The Man with One Red Shoe 1985

The Man With One Red Shoe

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As government official Cooper (Dabney Coleman) plays a nasty game of one-upsmanship with his rival in hopes of landing a promotion, he is deceived into believing that unassuming violinist Richard (Tom Hanks) is involved in international espionage. Cooper sends his top operative, the gorgeous Maddy (Lori Singer), to charm Richard into giving himself away. The naive musician, however, is completely clueless about political intrigue and, sadly, believes he has met the woman of his dreams.

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Critic Reviews for The Man with One Red Shoe

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  • Jul 11, 2012
    Cooper: Honey, will you please - what are the odds of the Russians attacking on a Thursday night?  The Man with One Red Shoe reminds me of another comedy called The Man Who Knew Too Little starring Bill Murray. Both films deal with someone being suspected of bring a spy, that has absolutely no idea what is going on. I enjoyed The Man Who Knew Too Little more then I did this one. The Man with One Red Shoe is enjoyable to a degree, because of Tom Hanks presence and also because of a woman named Lori Singer who plays a spy; and she is sexy. This is early, early Tom Hanks; way before he became a star. It's even pre-Big. Still, even early on in his career, he's still the likable actor we would come to see in much bigger and better movies.  Richard is a violinist who is thought to be a spy. In reality, he was just picked at random to be a scapegoat. The CIA, thinking he really is a spy, starts trailing him, little to his knowledge. One of the CIA agents that is trailing him is the sexy spy I was talking about. Richard falls for her, as she flirts with him to gain information. This isn't a plot that is going to make you think, nor is it going to be one that is original. The Man with One Red Shoe is a highly predictable film. In fact, it ends up being a pretty standard romantic comedy with a botched thriller finale. The movie was light on the comedy and the thriller, suspense aspect of it was just embarrassing. This is only really worth the watch if you are a huge Tom Hanks fan and feel like you need to see everything he ever did. He's okay here as well, so if that's the only reason you want to watch it, go ahead. Just know that the movie on the whole is extremely mediocre. Take away Hanks and Singer and there is absolutely nothing of merit here. This plot could have been fun, in an unoriginal way, but it just couldn't deliver on the jokes like The Man Who Knew Too Little did. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2011
    Likable, yes, though the movie is still slightly confusing in its story, with some periodic dull moments and oddly high sound editing. Still, Hanks is good as usual and his performance is also joined by humor and a fairly good soundtrack in the list of pros. Really, "The Man With One Red Shoe" isn't the best, but its short but well-filled lengh, confusing but still rather straightfoward premise and other high points make it worth watching on a rainy day.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I saw this a long time ago, I don't remember why I didn't like it, I'll have to see it again some time.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2010
    Good cast in this old Hanks flick much like many old 80's films you find allot of well known faces throughout which does add to the film and gives it a good solid base unlike many new films. The plot isn't too original and the film isn't too exciting but its entertaining enough with Hanks being goofy and lovable as he used to be in the 'Splash' era, James Belushi has afew nice moments and there is some nice fluffy 'action' sequences that give it abit more spice but overall its very tame and dated now of course, nice but weak.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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