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S*P*Y*S* Review

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A round of assassinations and some missing diamonds bring together chalk and cheese secret agents Griff and Bruland, who bicker for a bit, then become mates after all.

★★★★★

After MAS*H, Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland were teamed again in this instantly forgotten farce about inept secret agents plotting against each other.

The heroine is played by an actress called ZouZou who deserved better, while Gould and Sutherland doggedly try to wring laughs out of a reject Hope and Crosby script updated for the post-Nixon counterculture. At the end, they even sing a song (badly).

As far as vehicles go, this is about as close to a Skoda as you can get. A Messy plot and a lazy script give an otherwise outstanding duo absolutely nothing to work with.