Double Trouble (1992)

God bless the Barbarian Brothers, Peter and David Paul, and God bless John Paragon, who worked on not just one but two of their movies (he wrote and directed Twin Sitters but only directed this). Here’s, he’s working from a script by Jeffrey Kerns, based on a story by Charles Osburn and Kurt Wimmer, who made the absolutely berserk movies EquilibriumUltraviolet and the Children of the Corn remake that came out in 2020 that nobody realized ever came out (he also wrote Salt, the Point Break remake, The Thomas Crowne Affair remake, Sphere and Law Abiding Citizen).

Peter Jade earns his living as a crook. David Jade is a Los Angeles cop. After the thief of a brother finds the key to opening a safe filled with diamonds, he gets targeted by criminal supervillain Philip Chamberlain (Roddy McDowall!).

The brothers are very Tango and Cash in this, as David wears jeans and Peter wears the finest of suits. Can they get it together and solve the mystery (and avenge the death of David’s partner?)?

The supporting cast in this is worth the price of admission. There’s Star Trek‘s James Doohan as Chief O’Brien. David Carradine as Mr. C, Peter’s prison burglar mentor. Billy Mumy of Lost in Space and “Fish Heads” fame as an assassin. Troy Donahue as a corrupt politician. And lots of other familiar faces like Tim Stack (Son of a Beach), Lewis Arquette (the father of that famous family), Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs!), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne!) and video girl Bobbie Brown in a quick role as Peter’s girlfriend.

I have a major soft spot for the Barbarian Brothers. This movie moves quickly, offers plenty of harmless laughs and is kind of like empty calories. It’s not their best movie — I mean, it’s The Barbarians, hands down — but it’s still worth a view.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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