Spy Hard

Spy Hard

Rick Friedberg (1996)

77min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The blockbuster action thriller genre is ripe for sending up, but this lazy effort has to go down as a miss despite the presence of spoofmeister Leslie Nielsen. The basic story is firmly rooted in James Bond - Nielsen is superagent Dick Steele battling supervillain General Rancor (Andy Griffith) - but to ensure all the bases are covered director Rick Friedberg tosses in largely irrelevant send-ups of Speed, Pulp Fiction and In the Line of Duty. The cast - which includes Charles Durning and Nicollette Sheridan, plus cameos from Robert Culp and Fabio - tries hard but is defeated by the determinedly juvenile script. Incidentally, the Bond-style soundtrack is by Bill Conti, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated title track of For Your Eyes Only.

Summary

Bungling secret agent Dick Steele - code-named WD-40 - is called out of retirement to thwart a megalomaniac general bent on destroying the world with a missile he is building at his secret island lair. Spoof spy adventure, starring Leslie Nielsen, Nicollette Sheridan, Charles Durning, Marcia Gay Harden, Barry Bostwick, and featuring a cameo appearance by Ray Charles.

Cast & Crew

Dick Steele Leslie Nielsen
Veronique Ukrinsky Nicollette Sheridan
The Director Charles Durning
Miss Cheevus Marcia Gay Harden
Norman Coleman Barry Bostwick
Kabul John Ales
General Rancor Andy Griffith
Bus driver Ray Charles
Tag team member Hulk Hogan
Agent Steve Bishop Robert Guillaume
Brian Pat Morita
Woman in Murphy bed Alexandra Paul
Helicopter pilot Mr T
Director Rick Friedberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Brief nudity and some swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy