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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zouzou ...
Sybil (as Zou Zou)
Xavier Gélin ...
Paul (Revolutionary)
Vladek Sheybal ...
Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
Michael Petrovitch ...
Sevitsky (Defector)
Kenneth Griffith ...
Pierre Oudrey ...
Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Jacques Marin ...
Jeffry Wickham ...
Seely (as Jeffrey Wickham)
John Bardon ...


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?


Action | Comedy


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Release Date:

5 September 1974 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Wet Stuff  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Melanie Ackland (Ellie) is Joss Ackland's daughter. See more »


When Griff and Bruland and the Russian gymnast are escaping by jumping over a railing, the stair landing is obviously cushioned. See more »


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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Dreadful spy spoof.
4 February 2000 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

The idea of teaming Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould together in a movie must have seemed like a good idea after their success with MASH. Giving them a half decent script would have probably helped a lot though. Instead we have a half-baked spy spoof with our two heroes stumbling along from one situation to another. About the only decent thing going for this mess of a movie is the fact that it was shot mostly in France. Vladek Sheybal as the head Russian spy is also quite good(he just oozes Eastern European charm). Otherwise, some pretty stupid characters, a few decent explosions and a lot of running around. I hope Sutherland and Gould were well paid for this. Note to producers: If you're going to spoof a genre that is no longer in vogue, at least make it funny.

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