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Spies Like Us ()


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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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Mark Stewart ...
Ace Tomato Courier
Sean Daniel ...
Ace Tomato Driver
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Mr. Ruby
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Mr. Keyes
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General Sline
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General Miegs
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Emmett Fitz-Hume
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The President of the United States (archiveFootage)
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Fitz-Hume's Associate
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Fitz-Hume's Supervisor
Stephen Hoye ...
Captain Hefling
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Austin Millbarge
Margo Random ...
Reporter
Douglas Lambert ...
Reporter
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Test Monitor
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Jumpmaster
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Colonel Rhombus
Terrance Conder ...
Soldier #1
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Soldier #2
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Bud Schnelker
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Bob Hodges
Tony Cyrus ...
The Khan
Gusti Bogok ...
Dr. La Fong
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Jerry Hadley
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Dr. Imhaus
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Karen Boyer
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Dr. Stinson
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Dr. Marston
Robert Paynter ...
Dr. Gill
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Bob Hope
Gurdial Sira ...
The Khan's Brother
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Drive-In Security
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Drive-In Security
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Ace Tomato Agent
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Ace Tomato Agent
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Ace Tomato Agent
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Drive-In Security
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W.A.M.P. Guard (as Rico Ross)
Richard D. Sharp ...
W.A.M.P. Technician (as Richard Sharpe)
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W.A.M.P. Technician
Sally Anlauf ...
W.A.M.P. Technician
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Tadzhik Highway Patrol (as Costa Gavras)
Seva Novgorodtsev ...
Tadzhik Highway Patrol
John Daveikis ...
Russian Border Guard
Laurence Bilzerian ...
Russian Border Guard
Richard Kruk ...
Russian Border Guard
Sergei Rusakov ...
Russian Rocket Crew (as Sergei Rousakov)
Bjarne Thomsen ...
Russian Rocket Crew
Garrick Dombrovski ...
Russian Rocket Crew
Svetlana Plotnikova ...
Russian Rocket Crew
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Russian Rocket Crew
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Teenage Girl
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Teenage Girl
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Special Forces Commander
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Nancy Gair ...
Student (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Landis

Written by

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Dan Aykroyd ... (story) &
Dave Thomas ... (story)
 
Dan Aykroyd ... (screenplay) and
Lowell Ganz ... (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Leslie Belzberg ... associate producer
Bernie Brillstein ... executive producer
Erik Disch ... producer: location segments
George Folsey Jr. ... producer
Brian Grazer ... producer
Sam Williams ... associate producer

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Robert Paynter ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Malcolm Campbell

Editorial Department

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Margaret Adachi ... assistant editor
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Lisa Zeno Churgin ... assistant editor
Anna Ksiezopolska ... assistant editor
Andrew MacRitchie ... assistant editor
Bob Noland ... color timer
Pattye Rogers ... assistant editor
Barry Dresner ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Terry Ackland-Snow
Peter Murton

Art Direction by

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Terry Ackland-Snow ... supervising art director

Costume Design by

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Deborah Nadoolman

Makeup Department

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Carole Bennett ... hair stylist
Frank Griffin ... makeup artist
Pauline Heys ... makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Dan Allingham ... production supervisor
Mohamed Seddik Bouabid ... line producer: Morroco
Claude Hudson ... production manager
Christopher Knowles ... unit manager
John Palmer ... production manager: Morocco

