Theatrical Sales Director, AGFA
This is barely a movie, maybe 2/5ths. The anti-editing, seemingly from the hands of a chimp, will skid-mark your sense of self. Perfect morning fodder for Channel 83, long live the new *flush*.
Writer / star / human mercury poisoning William Tepper somehow later acquits himself in BACHELOR PARTY as Tom Hanks' randy dentist brother.
Baffling that a movie advertising Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and several dozen little people in a "WIZARD OF OZ behind-the-scenes" period piece would sideline all that in favor of a banal, starchy, tired, hacky WWII espionage plot which barely involves any of them.
Chevy looks bored. Real bored. He's given nothing to do. This is a paycheck for him, you can read it on his face. Like any smart movie star who realizes what they've gotten themselves into, he's retreated…
Permanently ahead of its time. Enough speculative sci-fi ideas, production design, props and wardrobes for a trilogy of films, and enough fully fleshed-out characters for a 3-hour Altman ride, but it’s all crammed into a single normal-length feature.
I’m also appreciative of its Afro-futurist sidebar. That couldn’t have been an easy detail to include in the ‘80s.