History Film / IfLooksCouldKill

16th Aug '16 3:03:40 PM Kooshmeister
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* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[spoiler:KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).

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* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[spoiler:KarmicDeath who [[spoiler:who ends up being [[KarmicDeath crushed to death death]] by said gold]]]) gold]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).
16th Aug '16 3:02:19 PM Kooshmeister
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* BadassGrandma: Ilsa Hunt may be old, but she is a ''lethal'' fighter and assassin, not to mention a clever MasterOfDisguise who can improvise very quickly.

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* BadassGrandma: Ilsa Hunt Grunt may be old, but she is a ''lethal'' fighter and assassin, not to mention a clever MasterOfDisguise who can improvise very quickly.



* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[[spoiler:KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).

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* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[[spoiler:KarmicDeath [[spoiler:KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).
11th Aug '16 4:31:07 AM Morgenthaler
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Mostly forgotten 1991 film in which (barely) high school graduate Michael Corben of Detroit goes on a class trip to {{France}} and winds up being mistaken for an American CIA agent of the same name who is killed at the airport. Upon arrival he is immediately shanghaied into service by British Intelligence and tasked with stopping DiabolicalMastermind Augustus Steranko from conquering all of Europe.

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Mostly forgotten 1991 film in which (barely) high school graduate Michael Corben of Detroit goes on a class trip to {{France}} UsefulNotes/{{France}} and winds up being mistaken for an American CIA agent of the same name who is killed at the airport. Upon arrival he is immediately shanghaied into service by British Intelligence and tasked with stopping DiabolicalMastermind Augustus Steranko from conquering all of Europe.
25th Apr '16 12:32:02 AM marcoasalazarm
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* BoardToDeath: Steranko's EvilPlan was to pull one of these ''on the leaders of every country on Europe''.

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* BoardToDeath: Steranko's EstablishingCharacterMoment is killing the Franch Prime Minister during one of this, in retaliation for the PM refusing to hand over his country's gold. Steranko's EvilPlan was to pull one of these ''on the leaders of every country on Europe''.



* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[[spoiler:[KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).

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* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[[spoiler:[KarmicDeath [[[spoiler:KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]]) gold]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).


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* LovesOnlyGold: Steranko, to the point that [[spoiler:Ilsa doesn't even has a chance when Steranko is forced to decide between her and the gold in order to make his helicopter lighter in order to escape, and when Corben shoots the chopper's underside and the gold starts to fall off, he tries to stop this even if it means falling off the chopper himself (or keeping his hands on the controls).]]


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* OneSteveLimit: AvertedTrope, and it is this aversion [[MistakenIdentity that starts]] [[MistakenForBadass the whole plot]].
25th Apr '16 12:22:12 AM marcoasalazarm
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* BadassTeacher: Mrs. Grober, in the final act.



%%* BoardToDeath

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%%* BoardToDeath* BillionsOfButtons: On [[WeaponizedCar the Espirit]]. The gag is that none of them are labeled (apparently Intelligence followed a standardized design for them that the "real" Michael Corben would have known) and because of this Michael ends up accidentally triggering the car's weapons (saving him from Ziegsfeld) during the car ChaseScene (while looking for the one for the power windows).
* BoardToDeath: Steranko's EvilPlan was to pull one of these ''on the leaders of every country on Europe''.



%%* ChaseScene
%%* ChekhovsArmory

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%%* ChaseScene
%%* ChekhovsArmory
* ChaseScene: Various through the movie, but the interesting twist of the ''car'' chase is that Michael doesn't even knows it's happening -- Mariska tries to warn him and Ziegsfeld tries to blow him up with the concealed weapons of his car, but Michael fights Ziegsfeld off with the concealed weapons of ''his'' car, which he doesn't actually knows he's activating while he tries to find the switch for the power windows amongst the BillionsOfButtons.
* ChekhovsArmory: As is standard [[SpyFiction of this type of movie]], every device presented to Michael during his briefing ends up being used.



%%* DiabolicalMastermind: Augustus Steranko.
%%* DiesWideOpen

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%%* * DiabolicalMastermind: Augustus Steranko.
%%* DiesWideOpen
Steranko. The EvilPlan was all ''his'' idea.
* DiesWideOpen: Happens to British superspy Blade at the beginning.



%%* TheDragon: Ilsa.

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%%* * TheDragon: Ilsa.Ilsa. Interestingly, she ''loved'' killing people for Steranko and tries to use that to keep Steranko from killing her.



%%* HellishCopter

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%%* HellishCopter* HellishCopter: Corben machine guns the bottom right out from under it during the ShortLivedAerialEscape, sending all of its gold cargo (and Steranko, [[[spoiler:[KarmicDeath who ends up being crushed to death by said gold]]]]) dropping to the roof before falling down itself (and then the propeller rips itself off and chases after Michael and Mariska).



