Suspenseful and scintillating, this action-oriented thriller traces the twists and turns in the life of Nathan Muir (Redford), an experienced CIA operative who is on the brink of retirement, when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage.
No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, when he was on assignment as a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship.
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When the film was previewed in the summer of 2001, Brad Pitt said that it dealt with blow back from unsuccessful CIA operations and suggested that it might mean America had been the world's leading power for too long. However, after the 9/11 attacks, Pitt was quoted as saying the movie indicated that CIA operatives were needed "now more than ever". Read More