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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.

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John Landis

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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 »

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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

Derek Meddings: The film's Visual Effects Supervisor as Dr. Stinson. See more »

Goofs

After Austin and Emmett are picked up in the Jeep by the two Russian agents and stop in the desert, Austin discovers that they are not their legitimate contacts by the digital LCD wristwatch one of the agents is wearing. Austin tells Emmett that the agent is wearing "a Russian copy of a 1969 Timex digital". Timex was not producing an LCD digital watch in 1969. In fact, nobody was. Digital LCD watches were not introduced until 1972, and Timex did not produce one for many years after that. See more »

Quotes

Golfer: [a golf ball rolls into the tent where Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge are working as doctors, and in walks Bob Hope] Ah! Mind if I play through.
[He hits his golf ball out of the tent]
Golfer: Doctor. Doctor.
[pause]
Golfer: I'm glad I'm not sick.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Stargate SG-1: Frozen (2002) 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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We leave national security in your hands.
19 July 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

This saw the first pairing of comedians Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd (who later appear in 'Caddyshack II and 'Nothing but Trouble') in a John Landis successfully directed espionage/ Cold War comedy. What a choice of three to bring out the laughs, but I never found it to be the laugh riot that I was hoping. In the end it's a randomly transfixing buddy comedy in the vein of a Bob Hope/ Bing Crosby film (which the former has a sudden cameo in) that has two clueless undercover operatives used as foils to distract KGB from the actual operatives with an assignment. Landis loves his self-knowing, referential gags and Chase's dry style feels suitably catered to this, and Aykroyd complements the balance with his light touches. The timing is always on the mark. Plus let's not forget about the cameos of pals in for the fun including Frank Oz, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi, B.B King, Terry Gilliam, Martin Brest, Larry Cohen and Ray Harryhausen. Rounding off the entertaining performances was the beautiful Donna Dixon, larger than life Steve Forest, a sneaky Bruce Davison, slimly Jim Staahl and an attractive Vanessa Angel.

The humour ranges from slapstick shtick to comically witty exchanges (Chase's often quick replies) and deadpan acts, as the equipped story is a comedy of errors led by two hapless individuals which would end up saving the day in an unlikely manner. It's a fairly amusing and offbeat concept, as it holds surprises, its fast momentum never lets it sit too long on the one gag. There such a variety to the comic silliness and it goes out on a bang. The crystal clear European locations are exquisitely used in shots, and adds considerably well to the large-scale adventure directed by verve from Landis.

Landis would team up again with Chevy Chase a year later to bring us the even better '¡Three Amigos!' that would also star Steve Martin and Martin Short.

On a need to know basis… good dashing, systematic fun.


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