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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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
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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


Director Nicholas Meyer was reputedly so annoyed at the studio's interference with this film's East vs West plot, that he recycled it on his next film, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). See more »


At one point Sam Boyd turns off the car engine and the windshield wipers stop partway up. In the next shot the wipers are all the way down. See more »


Sam Boyd: [to himself] Why me? Why take the Battleship Missouri out of mothballs?
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


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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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