Baxter Thwaites (Michael Caine) is governor of Cascara, a long-forgotten British colony in the Caribbean. His peaceful life is disturbed only by his shrill wife and the Cascaran Liberation Front — a rebel group that no one takes seriously because it only consists of two people, one of whom (Delgado Fitzhugh, played by Billy Connolly) communicates solely through (bad) singing.But when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering pure mineral water, Cascara suddenly has a valuable resource that Downing Street, the White House, French mercenaries, Cuban guerrillas, and an American oil company will do anything to obtain.Not to be confused with the less light-hearted Deepa Mehta film of the same name. Nor the artistic Half-Life 2 mod of the same name.
American TV presenter: "The man they call the Singing Rebel is still at liberty. And in this remote and inhospitable terrain, he could be in one of a thousand places. (The CLF walk out of the bushes behind him, holding their AK47s) Why do you guys have your hands in the air...uhh..."
Deadpan Snarker: Baxter is the champion at this. The DJ and Pepito have their moments, too
Fast Roping: The CLF attack the radio station by sliding down the telephone wire (even though they could have simply walked up to the door). Billy Connolly misjudges his distance and goes crashing through the roof.
Fictional Country : Cascara as the obligatory stereotypical British Caribbean overseas territory.
Freudian Excuse: Reverend Fitzhugh thinks Delgado is a rebel out of revenge for not marrying his mother. Also environmental activist Pamela Weintraub, daughter of the Spenco CEO.
"Baxter, I have been trying to get back at my father, but I think I've a good reason for it. Dad's a prick."
Foreign Queasine: when Sir Malcolm meets Delgado and Garfield in the prison, they're eating a soup which can also be made into rope, if need be.
Fun with Acronyms: T.I.T., the three vital elements of insurgency (Terror, Infiltration, Television).
TV Presenter: "Once again American soldiers have set foot on foreign soil, in a land which — until last week — they had never heard of. Many of them are searching their hearts and asking: Why are we here?"
(Cut to soldier asking his commanding officer: "Sir, why are we here?")
My Card: After nearly throttling Baxter to death, the mercenary commander leaves him his card. "If you are in need of an army, just call."
National Anthem: The Cascarans imitate various swimming styles when singing this, as the islanders were all descended from shipwrecked sailors.
Nice Hat: Baxter complains that his feathered dress helmet makes him feel like he has a live chicken on his head. When he discovers that Britain is abandoning the colony, he chucks the helmet into the sea.
The Power of Rock: Delgado appeals to the United Nations Assembly to grant Cascara's independence by singing to them. Unfortunately he's a Dreadful Musician so they're not impressed, until a cameo appearance by some former Beatles saves the day.