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Spies Like Us (1985)

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Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director:

John Landis

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd (story), Dave Thomas (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stewart Mark Stewart ... Ace Tomato Courier
Sean Daniel Sean Daniel ... Ace Tomato Driver
Bruce Davison ... Mr. Ruby
William Prince ... Mr. Keyes
Steve Forrest ... General Sline
Tom Hatten ... General Miegs
Chevy Chase ... Emmett Fitz-Hume
Ronald Reagan ... The President of the United States (archive footage)
Jeff Harding ... Fitz-Hume's Associate
Heidi Sorenson ... Fitz-Hume's Supervisor
Stephen Hoye Stephen Hoye ... Captain Hefling
Dan Aykroyd ... Austin Millbarge
Margo Random Margo Random ... Reporter
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... Reporter
Frank Oz ... Test Monitor
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Storyline

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

With spies like these who needs enemies?

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

As a guest on The Chevy Chase Show (1993) on October 4, 1993, Dan Aykroyd tells a story about he and Chase being pursued by a truck full of paratroopers, while on-location in Morocco. Aykroyd had taken a snapshot of the military unit, who then pursued them at high speeds back to their hotel, where they evaded detection by abandoning their Jeep, and hiding inside a van with curtains in the windows. The next day, as a prank, Aykroyd had John Landis tell Chase that he had been arrested, and should expect them to be coming for him next. See more »

Goofs

When the cabin explodes, the final long shot shows no-one behind the wood pile where the spies were located earlier. See more »

Quotes

Emmett Fitz-Hume: [in celebration after saving the human race] ... Can I borrow your tent?
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Crazy Credits

The President of the United States - Ronald Reagan See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013) See more »

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SPIES LIKE US
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
Produced by Paul McCartney, Phil Ramone and Hugh Padgham
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Vintage Chevy Chase
27 July 2005 | by PatriotsReignSee all my reviews

For Chevy Chase fans, this film displays one of his vintage performances---right up there with a couple of his "Vacation" films and "Fletch." He and Dan Aykroyd form a great comedic duo with great chemistry that will leave you wanting for more.

The setting changes rapidly from DC, to Pakistan, to the former Soviet Union. Chase and Aykroyd are identified as expendable Department of State personnel, and therefore trained as covert agent decoys and tasked with an ultra top-secret mission deep inside Soviet territory. The newly appointed agent/spies don't realize they're decoys, but rather, think they're real agents on a real mission. Good stuff.

Together, their bumbling antics throughout agent training and their top-secret mission are good for steady laughs from beginning to end, as they find themselves playing the "accidental hero" role charged with saving the world.

Very scenic locations, some decent special effects (for the mid-80's), and some serious plot-twists amidst the silly humor enables "Spies Like Us" to hold the viewer's attention in-between comedic situations.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spies Like Us See more »

Filming Locations:

1308 5th St NE Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,614,039, 8 December 1985

Gross USA:

$60,088,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,088,980
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros., AAR Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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