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Spies Like Us (1985)

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 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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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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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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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

This is one of six movies in which both writer-director-actor-producer Terry Gilliam (Dr. Imhaus) and writer-producer-actor Charles McKeown (Jerry Hadley) have both been involved with, in one capacity or another. The others include Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Monty Python and the Life of Brian, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Time Bandits. See more »

Goofs

After Austin and Emmett are picked up in the Jeep by the two Russian agents and stop in the desert, Austin discovers that they are not their legitimate contacts by the digital LCD wristwatch one of the agents is wearing. Austin tells Emmett that the agent is wearing "a Russian copy of a 1969 Timex digital". Timex was not producing an LCD digital watch in 1969. In fact, nobody was. Digital LCD watches were not introduced until 1972, and Timex did not produce one for many years after that. See more »

Quotes

Col. Rhumbus: It is my job to evaluate your character types.
[looking at his clipboard]
Col. Rhumbus: I have finished my evaluations.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: What does it say?
Austin Millbarge: [glancing at the clipboard] Pussys.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Bob Hope's name appears on screen and then after a few seconds an exclamation mark is added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The X Files (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

ROCK THE HOUSE DOWN
Written by Peter Aykroyd and Jon Tiven
Performed by Peter Aykroyd
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Setting the mid-80's standard...
24 February 2003 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie growing up, and it is one that I can still laugh at today. Chase and Aykroyd have always set the mid-80's standard of what was funny, and this movie proves it. Of course there are flaws, and it probably could've been better...but for what it's worth, I think it's definitely worth owning, let alone watching.

Judging by the comments given about Spies Like Us, it seems most people, in fact, do like it. Of course, it is meant to be a comedy and nothing else. If people were looking for a break-through in film by watching Spies Like Us, then, Yes...you would be let down.

Good characters, akward situations, nice changes in scenery, and classic one-liners....I'd give it an 8, overall.


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