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Spies Like Us (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  6 December 1985 (USA)
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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 Soviet defenses. Two real spies are sent in. Their mission is to hijack a Soviet missile launcher, launch the Soviet missile, and test the new U.S. orbital defense laser. The missile is fired, and while heading for an American city the laser system misses its 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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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Drôles d'espions  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$60,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The "Ace Tomato Company" is most likely a reference to United Fruit (now Chiquita Bananas) a company widely known to have been involved with the CIA in the 50s. The connection is subtly underlined with the name of one of the generals, Miegs: - one Henry Meiggs, an American business magnate operating in South America, was the uncle of one of the founders of what would become United Fruit. See more »

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During the ambulance chase, the glass on the back doors is broken and back in place between shots. See more »

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Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.
Austin Millbarge: Doctor.
Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.
[Imhaus exits]
Dr. Marston: Doctor.
Austin Millbarge: Doctor.
Dr. Marston: Doctor.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.
[Marston exits]
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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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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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