The Man with One Red Shoe

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Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th July 1985

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 7

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Richard Harlan Drew, as Cooper, as Maddy, as Ross, as Paula, as Brown, James Belushi as Morris, Irving Metzman as Virdon, as Reese, as Carson, David Lander as Stemple, as Hulse, Frank Hamilton as Edgar, Dortha Duckworth as Natalie, as The Conductor, Julius Carry as CIA Agent (as Julius J. Carry III), Stephen Bradley as CIA Agent, as CIA Agent, Richard McGonagle as CIA Agent (as Richard F. McGonagle), as Senate Chairman, Patricia Gaul as Mrs. Brown, Charles Levin as CIA Dentist, Dan Resin as Man in Car, Tom Rayhall as Sergeant at Arms, Victoria Carroll as Receptionist, Mark Robman as Dentist, Charles Walker as Reporter, David Selburg as Reporter, Lisa Raggio as Reporter, Ivy Bethune as Female Patient, Richard Clark as Cab Driver (as C. Richard Clark), Tom Chiu as Dickie, Damita Jo Freeman as Waitress, Jeff Ware as Prof. Chermenko, Noel De Souza as Officer on Dock, Dan Ziskie as Young American (as Daniel Ziskie), Sam Sako as Dock Worker

The Man with One Red Shoe Review

Richard, a hapless orchestra violinist played by A-lister-in-waiting Tom Hanks, unwittingly and unknowingly becomes a focus of governmental intrigue in this clever remake. When a deputy director at the CIA falsely identifies Richard as a man with helpful information, a rival faction at the Agency tries to infiltrate his life. While a bumbling duo of agents work surveillance, a sexy blond spy (Lori Singer) attempts to seduce Richard to get inside his head, but instead gets her hair stuck in his zipper. Meanwhile, an intelligence team led by Dabney Coleman deconstructs Richard's mundane life in a desperate attempt to decipher what he knows.

Red Shoe is a remake of the French film Le Grand Blond Avec une Chaussure Noire ("The Blond Man with One Black Shoe"), which was a commentary on the operations of the Secret Service in a country that values its privacy. The American version is more an adult slapstick than the satire on Cold War excesses it occasionally portends to be, but it still works as a comedy with an unusually twisty plot.

Director Stan Dragoti had some success in the Reagan years with quirky, mainstream comedies, including the smash hit Mr. Mom. In Red Shoe he demonstrates an adept touch at story-weaving and squeezing hearty amusement - if not big laughs - from preposterous situations.


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The Man with One Red Shoe Rating

" Good "