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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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Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko
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Elliot Jaffe
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Colonel Pierce Grissom
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Mike Flinn
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Colonel Grigori Golitsin
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Natasha Grimaud
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Faisal
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Dick Maxfield
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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

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When they climb out of the lake after jumping from the apartment window, Grushenko's clothes are soaking wet but his hair is completely dry and in place. See more »

Quotes

Sam Boyd: [to himself] Why me? Why take the Battleship Missouri out of mothballs?
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Soundtracks

The Boys In The Back Room
Written by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander) and Frank Loesser
Arranged and Producedv by Tony Bremner
Performed by Adèle Anderson
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Lighted hearted spy thriller/comedy spoilt by truncated ending
4 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nicholas Meyer's end of cold war spy comedy/thriller is a light hearted affair that after a fun start runs out of steam at the end. However, for a film that was supposedly subject to significant studio input during the production, it emerges as a competently directed fun ride that is let down but an abrupt and sudden ending. From the looks of the end credits, filming that took place in Anguilla might explain that there was a different ending that for whatever reason was unfortunately cut from the final film.

In fact one of the films problems looks like some scenes were cut short – the film has all the hallmarks of potentially being a longer and more interesting film and does look like the running time was cut down too much.

That being said, Gene Hackman is yet again in commanding form and dominates the picture in an enjoyable way, exuding plenty of gruff charm. Baryshnikov's character complements Hackman's quite well and Kurtwood Smith and Terry O'Quinn are fun characters. However, some of the performances of other supporting cast members are very uneven and broad. For example Oleg Rudnik, who plays a Russian chief spy, comes across as very wooden rather than the excellent performance seen of him in 2010.

The films make use of real locations, and the climax on the Eiffel Tower is fun, albeit the best work are sequences on the Berlin Metro, which are well done and exciting. Credit has to go to veteran British production designer Ken Adam's work, and there is also a solid contribution from veteran photography Gerry Fisher. However their work, and the strong performances, cannot help the film get over its truncated climax, and the film's ending leaves the viewer very frustrated that the film wasn't tied up much better. Overall an enjoyable romp spoilt by a poor ending.


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