Jumpin' Jack Flash

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Penny Marshall (1986)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This was Whoopi Goldberg's first major role following her debut in The Color Purple, and it goes down as a disappointment after such an auspicious beginning to her film career. She stars as a computer operator who inadvertently gets involved in international espionage when a message for help from a spy appears on her screen. Penny Marshall, who also directed Big and Awakenings, replaced Howard Zieff in the director's chair and the script went through several writers, and this raucous comedy certainly feels at times as if there were too many cooks spoiling the broth.


A computer operator stumbles across an SOS from an English spy trapped in Eastern Europe. While trying to help him contact his superiors, she is plunged into international espionage, and ends up being pursued by KGB assassins and faced with unmasking a mole in British intelligence. Spy comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Pryce, James Belushi, Roscoe Lee Browne and Carol Kane.

Cast & Crew

Terry Doolittle Whoopi Goldberg
Jack Jonathan Pryce
Cynthia Carol Kane
Repairman James Belushi
Archer Lincoln Roscoe Lee Browne
Marty Phillips Stephen Collins
Jeremy Talbot John Wood
Liz Carlson Annie Potts
Director Penny Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama