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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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It's not how you play the game. It's how the game plays you. See more »

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

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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

The coffee cup Bishop drinks from before finding Hadley's empty apartment is nearly identical to the coffee cups seen at CIA in Langley. 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

Tom Bishop: Happy?
Nathan Muir: Seventy-four casualties, an apartment block leveled, one dead terrorist? Yeah, happy.
Tom Bishop: We have some fucked up barometer for success, don't we?
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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

Referenced in Carlos (2010) See more »

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Siseler
Written by Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Briane Keane
Performed by Brian Keane, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Arto Tuncboyaciyan
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Average moviegoer won't appreciate it
10 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

STYLE, SUBSTANCE AND CLASS! Spy Game will blow right over the heads of most audiences and it obviously has. It's an underrated, taut masterpiece that gets everthing right -- the writing, directing, editing, acting is all Oscar caliber. Not to mention it's one hell of an ambitious production. Spy Game is what happens when professionals in the business come together to make an intelligent, masterfully crafted thinking man's actioner that as a viewer you can have complete confidence in while viewing -- that's a rare thing these days in Hollywood. It's a rare gem that reminded me of Clear and Present Danger. Let's hope we see a lot more of this, and a lot LESS of X-Men, Mission Impossible, Rush Hour, Pearl Harbor, Lord of the Rings and other utter boring trash passed off as action fare.


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