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The Man Who Knew Too Little
The Man Who Knew Too Little
Actors: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher, Richard Wilson, Alfred Molina
Director: Jon Amiel
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     1998     1hr 34min

A naive American in London is mistaken for a spy by a group bent on reviving the good old days of Cold War skullduggery. Believing it's all a game he treats every dramatic situation and threat as a joke. Based on the novel...  more »


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Actors: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher, Richard Wilson, Alfred Molina
Director: Jon Amiel
Creators: Arnon Milchan, Elisabeth Robinson, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Madeline Warren, Mark Tarlov, Howard Franklin, Robert Farrar
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Bill Murray, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/25/1998
Original Release Date: 11/14/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 11/14/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Deborah A. from SARASOTA, FL
Reviewed on 9/3/2009...
This comedy of errors was LOL - laugh out loud funny. Bill Murray is great as the clueless bumbler who never figures out what is really going on. All the other characters are over-blown and rightfully so. Of course, you have to accept the premise to be able to lose yourself in this great escape movie!!
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A very underated film. Hillarious! | Manchester, MA | 08/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"People can piss and moan about plot and structure and character but when you've got a film like this one you should put those things aside and watch the movie for what it is, a very well done comedy about mistaken identity. The idea may be cliche but with Bill Murray's comic timing and prowess, it doesn't matter if the idea has been used a thousand times. This movie made me laugh from start to finish. Why? Because it is a comedy. If it makes you laugh, its doing its job. Murray delivered a hillarious performance as did Alfred Molina and the old British Bad guy(don't know his name). His brother played by Peter Gallagher was also surprisingly funny in his scenes. A comic gem that should be given more credit."
First of all...I loved it.
Rick Gagliano | Milwaukee Wisconsin | 02/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First of all....I loved it. Simply put, this film was great. Talk about a story that could have been based upon true life incidents is not what this film is about. This is comedy at its best. Bill Murray's character is a man who manages a Blockbuster-video store someplace in Iowa. Murray decides to take a vacation and visit his brother in London. His brother (Peter Gallagher) is entertaining some important clients that same evening and sends his brother (Murray) out to participate in this audience-interaction play involving spies called the `Theater of Life'. Well, as the play begins, Murray accidentally stumbles into a real-life spy drama and takes everything that happens next as if he is just acting in a play. The result is non-stop humor which leaves the audience busting up outloud. You don't have to love Bill Murray to love this film...he brings to the screen the best parts of his roles in "Scrooged", "Stripes", "Ground Hog Day" and "What About Bob" just have to be ready to experience Bill Murray at his best. Bottom line, what might even be funnier than the film, is being part of an uninhibited audience, because once some people begin laughing, they will be at it for the next two hours."
Lori Wants Her Letters........
Joseph J. Slevin | Carlsbad, CA United States | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was a real surprise for me and my wife. We rent a lot of comedy movies and have passed this one up a couple of times thankfully having picked it out just recently and now intending to buy it.Murray plays a very funny underachiever who just so happens to get involved with international intrigue, yet he thinks he is involved in a one night reality TV program. His straight side kick in the movie is Joanne Whalley playing Lori. Murray is a crack up throughout the film thinking he is in a movie and thinking that all of the spies and diplomats are actors staying in character.....he is the funniest since Groundhog Day in this. I feel he is better than 'What About Bob.'Peter Gallagher plays his brother and the funniest interaction he has is with an actual police officer where Gallagher, who funded Murray's intended movie romp, thinks he is talking with an actor and as he gets angrier he just gets funnier.The movie has a lot of funny scenes that I laughed throughout. I thought the first part of the movie was little slow in developing but as soon as he got the call for what he thought was the reality show, things really took off.I laughed and laughed as he got chased, shot at, tortured and then all through it he thinks he is in a show.If there is a movie you want to share with friends for a nice fun evening this it."