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  • Actors: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, James Hampton, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • Writers: Marc Stirdivant, Mickey Rose, Robert Sheckley
  • Producers: Hugh Attwooll, Jan Williams, Ron Miller
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Condorman" on IMDb

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Woody Wilkins (Michael Crawford), an inventive comic book writer, turns into a bumbling spy and is catapulted on a jet-setting trip around the world as Condorman, the comic book hero he created. The problems--and the hilarity--start when Woody falls in love with a Russian agent, Natalia (Barbara Carrera) and sets about helping her defect to the United States. However, Natalia's old flame, KGB agent Krokov (Oliver Reed), isn't about to let his prize get away. Krokov has every one of his agents on the run trying to prevent "Condorman" from aiding Natalia's escape. Crazy disguises, high-tech gadgets and hair-raising fun abound in this light-hearted comic adventure.

Customer Reviews

A good clean movie with lots of adventure, imagination, and humor!
Michael J Harris
Still a great movie after all these years - my kids loved it in the '70s and now my grandchildren love it.
Islesboro Central School
I was hesitant about purchasing a used DVD, but this DVD was very well done.
anonymous

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Kuruna on January 4, 2000
Format: DVD
As a kid, this was my favorite movie for quite some time. I never thought I'd see them re-release it (as Disney would probably like to forget it ever existed) but I'm pleased none the less. Condorman is sort of a cross between James Bond and Batman with some Pink Panther ineptitude thrown in for laughs. While it is not by any means a masterpiece, it's still pretty fun and quite worthwhile. It's got lots of high tech spy gear, including cool cars, speedboats, lazers and other gadgets, humor, romance, an evil villain, and a likable hero who comes out on top. I've read some pretty bad reviews of the film, complaining that there's no plot to it. I don't know what movie they were watching, but the film makes pretty good sense to someone willing to just listen to the dialogue. It makes a great deal more sense than the plots of some other spy movies I could mention... Maybe Condorman IS mostly for the kids, but if you have an attention span and give it a chance, I think you'll find it's not nearly as bad as you may have heard.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on July 31, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was in middle school when this movie came out. It was 1981 and I had saved up my pocket money to pay for the bus ride into the city and the admission for a matinee to a movie that seemed so exciting and lively to me.

I had read the book 'The Game of X' by Robert Sheckley as well as the adaptation of the movie and imagined every scene in my head as I had gone through it. The movie was everything a young boy could have hoped for - a rollicking, comedic adventure with a very beautiful female Russian agent (Carrera) and a sinister KGB chief (played by Oliver Reed).

The only problem I have with this movie is the miscasting of Michael Crawford as Woody Wilkins, the cartoonist who helps out a friend of his at the CIA office in Paris. Englishman Crawford puts on the most exaggerated American accent imagineable, although admittedly he has the brilliant comedic timing necessary to pull off this role.

The CIA in France has a problem. They need a civilian to act as a courier to Istanbul. Of course Woody gets the job, but right from the start it's obvious he is taking his role just a little too seriously. By the time he arrives to meet his KGB contact in Turkey he has fully assumed the role of his cartoon creation - top CIA agent and superhero Condorman.

Barbara Carrera (who two years later would get to play a Bond girl - the very movies this one attempts to lampoon) plays KGB agent Natalia. Later, when she makes the decision to defect, the impressive Condorman comes to mind as the only CIA agent she will trust to handle her defection.

The only problem is the CIA does not have an agent with the codename Condorman.

What follows is an adventure filled race across Europe with enough gadgets to fill several Bond movies.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Jones on January 12, 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of those movies that would have been a massive hit if it had had a star in it. However it is still a great movie with fantastic action set pieces and pretty good jokes. If you want to ask Disney to let you know when it's re-released use the link on the Disney DVD website and then follow instructions to be 'emailed when it is available'. (Can't post the link here on Amazon as it's a no no to include web addresses so do a search for Condorman on the Disney DVD site).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By THE REAL HARRY K. on June 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I am a little ashamed that my first review on Amazon wasn't this movie, instead I reviewed King Kong (new remake) - SHAME ON ME!!! This movie is fantastic! I remember watching it as a very young child and was mezmerized by it! It has a story, a creative concept, and a steller cast. The idea at the time was exciting because it was around the time of The Greatest American Hero and has some of the same kind of humor in it.

RE-RELEASE THIS DISNEY! I'm begging! I want to see if it holds up over time!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Grissinger on November 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
As a spoof of the spy genre, this is great. Michael Crawford plays the lead with endearing charm and innocence, and, knowing his sense of humor, tongue-in-cheek. Somehow it all works to be hilariously funny!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth Kehn (bkmoviequeen@excite.com) on August 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Wow! I love this movie! My younger brother and I used to watch it with our family all the time-it was our favorite. When I finally put two and two together and realized Michael Crawford was Woody-I loved it even more! I totally agree that the truck turned race car is the coolest, and the guy with the silver eye. My friends and I have been looking for this forever! Now we can watch it endlessly in our dorm rooms!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Wilkerson on September 19, 2002
Format: DVD
I love this movie, and have been waiting for it to be released on dvd. Unfortunately, the dvd was not worth the wait. The dvd has no features whatsoever, not even subtitles. The main menu has two options, play movie and chapter selections. The sound and picture are no better than the video; the only benefits the dvd has over the video are that you can fast forward directly to a specific scene, and you have your choice of full screen and wide screen (double sided dvd). What's the point of making a dvd if it is as bad as this one? Very disappointing....
P.S. This is for the 1999 dvd version. I noticed that a new version was released in 2003. Hopefully that version is better.
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When's this coming out?
You really ought to check out the Disney Movie Club, or look for it on eBay.

As this movie is currently available on Disney DVD through their Exclusives in the Disney Movie Club.

It's a widescreen transfer, sadly not an Anamorphic transfer though.
Nov 2, 2009 by Alan |  See all 2 posts
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