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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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Storyline

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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"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher" (Leonardo Da Vinci) See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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21 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,689,125, 25 November 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,871, 22 February 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,049,560, 31 December 2002
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Trivia

Brad Pitt and Tony Scott worked together on True Romance (1993). See more »

Goofs

The plane in which Muir is supposed to travel to Karachi is an Spanish made CN-235. This plane were introduced in 1986, not 85 when scene is situated. Probably the airplane is part of the Morrocan Air Force. See more »

Quotes

Charles Harker: [inside a CIA briefing room] We need the press on this like we need a third tit.
Nathan Muir: [inside a CIA briefing room] You using the other two?
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Crazy Credits

The film is dedicated to Elizabeth Jean Scott, Tony Scott's mother, that died that year. See more »

Connections

References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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Siseler
Written by Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Briane Keane
Performed by Brian Keane, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Arto Tuncboyaciyan
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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High quality Hollywood thriller
5 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Spy Game is everything we're not supposed to expect from a major Hollywood movie: engrossing, intelligent, well written, acted and directed. But that's just what it is and more, this is definitely the best thing I've seen since Memento. Although Pitt is really good and Redford plays himself as well as he has in years, I think the most credit should go to Tony Scott. In the hands of a lesser director this could have been something more like Mission Impossible. But Scott stays right on target, keeping us interested, developing the characters, and keeping the pacing nearly perfect. Scott also shows us that he's stayed with the times: he employs the full array of modern camera tricks like fast motion, reverse zooms and funky lenses but in a way that actually makes the film better instead of being an annoying distraction. The dialogue feels natural, all the actors do good work, no one tries to steal the show or be the star. The story is interesting and almost never lapses into the kind of hyper violence or sappy sentimentality one has come to associate with modern studio pictures. You get a feeling this is pretty close to how the CIA really operates, a place with fantastic technology at its disposal but who's ultimate effectiveness is determined by the fallible people who run the missions and take the chances. I really enjoyed this film, I hope it's a sign of things to come and not a rarity.


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