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6 December 1985 (USA) See more »
With spies like these who needs enemies?
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Emmett Fitz-Hume

Dan Aykroyd ... Austin Millbarge

Steve Forrest ... General Sline

Donna Dixon ... Karen Boyer

Bruce Davison ... Ruby

Bernie Casey ... Colonel Rhumbus

William Prince ... Keyes

Tom Hatten ... General Miegs

Frank Oz ... Test Monitor
Charles McKeown ... Jerry Hadley

James Daughton ... Bob Hodges

Jim Staahl ... Bud Schnelker

Vanessa Angel ... Russian Rocket Crewperson
Svetlana Plotnikova ... Russian Rocket Crewperson
Bjarne Thomsen ... Russian Rocket Crewperson
Sergei Rousakov ... Russian Rocket Crewperson
Garrick Dombrovski ... Russian Rocket Crewperson

Terry Gilliam ... Dr. Imhaus

Costa-Gavras ... Tadzhik Highway Patrolman (as Costa Gavras)
Seva Novgorodtsev ... Tadzhik Highway Patrolman
Stephen Hoye ... Captain Hefling

Ray Harryhausen ... Dr. Marston
Mark Stewart ... Ace Tomato Courier
Sean Daniel ... Ace Tomato Driver
Jeff Harding ... Fitz-Hume's Associate
Heidi Sorenson ... Alice, Fitz-Hume's Supervisor
Margo Random ... Reporter
Douglas Lambert ... Reporter
Christopher Malcolm ... Jumpmaster
Terrance Conder ... Soldier #1

Matt Frewer ... Soldier #2
Tony Cyrus ... The Khan
Gusti Bogok ... Dr. La Fong
Derek Meddings ... Dr. Stinson
Robert Paynter ... Dr. Gill

Bob Hope ... Golfer
Gurdial Sira ... The Khan's Brother

Joel Coen ... Drive-In Security Guard

Sam Raimi ... Drive-In Security Guard

Michael Apted ... Ace Tomato Agent

B.B. King ... Ace Tomato Agent
Larry Cohen ... Ace Tomato Agent

Martin Brest ... Drive-In Security Guard

Ricco Ross ... WAMP Guard (as Rico Ross)
Richard D. Sharp ... WAMP Technician (as Richard Sharpe)
Stuart Milligan ... WAMP Technician
Sally Anlauf ... WAMP Technician
John Daveikis ... Russian Border Guard
Laurence Bilzerian ... Russian Border Guard
Richard Kruk ... Russian Border Guard
Heather Henson ... Teenage Girl
Erin Folsey ... Teenage Girl
Bob Swaim ... Special Forces Commander
Edwin Newman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Gair ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
Dan Aykroyd (story) &
Dave Thomas (story)

Dan Aykroyd (screenplay) and
Lowell Ganz (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)

