Article from "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 Entertainment Group
Executive Producers: Leonard B. Stern and Daniel Melnick
Supervising Producer: Bruce J. Sallan
Producer: Burt Nodella
Director: Gary Nelson
Writers: Leonard B. Stern, Mark Curtiss and Rod Ash
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 a laugh.
    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 fire hydrants.
    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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