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At Theaters: 11/21/2001 On Video: 4/9/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 319914
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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On the brink of retirement from the CIA, Muir learns that Bishop has gone rogue. His one-time protégé has been jailed in Beijing on espionage charges after attempting to break a prisoner out of China. Years of bad blood and hurt feelings are washed away in a flood of memories of adventures shared by the two men as Muir takes on his most dangerous mission ever.
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Thriller Action - Contrary to the appearances of the ad campaign, this film is not an spy action-adventure but a drama involving espionage--and hence the film is directly aimed toward older moviegoers rather than younger adults. Violence and language make the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert Redford THE LAST CASTLE
Brad Pitt THE MEXICAN, SNATCH, FIGHT CLUB, MEET JOE BLACK
Director: Tony Scott ENEMY OF THE STATE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Shootouts, chases.
COMEDY: None.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "Spy Game is absorbing enough for a night out, yet the film never pretends to be more than a lavishly downbeat popcorn thriller; it ends up skittering over the very issues that lend it a modicum of vitality.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Spy Game does not offer the attention to detail evident in the best spy thrillers. There's also no real build-up in tension. Suspension of disbelief is important, since there are several poorly concealed contrivances necessary to move events forward. Overall, Spy Game is an engrossing, if flawed, endeavor - the kind of movie that represents an evening's solid diversion.''

Chicago Sun-Times  Full Review
Very Good "It's an outstanding piece of entertainment--one of the best spy thrillers in years. Redford returns to a genre that he laid claim to in ''Three Days of the Condor,'' lo those many years ago. It's wonderful to see him reinterpret and expand on that kind of performance at this stage of his career.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "It never fails: They're on the brink of retirement when all hell breaks loose. That's just the first cliché in this extremely well-shot espionage thriller that might have worked as an old-fashioned guy's-guy movie if the guys involved had any real, human personality and the espionage were actually thrilling.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 230 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
32
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
30
High
93%
30+Adults (M)
67
High
96%
30+Adults (F)
68
High
97%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As you can see, these are some high opinions! Most moviegoers really enjoyed "Spy Game," rating it "Very Good" to "Fantastic." A relatively small percentage rated it just average. Only a few rated it low, which you can see in virtually every movie and can be ignored when it's such a small percentage of the total opinions.

I RECOMMEND SPY GAME to everyone that goes in knowing it's NOT an action movie (but it does have a decent amount of action). It's more of a psychological thriller.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The year is 1991 and veteran CIA officer Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) is a day away from retiring when he learns that his one-time protege Tom "Boy Scout" Bishop (Brad Pitt) is in deep trouble.

Detained in a foreign prison on a charge of espionage, Bishop has gone rogue and is scheduled to die in 24 hours. Fearing an international incident, the CIA decides it's too great a risk to try and save him.

So it's up to Muir. With a new generation in charge of the agency, the old-school Muir is no longer an insider and must figure out how to outwit the organization he has served for so many years as he scrambles for details on Bishop's situation.

Muir hand-picked Bishop for the field when the younger man was a sharp-shooter in Vietnam, and taught him everything he knew. But a rift divided them long ago. Now, racing the clock, Muir recalls in a series of vivid flashbacks experiences they shared all over the world. He puts on his game face for his superiors one last time as he describes recruiting the young rookie, training him in the high stakes game of espionage and meeting the woman who threatened their operation — and their friendship.

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