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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:

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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

According to the book 'The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood' (2009), pp. 194-197, by writer-director Nicholas Meyer, the screenplay for this film "struggled to reflect fast-moving events in Eastern Europe, where the Berlin Wall was collapsing." 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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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) 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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Spy exchange gone bad
4 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Nicholas Meyer is a good writer as shown in the many screen plays, and novels, he has given us. As a director, he has had some success and failures, as it's the case of his "Company Business", which he wrote for the screen and directed.

The film has a fatal casting problem in Mikhail Barysnikov, who was a great dancer, but alas, as an actor, one would advise him to stick to his day job. As a result, the film never achieves the momentum that is hinted at the start.

Gene Hackman, a superb actor, doesn't do as well under Mr. Meyer's direction. As a matter of fact, he appears to be too old for the part and there is no chemistry between him and Mr. Barysnikov, making the film drag. The others in the cast do what they can, but nothing can save this movie.

On the plus side, we are taken to interesting locales, but by the time we arrive at those destinations we couldn't care less where we are, or if it's Friday, we must be in taking a tour of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


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