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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 Sovet defenses. Two real spies are sent in. Their mission is to Hijack a soviet Missile launcher, launch the Soviet missile and test the new US orbital defence laser. The missile is fired and while heading for an American City, the laser system misses it's 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 | spy | pentagon | pakistan | cia | See more »

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With spies like these who needs enemies?

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Adventure | Comedy

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Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drôles d'espions  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$60,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Coen:  The director as a Drive-In Security Guard. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, the secret courier holding the satellite photos walks up to a building, where the exterior windows do not match the interior windows. After he is inside, we can see the windows are spaced farther apart. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hefling: [Talking about an encrypted transmission from the Chinese] That was a static-filled, triple-scrambled microwave transmission between 2 soldiers talking in mandarin Chinese.
Austin Millbarge: They were only using a simple polyphonetically grouped 20-digit key transposed in boustrophedonic form with multiple nulls. I broke it with this...
[Holds up a kid's cipher disk]
Captain Hefling: A drogan's decoder wheel? They put these into cereal boxes for kids.
Austin Millbarge: Yeah, I found it in a box of "lucky charms".
Captain Hefling: Break it down again with the ...
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Referenced in Psych: One, Maybe Two, Ways Out (2010) 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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Hilarious
31 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised this movie isn't higher rated. No, it's not "Lawrence of Arabia" but not every movie has to be "artistically respectable". Just look at the names of the two main characters, Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Milbarge, and you know what you're in for.

Aykroyd and Chase are hilarious and this movie is a laugh a minute. Yes, there are dumb jokes, slapstick humor, ridiculous scenarios and odd cameos (doctor? doctor?)...But that's what's great about it, you just turn your brain off and take it in.

I've seen this movie a hundred times and could watch it a hundred more, I guess it's one of those "love it or hate it" things. But "we mock what we don't understand".


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