Arkin can't compete with Peter Sellers' great portrayal of the bumbling detective, who is asked by Scotland Yard to investigate a robbery.
Alan Arkin plays a Puerto Rican immigrant who hatches a series of zany schemes to ensure his children's future in Popi (1969).
P.J. -- A patient witnesses a horrific accident, bringing his psychiatrist to question his own life and faith.
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Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are brilliantly funny in this zany comedy about a dentist and a "CIA Agent," and their riotous misadventures on the eve of their children's wedding.
Emmy Award-winner Peter Falk (COLUMBO, THE PRINCESS BRIDE) and Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS) are brilliantly funny in this zany comedy about a dentist and a "CIA Agent," and their riotous misadventures on the eve of their children's wedding. Written by Andrew Bergman (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, BLAZING SADDLES), and co-starring Academy Award-nominee David Paymer (ALEX & EMMA, STATE & MAIN), Ed Begley, Jr. (THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST) and Nancy Dussault (TV's "Too Close for Comfort"). A runaway box office hit, this film was directed by Academy Award-honoree Andrew Hiller (CARPOOL, SILVER STREAK).
Striving for a better life for his two sons, a Puerto Rican immigrant named Popi (Alan Arkin) goes about his mission in a singularly eccentric fashion in this comedy from director Arthur Hiller. So intent is Harlem resident Abraham "Popi" Rodriguez (Arkin) upon providing his boys with the American dream, that he puts off marrying his beautiful girlfriend Lupe (Rita Moreno) in order to carry out the mother of all harebrained schemes. After instructing his boys how to row with lessons in Central Park, Popi takes them to Florida and sets them adrift on the ocean, knowing that two cute "refugees from Cuba" seeking asylum in the U.S. will become celebrity cases and probably be adopted by rich WASP's. Popi's plan works like a charm, with his sons even earning an audience with the president, but a visit to the hospital where they're recovering from their ordeal at sea sinks his big plans.
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