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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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Storyline

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 <eteam@sunsent.com>

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Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 February 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brevet til Kreml  »

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Trivia

This picture was filmed in four countries: Finland, Italy, Mexico, and the USA. The scenes set in Moscow were shot in Helsinki, Finland. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sweet Alice: [Opening lines of the film]
[Sweet Alice has checked a briefcase as he enters the museum in Paris, takes the claim check]
Sweet Alice: So, the man in Moscow's agreed to send back the letter.
Polakov: For one million dollars.
Sweet Alice: Mmm, for that kind of money we're entitled to know his name.
Polakov: And then what further need would you have of me?
Sweet Alice: When do you get back to Paris?
Polakov: One week, ten days.
Sweet Alice: I see. Well, you have one week to recover the letter. Seven days, Polakov.
[Lays down the claim check]
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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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Written by Maurice Williams
Played at the Moscow club
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nice turnout for this film at MoMA
28 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is having a "Huston family" festival and they showed this film last night. Big crowd to see this film that was a flop when originally released. I had been wanting to see it for some time out of curiosity: George Sanders appears in drag as a San Francisco gay bar pianist, and Barbara Parkins has a role, three years after "Valley of the Dolls." (I love Parkins not just for the "Valley" connection. I think she's talented and beautiful and I love her voice.) I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. So much better than the stuff Hollywood cranks out today, although sometimes just as difficult to follow. There's lots of verbal exposition in the movie, and at one point I think it's even implied that the Orson Welles character is a homosexual.

The sexual politics of the film are outdated, perhaps. But, then, the political correctness of today is even more numbing.

The movie pops up on the Fox Movie Channel occasionally. Be sure to see it in letterbox.

By the way, Pauline Kael hated the movie. Funny, bitchy review in her book "Deeper Into Movies." But just because Pauline hated it, doesn't mean you will. She complains about the sound, but I didn't notice a problem. She also complains about the look of the film, but I think the verite style was intentional.

One tiny thing I thought I noticed, the old lady who is the mother of the Russian thief Barbara Parkins lives with seems to have too nice a manicure! I could be wrong. The moment flew by.


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