The end of the Cold War and the toppling of the Berlin Wall made this film outdated almost before it was released. Nevertheless, it remains one of the best conspiracy mystery/thrillers ever made. The plot is amazingly intricate, but by the finish everything is tied up neatly, with no loose ends, a rarity for this type of story.
This far removed from the Cold War, it's hard to remember what a threat the Soviet Union was, the incredible evil which she served as vanguard. These days, Russia is still bad news.
It's hard to go wrong in a film with Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dennis Franz, who all implement the characters they're known for.
Starts with commies
Racks with a million tapes!
Bad Guy - Thomas Boyette played by Tommy Lee Jones - Double Tom!
Flagrant Nixon and Reagan Halloween masks
Massive Bagpipe Corp