History Film / IfLooksCouldKill

19th Feb '17 3:13:12 PM Kooshmeister
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie takes place in the USA, France and Orenbourg, and was completely filmed in Canada (Québec, to be precise).


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* ScaryScorpions: Areola tries to kill Michael with one at the hotel.
21st Nov '16 4:37:44 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* WhipItGood: Ilsa Grunt's WeaponOfChoice. When not in use, she wears it like an unassuming necklace.
26th Sep '16 5:54:45 PM Kooshmeister
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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''.

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* BoardToDeath: Steranko's EstablishingCharacterMoment is killing the Franch Prime Minister French finance minister during one of this, in retaliation for the PM finance minister 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''.
26th Sep '16 5:54:00 PM Kooshmeister
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%%* AirVentPassageway

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%%* AirVentPassageway* AirVentPassageway: How Michael and Mariska get from the dungeon to the gold foundry.



%%* TheMole: Kelly.

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%%* * TheMole: Kelly.Kelly, one of the British Intelligence agents, is working for Steranko.



%%* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine

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%%* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Steranko insists on eating dinner with Michael after he's been captured.



%%* ScaryBlackMan: Agent Kramer.

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%%* * ScaryBlackMan: Agent Kramer.Kramer is presented in this manner.


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* SuperWindowJump: Done rather impressively by Blade at the beginning after fighting his way through Steranko's {{Mooks}}.
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.
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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.
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