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The Operative (2000)

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The CIA's greatest undercover operative during the Cold War was Alec Carville, a master of disguise, imprisoned by the KGB for eleven years, Carville's file languishes in a CIA dustbin.

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Alec / Grady
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Norvid
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Sonya
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Urquhart
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Vicky
Bob Dawson ...
Basil
Jenny Clark ...
Sharon
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Iashin
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Delaney
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Albright
Gordon May ...
Kitover
Robert Saunders ...
Schroeder (as Rob Saunders)
Bruce Pinard ...
Bank Security Guard
Dan Rae ...
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Jason Marshall ...
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The CIA's greatest undercover operative during the Cold War was Alec Carville, a master of disguise, imprisoned by the KGB for eleven years, Carville's file languishes in a CIA dustbin.

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kgb | russia | cia agent | sex | abduction | See All (7) »

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An identity is a terrible thing to LOSE. See more »

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Rated R for violence, a strong sex scene, and some language | See all certifications »
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When Alec attacks Basil with the bat at the end of the movie, his first strike to Basil's head lands near his ear just as the scene cuts. When Basil's face is shown, there are bruises on both his temple and jawline. A single bat strike could not produce two bruises that far apart. See more »

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Alec: Let me guess, you bought the red sox?
Basil: An interesting proposition. Actually I'm in shipping.
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Busted
Written by Peter Allen
performed by Peter Allen
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No KGB --- it's a renegade/bank/hostage comedy
22 May 2001 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

Straight-to-video, B-action movie...but it's better than you'd expect. The director obviously went to film school [I'm assuming], because it isn't technically autistic like you'd probably expect from the film's context (B-actors, Russian accents and a low budget). And the story didn't suck so I wasn't bored. Cheers.

Beginning credits were cool. Then when it starts you're hit with a sex scene, which made me suspicious as to the quality of the rest of the movie (since you know a movie is bad when they revert to good old fashioned sex to grab your attention). But my suspicions were wrong.

The Russian guy "Gregor" looked like a buff, steroided up version of Bobby DeNiro (cool!). Basil looks like Larry Drake. Moments of pure Desperado-like violence. The music is successfully folded in. Could I also say that the guy who wrote this has been watching WAY too many Smokey & the Bandit movies.

The Operative: cheap, but entertaining.


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