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27th Nov '16 6:19:29 AM darkchiefy
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* ColorWash: The film uses different filters for each flashback segment. Vietnam is orange as hell, Berlin is kind of a cool blue, and Beirut is sort of a sandy yellow. This serves to easily delineate between the flashbacks and the central hub of the story.
26th Jul '16 5:40:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The warden of the Chinese prison spots a prisoner chewing bubble gum, and adding that to everything else that happened in the last ten minutes is enough for him to order his men to stop the departing ambulance and verify that Bishop is still alive.
31st May '16 7:26:19 PM WrongVerb
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** The flashback where Bishop kills a North Vietnamese official, [[spoiler: Bishop gets off 3 shots: first misses, second hits the official in the left shoulder, the third hits the official in the head.]]
12th Oct '15 11:34:08 AM Angeldeb82
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* [[ShootTheShaggyDog Blow Up The Shaggy Dog]]: All that crazy driving and effort by Bishop to get the doctor to his appointment on time so that he can poison the target, only to see [[NoKillLikeOverkill the entire apartment building get blown up by truck bomb.]]

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* [[ShootTheShaggyDog Blow Up The the Shaggy Dog]]: All that crazy driving and effort by Bishop to get the doctor to his appointment on time so that he can poison the target, only to see [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill the entire apartment building get blown up by truck bomb.]]bomb]].



* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: There's a quick scene where this happens to Bishop, but it was AllJustADream]].

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: There's a quick scene where this happens to Bishop, but it was AllJustADream]].AllJustADream.]]



* NotAGame: Inverted. Bishop says this in response to one of Muir's controversial calls, [[spoiler:(telling Bishop to abandon an informant to certain death)]], and Muir retorts that a game is exactly what it is, and [[SeriousBusiness a very serious one at that]].
* OhCrap: For the CIA, the penultimate line of the movie [[spoiler:when Muir's interrogators have their previously-assuaged suspicions of Muir's duplicity confirmed too late via phone call after Muir had left the building.]]

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* NotAGame: Inverted. Bishop says this in response to one of Muir's controversial calls, calls [[spoiler:(telling Bishop to abandon an informant to certain death)]], and Muir retorts that a game is exactly what it is, and [[SeriousBusiness a very serious one at that]].
* OhCrap: For the CIA, the penultimate line of the movie [[spoiler:when Muir's interrogators have their previously-assuaged suspicions of Muir's duplicity confirmed too late via phone call after Muir had left the building.]]building]].



--> "When did Noah build the ark, Gladys? [[CrazyPrepared Before the rain]]."

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--> "When did Noah build the ark, Gladys? [[CrazyPrepared Before the rain]]."rain.]]"



--> "You know this would go a lot faster you guys if you would tell me a little something about the op. What's it called? [[CodeName SIDESHOW]]?"

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--> "You know this would go a lot faster you guys if you would tell me a little something about the op. What's it called? [[CodeName SIDESHOW]]?"SIDESHOW?]]"



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Muir sacrifices a low-level informant [[spoiler:to lure out an American double-agent.]] Of course, Muir also claims the informant was [[spoiler:a double-agent for the Russians who was planning to betray Bishop, so it was ok to get rid of him]]. Given his status as an UnreliableNarrator and a ManipulativeBastard, it's unclear if Muir was telling the truth or just trying to get Bishop to calm down.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Muir sacrifices a low-level informant [[spoiler:to lure out an American double-agent.]] double-agent]]. Of course, Muir also claims the informant was [[spoiler:a double-agent for the Russians who was planning to betray Bishop, so it was ok to get rid of him]]. Given his status as an UnreliableNarrator and a ManipulativeBastard, it's unclear if Muir was telling the truth or just trying to get Bishop to calm down.
7th Oct '15 2:52:21 PM flambeau
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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: The whole reason Muir decides to orchestrate Bishop and Hadley's rescue; all the years of being a ManipulativeBastard finally caught up to him and he decides to make it up to his former protege]].

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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: The whole reason that Muir decides to [[spoiler: orchestrate Bishop and Hadley's rescue; all the years of being a ManipulativeBastard finally caught up to him and he decides to make it up to his former protege]].



* CaliforniaDoubling: Budapest for West Germany, Morocco for Beirut, a prison in Oxford for the chinese prison, and a building in England for the CIA [=HQs=]. And an in-universe example with satellite imagery of the Bahamas for satellite scans of the island where the Chinese prison is located.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Budapest for West Germany, Morocco for Beirut, a prison in Oxford for the chinese prison, and a building in England for the CIA [=HQs=]. And
** There's
an in-universe example with satellite imagery of the Bahamas being substituted for satellite scans of the island where the Chinese prison is located.



