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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

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With spies like these who needs enemies?

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The title song, which plays over the closing credits, went to the number thirteen spot on the UK pop charts. In the U.S., it peaked at number seven on the charts in early 1986. See more »

Goofs

When the cabin explodes, the final long shot shows no-one behind the wood pile where the spies were located earlier. See more »

Quotes

[Ninjas emerge and surround Millbarge and Fitz-Hume]
Austin Millbarge: We need a plan.
Emmett Fitz-Hume: Let's play dead.
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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 »

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References The Girl Can't Help It (1956) 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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What does KGB stand for?
13 February 2010 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

I first saw Spies Like Us when I was a kid, when Chevy Chase was my favourite actor. I must have seen it about fifty times since then and I am almost word-perfect on the script. However, I've never owned the DVD since Warner have never released it in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Thankfully it is currently available in HD on the PlayStation network.

Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chase and Aykroyd) are two lowly government workers who are suddenly promoted to the elite GLG-20 spy status after they are caught cheating on a test. What they don't know is that they are just decoys to draw heat away from the real spies and are promptly dumped straight into enemy territory.

Chase and Aykroyd have great chemistry together and I'm surprised they didn't work together much after this (although they did hook up for The Couch Trip, Caddyshack 2 and Nothing But Trouble). There's loads of fun to had in watching them bumble from one zany situation from the next. And, as this is a Landis film, there are director cameos all over the place. Keep a lookout for Terry Gilliam, Martin Brest, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi etc.

Despite the fanbase, Warner have never showed this film any respect or given special treatment of any kind when it comes to the home video market. As I already said, as of yet the only DVD available is the fullscreen version from 1998. Even the HD version I watched was from a very murky print and has terrible sound. If Warner make a Blu Ray from this master it's still not worth buying.

Give it a rent unless a proper remaster is done. Which is unlikely.


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