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Company Business (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 September 1991 (USA)
A retired CIA agent is recruited to participate in a prisoner exchange with the Russians.

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writer:

Nicholas Meyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Sam Boyd
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Pyotr Ivanovich Grushenko
Kurtwood Smith ... Elliot Jaffe
Terry O'Quinn ... Colonel Pierce Grissom
Daniel von Bargen ... Mike Flinn
Oleg Rudnik Oleg Rudnik ... Colonel Grigori Golitsin
Géraldine Danon ... Natasha Grimaud
Nadim Sawalha ... Faisal
Michael Tomlinson ... Dick Maxfield
Howard McGillin ... Bruce Wilson
Louis Eppolito Louis Eppolito ... Paco Gonzalez
Toby Eckholt Toby Eckholt ... Nerdy Young Man
Elsa O'Toole Elsa O'Toole ... Receptionist Maxine Gray Cosmetics
Kate Harper ... Secretary
Shane Rimmer ... Chairman, Maxine Gray Cosmetics
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Storyline

Rogue CIA agent Sam Boyd is called back by "the Company" to do some work. Namely a hostage trade of jailed Soviet spy Pyiotr Grushenko for an American agent the Soviets had taken. In the newly united Germany the trade goes bad and Grushenko and Boyd find themselves on the run from both the KGB and the CIA as they unravel an International espionage plot set at the end of the Soviet era. American and Soviet find themselves in an uneasy partnership as they hop around Europe trying to stay alive. Notes: Baryshnikov hated this movie he refused to even do publicity for it. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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It's not the company you keep. It's the company that keeps you. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

6 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$533,610, 8 September 1991

Gross USA:

$1,501,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,501,785
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the picture is set in Paris, France and that city's Eiffel Tower. Star Gene Hackman is well known for portraying the Detective Jimmy Doyle aka Popeye Doyle character in The French Connection (1971) and The French Connection (1971). See more »

Goofs

When Mikhail and Gene are walking through the forest, they walk toward the camera which moves backwards in sync with them. At one point, the camera crew bumps some branches of a fir tree, which are seen to snap into the frame before the actors reach the tree. See more »

Quotes

Pyiotr Grushenko: Whose ass you Americans going to kick now?
Sam Boyd: Well, always got Fidel.
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Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam - Production Designer (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boys In The Back Room
Written by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander) and Frank Loesser
Arranged and Producedv by Tony Bremner
Performed by Adèle Anderson
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Enjoyable spy film
30 May 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Gene Hackman is Sam Boyd, an old CIA agent who is dragged back into "Company Business" in this 1991 film also starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. Boyd has to funnel money to the Russians using a prisoner switch as an excuse, but it all goes awry when, during the exchange, he realizes the prisoner the Russians are sending over is someone he just saw at the airport. He aborts the switch immediately. He and his Russian (Baryshnikov) are directed to a safe house, but when it blows up, Hackman realizes the CIA wants both of them dead. So they go on the run with $2 million.

This film had a light, breezy atmosphere to it, and the two stars play it sort of like an "I Spy" episode. It's not an out and out comedy but it's pleasant and implausible enough. Someone thought that the "big reveal" about the young the woman helping the two in France made the thing truly ridiculous - I don't know why. Baryshnikov at the time of the filming was 43, and the young woman (Geraldine Danon) was 23. What's the problem? Great locations in Berlin and France, good acting, and some exciting scenes. Fun if you're not expecting "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."


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