Spy Hard (1996)

Spy Hard



Critic Consensus: Leslie Nielsen's comic gifts are undisputed, but Spy Hard's lazy script and slapdash direction fail to take advantage of them.

Movie Info

The first of several sight gag and slapstick-rich comedies he produced without the team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, this lowbrow comedy from executive producer and star Leslie Nielsen suffers by comparison to his work with the "ZAZ" team. Nielsen plays Dick Steele, secret agent WD-40, called out of retirement to stop the world-conquering plans of his old nemesis, General Rancor (Andy Griffith), an armless madman determined to avenge himself upon Steele (who is responsible … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dick Chudnow, Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg, Rick Friedberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1999
Hollywood Pictures


as Dick Steele, Agt. W...

as Veronique Ukrinsky

as The Director

as Gen. Rancor

as Victoria/Barbara Dah...

as Bus Driver

as Norman Coleman

as Miss Cheevus

as Kabul

as Prof. Ukrinsky

as McCluckey

as Tag Team Member

as Agent Clinton

as Businessman

as Himself

as Agent Steve Bishop

as Steele's Tag Team Me...

as Woman in Murphy Bed

as Pastry Chef

as Dancer No. 1

as Stunt Double for Les...

as Blind Driver

as Bus Patron with Oxyg...

as Cigarette Girl

as Agent Burrows

as Thug No. 2

as Thug No. 1

as Postal Worker

as Male Dancer

as Rancor Terrorist/Hel...

as Rancor Guard Who Get...

as Dead Wise Guy--Goomb...

as Agent No. 1

as Paratrooper

as Short Rancor Guard

as The President

as Agent No. 2

as Clubhouse Bartender

as Rancor Terrorist

as Michael Jackson Look...

as Helicopter Ticket Ag...

as Rancor Guard at Inte...

as Helicopter Pilot

as Twin No. 1

as Twin No. 2

as Brian the Waiter

as Boy with Balloons

as Noggin

as Herself

as Manicurist

as Skippy/Warrior on Ce...

as Agent Moffat

as Carny at Weapons Lab

as Herself

as Weapons Lab Worker

as Machine Gun Packing ...

as English Countdown La...

as Dancer No. 2

as M.C. for Rancor Exto...

as Punk Leader

as Mother Superior

as Fighting Rancor Guar...

as Bird-Calling Rancor ...

as Agent Sharp

as Stewardess

as Agent Tanzillo

as Masseuse

as Georgeous Blonde

as Balloon Popping Boy

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Singing Nun

as Short Rancor Guard
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Critic Reviews for Spy Hard

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14)

The jokes come in sporadic volleys rather than the steady machine-gun pace of The Naked Gun and Airplane!, and, with a few exceptions, they are less truly aimed.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

As funny as Nielsen can be, like all comic actors he still needs the quick-thinking jokes and zingy one-liners to be genuinely funny.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Spy Hard just comes off as a long commercial. And yes, that means most of the best moments you've seen in the movie's trailer.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

More of a cinematic joke book than a real movie, Spy Hard hits you with gags faster than Henny Youngman on speed. Even when individual bits misfire, the unrelenting barrage of silliness can break down your resistance.

Full Review… | June 4, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Spy Hard is a loose send-up of the Bond series and other overly expensive action flicks, but after Hot Shots! Part Deux and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 who needs another action parody?

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

Never mind that the smutty, high-tech 007 capers already wink at the conventions of the bikini-clad, gizmo-strewn genre. If the martini is shaken, not stirred, why beat it to death with a swizzle stick?

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spy Hard

Piece of poo!

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Leslie Nielson does a funny James Bond spoof, which is actually better than some of the James Bond movies! I liked when he was attempting to sneak into someone's apartment, and ends up trashing the entire place.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Another spoof starring Leslie Nielsen sending up Die Hard, Jame Bond and plenty of other action films. Will raise a few laughs but not the best spoof around.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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