''Spy Game'' is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and BradPitt.

{{CIA}} operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship.

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!!''Spy Game'' contains examples of:

* 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.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: Miur uses this several times in order to manipulate people into giving otherwise-restricted information.
* BerlinWall
* [[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.]]
* 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.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Bishop is taking Muir out for breakfast at a Mexican restaurant...in war-torn Beirut.
---> '''Muir''' (while the two are ducking behind rubble): This better be the best damn breakfast I've ever had.
---> '''Bishop''': Oh, it's great, you'll love it.
* ColdWar
* ColdSniper: Bishop, before becoming a CIA Agent.
* ConfessToALesserCrime: Muir spends most of the film using CIA resources to plan an unauthorized operation to rescue Bishop. When the CIA discovers he's been accessing satellite data, Muir admits to misusing agency resources... to research retirement properties. While a huge offense in and of itself, it's not considered as big a deal because he's retiring, the satellites were passing over the Bahamas anyway (so he didn't restage a satellite), and quite frankly, they're just glad to be rid of him and Bishop.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Both Bishop and Muir.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Bishop on several occasions (continuing on his mission to snipe the NVA official despite his spotter insisting there's no shot, initial resistence to Muir over aborting his attempted smuggling of someone into West Berlin, racing to get the doctor to his appointment in Beirut because he hated the backup plan of using local militias and explosives)
* DistractedByTheSexy: How Muir (through his contact) [[spoiler:gets the Chinese official to come down on his price to where Miur can personally pay him - the official is trying to watch [[Series/{{Baywatch}} Pamela Anderson]] and the contact gets into his view.]]
* DoubleTake: One of the Wardens in the Chinese prison, when he finds a prisoner chewing bubblegum.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Ann Cathcart is beaten to death two months after defecting to the Russians. It is heavily implied Bishop or Muir were involved, but they never really figure out who did it.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Muir uses his entire life savings to bribe a Chinese official as part of his plan to rescue Bishop.]]
* KnightTemplar: Muir.
* ManipulativeBastard: Muir, and Bishop after his training, but nowhere as bastard as Muir.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Muir, initially.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The reason why Muir decides to save Bishop. [[spoiler: Even if in the past, he was willing to play with other people's lives and discard them when they were of no use anymore]].
* 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-assauged suspicions of Muir's duplicity confirmed too late via phone call after Muir had left the building.]]
-->[[spoiler:"There's been an incident in China."]]
* {{Retirony}}: The events of the film are dumped on Muir literally the day before his retirement.
* RockBeatsLaser / MundaneSolution: Muir claims that although technology is always evolving, the best intelligence is better obtained through mundane mediums and simple plain hard work.
* RunningGag: The many "wives" of Muir. [[spoiler: Is actually a plot point - Miur's interrogators realize too late he isn't currently married.]]
* SmugSnake: Harker.
* SpyFiction: Of the Stale Beer kind.
--->'''Bishop''': I thought spies drank martinis.
--->'''Muir''': Scotch, and never less than 12 years old.
* TrainingMontage
* [[spoiler: Potentially UnreliableNarrator: All of the flashbacks are told by Muir, one cannot help but wonder how much of them is true, and how much is changed/added/omitted to manipulate the other men in the room.]]
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Implied and lampshaded by Bishop in the debriefing scene at the airport after using [[StuffBlowingUp their backup plan]] to assassinate their target in Beirut (and getting the doctor, whom they had spent so much time and effort to convince to betray his patient, dead in the process).
-->'''Bishop''': We got a fucked-up barometer for success, don't we?
* 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]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler: Muir]] manages to stall the CIA, bribe Chinese officers and set up a successful rescue mission using the US Navy, using [[MundaneMadeAwesome only a phone, an electric typewriter, a fax machine and other office supplies]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Muir sacrifices a low-level informant [[spoiler:to lure out an American double-agent.]] Of course, Muir also claims the informant per se was also [[spoiler:a double-agent for the Russians, so it was ok to get rid of him.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Happens to Muir. He [[CantStopTheSignal leaks the fact]] that Bishop is in a Chinese prison on the eve of US-China trade talks to CNN to try to force them to negotiate for his release, but as he's about to leave Langley for the last time [[SubvertedTrope CNN issues a retraction]] by stating Bishop had been dead for ten years - Muir's higher-ups presumably leaned on them in order to allow Bishop to die in prison without public backlash.