Comic artist and writer Woody (Michael Crawford) performs a simple courier operation for his friend Harry (James Hampton) who works for the CIA. But when he successfully fends off hostile agents, he earns the respect of the beautiful Natalia (Barbara Carrera), who requests his assistance for her defection. Woody uses this request as leverage to use the CIA\'s resources to bring his comic book creation, Condorman, to life to battle the evil Krokov (Oliver Reed).
Michael Crawford ... Woody Wilkins
Oliver Reed ... Krokov
Barbara Carrera ... Natalia
James Hampton ... Harry Oslo
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Morovich
Dana Elcar ... Russ Devlin
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Russian Agent
Robert Arden ... CIA Chief
Forget Ben-Hur. Forget Casablanca. Forget The Godfather. Forget them all. Condorman is the greatest movie of all time. The epic story of the larger-than-life hero Condorman, brought to life by comic book writer Woody, a common man. When he is asked to partake in a secret mission of helping a beautiful Russian agent called \"The Bear\", but known passionately to Woody as Natalia, defect to the United States. Things go awry when the evil Russian Krokov sends the deadly assassin Morovich and his deadly Prognoviach. But just when Krokov thinks that \"the best kept secrets of Woodrow Wilkins can be found by any small child for the price of a tiny coin\", Woody uses one of his many disguises to fool Krokov. An amazing boat escape is the climax of this epic. So, order yourself a Triple Istanbul Express and sit back and enjoy the greatest single piece of art ever.
I love this movie. I grew up watching Condorman and I always think of it with fond memories. The special effects may not be the best; however, the movie is over two decades old, and I think the effects are quite adequate. Besides, the movie is not supposed to be realistic, but rather it is a comedy with action elements. It provides a window into what people worried about in the early eighties; Cold War espionage is a major part of the story. Overall, it is charming and is a feel-good movie. It has all the classic elements: good verses evil and boy meets girl. It is a quality family movie and I would recommend this film to all who are young at heart.
Primarily aimed at a younger audience, this movie is nevertheless great fun for kids of all ages. Many stunts are performed by Crawford himself and the various action sequences are splendidly executed - particularly the breathtaking car chase.
Apart from Crawford\'s appalling attempt at an American accent, performances are good - particularly from Barbara Carrera. Oliver Reed seems to take his role very seriously - maybe he wanted to be considered as a future Bond villain?
The weakest aspect is the special effects - clearly the big money went on the wrecking of several Porsches and motor boats!
Overall, though, this delighful little pic is highly entertaining, quite amusing and moves along at a splendid lick.
# During one take, when Condorman falls into the River Seine, \'Michael Crawford \' nearly drowned after the strength of the current was miscalculated. He was dragged five to ten feet under the water before two lifeguards pulled him out just in time. Crawford was willing to do the stunt again but director \'Charles Jarrott \' refused to allow it, and put a trained stuntman in his place.
# When Woody is glamorizing Harry\'s job at the CIA, Harry responds, \"Not everyone in the CIA is Robert Redford.\" This is a subtle joke regarding the 1975 movie, Three Days of the Condor (1975) in which Redford plays a CIA agent whose codename is Condor.
# GOOFY HOLLER: In the opening titles, when the animated version falls off the building.