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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 as S*P*Y*S See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

In this movie, Elliott Gould received top first billing and Donald Sutherland received second billing, but this was the reverse of MASH (1970). See more »

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

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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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Dead Men Don't Die (2012) See more »

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America the Beautiful
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Written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
Performed by Joss Ackland and Donald Sutherland
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Don't Bother... Go Watch M*A*SH Again Instead...
30 April 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

S.P.Y.S (2 outta 5 stars)

Pretty lame spy "spoof" that put a kibosh on the possibility of Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould becoming the greatest comedy team of the '70s. The guys are both great comic actors and they have loads of screen chemistry together. If you don't care much for either of these actors you will probably hate this movie... and if you are a big, big fan of either one of them... well, you probably still won't think much of it. Playing a pair of maverick secret agents forced to work together, they start out complaining and bickering but over the course of their adventure (some overly-complicated plot about assassinations, missing diamonds and foreign agents) they begin to get chummy. Sutherland and Gould have charisma to burn but the lousy, nearly joke-free script doesn't give them much to work with. I suppose if this has been a big box office hit they could have continued the franchise and gone on to bigger and better movies together... but, this tanked with audiences and I don't think they two have worked together since. Anyway, I have to add that I have always absolutely loved the last scene of the movie... as our two defeated heroes, in full-out charming rascal mode, skip off down a lonely road together and start singing:

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...

Great wrap-up... too bad about the first 85 minutes.


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