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
With SPYS like SUTHERLAND & GOULD who needs enemies?
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5 September 1974 (Netherlands)
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(Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
(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
When Griff and Bruland and the Russian gymnast are escaping by jumping over a railing, the stair landing is obviously cushioned. See more
The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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