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Spy Game (2001)

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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It's not how you play the game. It's how the game plays you. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de espías  »

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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

Tony Scott was worried that viewers would lose sight of Bishop's plight if they didn't see him. So he used the same torture footage three times to keep Brad Pitt's face in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie Muir is traveling eastbound over the TR bridge into Washington D.C. If he were going to Langley he would be traveling west bound on I-66 and onto the GW parkway coming from Maryland. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Muir: I take it you didn't get to be a marksman putting food on your mama's table.
Tom Bishop: No, sir. We have a Safeway back home.
Nathan Muir: Where'd you leard to shoot?
Tom Bishop: Boy scouts, sir.
Nathan Muir: What, are you kidding me?
Tom Bishop: No, sir.
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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 »

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Written by Cory Cullinan
Performed by Cory Cullinan
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Fast Action, Great Scenery, Excellent Acting - Dramatic Ending
20 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie starts from a dead stop to 90 mph in the first two minutes. The pace does not let up. Less High-Tech and more believable than MI-2; Intrique, Plot, Sub-plots and great acting from an ole side kick of Butch Cassidy (Robert Redford). Better than "Last Castle", Brad Pitt does a remarkable job of delivering the emotion of the challenging role.

Striking scenery, high intrique, workings of Langley (CIA)with all of the inside back biting and jockeying. Seat of your chair finale, great ending. Hits a bit close to home with Special Forces friends in Asian theater of operations at this time. A well spent rainy day adventure. T. Scott does a consistantly moving job of direction.


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