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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

SpyGame  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the film was originally set to have been filmed in Israel, but due to the sudden escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in September-October 2000), and following the requirements of the actors' insurance companies, the filming took place in Morocco instead. See more »

Goofs

Muir, after having Bishop elicit a piece of information, tells Bishop he gave out 4 facts about himself (Bishop) for one dubious piece of information: "You're straight, you're engaged, tomorrow is your girl's birthday, and you have no taste in women's fashion... What if she was an asset: You told her four lies that now have to be true." But Bishop *is* straight. He only told 3 lies. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Muir: [after Muir ordered him to solicit information from an attractive female] You just gave her four pieces of personal information for one dubious impersonal fact.
Tom Bishop: Just trying to find out where she got that dress.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, many of the credits are each preceded by a jumble of letters flickering on the screen. This may be a reference to the opening credit sequence of one of Robert Redford's earlier spy movies, Sneakers (1992). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) 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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Quality movie...
12 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a very neat and intelligent movie. Everything about is perfect, no flaws really. Pitt shines better than in Fight Club here! But what really makes it even better than it is, it is the soundtrack which is absolutely stunning. You could feel european quality approach...Highly Recommend!


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