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 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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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In "Chuck Versus the Angel of Death", a communist state called Costa Gravas is featured. The name of one of the actors playing a Tadzhik Highway Patrolman is Costa Gavras. See more »

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End Credits acknowledge Eddie Bauer sportswear for their contributions. They are in "Redmond, Washington" but the end credits say "Redman, Washington". See more »

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Emmett Fitz-Hume: I'm sorry I'm late, I had to attend the reading of a will. I had to stay till the very end, and I found out I received nothing... broke my arm.
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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 »

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Spoofed in Family Guy: Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009) See more »

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SPIES LIKE US
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
Produced by Paul McCartney, Phil Ramone and Hugh Padgham
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What does KGB stand for?
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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