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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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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
Louis Eppolito ...
Paco Gonzalez
Toby Eckholt ...
Nerdy Young Man
Elsa O'Toole ...
Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
Kate Harper ...
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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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soviet | cia | europe | espionage | russian | See All (86) »

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


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6 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,501,785 (USA)
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Trivia

Actor-dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, known for dancing prior to becoming an actor, does not dance in this espionage film, as he had done in the earlier romantic-spy-thriller White Nights (1985). 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: Elliot, just hold your dick.
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Connections

References The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966) See more »

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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oddly without tension
23 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sam Boyd (Gene Hackman) is a retired CIA agent. He's recalled by Elliot Jaffe (Kurtwood Smith) to do an off-the-books prisoner exchange with the Soviets. He escorts Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov) as well as $2 million in exchange for captured U2 pilot Benjamin Sobel in the newly united Berlin. At the meeting, Sam recognizes Sobel as somebody he saw at Dulles Airport. They escape in a shootout. Colonel Pierce Grissom (Terry O'Quinn) tells Jaffe to take them out before they are both exposed for the drug money. Boyd uses his old contacts to stay alive. Grushenko tells him that it was indeed Sobel but he's been turned by the KGB and worked undercover in America as a professor. Grissom and KGB Colonel Grigori Golitsin are still trying to exchange for Sobel. In Paris, Grushenko reconnects with Natasha Grimaud.

This is a familiar and easy role for Hackman. Baryshnikov is doing the acting without the dancing. Writer/director Nicholas Meyer has done plenty of good stuff especially the even numbered Star Treks. This should be a lot better than it actually turns out to be. There is a lack of tension despite the action. There are comedic turns which feel out of place. The main limitation is the plot which tries to be a tightly written spy storycraft. However, it doesn't always makes sense motivationally. It may be wound too tightly. The movie should let the characters be human beings rather than plot devices. Gene keeps this movie working and it functions without excelling.


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