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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With spies like these who needs enemies?


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Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Drôles d'espions  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$60,100,000 (USA)

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Vanessa Angel's first movie role. 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 »


Russian Interregator #2: Every minute you don't tell us why you are here, I cut off a finger.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Mine or yours?
Russian Interregator #2: Yours.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Damn!
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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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Written by Peter Aykroyd and Jon Tiven
Performed by Peter Aykroyd
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"What's a dickfer?"
21 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Two inept CIA recruits (Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd) are chosen to act as decoy spies while the real spies complete a top secret mission, only the two don't know they aren't real spies. Hilarious Cold War comedy from John Landis in the tradition of the classic Hope & Crosby 'Road' movies. Despite some swearing and sexy parts (mild by Landis standards), this is a very old school type of comedy. The jokes come from putting two top comedians in funny situations and letting them cut loose. Aykroyd and Chase have perfect chemistry and timing. It's a shame that, unlike Hope & Crosby, they didn't do more than one movie like this. There's a great mix of verbal and physical comedy here. Lots of memorable lines and scenes. Love the music, too. A must for fans of Landis or the two stars. I would recommend it to fans of the old Road movies, as well.

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