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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.

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Betty Thomas

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Morton S. Fine (characters) (as Morton Fine), David Friedkin (characters) | 6 more credits »
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The nickname Kelly had for Alex was "Mission Man". See more »

Goofs

After Alex puts the pilot in Kelly's plane to sleep, he descends the plane to persuade Kelly to go to the party at 8pm, however, a steep descent as shown in the film is not only impossible, as they went from apparently 36,000ft to around 1, 000ft as shown on the altimeter a few seconds later, but would also make the plane exceed its structural load limit and disintegrate. In addition, it would make everything inside the plane weightless due to the negative G-forces. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Robinson: [to Alex] Let me show you something a little Kelly Robinson style. Hold on, here we go!
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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

Featured in I Spy: The Slugafest (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
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An average buddy movie with action , thrills and amusement
15 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It's a typical action , modern film . Owen Wilson plays a good and serious CIA agent , Eddie Murphy plays a humorous and foul mouthed boxer , both join forces to vanquish the evil and nasty person , Malcolm Mc Dowell , who has stolen a supersonic and invisible airplane . Famke Janssen and Gary Cole play other agents , we don't know if they are good or bad guys until the end .

The movie blends action, humor , giggles , emotion , comedy, tongue-in-cheek is quite funny and entertaining . The characters from the TV series are reversed in this film version . In the original TV series, Kelly Robinson was the white guy and the athlete, while Alexander Scott was the black guy and the non-athlete . In both cases, however, the Bill Cosby /Eddie Murphy character was a less experienced spy than the Robert Culp /Owen Wilson character .

Eddie Murphy , as always , playing the same role , Owen Wilson and Famke Janssen are rightly . Good cinematography by Oliver Wood and direction by Betty Thomas is ordinary , fitting to action film . Rating 6/10. Average but amusing.


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