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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

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Trivia

The final scene with the chess pieces represents Eastern Europe being knocked down. This pre-dated the revolutions of 1989, where Eastern European nations overthrew their Communist regimes, leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. See more »

Goofs

When Fitz-Hume throws the live grenade back into its box and the Russians notice, two seconds before they scream you can hear a faint leading echo of that scream. This is due to use of spooled analog magnetic tape when magnetic state on one layer of tape in the spool influences the state of another. It is most noticeable after long silences like this scene. This flaw survives uncorrected even to HD versions shown on cable. See more »

Quotes

Emmett Fitz-Hume: [catches a live grenade] Hey! What's this?
Austin Millbarge: You don't want it!
Emmett Fitz-Hume: [stands up and casually throws the grenade back]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Bob Hope's name appears on screen and then after a few seconds an exclamation mark is added. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fear of Death (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

SOUL FINGER
Written by Jimmy King, Ben Cauley, Carl Cunningham, James Alexander and Ronnie Caldwell
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A bit hit-and-miss but works, mostly
13 May 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A bit hit-and-miss but works, mostly.

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.

Quite funny at times, but also very silly at times. Plot is pretty basic and some of the sub-plots are plain stupid. However, for the most part, it works.

The main reason for this is Chevy Chase. He gets some great lines and delivers them perfectly. Dan Aykroyd is fine as the straight man but it is Chevy Chase that makes the movie watchable.

Another positive is the pace of the movie. It is quite frenetic, so even if a scene is a dead end, it is over quickly and we move onto the next scene. The pace helps to cover up the blemishes.

Not a must-see, but there are worse ways to spend 100 or so minutes.


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