That's the movie I'm talking about tonight.
The film stars Rosalind Russell.
It could have been a cute film. It still is in places.
Russell starred in a lot of great movies including "His Girl Friday," "Gypsy," "Mame" and "The Trouble With Angels."
This 1971 film was her last movie. On the plus, she went out a star. She was the lead. Her husband produced the film. And kind of undermined her.
She's 64 when the film comes out and a bit bloated (looks like from cortisone, but I'm guessing -- she'd die five years after making the film). Now this isn't a bad thing and I think she looks attractive throughout the movie. But we see her and then we see 'her' animated. The title sequence is done in animation. That animation? It tries to play like she's a sex pot giving her a body she did't have and just undermining her. She looks fine, a bit bloated if you're used to seeing her, but still pretty, still attractive. Then they go to this stick figure animation with no wrinkles and it's just undermining her completely.
Mrs. Pollifax has a son and a daughter. Both adults and living on their own. Her husband has died. Her friend Senator Murray sets up a meeting for her with the CIA where she explains being a CIA agent was always her dream.
Though she's blown off by the man speaking to her, his boss thinks she's got what's needed. She's sent on an assignment to Albania and she and Darren McGavin are teamed up in a caper with one chase after another. They have a nice chemistry and the film moves along nicely.
You may have a few uneasy moments thinking about what's going on and what the CIA really does but you could probably forget that.
Except for the ending.
At the ending, she's praised for the great job she did. And she's happy but she wonders what the 'big guy' thinks. He loves her work. And although we're supposed to be charmed, reality is that they're talking about -- but not naming -- Richard Nixon.
Now 1971 was before Watergate but Nixon was already controversial enough that they should have known to avoid it. Instead, they go out with that and so Roz goes out with that and, in her final scene in the movie, she's drooling over Richard Nixon.
It hurts the movie.
And it hurts her that her final movie scene was her drooling over Richard Nixon.
I like Rosaline Russell so I could more than get through it but I've watched it seven times now and I still can't stomach the ending. I could go along with other things but that ending . . .
They really ruined the movie. By the way, the film was based on a book. Her character, Mrs. Pollifax, is the star of a series of books.
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