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Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)




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This was the first full-length feature film directed by Penny Marshall (of Laverne and Shirley TV fame), and may not be one of her most successful but it has its moments. Whoopi Goldberg is Terry Doolittle, an office worker with her share of eccentric colleagues and now an added problem: some spy has tapped into her computer and is asking her for help. Terry decides the only womanly thing to do is to get in there and save the man and so she heads into a whole series of unlikely situations. Run-ins with an odd repairman (Jim Belushi), an invalid diplomat, and a KGB mole have her impersonating people like Diana Ross and generally wreaking havoc on the whole spy game. Though once again, Whoopi has seen better material for her talents.

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Whoopi Goldberg
as Terry Dolittle
Stephen Collins
as Marty Phillips
John Wood
as Jeremy Talbott
Carol Kane
as Cynthia
Annie Potts
as Liz Carlson
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Archer Lincoln
Sara Botsford
as Lady Sarah Billings
Jeroen Krabbé
as Mark Van Meter
Ren Woods
as Jackie
Garry Marshall
as Detective
Tracy Reiner
as Page's Secretary
Jim Belushi
as Sperry Repairman
Paxton Whitehead
as Lord Malcolm Billings
Jeffrey Joseph
as African Embassy Guest
Caroline Ducroca
as French Embassy Guest
Julie Payne
as Receptionist at Elizabeth Arden
Deanna Oliver
as Karen at Elizabeth Arden
Carl Labove
as Earl The Guard
Donna Ponterotto
as Pedicurist at Elizabeth Arden
Matt Landers
as Night Guard at Bank
Jamey Sheridan
as New York Officer
Charles Dumas
as New York Officer
James Edgcomb
as Lincoln's Aide
Gerry Connell
as Lincoln's Aide
Benji Gregory
as Harry Carlson, Jr.
Jose Santana
as Street Tough
Bob Ernst
as Street Tough
Benji Gregory Jr.
as Harry Carlson
Kellie Martin
as Kristi Carlson
Kim Chan
as Korean Flower Vendor
Anthony Hamilton
as Man in Restaurant
Heide Lund
as Woman in Restaurant
Kenneth Danziger
as Embassy Computer Man
Eric Harrison
as Embassy Computer Man
Edouard DeSoto
as Superintendent
Teagan Clive
as Russian Exercise Woman
Tom McDermott
as Minister
Mark Rowen
as Blond Cab Driver
Hilaury Stern
as Customer
George Jenesky
as Man with Umbrella
Chino "Fats" Williams
as Larry the Heavyset Guard
Michael McKean
as British Party Guest (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jumpin' Jack Flash

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Appealing in spite of itself.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

Whoopi Goldberg is the only original or interesting thing about Jumpin' Jack Flash. And she tries, but she's not enough.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It took four screen writers (let's leave them, with mercy, anonymous) to come up with a story that has no real character conflict, and director Penny Marshall, in her debut, doesn't help them any.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This misfiring 1980s comedy tries to conjure the same chaotic energy that was so successful with other fish-out-of-water classics during that decade.

December 8, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

...works as neither a comedy nor a spy caper.

October 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Goldberg and director Penny Marshall... have managed to inject a female sensibility into the film, cramming it full of fun, insightful details.

August 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jumpin' Jack Flash


A Hitchcock plot, that is very good. But the screenplay don't help. Too silly to be good.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Whoopi!! Not really that funny. She needs eyebrows.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


A fun spy comedy, with a typical 80?s feel to it. Whoopi Goldberg is her usual overtalking fun self and the film makes for easy watching.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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