Spy Game

Spy Game

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Director: Tony Scott

Cast: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack

     
 

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Brad Pitt is reunited as a co-star with his A River Runs Through It (1992) director Robert Redford for this espionage thriller from Tony Scott. On the verge of retirement from the Central Intelligence Agency, veteran spy Nathan Muir (Redford) learns that his one-time protégé Tom Bishop (Pitt) has gone rogue and been taken prisoner after attempting to smuggle aSee more details below

Overview

Brad Pitt is reunited as a co-star with his A River Runs Through It (1992) director Robert Redford for this espionage thriller from Tony Scott. On the verge of retirement from the Central Intelligence Agency, veteran spy Nathan Muir (Redford) learns that his one-time protégé Tom Bishop (Pitt) has gone rogue and been taken prisoner after attempting to smuggle a prisoner out of China. Although Muir and Bishop had once been close friends, sharing adventures from Vietnam to Berlin, bad blood and resentment developed between them, and the two men haven't seen each other in years. As his memories of their friendship come flooding back, Muir sets about arranging the rescue of his old friend from a Communist jail. Spy Game (2001) co-stars Catherine McCormack as a human rights activist and Bishop's love interest.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
International intrigue and behind-the-scenes political machinations, portrayed with documentary-like believability, make Spy Game one of the most satisfying thrillers in recent years. The degree of verisimilitude given this film by director Tony Scott (Enemy of the State) is nothing short of remarkable, and the effect is enhanced by the no-nonsense performances of erstwhile matinee idol Robert Redford and the increasingly gritty Brad Pitt. Redford plays retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir, who learns that his young protégé, Tom Bishop (Pitt), has been captured by the Chinese government while engaged in an unauthorized operation. Surreptitiously struggling against an agency faction that wants to disavow Bishop’s CIA connection, Muir employs every trick he knows in a desperate attempt to free the captive agent before time runs out. Scott’s direction is disciplined and muscular; he develops the characters mostly through flashbacks while remaining focused on the narrative’s primary situation. His action scenes are organic to the plot and kept refreshingly free of the hyperviolent excesses to which today’s moviegoers are often subjected. Genuinely suspenseful and expertly turned out, Spy Game forces its viewers to think -- which puts it head and shoulders above the usual melodramatic fare. Scott provides commentary for both the complete film and deleted scenes assembled for the DVD, which also includes a making-of-featurette and script-to-storyboard comparisons.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Ignoring its somewhat dubious politics, Tony Scott's espionage thriller remains a taut and engrossing -- if glossily shallow -- take on international intrigue, shoved along at a steady clip by brisk editing and an insistent score. This is the kind of material a director like Alan J. Pakula would have thrived on in the '70s; Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata's script is rife with double- and triple-crosses, sex, assassinations, elaborate flashbacks, daring rescues, and beat-the-clock political maneuvering. In the hands of Pakula or a similarly accomplished director, Spy Game would have been truly epic instead of endlessly watchable, but, as it is, the movie offers more than enough coherent drama for audiences to chew over. Though Scott's excessive stylistic flourishes are mostly distracting, he's to be commended for delineating a head-spinning amount of information in a relatively compact, 127-minute running time. Granted, some characters fall by the wayside -- the luminous Charlotte Rampling has a nothing part -- and some plot details remain unclear, but through it all, Robert Redford anchors the film with a relaxed cool he hasn't exhibited in years. It's a part tailor-made for him, and his mere presence lends the film a gravity it wouldn't have had otherwise. Scott seems mostly uninterested in his characters' emotional transformations, but the veteran leading man more than makes up for it in his repartee with a similarly well-cast Brad Pitt. So while it's tantalizing to think of the movie Spy Game could have been, the one that's onscreen proves to be more than enough.
Village Voice
Happily, beneath the film's nostalgic veneer and tooth-rattling visual and aural effects lies a mature ambiguity that's unusual for a holiday blockbuster. Mark Holcomb
Washington Post
A taut, timely and intelligent thriller with cloak-and-swaggering performances from Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Rita Kempley
Hollywood Reporter
A satisfying blend of an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a story of friendship and loyalty and a sobering inquiry into what it means to be a spy. Kirk Honeycutt

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0025192107917
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Deleted and alternate scenes with director's commentary - including an alternate ending!; Clandestine ops: A unique viewing experience that puts you in contro. Go behind the scenes and gain access to classified information while watching the film ; Requirements for CIA acceptance: Do you have what it takes to become an operative? ; Script-to-storyboard prcess ; Feature commentaries with director Tony Scott, and with producers Marc Abraham and Douglas Wick

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Nathan Muir
Brad Pitt Tom Bishop
Catherine McCormack Elizabeth Hadley
Stephen Dillane Charles Harker
Larry Bryggman Troy Folger
Michael Paul Chan Vincent Vy Ngo
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Gladys Jennip
Ken Leung Li
David Hemmings Harry Duncan
Matthew Marsh Dr. Byars
Todd Boyce Robert Aiken
Amidou The Sheik's Doctor
Charlotte Rampling Anne Cathcart
Harry Gregson-Williams Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Scott Director
Marc Abraham Producer
David Arata Screenwriter
Jille Azis Set Decoration/Design
Michael Frost Beckner Original Story,Screenwriter
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Stephen Dobric Art Director
Garry Freeman Art Director
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
John Hill Art Director
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
Andrew Nicholson Art Director
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Chris Seagers Production Designer
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Iain Smith Executive Producer
Norris Spencer Production Designer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Christian Wagner Editor
Doug Wick Producer
John Wildermuth Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spy Game
1. Prison Break [8:23]
2. Boy Scout's in Trouble [3:30]
3. The Bishop Files [7:12]
4. Vietman [8:51]
5. Bishop Press Leak [5:22]
6. Bishop's Recruitment [6:51]
7. Operation Rodeo [7:41]
8. Berlin Rooftop [2:54]
9. Sideshow [6:27]
10. Map Room [4:29]
11. Elizabeth Hadley [6:28]
12. Breakfast in Beirut [6:48]
13. The Restaurant Scene [7:07]
14. Waiting for the Doctor [:12]
15. My Name Is Tom [2:28]
16. Race to Nebaa [1:09]
17. Nebaa Building Blow [4:19]
18. Airport Scene [5:08]
19. CIA Cat and Mouse [2:51]
20. Harker Accuses Muir [10:27]
21. Operation Dinner out [5:43]
22. End Titles [6:57]

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