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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 »



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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 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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UK | Finland | France | Germany


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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Did You Know?

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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Pretty Bad
31 March 2005 | by jmhousemSee all my reviews

This film couldn't decide what kind of movie it wanted to be: a serious spy film, a light comedy, a dark comedy, or a romance. The acting wasn't good. The screenplay was awful. The directing was abysmal.

The idea could have worked: a mothballed CIA agent and his former-KGB girlfriend find themselves on opposite ends of a post-Cold War dispute, putting their relationship (and their lives) in jeopardy. But much of the plot line was completely unbelievable. Also the film was too choppy and inconsistent, almost schizophrenic at times. Just when you're starting to enjoy the farcical parts of the movie, BANG! The movie turns dark. I blame the director. It doesn't appear that he had any kind of overarching plan for this movie, seemingly taking each scene individually, and setting the film adrift as a result. About the only thing going for it was sex appeal, and even that grew tiresome.

Take my advice: avoid this movie. There are better ways to spend 90 minutes.

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