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Yet another bad movie in a lengthy string of losers for all three of the principals involved here: director John Landis and stars Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase. Chase and Aykroyd play a pair of bumbling would-be CIA agents who are spotted cheating on the entrance exam. So the CIA decides to use them as bait in a mission to flummox the Russians. Lots of pointless slapstick and mugging, but Landis hasn't made a genuinely funny film since Trading Places. Aykroyd and Chase seem smug and self-satisfied (don't they always?), as though they can rest forever on laurels earned during the 1975 season of Saturday Night Live. Look for a gaggle of film directors (Terry Gilliam, Joel Coen, Costa-Gavras) in cameo roles: that's the closest this film comes to cleverness. --Marshall Fine

Customer Reviews:

  • TRUST ME YOU'LL THANK ME, YOU'LL THANK ME.
    AYKROYD and CHASE make a great pair in this one. These two will have you laughing from start to finish. The one liners are great. I recommend this one to all. They don't make them like this any more. It is all about "Guidance, Source Programable Guidance." my guidance to you is watch this movie. You will not be dissapointed, expecially if you like these two guys. This is definately a must own classic....more info
  • 5 star comment
    The priduct arrived ahed of time, no problems, no dispute
    and your reply made me feel very plesed to contact you again....more info
  • Intelligence insulting
    I was extremely disappointed with this film. It's a terrible shame because I love Dan Akroyd! It just wasn't funny at all. At some points I was bored to the point of wanting to go to sleep. Chase and Akroyd's characters never reached the potential they seemed to have at the beginning of the film, and the attempts at humor were ridiculous (in a bad way). I'm not sure how this has 4 stars here on amazon. I generally love comedies and am rarely ever disappointed with a movie, but that's exactly what happened with this one. Surely pass this one up....more info
  • Classic Cold War Comedy
    Whether you grew up during the Cold War or afterwards, you'll love this comedic reminiscence of the Reagan era. In my opinion, this is Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd at their finest. Basically they're low level government employees who get caught cheating on departmental exams. The CIA needs two decoys for an important spy operation, so they are chosen, and eventually end up in Pakistan and the Soviet Union.

    I own close to 300 movies and this movie is near the top of my favorite all time movies. Enjoy!...more info
  • Super fantabulous!!!
    This movie is excellent. One of the best them guys have ever made. I suggest all that enjoy comedy to see it. I only with akroyd and chase did more together!!!...more info
  • Spies like Us
    I love this movie with a Paul McCartney song. I received it fast and at a great price....more info
  • "We mock what we don't understand"
    How unique to see a movie in which Dan Aykroyd looks short!

    There's nothing terribly wrong with "Spies Like Us". The plot is perfectly sound as the basis for a comedy, and Chase and Aykroyd do their best with the material. The problem is that it's just not that funny. There are only a handful of the laugh-out-loud moments that should serve as justification for the whole enterprise.

    Another problem is that Chase's character is so hopelessly incompetent that he makes no contribution to the characters' mission whatsoever. Aykroyd's character could have done the whole thing by himself. This characteristic is not shared by "Ghostbusters" or even "The Blues Brothers", in which all the leading characters have particular technical and/or social skills that are essential to the success of the team. As an Aykroyd fan I'm always happy to see him playing courageous and competent characters, but Austin Millbarge is arguably **too** perfect; he doesn't have any of the kind of peculiarities that Aykroyd can get his teeth into as an actor, like Ray Stantz's childlike nature in "Ghostbusters" or Mother's outrageous conspiracy theories in "Sneakers"....more info
  • Sad treatment of a comedy classic....
    The movie on it's own would get 5 stars from me without a doubt. I have seen this movies dozens of times and it is still a gem of a comedy. It's great for a saturday afternoon watch or to put on in the background of a party for the people who always seem to wind up at the tv for some reason. Chevy Chase And Dan akroyd were still funny when this was made. The dvd is a lame one with subpar video and sound and no extras really. Sad treatment for a funny funny movie....more info
  • Spies like us a true classic
    First of all it contains two of the funniest comedians of the eighties Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd that alone is a good reason for seeing this movie. Then they play their parts tremendously good so you can be sure to have some really good laughs watching this movie. You will not be dissapointed. I gave it a 5....more info
  • so corny it is great
    Really this is classic Chevy Chase/Dan Akroyd. It's so stupid it's funny. Lots of predictable but great lines....more info
  • I love this movie
    OK, its not great film. But if you are fans of Akroyd or Chase, or just like to gaffaw at silly movies, this one is a special treat. It helps knowing the people involved. For example, did you know that Donna Dixon who plays the seductive doctor/CIA agent is really Dan's wife! What about the fact that is was taking place in Pakistan, and drops geography names that are on the news now with the pending trouble in Afghanistan? I love the test cheating part, the UFO part, and the shootout at the outpost. Cheap laughs, but belly laughs. One of my arsenal of "make me feel good" movies....more info
  • Slapstick 80s comedy
    Premise: Dan Akroyd and Chevy Chase are actually caught cheating on the Foreign Service exam and "promoted" to be spies.

