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Spy Game
Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Marc Abraham,
Douglas Wick
Written by Michael Frost Beckner,
David Arata
Starring Robert Redford,
Brad Pitt,
Catherine McCormack
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Daniel Mindel
Editing by Christian Wagner
Distributed by Universal Studios Inc.
Release date(s) 19 November 2001 (USA)
Running time 126 min
Language English
Budget US$ 92,000,000
IMDb profile
This article is about the movie. For the TV series of the same title, see Spy Game (TV series).

Spy Game is a 2001 film, directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62,362,785 in the United States and $143,049,560 worldwide [1]. Image File history File links Spy_Game_poster. ... See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... Douglas Wick is an American movie producer whose work includes producing the 5 Academy Award-winning 2000 film Gladiator, Stuart Little, and the 3 Academy Award-winning Memoirs of a Geisha. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Catherine McCormack (born January 1, 1972 in Alton, Hampshire, England) is an English actress. ... Harry Gregson-Williams (born December 13, 1961) is a Grammy-nominated British film score composer. ... Universal Studios logo Universal Studios is a famous Hollywood movie studio located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, which is in the San Fernando Valley. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Spy Game was a short-lived American action-adventure television series that aired on the ABC network for 13 episodes during the spring and summer of 1997. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...

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Plot details

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Set in 1991, the film depicts the U.S. and Chinese Governments on the verge of a major trade agreement with the American President due to pay a visit to China to seal the deal. When the Central Intelligence Agency gets word that operative Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has been captured trying to free an English woman from a Chinese prison near Su Chou (Suzhou), is being questioned under torture and will be executed within twenty-four hours unless he is claimed by the U.S. Government, they scramble to decide whether to allow Bishop to die or to claim him and potentially destroy the trade agreement, a decision made more difficult by the fact that Bishop was working as a rogue agent, outside control of the agency. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... President of the United States - The President of the United States The American President (film) - A Romantic Comedy surrounding a fictional President of the United States and his attempts to win over an attractive lobbyist This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States government. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... Suzhou (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; ancient name: 吳) is a city with a long history on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. ... ...


In an attempt to quickly deal with the situation, CIA executives call in Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), an aging mid-level case officer on his last day before retirement, and the man who recruited Bishop. Although they tell Muir that they simply need him to act as a "stop gap" to fill in some holes in their background files, the officials are in reality hoping that what he gives them the smoking gun they need to justify letting Bishop die. Realizing as much, Muir attempts to save Bishop by leaking the story to CNN through a contact in Hong Kong, believing that the CIA will rescue Tom once a public outcry puts pressure on them to do so. Unfortunately for Muir, the tactic only stalls them, as a phone call to the FCC from a high ranking executive results in CNN retracting the story. Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... The term smoking gun is a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... The FCCs official seal. ...


During the debriefing, referred above, Muir describes how he met Bishop in Vietnam and how he recruited Bishop in Berlin in 1975 and continued to work together there. Both sub-plots are given extensive time in the film. Considerable time is also devoted to Muir and Bishop's spy work in Lebanon.


With his plan squashed, Nathan resorts to far more dangerous tactics, secretly creating a forged urgent operational directive from the CIA Director to commence Operation Dinner Out: a daring rescue mission spearheaded by the U.S. Navy Seals. Using US$282,000 (all of his life savings) as a cover, Nathan bribes a Chinese energy official to cut power to the prison for thirty minutes, during which time the Navy Seals rescue team retrieves Bishop along with the woman he'd gone in to get. SEALs in from the water. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


The English woman, who fled the UK after an eco-terrorist bombing, met Bishop in Lebanon. She was in prison after being kidnapped and exchanged for an arrested US diplomat. The kidnapping was done because of the perceived threat she posed in exposing Bishop.


Bishop, at the end of the film, suspects that it was Muir who had arranged his rescue because Bishop had, years earlier, given Muir a birthday present, a difficult to find item obtained under a plan called "Operation Dinner Out", the same name as the plan to rescue him.

Spoilers end here.

