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The Man Who Knew Too Little -- Murray is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assasinate international leaders at a banquet.

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14 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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He's on a mission so secret, even he doesn't know about it. See more »
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Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Joanne Whalley-Kilmer's really cool spoof. See more (101 total) »

Cast

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Bill Murray ... Wallace Ritchie

Peter Gallagher ... James Ritchie

Joanne Whalley ... Lori

Alfred Molina ... Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky

Richard Wilson ... Sir Roger Daggenhurst

John Standing ... Gilbert Embleton

Simon Chandler ... Hawkins

Geraldine James ... Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin

Anna Chancellor ... Barbara Ritchie

Nicholas Woodeson ... Sergei

Cliff Parisi ... Uri

John Thomson ... Dimitri
Janet Henfrey ... Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill ... Spenser
Isabel Hernández ... Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)

Donald Pickering ... Sir Duncan
Venetia Barrett ... Sir Duncan's Wife - Felicity

Terence Harvey ... Herr Schuster

Cate Fowler ... Frau Schuster

Richard Dixon ... Rupert

Sarah Crowden ... Sylvia

Barnaby Kay ... SWAT Team Leader

David Hounslow ... Wilkie

Adam Fogerty ... Newman

Jacqueline Phillips ... Annabel

Inday Ba ... Des

Dexter Fletcher ... Otto
Josephine Gradwell ... WPC - Wendy
Linda Broughton ... Middle Aged Woman
David Boyce ... Middle Aged Man
Jonathan Dow ... Hotel Manager (as Jo Dow)

Derek Smee ... Desk Clerk
Sheila Reid ... Woman in SS Cap
Bob Holmes ... Husband in Hotel Room
Paul Shearer ... TV Reporter
Yoshinori Yamamoto ... Japanese Man
Toshie Ogura ... Japanese Woman
Charles Simon ... Aged Desk / Night Clerk

Roger Morlidge ... Police Constable Cochrane
Ashley Gunstock ... Bill, Second Policeman in Car
Judith Dawson ... TV Newscaster
David Michaels ... MI5 Agent
Damian Myerscough ... Stage Manager
Jason Round ... Policeman

Andrew Woodall ... Det. Sgt. Malloy

Malcolm Storry ... Chief Ins. Cockburn

Eddie Marsan ... Mugger #1
Tat Whalley ... Mugger #2
Fred Whitham ... Toastmaster
Daryll Kay ... Liveried Child
Linzi Lazlo-Carr ... Liveried Child
Richard Cubison ... Immigration Officer
Sarah Greene ... TV Presenter
Mike Smith ... TV Presenter

J.E. Freeman ... CIA Man (as JE Freeman)

Maxwell Caulfield ... British Agent

Mike Justus ... Waiter
Jason Ahlurlia ... Russian Dancer
John Collins ... Russian Dancer
Graham Conway ... Russian Dancer
Leon De Ste Croix ... Russian Dancer
Vladimir Kondratyuk ... Russian Dancer

Jason Lewis ... Russian Dancer
Rick Myrtle ... Russian Dancer
Hugh Rathbone ... Russian Dancer

Michael Rouse ... Russian Dancer
Steve Rouse ... Russian Dancer
David Ruffin ... Russian Dancer
Andrei Simonov ... Russian Dancer
Joel Smith ... Russian Dancer
Michael Thompson ... Russian Dancer
Mike Toon ... Russian Dancer
Aiden Treays ... Russian Dancer
Ben Tribe ... Russian Dancer
Sean Gandini ... Juggler
Simon Mylius ... Juggler
Bibs Ekkel ... Russian Musician
Larisa Ekkel ... Russian Musician
Vladimir Asriev ... Russian Musician (as Vladimir Asri Ev)
John Hide ... Russian Musician
Igor Outkine ... Russian Musician
Eugene Kulikov ... Russian Musician (as Yevgenii Kulikov)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrew Blackall ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Robert Gwyn Davin ... Tourist (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Photographer (uncredited)
Guy Normas ... Airport Traveller (uncredited)
Tim Packham ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Amiel 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Farrar (novel "Watch That Man")

Robert Farrar (screenplay) and
Howard Franklin (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... executive producer (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Michael G. Nathanson .... producer (as Michael Nathanson)
Elisabeth Robinson .... executive producer
Mark Tarlov .... producer
Madeline Warren .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young  (as Chris Young)
 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Karasick (co-editor)
Pamela Power 
 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
 
Production Design by
Jim Clay 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Seagers 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Gray 
 
