History Film / SpyGame

25th Feb '17 1:13:44 PM nombretomado
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''Spy Game'' is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring RobertRedford and BradPitt.

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''Spy Game'' is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring RobertRedford Creator/RobertRedford and BradPitt.
Creator/BradPitt.



* ShirtlessScene: Bishop gets a couple, courtesy of BradPitt.

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* ShirtlessScene: Bishop gets a couple, courtesy of BradPitt.Creator/BradPitt.
9th Jan '17 7:52:58 AM megarockman
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* BerlinWall

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* BerlinWallBerlinWall: One of the first operations Muir and Bishop did together involved sneaking a claimed Soviet Bloc defector across Checkpoint Charlie.
7th Jan '17 3:09:32 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: Bishop definitely qualifies. His method of infiltrating the Chinese prison involves electrocuting himself with enough voltage to get himself declared dead. The Vietnam flashback also has him successfully sniping his target despite his position being compromised, shooting down a helicopter, and then half-carrying his injured spotter out alive.

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* {{Badass}}: BadassInDistress: Bishop definitely qualifies.qualifies after he gets captured. His method of infiltrating the Chinese prison involves electrocuting himself with enough voltage to get himself declared dead. The Vietnam flashback also has him successfully sniping his target despite his position being compromised, shooting down a helicopter, and then half-carrying his injured spotter out alive.



** BadassInDistress: After he gets captured.
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.
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