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Company Business (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 September 1991 (USA)
A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Boyd
Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko
Elliot Jaffe
Colonel Pierce Grissom
Mike Flinn
Oleg Rudnik ...
Colonel Grigori Golitsin
Géraldine Danon ...
Natasha Grimaud
Dick Maxfield
Bruce Wilson
Louis Eppolito ...
Paco Gonzalez
Toby Eckholt ...
Nerdy Young Man
Elsa O'Toole ...
Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
Kate Harper ...
Chairman, Maxine Gray Cosmetics


Rogue CIA agent Sam Boyd is called back by "the Company" to do some work. Namely a hostage trade of jailed Soviet spy Pyiotr Grushenko for an American agent the Soviets had taken. In the newly united Germany the trade goes bad and Grushenko and Boyd find themselves on the run from both the KGB and the CIA as they unravel an International espionage plot set at the end of the Soviet era. American and Soviet find themselves in an uneasy partnership as they hop around Europe trying to stay alive. Notes: Baryshnikov hated this movie he refused to even do publicity for it. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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You can't judge a man by the company that keeps him!


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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$1,501,785 (USA)

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The film was originally intended as a vehicle for both Richard Dreyfuss and Elliott Gould, but both dropped out of the project before production began. See more »


While Jaffe (Kurtwood Smith) explains to Boyd (Gene Hackman) the location of the safe house in Berlin, reflections of boom mic and wheels of the dolly are visible in the office window. See more »


Sam Boyd: [to himself] Why me? Why take the Battleship Missouri out of mothballs?
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Surprisingly Fun
30 May 2000 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you rent something that you think will be bad just for the sheer campiness of it. That's what I thought I'd done with Company Business as I'd been browsing through the Blockbuster and couldn't remember the film at all, despite being a Baryshnikov fan. I figured what the heck and rented it anyway. I was quite surprised to find myself really enjoying this film even though you sometimes have to really work at suspending your disbelief. I'm still trying to figure out how exactly Baryshnikov could have been successful as a mole with his accent.

This film has two things really working for it though -- the dialogue and the stars. The dialogue is wonderful. Throughout the movie there are great one line bits that leave you chuckling. Mind you, most of those lines wouldn't have worked if Hackman and Baryshnikov hadn't had such great chemistry. You really don't watch this film for the plot, but for the interaction between these two. It certainly wasn't a pairing I expected, but it worked.

With all that said, my one complaint about the movie has nothing to do with whether or not it was a believable plot, but where it left off. I wanted more resolution. My husband agrees. We got to the end of the film and he looked at me and said "That's it? It was just getting good." It leaves too many things up in the air.

All in all, I would say if you are expecting a spy movie, don't bother. If, on the other hand, you want a fun little buddy movie, rent it and enjoy.

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