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The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino ... Ingrid Cortez
Alexa PenaVega ... Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)
Daryl Sabara ... Juni Cortez
Teri Hatcher ... Ms. Gradenko
Cheech Marin ... Felix Gumm
Robert Patrick ... Mr. Lisp
Danny Trejo ... Machete
Guillermo Navarro ... Pastor
Johnny Reno Johnny Reno ... Agent Johnny
Norman Cabrera ... FoOglie #2 / Tall & Skinny
Trant Batey Trant Batey ... FoOglie #3 / Too Too
Andy W. Bossley Andy W. Bossley ... Brat
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... Brat's Dad (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Kara Slack Kara Slack ... Carmen's Friend
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Storyline

Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back in to action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, unfortunately there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Real Spies... only smaller


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Rated PG for action sequences | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mini espías See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,546,881, 1 April 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$112,719,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,934,180
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carla Gugino was reluctant to accept the Ingrid role, since she felt she was too young, at 29, to have both a 10 and 12 year old as her children. Director Robert Rodriquez told her that his own mother had him and all of his siblings by the time she was thirty and they were a similar age as the kids in the movie. Gugino was reassured and subsequently accepted the role. See more »

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When Carmen and Juni switch the plane from autopilot to manual control, many of the aircraft movements do not properly correspond with the movements of the control surfaces. See more »

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Carmen Cortez: You did that on purpose you kamikazee!
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Good film, especially for what it is
11 March 2006 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is a somewhat unusual film; it's a children's film, but it doesn't talk down to its audience. And as an added bonus, it can be watched even if you are over ten. As the far too little-known short Bedhead, Robert Rodriguez has here created a film for children, featuring children... which doesn't treat them with the lack of respect for the smarts and sense of logic that they do already possess. Adults often forget what children are like, and think of them as 'less' than the grownups. Rodriguez gives them(and us) a film that allows them a similar status to adults. The film has stuff that will appeal to kids(spy equipment hidden in children's things) but it isn't offensive to us who aren't. While it is more directed towards those of the preteen persuasion, it doesn't aim so low as to feel stupid for us who aren't of said persuasion. The plot is pretty good, though I guess it's not all that original... and as usual with children's films, the kids are the heroes, which puts too much pressure on them, as a Danish film critic so perfectly put it. The acting is a usual high(as most of the actors are quite talented), no performances really let you down, even the (intentionally)overplayed ones. The characters, many of them fairly clichéd and thin, are all credible. As with many(most) Rodriguez films, pretty much all of those that he's written, himself... there are subplots and such, many of which are either overly easily resolved or not properly addressed. The humor is pretty good, I laughed out loud several points, rather unusual for children's films, and I was never insulted by the humor. None of it tries too hard to garner laughs, either. The special effects are quite impressive, and though it's still evident that it's Rodriguez' mini studio, it will fool you for the very most part. The action is quite intense and exciting, and like the humor, it's got Rodriguez' unique touch. Any fan of Rodriguez(such as myself, which is by far the main reason I watched this very film in the first place) will enjoy this, if maybe not to the same extent as one of his typical films. I recommend this to any fan of Rodriguez or any of the actors, and definitely most kids. Very much worth watching, even if you've outgrown childhood. Indulge your inner kid. 7/10


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