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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
Gilbert Embleton
Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
Barbara Ritchie
Cliff Parisi ...
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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A comedy of ridiculous proportions 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)


DEM 573,393 (Germany) (5 June 1998)

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Did You Know?


When Bill Murray uses the mallet to break down the door, he yeks "Here's Johnny". This is actually a nod to Jack Nicholson breaking down the door with an axe and saying the same thing in the movie, "The Shining." See more »


When Lori checks her gun, it can clearly be seen that the cartridges visible have been fired. See more »


Wallace: Yo matey, you just stabbed me with your pen.
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References The Getaway (1972) See more »


Written by Moïse Simons (as Moises Simon) and L. Wolfe Gilbert
Performed by Los Indio Tabajaras (as Los Indios Tabajaras)
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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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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