%%* LoadBearingBoss

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%%* LoadBearingBoss* LoadBearingBoss: Ziegsfeld ends up falling on the vat full of molten gold during the FinalBattle, and somehow this (and some amount of super-cooling) brings the melting mechanism so haywire than it blows up the whole mansion.



%%* MistakenForBadass

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%%* MistakenForBadass* MistakenForBadass: The whole plot, in a nutshell. Not only does Michael Corben is mistaken for American superspy [[NamesTheSame Michael Corben]], but Mrs. Grober is somehow assumed to be a top-notch agent code-named "The French Teacher" (''[[WhatAnIdiot by all sides]], [[CriticalResearchFailure including the CIA]]'').



%%* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent

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%%* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: What Michael ''really'' is. By the time the movie ends, he graduates with honors from the ActionSurvivor academy.



%%* PunchPunchPunchUhOh

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%%* PunchPunchPunchUhOh* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Let's just say that [[DavidVersusGoliath Michael wouldn't win in a straight-up fight against Ziegsfeld]], and Michael discovers this the ''hard'' way.



* SpyFiction: Of the Martini variety, often veering into AffectionateParody at times.
%%* TeenSuperspy

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* SpyFiction: Of the Martini variety, variety (with some bathroom Gin), often veering into AffectionateParody at times.
%%* TeenSuperspy* TeenSuperspy: What everybody [[MistakenForBadass assumes Michael to be]]. The British lampshade this Trope via assuming that he's probably OlderThanTheyLook.



%%* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans

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%%* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Steranko believes that, with him in charge, Europe will become an even greater superpower than it is now. All it needs be done is kill everybody that gets in the way...



%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity

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%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Steranko is one of the richest men in Europe and a high-class philanthropist, when in reality he wants to take over Europe.
10th Feb '16 6:30:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* BadassGrandma: Ilsa Hunt may be old, but she is a ''lethal'' fighter and assassin, not to mention a clever MasterOfDisguise who can improvise very quickly.
24th Nov '15 11:53:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* AirVentPassageway

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* BoardToDeath

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* ChaseScene
* ChekhovsArmory

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* DiabolicalMastermind: Augustus Steranko.
* DiesWideOpen

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* %%* DiabolicalMastermind: Augustus Steranko.
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* TheDragon: Ilsa.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch

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* HellishCopter

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* LoadBearingBoss

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* MistakenForBadass
* TheMole: Kelly.

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* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine

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* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh

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* ScaryBlackMan: Agent Kramer.

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* TeenSuperspy

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity

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27th Aug '15 3:40:09 PM mlsmithca
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* AxCrazy: The word "subtle" isn't in Zigesfeld's vocabulary - in fact, [[TheSilentBob very little is in his vocabulary]]. For example, sent to kill Michael ([[spoiler:and Areola]]) at his hotel, [[spoiler:he just walks in and blows the place up with a rocket launcher]].

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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The word "subtle" isn't in Zigesfeld's vocabulary - in fact, [[TheSilentBob very little is in his vocabulary]]. For example, sent to kill Michael ([[spoiler:and Areola]]) at his hotel, [[spoiler:he just walks in and blows the place up with a rocket launcher]].



* BigDamnHeroes / TheCavalry: Subverted; Richardson and the British army show up ''after'' the villains have all been dealt with and the mansion destroyed.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: That sure is one advanced robotic hand Steranko got made for Zigesfeld. Such a device would revolutionize the prosthetic industry and make Steranko a zillion times richer than he already is, but he would rather steal gold from common market nations as part of a harebrained scheme to unite Europe under his rule.
* DeathByCameo: Singer Roger Daltrey appears as superspy Blade long enough to get his butt handed to him by [[Film/KindergartenCop Linda Hunt]] as Ilsa, who kills him using a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome necklace that unfurls into a whip]].



* TheCavalry: Subverted; Richardson and the British army show up ''after'' the villains have all been dealt with and the mansion destroyed.



* ChekhovsGun / BrickJoke: HotScientist Vendetta Galante presents Michael with a tuxedo fitted with "standard hands-up protection." Later, upon being cornered by two of Steranko's {{Mooks}} while in the tux, Michael is told, "Put up your hands." He complies. HilarityEnsues as knockout gas sprays from the armpits of the tux.

