Wednesday, November 21, 2007


This nuclear proliferation comedy is a personal favorite. Conceived by Dan Aykroyd and Dave Thomas and written by Aykroyd, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel, the movie stars Aykroyd and Chevy Chase as two civil servants who unknowingly serve as decoys while a faction of the U.S. military carries out a plot against the Soviet Union.

Chase and Aykroyd flawlessly complement each other's strengths. The movie is especially memorable to me for blonde bombshell Donna Dixon (Aykroyd's real-life wife) and as my introduction to the equally unforgettable Vanessa Angel.

With's DVD sale on, I debated between this movie and Fletch. The latter has some funny moments and, as a mystery, it's generally more my speed. But after reading Gregory Mcdonald's original books, I can't buy Chevy as Fletch. By contrast, he owns the roles of Emmett Fitz-Hume and Dusty Bottoms (Three Amigos!).

Every minute you don't tell us why you are here, I cut off a finger.

Mine or yours?


Stephen D. Rogers said...

Donna Dixon can also be seen in Busom Buddies, along with some tall guy who's gone on to have some success in the movies.

Gerald So said...

Yes. Tom-something, wasn't it?