History Film / SpiesLikeUs

17th Sep '17 11:25:15 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Steve Forrest's general (who ordered the operation) is essentially a copy of the trope-naming GeneralRipper, changing the reason for nuclear warfare from "[[SillyReasonForWar the Russians are tampering with our bodily fluids]]" to "[[{{Eagleland}} America]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower must show the Russians that they have the edge in weapons technology,]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist regardless of the body count.]]" This is not any less chilling, considering he's still willing to cause ''nuclear war''.

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* {{Expy}}: Steve Forrest's general (who ordered the operation) is essentially a copy of the trope-naming GeneralRipper, changing the reason for nuclear warfare from "[[SillyReasonForWar the Russians are tampering with our bodily fluids]]" to "[[{{Eagleland}} America]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower must show the Russians that they have the edge in weapons technology,]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist regardless of the body count.]]" This is not any less chilling, considering he's still willing to cause ''nuclear war''.
20th Jul '17 3:02:07 PM xcountryguy
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Two totally incompetent applicants, Emmett Fitzhume and Austin Millbarge, are chosen from a CIA recruitment program. They are parachuted into Pakistan and eventually end up in Afghanistan, chased by the Russians, where they learn they are being used as decoys to draw out the Sovet defenses. Two real spies are sent in. Their mission is to hijack a Soviet missile launcher, launch the Soviet missile and test the new U.S. orbital defense laser.

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Two totally incompetent applicants, Emmett Fitzhume Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge, are chosen from a CIA recruitment program. They are parachuted into Pakistan and eventually end up in Afghanistan, chased by the Russians, where they learn they are being used as decoys to draw out the Sovet defenses. Two real spies are sent in. Their mission is to hijack a Soviet missile launcher, launch the Soviet missile and test the new U.S. orbital defense laser.



* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: The final scene has Fitzhume and Millbarge working on "peaceful negotiations for nuclear disarmament" with the Russian government (read: making Russia bet their silos on a combination between ''Risk'' and ''Trivial Pursuit'').

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* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: The final scene has Fitzhume Fitz-Hume and Millbarge working on "peaceful negotiations for nuclear disarmament" with the Russian government (read: making Russia bet their silos on a combination between ''Risk'' and ''Trivial Pursuit'').



* BarehandedBladeBlock: The military commander is asked what you're supposed to do when you meet ninjas. Handing over his clipboard to an assistant, he then proceeds to kick ninja butt, at one point stopping a sword in this manner. Mind you, he was wearing leather gloves.
* BecomingTheMask / TookALevelInBadass / FromNobodyToNightmare: Fitzhume and Millbarge may be decoys...

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* BarehandedBladeBlock: The military commander is asked what you're supposed to do when you meet ninjas. Handing over his clipboard to an assistant, he then proceeds to kick ninja butt, at one point stopping a sword in this manner. Mind you, he was wearing leather gloves.
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* BecomingTheMask / TookALevelInBadass / FromNobodyToNightmare: Fitzhume BecomingTheMask: Fitz-Hume and Millbarge may be decoys...take to the role of spy quite well... eventually.



* CentrifugalFarce: The heroes are subjected to a centrifuge at one point, and then go to lunch looking and sounding weird.
* ChummyCommies: Enemies to begin with, resigning themselves to impending doom, and then facing impossible odds with the Americans make the Soviet missile squad and the GLG-20s [[EnemyMine Strange Bedfellows]].

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* CentrifugalFarce: The heroes are subjected to a centrifuge at one point, point and then go to lunch looking with their faces and hair pasted back and sounding weird.
* ChummyCommies: Enemies to begin with, resigning themselves to impending doom, doom and then facing impossible odds with the Americans make the Soviet missile squad and the GLG-20s [[EnemyMine Strange Bedfellows]].



* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted then played straight.
-->'''Fitzhume:''' ''(to an army of ninjas)'' This is my sister. You can all have her!
** Colonel Rhumbus' rating of Fitzhume and Millbarge after the encounter: "Pussies". He then ''takes them all out singlehandedly.''
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront The Ace Tomato Company. Also, Mission Control for the military's SDI weapon was hidden under a deserted DriveInTheater.

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* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted then played straight.
-->'''Fitzhume:'''
ConservationOfNinjitsu:
-->'''Fitz-Hume:'''
''(to an army of ninjas)'' This is my sister. You can all have her!
** Colonel Rhumbus' rating of Fitzhume Fitz-Hume and Millbarge after the encounter: "Pussies". He then ''takes them all out singlehandedly.''
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Ace Tomato Company. Also, Mission Control for the military's SDI weapon was hidden under a deserted DriveInTheater.