--> '''Muir''' (hiding behind rubble to avoid gunfire): This better be the best damn breakfast I've ever had.
--> '''Bishop''': Oh, it's delicious; you'll love it.

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--> '''Muir''' (hiding behind rubble to avoid gunfire): This "This better be the best damn breakfast I've ever had.
had."
--> '''Bishop''': Oh, "Oh, it's delicious; you'll love it."



* HeroicBSOD: Bishop seems to be going through one immediately after the bombing in Beirut. He went through another minor one earlier in the film, accompanied with a ThousandYardStare, after being forced to abandon the contact he was trying to smuggle across out of East Germany.

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* HeroicBSOD: Bishop seems to be going through one immediately after the bombing in Beirut. He went through another minor one earlier in the film, accompanied with a ThousandYardStare, after being forced to abandon the contact he was trying to smuggle across out of East Germany.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Hadley calls Bishop out on accusing ''her'' of playing him by demanding to know his real name.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Hadley calls Bishop out on accusing ''her'' of playing him by demanding to know his real name.name; his subsequent lie is not convincing.



* LaserGuidedKarma: The mole, [[spoiler: Ann Cathcart]], was beaten to death two months after defecting to the Russians. It is heavily implied Bishop and/or Muir were involved, but the movie leaves it ambiguous.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: The mole, [[spoiler: Ann Cathcart]], was found beaten to death two months after defecting to the Russians. It is heavily implied Bishop and/or Muir were involved, but the movie ultimately leaves it ambiguous.



* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: During the TrainingMontage, Muir and Bishop discuss spy techniques on public streets, inside full restaurants, and in front of bartenders. A bit justified though, considering that they're in a foreign country and not everyone around them speaks fluent English, which makes it slightly less risky.

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* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: During the TrainingMontage, Muir and Bishop discuss are shown discussing spy techniques on public streets, inside full restaurants, and in front of bartenders. A bit justified though, considering that they're in a foreign country and not everyone around them speaks fluent English, which makes it slightly less risky.



--> '''Muir''': [points to a nearby apartment building] "Know anyone who lives there?"

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--> '''Muir''': [points '''Muir''' (points to a nearby apartment building] building): "Know anyone who lives there?"



* TheSpook: Muir doesn't share his personal information with anyone, to the extent that his own co-workers don't find out until too late that [[spoiler: he's not currently married, and in fact has only been married once]] (see RunningGag). Troy Fogler - who came up together with Muir - admits to Harker in an early scene that no one really knows him, while Bishop remarks in a flashback that Langley has ''seven'' different incorrect birth-dates on file for him, and the KGB and Mossad apparently have several more.

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* TheSpook: Muir doesn't share his personal information with anyone, to the extent that his own co-workers don't find out until too late that [[spoiler: he's not currently married, and in fact has only been married once]] (see RunningGag). (which is an important plot point). Troy Fogler - who came up together with Muir - admits to Harker in an early scene that no one ''no one'' really knows him, while Bishop remarks in a flashback that Langley has ''seven'' seven different incorrect birth-dates on file for him, and the KGB and Mossad apparently have several more.
7th Oct '15 2:37:03 PM flambeau
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7th Oct '15 2:36:26 PM flambeau
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* HeroicBSOD: Bishop seems to be going through one immediately after the bombing in Beirut. He went through another minor one earlier in the film, accompanied with a ThousandYardStare, after being forced to abandon the contact he was trying to smuggle across the wall.

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* HeroicBSOD: Bishop seems to be going through one immediately after the bombing in Beirut. He went through another minor one earlier in the film, accompanied with a ThousandYardStare, after being forced to abandon the contact he was trying to smuggle across the wall.out of East Germany.



* RansackedRoom: Harker has security officers search Muir's office while Muir is busy being interrogated. Gladys alerts Muir to what is happening, and he excuses himself to go get something from his office, deliberately letting the suits [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow know that he knows]] what they've been doing.

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* RansackedRoom: Harker has security officers search Muir's office while Muir is busy being interrogated. Gladys His secretary alerts Muir to what is happening, and he excuses himself to go get something from his office, deliberately letting the suits [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow know that he knows]] what they've been doing.



* ThousandYardStare: Bishop suffers from one after being forced to abandon the asset he was trying to smuggle out of East Germany.
7th Oct '15 2:29:27 PM flambeau
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* HeroicBSOD: Bishop seems to be going through one immediately after the bombing in Beirut. He went through another minor one earlier in the film, accompanied with a ThousandYardStare, after being forced to abandon the contact he was trying to smuggle across the wall.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Hadley calls Bishop out on accusing ''her'' of playing him by demanding to know his real name.



* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: During the TrainingMontage, Muir and Bishop discuss spy techniques on public streets, inside full restaurants, and in front of bartenders. A bit justified though, considering that they're in a foreign country and not everyone around them speaks fluent English, which makes it slightly less risky.



