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
Kimberly Paige, playing the part of Sandy at the embassy in Berlin, is wife of the former US ambassador to Hungary, the location where the Berlin scenes were filmed. See more »
The film takes place in 1991. The trade confirmation form that
Harker acquires shows Muir having liquidated his assets that day, and signed the form on "10/11/90". In a similar vein, the deed Muir receives from the C.I.A. director is dated "November 1990". Yet, a TV report refers to the "2nd Anniversary Berlin Wall" which supports the idea of the film taking place in 1991. See more »
[after Muir ordered him to solicit information from an attractive female]
You just gave her four pieces of personal information for one dubious impersonal fact.
Just trying to find out where she got that dress.
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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 »
Four Seasons Concerto No. 1 in E Spring
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Nigel Kennedy / English Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets See more »
Fast Action, Great Scenery, Excellent Acting - Dramatic Ending
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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