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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... See more »

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Travis
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Wendell
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Bonnie
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Jill
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Yuri
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Illyich
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Jones (as Brian Doyle Murray)
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Mr. Smith
Mimi Maynard ...
Mrs. Smith
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Aunt Thelma
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Sparks
Steve Levitt ...
Gil
Tony Edwards ...
Nathan
Jack Ammon ...
Doc Benson
Marc Reid ...
Billy Smith
Robyn Simons ...
Kathy Smith
Joseph Golland ...
Old Timer
Imbert Orchard ...
Old Timer
John Boylan ...
Old Timer
Nigel Harvey ...
Floyd
Ron Chabidon ...
Lawyer
Roman Podhora ...
Lover #1
Caroline Healy ...
Lover #2
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Elmo
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Taxi Driver
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Operator
Ella Levykh ...
Russian Newsperson
Michael Levykh ...
Russian Newsperson
Marek Czuma ...
Guard #1
Andrei Grigoriev ...
Guard #2
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Sheriff
Dan Zale ...
Huge Guy
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Soda Jerk
Narda Singh ...
Stewardess
Sergey Filonov ...
Prison Guard
Gary Snider ...
Butcher
Michael C. Bogle ...
DC-4 Pilot
John Watson ...
DC-4 Co-Pilot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kalen Keach ...
Small Town Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dave Thomas

Written by

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Steven Greene ... (story) &
Eric Alter ... (story)
 
Nick Thiel ... (screenplay) and
Steven Greene ... (screenplay) &
Eric Alter ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marilyn Black ... associate producer
Diana Greenwood ... associate producer
Jack Grossberg ... executive producer
James Keach ... producer
Jonathan D. Krane ... executive producer (as Jonathan Krane)

Music by

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Marvin Hamlisch

Cinematography by

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Ronnie Taylor ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bud Molin

Editorial Department

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Craig Galloway ... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Terry Haggar ... color timer
Shelly Hamer ... assistant editor: Vancouver
Steve Roberts ... assistant editor: Vancouver
Markus Schaub ... apprentice editor (as Marcus Schaub)
Eric Strand ... additional editing
Carolle Alain ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Marci Liroff

Production Design by

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David Fischer

Set Decoration by

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Kim MacKenzie

Costume Design by

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Rosanna Norton

Makeup Department

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Jayne Dancose ... head makeup artist
Victoria Down ... additional makeup artist
Carol Hartwick ... assistant hair stylist
Janet Sala ... additional hair stylist
Malcolm Tanner ... head hair stylist (as Malcolm E. Tanner)

