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Spies Like Us (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  6 December 1985 (USA)
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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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Two totally incompetent applicants, Emmett Fitzhume and Austin Millbarge, are chosen from a CIA recruitment program. They are parachuted into Pakistan and eventually end up in Afghanistan, chased by the Russians, where they learn they are being used as decoys to draw out the Soviet defenses. Two real spies are sent in. Their mission is to hijack a Soviet missile launcher, launch the Soviet missile, and test the new U.S. orbital defense laser. The missile is fired, and while heading for an American city the laser system misses its target. The contingency plan for this scenario, as set out by the Pentagon nuts who planned it from deep within a secret underground bunker, is to let the 3rd World War happen anyway. Written by Anonymous

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missile | laser | decoy | spy | russian | See All (130) »

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With spies like these who needs enemies?

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Adventure | Comedy

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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Drôles d'espions  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In 2009 "Family Guy" presented something of a sequel to the movie called Family Guy: Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009), featuring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as themselves on another spy mission. They explain that President Reagan appointed them real-life spies after seeing the film. See more »

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The gold-bordered, blue ribbon which Generals Sline and Miegs wear on their right side is the Presidential Unit Citation. While it is correct for U.S. Army personnel, such as General Miegs, to wear the Presidential Unit Citation above the name tag, U.S. Air Force personnel, like General Sline, actually wear the ribbon on their left side, along with all other ribbons and devices. See more »

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[Ninjas emerge and surround Millbarge and Fitz-Hume]
Austin Millbarge: We need a plan.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Let's play dead.
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Vintage Chevy Chase
27 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For Chevy Chase fans, this film displays one of his vintage performances---right up there with a couple of his "Vacation" films and "Fletch." He and Dan Aykroyd form a great comedic duo with great chemistry that will leave you wanting for more.

The setting changes rapidly from DC, to Pakistan, to the former Soviet Union. Chase and Aykroyd are identified as expendable Department of State personnel, and therefore trained as covert agent decoys and tasked with an ultra top-secret mission deep inside Soviet territory. The newly appointed agent/spies don't realize they're decoys, but rather, think they're real agents on a real mission. Good stuff.

Together, their bumbling antics throughout agent training and their top-secret mission are good for steady laughs from beginning to end, as they find themselves playing the "accidental hero" role charged with saving the world.

Very scenic locations, some decent special effects (for the mid-80's), and some serious plot-twists amidst the silly humor enables "Spies Like Us" to hold the viewer's attention in-between comedic situations.


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