Irvin Kershner’s madcap spoof on classic spy films stars Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland as two inept secret agents targeted by the KGB when the CIA kills two Soviet operatives. Little do the Russians know, Griff (Gould) and Bruland (Sutherland) don’t exactly rank high on the CIA’s list of most valued employees. Soon, the hopelessly incompetent duo find themselves pursued not only by the Russkies but by their own agency as well.
Irvin Kershner (April 29, 1923 – November 27, 2010) was an American film director and occasional actor, best known for directing Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2.
Irvin Kershner’s background was a mixture of music and art. The study of music (violin, viola, and composition) was the most important activity of his early years. He attended the Temple University – Tyler School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Later, he went to New York and Provincetown to study with the famous painting teacher Hans Hofmann. He then moved to Los Angeles where he studied photography at the Art Center College of Design.
He began his film career at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, teaching photography and taking cinema courses under Slavko Vorkapić, a montage artist and then dean of the School. Kershner then accepted a job as still photographer on a State Department film project in Iran under the Point Four Program, which… read more