Rated: PG-13 For language. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: February 6, 1991 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Gene Hackman plays an old operative for the CIA, who's hired by the Company (another name for the CIA) to exchange a Russian spy (Mikhail Baryshnikov) imprisoned in the U.S., for an American that the Russians have been holding. The exchange is to be made in Berlin on an old subway platform. The CIA also has to give up $2 million in cash that a Columbian drug lord had funded (shades of Oliver North's escapades).
The swap is aborted when Hackman recognizes the American spy as a man he saw in the airport the day before. The CIA is not very happy by Hackman's decision and they want him, the Russian and their $2 million back.
The acton begins in Washington and travels to Berlin and Paris where it climaxes at the Eiffel Tower. The story is updated to include the dismantled Berlin Wall and the changed relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. The script even has some nasty Japan bashing in it.
Hackman is as crusty as ever and makes his over-the-hill easy-going character very believable. The premise has some interesting scenarios, but the editing is choppy and the end of the movie is unsatisfactory, it lets you assume that everything works out O.K. Most of the audience continued to sit in their seats as if they were waiting for something more and they never got it.