Costume Design by
Janty Yates 
 
Makeup Department
Frances Hannon .... chief makeup artist
Colin Jamison .... chief hairdresser
Jan Jamison .... hairdresser
Belinda Parish .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sallie Beechinor .... unit production manager
Amanda Cadman .... assistant production supervisor
Rozanne Lipschitz .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Emanuel .... third assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... first assistant director
John Locke .... third assistant director (as John Lock)
Justine Moakes .... second assistant director
Paul Taylor .... second assistant director
Tom Razzano .... first assistant director: Jamaica (uncredited)
 
Art Department
David Abbott .... carpenter
Ron Allett .... dressing propman
Richard Armitage .... dressing propman
Rosemary Bennett .... construction nurse
Malcolm Bensted .... dressing propman (as Malcolm Benstead)
Peter Black .... plasterer
John Bohan .... construction coordinator
Edward Bolger .... carpenter
Dean Budd .... painter's laborer
James Buxton .... trainee carpenter
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Nigel Crafts .... carpenter
Frank Delany .... stagehand
Paul Dewyck .... dressing propman
James Downes .... trainee carpenter
Clive Drinkall .... stagehand
C. Ellis .... dressing propman
Ray Ellis .... props truck supplier
Colin Elms .... dressing propman
Michael Finlay .... painter
Robert Flint .... stagehand
Rod Forbes .... dressing propman
Martin Freeman .... carpenter
Alan Gilmore .... draughtsman
Mark Goodman .... stand-by stagehand
Colin Gray .... dressing propman
Jed Graysmark .... plasterer's laborer
Jo Graysmark .... assistant art director
Charles Green .... supervising plasterer
Jane Haddow .... art department assistant
Gary Hedges .... chargehand carpenter
Robin Heinson .... painter
Frank Henry .... carpenter
Peter Kane .... stagehand
Alex Kerecsenti .... dressing propman
Jim Kerr .... carpenter (as James Kerr)
Sean Kiely .... painter
George King .... supervising stagehand
Gary Ladd .... painter
Michael Martin .... stagehand
Barry McCrory .... plasterer
Anthony McGee .... carpenter
John McGee .... carpenter
David Meeking .... painter department head
Nick Milner .... chargehand stand-by propman (as Nicholas Milner)
Miraphora Mina .... assistant art director
Steve Mitchell .... scenic artist
Dave Morris .... production buyer
Julian Murray .... painter
Danny O'Regan Jr. .... stand-by carpenter
Daniel O'Regan .... carpenter department head
Jim Parker .... dressing propman
Steve Payne .... chargehand dresser
Graham Pearce .... painter
Wesley Peppiatt .... dressing propman
Rod Perez .... construction nurse: 3 mills
Raymond Perry .... dressing propman (as Ray Perry)
Doug Purdy .... property storekeeper (as Douglas Purdy)
Graeme Purdy .... property master
Tony Roberts .... painter
Alan Seabrook .... chargehand painter
Alfie Smith .... chargehand stand-by propman
Mickey Spence .... plasterer
Matthew Start .... trainee painter
Danny Sumsion .... carpenter (as Danny Sumison)
Dave Thompson .... painter (as David Thompson)
Nick Turnbull .... dressing propman
Paul Westcott .... draughtsman (as Paul Westacott)
Steve Williamson .... painter
Robert Wishart .... carpenter
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand-by painter (as Fast Eddie Wolstencroft)
Colin Woodbridge .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Graham Edmondson .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Taffy Haines .... sound maintenance
Richard Hiscott .... foley editor
Joe Illing .... dialogue editor
Erik Jordan .... assistant sound engineer
Simon Kaye .... production sound mixer
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Dick Lewzey .... sound recording engineer
Mick Monks .... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Pacquette .... trainee sound assistant
Bob Risk .... supervising sound editor
Lionel Selwyn .... foley artist
Jean Sheffield .... foley artist
Wayne Smith .... assistant dialogue editor
David Sutton .... sound boom operator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Mark Tucker .... sound re-mix engineer
 
