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Spy Game (2001)

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Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nathan Muir
... Tom Bishop
... Elizabeth Hadley
... Charles Harker
... Troy Folger
... Gladys Jennip
... Dr. William Byars
... Robert Aiken
... Vincent Vy Ngo
... CIA Director Cy Wilson
Andrew Grainger ... Andrew Unger
... Fred Kappler
... Henry Pollard
Ted Maynard ... CIA Administrator
Tom Hodgkins ... CIA Lobby Guard
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Storyline

CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship. Written by ck

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"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher" (Leonardo Da Vinci) See more »

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

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21 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,689,125, 25 November 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,871, 22 February 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,049,560, 31 December 2002
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Trivia

Tony Scott gave each flashback a distinct look to remind the viewer of that time in history. For Vietnam, he desaturated the colours to give it this "strange sepia green." See more »

Goofs

The plane in which Muir is supposed to travel to Karachi is an Spanish made CN-235. This plane were introduced in 1986, not '85 when scene is situated. Probably the airplane is part of the Moroccan Air Force. See more »

Quotes

Troy Fogler: [re-enters the room looking faintly amused] There's been... an incident, in China.
Charles Harker: [looks confused for a moment, then shocked as he realises that Muir has played them all] Oh, Jesus Christ.
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Crazy Credits

The film is dedicated to Elizabeth Jean Scott, Tony Scott's mother, that died that year. See more »

Connections

References La Femme Nikita (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Brothers in Arms
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Dire Straits
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Ltd. / Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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this is a whole different game...
31 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are many reasons why we like a movie or not. For me, this is the case in witch small things were enough to like it: the two main actors, the places in which the action occurs, and the fact that it has more to do with a love affair, in a tragic atmosphere than about spies. Well, of course this is about spies - two of them - and mostly about the relation between them; if they are similar enough to understand each other, they are also different enough to generate some tension in the relation.

Maybe this is more about how the characters move around each others than about action or intrigue. In fact this is so obvious that the way in which the story is told is mostly in flashback, with Muir (Robert Redford) introducing all of them and narrating part. So, the story is the story and the spy game is what Muir does within the CIA, in 24 hours or so. The distinction is important because if you think of this as a traditional spy movie (maybe like the Bourne Identity or Supremacy) it has two obvious flaws for the genre: the plot is very simple (maybe predictable) and there's no bad guy, no one to kill or to revenge; there's also almost no genuine action, and, as far as I can remember, Bishop (Brad Pitt) only fires one weapon in the whole movie. Maybe what mislead most of the people was the title of the movie, and maybe that's why most of them didn't like it. However, in my opinion, this is a very good movie, with strong leading roles and a compelling story.

No gadgets, no arms, no villains, no action...oh, no,this is a whole different game, and it's a serious and a dangerous game: the game of people and their relations.


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