi’s first bad career move after breaking through in The Color Purple (1985) would be followed by many others. This is also the subsequently successful director’s first film, one of many at the time about espionage. Whoopi does her best but has nothing to work with; the spy plot is as dull as the jokes and a certain scene in a phone booth.

1986-U.S. 100 min. Color. Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg (Terry Doolittle), Stephen Collins (Marty Phillips), John Wood (Jeremy Talbot), Carol Kane, Annie Potts, Peter Michael Goetz… Jeroen Krabbé, Jonathan Pryce, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, James Belushi, Tracey Ullman. Cameo: Michael McKean.

Trivia: Shelley Long was allegedly considered for the lead.

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