Richard C. Sarafian
Farrah Fawcett, Charles Grodin, Art Carney, Joan Collins, William Daniels, Keenan Wynn, Alejandro Rey, John Hillerman and Seymour Cassel
8.5 out of 10 / A-
REGION CODE: 0
Region All / Free DVD-R (playable worldwide)
A rich old man has a suspicious fatal car accident in Acapulco, and his widow wants his insurance company to pony up $5 million. What can they do? Company bigwig Keenan Wynn barks "Get me Jake Decker!" Charles Grodin, as hotshot investigator Decker, comes in to check it out. Add Farrah Fawcett-Majors (as she was then billed) at her most charming and dazzling, Art Carney in fine form, and a good supporting cast including Joan Collins (hilarious as a sex-crazy glamorpuss), Alejandro Rey, Seymour Cassel, John Hillerman, and brief bits by Eleanor Parker and the aforementioned Wynn. Put them in Acapulco's most beautiful locations, sprinkle in a soundtrack by Wings and 10 CC, and voila! You've made a lively, unassuming crime caper, a bit of fun for a lazy afternoon. Best sight gag: Farrah's insanely huge load of luggage. Cute seemingly off-the-cuff bit: Grodin mistaking the portrait of Collins' father for one of Lee Van Cleef. Farrah and Carney also get into a pretty good car chase that ends up in a bullring. Insurance fraud has never seemed more exciting as it does here, where you can walk outside into the streets of Acapulco or slip into a million dollar chateau for a cocktail party. Speaking of posters, this film has one of the best: Farrah in a one-piece that defies gravity, Grodin with a sidearm and Art Carney parachuting in on a pair of sunglasses with the ocean in the background.