Special Effects by
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
Carmila Gittens .... special effects coordinator
Terry Glass .... senior special effects technician
Peter Skehan .... senior special effects technician
David Watson .... senior special effects technician (as David Watson Sr.)
David j Watson .... special effects trainee (as David Watson Jr.)
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew Daffy .... CGI artist: title sequence
Catherine Duncan .... production coordinator: Cinesite
Martin Gabriel .... production coordinator: Cinesite
Chris Gibbons .... digital effects compositor: Cinesite
Deanna Gould .... digital effects producer: Cinesite (as Deanna Conner Gould)
David Mann .... digital effects compositor: Cinesite
Arnon Manor .... title sequence lead CG animator: Framestore
Gillian Roberts .... production development: Cinesite
Sue Rowe .... digital effects compositor: Cinesite
Kat Szuminska .... digital effects compositor: Cinesite
Courtney Vanderslice .... production manager: Cinesite (as Courtney Vanderslice-Law)
Niki Wakefield .... sequence supervisor: Cinesite
Pete Williams .... digital scanning and recording producer: Cinesite
Jonathan Privett .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Steve Tizzard .... scanning and recording operator: title sequence (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunt performer
Stuart Clark .... stunt performer
Stuart Clark .... utility stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunt performer
Danielle da Costa .... stunt performer (as Danielle Da Costa)
Steve Dent .... stunt performer
Tracey Eddon .... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal .... stunt performer
Richard Hammatt .... stunt performer
Mark Henson .... stunt performer (as Franklin Henson)
Paul Herbert .... stunt performer
Phil Lonergan .... stunt performer
Wayne Michaels .... stunt coordinator
Valentino Musetti .... stunt performer (as Val Musetti)
Billy Riley Jr. .... stunt performer (as Billy Reilly Jr.)
Trevor Steedman .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Alexander .... Steadicam operator
Sean Ashcroft .... rigger
Les Beaver .... rigger
Martin Bloye .... electrician
Ray Brown .... electrician
Mick Casserly .... electrician
Sean Connor .... focus puller
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
Steve Davis .... best boy electric
John Deaton .... focus puller
Phil Evans .... rigger
Paul Facer .... electrician
Phil Feegan .... electrician
Flavio Ferrari .... camera trainee
James Gilligan .... electrician (as Jim Gilligan)
Chris Gough .... rigger
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Sue Harper .... video assist operator
Martin Hume .... camera operator
Andy Kendall .... grip
Ronald Meeks .... chargehand rigger
Les Mills .... rigger
Peter Myslowski .... camera grip
Chris Polden .... electrician
Richard Potter .... electrician
Micky Reeves .... rigging gaffer
Anthony Richards .... stand-by rigger (as Tony Richards)
Alex Scott .... chief lighting technician
Nigel Seal .... clapper loader
Malcolm Sheehan .... grip
Phil Stevens .... electrician
Helen Williams .... clapper loader
Nigel Willoughby .... camera operator
Alan Wilson .... electrician
Omer Wilson .... camera intern
D. Dominic Devine .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Taylor .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting: USA (as Barden)
Julia Gale .... casting assistant: UK
Billy Hopkins .... casting: USA (as Hopkins)
Jennifer McNamara .... casting associate: USA
Suzanne Smith .... casting: USA (as Smith)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sian Coakley .... costume assistant
Andrea Cripps .... costume assistant
Mark Foster .... costume supervisor
Nick Heather .... key costumer (as Nicholas Heather)
Laura Johnson .... costume assistant
Miles Johnson .... costume assistant
Michael Mooney .... costume assistant
Sammy Sheldon .... costume assistant (as Sammy Howarth)
Dan Summerville .... costume assistant
Amanda Trewin .... key costumer
Ralph Wheeler-Holes .... assistant costume designer (as Ralph Holes)
Dominic Young .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Valentina Giambanco .... assistant editor
Peter Hunt .... color timer
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Liz Roe .... first assistant editor
Claire Saunders .... assistant editor
Jonathan Stirling .... assistant editor
Toby Harvard .... editing intern (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Nick Daubeny .... location manager
Mike Hamilton .... location facilities
Robin Higgs .... location manager
Phil Houkam .... location assistant
Greg Jordan .... location manager
Clive Miles .... location facilities supervisor
Mark Shorrock .... location manager
Hugo Smith-Bingham .... location assistant
Mark Somner .... location manager
Ron Watkins .... location liaison
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Giles Baker .... assistant to music editor
Guy Barker .... musician: trumpet
Anna Bonn .... assistant to composer
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Richard Cottle .... musician: hammond organ
Bibs Ekkel .... music advisor: Russian music
Vic Fraser .... music copyist supervisor
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano
Nigel Hitchcock .... musician: tenor sax
Bob Lowdell .... music copyist
Jonathan Rees .... orchestra leader
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Liz Schrek .... music production coordinator
Graham Walker .... music supervisor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator (as Chris Young)
Christopher Young .... score producer (as Chris Young)
Pete Anthony .... conductor (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Rachel Bolt .... viola (uncredited)
Jon Kull .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Reynolds .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Lee Scott .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Phil Allchin .... unit driver
Ted Colwell .... driver: minibus
Brian Estabrook .... artist driver
Brian Hathaway .... transportation manager
Alan Marchant .... artist driver
Terry Nafzger .... artist driver
Mark Richards .... artist driver
Billy Turner .... driver: Mr. Amiel (as Bill Turner)
Ian Clarke .... vehicle technician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katie Amiel .... floor runner
Karrie Askar .... publicity coordinator
Karrie Askar .... script secretary
Shauna Beal .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Yvonne Bonder .... travel
Tim Carroll .... production notes
Philip Chidel .... ballroom sequence coordinator
Richard Churchill .... producer: title sequence
Aletta Collins .... choreographer
Ben Craft .... assistant choreographer
Peter Daley .... unit publicist
Bonnie Daniels .... production controller
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicity
Maureen Donegan .... assistant ballroom coordinator
Maureen Donegan .... assistant: Mr. Tarlov and Ms. Robinson
Karen Fayerty .... unit nurse
Mike Fidduch .... caterer
Cyril Gibbons .... health and safety consultant
Ruth Harris .... caterer
Yvette Harris .... stand-in
Peter Hawkins .... supervising rigger
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Paul Jackson .... health and safety consultant
Bobbie Johnson .... production accountant
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Suzanne Jones .... office runner
Brian Luke .... caterer
Sylvia Mackintosh .... post-production accountant
Graham McCallum .... director: title sequence
Tina McConnell .... assistant accountant
Dennis Mitchell .... unit publicist
Zoe Morgan .... assistant production coordinator (as Zoë Morgan)
Chakrini Muñoz .... receptionist
Saloum N'Jie .... floor runner
Terry O'Neil .... insurance
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance
Rozzana Ramos .... assistant: Mr. Milchan (as Rozzana I. Ramos)
Gina Roose .... assistant: Mr. Tarlov
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Anne Smitty .... caterer
Emma Stokes .... stand-in
Paul Swann .... dailies advisor
Lee Tailor .... floor runner
Dean Taylor .... stand-in
Sarah Trowse .... first assistant accountant
Virginia Whitwell .... assistant production coordinator (as Virginia Murray)
Alan Williams .... supervising rigger
Joss Skottowe .... supervising armorer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Christabel Albery .... special thanks
Robert Ambler .... special thanks
Giorgio Armani .... special thanks
Joe Blanco .... special thanks
Jenny Butler .... special thanks
Paul Clark .... special thanks
Rupert Elliott .... special thanks
Tara Fuccella .... special thanks
Roger Gherson .... special thanks
Robert Gordon .... special thanks
Dave Gray .... special thanks (as Sergeant Dave Gray)
Simon Hatcher .... special thanks
Nick Maddison .... special thanks
WPC Martin .... special thanks
Keith Mcquade .... special thanks
Sally Parker .... special thanks
Neville Reid .... special thanks
George Rushbrook .... special thanks
Kamaal Shah .... special thanks
Robert Sheppard .... special thanks
Graham Williams .... special thanks
Mr. Wilson .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG for language, innuendo, comic violence and sensuality
Runtime:
94 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-12/9 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG (certificate #35506)

