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S*P*Y*S (1974)

Two spies end up being chased by the C.I.A., The K.G.B., and a group of anarchists after a botched mission invoked an unwritten "corpse for a corpse" pact.

Director:

Irvin Kershner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Griff
Donald Sutherland ... Bruland
Zouzou ... Sybil (as Zou Zou)
Joss Ackland ... Martinson
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Paul (Revolutionary)
Vladek Sheybal ... Borisenko (Russian Spy Chief)
Michael Petrovitch ... Sevitsky (Defector)
Shane Rimmer ... Hessler
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Lippet
Pierre Oudrey Pierre Oudrey ... Revolutionary (as Pierre Oudry)
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Grubov
Jacques Marin ... Lafayette
Jeffry Wickham Jeffry Wickham ... Seely (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Croft
John Bardon ... Evans
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Storyline

In 1974, flanked by such filmic monuments to paranoia and corruption as Chinatown and The Parallax View, Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland tried to re-create the screwball nonchalance of their earlier M*A*S*H performances in this lightweight spy spoof, directed by Irvin Kershner. Gould and Sutherland play two CIA agents-Griff and Bruland-who are marked for death by their own agency after botching the defection of a Russian ballet dancer (Michael Petrovich). As they repeatedly mess up their assignments and wriggle out of tight corners, they not only find themselves pursued by the CIA, but also by the KGB, the Chinese Communists, and a terrorist group that wants to destroy the CIA. Written by Anonymous

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Before Austin Powers, before Johnny English, there were S*P*Y*S! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wet Stuff See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second top-billed star-teaming of Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland, who had headlined Robert Altman's MASH (1970), and were teamed again in this movie. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, when Bruland (Donald Sutherland) is supposedly driving from the back seat, the car does a 180 in reverse and a brief shot from outside shows the actual driver is driving and not Bruland, and you can see his arms spinning the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

Bruland: The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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Side by Side
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Written by Gus Kahn and Harry M. Woods
Performed by Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland
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Spy on THIS!
20 May 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Having made a mess of the army in "M*A*S*H", Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould play with the world of espionage in "S*P*Y*S". The plot is a little confusing, but the tricks that they play make up for that. The best scenes are the car chase and the wedding. There's even a scene that seems a little prescient, as Gould's character mentions a NATO presence in Afghanistan.

Overall, the bouncing around Paris gives the guys a lot to do, all of it very enjoyable. I think that the point of the movie is that Cold War-era espionage was such a joke that it might as well get this treatment in a movie. The movie got released in an era when a lot of movies focused on suspicion of the government ("The Parallax View", "Three Days of the Condor", etc). Clearly it can easily be the stuff of humor. Really funny.


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