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Protocol (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 21 December 1984 (USA)
The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Shyer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Sunny
Chris Sarandon ... Michael Ransome
Richard Romanus ... Emir
Andre Gregory ... Nawaf Al Kabeer (as André Gregory)
Gail Strickland ... Mrs. St. John
Cliff De Young ... Hilley
Keith Szarabajka ... Crowe
Ed Begley Jr. ... Hassler
James Staley ... Vice President Merck
Kenneth Mars ... Lou
Jean Smart ... Ella
Maria O'Brien ... Donna
Joel Brooks ... Ben
Grainger Hines ... Jerry
Kenneth McMillan ... Senator Norris
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Storyline

The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm. Clueless nightclub waitress Sunny Ann Davis accidentally spots and stops a terrorist shooting at the president and his royal guest. Her naive comments charm the press, so the State Department recruits her for its Protocol. She falls in love with charming Middle East desk chief Michael Ransome, who resigns rather than help trick her into a 'contact mission' to Othar, where the emir's plan with her unexpectedly stirs a revolution. Written by KGF Vissers

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There's something funny going on in Washington. Goldie's about to become a diplomat.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Protocolo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,427,840, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$26,186,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,186,631
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo® in selected cinemas)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released in 1984 approximately during the middle of the Republican presidency of American President Ronald Reagan (1980-1988). See more »

Goofs

When Sunny walks into the office and speaks to Mrs. St. John, she is wearing a blue coat with an office of men behind them, when they turn to walk into the office her coat is off and it has changed to a different type of office full of women. See more »

Quotes

Sunny Davis: [referring to the government people she's working with] They talk funny.
Jerry: Funny how?
Sunny Davis: I don't know, they sound like they're saying things that they're not really saying, but I can't figure out what the hell it is.
Sunny Davis: Jerry, tell me the truth. Am I one of those "Oh, yeah, she's really a lot of fun and she's got a great sense of humor but she's not very bright" kind of people?
Jerry: Come on, Sunny, don't be ridiculous. You're a *very* bright kind of people.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: For you, Dad Love, Kink See more »

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Features PBS NewsHour (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glamorous Life
Written by Prince (uncredited)
Performed by Sheila E.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Predictable so-called comedy
20 August 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Unlike many 1980s Hollywood comedies, "Protocol" has all but been forgotten today. It doesn't take very long upon watching it to figure out why. The main problem is simple: the script. It's hard to believe at first that Buck Henry, who earlier wrote humorous movies such as "The Graduate" and "What's Up Doc?", wrote this movie. But it doesn't seem to have been his fault, since he was working with a story outline written by THREE writers. Those three writers came up with a story that has been done many times before and since, concerning a ditz who is pushed into a position of power but proves in the end to be smarter than everyone thought. Oh, it could have been made to be funny, but it isn't, partly due to the predicable nature of the movie, but that it's been directed with a woeful lack of energy and snap. There's also a curious fragmented narrative at times, as if some key linking scenes were never filmed or cut out in the editing room. The only good thing about the movie is Goldie Hawn, who gives her character a good amount of spunk and sympathy, but it isn't enough to save things.


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