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History Is Made at Night (1999)

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A romantic suspense-comedy about CIA agent Harry (Bill Pullman) and SVR agent Natasha (Irene Jacob) fighting to save the world, their lives and secret love in the post cold war Helsinki.


Ilkka Järvi-Laturi (as Ilkka Jarvilaturi)


Patrick Amos (screenplay), Jean-Pierre Gorin (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Harry Howe / Ernie Halliday
Irène Jacob ... Natasha Scriabina / Anna Belinka
Bruno Kirby ... Max Fisher
Glenn Plummer ... Dave Preston
Udo Kier ... Ivan Bliniak
André Oumansky ... Yuri
Féodor Atkine ... Romanov (as Feodor Atkine)
Janne Kinnunen Janne Kinnunen ... Pekka
Linda Zilliacus ... Maija (as Linda Gyllenberg)
Jevgeni Haukka Jevgeni Haukka ... Slava
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Lauren
Henry Saari Henry Saari ... Porn Man
Louise Hodges Louise Hodges ... Porn Woman (as Louise Hodges)
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... CIA Elder
Mika Eloranta Mika Eloranta ... Bodyguard


A romantic suspense-comedy about CIA agent Harry (Bill Pullman) and SVR agent Natasha (Irene Jacob) fighting to save the world, their lives and secret love in the post cold war Helsinki.

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Sex, Lies and World Domination

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Alternate Versions

The US DVD edition was modified from non-anamorphic 35mm to a letter-boxed wide screen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. As result, some of the explicit nudity of the film was softened (An outdoors scene featuring full frontal nudity from Bill Pullman and Irène Jacob was optically cropped off). See more »


References Out of the Past (1947) See more »

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A jumbled mess
20 October 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

The Cold War is over and two adversarial spies (Bill Pullman and Irene Jacob) fall in love and dream of living a normal life. There is trouble in paradise, however, since they find themselves on opposite sides of an attempt to pass satellite codes to the Russians encoded into a homemade porno film. This is a good premise for an international thriller, but the execution does a belly flop.

This film was produced in Finland to very low filmmaking standards. Since I haven't seen many Finnish films, I can't say whether this is typical or atypical, but it was full of bad scene setups, plot inconsistencies and generally poor directing. The soundtrack was jazzy and nice, but it often didn't fit with the scenes to which it was applied.

Director Ilkka Jarvi-Laturi was trying to present this as a lighthearted romantic comedy and international thriller, but it was marginal on the first count and a disaster on the second. Bill Pullman can carry off the lovable romantic hero role, but as a spy, he is a joke. Irene Jacob was better at handling the two aspects of the role, but the dialogue was so excruciating that her acting talent and beauty were not enough to save it.

Jacob and Pullman had some chemistry in the romantic scenes, but both seemed flummoxed in the comedic espionage scenes. This was some incredibly bad writing and it must have been very difficult for these actors to say their lines without kecking.

This film is a jumbled mess with terrible writing and amateurish direction. I rated it a 4/10. Be sure to miss it.

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English | Finnish

Release Date:

22 October 1999 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Games See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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