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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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Sybil (as Zou Zou)
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Martinson
Xavier Gélin ...
Paul (Revolutionary)
Vladek Sheybal ...
Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
Michael Petrovitch ...
Sevitsky (Defector)
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Hessler
Kenneth Griffith ...
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Pierre Oudrey ...
Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Grubov
Jacques Marin ...
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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Would you buy a used secret from these men?

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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 »

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Bruland: The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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Don't Bother... Go Watch M*A*SH Again Instead...
30 April 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

S.P.Y.S (2 outta 5 stars)

Pretty lame spy "spoof" that put a kibosh on the possibility of Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould becoming the greatest comedy team of the '70s. The guys are both great comic actors and they have loads of screen chemistry together. If you don't care much for either of these actors you will probably hate this movie... and if you are a big, big fan of either one of them... well, you probably still won't think much of it. Playing a pair of maverick secret agents forced to work together, they start out complaining and bickering but over the course of their adventure (some overly-complicated plot about assassinations, missing diamonds and foreign agents) they begin to get chummy. Sutherland and Gould have charisma to burn but the lousy, nearly joke-free script doesn't give them much to work with. I suppose if this has been a big box office hit they could have continued the franchise and gone on to bigger and better movies together... but, this tanked with audiences and I don't think they two have worked together since. Anyway, I have to add that I have always absolutely loved the last scene of the movie... as our two defeated heroes, in full-out charming rascal mode, skip off down a lonely road together and start singing:

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...

Great wrap-up... too bad about the first 85 minutes.


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