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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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Storyline

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 | 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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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Principal photography on this picture started lensing in February 1985. See more »

Goofs

Emmett does not receive any test papers before the monitor starts the exam. 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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ROCK THE HOUSE DOWN
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Comedians like Us
2 March 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd were at the height of their professional careers with the 80's "masterpiece" Spies Like Us. The cast alone makes this movie a triumph the 80's comedy. Although the same cast today would find itself on the video shelf and not the movie theaters, for the mid 80's this was a GIANT of a Hollywood cast. Second to only Doctor Strangelove, what other comedy is funnier when dealing with American / Russian relations during the cold war? Chevy and Aykroyd have terrific chemistry together that has been molded to perfection from their success on Saturday Night Live. The physical comedy in the first half of the movie is as funny as any Marx Brother film of its time. The comical situations that occur in the second half are as funny as any Blake Edwards production. Together, the movie is as funny as it gets for the 1980's.


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