Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

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German title Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Original title Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2005
length Theatrical version: 115 minutes
Director's Cut: 120 minutes
Age rating FSK 12 (Theatrical Version)
FSK 16 (Director's Cut)

JMK 12
Director Doug Liman
script Simon Kinberg
production Akiva Goldsman ,
Lucas Foster ,
Patrick Wachsberger ,
Eric McLeod ,
Arnon Milchan
music John Powell
camera Bojan Bazelli
cut Michael Tronick

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is an action romantic comedy from the year 2005 . Directed by Doug Liman and starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie .


John and Jane Smith are apparently just a normal couple. They live in their own house in a typical American suburban idyll. But appearances are deceptive, because both are the best contract killers from different organizations. However, their identity is so secret that not even they know about each other's actual job. Both use marriage as a cover. Successful at work, marital problems quickly arise, leading John and Jane to seek couples therapy .

John and Jane are independently assigned to Benjamin "The Tank" Danz to kill him during a prisoner transport . Not knowing that the partner has the same goal, they go to their place of work. Danz's murder fails when John and Jane get in each other's way. However, neither of them recognize the spouse and believe in interference from a stranger. Because the contract killing was a failure, both are given the task of killing the troublemaker. The resulting research shows both that her spouse is also a professional killer.

At first they fight each other bitterly, but soon discover that neither of them is able to kill the other. They discover that their love for one another is real. Because both now miss their mission, their organizations deploy a whole troop of special forces on them. However, you can escape this after a chase.

To make up for their failure, John and Jane kidnap Benjamin Danz, who was both previously set to work. To their horror, they learn from him that he was only a decoy from the start - their organizations had learned of the marriage and decided that they should both die. When Benjamin was assassinated , they were supposed to find out who they were and then kill each other. While they interrogate Benjamin, they are surrounded by more professional killers. They can take refuge in a nearby supermarket, where they take out all attackers after a long exchange of fire.

The film ends as it began: with the two of them meeting with a marriage counselor. This time they tell him about the immense improvements in their marriage.


  • John and Jane, the first names of the Smiths, are used by the American police together with the surname Doe when the identity of a person, especially a corpse, is secret or unknown. See also: John Doe
  • Mr. Smith's boss was to play Angela Bassett , Mrs. Smith's supervisor Keith David . However, their scenes did not make it into the finished film version. Keith David's face can be seen in a reflection on the monitor when he watches Benjamin receiving the order. Angela Bassett's voice can be heard as she gives Mr. Smith the assignment for his next target, Benjamin.
  • Angelina Jolie's godmother, Jacqueline Bisset , played a supporting role in the film, but was cut out in the final version.
  • When Benjamin and Jane interview Benjamin, he wears a Fight Club T-shirt. Brad Pitt played a major role in Fight Club .
  • The two spouses meet and dance in a pub. You can hear the Assassin's Tango by John Powell , while both try to kill each other.
  • Tango plays a role throughout the film. A tango can be heard, for example, in the food scene (in which the two suspect each other as agents) as well as in the subsequent dance scene. This gives the fight between the two a certain playfulness.
  • In a Simpsons episode ( Treehouse of Horror: Calling Home, Season 19 ) there is a parody called Mr. and Mrs. Simpson .
  • Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman were initially discussed as leading actors . Because of other obligations, Pitt got out first. When Kidman refused and Angelina Jolie was hired as the lead actress, Pitt got back into the conversation.
  • The film premiered in the United States on June 7, 2005; in Germany on July 21, 2005.
  • The film is parodied in Date Movie when Julia & Grant have a routine check-up with the marriage counselor.
  • The 1941 film of the same name, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (directed by Alfred Hitchcock ), has a completely different content.


" Mr. & Mrs. Smith by Doug Liman ( The Bourne Identity ) is a cross between the gender duels from The War of the Roses and The Honor of the Prizzis with the tumult of agents from True Lies . The unusual mix works for a long time because the screenplay by X-Men 3 author Simon Kinberg has enough original online liners and ambiguous dialog jokes [...] and the warriors are played by the most photogenic people this world has to offer: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Both give the film a unique chemistry and lightness. […] Only at the end does the action-comedy construct get out of hand: The John Woo-inspired showdown, which is laid out as a hidden homage to the western classic Zwei Banditen , turns into a monotonous, endless shooting that quickly becomes boring. Still, it was nice to have met Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Conclusion: Rough amusing war of the sexes, which unfortunately suffocates in the end in endless action "

"Miscalculated star cinema that works neither as a romance nor as an action cinema, lacks any stylistic sensitivity and does not develop any sympathy for the main characters."

"[...] Mr. & Mrs. Smith manage to unite the most diverse genres. On the one hand, the film is a wonderful romantic comedy with wonderfully lively dialogues and, on the other hand, it is a very exciting action spectacle that puts the Hollywood competition in the shade with its stunts and special effects. […] Doug Liman had already realized a gripping, because believable, action scenario with The Bourne Identity . With Mr. & Mrs. Smith he succeeds in an even more spectacular piece of cinema. "

Production and utilization information

Production company Regency Enterprises produced this action film and funded the $ 110 million production in full. The film distribution company 20th Century Fox received only one rental fee. In Germany, Kinowelt film distribution is responsible for theatrical exploitation. Plazavista Entertainment released the film on DVD in Switzerland . In Austria, the film was awarded by Filmladen , a distributor that specializes in Austrian and European productions. With the distribution of Mr. & Mrs. Smith , which reached half a million cinema visits in Austria, the company was able to almost double the number of visitors to its films.

Problems with the DVD

Extract from a DVD analysis

The German-language DVD distribution of this film came under considerable criticism because it uses a new type of alpha DVD copy protection. If the DVD is played on a PC with the Windows operating system , this technology makes far-reaching changes to the system that are unacceptable for many users (see also malware ). For example, a subsequently installed program library should ensure that the files on the DVD remain invisible to file managers such as Windows Explorer and to CD and DVD copy programs. It has been widely reported that installing these system modifications interfered with the playback and copying of other DVDs. Furthermore, there are intentionally built-in read errors on the DVD, making playback on older PCs or DVD players difficult or impossible. After massive protests, a sticker was affixed to the cover of later editions of the DVD, on which a security notice recommended that the shift key be held down for ten seconds when inserting the DVD in order to prevent the installation of the copy protection software.

The usual for almost all sales and rental DVDs CSS , however, copy protection is not on this DVD is used, so that on non-Windows operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS that qualify for copyright "technically effective copy" does not exist. The above procedure was developed exclusively for Microsoft Windows.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for Mr. & Mrs. Smith . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , June 2005 (PDF; test number: 102 782 K).
  2. Age rating for Mr. & Mrs. Smith . Youth Media Commission .
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