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Spy (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Thriller  -  27 December 1989 (USA)
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Richard is a spy. Ever since his wife Angela left him, cause she never liked what he did or became, his heart has not exactly been in it anymore. After failing to complete his mission, he ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Berk
Frank Harvey
Tim Choate ...
David Tiomchin
Riad Galayini ...
Dolores (as Riad)
Angela Berk
Thomas Ludlow
Michael Tucker ...
Tony Cooper
Michael Thoma ...
Richard Berk #1 (at Begining)
Dr. Obediah Stern
J.R. Knotts ...
Rod Pilloud ...
Senator McQuinn
Gangly Artist
Twig Webster ...
Gallery Owner
Don Scorby ...
Walter, Head Waiter
Jimmy Hollister ...


Richard is a spy. Ever since his wife Angela left him, cause she never liked what he did or became, his heart has not exactly been in it anymore. After failing to complete his mission, he decides to leave. His friend and boss, Tony Cooper, brings him to a plastic surgeon, so that he could change his appearance and disappear. A year later, he learns that the doctor who operated on him and Tony are dead. He suspects that someone's either trying to get back at him through them or is trying to flush him out. He then fears that Angela could be next. So he goes to her but she's gotten on with her life and doesn't want him back. Written by <>

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9 March 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This effort made for cable television is rather vaguely based upon a popular novel by Norman Garbo, with the film's diffused point of view the most obvious separative element from the 1980 original. Bruce Greenwood plays Richard Berk, an American intelligence operative who has become soured on his occupation and has opted to endure plastic surgery in order to have a changed appearance and a new existence away from his agency since he, naturally, would not be permitted to simply resign. He begins a new career as an artist along with a new vocation as advisor to underprivileged youth, but ennui and a strong desire to see his former wife Angela (Catherine Hicks), who had divorced him because of his trade, soon has him heading for a dangerous plight when he discovers that she is being surveilled. After Angela has determined that Richard has only friendly intent toward her, the pair become entangled in what appears to be an attempt to eliminate the newly anonymous spy. Most of the dialogue, penned by director Philip Messina, is engaging and even when predictable does not seem hackneyed, thanks to able acting, but it seldom serves as appropriate commentary for the action that is largely improbable in a plot filled with holes. As is too often the case with cinema based upon any element that includes espionage, there is precious little realism introduced into the screenplay, as an imperfect sense of that shadowy game leads to fantasy. Catherine Hicks performs splendidly as one who desperately tries to understand what might be causing her feelings of anxiety that she is powerless to overcome, easily garnering the film's acting honours with her highly expressive face and eyes, and Greenwood, Michael Tucker and Tim Choate are also convincing in a well-cast production. Director Messina generates moments of suspense during the opening scenes, and valuable contributions come from Johnny Jensen (cinematography), Woody Crocker (art design), David Handman (editing) and Shelley Komarov (costumes), but a more rigorous standard of control is required to offset plotting deficiencies.

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