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Leonard Part 6 is a 1987 comedy film starring Bill Cosby — and a film that was so notoriously bad that the star himself told people not to see it. In his defense, Cosby was contractually obligated to promote the movie; said contract didn't specify how he could promote the movie, and so Cosby was abiding by his full legal rights when he appeared on every late night talk show warning people to stay away.

The story is ostensibly the sixth great adventure of top CIA agent Leonard Parker (Cosby), the others remaining classified for now. Leonard has gained a wide variety of eccentric skills over the years, and now that he has been brought out of retirement, to stop a plot by evil vegetarians who plan to train animals to kill people, he will have to use most all of them to save the day... and his relationships with his ex-wife and daughter, while he is at it.

There is no Leonard Part 1 through 5, if you were wondering; the title itself is a spoof of multi-part spy thrillers. And even if there were prequels, Cosby would have probably destroyed them all by now. Or traded them in for a lifetime supply of pudding and JELL-O.


  • Aborted Arc: The May–December Romance between Joan and Giorgio never gets resolved apart from a throwaway line that says she quit acting and joined Greenpeace after the events of the film.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Medusa's reaction to seeing Leonard for the first time and his failed attempt to blast through her door—which results in a shell bouncing off the door and blowing the barrel off his Porsche's turret—is to double over in laughter.
    Cousin Andy: Kill him!
    (Andy suddenly belches and drops an Alka-Seltzer tablet in his glass of water)
    Medusa: Not yet, my beloved Andy. For this one, one wing at a time. Just like a fly.
  • Animal Assassin: The evil vegetarians plan to train animals to kill people.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: A rainbow trout being used as an Animal Assassin swims down a sewer pipe, passes a discarded issue of Playboy, and does a double-take.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The credits are accompanied by crude animations of animal drawings.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Without You", performed by Peabo Bryson (a few years before he became one of the go-to guys for this trope) and Regina Belle. It was actually a radio hit…and was succeeded five years later by them reuniting to do "A Whole New World" together of course.
  • Bad Ass Driver: Freyn is able to keep up with Parker in his 928—and even get ahead of him at one point—in an old school bus.
  • Battle Butler: Freyn also serves as Leonard's trainer, armorer and medical assistant.
  • Body Double: Fairly obvious when Leonard has to dance. The reason for the weird helmet was to ensure no one would notice it wasn't Cosby.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Gender-inverted. Most of Medusa's henchmen consist of tall, muscular vegetarian men in tank tops and tight khaki pants.
  • Catchphrase: Medusa's cousin Andy has exactly six lines of dialog, five of which he keeps repeating (which Medusa wholeheartedly agrees with):
    Cousin Andy: Kill him!
  • Chekhov's Armory: A psychic gives Leonard an arsenal of Deus ex Machina items such as melted butter (to scare killer lobsters.)
  • Cool Car: Leonard's armored, camo-colored, tank-turreted, mini-jet boosted Porsche 928.
  • The Cynic: Madison, who has absolutely nothing positive to contribute to the situation.
    Madison: I knew it, we're all goners.
    Nick Synderburn: Oh shut up Madison!
  • Dance Battler: Leonard's ballet lessons when he was undercover with the Bolshoi ballet helps him when he fights Medusa's minions.
    (when Parker first starts dancing)
    Medusa: Clever, but dumb.
  • Deus ex Machina: The seer gives Leonard a bunch of Deus Ex Machina devices. Their purpose is unknown til the time to use them comes.
  • The Dragon: Man Ray, who orchestrates Medusa's assassinations and kidnaps Mrs. Parker.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Medusa's cousin Andy. She shows him affection and agrees with him every time he says "kill him". His disability insurance gives her enough startup capital to build International Tuna.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Medusa is entertainingly over-the-top.
  • Evil Laugh: Man Ray and Medusa.
  • Evil Vegetarian: Medusa, who leads a whole group of evil vegetarians to kill people with animals.
  • Food Slap: Leonard ends up wearing most of the meal when he dines with his estranged wife - both times.
  • Fruit of the Loon: The film made a point of depicting the vegetarian villain look extra-crazy by having her always eating fruit while she ordered around her mooks and pursuing her wacky plans. Mind you, this is a food-obsessed movie anyway.
    Medusa: Grape me!!
  • Guards Must Be Crazy: It never occurs to Medusa or her guards to search Leonard or his wife when they're captured.
  • I Have Your Wife: Literally the case when Medusa has Man Ray kidnap Mrs. Parker in exchange for the Sphere.
  • I Lied: Said verbatim when Leonard reminds Medusa that if he brought her the Sphere that she'd give him his wife back.
    Medusa: I lied. The couple that spies together ... (cue two guys with guns to Leonard's throat) dies together.
    Leonard: My wife is no spy!
    Medusa: I needed a rhyme—be quiet!
  • Indestructibility Montage: One sequence has Leonard trying and miserably failing to blow down a door with a series of gadgets and weapons on his elaborate battle suit.
    Leonard: Thick door.
  • I Warned You: Just as Leonard is about to escape, one of Medusa's guards accosts him and grabs one of his weapons.
    Leonard: Anything but the boomerang knife!
    (the guard throws the knife, which does Exactly What It Says on the Tin and stabs the guard in the chest, killing him)
    Leonard: Now whatever you do, son, don't fall on that.
  • Kitchen Chase: Monroe is shooting at Leonard with a revolver, switches to an uzi, then switches to another revolver, and his shooting "accidentally" opens a bag of coffee beans into a coffee grinder, breaks a couple eggs for frying, and punctures a carton of oil which some eager chefs help themselves to for cooking.
  • Magical Romani: Leonard visits purported Albanian mystic "Nurse" Carvalho before he goes on a dangerous mission due to how he feels a strange, inexplicable spiritual connection with her rituals and ministrations despite not speaking Albanian in the slightest. That she sometimes gives him random knickknacks that help him succeed doesn't hurt either.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Both the bad guys and the good guys.
