The Ace Tomato Company - Elmer Bernstein - Spies Like Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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The film presents the comic adventures of two novice intelligence agents sent to the Soviet Union. Hope Pro Musica Antiqua, Safford Cape, Juan Del Encina - Spanish Music From The Court Of Ferdinand And Is makes a cameo in one scene.
Kingand visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Austin Millbarge is a basement-dwelling codebreaker at the Pentagon who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent.
Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking, pencil-pushing son of an envoy, takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume openly attempts to cheat after an attempt to bribe his immediate supervisor in exchange for the answers backfires. Millbarge, however, was forced to take the test, having had only one day to prepare after his supervisor gives him a two week old notice leaving him vulnerable to fail and stay behind in the Pentagon trenches at his expense.
Needing expendable agents to act as decoys to draw attention away from a more capable team, the DIA decides to enlist the two, promote them to be Foreign Service Operatives, put them through minimal training, and then send them on an undefined mission into Soviet Central Asia. Meanwhile, professional agents are well on their way to reaching the real objective: the seizure of a mobile SS ICBM launcher.
The main team takes a loss, while Millbarge and Fitz-Hume escape enemy attacks and eventually encounter Karen Boyer, the only surviving operative from the main team. In the Pamir Mountains of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republicthe trio overpowers a mobile missile guard unit using hastily constructed extraterrestrial outfits Take Your Time - Colorzone - Crazy Emotion tranquilizer guns.
Following orders in real-time from the intelligence agency operating from a military bunker located deep under an abandoned drive-in theaterthey begin to operate the launcher. At the end of their instructions, the vehicle launches the ICBM into space, targeting an unspecified area in the United States. Thinking they have begun a nuclear war, the American agents and their Soviet counterparts pair up to have sex before the world ends. The purpose of sending the agents to launch a Soviet ICBM is thereby exposed as a means to test this anti-ballistic missile system.
The laser fails to intercept the nuclear missile, which is heading for Detroit and will almost certainly trigger a global thermonuclear war. Back in the Soviet Unionhorrified at the thought of having launched a nuclear missile at their own country, the American spies and the Russian soldiers use Millbarge's technical knowledge to force a malfunction in the launcher vehicle and transmit junk instructions to the traveling missile, sending it off into space where it detonates harmlessly.
Immediately after, the underground bunker is stormed by U. Army Rangersand the intelligence and military officials involved in the covert operation are arrested. Millbarge, Fitz-Hume, and Boyer go on to become nuclear disarmament negotiators, playing a nuclear version of Risk -meets- Trivial Pursuit against the Soviets. It reached 7 on the singles chart in the United States in early The film's score was composed by Elmer Bernstein and performed by the Graunke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
The film also featured " Soul Finger ," by the Bar-Kaysalso absent from the soundtrack. The film was a box office success. The Washington Post critic Paul Attanasio called Spies Like Us "a comedy with exactly one laugh, and those among you given to Easter egg hunts may feel free to try and find it. Variety magazine opined in a staff review, "Spies is not very amusing.
Though Chase and Aykroyd provide moments, the overall script thinly takes on eccentric espionage and nuclear madness, with nothing new to add.
What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well. The animated comedy series Family Guy paid tribute to the film with its episode " Spies Reminiscent of Us ", which guest starred Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase as fictionalized versions of themselves who, according to the series, were made real spies by Ronald Reagan after he saw the film Spies Like Us.
The episode recreates numerous scenes from the film. The live-action spy comedy series Chuck was heavily influenced by Spies, including references to "GLG" The Ace Tomato Company - Elmer Bernstein - Spies Like Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) the introduction of character Emmett Millbarge Tony Halecombined The Ace Tomato Company - Elmer Bernstein - Spies Like Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) the names of the Spies protagonists.
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