The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 34,133
Jon Amiel directed this satire on mistaken-identity thrillers and the spy genre, scripted by Robert Farrar, Tim John, and Oliver Butcher from Farrar's unpublished novel, Watch That Man. In the female lead, Joanne Whalley returned to films after a three-year absence, choosing to do so with director Amiel. Farrar's Hitchcockian-style story focuses on naive Blockbuster Video clerk Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) who travels from Des Moines, Iowa, to London to celebrate his birthday with his wealthy
Nov 14, 1997 Wide
Mar 24, 1998
Warner Home Video
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You have to be a Bill Murray fan, or in an especially generous mood, to find The Man Who Knew Too Little more than mildly amusing.
This is the kind of thing Murray and Amiel could do in their sleep. So they do.
After a decade or so of lackluster, what-were-they-thinking? movies, Murray has finally come back to himself
Murray elevates the material in this amusing spy farce.
A poor man's Being There, which still makes for a great time.
Much of the film's success can be attributed to Murray, whose timing and goofball charm are as effective as ever.
Kind of funny...but not enough to recommend.
Oddball little comedy with some weird twists.
forgettable fluff, but it's hard to slam any film in which the villains take a break from chasing and shooting at each other to play the old Kerplunk! game.
Audience Reviews for The Man Who Knew Too Little
- James Ritchie: Am I talking to an actor now or a human being?
- Hawkins: Neither, sir. I'm a policeman.
- Sergei: If we cannot trust each other, how can we bring back Cold War together?
- Lori: I often wondered what death would look like, but I didn't think it would look like you.
- Wallace Ritchie: Nobody asked me to be a human being.
- Sir Roger Daggenhurst: Why is he using that ridiculous American accent?
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