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S*P*Y*S (1974)

Two spies end up being chased by the CIA, The KGB 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 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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With SPYS like SUTHERLAND & GOULD who needs enemies? See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wet Stuff See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

S*P*Y*S (1974) was originally titled 'Wet Stuff', but was changed because the producers were hoping with the re-teaming of Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland they could tie it to the success of MASH (1970). This change was something that bothered director Irvin Kershner.

In an interview about the film, Kershner said "I started to make a film that was a little black comedy, and I empathized that it had no relationship to Robert Altman's 'M*A*S*H', in which, of course, they'd been teamed so brilliantly. The original title was 'Wet Stuff', meaning blood. And the studio promised that there would be no attempt to compare it to 'M*A*S*H' in the publicity. Because it wasn't like that. It wasn't that kind of freewheeling film. There was no time nor the budget to do that sort of film anyway."

Kershner also pointed out that the film had much success in countries that hadn't seen M*A*S*H and comparisons weren't being made. "Now, there were many places where they hadn't seen 'M*A*S*H', like parts of South America, Scandinavia or Germany... In those areas they loved 'S*P*Y*S'. Actually the film made a lot of money. And it got some great reviews in countries where it wasn't compared to 'M*A*S*H'." 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

References Casino Royale (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by the minister at the church and played at the wedding
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Spys is a great fun time...
7 April 2007 | by herovSee all my reviews

Look, this movie is a fun romp. Nothing more. Made to poke fun at an America stuck fast in the cold war. To judge it harshly is to not understand the decade it was created in. It's buddy film from the 70s. It's got two great stars in it and its filled with wonderful comedic moments and also some great character performances, too. It's a comedy and comedy is always subjective. Gould is at his smooth hipster best, and Southerland complements him well as the nerdier company-man partner. Watch it and enjoy to guys having fun making a movie in Paris during their heyday in 70s films.

If it were made today it would probably star Will Ferrel and Owen Wilson. And it would probably be just as fun.


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