Theatrical Sales Director, AGFA
This is barely a movie, maybe 2/5ths. The anti-editing, seemingly from the hands of a chimp, will skid-mark your sense of self. Perfect morning fodder for Channel 83, long live the new *flush*.
Writer / star / human mercury poisoning William Tepper somehow later acquits himself in BACHELOR PARTY as Tom Hanks' randy dentist brother.
Permanently ahead of its time. Enough speculative sci-fi ideas, production design, props and wardrobes for a trilogy of films, and enough fully fleshed-out characters for a 3-hour Altman ride, but it’s all crammed into a single normal-length feature.
I’m also appreciative of its Afro-futurist sidebar. That couldn’t have been an easy detail to include in the ‘80s.
Baffling that a movie advertising Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and several dozen little people in a "WIZARD OF OZ behind-the-scenes" period piece would sideline all that in favor of a banal, starchy, tired, hacky WWII espionage plot which barely involves any of them.
Chevy looks bored. Real bored. He's given nothing to do. This is a paycheck for him, you can read it on his face. Like any smart movie star who realizes what they've gotten themselves into, he's retreated…