Spies Like Us (1985)




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Director John Landis helmed this Cold War farce starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase as Austin Millbarge and Emmett Fitz-Hume -- two loser misfits who dwell in the lower ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. Convinced despite much evidence to the contrary that they're prime secret agent material, both men keep taking service exams in an effort to win promotion. Caught cheating on their latest round of tests, Austin and Emmett expect to be fired but are instead made full field agents and ushered into intense training. Little do they know that it's all a ruse and that they're about to be dumped in Pakistan to throw Russian spies off the scent of two real agents with an important clandestine assignment. A spoof of the "road" pictures popularized by Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, the film features a cameo by the latter as his golf-playing self.
PG (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Chevy Chase
as Emmett Fitz-Hume
Dan Aykroyd
as Austin Millbarge
Terry Gilliam
as Dr. Imhaus
Donna Dixon
as Karen Boyer
Bruce Davison
as Mr. Ruby
Steve Forrest
as Gen. Sline
Bernie Casey
as Col. Rhombus
William Prince
as Mr. Keyes
Tom Hatten
as Gen. Miegs
Frank Oz
as Test Monitor
Charles McKeown
as Jerry Hadley
James Daughton
as Rob Hodges
Jim Staahl
as Bud Schnelker
Stephen Hoye
as Capt. Hefling
Ray Harryhausen
as Dr. Marston
Mark Stewart
as Ace Tomato Courier
Sean Daniel
as Ace Tomato Driver
Jeff Harding
as Fitz-Hume's Associate
Heidi Sorenson
as Fitz-Hume's Supervisor
Margo Random
as Reporter
Douglas Lambert
as Reporter
Christopher Malcolm
as Jumpmaster
Matt Frewer
as Soldier
Tony Cyrus
as The Khan
Gusti Bogok
as Dr. La Fong
Derek Meddings
as Dr. Stinson
Robert Paynter
as Dr. Gill
Bob Hope
as Himself
Gurdial Sira
as The Khan's Brother
Joel Coen
as Drive-In Security
Sam Raimi
as Drive-in Security
Michael Apted
as Ace Tomato Agent
B.B. King
as Ace Tomato Agent
Laurence Cohen
as Ace Tomato Agent
Martin Brest
as Drive-In Security
Rico Ross
as WAMP Guard
Larry Cohen
as Ace Tomato Agent
Richard Sharpe
as WAMP Technician
Stuart Milligan
as WAMP Technician
Sally Anlauf
as WAMP Technician
John Daveikis
as Russian Border Guard
Laurence Bilzerian
as Russian Border Guard
Richard Kruk
as Russian Border Guard
Bob Swaim
as Special Forces Commander
Edwin Newman
as Himself
Vanessa Angel
as Russian Rocket Crew
Svetlana Plotnikova
as Russian Rocket Crew
Bjarne Thomsen
as Russian Rocket Crew
Sergei Rousakov
as Russian Rocket Crew
Garrick Dombrovski
as Russian Rocket Crew
as Tadzhik Highway Patrolman
Seva Novgorodtsev
as Tadzhik Highway Patrolman
Heather Henson
as Teenage Girl
Erin Folsey
as Teenage Girl
Ricco Ross
as W.A.M.P. Guard
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Landis' direction is indulgent, to say the least, with big landscapes, big crashes, big hardware, and big gags filling the screen. What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
TV Guide

The movie has since become a cult classic; one that those of a certain age and gender have committed to near memory and can spout lines and scenes on command like a new Army recruit.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010

nothing more than a nostalgia trip for people my age who remember seeing it in theatres and, because we were twelve, thinking it was hilarious.

Full Review… | July 18, 2010
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Spies Like Us


Taking inspiration from the Hope & Crosby "Road to" movies (which explains Hope's cameo...his final film appearance), this is the story of two inexperienced desk jockeys who are suckered in to going undercover on a mission in Soviet Territory, unaware that they are really just expendable, and are being used as decoys. What ensues is a madcap romp through all sorts of exotic places as the two decoys go through one nutty incident after another. Given the concept and the people involved (just look at all those cameos!) I had some very high hopes for this being good. I'm rather upset to report that the film comes up short and isn't as good as it should have been. Oh yeah, I mean, the cast is good, but a lot of the cameos (a John Landis trademark) just feel pointless and silly. However, it is fun trying to spot them all, including Sam Raimi, Joel Coen, Martin Brest, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, and even blues legend B.B. King. Still though, less focus on cameos, and more on a stronger story. I did like seeing Chase and Aykroyd together again, and Bernie Casey's supporting role made me happy, too. The film is funny, but it's not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. I'm okay with silly humor, but many of the gags go on for too long and after a while you realize that there's really no plot or story (as if there was supposed to be), and you get the feeling that Landis was just banking on the jokes and the actors to carry things along. I wasn't bored though, and I did laugh, but since this is a Landis film, I was expecting something sharp, witty, and brilliant. I don't regret watching this, but I do wish it would have been better .See it if you want, but don't expect it to be great (like it should have been).

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Funny in some part, until the picture show that the script is not so good or funniest.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


An outrageous, hilarious comedy with a great cast and director. I love this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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