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Company Business (1991)

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

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Sam Boyd
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Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko
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Elliot Jaffe
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Colonel Pierce Grissom
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Mike Flinn
Oleg Rudnik ...
Colonel Grigori Golitsin
Géraldine Danon ...
Natasha Grimaud
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Faisal
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Dick Maxfield
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Bruce Wilson
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Paco Gonzalez
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Nerdy Young Man
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Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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Chairman, Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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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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$1,501,785 (USA)
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Mikhail Baryshnikov hated this movie so much that he refused to do publicity for it. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Sam Boyd: Elliot, just hold your dick.
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References The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966) See more »

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The Boys In The Back Room
Written by Friedrich Hollaender and Frank Loesser
Arragment and production Tony Bremner
Performed by Adèle Anderson
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Clever spy plot that isn't over-cooked
8 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Company business is definitely a film for those with spy-genre tastes. The plot begins as a fairly straight-forward story, but as you expect in all films in this genre, twists and turns develop - people are not who they seem and it becomes difficult to work out who is playing who. That said, it is not a clichéd film, largely because the twists are not contrived or overcooked.

Further it has a European flavour to tone it down. It doesn't become a cluttery screaming shoot out towards the end - an trap that American films all too often fall into.

I suppose that's why I give it such a high rating: an engaging spy thriller that manages not to overstate the drama or manufacture the twists. In many respects, it gives the film a strange credibility. I feel that this is much more indicative of a real CIA officer's job than something like spygame or James Bond.

Mikail Barishnykov (sorry if spelling is wrong) showed considerable acting talent and Hackman, as always, delivers a strong, but toned performance.


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