The Kremlin Letter (1970)

M  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 February 1970 (USA)
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During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.



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A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Written by <>

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1 February 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brevet til Kreml  »

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Did You Know?


This movie was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Noel Behn was first published in 1966. This was the first ever adaptation for cinema of a work by Behn. The only other one is The Brink's Job (1978) based on Behn's book 'Big Stick Up At Brink's'. See more »


Finnish actress Saara Ranin is credited as Saara Rannin. See more »


Ward: Now look, I think we've left no stone unturned. But let's not kid ourselves. If any of us is caught there's only a remote possibility we'd be mistaken for Russians. Keep in mind that close examination takes time, and that time they use on you could let the rest of us escape.
Highwayman: Don't be too quick to die.
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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
Music by Juventino Rosas
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The gold standard for its genre.
26 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

The Kremlin Letter is the most intense spy drama, with the tightest script and the very best characterizations ever to appear in this peculiarly appealing genre.

John Huston (who plays one scene himself, masterfully) somehow assembled the incredible cast, which reads like a who's who of its time. This was one of the great Nigel Green's last roles, and his performance is typical of all the others in the cast, smooth and riveting.

Barbara Parkins is at her peak, and is more alluring than you would believe. Much hotter than you've ever seen her. Wow.

Critics say this movie is slow and hard to follow. Perhaps they watched it at a cocktail party. It keeps you on your toes and you do have to pay attention, but that's how a good spy movie should be. This ain't James Bond Spoofs A Bad Guy!

If you like a good story filled with intrigue, double-crossing, revenge, sudden deadly action, plot twists and just plain evil bad guys, watch The Kremlin Letter.

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