Last night Turner Classic Movies ran the film "The President's Analyst".
I had only a vague memory of watching part of it late at night a long time ago, so I thought that I would give it another chance. What a great movie! It's a tongue-in-cheek 60's spy spoof, with more sophisticated political satire than you might see in films like "In Like Flint" and "Casino Royale". (There is no sense in my writing a synopsis of the film, as there are already so many versions available on the internet. You can read a fine synopsis of the film on Wikipedia,
The film is also remarkable in that it accurately predicts the present issues that face the American public with the telecom industry. Watch this clip!
- And some of the dialog is downright spooky!
Kropotkin: Are you trying to tell me every phone in the country is tapped?
Masters: That's what's in my head.
Kropotkin: Don, this is America, not Russia!
James Coburn stars, but through most of the film he plays straight man to the comedic characters played by Arte Johnson, Godfrey Cambridge, and Severn Darden (The mutant leader in "Battle for the Planet of the Apes").
The film spoofs Cold War paranoia, patriotism, American culture and psychiatrists. As the film progresses you find that the loyalties of the all characters are impossibly skewed and insane. The plot does meander a bit, and I think that there was definitely room for more miniskirts and go go boots - but overall I thought it was a very good movie.