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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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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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Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,019,847 (UK) (23 November 2001)

Gross:

$26,871 (USA) (22 February 2002)
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Trivia

To prepare for her role, Catherine McCormack met with an aid worker who fell in love with a CIA agent. See more »

Goofs

Operation "Dinner Out" takes place between 0700 and 0800 Eastern time. The assault on the prison takes place in the dark, aided by the power blackout, and by the time the team withdraws it has become daylight, indicating morning. 0700 in Washington would be 1900 in China (evening not morning). See more »

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Nathan Muir: Technology gets better everyday. That's fine. But most of the time all you need is a stick of gum, a pocket knife and a smile.
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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 »

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References Enemy of the State (1998) See more »

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The Bad News
Written by Cory Cullinan
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Worths a lot!
23 July 2002 | by (Brasilia,Brazil) – See all my reviews

Spy Game is funny,interesting and action of first category.The story is about the rescue of Tom Bishop(played by Brad Pitt)a spy who is in jail in a prison in China.Everything happens in a terrible time when the US is in negotiations of peace with China.So the CIA doesn't mean to save the body of the agent, who is ward, of Nathan Muir(Redford,the best in the picture).So Muir has to rescue Bishop in 24 hours so he's going to be executed by the chineses.

The story is all told in flashbacks.But Tony Scott was very competent telling the story in a very modern way,as usual!He is used to do a very interesting game with the cameras.Showing quick scenes and a fast rythman.The story is incredible and you won't be disapointed!If you liked Enemy of the State which was made by the same director you'll like a lot this motion picture.Two thumbs up!!!


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