Hideously panned by critics and Hitchcock aficionados, yet at its heart is a desire to return to those far-away adventure movies, the like of which they don't make any more. Of course the original is the best, however if you have not seen Hitchcock's celebrated thriller, you'll find this version an enjoyable romp in its own right. The lead actors are easy to warm to and spark off well with each other - Cybill Shepherd gives it her all as the irrepressible dizzy blonde, and Elliot Gould enjoys his character's "good guy out of his depth" appeal, willing to give it a go against the dastardly Nazis.
While it is not stuffed with thrills-and spills it has it's moments (a moving train thick with intrigue is always a winner with me anyhow), and the producers give this film a real chance by choosing to film it all on location in the wide-open vistas of Europe, dressed with breathtaking scenery and sparkling daylight - if you turn down the colour - yep, watch the move B/W for a few minutes - it's obvious that the photographer (Douglas Slocombe) has lit each scene with a nod to the great lighting techniques of the past, and suddenly the nostalgic feel springs to life as if you're watching a lost B/W movie from yesteryear.
Unlike many of today's "superior" thrillers, you can hear every word of dialogue and your head isn't left spinning with "bad-direction nausea" at the final credits. There's a lot to be said for old-fashioned film-making.