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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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Barbara Ritchie
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Sergei
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Dimitri
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Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill ...
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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He's on a mission so secret, even he doesn't know about it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

This was the first feature film to be made at Elstree Studios after the local council bought it from Brent Walker under a Compulsory Purchase Order. See more »

Goofs

During the dinner party, James expresses feeling welcomed during his visit to Germany. His German guest quips, "Are you sure you were in Germany?" James replies affirmatively and adds, "Downtown Brussels!" Brussels is in Belguim, not Germany. See more »

Quotes

Sergei: [to Daggenhurst] If we cannot trust each other, how can we bring back Cold War together?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Dad Who Knew Too Little (2003) See more »

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The Man Who Knew Too Little
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Written by Christopher Young
Performed by Christopher Young
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The Good & Bad Of 'The Man Who Knew Too Little'
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HE GOOD - This was better than I expected, especially after reading some negative reviews on it. Bill Murray is perfect for his role. There are several scenes I just laughed out loud. He had some funny lines. The film moves well and the comedy is generally good. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer is usually nice to watch

THE BAD - The only weak part, unfortunately, was the last 20 minutes. Also, this is basically a one-joke movie and that joke can begin to tire after about 40 minutes. I didn't care for Peter Gallagher's role.

OVERALL - Like "Groundhog Day," a good vehicle for Murray's humor makes it an entertaining film, but I'd rent it before buying it.


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