Spy Game

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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

Tony Scott

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


Robert Redford

Nathan D. Muir

Brad Pitt

Tom Bishop

Catherine McCormack

Elizabeth Hadley

Stephen Dillane

Charles Harker

Larry Bryggman

Troy Folger

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Gladys Jennip

Matthew Marsh

Dr. William Byars

Todd Boyce

Robert Aiken

Michael Paul Chan

Vincent Vy Ngo

Garrick Hagon

CIA Director Cy Wilson

Andrew Grainger

Andrew Unger

Bill Buell

Fred Kappler

Colin Stinton

Henry Pollard

Ted Maynard

CIA Administrator

Tom Hodgkins

CIA Lobby Guard

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher" (Leonardo Da Vinci)


Official Website:
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Release Date: 21 November 2001

Filming Locations: Beirut, Lebanon

Box Office Details

Budget: $92,000,000


Opening Weekend: $21,689,125
(25 November 2001)
(2770 Screens)

Gross: $143,049,560

Technical Specs


(TV version)

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.


Nathan Muir:
See that building across the way?

Tom Bishop:

Nathan Muir:
Do you know anyone there?

Tom Bishop:

Nathan Muir:
In five minutes I want to see you on the balcony.

Tom Bishop:
What do…

Nathan Muir:
Five minutes.

Tom Bishop:
Can't we discuss it over coffee?

Nathan Muir:
You just lost ten seconds.

User Review

In response to the negative reviews

Rating: 10/10

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.