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(1984)

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According to "Time Out", "Buck Henry's screenplay borrows freely from both Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Born Yesterday (1950)".
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Amanda Bearse, who made her debut in this film in a non-credited bit role, would one year later appear in a film with Chris Sarandon once again. But this time in a co-starring role with him, the comedy horror movie Fright Night (1985).
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The film, a political comedy set in Washington D.C., was first released in 1984, also a U.S. Presidential Election year, that between Democrat and former Vice President Walter Mondale and incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan. The picture premiered stateside on 21st December 1984 which was about six weeks after the U.S. Federal Election had been held on 6th November 1984.
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One of a number of movies made during the 1980s that looked at Middle Eastern politics and/or the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The films included Protocol (1984), The Soldier (1982), Wrong Is Right (1982), The Delta Force (1986), Best Defense (1984), Witness in the War Zone (1987), Screen Two: The Impossible Spy (1987), The Glory Boys (1984), Hanna K. (1983) and The Little Drummer Girl (1984).
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The film's closing credits dedication reads: "For You, Dad. Love, Kink".
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One of two 1984 movies that Goldie Hawn starred in and were first released during 1984. The other was Swing Shift (1984).
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First of two movies that Goldie Hawn made with Herbert Ross directing. The second was My Blue Heaven (1990) where Hawn did not appear but was an executive producer. Hawn both starred and exec produced in Protocol (1984).
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The picture is considered a "politics" version of Goldie Hawn's earlier Private Benjamin (1980). The story writers on Protocol (1984) actually wrote Private Benjamin (1980).
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The movie was inspired by the old Hollywood screwball comedies such as those directed by Frank Capra, particularly Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). The film was made and released about forty-five years after that Capra comedy classic. The movie has often been labeled with unofficial titles like "Goldie Goes to Washington".
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Penultimate cinema movie written by Buck Henry. Henry's last [to date, January 2013] was Town & Country (2001).
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The movie, whose central character is a woman called Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn, who is a cocktail waitress in an ordinary job, was first released in the same 1984 year that Geraldine A. Ferraro became the first woman in a major American U.S. political party to be a national election nominee candidate, which was in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election race, Ferraro running as the Democrat Vice Presidential running mate to Democrat Presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate for a major American political party preceding Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the 2008 U.S. election.
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The age of Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) was 35 years, though she'd claimed to be 32 then 33 earlier in the film.
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Goldie Hawn's character finally admits to be 35. The star was actually 39 when this film was made.
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The film was made and released in 1984 approximately during the middle of the Republican presidency of American President Ronald Reagan (1980-1988).
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One of a number of movies made during the 1980s that looked at Middle Eastern politics and/or the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The films included Protocol (1984), The Soldier (1982), Wrong Is Right (1982), The Delta Force (1986), Witness in the War Zone (1987), Screen Two: The Impossible Spy (1987), The Glory Boys (1984), Hanna K. (1983) and The Little Drummer Girl (1984).
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First comedy movie directed by director Herbert Ross that had not been written by Neil Simon, either from a source stage play and/or written by him as a screenplay, since Funny Lady (1975). director Herbert Ross's last five comedy movies had all been from the pen of Neil Simon, they being: Max Dugan Returns (1983), I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982), California Suite (1978), The Goodbye Girl (1977), and The Sunshine Boys (1975).
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Prior to this American politics political comedy actress Goldie Hawn had previously starred in the cold war politics romantic comedy drama 'The Girl from Petrovka' (1974) which had debuted approximately a decade (or ten years) earlier.
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The name of the fictional middle-east country was Ohtar.
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress Amanda Bearse.
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First of three consecutive pictures with one-word titles for actress Goldie Hawn. The others were Wildcats (1986) and Overboard (1987).
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The meaning of the term "Protocol" as shown by an optically highlighted reading of a dictionary in the movie defined it as "the customs and regulations dealing with the ceremonies and etiquette of the diplomatic corps".
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The name of the night-club where Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) worked as a cocktail waitress was "Lou's Safari Club".
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The nickname that the American Media labeled Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) was "American Heroine".
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Sunny Ann Davis (Goldie Hawn)' position she got in government was as a Special Assistant to an Ambassador. The agency it was in was the Department of Protocol. The salary she was paid was $35,000 a year.
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The license plate on the Rolls Royce gift from the Emir to Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) read "SUNNY 1". It's value was $119,000.
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One of two feature films that Herbert Ross directed that were first released during the year of 1984. The movies were Footloose (1984) and Protocol (1984), both movies having one word titles.
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Headlines about Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn on magazines featured in the movie read: "SUNNY DAVIS: American Heroine" (TIME) ; "Sunny Davis, Not Just A Waitress" (Ms.) ; "Sunny's Secret Lovers" (National Enquirer) ; "American Heroine Sunny Davis" (Newsweek) ; "Sunny Davis: Divorced, dreamy and dangerous" (People Weekly) ; and "Sunny Davis: From the Heartland of America, to America's Heart" (LIFE).
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Intelligence agencies featured in the film included the Diplomatic Security Service and the US Secret Service.
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At About 15 Min. And 13 Sec. You Can See An Uncredited Appearance Of Actress Mary Ellen Trainor Playing A Secretary Of Some Sort, Answering The Phone. For Those Who Would Mostly Remember Her As The Mother On The Goonies.
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The acronym "CA" stood for "Citizen Activity".
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First of three consecutive pictures with one-word titles for actress Goldie Hawn. The others were Wildcats (1986) and Overboard (1987) .
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The name of the night-club where Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) worked as a cocktail waitress was "The Safari Club".
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The full name of Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) was "Sunny Ann Davis".
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Two of the film's cast - Kenneth Mars and Kenneth MacMillan were both first named "Kenneth".
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Cameo 

Johnny Carson: The Tonight Show host as himself.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The name the American media labeled the political scandal involving Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn was "SUNNYGATE".
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At one point early in the film, American waitress Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) gets shot in the behind, and lives, saving a foreign diplomat's life, and becoming a national American heroine. In real life, the current American President of the time, Ronald Reagan was shot on 30th March 1981, and lived and survived the attempted assassination.
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The name of the medical facility that Sunny Davis (Goldie Hawn) went to after she had been shot in the bottom was the "George Washington University Hospital" in Washington, D.C.
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