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The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

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

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Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin
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Barbara Ritchie
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An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, 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. Written by Anonymous

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The international intelligence community is about to get a lot less intelligent. See more »


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

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14 November 1997 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,604,819, 16 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,801,755, 23 January 1998
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First cinema film of Eddie Marsan. See more »

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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 »

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Wallace: [in a singsong voice] Gilbert's gone.
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Features Copycat (1995) See more »

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The Man Who Knew Too Little
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Written by Christopher Young
Performed by Christopher Young
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The Comedy of Errors, or nothing to do with Shakespeare, as interpreted by a Theater of the Absurd theater company
29 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jon Amiel's "The Man Who Knew Too Little" is one of the funniest movies that keeps the viewer in a laughing state all the time. Mr. Amiel shows an affinity to comedy as he takes us along for a fun ride into this amusing movie. The film is based on the funny Robert Farrar book, who also adapted the material for the screen.

This film is a sort of comedy of errors in which an innocent man is drawn into an international conspiracy that he has no clue is going on around him because his brother, in order to get him away from his dinner party, decides to treat him to a performance of a play in which the viewer is part of the show.

Little does Wally Ritchie realize what he has gotten into. That's the basic premise for the film, which works well because Wally doesn't suspect what he's involved in. So he goes along for the fun of it, thinking nothing about the bad guys that are trying to get rid of him, for real.

Bill Murray proves he is one of the best comedy actors working today. The sequence involving Mr. Murray dancing with a Russian folk group at the hotel where something terrible is set to occur is just pure perfection. Mr. Murray is a likable actor and never makes himself obnoxious in any situation. He is a delight to watch.

The rest of the cast is good. Peter Gallagher is Wally's brother. Joanne Whalley makes a perfect femme fatale. Alfredo Molina has some excellent moments as Boris, the butcher, the man who wants to eliminate Wally out of the picture.

"The Man Who Knew Too Little" is a fun film to watch thanks to Jon Amiel.


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