When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of ... See full summary »
George Roy Hill
Madolyn Smith Osborne,
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
During the "negotiation" scene all Russians are shown as awarded two times Golden Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union which is a highest Soviet award. Assuming they all where awarded by one for "saving the world" it's unlikely to believe they all committed another deed of the same scale before. See more »
Comedies like "Dr. Strangelove" and "Spies Like Us" make one long for the Cold War, when they could actually make such comedies. In the latter, government employees Emmett Fitzhume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd) are recruited for something. They think that they're going to be spies, but they're really decoys for some saber-rattling between the US and USSR. They finally have to take action when the threat of a nuclear holocaust becomes real. Chevy Chase does his usual goofy things, and Dan Aykroyd is his usual uptight-but-silly self. There's some interesting guest appearances: Bob Hope chasing his golf ball, and Greg from "Animal House" as a very shady character. A great comedy.
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