Produced by
Leslie Belzberg .... associate producer
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Erik Disch .... producer: location segments
George Folsey Jr. .... producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Sam Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
Production Design by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Peter Murton 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow (supervising art director)
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Carole Bennett .... hair stylist
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Pauline Heys .... makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dan Allingham .... production supervisor
Claude Hudson .... production manager
Christopher Knowles .... unit manager
John Palmer .... production manager: Morocco
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Garfath .... second unit director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... third assistant director
Dusty Symonds .... first assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... second assistant director
Ahmed Boulane .... assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Gostelow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Kevin Westley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Jim Machin .... modelmaker
John Paterson .... construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... draughtsman
Graeme Purdy .... chargehand stand-by props
Duncan Guest .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark Harris .... technical set dresser (uncredited)
John Whitby .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Banks .... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Fallick .... assistant sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
David John .... sound recordist: second unit
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Howard Neiman .... sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor (as Jerry R. Stanford)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects technician
Rob Dickinson .... electronic engineer
Tony Fox .... special effects technician
Brian Johnson .... special effects supervisor
Dave Knowles .... special effects technician
Paul Knowles .... special effects technician
Tony Phelan .... special effects technician
David H. Watkins .... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte painter
Ira Curtis-Coleman .... video supervisor
Peter Dorme .... model unit
Michael McDermott .... gaffer: model unit
Derek Meddings .... visual effects supervisor
Jim Michaels .... visual effects producer
John Morgan .... visual effects camera operator
Terry Reed .... model maker supervisor
Jonathan Taylor .... visual effects: first assistant camera
Paul Wilson .... visual effects photography
Mohamed El Baz .... stunts
Abdelkader Bouchafra .... stunts
D. Boyd-Phillips .... stunts
Peter Brace .... stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts
Terry Cade .... stunts
Alan Chuntz .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Michael De Luna)
P. Eastwood .... stunts
Stuart Fell .... stunts
David Forman .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Jim Handbury .... stunts
Reg Harding .... stunts
Brahim Khabba .... stunts
Mohamed El Mansour .... stunts
Lex Milloy .... stunts
Abderrazak El Moustaghit .... stunts
Mohamed El Moustaghit .... stunts
Gerard Naprous .... stunts
Mohamed Sedghini .... stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunts
Malcolm Weaver .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Paul Weston .... stunts
Jason White .... stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
B.J. Worth .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator
Bob Bridges .... clapper loader: Norway
Rande DeLuca .... aerial photographer (as Rande De Luca)
Mark Gardiner .... motion control camera operator
Vince Goddard .... electrician
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Martin Kenzie .... first assistant camera: second camera
John May .... gaffer
Michael McDermott .... gaffer
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit
John Palmer .... camera operator
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial photographer
John Sullivan .... best boy
Brian West .... director of photography: second unit
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting: USA
Debbie McWilliams .... casting: Europe
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Wain .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Margaret Adachi .... assistant editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant editor
Anna Ksiezopolska .... assistant editor
Andrew MacRitchie .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Pattye Rogers .... assistant editor
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Colin Morris .... personal driver: John Landis
Mark White .... transportation
Other crew
Rufus Andrews .... location manager
Marlene Butland .... production coordinator
Pamela Carlton .... script supervisor
Susan d'Arcy .... publicist
Peter Elford .... location manager
Nigel Goldsack .... location manager
Jim Michaels .... computer playback operator
Stuart Neumann .... location manager
Greg Powell .... wrangler
Jan Walker .... executive assistant to producer
Janet L. Wattles .... production accountant
Greg Powell .... horse master (uncredited)

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Director Trademark: [John Landis] [Looking directly into the camera]Aykroyd's character looks directly into the camera when he realizes how the launched missile can be successfully stopped.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Golfer:[a golf ball rolls into the tent where Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge are working as doctors, and in walks Bob Hope] Ah! Mind if I play through.
[He hits his golf ball out of the tent]
Golfer:Doctor. Doctor.
Golfer:I'm glad I'm not sick.
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Vintage Chevy Chase, 27 July 2005
Author: PatriotsReign from United States

For Chevy Chase fans, this film displays one of his vintage performances---right up there with a couple of his "Vacation" films and "Fletch." He and Dan Aykroyd form a great comedic duo with great chemistry that will leave you wanting for more.

The setting changes rapidly from DC, to Pakistan, to the former Soviet Union. Chase and Aykroyd are identified as expendable Department of State personnel, and therefore trained as covert agent decoys and tasked with an ultra top-secret mission deep inside Soviet territory. The newly appointed agent/spies don't realize they're decoys, but rather, think they're real agents on a real mission. Good stuff.

Together, their bumbling antics throughout agent training and their top-secret mission are good for steady laughs from beginning to end, as they find themselves playing the "accidental hero" role charged with saving the world.

Very scenic locations, some decent special effects (for the mid-80's), and some serious plot-twists amidst the silly humor enables "Spies Like Us" to hold the viewer's attention in-between comedic situations.

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