Spies Like Us (1985)

Movie Title: Spies Like Us

Year Released: 1985

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 42min

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Director: John Landis

Writer: Dan Aykroyd, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Bernie Casey, Bruce Davison, Donna Dixon, Terry Gilliam, William Prince, Steve Forrest, Tom Hatten, Jim Staahl, James Daughton, Vanessa Angel, Bob Hope, Frank Oz, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi, Michael Apted, B.B. King, Larry Cohen, Martin Brest, Ray Harryhausen,

Review: Two government employees, Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) and Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase), get way more than they bargained for when they trade their boring desk jobs for exciting field work. Soon these agents discover that they are decoys for government to start a nuclear war, and the whole time they thought they were just Spies Like Us.

Director John Landis continues his streak of classic comedies by re-teaming with the comedic genius of Dan Aykroyd, and adding the lighting-fast sarcasm of Chevy Chase to the mix, to create a movie that did for the spy genre what the Pinto did for the auto industry. Spies Like Us is a hilarious road movie reminiscent of the Hope-Crosby pictures back in the '40s, '50s, and early '60s. Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase are perfectly cast as two unsuspecting "agents" thrust together for a super secret mission that's so secret they aren't too sure what they heck is going on.

From Chase's double-talk in triplicate to Aykroyd trying his best to keep them out of danger, you are gonna laugh til it hurts. I can't help but chuckle at the hilarious exam scene, the accelerated basic training sequence, and when Fitz-Hume is interrogated by the enemy. And look at the outfits they're sporting on the poster for this forgotten comedy gem! Just thinking about it now makes me laugh. I might just have to watch it again!

These two jokers are definitely not James Bond, not in the least. But when the world is threatened by nuclear war, rest assured, Chase and Aykroyd will have you die laughing thanks to their limitless arsenal of antics, quips, and goofiness. I can't keep this a secret: Spies Like Us is great comedy that is rip for rediscover or my name isn't whatever my name is.

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Fun Fact: The movie was inspired by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's "Road" movies, thus explaining Bob Hope's cameo, and last film appearance. Hope's cameo of less than thirty seconds, playing a round of golf through a tent.


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