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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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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
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Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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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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You can't judge a man by the company that keeps him!


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$1,501,785 (USA)
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During post-production, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. See more »

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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

[About East German car.]
Sam Boyd: Is it alarmed?
Pyiotr Grushenko: Only if you frighten it.
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Referenced in Ken Adam - Production Designer (1990) 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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Drama! Action! Comedy! but only one chick!
1 July 2015 | by (whakamaru) – See all my reviews

So, the Soviets have captured a spy-plane pilot, so let's exchange one of the many Soviet spies we have caught. But... the Soviets demand an extra two million bucks? Simple, just do it, it's worth it.

Sam Boyd (Hackman) is brought out of retirement to arrange and escort the transfer. It would be too easy to just get the two cars to pull up in a supermarket car park, the guys get out and swap places, the cars drive away. So an elaborate process is gone through using the Berlin underground. The trains stop, the guys walk towards each other along the track, but then... Sam calls the swap off, and bullets fly.

Now Sam and his spy, Pyotr (Baryshnikov) are hunted by both the CIA and the KGB. All across Europe they go and then Paris where Pyotr's "girl" (real cute too), conveniently works at a bank and it is dead easy to transfer the money to a Swiss bank account even though the notes are numbered.

We know what will happen, but the way the movie progresses is fun to watch, except for the shoot-outs. Do the CIA and KGB never teach their guys to shoot accurately? It seems not. But if they did, a lot of movies would be a lot shorter. Maybe scope for a new movie "Gunfight at the top of the Eiffel Tower"?

A good-enough story, good characters, good acting, not much in the way of special scenes, some great lines but spoiled by the shooting, so I subtract a rating or two, to an 8.


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