Kojak Budapesten (1986)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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This minor yet wholly amusing comedy spoofs the popular "Kojak" character made famous on American television by Telly Savalas. Savalas' lookalike Laszlo Inke plays Kojak, who we are informed is not Greek at all, but of Hungarian extraction. As he comically notes for the home audiences, "most famous people are of Hungarian origin." In this satire, Kojak got his start in the Budapest police force before heading to the streets of New York. After he comes back to Hungary on the invitation of the "Hungarian Women's Association" and a youth group, he finds himself pursued by a gorgeous blonde, menaced by a shady looking character, and perplexed by the possible murder of an important scientist. As these plot angles work themselves out, the ills of society are lampooned: mailmen drop letters off anywhere just so they can get home on time, cabbies refuse to pick up certain fares, and overpaid bosses do anything but work.