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Spy Game [DVD] [2001]

Robert Redford , Brad Pitt , Tony Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: David Arata, Michael Frost Beckner
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Douglas Wick, Dénes Szekeres, Iain Smith, James W. Skotchdopole
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2002
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000649HQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A thinking person's thriller, Spy Game employs dense plotting without sacrificing the kinetic momentum that is director Tony Scott's trademark. The film has the byzantine scope of a novel, focusing on veteran CIA operative Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), whose protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is scheduled for execution in a Chinese prison. It's Muir's last day before retiring (cliché alert!), and Bishop is being deliberately sacrificed by oily CIA officials to ensure healthy trade with China. Muir has 24 hours to rescue Bishop and his perfunctory love interest (Catherine McCormack), and Spy Game connects the mentor's end-run strategy to flashbacks of his student's exploits in Berlin, Beirut and beyond. Ambitious but emotionally bland--and not as exciting as Scott's Enemy of the State--Spy Game offers pass-the-torch humour between leather-faced Redford and pretty boy Pitt, and although their dialogue is occasionally limp, the movie compensates with efficient style and substance. --Jeff Shannon,

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There was a time when CIA officer Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) and his protege Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) were inseparable but on the brink of retirement Muir learns that Bishop has gone rogue. Includes paper chapter insert. DVD is in good condition. Region: PAL/2

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain fodder 13 Dec 2002
This film is for you if you like a bit of brain exercise. It has a few explosions alright, and two great leads....but it's the intellectual workout that impressed me.
The plot's a little like The Firm, perhaps. Not quite as good, but the same kind of thing: one man against an organisation.
There are a lot of twists and turns and, along with effective flashback scenes, this keeps the plot and the viewer on its toes. The acting is another worthy ingredient: Brad Pitt is good and Robert Redford is superb. Their pairing works too...if anyone was going to be a Rookie to Redford, it just has to be Brad Pitt.
Extra aren't bad. There're shorts on casting and choosing film locations. And I think that's about it.
All in all, a strong film with nice acting and a plot to get your teeth into. Recommend here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned spy thriller 25 July 2006
An intelligent espionage film!! Don't get me wrong I liked The Bourne Identity alot, but Spy Game is very much a different side to the spy genre. The agents in this film are much more believable. Generally all the CIA men are middle aged pen pushers quibbling over what to do to save face when Brad Pitt's character gets caught behind enemy lines (so to speak). The film juts back and forth between Redford on his last day in the office and the flashback story of how he and Pitt became colleagues / friends years earlier. The strength of Spy Game is in Redford's quite brilliant performance under interrogation from his own colleagues. Where there's little action here, the dialogue and performances make the secnes the most interesting. The flashback scenes where much of Scott's trademark action takes place, are oddly enough the parts that are hardest to follow. Spy Game is a solid and intelligent film, but it does get a little bit lost about two thirds of the way in. With a few minutes trimmed out around this point it could have warranted 5 stars, but minor quibbles like that aside it's still worthy of four for Redfords performance and some great cinematography.
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While listening to the director's commentary on the deleted scenes I discovered that "Spy Game" could have been even more complicated than the movie I just watched. The hook comes before the title as Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) almost succeeds in getting Elizabeth Hadley (Catherine McCormack) out of a Chinese prison in 1991. Of course, we do not know who either of these characters are at this point in the film, but rest assured that Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) will explain everything to us in his own good time. Just to make thing even more interesting, this is Muir's last day at the C.I.A. and to top it off, he is "old school," which means he is going to spend the day butting heads with superiors. We quickly learn that Bishop, who is going to be executed by the Chinese in 24 hours, was recruited by Muir. However, because Bishop did this operation as a rogue and there is a big economic summit with the Chinese coming up, the C.I.A. has no interest in saving his hide. This means that Muir is going to have to save his protégée and do it without leaving the C.I.A. building.
The story of Bishop's recruitment and his training by Muir is juxtaposed with Muir's efforts to find out what is going on and doing something about it. Fortunately Muir has a faithful and competent secretary (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and the fact that nobody in the building is a field agent, which means it is really not a fair battle of wits. The flashbacks on Redford training Pitt (sometimes it is hard to remember these guys are playing characters) are interesting, but sketchy, as are the missions out in the field. Muir lays down the lay for Bishop, which includes such gems as "Don't EVER risk your life for an asset. If it comes down to you or them... send flowers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 2 blondes excell. 21 Feb 2014
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I have noted that there are some esteemed reviewers on Amazon who can rarely write anything favourable about the late Tony Scott's films.
I'm someone who sees him as living in the shadow of his more (technically) talented brother but who has his finger on the pulse and has always been able to produce works that put bums on seats at the theatre.

Of course he often has the benefit of Denzil or Will on board(I'm sure they at least will miss him) and their performances have usually enhanced Scotts films.

Spy Game has 2 beautiful blondes for a change,Redford and Pitt,who both excell to make this an excellent,exciting thriller; no cgi's in sight,this is driven by its complicated plot and sharp dialogue throughout with just the odd superb action sequence here and there.

The most dramatic scenes to me were those set in the Chinese prison.
Speaking from personal experiance,there is something about a keeper in an African or Asian prison that is very different to that in the West:perhaps its the cheapness of life,or perhaps because of the power that can be wielded over a Westerner who comes from a percieved 'softer' society: Scott certainly captured the hopelessness of the helpless inmates in those brief prison sequences.

Redford is superb,bristling with verbal aggression or charming his co-CIA officers in turn and at all times trying to set up a rescue to free Pitt's field agent.

Perhaps this was Tony Scotts best work.Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Whew this is a serious film but you need to keep your attention on the plot it can become complex,Robert Redford is great as the seasoned cia agent about to retire who has to come... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Corby
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Published 7 months ago by C M PILBOROUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Great Movies.
Two Hours of pure genius by the late Tony Scott and awesome in Blu-Ray on a 5.1 home cinema system. Plus great acting by Robert Redford. Read more
Published 7 months ago by johnboy
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review of Spy Game
I like this movie It has the bonus of having Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in it. And it works for male and female viewers
Published 10 months ago by Dawn Llewellyn
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Published 10 months ago by Andrew H. Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This DVD was bought to replace the well watched VHS version previously owned, an excellent addition to any DVD collection whether a fan of Redford or Pitt, highly recommended
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