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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

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Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.

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Jon Amiel

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Robert Farrar (novel), Robert Farrar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Wallace Ritchie
Peter Gallagher ... James Ritchie
Joanne Whalley ... Lori
Alfred Molina ... Boris 'The Butcher' Blavasky
Richard Wilson ... Sir Roger Daggenhurst
John Standing ... Gilbert Embleton
Simon Chandler ... Hawkins
Geraldine James ... Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
Anna Chancellor ... Barbara Ritchie
Nicholas Woodeson ... Sergei
Cliff Parisi ... Uri
John Thomson ... Dimitri
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ... Ms. Goldstein
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ... Spenser
Isabel Hernández Isabel Hernández ... Consuela (as Isabel Hernandez)
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Storyline

American Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, England, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act.

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Taglines:

He's on a mission so secret, even he doesn't know about it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, innuendo, comic violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watch That Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,604,819, 16 November 1997

Gross USA:

$13,801,755
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) uses the mallet to break down the door, he yells "Here's Johnny!" This is a nod to Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) breaking down the door with an axe and saying the same thing in The Shining (1980). The mallet is also the signature weapon used by Jack Torrance in Stephen King's novel The Shining, unlike the axe used in the Stanley Kubrick movie. See more »

Goofs

When Wally scares Lori's attacker through the window, he is shown wearing sunglasses. After Lori suggests they leave, however, he is seen in the next shot without the sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: Was that a tear? How do you people do it? Do you poke yourself in the eye? Or are you thinking right now "My dog is dead"?
Lorelei 'Lori': What's the matter with you? Are you enjoying this?
Wallace: Enormously! "My dog... is dead".
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The Last of the Secret Agents
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
Courtesy of Boots Enterprises, Inc.
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First of all....I loved it.
13 February 2000 | by gaglianoSee all my reviews

First of all....I loved it. Simply put, this film was great. Talk about a story that could have been based upon true life incidents is not what this film is about. This is comedy at its best. Bill Murray's character is a man who manages a Blockbuster-video store someplace in Iowa. Murray decides to take a vacation and visit his brother in London. His brother (Peter Gallagher) is entertaining some important clients that same evening and sends his brother (Murray) out to participate in this audience-interaction play involving spies called the `Theater of Life'. Well, as the play begins, Murray accidentally stumbles into a real-life spy drama and takes everything that happens next as if he is just acting in a play. The result is non-stop humor which leaves the audience busting up outloud. You don't have to love Bill Murray to love this film...he brings to the screen the best parts of his roles in "Scrooged", "Stripes", "Ground Hog Day" and "What About Bob"...you just have to be ready to experience Bill Murray at his best. Bottom line, what might even be funnier than the film, is being part of an uninhibited audience, because once some people begin laughing, they will be at it for the next two hours.


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