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* FunWithForeignLanguages: Creator/ChevyChase and Creator/DanAykroyd are dropped into Pakistan only to be captured by bandits.
-->'''Creator/ChevyChase''' (subtitles): "If you let me go, you can use my friend's head as a polo ball."

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Fitz-hume and Millbarge were meant to just be decoys but they turned into formidable people when put into danger.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: Creator/ChevyChase and Creator/DanAykroyd The protagonists are dropped into Pakistan only to be captured by bandits.
-->'''Creator/ChevyChase''' -->'''Fitz-hume''' (subtitles): "If you let me go, you can use my friend's head as a polo ball."



-->'''Creator/DanAykroyd:''' "What's he doing?"
-->'''Chase:''' "Err, he's saying hello."
-->'''Aykroyd''' (taking hold of the bandit's head): "Hello! Hello!"
* {{Expy}}: Steve Forrest's general (who ordered the operation) is essentially a copy of the trope-naming GeneralRipper, changing the reason for nuclear warfare from "[[SillyReasonForWar the Russians are tampering with our bodily fluids]]" to "[[{{Eagleland}} America]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower must show the Russians that they have the edge in weapons technology,]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist regardless of the body count.]]" (Which is not any less chilling, considering he's still willing to cause ''nuclear war'').
* EyebrowWaggle: Fitzhume does this after telling his colleague that he has an [[DoubleEntendre "intimate" lunch meeting with the (female) supervisor]].
* GrenadeHotPotato: Fitzhume actually catches the grenade - and has no idea what it is, leading to:
-->'''Fitzhume:''' Hey, what's this?

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-->'''Creator/DanAykroyd:''' -->'''Millbarge''' "What's he doing?"
-->'''Chase:''' -->'''Fitz-hume''' "Err, he's saying hello."
-->'''Aykroyd''' -->'''Millbarge''' (taking hold of the bandit's head): "Hello! Hello!"
* {{Expy}}: Steve Forrest's general (who ordered the operation) is essentially a copy of the trope-naming GeneralRipper, changing the reason for nuclear warfare from "[[SillyReasonForWar the Russians are tampering with our bodily fluids]]" to "[[{{Eagleland}} America]] [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower must show the Russians that they have the edge in weapons technology,]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist regardless of the body count.]]" (Which This is not any less chilling, considering he's still willing to cause ''nuclear war'').
war''.
* EyebrowWaggle: Fitzhume Fitz-Hume does this after telling his colleague that he has an [[DoubleEntendre "intimate" lunch meeting with the (female) supervisor]].
* GrenadeHotPotato: Fitzhume Fitz-Hume actually catches the grenade - and has no idea what it is, leading to:
-->'''Fitzhume:''' -->'''Fitz-Hume:''' Hey, what's this?



** After which Fitzhume stands up - in the middle of a gunfight between the KGB and Milbarge - and calmly tosses the grenade back, landing it through the window...and in the [[StuffBlowingUp box of grenades]] that two {{Mooks}} had opened up.
* GunsAkimbo: Milbarge pulls one on horseback to get Fitzhume back from the Russian highway patrol.

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** After which Fitzhume Fitz-Hume stands up - in the middle of a gunfight between the KGB and Milbarge - and calmly tosses the grenade back, landing it through the window...window... and in the [[StuffBlowingUp box of grenades]] that two {{Mooks}} had opened up.
* GunsAkimbo: Milbarge pulls one on horseback to get Fitzhume Fitz-Hume back from the Russian highway patrol.



* HandcuffedBriefcase: In the opening sequence, the courier delivering the satellite images has the briefcase chained to his wrist, and the photos are secured to the inside of the briefcase. Since he's not particularly cleared for the discussion about the photos, he's shoved into a closet. With the chain sticking out the door.
* HarmlessElectrocution: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090056/ Emmett (Chevy Chase)]] uses his own body to close an electrical circuit. Partially justified in that [[spoiler: he was doing it to save the world]].

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* HandcuffedBriefcase: In the opening sequence, the courier delivering the satellite images has the briefcase chained to his wrist, wrist and the photos are secured to the inside of the briefcase. Since he's not particularly cleared for the discussion about the photos, he's shoved into a closet. With the chain sticking out the door.
* HarmlessElectrocution: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090056/ Emmett (Chevy Chase)]] Fitz-Hume uses his own body to close an electrical circuit. Partially justified in that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he was doing it to save the world]].



