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The Double McGuffin (1979)

PG | | Mystery, Family | 8 June 1979 (USA)
Some school kids stumble across a briefcase full of money, when they go back for it, they find a body instead. When they bring the police, neither is there, and the police refuse to believe... See full summary »


Joe Camp


Richard Baker (story), Joe Camp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dion Pride Dion Pride ... Specks
Greg Hodges Greg Hodges ... Homer
Jeff Nicholson Jeff Nicholson ... Billy Ray
Vincent Spano ... Foster (as Vinnie Spano)
Elke Sommer ... Madame Kura
Lori Lively ... Michelle Carter (as Lori Lynn Lively)
George Kennedy ... Chief Talasek (Tally)
Lisa Whelchel ... Jody
Ernest Borgnine ... Mr. Firat
Garvin Edwards Garvin Edwards ... Foorball Player
Anne Reailly Anne Reailly ... Coctail Waitress
Rod Browning Rod Browning ... Moras
Ed 'Too Tall' Jones Ed 'Too Tall' Jones ... Assassin #1
Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
Lyle Alzado ... Assassin #2


Some school kids stumble across a briefcase full of money, when they go back for it, they find a body instead. When they bring the police, neither is there, and the police refuse to believe them. Later they discover both were part of an assassination plot. Now they have to figure out how to stop the plot and put the bad guys in jail. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Mystery | Family


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8 June 1979 (USA) See more »

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Feature debut of Vincent Spano and Lisa Whelchel. See more »


When Specks circles the name 'Crabtree' in the racing forum, the camera and two crew members are seen clearly reflected in a mirror. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] A "McGuffin" is a term coined by the world's foremost teller of suspense stories to label that secret, elusive, mysterious something that everyone in the story is trying to find or find out about. It is, in effect, the pretext of the plot; the catalyst that brings the characters together and causes them to act or interact - the vial of microfilm, the money, the missing papers, the murderer, the motive, the single reason that causes the entire story to happen. Usually, there's...
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Somebody Who Really Cares
Music by Euel Box
Lyrics by Joe Camp
Performed by Dion Pride
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26 July 2005 | by twaddbiSee all my reviews

It's been years since I saw this movie, but as a kid I loved it. Does anyone else remember the cool gadgets those kids had and how everything in their room was hidden? If I remember, there was a TV underneath the pop up tray of a footlocker, a radio hidden in the bookcase and a dartboard hidden behind a painting. There are probably more, but these are the few I remember. Anyone else? Also, one of the kids DID read Playboy and let me tell you, kids that age will stare at a Playboy for hours in great interest if there is no parental/adult presence! I'll have to rent this movie and watch it again, but I do remember George Kennedy being in it, so it can't be that bad. Can it?

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