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Spy Game (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  21 November 2001 (USA)
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Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Aiken
Vincent Vy Ngo
CIA Director Cy Wilson
Andrew Grainger ...
Henry Pollard
CIA Administrator
Tom Hodgkins ...
CIA Lobby Guard


CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship. Written by ck

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de espías  »

Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,019,847 (UK) (23 November 2001)


$982,874 (Brazil) (9 August 2002)

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Did You Know?


Part of the film was originally set to have been filmed in Israel, but due to the sudden escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in September-October 2000), and following the requirements of the actors' insurance companies, the filming took place in Morocco instead. See more »


The Bekka Valley site in Lebanon is spoken of a "becca or Becca" when it is actually pronounced "be' ka" and is in two syllables rather than one. See more »


Nathan Muir: If I'm walking into a shit storm I wanna know which way the wind's blowing.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, many of the credits are each preceded by a jumble of letters flickering on the screen. This may be a reference to the opening credit sequence of one of Robert Redford's earlier spy movies, Sneakers (1992). See more »


References The X-Files (1993) See more »


I'm Always Here (Baywatch Theme)
Written by John D'Andrea, John Henry, Jimi Jamison, Cory Lerios
Performed by Jimi Jamison
Courtesy of Fremantlemedia North America
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User Reviews

In response to the negative reviews
18 August 2002 | by (Sedona, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I can't believe some of the nonsense I've read here. People are complaining that Redford looked too old in the flashback scenes -- for one, I thought he looked believable. Secondly, Hollywood hasn't cloned Redford in a vat yet so we'll just have to live with scenes like this. So get over it. Others complain that the movie is somehow BORING, which blows my mind, considering it's non-stop, fast paced action and dialogue. If you're attention span is too short for this movie I'm sure you'll enjoy crap like "XXX". Others complain about messy plot logic (how did a CIA operative get into a Chinese prison? Huuu duhh, I dunno! It's a popcorn flick you morons! It's not a 900 page novel or a documentary). The plot takes a few leaps here and there, but a Snake Eyes or Face/Off this film is not. I read complaints about the 'arty', flashy 'MTV' style editing and filming techniques -- I actually thought the movie was filmed and edited superbly and the contemporary, TV-commercial style actually complemented the film. It's crisp, tight, taut and entertaining. You get the feeling this is a high-quality production, whereas with something like "Mission Impossible 2" the same type of style is implemented but it comes off feeling cheap. Not here, not with this movie. As with Enemy of the State, it works. I have a feeling some of the people that thought it was boring simply couldn't follow what was going on. The plot does make sense if you have the attention span to keep up.

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