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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

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Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.

Director:

Jon Amiel

Writers:

Robert Farrar (novel), Robert Farrar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Wallace Ritchie
Peter Gallagher ... James Ritchie
Joanne Whalley ... Lori
Alfred Molina ... Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
Richard Wilson ... Sir Roger Daggenhurst
John Standing ... Gilbert Embleton
Simon Chandler ... Hawkins
Geraldine James ... Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
Anna Chancellor ... Barbara Ritchie
Nicholas Woodeson ... Sergei
Cliff Parisi ... Uri
John Thomson ... Dimitri
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ... Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ... Spenser
Isabel Hernández Isabel Hernández ... Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)
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Storyline

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act. Written by Anonymous

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Don't overestimate him See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, innuendo, comic violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watch That Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,604,819, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,801,755, 23 January 1998
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Bill Murray uses the mallet to break down the door, he yells "Here's Johnny!". This is a nod to Jack Nicholson breaking down the door with an axe, and saying the same thing in the movie, The Shining (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Wally points the revolver at Lori, you can see light through the chambers in the cylinder, indicating that there are no rounds - live or otherwise - in the gun. See more »

Quotes

Lorelei 'Lori': What are you? C.I.A., Mafia?
Wallace: Both.
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Connections

Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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The Man Who Knew Too Little
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Written by Christopher Young
Performed by Christopher Young
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One of the Greatest Comedy Tour De Forces in Film History!
27 December 2004 | by ddruckerSee all my reviews

How could so many people miss this amazing performance? Bill Murray pulls off something that hadn't been done since the days of Harold Lloyd: a character who always succeeds despite the fact that he thinks that everything is a game. Like Lloyd's blindfolded wanderings on suspended buildings many stories in the air where he never falls down or gets hurt, Murray triumphs as a super-secret-agent when he thinks the entire thing is a parlor game, a bit of 'real life theatre'. The twists and turns of the plot, the misunderstandings and misinterpretations by everyone around him just add to the giddiness of the whole film. I have rarely been so disappointed when I had to finally concede that it was the end of the story. Give this a second look if you dismissed it as just a silly movie. It's a classic, and one of my 10 best movies of all time.


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