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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.

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Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
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Barbara Ritchie
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Dimitri
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Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill ...
Spenser
Isabel Hernández ...
Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)
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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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Rated PG for language, innuendo, comic violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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14 November 1997 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

This was the first feature film to be made at Elstree Studios after the local council bought it from Brent Walker under a Compulsory Purchase Order. See more »

Goofs

At Jimmy's dinner party, when Lori slaps Wally's face, the sound of the slap happens before her hand hits his face. See more »

Quotes

Hawkins: Spencer, did you flush?
Wallace: I think she's gonna do that, don't you, pal? I'll ask her. Lori!
Hawkins: [Quietly to Daggenhurst] He's talking to her!
Sir Roger Daggenhurst: She's still in the bowl?
Hawkins: Maybe he tried to flush her, but she floated back up!
Sir Roger Daggenhurst: Tell him to flush her! Spencer knows how to deal with floaters.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Dad Who Knew Too Little (2003) See more »

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Obsession
Written by David Bee
Performed by Reg Owen and his Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International U.K. & Ireland (as Island) Ltd
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Excellent parody!
6 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Anybody who didn't enjoy this movie didn't get it... it was one of the most hilarious parodies I've ever seen. But, perhaps the circumstances of my initial viewing overly influenced my opinion. On a business trip to DC in 1998, I saw "The Game" with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn on the way out... great movie, but very heavy and deep. However on the way back, this movie was playing. Based on initial reviews I wasn't expecting much, but watching it was like someone purposely made a funny version of The Game, and I probably annoyed my fellow passengers as I was laughing so hard. I thought Murray was at his best, not unlike Chevy Chase in the Fletch movies (shame they didn't make more of those), as they were both in their comical element.

The coincidental (or perhaps not) pairing of these two films really added to my enjoyment of both. On a cold rainy weekend, I strongly recommend renting both and watching them in the same order I did… you won't be disappointed!


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