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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
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Paco Gonzalez
Toby Eckholt ...
Nerdy Young Man
Elsa O'Toole ...
Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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Chairman, Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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Storyline

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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It's not the company you keep. It's the company that keeps you. See more »


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6 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Dinosaurs  »

Box Office

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 »

Goofs

When Mikhail and Gene are walking through the forest, they walk toward the camera which moves backwards in sync with them. At one point, the camera crew bumps some branches of a fir tree, which are seen to snap into the frame before the actors reach the tree. See more »

Quotes

Sam Boyd: [Regarding a suspicious safe house] What do you know about this?
Pyiotr Grushenko: Nothing. I just know Halloween when I see it.
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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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Highly underrated, if somewhat uniform
17 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Decently scripted and well acted, Company Business missed many people's radars. Take a few seconds out to remember that its setting is the time that it was filmed - while the jokes may seem dated now, they were funny at the time for a Europe waking up to the end of the iron curtain. The two leads have decent chemistry and the supporting roles are well done - it's actually nice to enjoy the film for having no unnecessary love interest to distract the story.

It will never be an awards contender by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not Gene Hackman's finest hour, it's still worth watching.


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