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The Experts (1989)





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SCTV alumnus Dave Thomas manned the megaphone for the direct-to-video Experts. John Travolta was between career highs when he agreed to appear in this anachronistic cold-war comedy. Travolta and Arye Gross play Travis and Wendell, a couple of vagabonds hired by Soviet spy Cameron Smith (Charles Martin Smith) to act as experts on the American lifestyle. It seems that Smith is in charge of one of those "typical American towns" constructed in the middle of the Soviet Union for espionage-training purposes (remember all those Red-baiting documentaries of the 1950s?) Under the influence of drugs, Travis and Wendell are relocated to the phony burg of Indian Springs, Nebraska (actually well within the Russian borders). They immediately begin indoctrinating their "American" neighbors in all the guilty pleasures of Yankee hedonism. Hardly a comedy classic, The Experts did produce one salutary by-product: it was on the set of this film that John Travolta met his future bride Kelly Preston, here cast as a peaches-and-cream Russian spy.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Karamana Thilakan, Steven Greene, Eric Alter, Nick Thiel, Nick Thiel
In Theaters:
Paramount Pictures


Arye Gross
as Wendell
Jan Rubes
as Illyich
Mimi Maynard
as Betty Smith
Eve Brent Ashe
as Aunt Thelma
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"The Experts is a silly bad film. But I can't help but have kinda loved it. I mean the plot alone is laughable. The acting is so cheesy and the dance scene between Travolta and Preston is something to be seen. I have never laughed so hard while cringing at the same time. I love the music and the clothes are fantastic. The big teased hair and odd mismatched clothing really puts you back in that era. If your in the mood for a silly film that you can just have fun with, then this would be a perfect film for you. I would probably see this again just for a good laugh."


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