Jonathan Kaplan followed White Line Fever with this oddball comedy. A bit of a step down in story and concept, but a step up in budget and action sequences. Actually, what's most interesting is that this feels like an 80's action-comedy, especially with Dave Grusin's overly sentimental score. Yet, it was released in 1977. There's a redneck car chase with a score very reminiscent of Midnight Run.
Overall, a mediocre, but charming fish-out-of-water action comedy. Terence Hill fits the part as the lead. Also loaded with great character actors...Dick Miller, Slim Pickens, R.G. Armstrong and of course, Jackie Gleason. Valerie Perrine is very easy on the eyes as the female romantic lead right before she became Miss Teschmacher.
Sappy ending with an anti-greed, pro-blue collar message. Bernie Sanders would've loved the ending and probably be one of the board members.