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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  14 November 1997 (USA)
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,604,819 (USA) (14 November 1997)

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 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). At the start of every show, Ed McMahon or someone else if he was off that night, introduced Johnny Carson using that phrase, normally stung out, "heeeeeerrrrrreeee's Johnny". The phrase is now ubiquitous in American vernacular. See more »

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Dr. Ludmila Kropotkin's name is nonsense in Russian. According to grammatical rules, Kropotkin is supposed to be a male whereas Ludmila is a female name. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: Was that a tear? How do you people do it? Do you poke yourself in the eye? Or are you thinking right now "My dog is dead"?
Lorelei 'Lori': What's the matter with you? Are you enjoying this?
Wallace: Enormously! "My dog... is dead".
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Obsession
Written by David Bee
Performed by Reg Owen and his Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International U.K. & Ireland (as Island) Ltd
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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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