Get Smart

June 20th, 2008

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Get Smart

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Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 at his side.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.6/10 (86,817 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Peter Segal

Stars: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin

American Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. When the agency's head office is attacked, the Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with sexy Agent 99, much to her chagrin. The duo nevertheless set off to combat their attackers by first parachuting off an airplane and landing in Russian territory - followed closely by a over seven foot tall, 400 pound goon, known simply as Dalip. The duo, handicapped by Maxwell's antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert.

Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Steve Carell - Maxwell Smart
Anne Hathaway - Agent 99
Alan Arkin - The Chief
James Caan - The President
Bill Murray - Agent 13
Dwayne Johnson - Agent 23
Terence Stamp - Siegfried
Terry Crews - Agent 91
David Koechner - Larabee
Patrick Warburton - Hymie
Masi Oka - Bruce
Nate Torrence - Lloyd
Ken Davitian - Shtarker
David S. Lee - Krstic
Dalip Singh - Dalip

Taglines: Saving the world . . . With difficulty


Official Website: Warner Bros. [France] | Warner Bros. [Japan] |

Release Date: 20 June 2008

Filming Locations: Gorky Street, Moscow, Russia

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $38,683,480 (USA) (22 June 2008) (3911 Screens)

Gross: $130,313,314 (USA) (2 November 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The woman in the photo behind the Chief's desk is actress Jane Dulo who played 99's mother on the original series.

Continuity: While dancing Agent 99 is wearing Heels, she walks off the dance floor following Max and is still wearing heels. As Agent 99 enters the closet there is a glimpse of her shoes and she is wearing flats, and as someone points out that she kicks off her shoes to go through the laser filled room; then she is wearing shoes again and they are the heels she was dancing in.

Agent 99: Did I hear something?
Maxwell Smart: Yes, there were some tap dancers in the hallway.

User Review

By far the BEST adaptation of a classic TV series for the big screen.

Rating: 8/10

I just saw an advance screening of Get Smart and it was great! It was simply the best adaptation of a classic TV series for the big screen. I don't know how to explain it but it successfully carried the tone that the original series had. It was silly but not too silly and, at the same time, a little serious but not too serious. Familiar characters, props, music, jokes and lines all brought back fond memories of a delightful TV series. And there were plenty of new elements in this film that made it interesting and entertaining to watch. Steve Carrell was terrific as Agent 86 and seemed to capture the essence of Maxwell Smart. Not only did his portrayal of him resembled that of Don Adams' from the sound of Smart's voice to the delivery of Smart's lines, Carrell managed to inject a bit of his own personality to create a new Smart that didn't stray too far away from the old. Anne Hathaway was perfect as Agent 99. She did bear some resemblance to Barbara Feldon and actually delivered her lines in a similar manner as her at times. But more importantly, she had great chemistry with Carrell. A key ingredient to Get Smart's success was Maxwell Smart and Agent 99's chemistry and I'm glad the writers of this film didn't forget that. Feldon and Adams had terrific chemistry and so too did Hathaway and Carrell. Unlike previous film adaptations of old television series that only superficially resembled their TV series counterpart, this film can truly be considered a big screen version of the Get Smart TV series. Where Lost In Space, Mission Impossible, Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch and (have I missed anything?) have failed, this film succeeded in maintaining the tone and style of the original series upon which it's based. Moreover, the filmmakers managed to bring Get Smart up to date without forgetting its roots. New ideas created for this film seemed to be natural extensions of those used for the original series. Jokes, props, music, characters and plot, old and new, all seemed to be born from the Get Smart world. I wish I could get into more details but I don't want to give anything away. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend this to anyone, especially fans of the original TV series.

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