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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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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Gene Hackman tried to back out of filming two weeks before production began, but begrudgingly stayed on after fearing a lawsuit from MGM, citing he had been exhausted from making three films back-to-back prior to signing on. See more »

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

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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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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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Enjoyable spy film
30 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gene Hackman is Sam Boyd, an old CIA agent who is dragged back into "Company Business" in this 1991 film also starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. Boyd has to funnel money to the Russians using a prisoner switch as an excuse, but it all goes awry when, during the exchange, he realizes the prisoner the Russians are sending over is someone he just saw at the airport. He aborts the switch immediately. He and his Russian (Baryshnikov) are directed to a safe house, but when it blows up, Hackman realizes the CIA wants both of them dead. So they go on the run with $2 million.

This film had a light, breezy atmosphere to it, and the two stars play it sort of like an "I Spy" episode. It's not an out and out comedy but it's pleasant and implausible enough. Someone thought that the "big reveal" about the young the woman helping the two in France made the thing truly ridiculous - I don't know why. Baryshnikov at the time of the filming was 43, and the young woman (Geraldine Danon) was 23. What's the problem? Great locations in Berlin and France, good acting, and some exciting scenes. Fun if you're not expecting "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."


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