SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.
Bombs Away (1985)
Bombs Away is a painful comedy from a guy who worked on Scorchy. While Scorchy was a sub-par action flick, it was actually pretty funny. On the other hand, Bombs Away is supposed to be funny and, friends, funny it ain't. As a matter of fact it is one of the more agonizingly laughless movies I've laid my eyeballs upon. But there is a plethora of Seattle location footage on display and it was shot by local camera wizard Marty Oppenheimer so it is still worth a look. The plot centers on a misplaced atomic bomb that ends up at an army surplus store in Seattle. Irritating madcap mayhem ensues when various parties chase each other around town in pursuit of the bomb. The politically active staff from the surplus store wants to use the bomb to make a social statement, some government goons want to cover up their mistakes. There are also some dolts from Texas who are up to something fishy and a guy named Uncle Ted wants the bomb for some inane reason or other. Caught in the middle of the clamor is a mute employee of "The Space Needle Cab Company" who, nevertheless, narrates the movie. Early on a scene takes place in the Eastern Washington countryside and another is filmed at The Enchanted Village before it got its Wild Waves makeover. The rest of Bombs Away takes place in Seattle proper. The headquarters of the surplus store revolutionaries is on the roof of some Eastlake apartments so a view of the Space Needle can almost always be seen in the background at this location. There is some decent footage filmed around the Denny Regrade, lower Queen Anne and I-5 looking at downtown Seattle. We are also treated to a vintage early '80s cityscape from the perspective of a ferry in Elliott Bay. Also enjoyable are some scenes that take place around Interbay and Sodo. Actually the scenes themselves are not enjoyable but the location footage is nifty. The headache-inducing finale takes place at The Seattle Center where the various parties endlessly run around (usually with the Space Needle in the background) and the bomb ends up in the middle of the International Fountain. Understandably Bombs Away has never been released on DVD, but you can find the VHS in the comedy room at Scarecrow Video.