Spy Hard

1996

Spy Hard

Critics Consensus

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

8%

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Total Count: 40

31%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 37,897
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Dead pan Leslie Nielsen stars as Dick Steele, agent WD-40, in this uneven send-up of spy thrillers and other popular genres done in the hilarious style of the Zucker/Abrams "Naked Gun" series. WD-40 is a James Bondish sort who gets called from retirement to stop his nefarious megalomaniacal and armless nemesis General Rancor from overtaking the world. Steele receives assistance from tasty Russian agent Veronique Ukrinsky. Movies massacred in the ensuing chaos include Speed, Pulp Fiction, True Lies, Sister Act, Home Alone, Jurrassic Park and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Several stars also make cameos including Ray Charles, Mr. T., Pat Morita, Robert Culp, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Fabio.

Cast

Leslie Nielsen
as Dick Steele, Agt. WD-40
Nicollette Sheridan
as Veronique Ukrinsky
Andy Griffith
as Gen. Rancor
Marcia Gay Harden
as Miss Cheevus
John Ales
as Kabul
Barry Bostwick
as Norman Coleman
Charles Durning
as The Director
Stephanie Romanov
as Victoria/Barbara Dahl
Ray Charles
as Bus Driver
Mr. T
as Helicopter Pilot
Elya Baskin
as Prof. Ukrinsky
Mason Gamble
as McCluckey
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
as Brian the Waiter
Joyce Brothers
as Tag Team Member
Roger Clinton
as Agent Clinton
Brad Garrett
as Short Rancor Guard
Robert Culp
as Businessman
Fabio
as Himself
Robert Guillaume
as Agent Steve Bishop
Hulk Hogan
as Steele's Tag Team Member
Alexandra Paul
as Woman in Murphy Bed
Curtis Armstrong
as Pastry Chef
Tina Arning
as Dancer No. 1
Bruce Paul Barbour
as Stunt Double for Leslie Nielsen
William Barillaro
as Blind Driver
Michael Berryman
as Bus Patron with Oxygen Mask
Downtown Julie Brown
as Cigarette Girl
Stephen Burrows
as Agent Burrows
Keith Campbell
as Thug No. 2
Carl Ciarfalio
as Thug No. 1
Johnny Cocktails
as Postal Worker
Wayne Cotter
as Male Dancer
Rick Cramer
as Rancor Terrorist/Helmlich
Eddie Deezen
as Rancor Guard Who Gets Spit On
Joey Dente
as Dead Wise Guy--Goombah
Paul Eliopoulos
as Agent No. 1
Andrew English
as Paratrooper
Michael Lee Gogin
as Short Rancor Guard
Bruce Gray
as The President
Hollis Hill
as Agent No. 2
Brian Howe
as Clubhouse Bartender
Nia James
as Rancor Terrorist
Valentino Johnson
as Michael Jackson Look-alike
Elizabeth Kaitan
as Helicopter Ticket Agent
John Kassir
as Rancor Guard at Intercom
Austin Kottke
as Boy with Balloons
Kelly Lange
as Herself
Tara Leon
as Manicurist
Esau McKnight
as Skippy/Warrior on Cell Phone
Katherine Moffat
as Agent Moffat
Fran Montano
as Carny at Weapons Lab
Desiree More
as Herself
Ron Morgan
as Weapons Lab Worker
Joanne Nerlino
as Machine Gun Packing Nun Leader/Singing Nun
Mil Nicholson
as English Countdown Lady
Gayle Obodzinski
as Dancer No. 2
Gary Owens
as M.C. for Rancor Extortion Video
Tyler Patton
as Punk Leader
Julie Payne
as Mother Superior
Pee Wee Piamonti
as Fighting Rancor Guard
Jeff Sanders
as Bird-Calling Rancor Guard
Thom Sharp
as Agent Sharp
Shari Shattuck
as Stewardess
Pat Tanzillo
as Agent Tanzillo
Thuy Trang
as Masseuse
Angela Visser
as Georgeous Blonde
Reid Worthington
as Balloon Popping Boy
Maxi Anderson
as Singing Nun
Billie Barnun
as Singing Nun
Maria Del Rey
as Singing Nun
Linda Harmon
as Singing Nun
Carol Lombard
as Singing Nun
Jeanie Long
as Singing Nun
Sally Stevens
as Singing Nun
Tata Vega
as Singing Nun
Jeannine Wagner
as Singing Nun
Julia Waters
as Singing Nun
Maxine Waters
as Singing Nun
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  • Jan 05, 2016
    You know you have problems when the funniest part of your film is the title sequence and song by 'Weird' Al Yankovic that parodies the James Bond title sequences. And I don't mean that in a derogatory manner, because the song is actually funny, but you know what that means for the rest of the film. Just take Frank Drebin from the Naked Gun series and stick him in the spy world and this is the movie you get. To say that this is a rip-off would be a severe understatement. I'm surprised the Zuckers and Jim Abrahams didn't lawyer up and sue, because they do legitimately steal several jokes from The Naked Gun trilogy. I guess it shouldn't surprise me when this film was written, in part by, by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who are better known as being the writing/directing team for abominations such as Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, among many, many others. This movie is, really, only marginally better than some of those movies, but it's still an absolutely terrible movie. It only gets the one star based on the Weird Al song and Leslie Nielsen managing to make me laugh during some scenes. Here's the thing, though, as much as I love Leslie Nielsen, the fact is that without the Zuckers and Jim Abrahams, Nielsen isn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a solid enough actor, but the Zuckers and Abrahams knew how to write for him and his character to where they'd get the most out of Nielsen as far as comedic performance is concerned. The problem with these other Nielsen movies that came out in the 90s that were hoping to recapture the Naked Gun's success is that they tried to do so without what made the Naked Gun so good in the first place. They were trying to re-do all of the goofy slapstick and silly dialogue without any of the wit, energy and effort actually put in. Again, Friedberg and Seltzer, along with two others, rip off the goofier aspects and it's just not that funny. It's as lazily written as some of Friedberg's and Seltzer's worst, but it's never, to me, as offensively awful as Date Movie was. At least it's 80 minutes long, so the suffering never lasts that long. Again there's a couple of laughs sprinkled here and there, but they're never that consistent and for every joke that works, mildly at that, there are a thousand that don't. That's not a good ratio. Not recommended in the slightest, not even if you love Leslie Nielsen and want to see more of him being a Frank Drebin-esque dumbass. Terrible movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2010
    Piece of poo! <a href='http://www.thescubasite.com' title='Scuba Site'><img src='http://forum.thescubasite.com/sick/sick0012.gif' alt='Scuba Site' border='0'></a>
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    If you dislike Leslie Nielsen movies you would certainly dislike this one as well. This movie is clearly made for all the Leslie Nielsen fans and I loved it. This movie was hilarious.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2010
    Leslie Nielsen plays Dick Steele, Codename: Agent WD-40, who has to prevent arch enemy General Rancor (played by Andy Griffith) from destroying the world. Along the way he is assisted by the delectable and beautiful spy (Nicolette Sheridan). This leads up to the usual hilarious slapstick comedy that we've all come to expect from a Leslie Nielsen film. It is a parody of well known movies including some of my favorites James Bond, Pulp Fiction, True Lies and Die Hard and overall very enjoyable film.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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