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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wallace Ritchie
... James Ritchie
... Lori
... Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
... Sir Roger Daggenhurst
... Gilbert Embleton
... Hawkins
... Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
... Barbara Ritchie
... Sergei
... Uri
... Dimitri
Janet Henfrey ... 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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$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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One of the agents at the end has the last name of Venkman, just like Bill Murray in the first two Ghostbusters movies. See more »

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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

James Ritchie: Am I talking to an actor now, or a human being?
Chief Insp. Cockburn: Neither sir, I'm a policeman.
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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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First of all....I loved it.
13 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

First of all....I loved it. Simply put, this film was great. Talk about a story that could have been based upon true life incidents is not what this film is about. This is comedy at its best. Bill Murray's character is a man who manages a Blockbuster-video store someplace in Iowa. Murray decides to take a vacation and visit his brother in London. His brother (Peter Gallagher) is entertaining some important clients that same evening and sends his brother (Murray) out to participate in this audience-interaction play involving spies called the `Theater of Life'. Well, as the play begins, Murray accidentally stumbles into a real-life spy drama and takes everything that happens next as if he is just acting in a play. The result is non-stop humor which leaves the audience busting up outloud. You don't have to love Bill Murray to love this film...he brings to the screen the best parts of his roles in "Scrooged", "Stripes", "Ground Hog Day" and "What About Bob"...you just have to be ready to experience Bill Murray at his best. Bottom line, what might even be funnier than the film, is being part of an uninhibited audience, because once some people begin laughing, they will be at it for the next two hours.


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