--> "You know this would go a lot faster you guys if you would tell me a little something about the op. What's it called? [[CodeName Sideshow]]?"

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--> "You know this would go a lot faster you guys if you would tell me a little something about the op. What's it called? [[CodeName Sideshow]]?"SIDESHOW]]?"



* ShownTheirWork: The scene where Muir gives Bishop five minutes to charm his way into a nearby apartment building is based on a real life test used in training Mossad agents.



--> '''Muir''': "Know anyone who lives [in a nearby apartment building]?"

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--> '''Muir''': [points to a nearby apartment building] "Know anyone who lives [in a nearby apartment building]?"there?"
7th Oct '15 11:24:37 AM flambeau
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[[quoteright:285:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/spy_game_poster.jpg]][[caption-width-right:285:They didn't age a day in sixteen years.]]

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[[quoteright:285:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/spy_game_poster.jpg]][[caption-width-right:285:They jpg]][[caption-width-right:285:It's amazing how they didn't age a day in sixteen years.]]



{{CIA}} operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt), who he hasn't seen in six years, has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, [[TheChessmaster Muir]] [[RockBeatsLaser hones all his skills]], resources, and [[RefugeInAudacity irreverent manner]] in order to find a way to rescue Bishop. In the process, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the younger man -- from their first meeting in Vietnam, through their [[StudentAndMasterTeam turbulent days together as operatives]], and finally to the woman who threatened their friendship.

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{{CIA}} operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt), who he hasn't seen in six years, has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to After learning that the machinations agency has no intention of rescuing Bishop themselves, and with only [[YouHave48Hours twenty-four hours]] on the CIA's top echelon, clock until Bishop is scheduled to be executed, [[TheChessmaster Muir]] utilizes all of his [[RockBeatsLaser hones all his skills]], resources, [[MundaneSolution resources]], and [[RefugeInAudacity irreverent manner]] in order to find a way to rescue Bishop. his friend in time. In the process, he also has to contend with the bureaucracy of the CIA's top echelon, as he's called before a committee to tell them what he knows about the younger agent, leading Muir recalls to recall how he recruited and trained the younger man Bishop -- from their first meeting in Vietnam, through their [[StudentAndMasterTeam turbulent days together as operatives]], and finally to the woman who threatened their friendship.



** Bishop as well, since he decides to [[spoiler:rescue Hadley from prison, since she ended up there because he got involved with her.]]

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** Bishop as well, since well; he decides to [[spoiler:rescue Hadley from prison, which ends in his capture, since she ended up there because he got involved with her.]]her]].



* RaceAgainstTheClock: Muir only has twenty-four hours to arrange a rescue, or Bishop will be executed.



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7th Oct '15 10:54:44 AM flambeau
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{{CIA}} operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt), who he hasn't seen in six years, has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, [[TheChessmaster Muir]] [[RockBeatsLaser hones all his skills]] and [[RefugeInAudacity irreverent manner]] in order to find a way to rescue Bishop. In the process, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the younger man -- from their first meeting in Vietnam, through their [[StudentAndMasterTeam turbulent days together as operatives]], and finally to the woman who threatened their friendship.

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{{CIA}} operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt), who he hasn't seen in six years, has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, [[TheChessmaster Muir]] [[RockBeatsLaser hones all his skills]] skills]], resources, and [[RefugeInAudacity irreverent manner]] in order to find a way to rescue Bishop. In the process, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the younger man -- from their first meeting in Vietnam, through their [[StudentAndMasterTeam turbulent days together as operatives]], and finally to the woman who threatened their friendship.



* ArcWords: "Dinner Out"
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: The whole reason Muir decides to orchestrate Bishop and Hadley's rescue. All the years of being a ManipulativeBastard finally caught up to him and decides to make it up to his former protege. Bishop as well, since he decides to rescue Hadley after getting involved with her -- which ended in his capture as well.]]

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* ArcWords: "Dinner Out"
Out."
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: The whole reason Muir decides to orchestrate Bishop and Hadley's rescue. All rescue; all the years of being a ManipulativeBastard finally caught up to him and he decides to make it up to his former protege. protege]].
**
Bishop as well, since he decides to rescue [[spoiler:rescue Hadley after getting from prison, since she ended up there because he got involved with her -- which ended in his capture as well.her.]]



* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: There's a scene where this happens to Bishop, but it was AllJustADream]].

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: There's a quick scene where this happens to Bishop, but it was AllJustADream]].



** Muir also "borrows" a co-worker's ID badge and uses it several times to gain access to restricted information. His co-worker is later seen trying to sign out at the end of the day, only to realize that he doesn't have his ID.