Production Management

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George A. Grieve ... unit production manager (as George Grieve)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Brett Dowler ... third assistant director
Ron French ... second assistant director
Dennis Maguire ... first assistant director (as Dennis P. Maguire)
John Moio ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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David Birdsall ... set dresser
Brenda Borrowman ... lead person
Van Gray ... paint foreperson
Kenneth H. Hawryliw ... assistant property master
Gail Irvine ... lead person (as P. Gail Irvine)
K.J. Johnson ... assistant set decorator (as K. J. Johnson)
Jan Kobylka ... construction coordinator
Glen W. Pearson ... assistant art director
Grant Swain ... property master
David Willson ... construction supervisor
Carol Winstead Wood ... production illustrator
John G. Anderson ... construction buyer (uncredited)
Lyle Barwick ... scenic carpenter (uncredited)
Catherine Leighton ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Beth Bergeron ... sound editor
James Bolt ... re-recording mixer
Michael C. Casper ... re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith ... sound editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Greg Curda ... foley mixer
Roberta Doheny ... re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
David Lee Fein ... foley artist
Daniel F. Finnerty ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Fortune ... supervising sound editor
Tom Gerard ... re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
David W. Gray ... stereo consultant: Dolby
John Harling ... boom operator
Joseph A. Ippolito ... sound editor (as Joey Ippolitto)
James Kusan ... sound trainee
John Murray ... foley editor
Lettie Odney ... adr editor
Richard Patton ... sound mixer (as Rick Patton)
Craig Sims ... assistant sound editor
Beth Sterner ... sound editor
Jeffrey Kaplan ... dubbing recordist (uncredited)
John Morris ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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George Erschbamer ... special effects
Stewart Bradley ... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Rory Cutler ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rick Avery ... stunt double: John Travolta
Alex Green ... stunts
Cotton Mather ... stunts
John Moio ... stunt coordinator (as John A. Moio)
Tom Morga ... stunt double: James Keach
Louis Pharand ... stunts
Alison Reid ... stunts
Jacob Rupp ... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp ... stunts
Ron Van Hart ... stunts
John Wardlow ... stunts
Brent Woolsey ... stunts
Jim Dunn ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ernie Jackson ... stunts (uncredited)
David Rigby ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert B. Brown ... generator operator
Gavin B. Craig ... grip (as Gavin Craig)
Theo Eglseder ... additional first assistant camera
Douglas R. Field ... first assistant camera
F. Angel Gonzales ... camera operator
Colin Gray ... assistant lighting technician
John Helme ... rigging electrician (as John G. Helme)
Ken Hemphill ... first company grip (as Kenneth Hemphill)
Stephen Jackson ... chief lighting technician
Burton Kuchera ... electrician
Peter McLennan ... camera operator
Klaus Melchior ... video services
Edward Morrison ... grip
Jeff Plecas ... second company grip
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Jane Smither ... camera trainee
Timothy Robin Spencer ... second assistant camera (as Timothy Spencer)
Tom A. Wallace ... dolly grip
Paul Arnel ... grip (uncredited)
Michael J. Jacobs ... special still photographer (uncredited)
Curtis Petersen ... camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Richard Trus ... video playback animation (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Michelle Allen ... casting: Canada
Coreen Mayrs ... extras casting: Vancouver
Liz Siegel ... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Lisbeth Siegel)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Wendy Foster ... costumer
Linda Lee Langdon ... costumer
Danise Lee ... costumer
Jane Osborne ... seamstress
Christopher Ryan ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Scott Harper ... assistant location manager
Michael A. Provost ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Farrow ... music recording consultant (as Mike Farrow)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Richard Hazard ... orchestrator
Charles Martin Inouye ... music editor (as Chuck Martin Inouye)
Curtis Roush ... supervising music editor
John Moses ... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Bruce Robb ... music producer: theme song (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jim Barley ... driver
Steve Boyd ... driver (as Steve Boyd)
Donald Frank Bush ... driver (as Don Bush)
Barry Chapman ... transportation captain
John Fex ... driver
Greg Hamilton ... driver
Don Harris ... driver
Glenn J. Harrison-Jones ... transportation co-captain (as Glen J. Harrison-Jones)
Fred Landsink ... driver (as Fred Lansink)
Michael J. Murphy ... transportation coordinator
Philip Murphy ... driver (as Phil Murphy)
Wayne Nelson ... driver
John G. Oliver ... transportation captain
Stan Saliken ... driver
Judy Smith ... driver (as Judith Y. Smith)
Robert Smith ... driver
Rick Tait ... driver
Jack Vlahovic ... driver
Norm Wilkinson ... driver
Stephen Carr ... personal driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hillary Black ... assistant: Mr. Thomas
Carol Sue Byron ... production accountant
Anson Downes ... dialogue coach
Joan Edwards ... personal assistant: Mr. Travolta
Linda Favila ... dialogue coach
Molly Fridley ... dance assistant
Anthony Hall ... production assistant
Don Knodel ... production assistant
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay ... craft service / first aid
Wendy Mclean ... script supervisor (as Wendy McLean)
Catherine Millard ... assistant: Mr. Grossberg
Linda Neild ... assistant accountant
Sandra Palmer ... production coordinator
Vincent Paterson ... choreography
Brigitte Prochaska ... unit publicist
Cindy Schonbrun ... assistant: Mr. Keach
Cynthia Turley ... assistant production coordinator
Mark Vincent ... dance assistant
Beverly Wiens ... assistant accountant
Donna Cipriani ... production accountant (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky ... additional voices (uncredited)
Wendi Laski ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Neal Thompson ... title designer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Victor Alvistur ... the producers wish to thank
Robert Domyancic ... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Les experts (Canada, French title)
  • Los expertos (Spain)
  • Os Espertinhos (Brazil)
  • Gli esperti americani (Italy)
  • Los expertos (Venezuela)
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  • 94 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in UHF/Valentino Returns/Shag (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Back In The U.S.S.R. See more »
Quotes Travis: [about the citizens of Indian Springs] Where are we gonna put them? They can't stay at my place.
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