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Spy Game (2001)

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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:
Todd Boyce ...
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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In the end, only friendship matters! See more »


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?


The scene where Robert Redford's character asks Brad Pitt's character if he knew anybody in 'this apartment house' and tells him to be up on one of the balconies in five minutes is from a book by former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky who describes this test as part of the training of a Mossad agent. See more »


Muir tells the doctor in Beiruit that his patient's death was from 'CO2 asphyxiation' i.e. carbon dioxide. From the pictures and the presumed accidental cause of the death this should probably be CO asphyxiation, i.e. carbon MONoxide. 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 »


Referenced in Das Kommando (2004) See more »


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Quality movie...
12 June 2002 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

This is a very neat and intelligent movie. Everything about is perfect, no flaws really. Pitt shines better than in Fight Club here! But what really makes it even better than it is, it is the soundtrack which is absolutely stunning. You could feel european quality approach...Highly Recommend!

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