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Spies Like Us (1985)

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Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd (story), Dave Thomas (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stewart Mark Stewart ... Ace Tomato Courier
Sean Daniel Sean Daniel ... Ace Tomato Driver
Bruce Davison ... Mr. Ruby
William Prince ... Mr. Keyes
Steve Forrest ... General Sline
Tom Hatten ... General Miegs
Chevy Chase ... Emmett Fitz-Hume
Ronald Reagan ... The President of the United States (archive footage)
Jeff Harding ... Fitz-Hume's Associate
Heidi Sorenson Heidi Sorenson ... Fitz-Hume's Supervisor
Stephen Hoye Stephen Hoye ... Captain Hefling
Dan Aykroyd ... Austin Millbarge
Margo Random Margo Random ... Reporter
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... Reporter
Frank Oz ... Test Monitor
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Storyline

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

With spies like these who needs enemies?

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drôles d'espions See more »

Filming Locations:

1308 5th St NE Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,614,039, 8 December 1985

Gross USA:

$60,088,980
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros.,AAR Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Paynter: This film's Cinematographer as Dr. Gill. See more »

Goofs

The gold-bordered, blue ribbon which Generals Sline and Miegs wear on their right side is the Presidential Unit Citation. While it is correct for U.S. Army personnel, such as General Miegs, to wear the Presidential Unit Citation above the name tag, U.S. Air Force personnel, like General Sline, actually wear the ribbon on their left side, along with all other ribbons and devices. See more »

Quotes

Austin Millbarge: [Listening to faint music] It's... "Soul Finger" by the Bar Kays
Emmett Fitz-Hume: They must be havin' a hard time getting gigs.
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Crazy Credits

The President of the United States - Ronald Reagan See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

SPIES LIKE US
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
Produced by Paul McCartney, Phil Ramone and Hugh Padgham
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Setting the mid-80's standard...
24 February 2003 | by tskereseSee all my reviews

I loved this movie growing up, and it is one that I can still laugh at today. Chase and Aykroyd have always set the mid-80's standard of what was funny, and this movie proves it. Of course there are flaws, and it probably could've been better...but for what it's worth, I think it's definitely worth owning, let alone watching.

Judging by the comments given about Spies Like Us, it seems most people, in fact, do like it. Of course, it is meant to be a comedy and nothing else. If people were looking for a break-through in film by watching Spies Like Us, then, Yes...you would be let down.

Good characters, akward situations, nice changes in scenery, and classic one-liners....I'd give it an 8, overall.


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