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Griff
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Bruland
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Sybil (as Zou Zou)
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Martinson
Xavier Gélin ...
Paul (Revolutionary)
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Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
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Sevitsky (Defector)
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Hessler
Kenneth Griffith ...
Lippet
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
John Bardon ...
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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Before Austin Powers, before Johnny English, there were S*P*Y*S! 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's title has appeared with a number of different spellings including "SPYS", "S*P*Y*S", "S-P-Y-S", "SPIES", and "S + P + Y + S". See more »

Goofs

When Griff and Bruland and the Russian gymnast are escaping by jumping over a railing, the stair landing is obviously cushioned. 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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Referenced 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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Gould + Sutherland can do no wrong
12 June 2007 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

this movie is way underrated. i didn't have high expectations from the previous reviews I had read, my rental was based on the sheer fact I wanted to enjoy these two on screen again. however, I was pleasantly surprised and am still thinking about the dialog long after I watched. hilarious banter!!! and the music---if only i could find the song that plays during the credits(after Elliot and Donald are done singing). its awesome!!! My favorite scene is when the chase the dog and confront anyone who the dog runs up to. These guys don't play dumb, and neither does the conversation between them. Plus, there's not-so-bright french anarchists in the movie. now tell me this doesn't sound fantastic!!!!


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