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S*P*Y*S (1974)

In 1974, flanked by such filmic monuments to paranoia and corruption as Chinatown and The Parallax View, Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland tried to re-create the screwball nonchalance of ... See full summary »

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Sybil (as Zou Zou)
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Paul (Revolutionary)
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Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
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Sevitsky (Defector)
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Hessler
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Pierre Oudrey ...
Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Grubov
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Lafayette
Jeffry Wickham ...
Seely (as Jeffrey Wickham)
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Croft
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Evans
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In 1974, flanked by such filmic monuments to paranoia and corruption as Chinatown and The Parallax View, Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland tried to re-create the screwball nonchalance of their earlier M*A*S*H performances in this lightweight spy spoof, directed by Irvin Kershner. Gould and Sutherland play two CIA agents-Griff and Bruland-who are marked for death by their own agency after botching the defection of a Russian ballet dancer (Michael Petrovich). As they repeatedly mess up their assignments and wriggle out of tight corners, they not only find themselves pursued by the CIA, but also by the KGB, the Chinese Communists, and a terrorist group that wants to destroy the CIA. Written by Anonymous

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With SPYS like SUTHERLAND & GOULD who needs enemies? See more »

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Action | Comedy

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5 September 1974 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Wet Stuff  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features a white Citroën 2CV car. A yellow Citroën 2CV vehicle would appear in the later James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) which was made and released about 007 years after S*P*Y*S (1974). See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, when Bruland (Donald Sutherland) is supposedly driving from the back seat, the car does a 180 in reverse and a brief shot from outside shows the actual driver is driving and not Bruland, and you can see his arms spinning the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

GriffBruland: Oh, we don't know what's comin' tomorrow... Maybe it's trouble and sorrow... But we'll travel the road... Sharin' our load... Side by side... You take it, brother... Through all kinds of weatherrrrr... Did You hear that, Lord? Whether the sky should fall... Whether the skyyyyy should fallllll... Just as long as we're together... It doesn't matter at all...
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Connections

Featured in Inside S*P*Y*S (2007) See more »

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Ave Maria
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Played at the wedding rehearsal at the church
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Stay Away
20 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's been over 30 years since seeing this movie for the first time, and I can still feel the pain. This ranks right up there on my worst movie of all time list. And I am a Sutherland fan. I actually walked out of the theater the first time...and I was on a date! I recently gave it another try, thinking it couldn't possibly have been THAT bad. Nope. I was right the first time. Again, excruciating to watch. I know that they were probably trying to strike gold again by pairing Gould and Sutherland after they played so well together in MASH, but with a story as stupid as this even they can't pull it off. Do yourself a favor, and just re-watch MASH.


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