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Company Man (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 May 2000 (France)
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A high school teacher in the 60s becomes an international spy and becomes involved in a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Guilfoyle ... Officer Hickle
Jeffrey Jones ... Sen. Biggs
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Sen. Farwood
Harriet Koppel Harriet Koppel ... Stenographer
Douglas McGrath ... Alan Quimp
Sigourney Weaver ... Daisy Quimp
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Judge
Sean Dugan ... Skull and Bones Waiter
Grant Walden Grant Walden ... Older Man
Nathan Dean Nathan Dean ... Younger Man
John Randolph Jones ... Fobbs
Ryan Phillippe ... Petrov
Kim Merrill Kim Merrill ... Woman in Line
Merwin Goldsmith ... Mr. Brisk
Heather Matarazzo ... Nora
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A high school teacher in the 60s becomes an international spy and becomes involved in a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro.

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A Devious Dictator, a Top Secret Mission, and the Perfect Spies to screw it up. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and drug content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bill Murray had a cameo in the film but his appearance was cut. See more »

Goofs

When Alan first lands in Cuba in the late 1950s, he flies in on a Cessna Caravan, an aircraft that didn't take its first flight until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Quimp: [after losing all of her hair] Oh my God! I look like an Oscar!
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Crazy Credits

Several scenes are interspersed during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003) See more »

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Ba Da
Written by E.R. Suarez
Performed by Roy Perkins
Courtesy of RAM Records
By Arrangement with Hacate Entertainment Group, LLC
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CIA (and bad grammar), Beware!
7 June 2005 | by augustdragonSee all my reviews

Did you know you could get a double agent to confess merely by spending the day correcting his grammar? Neither did I, until I saw this movie.

Douglas McGrath (who also co-wrote and co-directed) is Allen Quimp (yup, rhymes with "wimp"), a nerdy high-school grammar - and sometimes driver's ed - teacher in 1950's America. His over-achieving family think he's a loser and don't understand his all-consuming dream to rid the world of bad grammar. So, one day he tells his father-in-law a little white lie: he's really an agent with the CIA. Pretty soon the whole community knows, including a visiting Russian ballet star (Ryan Phillipe), who wants to defect- to Quimp! One thing leads to another, and the CIA ends up really recruiting Quimp and sending him to Cuba, where he roots out the double agent, becomes involved in several plots to assassinate (or at least humiliate) Castro, and becomes a DJ, playing songs that the CIA take as a coded request to invade the Bay of Pigs.

Never quite "sidesplittingly funny," as the back of the box boasts, but mildly amusing and watchable, with the "mongoose in my shorts" bit being probably the funniest scene in the movie; coming in at a close second is Alan Cumming's rendition of "Diamonds Are a Boy's Best Friend" (don't ask!).

Worth watching mainly for the performances. McGrath is likable as the clueless Quimp; Sigourney Weaver is perfect as Quimp's over-bearing and social-climbing wife. Alan Cumming doesn't seem to have much to do in his scenes, but makes the most of them, amusingly bringing to life his "I-can't-believe-this-guy-was-a-Cuban-dictator" character. John Turturro's character is easily the funniest - an agent who's gone a bit around-the-bend and become a raving lunatic bent on assassinating Fidel Castro- played by Anthony LaPaglia, who wins the "most unlikely casting" prize- which is not to say it wasn't a good choice! Amusing and likable, but never hilarious. This one goes somewhere in the grey area between C+ and B-. (Or two and a quarter stars out of four.)


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Company Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,743, 11 March 2001

Gross USA:

$146,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,193
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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