Get Smart, Again!

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Get Smart, Again!
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GenreSomedy
Science Fiction
Written byLeonard Stern
Mel Brooks
Buck Henry
Directed byGary Nelson
StarringDon Adams
Barbara Feldon
Music byPeter Rodgers Melnick
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Daniel Melnick
Leonard B. Stern
Producer(s)Burt Nodella
Production location(s)Los Angeles
CinematographyGayne Rescher
Editor(s)Donald R. Rode
Running time96 minutes
Production company(s)IndieProd Company Productions
Phoenix Entertainment Group
DistributorABC
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Nude Bomb
Followed byGet Smart (1995 TV series)

Get Smart, Again! is a 1989 American made-for-television comedy film based on the 1965–1970 NBC/CBS sitcom Get Smart! starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon reprising their characters of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99.[1] It originally aired February 26, 1989 on ABC (the network that rejected the original pilot for Get Smart!).

Synopsis[edit]

Maxwell Smart, acting as a protocol officer since CONTROL was disbanded in the early 1970s, is reactivated as a counterintelligence agent by Commander Drury, of the United States Intelligence Agency. KAOS, long considered defunct, has been revitalized by a corporate takeover. Its first scheme involves turning a forgotten American scientist and using his weather control machine to extort US$250 billion from the United States Government. (This plot is similar to the one used in the 1998 Avengers movie, another film based on a 1960s TV spy series.)

Drury, convinced that only Smart has the expertise to combat KAOS, gives him carte blanche to reactivate former CONTROL agents to assist him in his task. Along with Drury's bumbling aide, Beamish. Smart recruits Larrabee, who, believing that he was under orders from Richard Nixon to stay at his post until relieved, has been living in his office in the now-abandoned CONTROL headquarters tending his office plants), Agent 13, Hymie the Robot (now employed as a crash test dummy) and ultimately, his wife, 99, to find the security leak that allowed the scientist to defect, locate the weather machine and disarm it. They are opposed by a KAOS mole (John de Lancie) within the USIA, who is able to predict Max's every move with the aid of stolen copies of 99's unpublished memoirs.

The visible head of the KAOS scheme is revealed to be Max's old nemesis, Siegfried, but he is merely the agent of a higher executive whom even he has never met. This new leader is finally revealed as Nicholas Demente, 99's publisher, who intends not only to extort the money but also to create weather that will keep people eternally indoors and interfere with television reception, forcing millions of Americans to entertain themselves by buying Demente's books and publications. Max, 99, and Beamish infiltrate KAOS with the aide of Siegfried's twin brother Doctor Helmut Schmelding. After defeating Demente's henchmen with medieval weaponry, the CONTROL agents kill Demente with his own weather machine. Max and 99 celebrate by causing it to snow.

1995 revival[edit]

The relative success of the film prompted the development of a short-lived (only seven episodes) 1995 weekly series on Fox, also titled Get Smart, with Don Adams and Barbara Feldon reprising their characters as their bumbling son, Zach (Andy Dick), becomes CONTROL's star agent. (Zach's unnamed twin sister is not seen in the new show.)

The show also starred Elaine Hendrix as Zach's sexy partner, Agent 66, and Heather Morgan as Max's secretary, Trudy, who is convinced she works for a talent agent.

Home media[edit]

The film has been released twice on DVD. In the VHS release of the movie, the laugh track is absent.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Get Smart, Again!". The New York Times.

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