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The Experts (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 13 January 1989 (USA)
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Two NYC guys get jobs starting a nightclub in Smalltown, USA. They don't know it's a spy training model town in USSR .

Director:

Dave Thomas

Writers:

Steven Greene (story), Eric Alter (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Travis
Arye Gross ... Wendell
Kelly Preston ... Bonnie
Deborah Foreman ... Jill
James Keach ... Yuri
Jan Rubes ... Illyich
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Jones (as Brian Doyle Murray)
Charles Martin Smith ... Mr. Smith
Mimi Maynard ... Mrs. Smith
Eve Brent ... Aunt Thelma
Rick Ducommun ... Sparks
Steve Levitt Steve Levitt ... Gil
Tony Edwards ... Nathan
Jack Ammon Jack Ammon ... Doc Benson
Marc Reid Marc Reid ... Billy Smith
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Storyline

Travis and Wendell are kidnapped while on their way to opening a nightclub in rural Nebraska. The KGB spy Cameron Smith takes them to the U.S.S.R. instead with the intention of teaching KGB agents to be hip like Americans. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Paramount wanted director Dave Thomas to go back and reshoot some scenes before its limited release in 1989, but in the intervening two years star John Travolta had gained over 30 pounds, which prevented any new scenes being shot. See more »

Goofs

Yuri states the town is about 80 miles from the Sea of Japan. The coordinates he gives (61°N, 130°E) is roughly 195 miles from the Sea of Okhotsk and nearly 1,000 miles from the Sea of Japan. See more »

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Travis: [about the citizens of Indian Springs] Where are we gonna put them? They can't stay at my place.
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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

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Get On Up
By Francisco Soto, Lawrence Herrera & John Pro
Performed by Latin Poets
Produced by Jellybean Benítez (as Jellybean Benitez)
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Fun, light, disposable comedy you'll remember
3 February 2004 | by brf1948See all my reviews

Everyone always says, "It's a fun movie, but don't expect Oscar material" about these silly little movies. If you are expecting a silly movie about two dim-witted New Yorkers who think they are going to Nebraska to start a nightclub, but have really been abducted by the KGB to inject a little late '80's cachet to a Soviet Operative training town trapped in the '50's, who then fall in love with the wholesome, caring "townspeople" (two of them in particular), and learn the formula late '80's message of understanding and communication, you'll have a great afternoon. If you are expecting Oscar material, I'm afraid you may have been living in a Soviet training camp. This movie is fun, funny and as good as the genre gets. Nice performances turned in all around, and the dance scene everyone is drooling over really is kind of hot.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Experts See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,203, 15 January 1989

Gross USA:

$169,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,203
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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