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* ChekhovsGun / BrickJoke: ChekhovsGun: HotScientist Vendetta Galante presents Michael with a tuxedo fitted with "standard hands-up protection." Later, upon being cornered by two of Steranko's {{Mooks}} while in the tux, Michael is told, "Put up your hands." He complies. HilarityEnsues as knockout gas sprays from the armpits of the tux.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: That sure is one advanced robotic hand Steranko got made for Zigesfeld. Such a device would revolutionize the prosthetic industry and make Steranko a zillion times richer than he already is, but he would rather steal gold from common market nations as part of a harebrained scheme to unite Europe under his rule.
* DeathByCameo: Singer Roger Daltrey appears as superspy Blade long enough to get his butt handed to him by [[Film/KindergartenCop Linda Hunt]] as Ilsa, who kills him using a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome necklace that unfurls into a whip]].



* FictionalCountry: Orenbourg, which seems to be a slight {{Expy}} of any number of Germanic countries.
** Though there is a real Orenbourg, it's a Russian city.
* FrenchJerk: The doorman at the casino.
** Averted with most of the other French characters however. Generally except for the casino doorman most of the French people encountered in the film are quite nice.
* [[RedRightHand Gold Right Hand]]

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* FictionalCountry: Orenbourg, which seems to be a slight {{Expy}} of any number of Germanic countries.
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countries. Though there is a real Orenbourg, it's a Russian city.
* FrenchJerk: The doorman at the casino.
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casino. Averted with most of the other French characters however. Generally except for the casino doorman most of the French people encountered in the film are quite nice.
* [[RedRightHand Gold Right Hand]]
nice.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Steranko, who ends up dying by [[spoiler: being buried alive by the tons of gold coins he just ''had'' to overload his helicopter with]].
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Stung by Her Own Scorpion]]: [[spoiler:Areola ends up getting stung by her own pet scorpion she tried to kill Michael with.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Steranko, who ends up dying by [[spoiler: being buried alive by the tons of gold coins he just ''had'' to overload his helicopter with]].
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Stung by Her Own Scorpion]]: [[spoiler:Areola Areola ends up getting [[spoiler:getting stung by her own pet scorpion scorpion, with which she tried to kill Michael with.Michael.]]



* RefusalOfTheCall: Initially, Michael is your typical teenager in such a situation - scared and confused and hesitant to cooperate with the agents. He flatly refuses to do what they say...
** JumpedAtTheCall: ...until he sees the CoolCar, that is. Then he's all too happy to go on the mission.

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* RefusalOfTheCall: RefusalOfTheCall:
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Initially, Michael is your typical teenager in such a situation - scared and confused and hesitant to cooperate with the agents. He flatly refuses to do what they say...
** JumpedAtTheCall: ...
say... [[JumpedAtTheCall until he sees the the]] CoolCar, that is. Then he's all too happy to go on the mission.



* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: During the BoardToDeath scene at the beginning, Steranko and French finance minister Lafevre have this exchange, leading to the latter's demise:
-->'''Lafevre''': France's gold must remain in France.\\

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* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: ThrownFromTheZeppelin:
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During the BoardToDeath scene at the beginning, Steranko and French finance minister Lafevre have this exchange, leading to the latter's demise:
-->'''Lafevre''': --->'''Lafevre''': France's gold must remain in France.\\



* TooDumbToLive: Michael's classmates. They continually ignore their constantly changing bus drivers and ultimately wind up caged over a giant vat of molten gold.

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Michael's classmates. They continually ignore their constantly changing bus drivers and ultimately wind up caged over a giant vat of molten gold.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kelly disappears from the movie after being thrown off of the bus by Zigesfeld.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kelly disappears from the movie after being thrown off of the bus by Zigesfeld.
26th Aug '15 9:35:02 PM Cindylover1969
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Canada stands in for France and Orenbourg.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Canada stands The movie takes place in for the USA, France and Orenbourg.Orenbourg, and was completely filmed in Canada (Québec, to be precise).



** Though there is a real Orenbourg, it's a Russian city.



* GratuitousFrench: Unsurprising, considering it's set in France and is about a French class. Mrs. Grober in particular loves speaking French whenever she can find an excuse.

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* GratuitousFrench: Unsurprising, considering it's mostly set in France and is about a French class. Mrs. Grober in particular loves speaking French whenever she can find an excuse.



-->'''Michael: '''I'm not afraid to die. I'm not afraid to die. Who am I kidding?

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-->'''Michael: '''I'm -->'''Michael''': I'm not afraid to die. I'm not afraid to die. Who am I kidding?



-->'''Cell Guard: '''Very touching.

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-->'''Cell Guard: '''Very Guard''': Very touching.
7th Aug '15 7:05:40 PM mkmckoy
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->'''Mariska''': ''They're gonna kill your friends. They're gonna kill me. And they're gonna kill you.''
->'''Michael''': ''Talk about peer pressure.''
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