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S*P*Y*S (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  5 September 1974 (Netherlands)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Griff
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Martinson
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Vladek Sheybal ...
Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
Michael Petrovitch ...
Sevitsky (Defector)
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Hessler
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Pierre Oudrey ...
Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
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Grubov
Jacques Marin ...
Lafayette
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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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Would you buy a used secret from these men?

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Melanie Ackland (Ellie) is Joss Ackland's daughter. See more »

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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

Bruland: The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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America the Beautiful
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Performed by Joss Ackland and Donald Sutherland
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Spys is a great fun time...
7 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look, this movie is a fun romp. Nothing more. Made to poke fun at an America stuck fast in the cold war. To judge it harshly is to not understand the decade it was created in. It's buddy film from the 70s. It's got two great stars in it and its filled with wonderful comedic moments and also some great character performances, too. It's a comedy and comedy is always subjective. Gould is at his smooth hipster best, and Southerland complements him well as the nerdier company-man partner. Watch it and enjoy to guys having fun making a movie in Paris during their heyday in 70s films.

If it were made today it would probably star Will Ferrel and Owen Wilson. And it would probably be just as fun.


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