*** The whole reason the main characters were sent out in the first place was so that they'd end up being Highly Visible Spies and distract attention from other spies who were expected to be the ones to do the job.

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*** ** The whole reason the main characters were sent out in the first place was so that they'd end up being Highly Visible Spies and distract attention from other spies who were expected to be the ones to do the job.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: They sure did underestimate those decoys.]]
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: One of the two "heroes" (to use the term loosely) managed to pressure the other into helping him cheat on their government promotion tests, through good, old-fashioned Chevy Chase-style chuztpah. [[RefugeInAudacity When discovered, in order to cover themselves, they worked together by reflex to cover each other.]] The CIA test givers were so impressed that they gave them an immediate promotion to field agents. (Of course, this was a plot to throw expendable agents into the field as a diversion for more nefarious activities ... but the trope connection is solid.)

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They sure did underestimate those decoys.]]
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: One of the two "heroes" (to use the term loosely) managed to pressure the other into helping him cheat on their government promotion tests, through good, old-fashioned Chevy Chase-style chuztpah. [[RefugeInAudacity When discovered, in order to cover themselves, they worked together by reflex to cover each other.]] The Subverted when the CIA test givers were so impressed that they gave them an immediate promotion to field agents. (Of course, Double subverted as this was a plot to throw expendable agents into the field as a diversion for more nefarious activities ... but the trope connection is solid.)activities.



** They do the same thing into the highway patrol shack where Fitzhume is being held.
** Both times, Fitzhume and (when he's present) Milbarge look just as confused as the rest of us.

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** They do the same thing into the highway patrol shack where Fitzhume Fitz-Hume is being held.
** Both times, Fitzhume Fitz-Hume and (when he's present) Milbarge look just as confused as the rest of us.



* PopculturalOsmosis: For the record, before the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' spoof, this page didn't exist. (Shameful...)
* PopStarComposer: Sir Music/PaulMcCartney
* PreppyName: Emmett Fitz-Hume

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* PopculturalOsmosis: For the record, before the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' spoof, this page didn't exist. (Shameful...)
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PopStarComposer: Sir Music/PaulMcCartney
* %%* PreppyName: Emmett Fitz-Hume



* ReassignmentBackfire: Emmett Fitz-Hume (who got his job only through nepotism), and Austin Millbarge (who works in the bowels of a civil service building) have this happen to them. Emmett didn't study for the upcoming civil service exam, and while Austin initially refuses to help him cheat, both end up causing a scene in the exam room. So their superiors send them to Pakistan as decoys, claiming they would be on a mission of great importance (when in reality, they were just there to keep the fire off the real agents). Except they eventually find their way to Russia, where alongside one of the ''real'' CIA agents, they end up saving the day.

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* ReassignmentBackfire: Emmett Fitz-Hume (who got his job only through nepotism), nepotism) and Austin Millbarge (who works in the bowels of a civil service building) have this happen to them. Emmett didn't study for the upcoming civil service exam, exam and while Austin initially refuses to help him cheat, both end up causing a scene in the exam room. So their superiors send them to Pakistan as decoys, claiming they would be on a mission of great importance (when in reality, they were just there to keep the fire off the real agents). Except they eventually find their way to Russia, where alongside one of the ''real'' CIA agents, they end up saving the day.



* SleepingWithTheBoss: Played for laughs when Fitzhume tells his coworker that he's arranged an intimate lunch with the boss. Cut to Fitzhume and his attractive boss in bed. And apparently, as said above, he just arranged the "intimate lunch" to try to talk his boss into finding a way for him to not take the Foreign Service Board test.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The movie is considered to be related to the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies made by Creator/BobHope and Music/BingCrosby, much like a forgotten nephew.
** Not entirely forgotten, as [[Creator/BobHope Uncle Bob]] does [[TheCameo drop in]].

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* SleepingWithTheBoss: Played for laughs when Fitzhume Fitz-Hume tells his coworker that he's arranged an intimate lunch with the boss. Cut to Fitzhume Fitz-Hume and his attractive boss in bed. And apparently, as said above, he just arranged the "intimate lunch" to try to talk his boss into finding a way for him to not take the Foreign Service Board test.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The movie is considered to be related to the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies made by Creator/BobHope and Music/BingCrosby, much like a forgotten nephew.
Music/BingCrosby,.
** Not entirely forgotten, as This is given a nod when [[Creator/BobHope Uncle Bob]] does [[TheCameo drop in]].drops by to play through a round of golf.



