The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)



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Movie Info

Wally is sent off to an improvisational theatre group where he goes to real locations and responds to staged situations as he really would. Wally meets and falls for a mysterious woman, and when he crosses paths with some international spies, he thinks its all part of the game.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Farrar, Howard Franklin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 1998
Warner Home Video



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as James Ritchie

as Ludmilla

as Daggenhurst

as Embleton

as Barbara Ritchie

as Dimitri

as Ms. Goldstein

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as Herr Schuster

as Frau Schuster

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as Middle-Aged Woman

as Middle-Aged Man

as Hotel Manager

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as TV Reporter

as Japanese Man

as Japanese Woman

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as PC Cochrane

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as TV Newscaster

as MI5 Agent

as Stage Manager

as Policeman

as Det. Sgt. Malloy

as Chief Insp. Cockburn

as Mugger No. 1

as Mugger No. 2

as Toastmaster

as Liveried Child

as Liveried Child

as Immigration Officer

as TV Presenter

as TV Presenter

as CIA Man

as British Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Knew Too Little

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

A one-note mix-up.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

...a misguided and terminally unfunny disaster that's rarely as appealing or entertaining as star Bill Murray's typically charismatic performance.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

This is the kind of thing Murray and Amiel could do in their sleep. So they do.

November 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Knew Too Little

A decent semi-comedy that twists and turns until an ok but not terrific ending.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


The Man Who Knew Too Little is a one-gag movie that doesn't work for much time. Bill Murray always was a very funny actor and he try very hard to the film get work well, but the script just worse the picture. This Hitchcockian-Style satire, of course it's not the best of Murray, but Bill as Wally make The Man Who Knew Little better them nothing. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A one-joke comedy that wants to carry the absurdity of its premise throughout the entire plot. At first it is a funny idea but it wears out faster than expected, with not many smart twists to keep the story fresh. At least Bill Murray makes it an amusing experience.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

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