When an ambitious deputy director frames the head of the CIA in a drug smuggling operation gone wrong, the director leaks info that a star witness will be coming into town, and sends his right hand man to the airport to make contact. The so called witness is [[RedHerring a dupe]] picked at random based on a signal made up on the fly.

That man is Richard Drew, concert violinist and title character. When the deputy director takes the bait, coming to more and more paranoid conclusions based on completely innocent aspects of his life, Drew is dragged into the deadly spy battle, complete with FemmeFatale, wiretaps, tailing agents and multiple assassinations.

Also, [[PlayedForLaughs it's a comedy]] starring Creator/TomHanks.

Released in [[TheEighties 1985]], this movie is an American remake of the 1972 French movie ''Film/TheTallBlondManWithOneBlackShoe'', where comedian Pierre Richard played the role later given to Hanks. It plays with many of the spy thriller tropes, and also features a rare credited appearance by Creator/CarrieFisher.

!!Examples of:

* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Deputy sees no problem with committing murder and causing international incidents to secure a promotion. Meanwhile, the Director has no issues with throwing an innocent man under a bus to save his own skin. [[spoiler: The victor in the end is the Director's underling Brown, who is significantly more morally White than either of them, and ends up director of the CIA in the previous Director's place]]
* [[MistakenForSpies Mistaken for CIA Deep Cover Agent]]: Drew's gig as a traveling musician has taken him around the world, including several Communist nations, which leads the Deputy to conclude music is just his cover job.
* CassandraTruth: "There are [[spoiler: three]] dead men in your apartment"
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Downplayed -there's not a single Russian agent anywhere in the film.
* DeepCoverAgent: What Drew is mistaken for.
* FanService: Carrie Fisher turns in the gold metal bikini for leopard print underwear.
* FeedTheMole: The Director's house is wired for sound. Which is why he has all important conversations out on his lawn with the sprinklers running, and stands directly in front of the bugs when he want to be sure they hear what he wants them to hear.
* FemmeFatale: Used by the Deputy to get close to Drew. [[spoiler: Played arrow straight.]]
* ForeignRemake: Of the French film ''Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire'' (''The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe"). [[spoiler: Biggest difference between the original and the remake: in the original the hero never realizes what's going on!]]
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: The final chase scene ends with the Deputy bursting into the room after Drew, gun drawn. The room contains the Senate sub-committee, which he sweeps with his muzzle, and the FemmeFatale, who was in on the original frame-up and willing to testify in order to save the hero.]]
* HollywoodSilencer: Used by the competing teams of agents when they meet each other in Drew's apartment.
* InstantSedation: It takes multiple shots in the backside to put Drew out after a wiretapping team nearly gets caught in his apartment, with Drew becoming slightly delusional before finally dropping. [[WrongGenreSavvy The agents interpret this as a sign of nigh-inhuman endurance, further reinforcing their belief that he is a highly trained agent.]]
* NoodleIncident: While some sound is heard, the exact mechanics of playing "Tarzan" are not laid out or shown on camera.
* PersonWithTheClothing
* PracticalJoke: Drew's friend stole one shoe out of each of his pairs before his flight to DC, resulting in his mismatched footwear.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Used [[spoiler: toward the FemmeFatale, who is willing to betray her employer. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted, in that she turns states evidence in exchange for clemency at the end, getting out of the game in the process.]]]]
* SpyVersusSpy: The internal politics of the CIA drive the entire plot.
* TakeALevelInBadass: By the end, Drew has gone from a mild mannered musician to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome charging an oncoming car with his bike, using a wooden plank as a lance.]]
* TitleDrop: When the Director's right hand man picks him out of the crowd at the airport.
* TheFool: Drew doesn't even know what is going on until the final quarter of the movie, and it is only through dumb luck that he avoids getting shot, coming across a multiple murder in his own apartment, or [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} getting all his teeth pulled]]]] in a vain search for microfilm.
* ThoseTwoGuys[=/=]ThoseTwoBadGuys: Both the Director and Deputy employ a pair of agents for stakeouts and wetwork.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Creator/JamesBelushi is married to Creator/CarrieFisher [[spoiler: who is cheating on him with the main character.]]