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 ...
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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
[referring to the government people she's working with]
They talk funny.
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.
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?
Come on, Sunny, don't be ridiculous. You're a *very* bright kind of people.
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Closing credits: For you, Dad Love, Kink See more »
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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