Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles McKeown ...
Bob Hodges
Russian Rocket Crewperson
Svetlana Plotnikova ...
Russian Rocket Crewperson
Bjarne Thomsen ...
Russian Rocket Crewperson


Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. Written by grantss

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With spies like these who needs enemies?


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Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drôles d'espions  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$60,100,000 (USA)

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The Russian phrase spoken by Dan Aykroyd to the Russian agents is: "Chem men'she znaesh', tem loocheh." This translates as: "The less you know, the better." See more »


During the ambulance chase scene, an Afghani jumps from a horse to the back of the ambulance. An Afghani rolls from the back of the ambulance to give the audience the impression that he didn't make the jump. But if you look closely, you can see the first Afghani's headdress. See more »


Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.
Austin Millbarge: Doctor.
Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.
[Imhaus exits]
Dr. Marston: Doctor.
Austin Millbarge: Doctor.
Dr. Marston: Doctor.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.
[Marston exits]
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In the end credits, Bob Hope's name appears on screen and then after a few seconds an exclamation mark is added. See more »


Referenced in Team Fortress 2 (2007) See more »


Written by Sammy Cahn and Vernon Duke
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13 February 2010 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I first saw Spies Like Us when I was a kid, when Chevy Chase was my favourite actor. I must have seen it about fifty times since then and I am almost word-perfect on the script. However, I've never owned the DVD since Warner have never released it in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Thankfully it is currently available in HD on the PlayStation network.

Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chase and Aykroyd) are two lowly government workers who are suddenly promoted to the elite GLG-20 spy status after they are caught cheating on a test. What they don't know is that they are just decoys to draw heat away from the real spies and are promptly dumped straight into enemy territory.

Chase and Aykroyd have great chemistry together and I'm surprised they didn't work together much after this (although they did hook up for The Couch Trip, Caddyshack 2 and Nothing But Trouble). There's loads of fun to had in watching them bumble from one zany situation from the next. And, as this is a Landis film, there are director cameos all over the place. Keep a lookout for Terry Gilliam, Martin Brest, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi etc.

Despite the fanbase, Warner have never showed this film any respect or given special treatment of any kind when it comes to the home video market. As I already said, as of yet the only DVD available is the fullscreen version from 1998. Even the HD version I watched was from a very murky print and has terrible sound. If Warner make a Blu Ray from this master it's still not worth buying.

Give it a rent unless a proper remaster is done. Which is unlikely.

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