"Get Smart, Again" Variety March 8, 1989 v334 n7 p53 (1)
Get Smart, Again
(ABC Sunday Night Movie)
With: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Bernie Koppell,
Dick Gautier, Robert Karvelas, King Moody, Harold Gould, Kenneth Mars, John De
Lancie, Steve Levitt, Dave Ketchum, Danny Goldman, Roger Price, Rachelle
Carson, Lou Felder, Kate Stern, Jim Antonio, Stacey Adams, Cecily Adams, Fritz
Field, Yvonne Farrow
Suppliers: IndieProd Prods. & Phoenix
Executive Producers: Leonard B. Stern and Daniel
Supervising Producer: Bruce J. Sallan
Producer: Burt Nodella
Director: Gary Nelson
Writers: Leonard B. Stern, Mark Curtiss and Rod
Music: Peter Melnick and Irving Szathmary
Photographer: Gayne Rescher
93 Minutes, Sunday, February 26, 9 p.m., ABC-TV
Don Adams and Barbara Feldon return 20
years after the 1965-70 comedy series as Agent 86 and Agent 99, and the same
exaggerated plotting, outre characters and the shameless sight gags still get
Maxwell Smart has been working
protocol jobs at the State Department; Agent 99, busy writing her memoirs; has
been his wife these many years. Because the evil org KAOS is back in
operation, Smart answers his government's invite with his legendarily,
straight-forward oddball attacks.
CONTROL, having been shut down
and remaining a haven all these years to Larrabee (Robert Karvelas), is
reactivated by Commander Dury (Kenneth Mars), head of the United States
Intelligence Agency. Robot Hymie (Dick Gautier) has been crash-testing cars;
while Agent 13 (Dave Ketchum) still specializes in inside jobs like drawers and
Missing is Ed Platt, to
whom the vidpic is dedicated. Platt, who played The Chief, died in 1974.
KAOS has taken Dr. Hottentot's
amazing weather machine and wants $250 million for its return. The
Intelligence Agency has new items like magnetic shoes, an inflatable sports
coat, and a laser beam credit card, to help Smart infiltrate the org.
Nothing could be simpler and
the vidpic is just that..simple. There are laughs and the visual effects are
good stuff. The Smart gang runs its routines well, delivers a few guffaws and makes
some tired political observations.
It could be the thing to amuse
lots and lots of people looking for an escape into nostalgia or to entertain
wee youngers fond of "Get Smart" reruns.
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