Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (1996) starring Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, George Hamilton, Katja Riemann, Dwight Schultz directed by Tom Mankiewicz Movie Review

Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (1996)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers in Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (1996)

The Doppelganger Hart

Jetsetters Jonathan (Robert Wagner) and Jennifer (Stefanie Powers) are in Munich and doing a bit of life saving, in this case Jennifer is donating bone marrow to a young boy called Maximilian (Lukas Langer) who has leukaemia. But things take a strange turn as surgeon Peter Donner (Dwight Schultz) is engaged to Simone who is not only a dead ringer for Mrs. H but also goes missing. In order to help Jennifer agrees to pose as Simone to try and lure out the kidnappers.

It's quite amusing as whilst I worked my way through these "Hart to Hart" movies I was surprised that there hadn't been one involving one of the Hart's being mistaken for someone else because every murder mystery series features the doppelganger storyline. And lo and behold in the final "Hart to Hart" movie, "Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart" we get the doppelganger storyline with Jennifer being a dead ringer for Simone the fiancee of the surgeon and who is also involved with the crooked Karl Von Ostenberg, played by George Hamilton. I could go in to more detail but I am sure you can guess what is to come with some confusion comedy, mistaken identity, inept villainy and of course the Harts saving the day.

Aside from the doppelganger storyline "Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart" sticks firmly to the formula which has been the backbone of all these movies. As such we have the ever reliable chemistry of Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers who seems to be enjoying themselves more than ever with the flirtatious side of things. And then we have the cameos with enjoyable performance from Dwight Schultz and George Hamilton all of which is of course set against a picturesque backdrop. Plus there is the fun of Stefanie Powers getting to play two characters allowing her to have even more fun.

What this all boils down to is that "Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart" is stereotypical of the "Hart to Hart" franchise and has all the ingredients which fans of the Harts love; from the cameos to the corny. But in truth by this 8th movie the series had runs its course and the corny was over powering things a little too much.

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