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Spy Game

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Spy Game
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Tony Scott
Release Date 2001
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nathan D. Muir Robert Redford
Tom Bishop Brad Pitt
Troy Folger Larry Bryggman
Harry Duncan David Hemmings
Vincent Vy Ngo Michael Paul Chan
Andrew Unger Andrew Grainger
Commander Wiley Dale Dye
Tran Benedict Wong
Li Ken Leung

Spy Game is a 2001 espionage thriller starring Robert Redford as Nathan Muir, a veteran CIA operative on the verge of retirement who discovers he has less than 24 hours to devise a way to free Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt), his former CIA protégé who has been covertly taken prisoner by the Chinese government following an unauthorized rescue attempt that went awry. The film was directed by Tony Scott and marked the first onscreen pairing of Redford and Pitt, who had previously worked together on the 1992 film A River Runs Through It.

The following weapons were used in the film Spy Game:



Norinco Type 56-1

The Chinese prison guards (including ones played by Logan Wong, Hon Ping Tang, Tom Lung and Chuen Tsou) in Su Chou carry the Norinco Type 56-1. The Vietnamese gunner in the helicopter also fires a Type 56-1 at Bishop and Tran during the 1975 flashback, as do several Viet Cong. Many of the Lebanese terrorists and Sheik Salameh's men also carry Type 56-1 rifles during the 1985 flashback to Beirut. Some of the East German border guards in the late 1970s flashbacks also carried these rifles.

Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Chinese prison guards prepare to arrest Bishop as he leaves the prison in an ambulance.
Chinese prison guards apprehend Li (Ken Leung).
A VC next to Bishop's target holds a Type 56-1 once the helicopter gunner begins shooting.
An NVA gunner aims at Bishop and Tran. Note that the rifle is mounted upside down.
An NVA gunner firing his Type 56-1.
A militia member with his Type 56-1 as Elizabeth Hadley drives up with medical supplies.
The same member slings the Type 56-1 over his back as Bishop arrives in a taxi.
Armed with the rifles, the Sheik's men raise their fists as he drives through. This is a reversed shot.
One of the Sheik's men fires his rifle at the oncoming Lebanese terrorists.

Norinco Type 56

Several of the Vietnamese soldiers guarding Bishop's target carry Norinco Type 56 rifles.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
One of the Viet Cong with a Norinco Type 56 across his back (as a clearer VC in the background holds a Type 56-1).


The Sheik's guards outside his house carry the British commonwealth variant of the FN FAL rifles, the L1A1, in addition to the Type 56-1s.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO - Variation of the FN FAL rifle. British & New Zealand SLRs were later fitted with black fibreglass furniture as seen here.
The Sheik's guards await the doctor, one carrying a Type 56-1 and the other the L1A1.
The guard raises his L1A1 as the Lebanese terrorists approach.
The guard runs with his L1A1.
The Sheik's guards fire L1A1s at the Lebanese terrorists.


Bishop (Brad Pitt) fires the AK-47 that was carried by his South Vietnamese spotter Tran (Benedict Wong) at the NVA helicopter. A Lebanese terrorist in Beirut is also seen firing an AK-47. One of the Sheik's entourage is seen with an AK rifle.

Type III AK-47 7.62x39mm
Tran (Benedict Wong) is wounded while holding his AK.
Bishop fires Tran's AK at the VC helicopter.
Bishop raises the AK as Muir's helicopter approaches them.
An AK-47 is fired in Beirut.
The Sheik's man with his rifle.


U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers during the 1975 Vietnam flashback carry the M16A1 with 30-round magazines. U.S. Embassy Marines in Beirut during the 1985 flashback are also armed with M16A1s. In 1992, some of the US Navy SEALs are armed with the rifles during the Operation Dinner Out.

M16A1 with 30 Round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A helicopter crewman is armed with an M16A1 as Muir arrives in Danang in 1975.
Marines guarding the Beirut embassy are armed with M16A1's.
A US Navy SEAL armed with the M16A1 during Operation Dinner Out.

Sniper Rifles

Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper

After Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) convinces S/Sgt. Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) to assassinate a high-ranking North Vietnamese Army officer, Bishop uses a Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper rifle to carry out his task.

Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper Rifle with Harris bipod and scope - 7.62x51mm NATO
Bishop waits to assassinate his target.
Bishop adjusts the scope.
The barrel of the Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper.
Bishop prepares to pull the trigger.
Bishop chambers another round into the Parker Hale Lee Enfield T4 Sniper.
Bishop and Tran make their way to the extraction point, with the Enfield Enforcer across Bishop's back.

SVD Dragunov

In another of Bishop's photos from Beirut, a sniper is seen with a SVD Dragunov.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R
The sniper with his Dragunov in Bishop's photo.

Heckler & Koch HK91A2

Several US Navy SEALs appear to be armed with the Heckler & Koch HK91A2 fitted with a scope during Operation Dinner Out.

Heckler & Koch HK91A2 - 7.62x51mm.
One of the US Navy SEALs appears to be armed with an Heckler & Koch HK91A2 fitted with a scope during Operation Dinner Out.
SEALs armed with the rifles are seen at the left and right.


Walther PPK

CIA operative Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) carries a Walther PPK during his rescue mission inside the Su Chou prison.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
CIA operative Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) carries a Walther PPK during his rescue mission inside the Su Chou prison.
Bishop holds his PPK and his flashlight in one hand while inside Su Chou prison.


In his imagination, Muir pictures Tom Bishop being shot inside the Chinese prison with an M1911A1.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
In his imagination, Bishop is shot with an M1911A1.

Machine Guns

MG 34

During the Beirut 1985 flashback, Lebanese terrorists are seen firing a mounted MG 34.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
The MG 34 firing during the flashback to Beirut 1985.
The MG 34 is driven away as it is fired.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

The Sheik's personal bodyguards all carry Heckler & Koch MP5A3 SMGs as do the Lebanese terrorists who plant the bomb inside a building. The MP5A3's seen here all have early slim handguards. The U.S. Navy SEALs (including one played by James Embree) under Commander Wiley (Dale Dye) all carry MP5A3s when rescuing Bishop and Hadley from Su Chou prison during Operation Dinner Out. These MP5A3's are fitted with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlights.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with original "slimline" forearm - 9x19mm
The Sheik's bodyguards wait for him with MP5A3s.
The Sheik's bodyguards with MP5A3s in one of Bishop's photos.
The Sheik's bodyguards leave their car, carrying MP5A3s.
A Lebanese terrorist (Mohamed Quatib) speeds towards the Sheik's house with his MP5A3. Note the slim handguard.
The terrorist fires at the Sheik's guards.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9mm with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight
Some of the Navy SEALs are armed with the MP5A3 as the teams land in front of the Su Chou prison.
A Navy SEAL with his MP5A3 as the cell door lock is blown off.


Remington 870 Slug Gun

During the 1985 flashback to Beirut, one of the men appears to be armed with a Remington 870 as a car bomber drives his vehicle into a building.

Remington 870 Slug Gun - 12 Gauge
The shotgun is seen on the right.



A terrorist in Beirut during the 1985 flashback fires an RPG-7, seen in one of the photos Bishop takes while undercover as a photojournalist. In a gaffe, the launcher is seen firing, despite the fact that no warhead was loaded.

RPG-7 40mm
A terrorist prepares to use the RPG launcher (seen through Bishop's camera). Note that an RPG launcher requires a warhead in order for it to be used.
The launcher is seen fired despite the fact that no warhead was loaded. A similar gaffe was seen in a Tony Scott-directed episode of Numb3rs.
Launcher seen at right in Bishop's photo.

M16 w/ M203

One of the Navy SEALs during Operation Dinner Out appears to be armed with an M16 with fitted with an M203 grenade launcher.

M16A1 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher
On the left, one of the Navy SEALs appears to be armed with an M16 fitted with an M203 Grenade Launcher.

M61 Vulcan

An APC parked outside the American embassy in Beirut appears to fitted with an M61 Vulcan cannon.

M167 VADS (Vulcan Air Defence System) - 20mm HE. This is the towed variant; the VADS version mounted on the M113 APC is M163.
On the left, an APC appears to have an M61 Vulcan mounted.

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