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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
Gilbert Embleton
Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
Barbara Ritchie
Janet Henfrey ...
Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill ...
Isabel Hernández ...
Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)


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)  »

Also Known As:

Watch That Man  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,801,755 (USA) (23 January 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The German map shown at the presentation is completely wrong. Frankfurt is found roughly in the Munich area and so forth. See more »


Wallace: Blockbuster... Des Moines.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Dad Who Knew Too Little (2003) See more »


The Man Who Knew Too Little
Written by Christopher Young
Performed by Christopher Young
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First of all....I loved it.
13 February 2000 | by (Milwaukee Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

First of all....I loved it. Simply put, this film was great. Talk about a story that could have been based upon true life incidents is not what this film is about. This is comedy at its best. Bill Murray's character is a man who manages a Blockbuster-video store someplace in Iowa. Murray decides to take a vacation and visit his brother in London. His brother (Peter Gallagher) is entertaining some important clients that same evening and sends his brother (Murray) out to participate in this audience-interaction play involving spies called the `Theater of Life'. Well, as the play begins, Murray accidentally stumbles into a real-life spy drama and takes everything that happens next as if he is just acting in a play. The result is non-stop humor which leaves the audience busting up outloud. You don't have to love Bill Murray to love this film...he brings to the screen the best parts of his roles in "Scrooged", "Stripes", "Ground Hog Day" and "What About Bob"...you just have to be ready to experience Bill Murray at his best. Bottom line, what might even be funnier than the film, is being part of an uninhibited audience, because once some people begin laughing, they will be at it for the next two hours.

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