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Company Business (1991)

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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
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Colonel Grigori Golitsin
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Faisal
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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 more »

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

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6 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Dinosaurs  »

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$1,501,785 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

Noticeable stunt double for Gene Hackman when Sam and Pyotr are between the trains. See more »

Quotes

Pyiotr Grushenko: I don't belong here. I don't belong there. You tell me where is home.
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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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Business as usual
30 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Here's a game for really long car journeys - see how many alternative titles you can remember for this one. At one time or another known as Dinosaurs, Patriots, False Passports and Russian Roulette - and there are a lot more where they came from - with Elliott Gould and Marsha Mason announced in supporting roles (neither is anywhere to be seen in the finished film), Nicholas Mayer's Glasnost spy comedy-th appears to have been re-edited, reshot and retitled more times than anything this side of Heaven's Gate before finally getting a brief US release to disastrous business.

The scars and indecision don't show too badly; this looks like it was always this average and inoffensive, though what seemed already outdated when it opened now seems a little more wistful with some historical distance as a virtual period piece. Hackman and Baryshnikov (the latter looking surprisingly like a young Jimmy Cagney) are amiable in underwritten roles as the obsolete spies set up by their respective employees when a spy swap goes wrong, but Nicholas Meyer is better at directing architecture than people (the first half-hour features some of Ken Adams best production design of the 90s) and just can't think of an ending - after a chase across Germany and France, matters are tied up with almost absurd ease with a shootout followed by a nice meal on the Eiffel Tower. There are some mildly amusing moments along the way and it's watchable in a TV-movie sort of way, but nothing more.


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