    • Medusa and Cousin Andy are quick to kill anyone who poses a threat to her plans. Their plan is basically genocide as summed up by Andy's only other line of dialog:
    Cousin Andy: Death to all mankind.
    • Nick Synderburn apparently is in the habit—on US soil, which is illegal—of sending agents like Monroe to their deaths or having them "get lucky and kill" other agents who retired and refuse to come back. In public and in front of witnesses. He would very much prefer to kill Medusa, but the only reason he doesn't is because he thinks that what she has developed could be useful to him.
  • Notice This: It's hard not to notice when an item of the Chekhov's Armory ends up being used because most (if not all) of them are surrounded by a glitter effect when Leonard pulls them out.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Invoked In-Universe during the intro by Leonard's butler, who said Parts 1 through 5 were so awesome they had to be classified. Take their word for it.
  • Overt Operative: Leonard is supposed to be a secret agent, right? Highlighted by him tooling around in a car with a tank turret on it.
  • Product Placement: One scene contains a refrigerator full of Coca-Cola cans (Columbia Pictures' owner at the time), whose labels are all conveniently facing the camera. Elsewhere, a table with a huge stack of Lava Soap bars upon it appears backstage at a theater, and Alka-Seltzer proves vital to the climax. Most egregious of all is the scene where Leonard holds a bottle of Coca-Cola up to his face in such a way that label is not only visible in every shot, but is in the direct center of the frame as well. Roger Ebert went into a rant about this specific moment, and the shamelessness of the product placement as a whole, while reviewing the film on Siskel & Ebert; see Berserk Button on the series' page for the full quote.
  • Retroactive Legacy: Supposedly the sixth in a series featuring the eponymous character.
  • Road Trip Across the Street: The "agonizing ride" for Leonard to see his estranged wife.
  • Running Gag:
    • After Monroe fails to kill Leonard and ends up dead instead, he literally drags his body by the tie to Synderburn's conference room and drops him on the floor. After which, everybody stumbles over him, including Synderburn.
    Nick Snyderburn: (annoyed) Monroe!
    • Backstage after the play, Leonard, a passerby, Georgio and Man Ray all bump their heads into the same low-hanging fire sprinkler cage.
  • Self-Surgery: Played for laughs as Bill Cosby's character removes a bullet from his own shoulder.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Leonard Parker is almost always dressed in a well-tailored suit and tie. Being his butler, Freyn is also suitably well-attired. Man Ray and Cousin Andy are also dressed in spiffy suits.
  • Sharp Dressed Woman: Medusa definitely has great taste in clothing. Mrs. Alison Parker and their daughter Joannote  are well-dressed too.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Both Leonard and a member of Snyderburn's inner circle suggest blowing Medusa up. But he rejects that solution since he wants what Medusa has made.
  • Stock Quotes: Part of Leonard's pre-mission preparations has Freyn reciting a hodgepodge of famous (and occasionally motivational) excerpts from famous books, speeches, and recent Hollywood blockbusters as they make their way to his transport.
  • Take That!: The character of Leonard's daughter is widely seen as an attack on Lisa Bonet and her role in Angel Heart, especially the theater scene in which she removes her clothes for no real reason.
  • Too Dumb to Live: CIA Agent Charles Polk, who parks on a pier in a frog green unmarked car with government plates and a high-gain microphone on the roof in plain view of International Tuna who easily spot him. He doesn't bother keep an eye on his surroundings either. Then, when he starts hearing a sudden influx of "gribbit" sounds, he just writes "gribbit" in his note pad multiple times instead of checking things out. When his car is "jumped" by said frogs into the water, he doesn't even try to escape even though he's still conscious and uninjured as the car sinks into the bay.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers describe Leonard as an ordinary, if rich, restaurant owner who is suddenly drafted by the President to save the world.
  • Un-Installment: We never did see Parts 1 through 5... because they were locked up "in the interests of world security".
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: Leonard has weapons on his battle suit mounted on the weirdest of places, perhaps the most ridiculous being his underarm rockets.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The chefs from Leonard's restaurant don't think much of a hitman attempting to murder their boss....
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out!: Leonard, having been shot, removes the bullets himself, his trusty manservant only standing by with surgical tools and a mirror. Given the large jar full of bullets that the extracted slug ends up in, this is not the first time he's had to do this by a long shot.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Medusa and her minions are such hardcore vegetarians that waving sausages and hamburger patties at them acts like a vampire seeing a cross. Then again, the one goon—Man Ray—that is brave enough to take a bite out of Leonard's hotdog, has the ultimate violent reaction — his head explodes.
    I Hate Everything: Vegetarians are Pokémon, and their weakness are Meat-type attacks, apparently.
  • Weaponized Animal: Among the animals trained by the evil vegetarians to kill people is an ostrich with missile launchers mounted on it.
  • Weaponized Car: Leonard's armored Porsche 928 has a cannon turret on its roof.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted as Medusa (at Cousin Andy's prompting) moves quickly to eliminate any threat to her plans. Played straight with Parker during their first encounter, whom she dismisses as a complete fool in ballet slippers that she wants to torment first For the Evulz. Medusa quickly changes her tune when she realizes how much of a threat Parker proves to be and shoots him herself, but fails to kill him. Later played straight again when she chains him to a wall with his wife and leave them to be eaten by lobsters instead of just having her armed guards shoot him on the spot.
  • Your Head Asplode: This happens to one of Medusa's mooks in the climax, as the unexpected-by-anyone result of Leonard forcing him to taste meat.