The Trouble with Spies (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  4 December 1987 (USA)
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George Trent, a British spy, has gone incommunicado in Ibiza. Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland) is sent to find out what happened to Trent. Porter settles into a small hotel with several ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Appleton Porter
Harry Lewis
Mrs. Arkwright
Jason Locke
Capt. Sanchez
Suzanne Danielle ...
Fima Noveck ...
Col. Novikov
Jorge Brito ...
Second Russian
John Furlong ...
First Russian
Luis Barboo ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Perky (voice)
Tristram Jellinek ...
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George Trent, a British spy, has gone incommunicado in Ibiza. Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland) is sent to find out what happened to Trent. Porter settles into a small hotel with several busybody guests. He probes them for information about Trent, their former neighbor. Meanwhile, the spy survives several attempts on his life as he attempts to solve the mystery. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trouble at the Royal Rose  »

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$205,507 (USA)

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Sir John Gielgud was offered a part in this project. See more »


Love On The Lam
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Music by Ken Thorne & Rick Mavin
Performed by Jackie Karis
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a MYSTERY, not a comedy
12 November 2013 | by (Oswego) – See all my reviews

this is just terrible. It has an impressive cast but wow, this thing stinks on ice. I was prompted to hit the net looking for what could have been going on in Sutherland's life to set off such a stink bomb in what is otherwise a stellar career. He looks thin. He isn't really in character, he's just phoning it in. Some of the supporting cast look and act like they're from Hammer studios. He doesn't connect with them at all. Ruth Gordon has a few moments that help remind us what acting is supposed to be like, even with the shoddy material she's given to work with. Overall, this thing looks done on the super-cheap: sets are flimsy feel like a sound stage, lighting design looks almost fluorescent, actors are poorly made up with blotchy uneven makeup, and the comic bits of business are straight out of a Three Stooges matinée flick (check out the street scene where he nearly gets run over, in the beginning). It was so painful to watch that I just had to bail. What I cannot fathom is how this thing was put together to start with, I mean was he doing this as a favor to the director? He couldn't possibly have been doing it for some quick money (assuming he was broke or a drug addict or something else leading to dire straits)--there was obviously NO money involved in this flick. His career has been on an even keel, he never went into the dumps like Micky Ruorke or Dennis Hopper. If he didn't do it as a favor to a has-been one-trick pony director, then it's a complete MYSTERY to me. You'd have to be pretty drunk to watch this thing. And even that is iffy.

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