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Spy Hard (1996)

Leslie Nielson , Nicollette Sheridan , Rick Friedberg  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leslie Nielson, Nicollette Sheridan, Charles Durning, Andy Griffith, Marcia Gay Harden
  • Directors: Rick Friedberg
  • Writers: Rick Friedberg, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, Dick Chudnow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428263
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spy Hard" on IMDb

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Here's the outrageous comedy hit that blends high-tech adventure with high-spirited humor for nonstop laughs! Big-screen funnyman Leslie Nielsen (NAKED GUN 33 1/3, AIRPLANE!) is the hilarious Agent WD-40, lured back into service by The Agency. Teamed with the sexy agent 3.14 (Nicollette Sheridan -- BEVERLY HILLS NINJA), he's sent on his hardest mission ever ... to stop the evil General Rancor (Andy Griffith -- TV's MATLOCK) before he destroys the world! With high-flying laughs and high-voltage action, SPY HARD is the wackily entertaining comedy hit that has audiences everywhere howling!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special, yet it does entertain November 23, 2002
Format:DVD
Leslie Nielsen is Dick Steele, code named Agent WD-40. When his deceased girlfriend's daughter, Barbara Dahl, (both played by Stephanie Romanov), is captured by the evil General Rancor (Andy Griffith), Agent Steele is sent to rescue her and to stop the General from his evil plans. With the help of the beautiful Veronique Ukrinsky (Nicolette Sheridan), there is a 'slim and remote' possibility that they might succeed! Will the duo be able to save the world? Also starring is Charles Durning as The Director who has a love for 'camouflage and disguises', Marcia Gay Harden as Miss Cheevus (say her name real fast ;), Barry Bostwick as Norman Coleman, and Elya Baskin as Professor Ukrinsky.
Just looking at the names of the characters, I'm sure you suspect that this movie will have lots of puns, silly jokes, slapstick comedy, and stupid scenes. Your right! It's amazing how much silliness could be incorporated into this movie which parodies all forms of spy and action movies! The jokes at times work well though at times they fall completely flat. Also the same jokes are used a lot and come off a bit boring after many repeats. But some scenes do come off right and made my family roll off the couch laughing! Some of my favorite scenes:
*Leslie Nielsen's 'kung fu' against the Russian agent.*
*Leslie Nielsen and Nicolette Sheridan making those ridiculous faces at each other in the airplane!
*The last 'battle' with the good guys versus the evil guys.
But ultimately, 'Weird Al' Yankovic's opening credits is the best part of the whole movie! It was so extremely funny, he makes fun of some of 007 movie's opening credits. I gave this movie an extra star because of the great 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly FUNNY July 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Forget all the panners, downers and other pooh-pooh'ers. This thing is one laugh riot after another. Too many to mention. Give it a rest, guys. This is a parody, a spoof. I laughed all the way through even after the THIRD time I watched.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie! It is a must see for anyone with a slight sense of humor. I was rolling in the ailes, and Yankovic's theme blows me away (Pun intended!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Okay, this is a dumb movie. What little plot there is only serves to connect a loosely arranged set of parodies and puns in true Leslie Nielsen form. However, if you're in the right mood, it can be a entertaining way to spend an hour and a half. Leslie Nielsen plays agent WD-40 who sets out to rescue agent Barbara Dahl (Stephanie Romanov) from the evil and prosthetic clutches of Doctor Rancor (Andy Griffith.) Beginning and end of story. Along the way, viewers are treated to send-ups of various movies and celebrity personalities. The humor is erratic, as the script is burdened with groaners and jokes that simply don't work as much as it is carried along with its laugh out loud moments. The sophomoric comedy often works because of the element of surprise: the best laughs come when the viewer is least expecting them. It helps if you're familiar with many of the films that "Spy Hard" parodies. The only brilliant part of this film is the Weird Al Yankovic segment during the opening credits. It is so funny on its own that it warms up the audience for more laughs. I don't think I would have been so willing to find humor in the silliness if Weird Al hadn't already started me laughing.
This is pure sophomoric, spoof comedy in the spirit of National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live - all, of course, with the distinctive touch of Leslie Nielsen. Leave your intelligence at the door - and then settle down for some truly mindless, occasionally hilarious, comedy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HYSTERICAL March 18, 2005
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of Leslie's goofball movies and outside of his Naked gun flicks,i thought this was the funniest. In fact,it's quite similar to the Naked gun movies as far as what Leslie does in the story and that cant be a bad thing! Very funny movie,and yes of course quite ridiculous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Terrible, but Not Great either August 22, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
I'm going to have to agree with most of the previous reviewers in saying that this is indeed not the best of films compared to other spoofs out there.
Spy Hard, following in the footsteps of Date Movie, Epic Movie, Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, and the Scary Movie series, is a parody of several films including James Bond, Home Alone, Pulp Fiction, and even Jurassic Park among others.
It is a humorous movie... at times. The casting is good, though most of the dialogues could have been a lot better. What it comes down to is that they could have and should have worked on the humor much more.
The girls are a great addition; Nicolette Sheridan was simply AMAZING!
Short appearances by Fabio, Hulk Hogan, Weird Al Yankovic, Ray Charles, and others did nothing really to significantly improve the mediocrity of this movie.
Overall, far from being a masterpiece, it just might provide for an evening's entertainment if one is in a really silly mood and/or intoxicated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not Leslie's best January 6, 2004
By steve
Format:DVD
I was expecting a lot more from this movie. A lot of the jokes fall flat. Think of National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1. Although Spy Hard is not as horrible as that one, it still in no way measures up to the greatness of Airplane! or the Naked Gun movies. This movie is probably worth a rental from your local video store, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. The best part of this movie is the opening title sequence by Weird Al Yankovic. It spoofs the typical James Bond opening credit sequence. When I first saw that at the theater, I almost fell out of my seat from laughing so hard. The opening credits alone may be the best reason to see this movie. After that, it's a so-so movie with some funny parts but mostly gags that fall flat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Did you know he was once a Spaceman?
As always Nielsen is his Zany self but many may not know he started out as a serious actor! He was in FORBIDDEN PLANET a decent Sci-Fi movie even today! Read more
Published 8 days ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it.
Published 10 days ago by Mark B. Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Two words: "Leslie.... Nielsen"
It's not quite "The Naked Gun" or "Airplane!" but it's not bad.
Published 22 days ago by A-Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny...Worth buying.
Pretty funny but not as Good as the Naked Gun series or Wrongfully Accused.
Published 2 months ago by douguptrouble
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Non-Stop laughter throughout this Spy Spoof with the great Leslie Nielson.
Published 2 months ago by O. KAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect!
Published 2 months ago by FletcherFX
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie is so wonderful. :) it's stupid, but silly and I love it. It has been a movie my brother and I have watched several times together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tarica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
getting rid of old VHS
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Crigger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nielson
If your sense of humor contains movie references than this spoof will definitely make you laugh. Andy Griffith, the sheriff of Mayberry, a classic nice guy plays the villain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bornwshotgun
5.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Nelson is always funny
While not his best movie, Leslie Nelson did an excellent job in this film, as did the rest of the cast. A lot of the plot of this movie pokes fun at the cliches in spy movies.
Published 4 months ago by Gene A Curl
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