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I Spy (2002)

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A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.

Director:

Betty Thomas

Writers:

Morton S. Fine (characters) (as Morton Fine), David Friedkin (characters) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Kelly
Owen Wilson ... Alex
Famke Janssen ... Rachel
Malcolm McDowell ... Gundars
Gary Cole ... Carlos
Phill Lewis ... Jerry
Viv Leacock ... T.J.
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Lunchbox
Tate Taylor ... Lieutenant Percy
Lynda Boyd ... Edna
Bill Mondy ... McIntyre
Larry Merchant Larry Merchant ... Vegas Commentator
Sugar Ray Leonard ... Vegas Commentator
Jimmy Lennon Jr. Jimmy Lennon Jr. ... Vegas Ring Announcer
Joe Cortez ... Vegas Referee
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Storyline

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Espionage with attitude. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I-Spy See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,752,803, 3 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,561,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,279,822
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Daunting was the filming of an elaborate two-step escape sequence where Kelly and Alex are lifted from a tramway into the air by inflating a large balloon and then dropped to safety down a tunnel into the Budapest sewer system. Stunt Coordinator Brent Woolsey outlined how it all came together: "We used two three hundred foot cranes and ran a high line between them. First we put a traveller system with a descender attached so we could glide across downtown Budapest and drop them down the tunnel." He added proudly, "We did it flawlessly." See more »

Goofs

Alex's hair length is significantly longer in some scenes than in others. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Robinson: I put this in my eye?
Alexander Scott: I got the camera in my eye.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release has 1 second cut from the film (shot of a knife entering someone's leg and then being removed) to avoid a '15' rating. See more »

Connections

References 9½ Weeks (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
Written by Willie Cobbs and Bo Diddley (as Ellas McDaniel)
Performed by Dawn Penn
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
Better than I'd heard--- Wilson, Murphy, and Jannsen get to shine and dazzle us in the movie's second half
16 November 2002 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

A lot better than I expected! I'd read dreadful reviews, and while I clearly see the bases of the critics' points (I try to only read good critics, critics with useful insights), I must confess I wound up liking the movie.

The first 45 minutes or so was pretty lame--- slow, awkward, annoying. But the it picked up steam, and allowed Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson (my two favorite actors, for real) to be their charming and weird selves. And that Famke Jannsen--- Wow! Those Dutch folks grow some hot babes! At least, I think she was Dutch, once??? Whatever--- she's VERY sexy, charming, intelligent, and graceful. All 3 of these folks were largely very watchable.


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