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Chase and Aykroyd star as U.S. government spies who don't work out exactly as their superiors had hoped.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon, Bruce Davison
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Babaloo Mandel, Dave Thomas, Lowell Ganz
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, Brian Grazer, Erik Disch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305162042
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spies Like Us (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By here_is_your_review on November 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Clapsaddle on October 16, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie definitely doesn't rank as Chevy Chase's or Dan Akroyd's best film, but it holds its own. There are some great bits, and classic Chase physical comedy. The plot is predictable, but there are some fun ideas about Government hideaways and secrecy. I picked this up in a bargain bin for $5, and don't regret it. It takes me back to my childhood, when I watched this movie a hundred times in a month, as it was the only VHS tape I owned.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JIMMY OTSAGO on October 28, 2005
Format: DVD
This film is great. Chevy Chase and Danny Aykroyd are two fantastic comedic actors and the film follows the traditions of the old Bing Crosby and Bob Hope duo pics. Amazon.com reviewer Marshall Fine is a complete tool. Okay, it's no Animal house- but it's still very funny and entertaining. Don't listen to his fodder, go get the movie yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on February 13, 2010
Format: DVD
I first saw Spies Like Us when I was a kid, when Chevy Chase was my favourite actor. I must have seen it about fifty times since then and I am almost word-perfect on the script. However, I've never owned the DVD since Warner have never released it in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Thankfully it is currently available in HD on the PlayStation network.

Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chase and Aykroyd) are two lowly government workers who are suddenly promoted to the elite GLG-20 spy status after they are caught cheating on a test. What they don't know is that they are just decoys to draw heat away from the real spies and are promptly dumped straight into enemy territory.

Chase and Aykroyd have great chemistry together and I'm surprised they didn't work together much after this (although they did hook up for The Couch Trip, Caddyshack 2 and Nothing But Trouble). There's loads of fun to had in watching them bumble from one zany situation from the next. And, as this is a Landis film, there are director cameos all over the place. Keep a lookout for Terry Gilliam, Martin Brest, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi etc.

Despite the fanbase, Warner have never showed this film any respect or given special treatment of any kind when it comes to the home video market. As I already said, as of yet the only DVD available is the fullscreen version from 1998. Even the HD version I watched was from a very murky print and has terrible sound. If Warner make a Blu Ray from this master it's still not worth buying.

Give it a rent unless a proper remaster is done. Which is unlikely.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Keith E Schaeffer on October 16, 2002
Format: DVD
If you are a comedy movie person, this better be in your collection. Chevy Chase and dan Akroyd are a pair that will that no older person will never forget. Both men play "spies" or what they think they are, but actually they are both decoys for another group of spies. This movie has it all, laughs, women, men(for the ladies) and even bob hope!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M.T. on March 26, 2002
Format: 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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quick Lars on October 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow, these guys really hit the spot!

Classic, duo-film, what can I say, just so much fun!

Love everything about it except perhaps the too sugarsweet,

happilyeverafter end!

For the fans a must, go buy it, now!!!
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50 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Wally Waffles on August 25, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a GREAT Chevy Chase/Dan Aykroyd classic, but because it's only availible in PAN & SCAM (yes, I said SCAM) I'd give this DVD a score of ZERO if that were an option.

WE DEMAND THE ORIGINAL WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION!!!!!
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