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Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

aka Jumpin' Jack Flash

"An Adventure In Comedy"

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Details: 100 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Kristi Carlson
Small Marty Phillips
No_movie_poster Jeremy Talbott
Small Jack
Small Cynthia
Small Archer Lincoln
Small Doug, 1st National Bank
Small Fred, 1st National Bank (as Phil E. Hartmann)
Small Sperry Repairman / Furious Cab Driver / Injured Cop (as Jim Belu
Small Fiona
Small Terry Dolittle


No_movie_poster Thomas Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Mark Goldblatt Editor
No_movie_poster David Franzoni Screenplay
No_movie_poster Joel Silver Producer
No_movie_poster Lawrence Gordon Producer
No_movie_poster Matthew F. Leonetti Director of Photography
Small Penny Marshall Director
Small Nancy Meyers Screenplay
No_movie_poster Charles Shyer Screenplay
No_movie_poster Chris Thompson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Joel Silver Production
No_movie_poster Mark Goldblatt Editing


"An Adventure In Comedy"


Teresa "Terry" Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) transfers funds for the First National Bank in Manhattan, New York. She does not quite fit with the bank's corporate image, despite being a good employee and popular with her coworkers. However, she is often chastised by her no-nonsense boss James Page (Peter Michael Goetz).

Set against the backdrop of the pre-Glasnost Cold War, Terry is contacted by a man calling himself "Jumpin' Jack Flash" who turns out to be a British Intelligence agent in Eastern Europe that is being pursued by the KGB. After being given a riddle for his password, Terry determines the password to be B-flat, after the key in which "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is supposedly written (as the actual song by The Rolling Stones is recorded in the key of B-flat). Jack sends her to the British Consulate to deliver the message "Dog's barking, can't fly without umbrella" to Department C. Despite feeling ludicrous, Terry delivers the message to Jeremy Talbot (John Wood) who is apparently puzzled and sends Terry away, telling her there is no Department C. Jack then asks her to enter his apartment in New York to retrieve a frying pan, on which are Jack's CIA contacts to acquire a passport. Meanwhile, Marty Phillips (Stephen Collins) arrives at First National Bank as a new coworker and, unbeknownst to her, Terry is being watched.

A computer technician (Jim Belushi) shows up at the bank to repair her terminal, but when Terry calls Sperry Corporation to confirm his identity, the technician vanishes. As she enters a taxi upon leaving Jack's apartment, she is frightened to find him as the driver (presumably killing the man who drove her there in the same cab). His plans to abduct her fail when she knocks him out with the frying pan and flees the cab.

Using the contacts on the frying pan, Terry attempts unsuccessfully to contact Peter Caen, but does reach Mark Van Meter (Jeroen Krabbé), who meets her at the docks. After being stunned to realize Terry is a civilian and has no relationship at all with the intelligence community, Van Meter notices they are being watched and pushes Terry off the docks and into the East River to save her life, but is shot and killed himself. The police dismiss Terry's claim of the murder and Marty comes to the station and takes her home. Jack then tells her how to break into the British Consulate central computer. Conning her way in under the guise of an entertainer, she manages to enter the mainframe, but Talbot deactivates the computer link before Jack receives a contact. Going through one of Jack's romantic contacts, Sarah Billings (Sara Botsford), Terry is rebuffed and then captured by the KGB, who lock her in a phone booth and drag her around the city. After escaping when the booth is knocked over, Terry is injected with truth serum by the computer tech, this time posing as a police officer, but escapes after trapping his arm in a car window and rolling the car into traffic. In a drug-induced haze, Terry again contacts Sarah and makes an impassioned plea for her help. Sarah tells Terry she would rather let Jack be killed than risk losing face. A disgusted Terry chastises Sarah for her indifference to Jack's plight and walks out. She then stumbles into work and after embarrassing Mr. Page by yanking off his fake hairpiece in front of the entire office, passes out.

Terry awakens at home and is dropped in on by Sarah who has had a change of heart and gives her a contact. After passing the contact to Jack, she is again captured by the KGB and learns that Talbot is a KGB mole and the contact he provided (via Sarah's husband, head of MI5) is a setup to kill Jack. After nearly being tortured with a power sander, Terry escapes and is caught by police. After realizing the police are arresting her rather than protecting her, Terry escapes. She rushes to the bank to warn Jack, but is again ambushed by the KGB and Talbot. After struggling with the KGB and biting Talbot's groin, she confirms to Jack that the contact will kill him. A gun-wielding Marty kills the last of Talbot's henchmen, identifies himself as Peter Caen, and gives Jack the correct contact.

After initially not showing up at a restaurant where he and Terry plan to meet, Jack (Jonathan Pryce) appears in her office to thank her personally by taking her out to dinner.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1986-10-10 : United States of America

DVD : 2004-06-01