Actors: Brad Pitt, Robert Redford
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Spy Game|
|A retiring CIA agent trains a sniper to be a spy. When the new spy's girlfriend is imprisoned in China, the spy goes off the grid and tries to rescue her, but he's captured and imprisoned. The CIA, not wanting to upset trade relations with China, has no intention of rescuing their spy. However, the spy's mentor refuses to let him be executed. Without the CIA's knowledge he organizes a rescue mission. With only minutes to spare before the execution deadline soldiers storm the prison, rescuing the spy and his girlfriend.
--Brandon Swenson, Resident Scholar
|Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) is finally ready to retire. He has spent his life working for the CIA as a top-secret spy and has trained many of the young spies currently working for the CIA. He has never let any of them get to him - until Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt). Nathan and Tom parted on less than amicable terms, but when Nathan hears that Tom has been captured in China and is scheduled to be executed the next day for espionage, he knows he has to do something. Nathan manages to maneuver himself into the group investigating Tom's capture and Nathan discovers that Tom was not on a CIA mission when he was captured - he went rogue. While the committee pumps Nathan for information regarding Tom and their relationship, Nathan realizes that the CIA has no intention of claiming Tom and are planning on sacrificing him for a better relationship with China. Nathan strings the committee on as long as he can to try and decide what he can do to help Tom because he knows exactly why Tom was in China - and Nathan is the one who gave her to them...
--Debbie, Resident Scholar
|Redford and Brad Pitt play danger loving undercover CiA agents. The delicately plotted adventure is told mostly in vivid flash backs as Nathan Muir (Redford) recalls how he turned Tom Bishop (Pitt) from a gung ho sharp shooter in to a brilliant spy. It all begins when Bishop becomes captured while attempting to make a daring rescue of someone from a chinese prison. Fearing an international incident Muir's boss is inclined to forget about Bishop and let him be executed but muir will not give up as he wrestles the system and uses everything he has learned in thirty years of agent work to rescue his spy mate and the action begins!
--jessica crump, Resident Scholar
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 33.3%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 46.7%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Time/Era of Movie:
Spying & Terrorists
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char doing spying/sabotage
- finding a spy/saboteur
The terrorist enemy is...
- govt plotters
- short/standard straight (man)
- muscular (man)
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard straight
- muscular (man)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- brunette (Black)
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
Sex/nudity in movie?
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 1 ()
Kind of violence:
- mission to rescue
- mental battles
- hand to hand
- Some foul language
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