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Garfath ... second unit director
Nick Heckstall-Smith ... third assistant director
Dusty Symonds ... first assistant director
Gareth Tandy ... second assistant director
Ahmed Boulane ... assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Gostelow ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Kevin Westley ... additional third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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John Alvin ... poster artist
Michael Boone ... draughtsman
Charles Cottrell ... scenic painter
Stephen Hargreaves ... carpenter
Jim Machin ... modelmaker
John Paterson ... construction manager
Kevin Phipps ... draughtsman
Graeme Purdy ... chargehand stand-by props
Jamie White ... apprentice carpenter
Duncan Guest ... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark Harris ... technical set dresser (uncredited)
John Whitby ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Don Banks ... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow ... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound editor
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Richard C. Franklin ... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
David John ... sound recordist: second unit
Lawrence Jordan ... assistant sound editor (as Larry Fallick)
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Chuck Neely ... sound editor
Howard Neiman ... sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg ... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Ivan Sharrock ... sound mixer
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Jerry Stanford ... sound editor (as Jerry R. Stanford)
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Beavis ... special effects technician
Rob Dickinson ... electronic engineer
Tony Fox ... special effects technician
Brian Johnson ... special effects supervisor
Dave Knowles ... special effects technician
Paul Knowles ... special effects technician
Tony Phelan ... special effects technician
David H. Watkins ... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Ray Caple ... matte painter
Ira Curtis-Coleman ... video supervisor
Peter Dorme ... model unit
Michael McDermott ... gaffer: model unit
Derek Meddings ... visual effects supervisor
Jim Michaels ... visual effects producer
John Morgan ... visual effects camera operator
Terry Reed ... model maker supervisor
Jonathan Taylor ... visual effects: first assistant camera
Paul Wilson ... visual effects photography

Stunts

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Mohamed El Baz ... stunts
Abdelkader Bouchafra ... stunts
D. Boyd-Phillips ... stunts
Peter Brace ... stunts
Ken Buckle ... stunts
Terry Cade ... stunts
Alan Chuntz ... stunts
Clive Curtis ... stunts
Mike De Luna ... stunts (as Michael De Luna)
P. Eastwood ... stunts
Stuart Fell ... stunts
David Forman ... stunts
Terry Forrestal ... stunts
Jim Handbury ... stunts
Reg Harding ... stunts
Brahim Khabba ... stunts
Mohamed El Mansour ... stunts
Lex Milloy ... stunts
Abderrazak El Moustaghit ... stunts
Mohamed El Moustaghit ... stunts
Gerard Naprous ... stunts
Mohamed Sedghini ... stunts
Colin Skeaping ... stunts
Rocky Taylor ... stunts
Malcolm Weaver ... stunts
Paul Weston ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Jason White ... stunts
Nick Wilkinson ... stunts
B.J. Worth ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chic Anstiss ... camera operator
Bob Bridges ... clapper loader: Norway
Rande DeLuca ... aerial photographer (as Rande De Luca)
Mark Gardiner ... motion control camera operator
Vince Goddard ... electrician
Keith Hamshere ... still photographer
Martin Kenzie ... first assistant camera: second camera
John May ... gaffer
Michael McDermott ... gaffer
Simon Mills ... clapper loader: second unit
John Palmer ... camera operator
Phil Pastuhov ... aerial photographer
Chris Strong ... gaffer/best boy: additional photography
John Sullivan ... best boy
Brian West ... director of photography: second unit
Kenneth J. Withers ... camera operator
Mark Ingleton ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Marion Dougherty ... casting: USA
Debbie McWilliams ... casting: Europe

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sue Wain ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Rufus Andrews ... location manager
Peter Elford ... location manager
Nigel Goldsack ... location manager
Stuart Neumann ... location manager

Music Department

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Elmer Bernstein ... conductor
Kathy Durning ... music editor
Christopher Palmer ... orchestrator
Dan Wallin ... score mixer

Script and Continuity Department

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Pamela Carlton ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Colin Morris ... personal driver: John Landis
Mark White ... transportation

Other crew

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Marlene Butland ... production coordinator
Susan d'Arcy ... publicist
Jim Michaels ... computer playback operator
Greg Powell ... wrangler
Jan Walker ... executive assistant to producer
Janet L. Wattles ... production accountant
Greg Powell ... horse master (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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? See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Drôles d'espions (France)
  • Spione wie wir (Germany)
  • Espías como nosotros (Spain)
  • Spie come noi (Italy)
  • Os Espiões que Entraram numa Fria (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,614,039, 08 Dec 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie was inspired by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's "Road" movies, thus explaining Bob Hope's cameo appearance. Hope's cameo of less than thirty seconds, playing a round of golf through a tent. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Barry Manilow/Chevy Chase & Dan Aykroyd/David Letterman (1985). See more »
Soundtracks SPIES LIKE US See more »
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 »
Quotes Ace Tomato Agent: Won't you gentlemen have a Pepsi?
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