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Trivia:
The movie that Consuela is watching in the kitchen is Copycat (1995), also directed by Jon Amiel.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Immigration Officer:How long will you be staying in this country, sir?
Wallace:That's a very good question.
Immigration Officer:Yes, I thought so, too.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Scandal (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
ObsessionSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Joanne Whalley-Kilmer's really cool spoof., 10 April 1999
Author: SanDiego from San Diego

In the film "Scandal," Joanne Whalley-Kilmer played the part of a high priced call girl who has affairs with British politicians, movers, and shakers, and most famously with the British Minister of War. It was based on a true story and Joanne W-K's performance became the highlight of her career. In "The Man Who Knew Too Little," Joanne W-K once again plays this character but for laughs. Kind of neat considering that the two films probably don't share the same audience (which is apparent since so far I am the only reviewer to pick up on this connection, despite the obvious spoof.) When she appeared on screen and I saw she was spoofing her "Scandal" role it was like actually getting one of Dennis Miller's "intellectual" jokes. If you have only seen one of the films you should see the other one too. If you have not seen either start with "Scandal," if not for chronological sake then at least to get the inside joke in the later (plus "Scandal" is a really good film and very timely considering the Clinton-Monica thing). Bill fans (Murray that is) don't worry, he is here in fine form. For movie buffs this film is but a series of spoofs of well-known, and not so well-known mostly film-noir flicks (think watered down Mel Brooks, circa Young Frankenstein, not so broad, not so obvious, but cool when you "get it.") If you're under the age of 35 you probably won't get them (my niece, part of the "money demographic" was shocked to find out that there was actually a movie called "The Man Who Knew Too Much," which explains exactly why the film didn't do better box office.) Most of all, the interest is Joanne Whalley-Kilmer who has brought back to comedic film the wonderful French Maid costume. Once a staple of Vauldeville, Bob Hope comedies, and Pink Panther films, the French Maid's costume should be mandatory for all women endowed with great legs. Oooh La La! Even if you have not seen Hitchcock or British cinema, you never heard of film-noir (let alone pronounce it), and your knowledge of Cold War and foreign spy history is non-existent, there is Joanne W-K's killer bod and cool spoof. And oh yes, Bill Murray's good too.

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