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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 ... Seely (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Croft
John Bardon ... Evans
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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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Trivia

Yuri Borienko portrayed a character, Yuri, who had the same first name as his own. See more »

Goofs

The person playing the piano is not playing the correct notes when the Russian's are doing their gymnastics near the beginning of the movie. Maybe it was recorded with one music, but the new music that was dubbed on the soundtrack is not the same that the person is playing. See more »

Quotes

GriffBruland: Oh, we don't know what's comin' tomorrow... Maybe it's trouble and sorrow... But we'll travel the road... Sharin' our load... Side by side... You take it, brother... Through all kinds of weatherrrrr... Did You hear that, Lord? Whether the sky should fall... Whether the skyyyyy should fallllll... Just as long as we're together... It doesn't matter at all...
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Connections

References Casino Royale (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

On Top of Old Smoky
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Traditional
Performed by Donald Sutherland
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Gould + Sutherland can do no wrong
12 June 2007 | by kokos-kittenSee all my reviews

this movie is way underrated. i didn't have high expectations from the previous reviews I had read, my rental was based on the sheer fact I wanted to enjoy these two on screen again. however, I was pleasantly surprised and am still thinking about the dialog long after I watched. hilarious banter!!! and the music---if only i could find the song that plays during the credits(after Elliot and Donald are done singing). its awesome!!! My favorite scene is when the chase the dog and confront anyone who the dog runs up to. These guys don't play dumb, and neither does the conversation between them. Plus, there's not-so-bright french anarchists in the movie. now tell me this doesn't sound fantastic!!!!


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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)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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