Picks and Pans Review: Condorman
There is plenty of invention, gimmickry and amusement in this Bond-esque spy spoof from the Walt Disney studios. Michael Crawford plays a shleppy comic book writer who gets to live out his fantasies as one of his pulp creations, Condorman, when he is recruited to help KGB agent Barbara Carrera defect. The script by Marc Stirdivant is crisp and witty and director Charles Jarrott sustains a brisk pace. Even the smaller roles are uncommonly effective. Oliver Reed as the KGB's stern mentor and Jean-Pierre Kalfon as Condorman's devilish nemesis add especially nice touches. There is more violence than usual for a Disney product, but the movie will have you floating, just as Condorman does in his hilarious hang-glider scenes. Parents can become 90-minute heroes to their kids and go along for the flight. (PG)
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