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S*P*Y*S (1974)

Two spies end up being chased by the C.I.A., The K.G.B., and a group of anarchists after a botched mission invoked an unwritten "corpse for a corpse" pact.

Director:

Irvin Kershner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Griff
Donald Sutherland ... Bruland
Zouzou ... Sybil (as Zou Zou)
Joss Ackland ... Martinson
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Paul (Revolutionary)
Vladek Sheybal ... Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
Michael Petrovitch ... Sevitsky (Defector)
Shane Rimmer ... Hessler
Kenneth Griffith ... Lippet
Pierre Oudrey Pierre Oudrey ... Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Grubov
Jacques Marin ... Lafayette
Jeffry Wickham ... Seely (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Croft
John Bardon ... Evans
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Storyline

In 1974, flanked by such filmic monuments to paranoia and corruption as Chinatown and The Parallax View, Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland tried to re-create the screwball nonchalance of their earlier M*A*S*H performances in this lightweight spy spoof, directed by Irvin Kershner. Gould and Sutherland play two CIA agents-Griff and Bruland-who are marked for death by their own agency after botching the defection of a Russian ballet dancer (Michael Petrovich). As they repeatedly mess up their assignments and wriggle out of tight corners, they not only find themselves pursued by the CIA, but also by the KGB, the Chinese Communists, and a terrorist group that wants to destroy the CIA. Written by Anonymous

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Would you buy a used secret from these men? See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The names of the intelligence agencies were the C.I.A. and the K.G.B. See more »

Goofs

When Griff and Bruland and the Russian gymnast are escaping by jumping over a railing, the stair landing is obviously cushioned. See more »

Quotes

GriffBruland: Oh, we don't know what's comin' tomorrow... Maybe it's trouble and sorrow... But we'll travel the road... Sharin' our load... Side by side... You take it, brother... Through all kinds of weatherrrrr... Did You hear that, Lord? Whether the sky should fall... Whether the skyyyyy should fallllll... Just as long as we're together... It doesn't matter at all...
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Connections

Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes! We Have No Bananas
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn
Performed by Donald Sutherland
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Nowhere as bad as the user ratings imply
26 August 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

SPYS is an aggressive laugh out comedy in the tradition of the old "Road" pictures that never really works. It has no real plot so to speak and relies on the chemistry of the lead actors of which there is plenty for its appeal. Wise cracks fly aplenty and barbs of witticism fill the air. This hit movie which was released in 1974 feels like a movie from the 80s. There is a certain fluidity of camera and mis-en-scene that MTV brought to the eighties movies that permeates the aurae of this movie. It feels like a 1985 movie SPYS and the likes that ruled the beat-box era. Laughs ring true after a very strong start but even a plot less seems or needs to deceive the audience into thinking it has a direction. The plot is silly if not confusing and just happens and the french actress Zuzou who was also a popular singer isn't very good. She just complicates matters. In all, not great but the ending is bitter-sweet and sharp on the money. You wish the movie itself had that kind of vive de joie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wet Stuff See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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