S*P*Y*S on DVD

Sunday, 20 July 2014 23:00 Written by 

S*P*Y*S on DVD“S*P*Y*S” is a spoof espionage thriller about a couple of CIA agents who stumble into and out of all sorts of precarious situations in pursuit of a high-value MacGuffin. It stars “M*A*S*H” duo Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, with Joss Ackland (“Lethal Weapon 2”), French sensation Zouzou (“Chloe in the Afternoon”), Vladek Sheybal (Dr Doug Jackson in UFO) and Thunderbirds' Scott Tracy - Shane Rimmer - in the supporting cast.

Burned by their own agency, the two men go on the run in Paris. Nearly broke, they take on a job to get enough cash to disappear safely, but numerous other organisations want both their scalps and their target. If they were capable agents their mission would be difficult; as bumbling fools it is going to be virtually impossible! The movie is directed by Irvin Kershner, famous for “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back”.

The film is reminiscent of the “Pink Panther” movie series along with “Top Secret”; the comedy is largely of the slapstick variety and whilst a fair number of the sight gags stick, plenty fall flat on their faces. Fortunately the plot moves at a terrific pace and nobody could accuse it of being dull.

Sutherland and Gould have decent chemistry but their goofing around does occasionally get a frustrating when you wish the film would occasionally take itself more seriously and make the jeopardy feel more deadly to contrast with their zany antics.

There is an exciting car chase towards the end of the movie, but some of the other action sequences are a little embarrassing, such as a ruck in a church during a marriage ceremony. It feels like some of the scenes were rushed and had a little more care been taken then the results might have been quite different.

Special features include a trailer, an image gallery and PDF of promotional material.

“S*P*Y*S” (1974) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 100 minutes approx, carries a ‘PG’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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