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"The Man Who Knew Too Little"

The title of this flick tells it all except maybe it should be: "The MEN Who Knew Too Little". Whoever at Warner Bros. that gave this pic the greenlight should really get new detectives to watch over what gets approval in movie making. This flick is really BAD and I do mean bad, like in worse. If it was suppose to be a comedy is really fails, flays and falters.

Bill Murray, a talented comic, is a total loss in this movie. Originally I thought I wouldn't review it, but that would be a disservice to the unsuspecting public, which surely deserves better for their entertainment dollar. if I save one person from spending in this hogwash, than it is worth it.

Murray is thrown into a situation where his brother buys him a ticket to "Theater o Life", a troupe of actors that performs supposedly real life drama for one customer at a time. Clever idea and that's as far as it gets because he does get involved in a real life spy thriller, using the term loosely. From then on it is all downhill. It is taken from Robert Farrar book and the movie does not have one redeeming quality. If you must see it, please leave your brain at home.

The Man Who Knew Too Little
Warner Bros. Picture
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson, Mark Tarlov
Directed by: Jon Amiel
With: Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley, Richard Wilson, Alfred Molina
Executive producers: Elisabeth Robinson, Joe Caracciolo, Jr.
Music by: Christopher Young
Film editor: Pamela Power
Production designer: Jim Clay
Director of photography: Robert Stevens
Screenplay by: Robert Farrar, Howard Franklin
Rated: PG
Wide release 14 November 1997
Based on the novel: "Watch That Man" by Robert Farrar
Soundtrack available on Varese Sarabande CDs

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Original Date Saturday 15 November 1997
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