Spies Like Us

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"With spies like these, who needs enemies?"
  • PG
  • 1985
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.4  (52,199)
  • 22

Spies Like Us is a 1985 American spy comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Mark Stewart. The film follows the adventures of two incompetent government workers who are unwittingly sent on a secret mission to the Soviet Union as part of a Cold War plot. Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd play Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge respectively, two low-level government workers who dream of becoming secret agents. When they are caught cheating on a language test, they are punished by getting reassigned to the Pentagon war room. However, their luck changes when they are given a special mission by two higher-ups who are looking to use them as decoys to distract the Soviet Union from the real spies.

Fitz-Hume and Millbarge find themselves on a chaotic adventure that takes them from Washington D.C. to Pakistan and ultimately into the heart of the Soviet Union. Along the way, they cross paths with beautiful Russian spy Karen Boyer (Donna Dixon), ruthless KGB agents, and a series of eccentric characters who help them on their journey.

Despite their lack of training and experience, Fitz-Hume and Millbarge manage to stumble their way through the mission, using their bumbling incompetence to their advantage. The film is full of slapstick humor, witty one-liners, and hilarious montages as the duo tries to complete their mission.

The film is also notable for its original score, which was composed by Elmer Bernstein. The score features a catchy theme song that has become iconic in its own right, as well as incorporating elements of traditional Russian music to set the mood for the film's Soviet setting.

Spies Like Us was a commercial success upon its release, grossing over $60 million at the box office. However, it received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the comedic performances of Chase and Aykroyd but criticizing the film's plot and pacing.

Regardless of its critical reception, Spies Like Us has become a cult classic, beloved by fans of Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and 80s comedies in general. Its lighthearted approach to Cold War espionage and its memorable characters have helped it stand the test of time and become a beloved classic of the genre.

Spies Like Us is a 1985 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 22.

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    1 hr 42 min
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    6.4  (52,199)
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