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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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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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In the end, only friendship matters! 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,019,847 (UK) (23 November 2001)

Gross:

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

When the film was previewed in the summer of 2001, Brad Pitt said that it dealt with blow back from unsuccessful CIA operations and suggested that it might mean America had been the world's leading power for too long. However, after the 9/11 attacks, Pitt was quoted as saying the movie indicated that CIA operatives were needed "now more than ever". See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Muir is opening his safe to remove his files on Bishop (and we first get to see his Bahamas brochure) the numbers on the safe, the combination buttons, are upside-down. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bishop: [to Nathan Muir] I'm done with the reasons, Nathan. I'm done with you. I'm not ending up like you.
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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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Referenced in Ong-bak (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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Better the n-th time around.
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made the mistake of only watching this film once the first time around. I did end up buying it, though I was never sure why. Then, years later, I got around to watching it again... and again... and again... While Spy Game is so fast-paced that it's difficult to keep up the first time around, I think that's what makes it such a great DVD.

There are performances in this movie that defy description. You almost get a sense that if you were to meet him in the street, you'd get someone named Nathan Muir playing the part of Robert Redford - the transformation is that complete. In several scenes, but especially the scene on the Berlin rooftop, Redford gives a performance that is unlike almost anything I've ever seen in cinema. It's that perfect. Brad Pitt also does an amazing job, but Redford steals the whole movie.

I had to re-watch Spy Game three times before I felt I got a complete understanding of everything going on. There is almost nothing given away for free in this movie - none of the standard Hollywood "shove-it-in-your-face-so-you're-sure-to-get-it" fare. Every decision, most plot points, and a lot of what would normally be called "meaningful looks" are written on Muir's face for a split second, then they're gone.

This is one of the few movies that's intellectually challenging to watch. It takes patience and a quick assessment of each scene to understand and keep up. None of the acting is over the top or explicit; most everything is controlled, subtle, and delicately handled.

All in all, Spy Game is an exceptional movie, IMO, to watch and in some ways to study.


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