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Spy Game [HD DVD]
Spy Game
HD DVD
Actors: Amidou, Todd Boyce, Larry Bryggman, Michael Paul Chan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Director: Tony Scott
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     2006     2hr 7min

When a top-secret, unauthorized mission goes awry, CIA agent Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is captured ? and sentenced to die, with just 24 hours to get him out alive, Bishop?s boss, Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), must battle enem...  more »

     

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Actors: Amidou, Todd Boyce, Larry Bryggman, Michael Paul Chan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Director: Tony Scott
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Thrillers, Espionage, Tony Scott, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: HD DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/22/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Solid performances by Redford and Pitt.
shankar_k | Indianapolis, IN United States | 11/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"'Spy game' is a simple spy story with terrific performances by its lead actors - Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Pitt plays CIA agent Tom Bishop, who is found, hired and trained by Nathan, played by Robert Redford. Tom Bishop's personal mission in China goes haywire and he is taken captive by the Chinese. And then it is all upto Redford to rescue him. How Redford does it is the rest of the plot, which alternates between the present and the past, as narrated by Redford.Redford plays Nathan effortlessly, with charm and ease. He leaves most of the action sequences to the younger actor and that is a wise thing, considering his age. Yet again, Pitt proves that he has the acting talent to go with his looks. The scenes where Pitt and Redford appear together are nicely written and acted. The only negative points in the film are the background music, which is jarring at times, and the slightly dragging middle part, but it does build up the tempo for the finale. These defects are more than compensated by Redford and Pitt and this is one film that is worth watching."
An extrordinary chess match
Pendleton the 3rd | Los Angeles | 04/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first saw this film in theatres, I thoroughly enjoyed it however was a bit dissapointed. I realized later that my discontent did not stem from the movie but the way it was marketed. In trailers, they portrayed the movie as a straight up action film in the tradition of "enemy of the state." This being said, the movie did not live up to THAT expectation.When I realized this and watched the movie for the second time on DVD, I saw this film for what it really was...A superb chess match between Redfords character and the CIA bureacracy. Everything else is truly secondary. Though exciting and dramatic, the storys (portrayed as flashbacks in the film) that Redfords character shares with the CIA taskforce, is really a strategy he is using to "win the game...a game which you dont want to lose"Again, these flashbacks are insightful and sometimes thrilling, but are not meant to be represented as elements for an action film. It is a thinking mans movie for someone who likes there intelligence films to be intelligent. Hence the title Spy Game. Remember, some games are not won by brute physical force but with brains and strategic thinking instead."
Play this Game!
Daniel V. Reilly | Upstate New York, United States | 11/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Set in 1991, Spy Game revolves around a grizzled veteran CIA operative (played by Robert Redford), and his protege, Tom Bishop (played by Brad Pitt). The story unfolds in flashbacks, as Bishop has been captured by the Chinese government during a botched prison breakout. Bishop's mentor, Muir, is tidying up his affairs as he prepares to retire, but is forced to intercede with the CIA brass as they try to avoid an international incident by painting Bishop as a rogue agent; they hope that by leaving Bishop to be executed in China, the China/USA free trade summit will go off without a hitch. Muir's tale of Bishop's recruitment and training takes us from Vietnam to Germany to Beirut, and we see the behind-the-scenes machinations that REALLY make the world go 'round.... In the hands of a less-skilled director, the constant switching between the CIA tribunal and the globe-trotting flashbacks might have been confusing, but Tony Scott handles them deftly, using little visual tricks to differentiate the various locales, such as the sepia-tinted Vietnam scenes, and the sun-scorched vistas of Beirut. Redford brings humor and depth to Muir; he's always a welcome presence in any movie. Pitt elicits a great sense of sympathy as Bishop, an idealist who might not be cut-throat enough to play this game..... Fans of espionage thrillers won't be disappointed."
Very good movie but I had problems.
budda | Kansas City, MO United States | 04/12/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie has been one of the best spy movies to come out in the last 5 years. But the DVD had problems, I dont know if it was with my DVD player or it was the DVD, but my version of this movie kept popping up the damn english captions. It was a huge pain, I tried putting it in my iBook but the same problem came up. I have no idea what the problem was, but that is why I only gave it 3 stars."