The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 PG CC

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(280) IMDb 6.6/10

Bill Murray, while visiting his brother in London, takes part in a "virtual reality" theater experience. When he thinks a real-life assassination attempt is part of the game.

Starring:
Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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The Man Who Knew Too Little

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director Jon Amiel
Starring Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher
Supporting actors Joanne Whalley, Alfred Molina, Richard Wilson, John Standing, Simon Chandler, Geraldine James, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Woodeson, Cliff Parisi, John Thomson, Janet Henfrey, Terry O'Neill, Isabel Hernández, Donald Pickering, Venetia Barrett, Terence Harvey, Cate Fowler, Richard Dixon
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Movie is very funny.
Aleksandr Levchuk
What more can you have from a man like him knowing too little it's just great.
Bob Smith
I've watched it many times now and it still makes me laugh.
Scott McClung

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By jsc@shore.net on August 30, 1999
Format: DVD
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.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gagliano on February 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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"...you 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.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Slevin VINE VOICE on June 22, 2004
Format: DVD
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By benjamin n korman on June 3, 2002
Format: DVD
The other day I was telling my boss how awesome this movie was, so he decided to look online for reviews. Almost every professional reviewer gave some derogatory comment about it. From now on, I'm NEVER going to consult those reviews.
This movie is soooo incredibly funny, it ranks among my top ten favs of all time. One thing I can say is that it is imperitive that you pay attention in the beginning, as the rest of the movie hinges on your understanding of the scenario in which Bill Murray finds himself. The plot is naturally ridiculous like any comdedy, but the humor builds on itself, and keeps gettting more and more intense. The ending was a total riot.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "speckibecki" on September 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The first time i saw this movie i was in a movie theater and i couldn't stop laughing! I knew that i had to get the tape so i did. It is a little confusing in the very begining but once you see it a second time it makes a lot more sense. It's about Bill Murray's character who is brother's with Peter Gallagher's character. Bill goes to England(where his brother lives)for Bill's birthday. Peter gives him a ticket to "the theater of life"- a performance you play as the main character. In the performance, it takes you around town acting as if it were real life only there are actors everywhere to help you along the way. It sounds confusing but you'll understand when you see it. Anyway, Bill loves the present but somethng goes wrong. Bill get's mixed up with the wrong people who think he's a killer but Bill thinks it's all part of "the theater of life". but it's not the performance, it's real life! Bill get's close to dying so many times but he doesn't even realize how much danger he's in. All throughout the movie Bill thinks it's just a performance. In the end everything turns out fine and he even get's the girl! The only thing i didn't like was that Peter Gallagher was Bill Murray's brother, they don't look anything alike and Peter's really ugly! But other than that it was a hilarious movie and you're really missing out if you haven't seen it! go see it now before it's too late!
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