* ThanksForTheMammary: Done amusingly - Shortly after the "Doctor Doctor" scene, Emmett Fitz-Hume gets some alone time with Karen Boyer, and does some ObfuscatingStupidity while bringing his hand close to her chest, eventually grabbing one of her assets, and as he goes on rambling grabs hold of the other one with his other hand. Karen's initial reaction is mere annoyance, but after she takes hold of Emmett's hands to get them off her chest, she somehow warms up to him and they kiss.
* TitleDrop: "They're spies...like us!"

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* ThanksForTheMammary: Done amusingly - Shortly after the "Doctor Doctor" scene, Emmett Fitz-Hume gets some alone time with Karen Boyer, and does some ObfuscatingStupidity while bringing his hand close to her chest, eventually grabbing one of her assets, assets and as he goes on rambling grabs hold of the other one with his other hand. Karen's initial reaction is mere annoyance, but after she takes hold of Emmett's hands to get them off her chest, she somehow warms up to him and they kiss.
* TitleDrop: "They're spies... like us!"



* TookALevelInBadass: The title characters start off confused and lost but then gain purpose.



-->'''Aykroyd:''' It's a dikfer!\\
'''Chase:''' What's a dikfer?\\
'''Aykroyd:''' To pee with.

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-->'''Aykroyd:''' -->'''Millbarge''' It's a dikfer!\\
'''Chase:''' '''Fitz-Hume''' What's a dikfer?\\
'''Aykroyd:''' '''Millbarge''' To pee with.
2nd Apr '17 10:53:47 AM nombretomado
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* PopStarComposer: Sir PaulMcCartney

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* PopStarComposer: Sir PaulMcCartneyMusic/PaulMcCartney
19th Mar '17 6:04:26 AM Arivne
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* RealityHasNoSubtitles
** When Milbarge quotes a Russian proverb to the KGB agents, there is no translation of what it means for the audience.
** The Tadzhik Highway Patrol troops talk to each other and to Fitz-Hume in an unknown language. The audience has no way of knowing what they're talking about.
** When the Soviet missile troops are talking among themselves in Russian, the audience is given no idea what they're saying.
26th Sep '16 11:05:46 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorBacklash: Music/PaulMcCartney seems to have disowned "Spies Like Us", his Top Ten recording from the film. The song has not appeared on any of the numerous best-ofs Paul has released. To date, the song's only appearance on a [=McCartney=] album of any sort is the CD reissue of ''Press to Play'', one of his rarest and least sought-after albums.



* ProductionPosse: Many ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumni (both Aykroyd and Chase are members) tend to team up for various movies. {{SCTV}} alum Joe Flaherty has a bit role as well.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: This movie could only have been made in [[TheEighties the 80s]], when the Strategic Defense Initiative was a pressing matter.
9th Aug '16 5:41:22 PM Tallens
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* ActivationSequence: There's one of these broken up into two parts. First a scene about 45 seconds long where a drive-in movie theater undergoes a transformation into a facility capable of firing an anti-ICBM beam weapon. A minute or so later there's a 1 minute 20 second long sequence where some satellites are moved into "bounce mode" so they can guide the beam properly.
24th Jul '16 3:05:10 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The movie is considered to be related to the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies made by BobHope and BingCrosby, much like a forgotten nephew.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The movie is considered to be related to the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies made by BobHope Creator/BobHope and BingCrosby, Music/BingCrosby, much like a forgotten nephew.
10th Jun '16 10:39:42 AM AnotherGuy
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* HairpinLockpick: Fortunately, Vanessa Angel has one for Fitz-Hume.
10th Jun '16 10:36:27 AM AnotherGuy
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* YouJustToldMe: Agent Millbarge suspects that a pair of agents supposedly sent to help him and his partner are actually KGB agents. He confirms his suspicions by saying something funny in Russian, making one of them laugh.

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* YouJustToldMe: Agent Millbarge suspects that a pair of agents supposedly sent to help him and his partner are actually KGB agents. [[note]]One of them is wearing a Russian knockoff for a watch.[[/note]] He confirms his suspicions by saying something funny in Russian, making one of them laugh.
10th May '16 10:09:47 AM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Fitz-Hume:''' What's he mean by that?

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-->'''Fitz-Hume:''' What's What'd he mean by that?
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