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Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us is a 1985 spy comedy film directed by John Landis. Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd co-star as hapless US government employees during the time of the Cold War who find themselves recruited by the CIA to unknowingly be decoys for the real spies on a mission to reprogram a Russian ICBM.
The following weapons were used in the film Spies Like Us:
When Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) begin their CIA training, what appear to be US soldiers are seen carrying M16A1 rifles, such as those seen running around the base. Also, M16's are one of the many rifles used by the Mujahideen.
Other Afghan warriors are armed with Armalite AR-10 rifles.
The guards at the abandoned outdoor theater are seen holding Colt XM177's. As was common in several of the films directed by John Landis, the actors portraying guards are in reality several well known movie directors in cameo roles including Sam Raimi, Joel Coen, and Martin Brest.
Several of the Mujahideen are seen wielding M1 Carbines.
True, genuine AK-47s can be seen in the hands of Soviet soldiers and Border Guards, a rarity for a US production made during the 1980's. Since the scenes for Soviet Tajikistan were filmed in Norway and scenes for Pakistan and Afghanistan were filmed in Morocco, it is quite possible that the production was able to source real Soviet AK-47s from either British and/or European film armourers.
Norinco Type 56
For some scenes, Norinco Type 56 rifles are used in place of AK's.
Several of the Mujahideen can be seen using No. 1 Mark III* Lee-Enfield's, and the No.4 rifle is later seen in the hands of the Pakistani soldiers at the guard post.
Sten Mk II
A small number of the Mujahideen are seen with Sten Mk II submachine guns.
A good majority of the Mujahideen are using Sterling submachine guns.
The "GLG-20's" Jerry Hadley (Charles McKeown) and Karen Boyer (Donna Dixon) use MAC-10's when Soviet troops discover the spies while infiltrating the Soviet Union. Austin later uses one in his courageous attempt to rescue Emmett from the Soviet border guards. The magazine he uses to reload his MAC-10 appears to be empty.
The Soviet KGB Agents are seen using Tokarev TT-33 pistols after Emmett and Austin discover their contacts' true loyalties while in Pakistan. The agents are also seen using the pistols later at the highway patrol office. They should, however, be using Makarovs.
During Emmett and Austin's training, Colonel Rhombus (Bernie Casey) fires a nickel plated M1911A1 with ivory grips at their feet to persuade them to jump into the mud pit.
An M1911A1 is also seen in the waistband of one of the operatives that speak at the front of the drive-in theater. The operative seen here is director Michael Apted, who helmed the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, among others.
Some of the Mujahideen are seen carrying RPG-7s.
Flamethrowers are used on Austin and Emmett when Col. Rhombus has them take the AFPSR (Air Force Passive Strain Response) test.