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Writer (WGA):
Nicholas Meyer (written by)
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Release Date:
6 September 1991 (USA) See more »
It's not the company you keep. It's the company that keeps you. See more »
A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Sam Boyd

Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko

Kurtwood Smith ... Elliot Jaffe

Terry O'Quinn ... Colonel Pierce Grissom

Daniel von Bargen ... Mike Flinn
Oleg Rudnik ... Colonel Grigori Golitsin

Géraldine Danon ... Natasha Grimaud

Nadim Sawalha ... Faisal

Michael Tomlinson ... Dick Maxfield

Howard McGillin ... Bruce Wilson
Louis Eppolito ... Paco Gonzalez
Toby Eckholt ... Nerdy Young Man
Elsa O'Toole ... Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics

Kate Harper ... Secretary

Shane Rimmer ... Chairman, Maxine Gray Cosmetics
Bob Sherman ... Sobel
Adèle Anderson ... Marlene
Andreas Grothusen ... Klaus

Hans-Eckart Eckhardt ... Subway Driver (as Hans Eckhardt)
Christof Piesk ... Berlin Policeman

Boris Isarov ... Russian Aide
Joachim Bliese ... Horst Van Hoven
Francis Lemaire ... Maitre D' (as Francis Le Maire)
Ali Cilasun ... Bedouin
Michel Zurek ... French Aide
Gérard Lartigau ... Salesman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Williams

Scott J. Klein ... FBI agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Meyer 
Writing credits
Nicholas Meyer (written by)

Produced by
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... producer
Dirk Petersmann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Ronald Roose 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Albrecht Konrad 
Set Decoration by
Olaf Schiefner 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... hair stylist
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist: Washington
Dörte Eben .... makeup artist
Annie Habans .... makeup artist: Paris
Hasso von Hugo .... head makeup artist: Berlin
Production Management
Jean-Pierre Avice .... production manager: Paris
Willy Egger .... production supervisor: Berlin
Jürgen Kussatz .... production manager: Berlin
Günther Russ .... unit manager: Berlin
Sonja Webster .... production manager: Washington
Knut Winkler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director: Berlin (as Christopher Carreras)
Marcia Gay .... assistant director: Berlin
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director
James Maniolas .... first assistant director: Washington
Pascal Salafa .... second assistant director: Paris
Eva-Maria Schönecker .... assistant director: Berlin
Art Department
Michael Fechner .... property master: Germany
Jean-Claude Perchet .... property master: Paris
Mick Rossman .... scenic
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
Walter Stocklin .... property master: Washington (as Wally Stocklin)
Michael Tonke .... prop buyer: Germany
Philippe Turlure .... set decorator: France
Giles Masters .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Axel Arft .... sound mixer
Michael A. Carter .... re-recording mixer
Jim Corcoran .... boom operator: Berlin
Jack Dalton .... boom operator
Martin Evans .... supervising sound editor
Ian Fuller .... dialogue editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer
Michael R. Tromer .... sound mixer (as Mike Tromer)
Philip Meehan .... additional adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects supervisor: Berlin
Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Robertson .... computer animator
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunts
Gerd Grzesczak .... stunt coordinator: Germany
Wojtek Prygel .... stunt driver
Hans Seck .... stunt performer
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator: Berlin
Mark Stewart .... stunts
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Chris Webb .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... flying unit camera operator
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Robert Dolan .... gaffer (as Bobby Dolan)
Cary Fisher .... camera operator: Berlin
Jean-Yves Freess .... best boy grip
Bruno Keller .... rigging gaffer
Billy Kerwick .... dolly grip
Uli Kudicke .... first assistant camera
Bobby Mancuso .... camera loader
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer: Berlin
Uli Schmidt .... clapper loader
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... grip
John Ward .... Steadicam operator: Berlin
John Ward .... director of photography: second unit
Ron Zarilla .... first assistant camera
Patrick Renault .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aslihan Coker .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Pamela Allen .... post-production coordinator
Tony Tromp .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Sandrine Ageorges .... location manager: Paris
Richard Baratta .... location manager: Washington
Julie Belthoise .... assistant location manager
Peter Brodhuhn .... location manager: Berlin
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... music editorial consultant (as Chris Brooks)
Lothar Dungs .... orchestra coordinator (as Dr. Lothar Dungs)
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Joachim H. Hansch .... music supervisor (as Joachim Hansch)
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Kerry Kohler .... music editor
Blake Lewin .... music coordinator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music editor
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist
Ed Shearmur .... assistant to composer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Evert .... transportation manager: Berlin
Martin Fischer .... production driver
Other crew
Joanny Carpentier .... production coordinator: Paris
Steve Crim .... helicopter pilot
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor: Berlin
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Dieter Klucke .... video
Doreen Landry .... unit publicist: Berlin
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... continuity (as Lynn Lewis)
Gerd Nefzer .... weapons (as Gerd Feuchter)
Judith Rheiner .... unit publicist

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film's closing credits declare that this picture was: "Filmed on location in BERLIN, PARIS, WASHINGTON DC and ANGUILLA WEST INDIES".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: While Jaffe (Kurtwood Smith) explains to Boyd (Gene Hackman) the location of the safe house in Berlin, reflections of boom mic and wheels of the dolly are visible in the office window.See more »
Pyiotr Grushenko:I don't belong here. I don't belong there. You tell me where is home.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (V)See more »
The Boys In The Back RoomSee more »


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oddly without tension, 23 July 2016
Author: SnoopyStyle

Sam Boyd (Gene Hackman) is a retired CIA agent. He's recalled by Elliot Jaffe (Kurtwood Smith) to do an off-the-books prisoner exchange with the Soviets. He escorts Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov) as well as $2 million in exchange for captured U2 pilot Benjamin Sobel in the newly united Berlin. At the meeting, Sam recognizes Sobel as somebody he saw at Dulles Airport. They escape in a shootout. Colonel Pierce Grissom (Terry O'Quinn) tells Jaffe to take them out before they are both exposed for the drug money. Boyd uses his old contacts to stay alive. Grushenko tells him that it was indeed Sobel but he's been turned by the KGB and worked undercover in America as a professor. Grissom and KGB Colonel Grigori Golitsin are still trying to exchange for Sobel. In Paris, Grushenko reconnects with Natasha Grimaud.

This is a familiar and easy role for Hackman. Baryshnikov is doing the acting without the dancing. Writer/director Nicholas Meyer has done plenty of good stuff especially the even numbered Star Treks. This should be a lot better than it actually turns out to be. There is a lack of tension despite the action. There are comedic turns which feel out of place. The main limitation is the plot which tries to be a tightly written spy storycraft. However, it doesn't always makes sense motivationally. It may be wound too tightly. The movie should let the characters be human beings rather than plot devices. Gene keeps this movie working and it functions without excelling.

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