1979, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Hiller

Giant tsetse flies, the Bay of Pigs, dictators with talking hands, flames on your car: One of the laugh-out-loud funniest movies of the past 25 years stars Alan Arkin as a middle-class dentist who finds himself thrown together with delusional CIA agent Peter Falk when their children decide to get married. Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!

1976, Universal, 113 min, UK, Dir: Herbert Ross

Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) and Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) meet up when Watson (Robert Duvall) decides his boss needs help with his cocaine-fueled delusions. Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer's dazzling blend of comic adventure and serious drama, adapted from his own novel, is a rousing crowd-pleaser that's also smart and moving.

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