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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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You can't judge a man by the company that keeps him! 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)

Gross USA:

$1,501,785
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of around half a dozen feature film collaborations of director Nicholas Meyer and producer and second unit director Steven-Charles Jaffe. 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

Sam Boyd: [to himself] Why me? Why take the Battleship Missouri out of mothballs?
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 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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Clever spy plot that isn't over-cooked
8 July 2006 | by mattrochmanSee all my reviews

Company business is definitely a film for those with spy-genre tastes. The plot begins as a fairly straight-forward story, but as you expect in all films in this genre, twists and turns develop - people are not who they seem and it becomes difficult to work out who is playing who. That said, it is not a clichéd film, largely because the twists are not contrived or overcooked.

Further it has a European flavour to tone it down. It doesn't become a cluttery screaming shoot out towards the end - an trap that American films all too often fall into.

I suppose that's why I give it such a high rating: an engaging spy thriller that manages not to overstate the drama or manufacture the twists. In many respects, it gives the film a strange credibility. I feel that this is much more indicative of a real CIA officer's job than something like spygame or James Bond.

Mikail Barishnykov (sorry if spelling is wrong) showed considerable acting talent and Hackman, as always, delivers a strong, but toned performance.


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