This is a Peck, may he rest in peace, that you haven't seen before. His flippant, tossed-off lines suit the situations the writers have put his character in to a tee. He plays a professor reluctantly helping a slimy character, who KIDNAPS him to acquire his services, to decipher a piece of paper with a hieroglyphic inscription on it that a lot of people seem to be after. That hieroglyphic ISN'T exactly what concerns them, though!
Loren and the general intrigue, drag the poor man through being drugged out of his mind on a well-used freeway riding a bicycle, being abducted by yet more shady types, (a short-haired hipster and his gang), and evading armed arabs in a helicopter on horseback. Peck's character, however, dilutes any sympathy he'd get for all this by holding a knife to the exquisite Ms. Loren's throat early in the film! What's even weirder is that Loren SMILES at him after he does it since they were both trying to escape the mansion Loren was being held in. The whole thing was HER idea!
All the while, Peck throws out bon mots like there's no tomorrow, making you wonder why he didn't make more comedies, (Peter O'Toole, George Hamilton and Candice Bergen would make you think the same thing in breakout comedies THEY'VE made!Read more ›
OTHER THAN THAT, if you can take this movie lightheartedly, non-judgementally and tongue-in-cheek (although we can't expect Arabs to!) than it is great entertainment with tonz of wit, TONZ of DRAMA!!!, decedant fashion scenes (of Sophia Loren trying on shoes!), and the chemistry between the two is pure romance. Although you wonder how they can ever top what they've been through - adventure-wise!
All in all, WORTH the money. Decadent close-ups of Sophia's make-up and a nice amount of outfit changes. An inspiration to women with inner glamour.