Spy GameNovember 21, 2001
Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.9/10 (61,987 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack
CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship.
Writers: Michael Frost Beckner, Michael Frost Beckner
Nathan D. Muir
Dr. William Byars
Michael Paul Chan
Vincent Vy Ngo
CIA Director Cy Wilson
CIA Lobby Guard
"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher" (Leonardo Da Vinci)
Release Date: 21 November 2001
Filming Locations: Beirut, Lebanon
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $21,689,125
(25 November 2001)
Did You Know?
The building identified as the US Embassy in Hong Kong is actually the headquarters of HSBC – the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Muir, after having Bishop elicit a piece of information, tells Bishop he gave out 4 facts about himself (Bishop) for one dubious piece of information: "You're straight, you're engaged, tomorrow is your girl's birthday, and you have no taste in women's fashion… What if she was an asset: You told her four lies that now have to be true." But Bishop *is* straight. He only told 3 lies.
See that building across the way?
Do you know anyone there?
In five minutes I want to see you on the balcony.
Can't we discuss it over coffee?
You just lost ten seconds.
In response to the negative reviews
I can't believe some of the nonsense I've read here. People are
that Redford looked too old in the flashback scenes — for one, I thought
looked believable. Secondly, Hollywood hasn't cloned Redford in a vat yet
we'll just have to live with scenes like this. So get over it. Others
complain that the movie is somehow BORING, which blows my mind,
it's non-stop, fast paced action and dialogue. If you're attention span is
too short for this movie I'm sure you'll enjoy crap like "XXX". Others
complain about messy plot logic (how did a CIA operative get into a
prison? Huuu duhh, I dunno! It's a popcorn flick you morons! It's not a
page novel or a documentary). The plot takes a few leaps here and there,
a Snake Eyes or Face/Off this film is not. I read complaints about the
'arty', flashy 'MTV' style editing and filming techniques — I actually
thought the movie was filmed and edited superbly and the contemporary,
TV-commercial style actually complemented the film. It's crisp, tight,
and entertaining. You get the feeling this is a high-quality production,
whereas with something like "Mission Impossible 2" the same type of style
implemented but it comes off feeling cheap. Not here, not with this movie.
As with Enemy of the State, it works. I have a feeling some of the people
that thought it was boring simply couldn't follow what was going on. The
plot does make sense if you have the attention span to keep up.