Spitfire

A female gymnast becomes involved in a not-so-intriguing web of international goings-on in this lackluster video release. Champion gymnast Charlie Case (Kristie Phillips) is en route to the World Finals in Greece when she acquires the launch codes for some Ukrainian nuclear missiles. In fact, the codes were passed to her by British superspy Richard Charles...read more

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A female gymnast becomes involved in a not-so-intriguing web of international goings-on in this lackluster video release.

Champion gymnast Charlie Case (Kristie Phillips) is en route to the World Finals in Greece when she acquires the launch codes for some Ukrainian nuclear missiles. In fact, the codes were passed to her by British superspy Richard Charles (Lance Henriksen) before he was taken prisoner by villainess

Carla Davis (Sarah Douglas). Unbeknownst to Charlie, Richard is her father. With down-on-his-luck reporter Rex Beachum (Tim Thomerson) in tow, Charlie travels to Hong Kong. Aided by some half-brothers, and her expert karate skills, Charlie is able to elude the evil Carla and her buffoonish thugs.

Eventually however, Carla captures Charlie and offers her father's life in exchange for the codes. Can Charlie subdue Carla, save the free world, and still make it to her championship match in Athens that afternoon? You bet. Richard and Rex then thwart a plan by the nasty Romanian gymnasts to drug

Charlie. She triumphs and is declared "the greatest gymnast of all time!"

Secret agent romps can be energetic star vehicles, but SPITFIRE has little drama, the tongue-in-cheek humor falls flat, and the action is limp (even though every blow resounds with a "Thwack!"). And who's this Kristie Phillips, anyway? And to what audience is this gymnastics-meets-James-Bond story

supposed to appeal? It doesn't contain enough exposed flesh and gratuitous violence to draw such films' traditional (male) viewers, but there's enough "adult content" to make it questionable entertainment for children, to whose juvenile mentality it otherwise seems perfectly suited. (Violence,profanity, adult situations, nudity.)

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