    It is a funny movie, with some great sequences. It seems like the kind of movie that would be funnier the second or third time around - or maybe late at night. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the type of movie I would seek out again. Somewhat crude humor - not one for the family, but a fun movie overall. ...more info
  • Great Movie - shame about the DVD
    Well it would seem that Warner Bothers have failed again to utilize the DVD format to it's fullest! The picture transfer is poor - in some places it's obvious that they haven't even taken the time to clean up the original print. Don't be fooled - 1985 wasn't that long ago! So this movie shouldn't look like a VHS rental copy on DVD! The sound is very much below par and there are no extras; no director's/actor's commentary, no cinema preview, no music clip by Paul McCartney etc (He did the song for the movie!). Overall, if you want a laugh and you see this version of the movie for a cheap(!) price - buy it. However, if like me you love this movie, I would recommend that you wait and hang on to your VHS copy in the hope that we get a 'Collectors Edition'. Maybe we will get lucky and someone from Warner Brothers will actually read these reviews!...more info
  • Chevy Chase in his Prime!!!
    I just picked up the DVD of this flick as I had seen it years ago in the theatre and remember it being funny. Well, it still is. I laughed out loud the whole movie. This is Chevy Chase in his prime!! Reminds me of his perfection in the first Vacation movie. As for DVD quality, I was quite pleased with the picture after reading alot of negative reviews on the quality. It was everything I expected from a 1985 movie of this caliber. Clear and bright colors with an occasional artifact from a lousy transfer print. The audio was a different story. It is just 2 channel which is ok on a $9.99 disc, but there was an annoying hissing sound through most of the movie. After fifteen minutes I started playing with the options on my stereo and got rid of it on the 'Cinema C' setting. Yes, it is pan-n- scan and the scene selection menu is nothing but the Warner Bros Logo(can't beleive they couldn't even load the picture that was on the case!?!?)and there is not even a trailer, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. The colors are brighter than the VHS and if you have a decent sound system, you can dispell the hissing sound(or just pretend you're watching it in the forest with the wind blowing thru the pine trees!!) Still a VERY funny movie. I would say the scene with Chevy taking the 'Spy Exam' alone is worth the price of this disc!! Get it already!!!!!...more info
  • Intelligence insulting
    I was extremely disappointed with this film. It's a terrible shame because I love Dan Akroyd! It just wasn't funny at all. At some points I was bored to the point of wanting to go to sleep. Chase and Akroyd's characters never reached the potential they seemed to have at the beginning of the film, and the attempts at humor were ridiculous (in a bad way). I'm not sure how this has 4 stars here on amazon. I generally love comedies and am rarely ever disappointed with a movie, but that's exactly what happened with this one. Surely pass this one up....more info
  • One Laugh After Another!!!
    I LOVE this film!!! It's not smart ... it's not mysterious ... it's Akroyd and Chase doing slapstick reminiscent of the Bing and Crosby "On the Road" movies. If you're a "Fletch" fan, you'll enjoy Chevy Chase as his usual wisecracking self.

    Produced during the Reagan '80's when "Star Wars" defensive and offensive systems were being explored, the boys head into Russia and unwittingly launch an ICBM against the United States. Stars Akroyd's real life wife, "Bosom Buddies"'s Donna Dixon. Look for Matt Frewer of "Max Headroom" and Jim Staahl of "Laugh Trax".

    The test-taking scene with Frank Oz ("Blues Brothers") is nothing short of hilarious (as is the videotaped scenes afterward). Some of the special effects are so-so but most of the cinematography is great and the animation and minatures are excellently done for the most part. And the beautiful Vanessa Angel shows up as a Russian soldier (wow).

    Sure it's silly but it's a great popcorn movie and has enough site gags to keep most of the family amused. The scene with Akroyd and Chase performing surgery while reading from a manual is a real crack-up. Lotsa fun!...more info

  • Hilarious
    If you love to laugh, like Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd, you got to see it....more info
  • Two great actors in a great movie
    Chase and Ackroyd are great together. This movie's gags and storyline are enough to let you feel like you didn't waste the past two hours watching it, but I can't think of anything in it that would make you have to watch it again and again or anything. Still, a great film for these two. Now, if only we could get another Chevy Chase/Bill Murray film, we'd be doing great......more info
  • Good Movie!
    Spies Like Us is a very funny although silly movie. Chevy Chase is in rare form, probably my favorite from him with the exceptions of the original Vacation and Caddyshack. I picked this one up... and didn't really expect a whole lot of extras from it. Good thing because there are no extras on this DVD! While it may not be of the highest quality from the DVD standpoint, it is a very good movie and I'm happy with my purchase....more info
  • The best comedy ever!
    You can't beat a good comedy, and this one takes the cake! Chase and Akroyd are hilarious. Some of the best lines in movies come from this one. I've seen "Spies" a million times and it keeps gettin' funnier!...more info
  • a lost gem
    I found this video lurking at the back of one of my cupboards the other day, so while some friends where round we watched it - and creased up larghing for a full 90 mins, we had all seen the movie as kids but had forgoten how good it was.

    Chevy Chase used to be a fine comic actor (and i'm sure if he had the right script still would be now) he works well with actor and co-screen writer Dan Aykroyd who is also on top form in this comedy.

    Not to be missed...more info

  • Cool Film
    this was one of the first DVD's I ever owned. only wish it was in true 16x9 and in Hi-Def Blu-Ray. maybe in time it will be on Blu-Ray. WB has not done a Remastering (1998 Pan&Scan Only Verson as of 4/2008) of this great funny film that stars the Beautiful Donna Dixon who IMHO would look GREAT IN Hi-Def!! :) ...more info