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Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.

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Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
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Gilbert Embleton
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Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
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Ms. Goldstein
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Spenser
Isabel Hernández ...
Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)
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Storyline

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for language, innuendo, comic violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 573,393 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

DEM 573,393 (Germany) (5 June 1998)
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Trivia

When Wally uses a croquet mallet to knock a hole in the kitchen door and says "Here's Johnny!", it is a clear reference to The Shining (1980), when Jack Nicholson's character does a similar thing using an ax. However, in Stephen King's novel "The Shining", the character Jack Torrance uses a roque mallet (roque is an early 20th century American sport very similar to croquet). See more »

Goofs

When Wally points the revolver at Lori, you can see light through the chambers in the cylinder, indicating that there are no rounds - live or otherwise - in the gun. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: She told me about the letters.
Gilbert Embleton: Letters? What letters?
Wallace: The letters. She told me about them. I know all about the letters. How do you think I know? She told me. That's how I found out.
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Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Fever
Written by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley (as Eddie J. Cooley)
Performed by The Three Suns
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Excellent parody!
6 March 2004 | by (Kennewick, WA) – See all my reviews

Anybody who didn't enjoy this movie didn't get it... it was one of the most hilarious parodies I've ever seen. But, perhaps the circumstances of my initial viewing overly influenced my opinion. On a business trip to DC in 1998, I saw "The Game" with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn on the way out... great movie, but very heavy and deep. However on the way back, this movie was playing. Based on initial reviews I wasn't expecting much, but watching it was like someone purposely made a funny version of The Game, and I probably annoyed my fellow passengers as I was laughing so hard. I thought Murray was at his best, not unlike Chevy Chase in the Fletch movies (shame they didn't make more of those), as they were both in their comical element.

The coincidental (or perhaps not) pairing of these two films really added to my enjoyment of both. On a cold rainy weekend, I strongly recommend renting both and watching them in the same order I did… you won't be disappointed!


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