* CasualDangerDialogue: Bishop is taking Muir out for breakfast at a Mexican restaurant...in war-torn Beirut.

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* CasualDangerDialogue: Bishop is taking takes Muir out for breakfast at a Mexican restaurant...restaurant... in war-torn Beirut.



* CodeName: Tom Bishop is referred to as "Boy Scout" during a conversation on an unsecured phone line.

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* CodeName: Tom Bishop is referred to as "Boy Scout" during a conversation on an unsecured phone line.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Muir's first scene shows him being woken up by a phone call at home, alone, an early hint that [[spoiler: all of the talk about his wife is a lie]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Muir, arguably. He was never really a villain, but did several questionable things while working for the CIA. He makes up for it while orchestrating Bishop's rescue.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Muir's first scene shows him being woken up by a phone call at home, alone, an early hint that [[spoiler: all of the talk about his wife is a lie]].
"wife" doesn't exist]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Muir, arguably. He [[spoiler:He was never really a villain, but did several questionable things while working for the CIA.CIA]]. He makes up for it while orchestrating Bishop's rescue.



* MissionControl: Muir mostly serves this role on the missions we see him take part in.



* NonActionGuy: Muir mostly serves this role on the missions we see him take part in, with Bishop obviously filling the ActionGuy role.



* OnceMoreWithClarity: The quick scene of a woman being kidnapped is later shown to be [[spoiler: Hadley]], and the scene where [[spoiler:Bishop is dragged from his cell is later revealed to take place during his rescue]].

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: The quick scene brief flashback of a woman being kidnapped forced into a van is later shown to be [[spoiler: Hadley]], and the scene where [[spoiler:Bishop is dragged from his cell is later revealed to take place during his rescue]].



* SherlockScan: Muir at times employs this method to figure out what the CIA suits don't want him to know, like when he figures out the name of the op by spotting a reflection of Harker's notepad on the tabletop.

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* SherlockScan: Muir at times employs this method to figure out what the CIA suits don't want him to know, like when he figures out the name of the op by spotting a reflection of from Harker's notepad on the tabletop.



* SirSwearsALot: Bishop, compared to the other characters; he has most of the "F" bombs in the film.

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* SirSwearsALot: Bishop, compared to the other characters; he has most delivers the majority of the "F" bombs in the film.



* TheSpook: Muir doesn't share his personal information with anyone, to the extent that his own co-workers don't find out until too late that [[spoiler: he's not currently married, and in fact has only been married once]] (see RunningGag). Troy Fogler - who came up together with Muir - admits to Harker in an early scene that no one really knows him, while Bishop remarks in a flashback that Langley has seven different incorrect birth-dates on file for him, and the KGB and Mossad apparently have several more.

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* TheSpook: Muir doesn't share his personal information with anyone, to the extent that his own co-workers don't find out until too late that [[spoiler: he's not currently married, and in fact has only been married once]] (see RunningGag). Troy Fogler - who came up together with Muir - admits to Harker in an early scene that no one really knows him, while Bishop remarks in a flashback that Langley has seven ''seven'' different incorrect birth-dates on file for him, and the KGB and Mossad apparently have several more.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of the two Chinese doctors who assisted Bishop in the initial jailbreak is never mentioned. They're last seen after Bishop is discovered, being surrounded by guards with guns.
* WhatTheHellHero: Bishop calls Muir out several times [[spoiler: on how casual he is at manipulating the lives of others, not even batting an eye if those manipulated lose their lives]] -- all for the [[KnightTemplar greater good of the US]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of the two Chinese doctors who assisted Bishop in the initial jailbreak is never mentioned. They're last seen after Bishop is discovered, being surrounded by guards with guns.
guns, and [[spoiler: they aren't included in the rescue at the end]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Bishop calls Muir out several times on [[spoiler: on how casual he is at manipulating the lives of others, not even batting an eye if those manipulated lose their lives]] -- - all for the [[KnightTemplar greater good of the US]].USA]].



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Muir sacrifices a low-level informant [[spoiler:to lure out an American double-agent.]] Of course, Muir also claims the informant was also [[spoiler:a double-agent for the Russians who was planning to betray Bishop, so it was ok to get rid of him]]. Given Muir's status as an UnreliableNarrator and a ManipulativeBastard, it's unclear if he was telling the truth or just trying to get Bishop to calm down.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Muir sacrifices a low-level informant [[spoiler:to lure out an American double-agent.]] Of course, Muir also claims the informant was also [[spoiler:a double-agent for the Russians who was planning to betray Bishop, so it was ok to get rid of him]]. Given Muir's his status as an UnreliableNarrator and a ManipulativeBastard, it's unclear if he Muir was telling the truth or just trying to get Bishop to calm down.
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