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Spy Game (19-Nov-2001)

Director: Tony Scott

Writers: David Arata; Michael Frost Beckner

Keywords: Thriller, Espionage, Explosions

Espionage thriller follows a veteran American intelligence official's explosive effort to release his protege from Chinese custody.

Long-time Central Intelligence Agency operative Nathan Muir, reflecting on his storied career as he looks to coast towards an imminent retirement, is jostled by news of protege Tom Bishop's espionage arrest in Chinese territory. Desperate for his friend and colleague to live to see another day free and clear in his homeland, Nathan must kick himself back into high gear, utilizing every trick in his book to bring Tom back to America safely even as his superiors fear an escalation in the two powers' perpetual not-quite-cold-war.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Aubrey
28-Aug-1947 6-Apr-2010 Lord of the Flies
Larry Bryggman
21-Dec-1938   As the World Turns
Michael Paul Chan
26-Jun-1950   Robbery: Homicide Division
Stephen Dillane
30-Nov-1956   Welcome to Sarajevo
Dale Dye
8-Oct-1944   Warriors, Inc.
Garrick Hagon
27-Sep-1939   Gavin Jones in The Adventurer
David Hemmings
18-Nov-1941 3-Dec-2003 Blow-Up
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
26-Apr-1967   Without a Trace
Catherine McCormack
1-Jan-1972   A Sound of Thunder
Brad Pitt
18-Dec-1963   Ocean's Eleven
Charlotte Rampling
5-Feb-1945   The Verdict
Robert Redford
18-Aug-1936   The Sundance Kid


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 5-Oct-2010)

Excellent thriller with new millennium A-list star Brad Pitt teaming with 70's A-lister Robert Redford (smartly casted in a 'Buddy picture' after Pitt took direction from Redford in his memorable yet under-appreciated "A River Runs Through it" from 1994) in an entertaining spy film directed by action-obsessed Tony Scott which will have you at times on the edge of your seat. Scott rewards his action hungry audience in calculated doses as the picture is laced with lots of intrigue, and second guessing including a clever use of flashback sequences for additional suspense to this international thriller. Catherine McCormack is appealing as the love interest for Pitt's character which goes beyond obligatory since the joining of the two conflicts with his mentor's guidelines for espionage survival. The chemistry of all the players along with Scott's exciting action input make this an above average Pitt/Redford 'Buddy flick'.

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