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.
SUTHERLAND & GOULD do to the C.I.A. what they did to the Army in M*A*S*H as S*P*Y*S
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5 September 1974 (Netherlands)
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(Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film's S*P*Y*S
(1974) promotional title logo mimicked the one from M*A*S*H
(1972) in that there were star " * " characters inserted between the four letters of the movie's name. This was a marketing gimmick to connect this new Elliott Gould
- Donald Sutherland
starring film S*P*Y*S
(1974) with their earlier one M*A*S*H
(1972) which had been a big hit at the box-office. See more
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
The Chinese are quiet, right? The Russians are quick, and we're sloppy.
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