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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.

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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 Kenneth Griffith ... Lippet
Pierre Oudrey Pierre Oudrey ... Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Grubov
Jacques Marin ... Lafayette
Jeffry Wickham 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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SUTHERLAND & GOULD do to the C.I.A. what they did to the Army in M*A*S*H See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the cast and Director Irvin Kershner have worked on James Bond movies. Kershner directed Never Say Never Again (1983); Vladek Sheybal appeared in Casino Royale (1967) and From Russia with Love (1963); Alf Joint was in Goldfinger (1964) and worked on stunts (uncredited) for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); while Shane Rimmer acted in You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, when Bruland (Donald Sutherland) is supposedly driving from the back seat, the car does a 180 in reverse and a brief shot from outside shows the actual driver is driving and not Bruland, and you can see his arms spinning the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

Bruland: The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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Connections

Featured in Inside S*P*Y*S (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Donald Sutherland
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20 September 2007 | by TooSlimSee all my reviews

It's been over 30 years since seeing this movie for the first time, and I can still feel the pain. This ranks right up there on my worst movie of all time list. And I am a Sutherland fan. I actually walked out of the theater the first time...and I was on a date! I recently gave it another try, thinking it couldn't possibly have been THAT bad. Nope. I was right the first time. Again, excruciating to watch. I know that they were probably trying to strike gold again by pairing Gould and Sutherland after they played so well together in MASH, but with a story as stupid as this even they can't pull it off. Do yourself a favor, and just re-watch MASH.


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