Writers: Moss Hart, John Briley, Monja Danischewsky
Composer: John Scott
Starring: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Shelley Winters, Lee J. Cobb, Jean-Pierre Casssel, Raf Vallone, Sydne Rome, Donald Sinden, Michael Shannon, Aubrey Woods, Alfred Hoffman, Vincent Hall, Fabian Cevallos
More info: IMDb
Tagline: When a No-No girl meets a Go-Go man - WHAM!!!
Plot: A European arms dealer (Roger Moore) meets a liberated woman journalist (Susannah York), who is writing a story about the ridiculous things men do with the armaments during a NATO war games meeting. Needless to say, the two meet and make sparks.
My rating: 6/10
Will I watch it again? No.
I last saw this over thirty years ago and I never forgot the main theme. It's really catchy and fun. Being a huge Moore fan going to back to when I was a kid in the 70s (he was my first cinema Bond experience...you don't forget the first. Ahahahahaha). Cobb is a lot of fun, as usual, and so is Winters. She was always a pro and put everything into her performances even when they were small. Roger Moore is Roger Moore. I love the guy and I like his persona even though he didn't stretch his acting chops as often as I (and probably he) would like. But he's charming and does a fine job. Hell, the cast does a fine job all the way around. It's not even that bad of a picture but it has some problems. Being about an hour and a half is an issue. Michael (Moore) and Julia (York) meet briefly early on but it's not until a half hour in that there's any type of get-to-know-you-time. That's the extended sequence in his apartment after she's locked out of hers across the hall. It's a lengthy scene that's cute and doesn't overstay its welcome. At one point she locks him out of his place and this happens...
I'd totally forgotten about this bit since I first saw it but I remembered laughing hard just like I did this time. It just tickles me to death and it's one of those things that could've been a last minute idea. There's not an awful lot of time spent with Michael doing his arms dealing business but it's enough I guess to establish what he does. The big issue I have is the final act when Julia throws a wrench into the war games that is not only not funny or all that necessary to the story but it makes for a very weak final half hour. The first hour or so was strong enough that it deserved a better confrontation and finale. One thing I noticed is that the ring tone for Lt. General Steedman's (Cobb) red hotline to the President barely made a beeping noise. The VHS tape I had 30+ years ago had the awesome and hilarious ring tone that was used for Cobb's character in the FLINT pictures with James Coburn in the mid-60s.