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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted December 3, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE

Synopsis:

Back of the box spin: Wallace Ritchie, an American vacationer in London, doesn't know that the bullets being fired at him are real and the truth serum true. He thinks the intrigue erupting around him is part of an audience-participation theater event. Yet the world's fate depends on this gullible goofus who can barely spell CIA! In the travels of the naïve spy, Wallace encounters a femme fatale, a corpse, assassins, torturers and a bomb. With Bill Murray in the title role could this movie be any funnier? I don't think so! The Man Who Knew Too Little is a hilarious romp through the landed gentry and spydom of the UK!

Audio/Video:

The audio for the film is very well done. It's presented in a Dolby 5.1 platform that does an excellent job in conveying the unique aural textures that TMWKTL presents. As with all "spy" thrillers, the audio dictates the flow of the scene. Actually, that goes for all films. Here, classic "spy" movie music is employed to create an atmosphere of intrigue and cunning. Elements not included in Murray's character. The surround effect is very nice and even presents one or two nice audio treats throughout the feature. The center is crystalline and the sub gets a fairly decent workout given the number of stingers employed in the movie. Director's Commentary Jon Amiel gives a very decent commentary for the film. Not only is it loaded with behind the scenes information as well as recounting the anecdotal humor of Bill Murray, Amiel is genuinely amused with the performances of the cast and finds himself caught up in the events unfolding onscreen! Wealth of information and a great commentary! Alternate Music Only Track. Just in case you'd rather watch the film with spy music only! Nice track very clean and the same as the normal track only sans dialogue. The video is almost as equally impressive. The colors were dead on and I noticed only the slightest hint of shimmer in a couple of the darker scenes. I did not notice any flecking or scratches in the print. Other than the shimmer, this widescreen transfer is quite handsome. There was no bleeding and the fleshtones appeared accurate.

Extras:

The extras on the feature include the film's four theatrical trailers, which are really, really good as well as its three TV spots. Lastly static production notes are included to round out the extras segment.

Overall:

Bill Murray is one of a kind. Everything he does is outrageously funny and The Man Who Knew Too Little is a definite rib tickle that's very much in line with Murray's usual off the wall comedy. For comedy fans, this one's definitely worth a look-see! Murray is incredible in the role and, I don't think he's ever been funnier except for scrooged! This is comedy of something of an offbeat nature so be warned Murray's comedy may not be for everyone. But for those fans of his work, this is just too funny! Highly Recommended

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