Jumpin' Jack Flash

Funky computer operator Terry Doolittle (Goldberg) is suffering the usual terminal boredom when someone code-named Jumping Jack Flash appears on her VDU screen. The mystery man is a British agent trapped in Eastern Europe, so Terry is soon rushing around town reading contact names off the bottom of frying pans, meeting strange Dutchmen on moonlit dockside piers, gatecrashing swanky diplomatic dinners dressed as Diana Ross, and getting her slinky outfit, not to mention her nerves, well and truly shredded. Striking an effective balance between suspenseful intrigue and wacky humour, director Marshall handles both the spy-jinks and Goldberg's eccentric antics with confident panache. There are occasions when Goldberg does rather too much, arresting the action by lapsing into stand-up comic routines; fortunately, the plot soon regains its brisk momentum.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Penny Marshall
Screenwriter: David H Franzoni, JW Melville, Patricia Irving, Christopher N Thompson
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg
Stephen Collins
John Wood
Carol Kane
Annie Potts
Peter Michael Goetz
Roscoe Lee Browne
Jeroen Krabbé
Jonathan Pryce
Tracey Ullman
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