Main cast

Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... John L. Lee was a Central Intelligence Agency field operative involved in a covert military intelligence rogue operation undertaken by the CIA with NO collaboration with South Vietnamese intelligence during the Vietnam War. ... Catherine McCormack (born January 1, 1972 in Alton, Hampshire, England) is an English actress. ... Stephen Dillane (born 30 November 1956, London, England) is a Tony Award winning British Actor. ... Larry Bryggman Larry Bryggman (born Arvid Laurence Bryggman on December 21, 1938) is an American actor. ... Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste (born on 26 April 1967 in London, England) is an English actress. ... Ken Leung (born January 21, 1970 in New York City) is a Chinese American actor. ... David Hemmings in the late 1960s David Hemmings (18 November 1941 – 3 December 2003) was a British movie actor and director, whose most famous role was the photographer in Michelangelo Antonionis Blowup in 1966 (opposite Vanessa Redgrave), one of the films that best represented the spirit of the 1960s. ... Michael Paul Chan (born June 26, 1950 in San Francisco, California) is a third generation Chinese-American actor of television and film. ... Garrick Hagon is a British film and theatre actor and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Goemon Ishikawa XIII in the Manga UK dubs of The Secret of Mamo and Goodbye Lady Liberty. ... Shane Rimmer (born 28th May 1936) is a Canadian actor and voice actor. ... Benedict Wong is a British actor. ... Singapore actor who trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). ... Omid Djalili (pronounced Omeed Jaleelee, Persian: ‎ ​, born September 30, 1965 in Chelsea, London) is a British born Iranian stand-up comedian, born to Iranian Baháí parents. ... Dale Dye as Robert F. Sink in Band of Brothers. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ...

Filming locations include

HSBC Hong Kong Headquarters The HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building (officially HSBC Main Building) is located along the southern side of Statue Square, in Central, at the location of the old City Hall, Hong Kong (built 1869, demolished 1933). ... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... While most of local Hong Kong movies are set in the Special Administrative Region, several foreign movies are also, at least partly, set in Hong Kong. ... One of the stainless steel clad stair cases, and ducts on the outside of the Lloyds building Lloyds Building, City of London Lloyd’s Building (with the blue cranes), London The Lloyds building is the headquarters of the insurance institution Lloyds of London, located in the... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, 20 November 1961. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. ... For other uses, see Airport (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Beirut (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see al-Aqsa (disambiguation). ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Ancient plan of Oxford Castle. ... Suzhou (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; ancient name: 吳) is a city with a long history on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. ... View of Queens Lane, Oxford. ... GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK NYSE: GSK) is a British based pharmaceutical, biologicals, and healthcare company. ... Stevenage is a town and district in Hertfordshire, England. ... The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States government. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... This article is about Regents Park in London. ... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... In film, the second unit is a separate team that shoots footage which is of lesser importance for the final motion picture, as opposed to the first unit, which shoots all scenes involving actors, or at least the stars of the film. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...

Trivia

  • At the end of the film, "in memory of Elizabeth Jean Scott" is shown on the screen. This may have lead some viewers that the character of Elizabeth Hadley was based on the real Elizabeth Jean Scott person. In fact, Elizabeth Jean Scott was the mother of the director Tony Scott of the film (and of the director Ridley Scott as well) and she died in 2001[1].
  • Some parts of this film are based on the books from Victor Ostrovsky. For instance, the scene where Bishop (Brad Pitt) has to stand on a balcony within a few minutes, is a direct copy of a chapter from Ostrovsky's By Way of Deception. Most of the training presented in the film is comparable with the Mossad training in early 80's. The story itself isn’t a copy from something. Its fictional. However, the complete story could have happened. (The way of thinking of the high placed people in the office is pretty similar as presented in Ostrovsky's books)

See also Tony Scott for the American clarinet jazz musician. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields, England) is an influential Academy Award-nominated English film director and producer. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Victor Ostrovsky (born on November 28, 1949 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian-born, Israel-raised former Mossad officer and author of several books claiming to expose Mossad’s wrongdoings. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ... By way of deception – The making and unmaking of a Mossad Officer (ISBN 0-9717595-0-2) is a book written by Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy and published by St. ...   (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), often referred to as The Mossad (meaning The Institute), is Israels intelligence agency and is responsible for intelligence collection, counter-terrorism, covert operations such as paramilitary activities, and the facilitation of aliyah where it is banned. ...

See also

Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ... The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States government. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.filmtracks.com/comments/titles/spy_game/index.cgi?read=57

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